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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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3,395 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,395
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,799
Gots: 1,500 | FT: 99
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:
A Demonic Imperial Russian stout brewed with INTELLIGENTSIA coffee,vanilla, and molasses.

Dark Lord is only available once a year at Dark Lord Day at the Three Floyds Brewpub.

Vintage guide:

Red wax = 2004
Orange wax = 2005
Gold wax = 2006
Silver wax = 2007
Black wax = 2008
White wax = 2009
Green wax = 2010 - 15% ABV
Yellow wax = 2011 - 15% ABV
Red wax = 2012 - 15% ABV
Orange wax = 2013 - New Label 15% ABV
Blue wax - 2014 - 15% ABV

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 batch.

A- Pours as thick and dark as any beer I've had to date. No head forms, even in a vigorous pour, therefore no lacing. Completely black in the glass with some alcohol legs but very few to no bubbles in the body.

S- Huge dark roasts right up front with coffee, black licorice, chocolate, and just a touch of dark fruits. Sweet on nose towards the middle with a touch of vanilla creeping in and joining the other scents.

T- Starts with the same big roasted malt bang as the scent, with primarily sweet flavors up front. The coffee kicks in next giving a balancing dark bitterness before the sweeter flavors kick right back into high gear. Vanilla and some black licorice, along with some dark fruits, all blend together to intensify the sweetness right up until the end of the drink. Lingering sweet notes are dominant on the palate and really provide the lasting impression.

M- Thick and smooth as hell. Really not much alcohol to detect here despite the high ABV. Some warming is felt the longer you drink, but not as much as expected. The sweet overall flavor provides a drinking experience somewhat similar to hot chocolate, but cold and with a touch of carbonation.

Overall, this lives up to the hype for me. People have always been saying that this is too sweet, or way overrated, but to me, this is exactly what I expected from a 15% ABV, $15 per bottle, sweet imperial stout. Simply sweet and delicious.

boilermakerbrew, Today at 01:43 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Vintage 2014

Poured into a snifter and decided to crack this bottle to celebrate some recent success at work.

Smells nice, like a boozy RIS.

Taste.... sooo sweet! And syrupy and thick like molasses and just overly sweet. I get some roasted notes and a little cocoa and hints of coffee but the cloying sweetness is overpowering. Not impressed.

The high ABV is well hidden but the mouthfeel is very low on carbonation. Its like a day old opened bottle of Darkness with 5 extra spoonfuls of sugar.

Not worth the hype. Too sweet and not complex. I can't finish this bomber. Corking it for tomorrow where I'll grin and bare it since I can't stand to waste this bottle. Damnit.

MrPlayboy, Friday at 03:55 AM
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3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For Raul's 500th, he finally did it: 2013 Dark Lord.

A bit syrupy and fairly sweet, Raul is thinking more like Dark Grandma than Dark Lord. But nah, it's not THAT sweet.

A bit choclatley, a bit, um, sweet... Yeah. It's not a bad beer, it's just that no one in their right mind should chase it, or stand in line for it for that matter.

Just above average.

RaulMondesi, Thursday at 04:39 AM
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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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