Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.35/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Been wanting to try this for awhile; big thanks to adremeaux / puzzl for sharing his 2010 (green wax) bottle!
A: pours black as night; mild amounts of tan head dissolve into a faint swirl atop the beer. Decent lace.
S: first impression was "Holy moly, this one's special!" Sweet overall with a healthy amount of vanilla, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, and chocolate all alive and kicking. Phenomenal.
T: sweet malts lead the way, but this isn't a sugary brew by any stretch. Mild coffee notes, roasted malt, vanilla, and even some dark fruits balance things out in an orderly manner. More vanilla flavor arrives. Alcoholic warmth soothes your throat nicely as it descends. This beer is the antithesis of harsh, and it's among the best I've ever tasted.
M: a beer this big & complex needs a hefty body to support the multitude of flavors, and Dark Lord delivers. Big and creamy, this is as good as it gets from the bottle. Thinking of DL on nitro draft makes my knees weak.
D: off the charts for a RIS. Is this really 15%?!
Drinking Dark Lord '10 reminds me that 5s should be reserved for a brew of this caliber. Believe the hype: beer doesn't get much better than this.
*** 1-year-later edit: beer actually DOES gets better than this! DL '08 is drinking well (but not great) right now, '11 is dreadful / disgraceful, '12 tastes like wort (should improve greatly with age), and '10 is still drinking pretty well right now. The DL 2010 is still my favorite vintage, though it's quite inferior to other yearly RISes like Darkness & Hunahpu. ***
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2011 06:00:22 | More by brystmar
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