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
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of largadeer
3.09/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black in the glass topped by a tall mocha head. Viscous, sticky appearance with great head retention.

Sweet, heavily roasted nose; lots of char and sweetness, reminds me of tar and molasses. Surprisingly coffee forward, mildly fruity from the Black Albert component.

Extremely sweet palate, but also sharply bitter. Acrid, acidic malt, bitter earthy coffee, tart blackberry, molasses, tar. Full bodied, bordering on syrupy, but the bitterness builds a lot more than the sweetness. The hoppiness of Darkness comes through slightly, leaving a lingering resiny bite.

This isn't bad per se, but it has too many clashing elements. The mix of intense sweetness, bitterness, coffee and esters doesn't really work.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of leschkie
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Altogether well put together RIS, thanks Tom. Smoke, thick head, creamy, hoppy, good barrel ageing. Looks, the smell, the mouthfeel, masterful blend of these four masters, without a flaw. Great beer exceeding expectations in a great style. Minor in chocolate, the smoke was so well integrated, and the hook for me.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jedwards for sharing this brew. 22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours one shade shy of black with a tan-colored head that quickly dissipates into a light, oily skim with a thin, bubbly band around the edges. Interesting nose - citrusy, hoppy, dark roasted malts and a trace of sweetness towards the back. Taste consistent with nose - this beer has a tremendous malt backbone with a pleasant charred quality that becomes slightly acrid towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a slightly oily texture and a lively/crisp carbonation with a light alcohol burn at the finish. A really interesting blend although I was surprised at its hoppiness given the base beers (I guess it comes from the Darkness). That said, this beer really comes together as it warms.

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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2/5  rDev -52.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Three Floyd’s Anniversary Party.

Appearance – Given in a nice plastic cup, heh. A dark, black colored beer with a decent brown fluffy head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing.

Smell – Lots of sweet aromas, toasted and roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate. Not much coffee sadly, and a bit of alcohol. Just a hint of hops.

Taste – A nice hop kick up front which takes away some of the relative sweetness. A decent amount of char and roasted malts mixed with an unmistakable Dark Lord sweetness. As with the nose, not much coffee characteristics. Milk chocolate, a hint of dark fruits and licorice.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a bit thick and creamy, nice carbonation.

Overall – A decent beer, though honestly it didn’t blow me away. Enjoyable, but one I will have to revisit in the near future.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours flat black in color and has a visible viscosity to it. Forms a small tan head that is thicker around the edges of the glass. Decent retention. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is of roasted malts and a little coffee with some grassy hops.

T: More roasted malts and lots of grassy hops. Surprisingly heavy on the hops. Coffee and a slight acidity.

M: Heavy body, but lighter than either DL or Black Albert. Good carbonation and an appreciable bitterness.

O: A good beer, though I've got to wonder where all the hops are coming from as I don't recall any of the "component" beers being very hoppy. Makes me think this beer is more than the sum of it's ingredients. In the end I found this one is almost a combination of an Imperial stout and a Black IPA. Rather interesting.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 759 ratings