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Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
116 Ratings
Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De MuerteCognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte
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:
25
Ratings:
116
pDev:
21.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
26
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of CummingsK21
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Romulux
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jisom123
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes taken 11/16/12

poured into tulip glass.

bottle 137 out of 817.

Appearance: black as night with a thick 1 finger high dark brown head. Drops down to a solid cap.

Smell: This beer smell strongly of sweet booze and earthy green peppers. Supporting cast of fudge and a hint of roast. The peppers smell like they might make this beer taste hot.

Taste: This taste far better than I expected! The cognac imparts a sweetness that makes the beer taste really fudgy with a hint of roast. Nice vanilla notes. Maybe some dark fruits and tobacco. The pepper notes seem to blend flawlessly into the beer without overpowering the stout. So very well balanced between the stout, the peppers, and the cognac! This is a 3 Floyds beer thats actually worth the hype!

Mouthfeel: Its huge and its soooo smooth. full bodied beer with low carbonaiton. Its silky motor oil that does not have a hint of booze, even at 15%. The peppers do offer some warming heat thats moderately hot down the throat.

Overall: Wasnt sure that I was going to like this beer, but it was fantastic! My first BA Dark Lord and I would love to try another bottle of a different treatment of Dark Lord. I am not a huge Dark Lord fan, but this proves to me that Dark Lord is a great base beer for barrels. Not worth $50 a bottle, but it sure tastes good.

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Photo of mrandypandy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #308 of 817 - 2012 Vintage

A - pours black with a chocolaty head on it

S - soy chocolates and lots of spicy pepper notes float in the air above the glass

T - sweet chocolate malts open this one up. Cognac barrel characteristics take over the taste profile, but these are very quickly completely overwhelmed by lots of spicy peppers, which dominate the beer from here on out. I like this, but I think the pepper could have been dialed down a bit.

M - smooth bodied with a little bit of carbonation; a very spicy, dry finish to it

D - overall, this is a solid DL variant, however I think the spices could have been more complementary than dominant in the taste profile. As any of the barrel aged variants of DL, I would recommend this to try.

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Photo of augustg
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of illidurit
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at the RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Pitch black with an iced coffee head. Aroma is strong on the chilis with plenty of sweet dense chocolate. Vanilla and chocolate flavor, rich caramel and a nice ancho/chipotle flavor. Perfect amount of heat and chili flavor.

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Photo of claaark13
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 7/28 as part of the NYC BA DarkLord Voltron tasting!!! thanks to brendan for providing this gem.
bottle #76 (possibly 26) / 817

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

s - smells super spicy.

t - my mouth is on FIRE. cognac is present too, but the spiciness takes center stage. this one is too spicy for me...just too much.

m - super spicy...leaves me looking for water. a bit of booze as well, but overall spiciness.

o - interesting beer, but too spicy for me. i'm not one of those guys who drowns my food in the spiciest hot sauce available as and such, didn't really care too much for this. this one is definitely at the bottom of the 8 BA DLs for me.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Tim.

Pours nearly black with no head or carbonation. Intense chili and spiciness to the aroma. Not much in the way of cognac aroma. Very green and mildly earthy. There is a bit of booze and vanilla. The flavor has a rather strong spiciness to it. Tons of chili pepper flavor, earthiness, mild roasted malt flavor, and sweet brandy. The usual sweetness of Dark Lord is tempered a bit.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brendan for this one. Side-by-side with all the other BA Dark Lords. Missed the bottle number for this one. Into a snifter. From notes.

Same appearance as the other Dark Lords.

Chili is apparent right off the bat. Some chocolate, cocoa, with a mild booziness. Some dark fruit lingers around in there also. Nice and bold.

Big spice and sweetness throughout. Some chocolate, dark fruit, fudge, and molasses sweetness. Chilies get bigger and bigger right before the finish. Spicy, heat in the aftertaste. Really solid.

Same body as the other Dark Lords.

This beer makes me a bit more of a believer in chili beers. The heat at the end adds a different dimension not often seen in these big stouts and surprisingly, it works very well. Worth taking a chance on!

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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woah, spicyness ahead! Bottle 76/817.

Lemme make something clear right off the bat: spiciness is *not* a flavor. It's a sensation, and it's often overused to mask bad (or bland) flavors by lazy/incompetent chefs. When used properly, it augments the existing flavors to enhance the overall experience. We cook at home with habanero peppers almost every week because they are delicious; the spiciness they impart is merely a bonus we happen to enjoy. If you can't stomach intense heat like that (which is often a physical -- not mental -- limitation), do not drink Cognac De Muerte anytime soon. :)

Anyway, ancho chiles jump out in the aroma as green peppers and sweetness melt into the booze. Taste is dominated by chiles though, with relentless heat burning the back of my throat after each sip. Yikes, that is hot! Hard to notice the roast and cognac-y, fruity sweetness when the chiles overpower everything like this. Even for a guy with an above-average tolerance for spicy food, this is a little too hot after every sip. The heat distracts you from appreciating the delicious imperial stout underneath, and that stout is quite good.

If you have a bottle of Cognac De Muerte, sit on it for another ~6 months; the spiciness should subside dramatically by then. Still, I actually really like this beer, and that's truly surprising to me because although I love peppers in savory foods, I typically despise them in beers, desserts, and other sweet dishes. And that's a testament to how good the barrel-aged RIS underneath is.

Would love to revisit this in 6 months.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord De Muerte from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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