Dwarven Power Bottom
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Russian Imperial Stout
4.18 | pDev: 10.53%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Dwarven Power BottomDwarven Power Bottom
Notes: Dark Lord aged in Muscat barrels.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 179 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature teku glass, 2016 vintage. Bottle #34? of 1???. Mostly rubbed off. Pours thick pitch black color with a thin creamy tan head, that reduces to a thin ring of lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, fudge, white grape/wine, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, sugar, vanilla, muscat barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, fudge, white grape/wine, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of vanilla, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred bitterness; wine/oak tannin spiciness; and wine tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, fudge, white grape/wine, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark bread/crust, vanilla, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, sugar, vanilla, muscat barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a nice hop/roast bitter/sweet and wine/oak tang/tart/spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness, and wine/oak tannin spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and extremely full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready/slick, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 15%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged Russian imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, sugar, vanilla, muscat barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic soft feel for the finishing gravity. Amazingly rich malt complexity with sugar, coffee, and great wine barrel presence/integration; solid earthy hops and restrained fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on base style as expected. This wasn’t as fruity from the wine as I expected. Got better as it warmed.

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Photo of Egotist
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pour inky black (typical dark lord variant).
S: Sweet and mild barrel but the sweet notes from the wine take over the base beer. Dark fruits present and slight tart wine notes.
T: It was very sweet when we had it on tap at DLD in '16. The bottle we recently opened was calmed down on the sweetness and more complex. Barrel notes are coming through with a slight tartness that balanced some of the sweetness. Loads of dark fruit and slight chocolate coming through now. I can see this beer getting better in time.
F: Typically thick and motor oil-like for dark lord.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Moscatel Dark Lord
Bottle #1004 of ????(rubbed off)

A- More deep brown than black. Some brownish red edges, no head.
S- Classic Dark Lord- dark fruits, sweet. Barrel adds some white grape notes
T- More refined that regular dark lord. Very sweet, but the barrel adds a nice sweet wine finish
F- Thick like syrup
O- Enjoying more than the 2012 regular that was most likely the base of this beer. I like sweet wines so this was nice. Still very complex like dark lord, but the barrel really did help. Not mind blowing, but fun to try.

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Photo of Original_Gravity
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stealth pour at the 2016 FWIBF. A little disappointed that Handjee wasn't being poured, but this was a very welcome surprise. The sweetness of the muscat and the DL match together perfectly! The muscat definitely dominates, and that's definitely alright with me. This could almost pass as a port, and an amazing one!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, red session. Aroma has intense booze, bacon, umami and smoked malt. Taste starts sweet with fried/smoked bacon, quite intense but it gets more balanced towards the finish. Sticky, syrupy body.

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Photo of JFresh21
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at DLD side by side with regular Dark Lord.

This is much smoother than regular Dark Lord. The soy sauce stickiness is eradicated by the barrel aging.The taste is chocolate with a slightly sweet finish that brings the flavors together. I didn't feel any heat from the 15% ABV.

I really enjoyed it and wish I would have ordered 2 pours.

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Photo of Fux
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

2016 Muscat barrel aged dark lord side by side with 2016 regular, port & madeira and madeira and tart michigan cherries.
A: dark lord look
S: no soy sauce whatsoever which is good. Some dark fruits, prune, fig maybe. Cocoa and tobacco also, and sugar, tons of it.
T: overly sweet, less than the 2013 undrinkable Moscatel version but still too much for me. There is some winey, slightly tart character that helps balance a little bit the sweetness and makes this more drinkable than the regular version.
M: smooth, alittle bit less than the 2016 regular (which was fantastic in this extent). Sticky.
O: I had a hard time finishing this. It's not very bad but it's not good either and far far too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As opposed to regular Dark Lord, this is a touch lighter--more of a dark mahogany brown with burnt reddish brown edges and there is also absolutely no head whatsoever. It is purely wine-like in appearance.

What is normally a dark chocolate and cherry aroma turns into a sort of barleywine and molasses scent, with some roasty notes remaining.

The wine barrel seems to have left a considerable impression on Dark Lord, developing a big prune flavor that overwhelms the chocolate, coffee, and even the sweetness of the base beer. It's a bit confusing and I'm not quite sure if I like it or not.

Dwarven Power Bottom also seemed less viscous and thick than regular. I had this on draft at DLD 2016.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2016 on tap at DLD.

This is a great beer. My favorite of the 4 variants I had on tap. The rich chocolate body plays really well with the rich Muscat barrel that come though and blends with the stout perfectly. Well done FFF on this beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had the power bottom at dld and gave it a 4.25.

This rating is for the 2013 moscatel barrel aged version.

Light beige head. Dark brown/black in color.

Lots of sweetness and dark fruits. Wine like flavors and red grapes. Licorice and molasses. Some chocolate and red cherries.

Medium to full bodied. A bit of roast.

A bit different than the power bottom, but I still enjoyed this one.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: blackish chestnut, almost no head, still
S: dark fruit, Moscatel is apparent, some chocolate, a little maple syrup
T: similar to the nose, except no maple, sweet, borders on cloying
F: heavy, almost not carbonation
O: good but most amazing. heavier/sweeter than I'd like

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hmmm... at first this was so sweet it was a little off-putting, ... but then I got used to the idea!...a slow sipper for sure, on the level of a desert wine, with flavors of grand marnier, molasses, soy sauce, raisins, vanilla, and cocoa powder.... Still prefer my stouts less sweet, but I can appreciate that this is a well-made stout.

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Photo of ajcuster89
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Andrew for popping this 2-year old beauty open Sunday at Birch Hill Tavern!

Distinct DL nose. I could easily pick out a DL blind from 50 other stouts by nose alone. Tons of dark fruit and molasses. Somehow even sweeter than regular DL, but the wine characteristics mellow it out on the back end. Goes down smooth as silk. Wish I had more of this. One of the better variants I have had. Killer brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a deep black color with a thin tan head. The smell of the beer is sweet some barrel notes but has some soy in there too. The taste of the beer has a bit of soy in there along with some sherry and oak and molasses. The feel of the beer is full bodied, very oily. Overall it's a massive brew, was pretty good.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Pours a dark black with a thick toffee tinted lacing ring.

S - Mild vanilla aroma, sweet dark chocolate, sweet dark molasses, some alcohol presence, mild oak.

T - Follows the nose with mild vanilla from the oak, light dark licorice, sweet dark chocolate and molasses, and light oak tannin.

M - Thick, full bodied, velvety, sticky and lip smacking with mild alcohol warming on the way down.

O - Mellow, enjoyable, and way impressed how well this beer hides 15% ABV. I think this beer is more worthy than the rating suggests.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Chris at my 33rd birthday party. Served in a FoBAB taster pint glass.

A - Looks nearly identical to the port version. Perhaps a tiny bit less foam lingering on this one.

S - Incredibly sweet. It's like drinking moscatel mixed with Dark Lord; go figure! I like dessert wines, so this works for me, for the most part. Not much oak or booze, just intense fruit, caramel, chocolate fudge, and so forth.

T - There's a mild soy and tobacco note in the finish for which I don't totally care. Not much oak, and minimal booze. Otherwise the flavor is nearly identical to the aroma; a mix of sweet dessert wine and Dark Lord.

M - Nearly identical to the Port version. Huge, sticky, oily, chewy, and viscous. Low carbonation, reasonably well-hidden alcohol.

D - Again, it's nearly the same experience as the Port, but with a bit less vinous tartness and a touch more sweetness. Again, best enjoyed in 2-4oz servings, and really needs a bit more oak and spirit bite to offset the sweetness of the base beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass, some dark head that doesn't last that long.

S-Rather fruity, oak and wine notes. Together with the roasted malt and the chocolate. But the wine and fruit are the main part.

T-Very similar to the nose, started off with grapes, wine, oak and fruit. The finish was much more like a regular stout.

M-Medium to heavy in body, not much carbonation.

O- A HUGE thanks to the super generous person that shared in line. I don't know who you are, but you are a huge bro.

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Photo of Treebs
3.17/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml orange waxed bottle served in a FFF mini snifter.

A: Pours a viscous black color with a thin dark brown head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring, some splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Lots of fruity wine notes with a heavy sweetness. Dark fruits, oak and some green grape as well. Roasted malts with the heavy DL chocolate sweetness.

T: Way too sweet. Lots of oak and dark chocolate with a fruity, grapey wine presence. The barrel imparts an over the top fruity sweetness to an already sweet beer.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a medium low carbonation. Sweet finish with a sticky mouthfeel.

O: Way too sweet. The barrel doesn't help in cutting some of the sweetness and just adds sweet, fruity notes to the base.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle number is smudged.

Appearance - Thick and viscous. No head. Lifeless.

Smell - Fruity. Sweet. Caramel. Some chocolate. Not a distinct wine aroma.

Taste - Much more wine. Tingly acids. Sweet. Chocolate. A little soy sauce.

Mouthfeel - Thick. Extremely sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Interesting but too sweet.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.98/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Bottle shared by Jason, thanks! Black and syrupy with a fast fading small head and an alcohol collar left behind after a swirl. The aroma is cloyingly sweet teriyaki and soy sauce with an intense sugar character and a big molasses presence. There might be Muscat notes in there, but they've been bludgeoned to death by the base beer and the insane amount of sugary sweetness. The flavor is cloying brown sugar fudge with well hidden alcohol. Some sweet Moscatel notes are in the background. My palate is coated in a sugary sweet stickiness. Teriyaki is pervasive and there's a bit of plum. The finish has a medicinal note. The beer is full in body with upper medium carbonation. Heavy-handed and cloying. If you're looking for a big diabetes-inducing dessert beer you're better off with less expensive and easier to obtain beers from The Bruery like Chocolate Rain or Black Tuesday.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75 cl bottle poured into a tasting glass

Pours almost black with nearly no head.
Aroma of caramel , vanilla , toffee, chocolate, vinous notes, light roast, grapes from the moscatel barrel coming out and balancing the beer
Flavour fallows the nose , is heavy sweet and moderate bitter.
Low carbonation , Nice brew

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mike for this one. 750ml waxed bottle into a 3 Floyds teku. Had at a tasting 5/18/13. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black and thick. Spotty lace with good stick. Thick, oily legs with good stick. Certainly fits the Dark Lord name.

Nose is smoke, liquorice, roasted malt, logan fruit, chocolate, fudge, mild soy sauce, and booze. Very sweet.

Opens chocolate, sweet purple fruit, molasses, honey, fudge, and light roasted malt. Like Diabeeeetus in a bottle. Sweet as hell. More sweet soy sauce at the end. Finishes honey and molasses. So over-the-top sweet that its hard to drink more than 2-3 ounces.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and oily in the mouth and mellow and smooth going down. Finishes sweet with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Just what I need to carry out the flavors in this beer.

The look and feel of this beer are there but this is easily the sweetest of all the BA Dark Lord variants I've ever had. Like they aged this one and then decided to pour a barrel of honey and molasses in it after all was said and done. I'm glad I got to try this but its not worth revisiting.

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