Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Cognac Barrel Aged Dark LordCognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
15%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 8.74%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
125
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
95
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as pitch and extremely viscous with a quickly receding brown crust.

Big boozy Cognac nose. Spicy and peppery with a ton of fudge, molasses and vanilla. Very sweet and complex. Notes of caramel and dark fruit lend depth.

The first thing noticed is the tremendously full body. The barrel aged Dark Lords have always been huge beers, but this feels more rich and oily than usual. Flavors of chocolate brownies and dark fruit hit the tongue first, followed more fruity sweetness from the Cognac barrel along with an odd peppery, spicy note that must be coming from the oak. Vanilla and caramel appear mid-palate. The finish is warming and sweet with lingering Cognac, oak and molasses.

Nice stuff, but I prefer some of the other barrel aged Dark Lord variations. 5 ounces was more than enough for me.

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3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6/16/2012

Thanks! Bottle 317/534.

A: Black with a finger of beige foam.

S: Milk chocolate bar with brown sugar dumped on it and some vanilla. It's slightly smoky and meaty, reminiscent of beef jerky, which isn't an overly positive attribute. The cognac presence is light.

T: Incredibly sweet. Lots of vanilla and cocoa. Pronounced brown sugar with evident cognac imparting restrained grape and plum notes. Fudge blends with molasses. Boozy sweet finish. Thankfully that meaty note from the aroma isn't present in the flavor.

M: Full body with low carbonation. Big thick mouthfeel with evident warming.

Overall: Solid but not too impressive. We tried this next to Bourbon Vanilla, Vanilla Bean, and Cognac Muerte, and I enjoyed this least of all.

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4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this one. Served in a taster glass at my birthday party.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar and near-complete cap, but minimal lace. Oily and viscous black body with a glint of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - The cognac imparts boozy sweetness to an already sweet and boozy beer. Lots of grape spirit presence amid the dark fruit, caramel burnt sugars, and chocolate you normally find in Dark Lord. Not much overt oak - just some mild vanilla sweetness.

T - Again, it's very sweet although it seems to avoid the cloying character of this year's Dark Lord. Lots of sugars, molasses, caramel, and cognac - extremely decadent. Not much roast character, and not much alcohol presence either. Probably more of a 4.25, but not quite good enough to warrant an A rating.

M - Low carbonation, sticky, viscous and clingy full body, and fairly low alcohol presence - maybe a touch of warming.

D - A bit too sweet for my tastes - I could have used a bit more oak or roast character to balance the sweet cognac notes. Still, a highly enjoyable treat that is best in small doses. Would happily drink again.

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3/5  rDev -32.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Black with brownish head. Aroma and flavor are a little subdued compared to the other versions. Lots of chocolate and roast and caramel but a bit of a fruity tinge as well. Body is a little bit too thin, flavors are a little mild. Definitely a couple steps below the other Dark Lord variants that night.

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Bottle 308 of 534

A - pours black with a chocolaty head on it

S - cognac spiciness mixed in with some chocolate make up the profile of the nose

T - sweet cognac mixed in with soy and fudgy chocolates open this beer up. A little bit of dark fruits move in next to add a nice change of complexity to the beer. The cognac spiciness comes back at the end and wraps up the taste profile.

M - smooth and full...nice

D - nice barrel variant in the Dark Lord series. Recommended if you can get your hands on it, but if not I wouldn't loose sleep over it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

S - Chocolate, caramel, and a load of sweet cognac presence that gives it both sweetness and a slight alcohol presence

T - Chocolate, syrupy sweetness, and caramel give it a ton of sweetness; yet it doesn't get up to being too sweet as there is a slight alcohol presence that balances it out.

M- Thick syrupy body with a slight chalky chocolate presence to it as well as some light surgery sweetness 4.

O - This is a pretty sweet DL Variant as the alcohol has seemed to fade and left this as a sweet Cognac stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

The beer is pitch black with a thin beige cap. The aroma brings rich, roasted malt, chocolate, oak, booze, and cognac notes. Sweet cognac flavor goes beautifully with the huge imperial stout. I've yet to meet a cognac barrel-aged beer I didn't enjoy. This is no exception. Absolutely terrific stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Tim!

Black in color with almost no head or carbonation. Intense brandy and alcohol aroma along with tons of chocolate and sugar. The booziness is just a bit too pronounced for me. Sweet maple syrup, sugar, caramel, toffee, etc. all present. Good vanilla, brandy, and booze flavors here, too. Maybe a touch of fruit. The booze isn’t quite as over the top as on the nose.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a few people we were able to put together the entire vertical and almost all the BA variants. Lots of fun gents!

From a 750 into a snifter
2012 vintage
Bottle 409 of 534

APPEARANCE: Just like all the rest of them. Pours relatively clear for an imperial stout. Produces a small, one finger medium-looking head that quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Black body in the glass with some carbonation evident. Only a ring remains until the end and leaves no real lacing down the glass. A little too light a pour and an average head at best.

SMELL: NIce barrel notes on this one. Cognac, oak notes with some nice milk chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Light caramel and molasses perhaps, but the cognac barrel is nice and well executed.

TASTE: More nice cognac up front with oak, milk chocolate and some alcohol at the swallow. A big and lingering finish is boozy with nice barrel flavors, some wood notes, milk and bitter, dark chocolate and some caramel sweetness. Pretty nice, and the cognac barrel is really well integrated into the base beer. Well balanced and enjoyable for sure.

PALATE: Slightly lighter than the base beer, but still big enough. Just like the other DL variants as well. Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky on the palate. A bit of a burn and some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really good stuff here. Behind the two bourbon versions, this was easily the one I enjoyed above the others. The cognac barrel is there in just the right amount and the more palatable parts of Dark Lord are allowed to come through. Enjoyable and well worth checking out. Cheers!

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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 125 ratings