Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.58/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Although I'm a member of Beer Advocate, I'm not much of a reviewer. I promised brdc I'd do the review on this one.
The beer tasting of a lifetime, maybe two or three lifetimes. Between brdc and me with the help of others, we've done some pretty amazing samplings in the past, (think Dark Lord, Darkness, Abyss, Speedway, Peche Mortel, and others in a single evening tasting), but this one tops even that.
brdc did this one on his own, (the rest of us helped with food), a full Dark Lord Vertical, '04 through '09, (ok, I was able to bring the '08 and '09). I really didn't press him for full details on how how he managed this, or what it cost him in time, blood and cold hard cash. I wasn't sure I wanted to hear the answers.
I won't repeat all the superlatives about this beer, eg, the most incredible thick creamy mouthfeel, the deep opaque brown/black appearance that says, "lose yourself in me", the intoxicating aromas, (except the '06 - see below), the bar-setting taste, etc, etc, etc.
Here's how I thought they stacked up:
'08 - the best - mellow, well integrated, superb, maybe the best imperial I ever had. A solid 5 overall. Oddly enough, when we did the aforementioned mult-imperial tasting, the consensus best was the Dark Lord, and it was the '08.
'04 - next best, almost as good as the '08, not quite there, still a 5 overall. The proportion of sludge was highest in this one, good for some, eg, brdc, ("give me the spoon and leave me in peace and ecstasy), not so good for others. Very, very good, not past its prime, but, I'm not sure how many more years it's good for. Since this is my first and last taste of it, I don't have to worry.
'05, '07 - both up to the Dark Lord standard, just not up there with '08 and '04. Put them at 4.5's or better.
'09 - needs more time in the cellar, not ready for prime time. Too harsh and too green. The promise is there, but it's just not grown up yet.
'06 - this was not a particularly good beer. Strong ketone aroma and taste, (think nail polish remover). I think it unlikely that it was the whole year's batch, more likely the cellaring or shipping of this particular bottle, although I don't know. It'd be interesting to know other people's experience with the '06. I've had a Blackout stout with a similar character. A solid 3.8 overall.
One man's highly opinionated look at these exceptional beers.
Again thanks to brdc for his amazing work and generosity.
See you all at Dark Lord Day 2010.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2010 15:59:32 | More by StoutsnIPAs
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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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