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 muskabeatz
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my friends Tom and Kevin for sharing this bottle. What a treat!

A- This pours pitch black with a nice mocha colored head on top. Looks great.

S- Hmm, sadly this is a little underwhelming. Lots of milk chocolate up front with bit of roast and coffee mixed in, but not much. The aroma is good, but just not as big and bold as I had hoped for.

T- Luckily, the taste outshines the aroma and allows some of the complexities to come through. Still big on the milk chocolate and dark malts, but now I start to pick up on the Brunch Weasel and the Black Albert, and some interesting dark fruit character. The finish is all Darkness coming through with its distinct, dry hoppiness. It's very well balanced, and I like the fact that it makes a clear shift from sweet to dry as it sits on your palate. This is fantastically drinkable for being 13+ percent, and I get almost zero alcohol presence, but honestly though, it still falls a bit short in terms of what a big RIS is supposed to be: bold, audacious, uncompromising. The complexity is there, but many of the flavors are faint and overshadowed by the big wave of milk chocolate in the beginning.

M- Very good. Thick, velvety, smooth, delicious. Not quite as thick as some of the other big stouts out there, but we had it side by side with 2011 Darkness, and this was noticeably more viscous.

O- Overall, this is an excellent beer, but it doesn't quite stack up to some of the greats in the imperial stout category. I'm curious to see if this develops at all with age.

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Photo of tjshippen
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A Dark black with very thin layer of a dark tan head

S Rich coffee and chocolate smell with a hint of aromatic hops

T three stages of taste starting with a darkness style hoppiness directly followed by a bold rich fruit and coffee finishing with an oaky aged finish

M looks heavier than it sits in ones mouth very liquidy and thin

O Great beer extremely well balanced high abv beer. Must try if you can get your hands on it

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Photo of ChiHophead13
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had both on tap at the brewpub and from a bomber bottle while in line for the FFF XV anniversary party.

A - jet black with a thin mocha head. A lot of thick lacing and solid retention which you would expect from the collaborating inputs.

S - huge rich notes of chocolate, caramel and bread. Coffee on the nose quickly gives way to more prominent and lingering tones of black licorice and peaty/mossy hops.

T - explosion of bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and espresso on the tongue. A little boozy but not unbalanced, just big. Dark cherry and oak give it balance and sweeten up the presence of the alcohol.

M - surprisingly thin, I was anticipating this beer to be very viscous given the Darkness and Dark Lord inputs. I wanted it to be a little richer.

0 - overall it's hard to criticize this beer. I'm not sure the sum of its parts is noticeably better than DL, Darkness, or Beer Geek Brunch are on their own but this is an exceptional RIS. I can't wait to open another bottle next Thanksgiving.

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Photo of beerhan
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at FFF XV party.

A-super thick and syrupy. Black as night with a dark brown head

S-smells very chocolatey with hints of caramel and espresso. There are also hints of dark fruit probably from the dark lord.

T-the taste of this bad boy blows all of the base beers away. This behemoth is one of the tastiest things I have ever had. It has the thickness of dark lord with the coffee abd dark fruits, mostly plum and raisin shining through. A little smokiness from darkness with a strong espresso taste from the brunch weasel. I do not know how but somehow this combo was phenomenal.

M-mild carb ok nation, super smooth, alcohol is hardly noticeable.

O-great beer that I was very skeptical of but it delivered. Seek it out as I have never such a strong beer quite as smooth abd still delicious as this.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in the brew pub.

Picked up my and my wife's allotment (also drank a BA Owd Engwish in the brew-pub.... WOW that's good.... got a bottle of that too, and can't wait to open it)

It's rather thin.... not very boozy which is good. It certainly has nice mocha/chocolate notes once it warms up a bit.

It's fairly carbonated with a touch of hops to it.

Overall, despite not being able to try each piece of the puzzle, I'd venture to say it's not as good as the sum of it's parts.

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Photo of TrueRates
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark looking imperial stout with a mocha like head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, slight licorice, and burnt malt. Full bodied flavor with a brilliant hop character to the beer. Extremely well balanced. Hides it's alcohol well. I think I like this more than Dark Lord. Just overall a balanced imperial stout.

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Photo of Adamostella
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The silkiness of darkness mated with the oomph of Dark lord.

Jet black, very little head. Like looking into the abyss (no pun indentded)

It is like a metamorphosis with every sip.

Hoppy, yet wearing a velvet glove. This was a real treat.

As they say "too many chefs" however this libation is the exception to the rule, if you can get your hands on it!

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Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one arrived a jet black in color with a one finger beige head. The nose is roasted malts, a lot of coffee bitterness, sweet chocolates, milk chocolate, and more malt. The flavor is very coffee forward, very. It's medium in body and features a lot of roasted malt, as it should, a good amount of coffee, hoppy bitterness, and more roast. It's not overly complex bit it's complex enough. The Mikkeller shines through. The Weasel is all over this one. It's very drinkable because the coffee is so prevalent, and I love coffee. You'd never guess that this beer is 13.8%. Overall this is a nice beer and very drinkable, but rating it above an A- is tough.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Collab between FFF, Surly, mikeller, and De Struisse....

On tap in the brewpub.

Dark brown color, some dark reddish tan hues in the edges and pegs. Small half finger head. Nice thick lacing and good retention

Smells of chocolate, caramel, some light fruity notes (thanks to darkness?).
Taste is about the same-- sweet and roasty malts hit up front. Decent coffee bite to boot. A slightly strange finish holds a lingering dryness.
Feel is quite a bit thinner than I expected-- pretty medium in terms of body. A bit too much carbonation.
Overall-- not bad... But didn't live up to the expectation. The booziness is well-hidden-- that is, until it warms up. A bit of alcohol comes through towards the end of the glass.

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