Baller Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Three Floyds’ 15th Anniversary beer. A blend of Dark Lord, Surly Darkness, De Struise Black Albert, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch.

Added by AleWatcher on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 759 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of Sideswipe
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bottle courtesy of AleWatcher. Thanks Jeff!

The beer pours a deep brown to black color. A finger of mocha hued bubbles recedes quickly leaving a small tan coaster. Decent lacing. The nose is hops and sweet, roasted malt. Taste opens with hoppy bitterness which is followed closely by flavors of sweet roasted malt and ashy char. The finish is semi-dry with a sweet, bitter aftertaste. The beer is full bodied with a sticky, viscous feel. It got signicantly better as it warmed. Not my favorite beer from Three Floyd's, but not all that bad either. Very glad i had the opportunity.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Black as can be and very thick and viscous, with a moderately sized brown head that leaves spots and smears of stick to the glass.

The aroma is a rich combination of dark, roasted malts, dark plum, chocolate, and a very earthy hop character. Complete and appropriate.

The flavor is similar with chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, earthy hops, and a bit of alcohol bite on the finish combining for a big, rich, full, though simple flavor.

Full mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Nice.

A very fine big stout, but disappointing because of the pedigree involved to create this big beer. This beer is expensive, and by all accounts, not worth the hefty price tag. I'd probably prefer any of the base beers to this blend, unfortunately. I'm glad I got to try it, but won't seek out another bottle.

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Photo of rtaps
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to ehammond1

almsot pitch black, with a tan head. short retention. look viscous leaving spotty lacing around the glass

chocolste snf nutty, some vanilla and sweet with dark fruits

taste like sweet but dark fruits with chocolate and a nice coffee

light bodied and medium carbonation and fairly viscous

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Photo of SpillyBeers
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruits, slight cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is of dark malt, dark fruits, and cocoa powder. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout but nothing all that great.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Florida9 for sharing this one.

A: pours brownish black, dark brown head, spotty lacing

S: big time charred roast up front, definitely get some of the earthy coffee from the Beer Geek Brunch, some dark fruits bring a little sweetness to the table, earthy hoppiness on the finish

T: chocolate and smoke start this out, I would have expected to be quite a bit sweeter and less roasty based on the beers that are blended...this stout leans towards the in your face roast with notes of leather and coffee along with subtle earthy hops

MF: mellow carbonation, medium body

O: this is an enjoyable brew and definitely is a decent blend. I must say though, I would prefer to drink the parts of the sum individually

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this from claaark13; thanks Sean! Poured into a tulip. The color is black and there is a healthy 2 inch medium tan head that leaves behind some nice lacing.

My initial reaction of the aroma is how well the hops are integrated here, much like darkness. I also get a lot of sweet vanilla and a small bit of mocha.

The taste has some nice sweetness, much like Darklord, but there seems to be a bit more coffee and mocha flavors to go with it, followed by a nice hop finish.

This is nice and full bodied, with a hefty dose of carbonation. This drinks nicely.

I like this alright. I don't love Darklord by itself but I do like the others. Blended together, nothing seems to stand out. The coffee seems muted, the chocolate flavors seem muted. Overall tasty though.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared by Andrewinski1. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. This one pours black with about an inch of dark khaki colored head. Some soapy lace on the side.

Lots going on in the aroma here. Vanilla is right up front giving this a big sweetness starting out. Hints of molasses and with a light coffee background. Pleasant but a little sweeter than I hoped. Vanilla sweetness is prominent with a little coffee rounding it out. A touch of grassy hops round this out. Sweet and hoppy; this actually doesn't come together like I would have hoped.

The body is full and the carbonation is a little bit on the sharp side (for the style).

Overall this one just doesn't seem to hit it's focus for me. I dig all the base beers but blended they seem to be fighting for a spotlight. I just assume have any of them on their own.

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Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into an oversized snifter...A big thanks to Zach for generously giving me a bottle.

Pours black with a velvety layer of dark tan head. The head fades rather quickly without leaving much lacing in its wake. After settling, the beer has an eerie stillness.

A lot of sweetness and chocolate in the nose. Some roasted malt also present. Fudge and toffee are plentiful and in turn making my mouth water. Perhaps a bit too sweet and not enough bitter roast. We'll see what the taste yields.

Wow. Chocolate fudge and maple syrup flavors explode out of the gate. Hints of roasted malts. Much more bitter than the nose indicated. Surprisingly well balanced, though very sweet.

Chewy thick mouthfeel with outstanding viscosity. This is a good kind of cloying. Very low carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable. Combines with the big sweet flavors, this one's a sipper.

I came away very impressed by this beer. Chocolaty and sweet with some oak bitterness. The nose was a bit misleading. Definitely not what I was expecting. I thought it would be a syrupy mess, but it was quite delicious and the complexities sure stood out.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.78/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by stupac2. Thanks, Stu!

A: Pours a deep, dark brown (nearly black) with a small ring of tan head.

S: It is ashy on the nose; I associate this burnt aroma with Mikkeller. Notes of soy sauce and prunes -- the Dark Lord. Metallicity and roast. It's mildly hoppy (Darkness?).

T: It starts off ashy, chocolatey, and over-represented by dark fruits (particularly prunes), but it fights back with a nice pine resin presence that I find somewhat redeeming, if not outstanding.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe it's my bias at work here (I don't like two of the components, though I feel the other two are all right), but this really didn't deliver. More body and balance would have been nice. In its current form, it's a gimmick, and not a great one. Excellent wax, though.

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Photo of jegross2
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Baller Stout, a collaboration between Three Floyds, Surly, Mikkeller and De Struise that blends Dark Lord, Darkness, Beer Geek Brunch and Black Albert. This is essentially a bottled one-off.
Score: 92

Fall 2011 vintage with yellow wax, served in an oversized brandy snifter and enjoyed 01/17/12.

Appearance: Jet black with a finger of creamy tan head at pour that settles into a clump of tan bubbly head on top of the beer and a ring around the glass. Completely opaque. Not a whole bunch of sticky lacing, but this one is 13.8% ABV so not much lacing should be expected. 4/5

Smell: Sweet chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruit. Lots of sweet raisin and creamy chocolate. Light coffee too. Absolutely no alcohol is present in the aroma. 4.5/5

Taste: Very complex, sweet flavors in this brew. Upfront I get a lot sweet raisin and dark fruit flavor, which may or may not come from the Darkness or Dark Lord. The dark fruit and raisin flavors linger throughout the beer, but new flavors increasingly come out with every sip. After the dark fruit, I get some milk chocolate and light coffee, followed by vanilla and marshmallow toward the finish. More bourbon-like flavors come out in the finish as the beer layers. Noticeable alcohol flavor in finish of the beer, but nothing overwhelming. Roasted maltiness in the middle and towards the finish as well. Also detecting some light berry fruitiness on the midpalate. As the beer approaches room temperature, more alcohol in the finish. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-high bodied with low carbonation. Velvety mouthfeel going down with a sweet, sticky finish. 4.5/5

Overall: Expensive, sweet and delicious. Baller Stout does not equal or exceed the sum of its parts, but it is certainly worth seeking out to try once.

Recommendation: A sweeter Russian Imperial Stout, so if you do not like sweeter imperial stouts be forewarned. Otherwise, I highly recommend seeking this one out before it becomes too rare to obtain as more and more people drink their allotment.

Pairings: Best enjoyed as a digestif following a delicious steak dinner.

Cost: $38 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of awalk1227
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very generous bottle sent by seeswo in the Blind Beers BIF. This was poured into a tulip, as suggested, and reviewed blind.

I was hoping for something dark, and this fits the bill. The maroon liquid glugs from the bottle thick as syrup and coalesces in the glass into inky, impenetrable blackness. A dense, sticky head the color of cinnamon rises from the depths like a squadron of zombies, then slowly fades away, leaving thick walls of lace and faint calls for “Braiiiins” behind.

Quite the perplexing aroma we have here. Along with notes of toast, cocoa and just a touch of coffee, there’s a distinct sourdough breadiness and a tangy dark fruit character. Something weird is going on here, and I’m going to get to the bottom of it. 3.5

Whatever I disliked in the aroma has been smoothed out in the flavor, and all I get is smooth roasted notes melded with subtle dark fruits. Individual flavors include raisins, black strap rum, anise, dark chocolate, toast and very subtle marshmallow. The balance is perfect. Finishes on the roasty/bitter side.

And the mouthfeel. Oh, the mouthfeel. It’s like licking a blanket — soft and velvety, each sip coating the tongue in its supple embrace. The carbonation is gentle and massaging, breaking the brew into a little bit of fizz as it moves. Alcohol is apparent, numbing the tongue and heating up the chest, but not distracting. Decadence.

A literal blend of Dark Lord, Darkness, Black Albert and Beer Geek Brunch will create confusion. Albert must’ve been providing the fruits. I wouldn’t say it’s greater than the sum of its parts, but it’s pretty damn tasty. Good flavors, amazing balance and great drinkability despite an ABV that’s apparently high enough to make driving a bad idea. I like it more with every sip.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Baller Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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