Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Cognac Barrel Aged Dark LordCognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord
BA SCORE
94.2%
Liked This Beer
4.44 w/ 121 ratings
Cognac Barrel Aged Dark LordCognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 04-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
121
Liked:
114
Avg:
4.44/5
pDev:
9.01%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
166
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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3.96/5  rDev -10.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.68/5  rDev -17.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thakns to Chris for sharing this one. 2012 Vintage.

A - Dark black with a thin layer of mocha coloured head.

S - Cognac, dark fruit and chocolate covered cherries provide an interesting nose along with the typical big sweet roast profile of Dark Lord.

T - Cognac, chocolate fudge, dark cherries, char and roast. Fairly sweet overall with some molasses and chocolate notes coming through. The sweet and warming cognac profile returns in the finish. The barrel aging seemed to really tame the massive sweetness that the base beer typically exudes. Good integration of all of the various flavours.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation. A little thin for what I expected but still a nice mouth feel.

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4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL waxed and capped bottle. Major thanks to Matt for sharing! Bottle # 114/534.

(A)- Pours pitch as black night. Some tan and brown bubbles formed.

(S)- Mountains of booze soaked raisin, caramel, dark fruits, and a sweet oak component.

(T)- Again, heavy on the raisin with a subtle spicy nutmeg and vanilla oak combination.

(M)- I like the mellow carbonation in this in combination with the spicy oak wood and the mountains of raisin this has. Rich & dense as hell, but then again this IS Dark Lord.

(O)- Dark Lord is always a beast, but I quite like this variant on it. Barrel aging seems to smooth it out a little and adds a nice subtle spicy wood component that really drove it home.

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3.78/5  rDev -14.9%
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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4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 7/28 as part of the NYC BA DarkLord Voltron tasting!!! thanks to mjmadsen21 for the trade and helping me get a seat at this stellar tasting event!
bottle #389 / 534

a - black with minimal off brown tan head. soft of what i was expecting for a barrel aged dark lord.

s - pretty boozy and a bit metallic. cognac is definitely present on the nose.

t - metallish aluminum on dark lord. cognac and booze, but there is definite metal in there. the cognac comes on more as it warms and compliments the beer really nice. i'm not a huge cognac fan, but this beer is pretty tasty.

m - smooth and easy drinker. the metallic taste is present but not too much and goes away over time as i adjust to the feel...could be related to the cognac flavor mixing with the dark lord?

o - very good, but i had a hard time getting past the metallic undertones in the beer. as not a huge cognac fan i didn't feel that the presence of cognac was a big improvement on the beer. the group was definitely divided on this one as some really felt that this was a highlight for the tasting and for me it was probably more in the middle to the lower middle for the veritcal.

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