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Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,096 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,670
Gots: 1,391 | FT: 91
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
2004 - Red Wax
2005 - Orange Wax
2006 - Gold Wax
2007 - Silver Wax
2008 - Black Wax
2009 - White Wax
2010 - Olive Green Wax
2011 - Yellow Wax
2012 - Red Wax
2013 - Orange Wax
2014 - Blue Wax

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,096 ratings.