Murda'd Out Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Murda'd Out StoutMurda'd Out Stout

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
When Baller Stout was created, bourbon barrels were filled with Surly Darkness, Three Floyds Dark Lord, De Struise Black Albert, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch. These were aged for 14 months separately and blended together to taste.

Added by MasterSki on 12-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with dark coco head
S- Roasted sweetness and bourbon. Oak and vanilla
T- Sweet booziness, vanilla, roasted malts
F- Syrupy
O- Very good BA Stout. Hard to track down, not outstanding, but very, very good

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Photo of RMelyon
4.07/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is what? A 2013 "vintage" by now? Dark Lord dominates the smell and taste of this one. Missed Darkness this year, but don't get any of the dryness I remember from that one. As always, I can't taste any coffee. And I don't get much vanilla or Bourbon. Must've faded. It's got some of that tart baker's chocolate thing going on. Not sure if that's from aging, and is supposed to be there or if it's an off flavor. I'd crack it if you still have one. Otherwise you're probably aging if too long.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything that Baller Stout was missing, this beer fixed. It was full of flavor while still being balanced and smooth. Price tag was scary, but the beer inside was well worth it.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Waxed bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head that rests atop with decent retaining power. Some patchy lace and legs of alcohol are noted.

The aroma is meaty with a touch of sorta smoked chocolate meets vanilla and caramel. A mild indication of some herbal hops are felt across the back of the nose along with a lasting indication of alcohol and roasted to charred grain.

The taste includes plenty of bitter chocolate and roast with enough of a neutral booziness. Then a lot of barrel nuance is noticed tasting of vanilla, caramel and a contradting amount of roast and char. It's a real good blend of flavors.

This is a boozy brew, full bodied and moderately carbonated. Pretty nice offering that showcases some familiarity of the base beers included in this. It really is greater than the sum of it's parts. However, I dont think I would ever consider paying the cost of admission on this one. Thank you kindly Mark for the generous share.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.37/5  rDev -3.7%

thanks to Mark for sharing this, enjoyed chilled in a 1/2 pint.

The color is black and opaque with thick tan cap with ultra fine bead. The smell is rich with dark malt and has a yeast aroma with creamy cocoa quality and butterscotch with light stone fruit odor and mild hint of oak with a subtle alcohol aroma. The feel is rich and thick with roasted texture and mild spice with a smooth cocoa and light woody feel with medium carbonation and semi-high alcohol in the finish.

The taste have a very chewy malt presence with roasted and light woody taste and slight chocolate fudge thick dark toffee-like taste and slight dark bread with the flavor of wood present with subtle dark cocoa and earthy yeast element. The flavor of alcohol is there but not overpowering considering the richness of the coffee and toffee flavors in the malt. Overall this is a great blended stout wonderful flavor ...the only thing holding it back as far as drinkability is the alcohol level.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev -2%

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, chocolate syrup, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with fantastic barrel aged qualities in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from MeadMe, HUGE thanks for sending it my way so I could share it with the Tasters Choice group!
Pours a thick viscous black color with a smallish tan head that dissipates quickly. Huge rich malty aromas of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, light wood and hints of bourbon, light fruit and smoke. Huge complex nose that I could park my nostrils over all night. The flavor is richly complex like the aroma suggested. Huge sweet sugary maltiness as a base to a bit of chocolate and roasted grains set in some bourbon oak and lightly smokey with touches of fruit and earth. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation. Fantastic frigging beer right here! If I weren't driving sat night I would have seriously Bogart-ed this bottle!

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Photo of orangesol
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for busting this one open for us at the last monthly tasting. Served right after Baller for comparison sake.

A - Pours ink black with a decent one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, plenty of woody oak, warm bourbon and lots of dark roasted malt. Much better than the base but still a touch out of focus, I guess that is expected.

T - Starts off with the sweetness - mainly the molasses, vanilla, dark fruits and dark chocolate - slowly being joined by the coffee, oak, toffee, smooth bourbon and the ever present dark roasted malt. Finish is sweet and roasty with a bit of dryness at the end of each sip, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel makes it very easy to consume. Very little of the reported 14% is noticeable.

O - I am not a fan of the base beer at all but this is very good. I would have never guessed it would be this good to have this many beers blended together. I am honestly surprised how much the barrel has smoothed everything out. Glad I could finally try this one, thanks again Justin!

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Photo of spicelab
4.06/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared at tasting, with huge thanks to Joe. Reviewed from notes.

Dark chocolate, not your typical jet black or motor-oil appearance, with a fleeting saffron head that falls to nought. Decent ABV legs on swirling.

Fairly dominant umami theme, with plenty of soy sauce, vegemite, toasted bread and cocoa nibs, assisted by the dry finish from the oak. Fleeting sweet notes of dates and molasses in the taste, becoming a little more promient over the course but remaining firmly as back notes.

As the appearance suggests the mouthfeel is not super thick. Dry, dark chocolatey bitterness and minimal booze heat.

Quite a solid RIS, but didn't wow me. The barrel notes seem subdued, un-bourbony, and work largely to make for a nice clean flavour profile, but overall seems lacking in complexity and presence.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber with red wax shared at the whale tasting 7/13/2013, poured into a BCBS snifter.

This beer smells quite a bit sweet, with a ton of different flavours. If you spend enough time you might pick them out, but I mostly got bourbon, a bit of coffee, lots of chocolate (the bitter dark kind), sweet malty caramel with a little bit of barrel. It pours pretty much pitch black like the other big imperial stouts at the tasting. Not much more than a minimal brown head that fades into a pitch black, very placid brew.

Flavourwise it is fairly sweet but not overly unbalanced sweet like Dark Lord. It's chocolate molasses with a bit of coffee and vanilla.. highlighted by sweet bourbon. The oak comes out more here than in the nose. Pretty complex, and as I said above if I spent more time sousing out the different flavours, there's probably more in there.

This beer was full bodied, but not as thick as Rare or Vanilla Bean DL. That being said, it was still very thick. Standard carbonation for the style, and drinks smoothly. There's a bit of heat in this beer which isn't unexpected. Aftertaste is mostly a molasses + sweet bourbon combo.

I would say this beer is worth shelling out $50 with some friends to try out. I'd rather spend that money on something else like Rare or VBDL but cost aside, this is a friggin' fantastic BA stout. Everything seems to be present and complementing each other well including the barrel. I think it could go with a little bit less heat and a little more body. But who am I to be asking for more when this beer pretty much delivers on all counts?

Re-review: Generously opened up by Doug today at our celebratory whale tasting, 3/22/2014. Poured into a Three Floyds teku glass. Drank this one just right before we opened up a 2012 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Lord. Basically, this beer's appearance is pretty much unchanged, pours with a minimal half finger brown head with little retention. The smell is JUST like the BADL- especially the barrel vanilla contribution- except with a bit more of charred malts and dark fruit, likely from the BA Black Albert contribution. And the flavour is very similar to BADL- very sugary sweet but with a nice port-like sweetness and charred roast malt character that cuts that particular sweetness, with an incredible barrel vanilla contribution similar to the BADL. Mouthfeel is impeccable, zero ABV heat and very chewy. Overall, I think this beer has done well over the last 15 months, and if you have any, consider drinking it soon. It's hard to imagine how it could be any better with more age, but it's not entirely out of the question. Also, if I had the choice between obtaining this beer vs the '12 BADL, I would go for this one 10 times out of 10.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate brown with no head to it

S - Bourbon notes, chocolate, vanilla, fudge and coffee notes make up a great nose

T - Bourbon vanilla sweetness up front with lots of chocolate and caramel. Dates, brown sugar and oak. Loads of butterscotch to it. This is one flavorful beer that really impresses

M - Silky smooth with minimal carbonation to it. Finish is slightly strong alcohol and oak

O - Really a great BA beer from FFF with great sweetness and barrel to it. Reminds me a bit of brandy vanilla DL but not as marshmallowy

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Decent khaki head. Leggy. Chunky collar.

Smell - Incredible bourbon aroma. Vanilla and oak. Oak is strong. Booze and chocolate. Some coffee. The slightest bit of licorice.

Taste - Chocolate and booze up front. Bourbon is just as good as the smell. Rich chocolate all over. Oak very strong. Just incredible.

Mouthfeel - It's hella boozy. Medium carbonation. Heavy, but not too sugary.

Overall - This is one of the best bourbon stouts I've had in a long time.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.9/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having side-by-side with Baller. 750ml poured into a Goose Island glass.

A- Black with little transparency. No lacing.

S- Anise, black licorice, minimal booze, chocolate, dark fruit.

T- Black licorice, dark fruit, chocolate... booze is hidden well. I like hot beers though.

M- 3/4 full bodied compared with zhukov/huna. Minimal carbonation.

O- I was disappointed with this beer. I am having Baller with it, and I just may enjoy baller more. There is nothing that is exceptional about Murda'd IMO. Maybe I got a bad bottle?

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Photo of Chaney
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I split this one with Huzahbendah here recently at a tasting. Thank god (or whatever Richard Dawkins worships), I took good notes.

A: Looked like black, infected snot coming out of the bottle. Dark as hell, with a slight mocha head that was ultimately anti-climactic.

S: Fruity Pebbles... Hell, "Dark Lord" was the dominating presence here. Lots of milk chocolate and Cherry Cordial ice cream. No bourbon.

T: Enormous barrel aging here. Do NOT have this as your main course. This is a dessert beer through and through. Hell, I even burped sweet cherries and coconut bourbon. Seriously, the only one I got was "Dark Lord" with Darkness, Black Albert, and Brunch Weasel playing deep, deep, deep background.

M: Snot-like, and to be honest, the sweetness wasn't as cutting as I thought it was going to be upon first sniff, however, this was pitch perfect on the carbonation and thickness feel.

O: I paid $50 for this at the brewery, therefore, if you have one of these, please bide your time and consider this an "event" beer. As for me, I thought it was worth the money as a one time shot.

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Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: What the fuck do you think this beer looks like?

S: Damn. Cocoa butter, vanilla, dark fruits, and hints of coconut all dance together fighting for dominance. Subtle charred bourbon barrel starts to reveal itself on the end.

T: Chocolate, Coconut, and dark fruits strong up front, with some smoke. Dark fruits get bigger and bigger, while the other flavors fade into barrel, except for the chocolate which starts to grow into almost bitter cocoa powder. Bourbon starts to rise as the mouthfeel warms up, and some fig and booze lift the tongue up through the finish. Superb.

M: Heavy, but still smooth and silky. Reminds me of KBS.

O: Perfect. Just, perfect. Didn't expect to get so much cocoa butter out of this - definitely not a one dimensional barrel-bomb. 10/10. Kudos FFF. .

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Photo of jegross2
4.86/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing Murda'd Out Stout, a bourbon barrel aged stout collaboration between Three Floyds Brewing Company out of Munster, Indiana (Dark Lord), Surly Brewing Company out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, De Struise Brouwers out of Belgium, and Mikkeller out of Denmark. This beer is not "Barrel Aged Baller Stout." Rather, the components beers were individually barrel aged before blending.

Score: 98

January 2013 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Mikkeller "The Original" taster glass and enjoyed on 06/02/14.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a thin layer of tan head that settles to a bubbly ring around the glass. Poor lacing, okay retention. Nice legs and browning/tanning of the side of the glass from swirling. 4.5/5

Smell: Fudgey chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and a light oak character. Some cherry and fig too. Marvelous integration of this big bold barrel aged stout nose. 4.75/5

Taste: Tastes even better than it smells! Milk chocolate, fudge, vanilla, dark fruit and brown sugar/molasses. Big, lasting bourbon and chocolate finish. So...much...fudge! 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, spot on low carbonation. Chewy and creamy mouthfeel. Nice sweet-leaning balance. The flavors absolutely coat the palate here. 5/5

Overall: Who said this beer was falling off? It is still drinking like a champ. This beer is just as good as Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord, and is one of the better barrel aged stouts out there (and it was priced accordingly). I would love to acquire another if the opportunity presents itself.

Cost: $50 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks man! Big time want.

The beer is near black with a quarter inch of beige head.

Right away the aroma tells you this is one helluva beer.

Thick and robust. Dark Lord and Darkness show the way. No way I could pick out Black Albert or Weasel, although they are two exquisite beers. Rich and full bodied. Sweet booze countered by roasted malt and bitter chocolates.

Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall, this was fantastic. I'm going to thoroughly enjoy closing out a great evening with the second half of this bottle. Terrific.

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Photo of Phelps
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a small taster glass.

Deep black, thin, silky cocoa colored head.

Major barrel component. Vinous oak, lots of vanilla, rich fudge, graham cracker.

Hot damn. Killer amounts of toffee, toasty oak, alcohol, bitter and smoky dark chocolate. Butterscotch, French vanilla, cocoa. Some cola as it warms. Rich, sweet. Finish is bitter coffee and chocolate.

Thick, syrupy medium full. Sticks to the tongue. Tingly carbonation, high numbing alcohol.

Mighty fine. Barrels are huge, maybe a touch too big for the stouts. But the booze flavor is outrageous.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jdiddy for breaking this out. Pours one shade shy of black with no head, just a bubbly skim. Nose expresses lots of ethanol, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla notes. Taste - all I can say is wow! Everything in the nose assimilates very well in the flavor profile. Vanilla and butterscotch become more prominent as the beer warms. Moutfeel is medium-bodied with an almost still carbonation and a silky texture. Overall this is a top notch beer that just gets better and better from the initial pour to the final quaff.

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Photo of jerridrants
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow! wow! wow! i am impressed. i usually dont review anything unless i really like it or really hate it, after have a bottle of baller stout (murdad out is ba baller stout) i was pleasantly surprised to see how much better this one was, this is for sure in my top five of all time and i highly recommend. the only down side was price it was fifty dollars per bottle but it is def worth it, i live close to three floyds and ive had almost every year of dark lord which doesnt even compare to this beer.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split 4 ways after drinking Black Albert, Beer Geek Breakfast, Darkness, Dark Lord, and Baller Stout. Poured into Lawson's tulip. Thanks Paul(Anonymous1) for this awesome bottle.

A- Pours a pitch black that appears fairly still with pretty much no head and some very light spotty lacing that clings to the glass.

S- Sweet bourbon balanced with fudge, dark chocolate, light vanilla, a hint of booze, some oak, caramel, and molasses. Fairly complex with a nice sweetness and fairly aromatic.

T- Sweet almost caramel mixed with vanilla bourbon, cocoa with a hint of bitterness, finishes with rich dark fudge and some oak. Nicely balanced with an extremely nice barrel presence.

M- Full bodied being a bit on the thicker side, fairly low carbonation which is nice for the style, overall very nice for style.

O- This beer proves how great Three Floyd's is at barrel aging. I wasn't a huge fan of the regular Baller Stout but this beer took it to a whole new level bringing out a nice sweet bourbon presence balanced with a thick rich fudge aspect. Easily the best beer we had during our tasting (although the only barrel aged one). I definitely recommend checking this one out if you ever get the chance.

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Photo of Treebs
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kevanb for the share at DLD. Served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a dark black color with a tan head forming on the pour. Recedes to a thin cap. Minimal spots of lace.

S: Bourbon and sweet vanilla with a oak backing. Lots of milk chocolate and roasted malts as well.

T: Same as the nose. Great barrel presence with the bourbon, vanilla, and oak all working with the base beers. Dark fruit, roasted malts and notes of sweet caramel come out of the glass as it warms up a bit.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a thick and oily mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable.

O: Really nice. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. it's not worth the $50, but it's a nice treat to have once in a while.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought to you by Dennoman at the big DL lineup a few weeks back. I barely even remember this one, but luckily I took surprisingly detailed notes on it. Way more detailed than I remember doing. I must have been in great shape still.

From a 750 into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out thicker than the Dark Lord variants, relatively viscous and black but not quite pitch black, yielding a smaller, medium looking, fluffy, light mocha head with good retention. Black body with no carbonatino evident. Head fades to a small, swirly wisp and ring but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking stout.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon on the nose, with oak, vanilla, coconut and caramel as well. Light roasted aroma with some dark chocolate combine with some milk chocolate and sweet cream from the bourbon barrel. Pretty bold with a good balance between the base blend and bourbon barrel. Really good.

TASTE: Lots of barrel again, with piles of bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet cream and caramel sweetness with a hint or bitter roasted flavors at the swallow. Bold and unrelenting aftertaste of bourbon barrel, lightly roasted and burnt malts with some bitter dark chocolate as well. The oak and sweet vanilla cream flavors from the boozy bourbon barrel work well with the roasted and bitter base beer. Actually surprisingly good and well integrated.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight for the style, creamy enough as well, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. A burst of heat lingers on the palate as well. A touch hot perhaps, but definitely big and smooth enough to support the flavors.

OVERALL: I must have liked this beer way more than I can remember. Luckily I can still read my scrawl as well. This was much better than I'd expected. The bourbon barrel works really well with the base stout, making a big statement but still showing excellent balance as well. The feel could perhaps be a touch bigger, which would give the flavors the support they need for top marks, but given the style, this is a minor complaint. Come to think of it, given how much I actually liked the bourbon DL versions, I guess it's not such a surprise that I enjoyed this so much. On the whole, I'm a pretty big fan of the four base beers. Thanks again Dennoman! This was a beauty.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

75 cl poured into a tasting glass

For Me this was the highlight from the day
Pours black with a small light brown head.
Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, plums, oak, brandy, alcohol.
Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, rich filled chocolates, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, brandy, some booze.
Full body, smooth oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation, sweet and warming alcohol finish. Great beer. It can't get much better than this , excellent !!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last beer consumed at our 3 Floyds beer dinner. Big thanks to Sean for picking this up for me at the brewpub. Paired with Dark Lord chocolate cake. Served in my BCS snifter.

A - A quarter-finger of tan foam settles to wisps, thin collar, and minimal lacing. Opaque black body, with some bubbles visibly adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Big oak, loads of vanilla, moderate bourbon, big dark chocolate, light roast and coffee. Still a tad rough, but pretty delicious. The Beer Geek Brunch Weasel component is probably the only one with any clarity to it, as the bourbon barrels have dominated on the whole.

T - The taste is much smoother and rounded out, with more balance between sweet malts, oak, and bourbon flavors. Loads of vanilla, chocolate, cake, caramel, molasses, and light coffee and dark fruit flavors. I think the Darkness and Dark Lord come out a bit more here, but the barrel-aging balances the excessive sweetness in both (particularly without the former's hoppiness). Booze is much better hidden, and the finish is surprisingly crisp and clean for such a massive beer.

M - Medium-full body, with lower carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and viscous body, with some barrel tannins and dryness in the finish. Again, fairly tame relative to the aroma and some of the base beers.

D - A superb barrel-aged stout. Is it worth $50? Perhaps as a special treat; I certainly wish I had a few more bottles around in the cellar for down the road, as I think the aroma will mellow a bit more in time. I think I could put down an entire bottle of this on my own, although I'd probably end up with a raucous hangover.

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