Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Phelps:
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The first Dark Lord vintage I had was 2009. It was early in my beer career -- I was young, naive, and I have to admit, not ready for it. I come to the 2010 version an older, wiser Beer Advocate. Let's see if it makes a difference.
A black abyss glugs from the bottle, impenetrable by any light whatsoever. A mocha head of sudsy bubbles tops the beer with a cap only about a millimeter thick, but that sucker ain't goin' nowhere.
Smells surprisingly hoppy, like a pine forest after a rain. Vanilla, oak and roasty espresso all made appearances. Sugary and rich, with the saccharine nature of overripe prunes and plums. Woodsy.
The taste is SO complex, and there's so much going on here. Fruity flavors hit you up front. Dark fruits lead the way: plums, prune juice and molasses, like a back yard full of quickly ripening fruit dropped from trees. Chocolate milkshakes and bitter dark coffee grip the sides of the tongue. Rich like cake and full of oak and vanilla. Still the best stout I've ever had.
Mouthfeel could not be more perfect. Full and creamy, yet not overpowering. Slides over the tongue, slithering pleasantly. Chewy like a syrupy breakfast pancake. I've been told Three Floyds boosted the alcohol content of the beer by a couple percent this year, which makes what I'm sipping even more incredible -- the only noticeable heat is the slight tinge currently traveling down my chest and into my brain. The alcohol is like a ninja, nearly undetectable until it's too late.
While 2009 was about in-your-face kick-your-ass RIS flavors, the 2010 iteration seems to be more about complexity. This is reflected even in the changes brought about by temperature -- Dark Lord cold and Dark Lord warmed are like two different beers. It comes to full fruition at room temp. Let this one get there and you'll be rewarded.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2010 03:06:57 | More by Phelps
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3/5 rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
'12 bottle received via trade. When I first heard of this beer it was in the top 3 of BA, so it's been a long time want of mine. I was warned it was sweet and sweet it is. I assume if I had had this before Black Tuesday I would appreciate the sweetness a bit more. But a beer of this size needs barrel aging to curb the overbearing depth of malt. My bottle was slightly oxidized so I docked it more based on that. I'll see if the demand of a BA DL dies down and try my luck then.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 05:53:10 | More by PlinyBeMiney
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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