Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2011 - Yellow Wax reviewed on 03-05-2012, 22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass. It was a bit of a struggle to open this, I had to saw and peel off all the wax on the cap in order to get the opener to fit.
A - Looks like most RIS's. Pitch black motor oil body with a thick mocha head. Dies down to a nice cap and edging. Light lacing and retention, has alcoholic legs to it. 4.0/5
S - Ummmm. I don't know? Super roasty malts, coffee beans, sugar, plums, cherries, leather, oak, vanilla, tobacco, more sugar, soy, booze, and about 20 other things. There is so much happening here its a bit overwhelming. 4.5/5
T - I will just preface this by saying that I love sweet beers. This is by far the sweetest one I have tried. It makes ST creme brulee look like a health drink. Its just a diabetic mess, and I love it! Starts off with an unbelievable sweetness that is very strong on the vanilla. This lasts for a while. It really isn't until the sugary coating leaves my tongue that I can taste some other notes. Burnt oak, cherries, caramelized dark fruit, coffee, and cocoa nibs. Not as complex as the nose, partially due to the cloying sweetness. I drank a few glass of water to get through this beer. 4.0/5
M - Medium to thick body that really coast the tongue. Carbonation is surprisingly high. Could not detect the high abv in the taste at all. 4.5/5
O - One of the most interesting stouts I have tried. I was not prepared for how sweet tasting this is. Its like drinking a vanilla stout syrup. Despite the sweetness, its delicious in the same way that a decadent dessert is. The base beer is nuts, I can't even fathom how they can work in brandy barrels and vanilla beans for the variants. This is a must try beer, but I won't be trading for one in the future. 4.0/5
2012 - Red Wax reviewed on 07-26-2012, 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.
A - Same as 2011. 4.0/5
S - Not sure if its the fact that this is somewhat fresh, or a change in recipe but its not as complex or interesting as the 2011 I tried. Lots of coffee and chocolate and notes of red wine and plums. A touch savory and smoky. Finishes with a roasted bitterness and alcohol presence. 4.0/5
T - Not as sweet or cloying as 2011. Its also not as complex. Layers of roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, molasses and plums. A touch of that green apple bite that everyone is noticing. Strong sweet vanilla presence on the finish. 4.0/5
M - Silky, smooth, sticky and syrupy. Super decadent which makes it the ultimate desert beer. Little to no alcohol presence, even at room temperature. 4.5/5
O - 2011 > 2012 in my opinion. 2012 is actually rather balanced and approachable for a 15% RIS. 2011 was just a sweet diabetic mess, which really worked for me as a chaotic beer like that is kind of exciting. 4.0/5
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2012 03:05:26 | More by davey101
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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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