Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
121
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
165
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing the Cognac Dark Lord from Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana.

Score: 87

April 2012 vintage bottle served in a Dark Lord snifter and enjoyed on 03/12/14. Bottle number 478 out of 534. Thank you Husker Mike for graciously losing this bottle to me in a post-season baseball wager (go Rays!).

Appearance: Pours an ink black color with a thin layer of tan head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing, excellent retention. Oily legs. 4.75/5

Smell: A ton of maple syrup! Then tiramisu, vanilla, raisin, oak and chocolate. Cognac too, but the nose does not scream cognac like Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord screamed bourbon. The cognac character is a lot more forward than complementary here. As it warms up, the maple falls off. 4.25/5

Taste: Has a cognac flavor and maple flavor upfront that kind of tastes like a muted Utopias, finishing nice and long. Notes of chocolate, raisin and oak too. Light licorice as well. Sadly, as this beer warms up, the maple/molasses character fades out and it develops a vegetal/pepper finish. Wah-wah. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, minimal carbonation. Slick, slightly sticky mouthfeel with a dry finish. Has a very mild sweetness. Frankly, this might be the least sweet variation of Dark Lord that I have had to date. 4/5

Overall: Although my initial impression of this beer was pretty positive, its quality nose dived as it warmed up and aerated. While this beer is not nearly as bad as Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte, the 2011 batch of Dark Lord De Muerte, Moscatel Barrel Aged Dark Lord or Port Barrel Aged Dark Lord, it is far from being an elite beer let alone a top five Barrel Aged Dark Lord variant. My 5 oz pour was sufficient for a lifetime.

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle.

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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.
4.19 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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