Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
2009 bottle served into a snifter. THANKS, GbVDave!
Pours a black looking blackness. A void. Blaaack. No head because, well, the ABV % IS 13% after all. Tilt the body towards the lip of the glass and you can tell how thick this impy stout is. Thick!
DEEP roasted malts, no gimmicks. I am using a lot of caps because this is Dark Lord! Lord! Exclamation marks! Some cocoa powder, some crushed Kit-Kats, some salt weirdly enough. Earthy hops give off an almost fungal smell. It isn't that cohesive -- what's going on, that is. There is plenty of toffee and some, um, butter? I think that's some of the salt coming into play again. Yes, there is alcohol heat! Thanks for asking!
On the tongue? Roast, roast and more roast. And some bourbon. It is sort of both chocolate and coffee simultaneously while only hinting at either. There is some saltiness on the palate too which plays well with the dark fruits (dark cherries?) (!). That saltiness also lends way to a smoky bacon (bacon!) flavor. This is interesting for certain. Perhaps not balanced or cohesive enough to earn a perfect score but enough to earn a 4.5.
This mouthfeel is BALLIN'! (!) This is the thickest imperial stout I've ever had, by far, and I've had plenty of impy stouts. It grips every possible part of your mouth and throat and it doesn't let go. It creates a sort of symbiotic film and then bonds with its host (You!) and just stays there like your unemployed uncle on your couch. Drinkability is suspect for the reasons that make this tasty -- its massively flavored and milkshake-thick. But the alcohol isn't actually noticeable too much on the tongue. The lack of alcohol burn bumps this to a 4.0.
This is an impressive beer. I fully expected to taste this and walk away thinking it is overrated. And perhaps it is. I only know that it is one of the better imperial stouts that I've had. It isn't worth the trouble of going to Dark Lord Day to obtain unless you live near Indiana. But is it worth the trouble of trading for? Fuck yes! Again, THANKS, GbVDave!
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2010 03:46:02 | More by Reaper16
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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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