Beer Review: THREE FLOYDS DARK LORD AGED IN COGNAC BARRELS

Beer Review: THREE FLOYDS DARK LORD AGED IN COGNAC BARRELS
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Three Floyds BrewingBarrel Aged Beer, Beer ReviewsNot specifiedNot specified

Introduction

Being in the right place at the right time can occasionally lead to unexpected treasures. Such was the case when a fortuitous gathering of friends presented the opportunity to delve into the 2012 Barrel Aged Dark Lord Variants at the Rate Beer Summer Gathering Grand Tasting.


Three Floyds Dark Lord Aged in Cognac Barrels

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle into a goblet, the Three Floyds Dark Lord Aged in Cognac Barrels reveals itself with a rich and inviting appearance—a dark brown hue complemented by a tan ring and swirls.


Aroma

The olfactory experience is dominated by prominent notes of big cognac, accompanied by the enticing aromas of chocolate cereal and caramel. This sensory introduction sets the stage for what’s to come.


Taste

The flavor profile unfolds with a delightful complexity. Dusty chocolate, a nuanced presence of reduced cognac, intermingling with the bold flavors of coffee, and a touch of dark fruit create a tapestry of taste that captures the drinker’s attention.


Mouthfeel

The mouthfeel of this barrel-aged creation is described as sticky and thick, heightened by a soft carbonation that adds a layer of texture to the overall drinking experience.


Overall Impression

In the grand scheme of things, the Three Floyds Dark Lord Aged in Cognac Barrels emerges as a very tasteful concoction. What sets it apart is its surprising divergence from the bourbon and brandy variations, showcasing a unique personality when subjected to the aging process. The consensus seems to be that Dark Lord shines brighter when aged in a barrel, a testament to the transformative power of this particular brewing technique.