Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark LordCognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 04-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 121
Photo of cosmicevan
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Evan for this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Bottle 389/534 into a snifter. From notes.

Just like the other variations with a touch more lace. No head, black. Oily legs.

Chocolate, fudge, some tingly boozy spiciness, ethanol. Sweet. Mellow.

Big dark fruit notes. Chinese medicine, prune, plum, some light tartness, alcohol spiciness, sweet, syrupy molasses finish.

Mouthfeel is exactly like the other variations.

A solid beer overall. The cognac gives the dark lord a nice, different characters that's much appreciated.

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Photo of Tipsy
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle with standard pressure cap and poured into a beer snifter. My expectations were high being form 3 Floyd's and a new and exotic barrel aged style beer using the Cognac barrel. This beer delivers and the hype needs to grow.

A: Pours really dark black color beautiful head of great cream, fantastic thickness, and a impressive retention.

S: Rich with caramel, toffee and of course the cognac. What a rich and just unbelievable smell with the ingredient combinations.

T: Again, rich with caramel, toffee and of course the cognac. The flavors combine so nicely to give this beer an superb taste that is strong smooth and good far sipping through an evening. Wow. I mean just wow. This is unlike any bourbon barrel aged beer I've had and the cognac does something very special to the flavor. You have to try this. Very complex and subtle.

M: Smooth and wet. Rich. Creamy up front but the cream bleeds through to the end.

Overall: Just get this beer and experience something you have never experienced before. It is awesome and this one delivers.

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Photo of LuvDaHops
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Strong, sweet an delicious. I've never had anything like it, but I want more. The aroma is unique, but pleasant. Pours a rich black with little to no head. The best thing about this beer is the taste, which the cognac enhanced unlike any bourbon barrel aged beer I have had.

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Photo of LikeTheBeer
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an impressive beer that pours black with a nice little brown head. You can taste the delicious barrel aging in this strong and beautiful beer. If you like a strong, complex and wonderfully flavored beer this is one you must get.

You can taste cognac, caramel, chocolate, sugar and toffee.

Thanks to Mike from Indiana who sold this to me, I wish there were more out there to buy.

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Photo of Dejan
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours motor oil black, stains the glass with a brown film, thin mocha head.

S - Chocolate, caramel, oak, and a strong, smooth congnac. The nose is very sweet, the the booze helps balance things out pretty well. Very well executed.

T - Cognac, caramel, chocolate, sugar and another sweet maybe a toffee. Sweet and smooth with a grea cognac taste which is different than any other barrel aged I've had. Amazing.

M - Rich, Full Bodied, Creamy and Smooth

O - This is an impressive beer that will definitely give pleasure to any beer enthusiast. I can see how some may not like the Cognac flavor and that's because they may not like Cognac!!! If you like beer infused with an alcohol, you will love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of HopHead84
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml waxed bottle served in a New Glarus tasting glass. Bottle # 354/534. Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for the share.

A: See Lord, Dark. For those that are less inclined, this beast pours absolutely pitch black in color with a dark tan head. Recedes quickly to a thick collar that leaves sticky lace behind.

S: Molasses. Sweet dark fruits, mostly raisins with a combination of creamy malts and toasted oak. Dark chocolate bitterness is paired well the sweet cognac.

T: The taste is much better than the nose. The cognac is up front, but it quickly gives way to the mild oak barrel. Sweet vanilla and decadent caramel are paired with a chocolate brownie. Booze soaked raisins and roasted malts combined for a nice sweet molasses finish that is reminiscent in the base beer.

M: A nice chewy body is complimented with a medium to low carbonation and sweet finish.

O: The barrel is very mellow, but you can still pick out all the nice flavors of it. Definitely sweet just like the 2011 DL, but it wasn't cloying in the least bit. A must try.

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Photo of largadeer
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of brystmar
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to blatantdream for sharing!

Black pour, not too much head or lace. Aroma shows plenty of cognac and booze. But screw that -- this beer is all about the taste!

Tremendous complexity from the cognac barrels adds layers of intrigue atop the Dark Lord base. Good amount of sweetness, but it's not overpowering. Strong booze character blends well with the present flavors to create complete one of the best, most complex, and most delicious tasting stouts I've ever consumed.

This is my first BA DL (aside from a small pour of BA Vanilla at DLD) and suffice to say I'm impressed. A first-rate imperial stout; unquestionably one of the best I've ever consumed. Need moar!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Aaron. Sample @ DLD 2012.

A - Pours motor oil black, stains the glass with a brown film, thin mocha head, thin collar, wisps here and there.

S - Chocolate, smooth congnac booze, oak, burnt sugars, caramel. The nose is very sweet, the the booze helps balance things out pretty well. Really well done...impressive.

T - Cognac, burnt sugars, oak, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate. Again, lots of sweetness and smooth booze. Really just spot-on and enjoyable. The cognac barrels turn this beer into a different beast.

M - Full body, light carbonation, rich and smooth, creamy finish

O - Dare I say my favorite Dark Lord variant ever? Def right up there. Wow, cognac does some wonderful stuff to just about any base beer, and it's no different here. Perfect balance between sweetness and booze...get some of this!

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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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