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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

3,166 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,166
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,688
Gots: 1,419 | FT: 89
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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hayesez

Indiana

4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Where do I begin...? I tried my first Dark Lord in 2006, and have been hooked ever since. Started going to the releases in 2007, and really stocked up on these guys. We drank the 2007 for Rose-Hulman Beer Club #499...10 years after the Club started. Still one of the highest ranked Club beers to this date. The 2008 remains my favorite vintage (still haven't had a chance to try the 2005 or 2004) and is quite possibly my favorite beer on this planet. I'm going to review the 2008 today. Last night we did a 2008, 2009, 2010 vertical and while I'm still convinced that Three Floyd's has seriously effed things up with the 2009 and 2010, based on the progression of the 2009 in the past year, I'm hopeful that age will continue to help these...they are a mess right now. What I would give for them to go back to the recipes of previous vintages... What a waste *shakes head*

So onto the 2008 - the baddest of all beers. This is one thick, nasty, ominous concoction. I poured the contents of this creation into my Westvleteren chalice and couldn't help but smile as the thickness oozed out of the bottle. While not nearly as much sludge in the bottom of the glass as previous years, I still had to work quite a bit to get that last ¼ inch of goodness from the bottom. The sludge leaves a lily-pad pattern on the top of the nearly foam-free surface. As with all of their vintages, the Dark Lord produces very little head...almost none. Not that the style necessarily demands such a cap, but it would be nice. There is very little carbonation (which I enjoy in the mouthfeel) and the absence of anything on top is one of the few detractors. The 2008 is one of the more "brown" years of Dark Lord. The others are much more black, but the 2008 is always a very grainy, murky deep brown. Almost foamy looking - like a suspension in the glass. This beautiful beer leaves the thickest, stickiest lace I have ever seen. Upon finishing this guy, it is not even possible to see my buddy on the other side of the table; there is that much nastiness glued to the inside - what a beautiful sight!!

The smell of the 2008 is extremely distinctive compared to the later years - primarily because it is not nearly as sweet - I could pull it out of a line-up blindfolded (I actually won this bet last night). So much going on in the nose - but not too much. Again, as opposed to the later, and messier, years, the 2008 is so well balanced. Pails of burnt malts were used to brew this guy...they had to be. Good sniffs of tobacco, whiskey and chocolate are all present with each whiff. Some sweet vanilla or caramel with some deep, dark fruits, and charred wood are also mixed in there. The 2008 is very potent and sharp. It has a much more prevalent smell than its successors. It is complex. It is divine.

The taste? Every bit as good as the smell. This thing oozes with sweet AND burnt malts. It is dripping with chocolate covered sweet fruit. It's about as thick as any beer I can think of, so the intense flavor just lingers around in my mouth. Molasses / vanilla / caramel / anything else sweet that I can think of are packed in there as well. This is a huge beer that continues to reveal different flavors every time I take a sip - wow. Tobacco? Yup. Even a hint of hoppiness at the end - it's all there. The slight metallic taste that I used to get from the 2008 is completely gone at this point (although still prevalent in the 2009). I absolutely love this beer, and take a good two hours to drink it every time. Viscous, full, lingering, coating, and resilient. This beer is so sticky, that at one point, I set my glass on the table and almost pulled it over as my fingers didn't come off of the side of the glass. Fantastic! If I could choose one beer to drink for the rest of my life, it would be the 2008 Dark Lord.

At the time of this review, I have drunk over 40 Dark Lords. While I'm so disappointed with the direction it has been heading the past two years, I've managed to hold onto quite a few of the 2008 to enjoy for years to come. The 2006 was right up there with the '08, with the '07 following. I'd put the 2009 and it's sticky muddled chaos in last place - although I'm still hopeful that age will help it out. It seems that the 15% monster that was brewed this past year was a step back in the right direction, although still far away for the older, thicker versions. For now, I'll stick with the 2008 - my 100th review!

Consumed: 7/27/2010 

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 05:50:16 | More by hayesez
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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,166 ratings.