Dwarven Power Bottom (Muscat Barrel Aged Dark Lord) | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Lord Aged in Muscat Barrels

Added by MasterSki on 04-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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47
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36
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Fux
3.7/5  rDev -10%
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 -6.1%
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 4thFloyd
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kodt
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Travitten
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvillefan
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcisco44
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
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 ahbithwabm
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaycase
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Farnswurth
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerOps
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MissSmisje
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ArkyVaughan
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 PG2G
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krayziecarl
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ajcuster89
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Tanktizzo
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet and smooth! Aged for over a year and the 6th bottle bottled from the brewery!

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Dwarven Power Bottom (Muscat Barrel Aged Dark Lord) from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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