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: 762 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of tvanr
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of womencantsail
2.84/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sending me this bottle, Richard. Was interested to try this one.

Pours almost black with a thin layer of tan head. Smells very, very, ashy. Must be the Beer Geek Brunch. There’s some metal and a bit of dark fruit character to it. Very roasty, too. The flavor isn’t much better. Very ashy and roasty. There is some dark fruit and maybe a little bit of licorice and molasses. A hint of vanilla to go along with the char and ash. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Unfortunately, the beer wasn't near as good as I had hoped.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of kevanb
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a wonderfully black coffee-esque color, hints of tan along the rim of the glass, nice fluffy caramel colored head that lingers for a bit, but dissipates a bit faster than I would’ve hoped leaving a nice layer of film across the top, and a small ring around the rim of the glass. The smell is really nice, hop forward from the Darkness, bits of coffee from the Dark Lord, and a strong roasted element that could be from any or all of the beers. The nose finishes with some smooth chocolate and some burnt woody aromas, definitely a lot going on in the nose, but Darkness definitely took the nose over, wished for a bit more balance. The flavors are sublime, less hops that the nose leads on, lots of roasted coffee and burnt wood, some toasted oat flavors, lots of chocolate and a hint of licorice and plum, nice and complex, each flavor seems to take a turn in the spotlight with each sip. Medium body, a bit thin at times, but overall quite nice, definitely didn’t detract from the beer.

Verdict: Solid stout, kind of hoped for more Dark Lord to come forward and couldn’t really get much of anything unique from the Black Albert aside from a hint of dark fruit in the flavor but on the whole, this beer has got it going on. A must try for any beer nerd.

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

Thanks to brkstoutfiend for the trade!

Pours a thick, solid black with a big tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel, woody, vanilla frosting, and is decadent like a cake.

Taste is up front roast with some dark coffee notes that fades into a boozy, sweet middle and ends on an astringent (think oak tannin) character with notes of chocolate that lasts and lasts. Sweet, astringent, alcoholic.

Heavy body with lower carbonation. The alcohol presence is far too high. Almost cloying but not quite.

Big, sweet, roasty, and alcoholic. It is interesting and different if not quite as complex as it could be (given the blend). The alcohol and sweetness bring this one down, particularly the alcohol, which stands out against the rest of the beer. Good enough but not great.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

Waxed bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a super oily dark black with a small dark brown head along with some light lacing. Nose is slightly sweet, raisins, and chocolate.

Taste is much better than any of of the four beers on their own. Rich and creamy, chocolate and raisns, light roasty flavors as well. Overall quite tasty.

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Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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

A- Very dark black. Head dissipates quickly, small lacy bubbles linger.

S- Complex dark malt aroma. Cocoa, molases, roasted malt, muted herbal/ licorice notes, dark fruit, hint of oak, alcohol. Smells very pleasent.

T- Sweet, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, cocoa,balanced bitterness, alcohol is well hidden.

M- Medium low carbonation level, rich, thick

O- I'm impressed but not blown away. The quality that most impresses me is its complexity. The very same quality may be its downfall, in the fact that its really hard to judge this beer on its own merits and not as a blend. Some of my favorite qualities of the individual beers were masked, some shined through perfectly. Needles to say theres a lot going on here flavor wise. Worth seeking but not worth trading your cellar in the process.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike!

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol. A tiny bit sweet, but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, sweeter dark fruits, raisins, bourbon, light toasted malts. Again, a little sweet, and some fruit that the nose did not have.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Some alcohol heat but considering the ABV not bad.

o - Overall a pretty nice RIS, though slightly disappointing. Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol to it; actually felt more alcohol from this than the Chocolate Rain. A good beer I'd like to have again, but not something I'd seek out due to the demand/rarity.

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Photo of drgarage
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A straight 4.5 across the board for me. Enjoyed a bottle I got in trade over New Year's Eve.

This is a very big blended imperial stout, but it's shockingly smooth. To me, that is the single-most impressive thing about it. All the components are well-integrated, and it has no noticeable alcohol heat whatsoever, a serious accomplishment. It tastes exactly like you would hope a great RIS to: big chocolate, a little booziness, good vanilla and roastiness.

Really excellent overall, but it was completely put to shame by the Black Tuesday we opened next.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared by Thorpe.

Pours a dark brown, near black with a small head of tan bubbles. Sweet roasty aroma of dark chocolate and mild fruit. Flavor is more roasty and burnt than the nose and not quite as sweet. Disappointing lack of coffee or dark fruit in the flavor. Medium thick body, slightly thinner than expected. Sufficient booze presence throughout. Nice, but disappointing given the background of the beers involved.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had three out of the four components of this beer individually and they were all better than this blend.

Beer shared by Thorpe the other day served in a Three Floyds XV anniversary glass. Thanks very awesome way to drink this beer.

Beer is dark brown almost black with a nice head of small bubbles some lacing some carbonation looks good.

Aroma is sweet chocolate and dark fruits.

Beer is sweet but light in body. Lots of plums and some chocolate bitterness and roast at the back end. a nice stout but all of these breweries make a better stout than this. Therein lies my disappointment.

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