Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.15/5 rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Huge, HUGE thanks to Alewatcher for finally allowing me to check this big want off my list, after 2+ years of searching....thanks man!
Presentation: 22oz brown pop-top bottle, with yellow wax...2011 vintage.
Appearance: Pours an EXTREMELY viscous dark brown into the glass...in the glass, this is almost pitch black, but you can actually see through it around the edges a bit...the light tan head sticks around longer than I expected at 15% abv.
Smell: I'm getting some sweet chocolate fudge brownie batter, some medium-grade molasses, and a hint of dark rum....there's not a ton of depth here, but it's not unpleasant, if it's got a bit more molasses character than I generally care for.
Taste: No soy sauce, yayyyy! Ever since I've had a couple of really high abv stouts (and Triple Bock) and experienced this flavor, I'm always a bit afraid when I try a new one. So, we've got sweet brownie batter, a big hit of blackstrap molasses, some medium-roasted coffee (which really comes out with warming), and some fairly subdued dark roastiness. Sweet, sweet, sweet (if not quite overpowering). Not a HINT of 15% abv...I'd guess somewhere between 7-9%.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick, viscous
Overall: Again, I cannot thank Alewatcher anywhere nearly enough for finally hooking me up with this bad boy. This was, pretty much from the serious beginnings of my BA days, the one beer I really wanted to try, along with Westy 12. It may be a matter of me building this up in my mind beyond reasonable expectation. I don't mind the sweetness at all, though it's too much to drink an entire bottle without splitting it between 2-3 people. But, for me, there's not a real depth of flavor and, while the booziness is remarkably restrained, the flavors aren't particularly inspiring. The brownie/chocolate notes are nice, but the iron/molasses notes are a bit prominent after awhile. All in all, it's not a bad beer, but I now know that I won't go spend several hours driving to Munster and another couple of hours in line to get another one of these. Much better stouts out there, and way closer to home. Again though, huge thanks for the opportunity!
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2011 02:52:08 | More by BedetheVenerable
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