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Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout

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pDev: 14.92%


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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

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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justyouraveragebeerguy

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage on tap at Dark Lord day

A- deep dark bleak blackness. No light could ever penetrate this beast. It's about as viscus as maple syrup. No other beer comes close

S- Right away you can tell the difference between this vintage and the past four years f-ing up. It hasn't smelled similar since 2008. No soy sauce smell and no instant diabetes. It smells a little sweet, molasses, bitterness, dark chocolate, coffee espresso.

M- coats your tongue like motor oil. Definitely a sipper but very enjoyable.

T- Okay, I went into this thinking it was going to be the same instant-diabetes crap they sold us in 2012. How wrong I was. This is exactly what dark lord should be. Still a little sweet, but it is immediately cut by an espresso bitterness. More dark chocolate notes that I could ever think could fit in a beer, coffee notes, molasses. By far the most beastly imperial stout I have ever had.

o- If you are going to try a vintage of dark lord and can't get 08 try this one. 09-12 were a complete disgrace. But in 1-2 years this beer will age amazingly.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 19:58:43 | More by justyouraveragebeerguy
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Rogorama

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 DL on tap at the brewpub the day after DLD. Boy, was this a sweet one. Loads of sugar take over right away. Pours thick jet black with a tan frothy head. Intelligentsia coffee is always a good touch, too. Probably my least favorite of any DL's. That being said, it is still an awesome beer and very worth your while to try at least once.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 19:59:23 | More by Rogorama
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WillCarrera

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

8 oz pour, had this on-tap at DLD 2012, finally got around to reviewing this from notes.

A- Pours pitch black, very thick looking, produces no head at all, just an ominous pool of black.

S- Incredibly sweet aroma, molasses and caramel/toffee, some dark fruit and some booze, the aroma is nice but the sweetness is already concerning.

T- Jesus. Sweetness is unbelievable and highly cloying. All I'm getting is a mouth full of sugar. There are flavors beneath it, I'm getting molasses, caramel, fruit, some roast, coffee and booze, but in order to find them you have to first penetrate beneath this incredibly powerful sugar. The first thing I said after drinking it was "does it need to be this sweet?"

M- Full-bodied, massively thick, sticky, chewy feel, these are great attributes on their own, but in this beer the thickness and lingering sugar actually become pretty unpleasant in combination.

O- A huge disappointment, I had heard great things about this beer and was really looking forward to it, but what an under-attenuated, cloying nightmare this turned out to be. I struggled through an 8-oz pour. People actually like this beer?

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2012 23:20:26 | More by WillCarrera
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funkyaudio

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage.
Had on tap the day after DLD 2011

Aromas of leather, tobacco, port, honey and dark fruits. Sweet, super rich and decadent. Palate is dominated by dark fruits and a port like sweetness but with just enough tar and roast to balance. Viscous and oily body. Alcohol only hits you in the chest, overall for 15% this is incredibly smooth. A fantastic RIS, didn’t disappoint

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2011 14:00:57 | More by funkyaudio
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BierGartenok

Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes...Absolutely worth the 10 hour drive from Oklahoma. Had this on tap @ DLD 2010. Pours thick, aroma is of toffee and coffee with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Appearance dark black as expected from a RIS. Taste and Palate...Hints of toffee, coffee, camel and chocolate. Feels heavy on the tongue and fills the mouth completely . Overall I think this beer definitely lives up to the hype!

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 15:33:48 | More by BierGartenok
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badboyrsl84

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a very thin mocha head lacing the glass

Smell - alcohol & sweet chocolate. Fig and other dark fruits

Taste - lots of sweet malt. Dark fruits and licorice. As it warms I get more of the cocoa which makes this more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- the smoothest beer I've had at 15% . Super easy to drink and not overly carbonated.

Overall - its good but not as sweet as I was expecting. It's a great experience thought.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 05:16:11 | More by badboyrsl84
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Goblet glass

2009 White Wax Vintage so 2 years old

A- Pours solid black like motor oil with no head at all. Not much carbonation left, only a small hiss out of the cap. No head retention either but leaves some really sexy legs on the side of the glass.

S- Pretty complex to say the least. This is the beast I remember. Dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, strong dark fruits, tobacco, leather, burnt sugars, molasses, vinous notes, vanilla, and oak. Not much heat at all even for %15 Wow

T- Just like the aroma but better. Up front nice caramel, molasses, and burnt sugars hit you but are soon followed by a really nice array of sweet dark fruits like raisins, plums, and grapes. On top of all that you get nice subtle notes of burnt coffee, tobacco, fresh leather, and bittersweet dark chocolate. Just when you thought it was done and it goes down the finish brings out some really nice vanilla and musty oak flavors that create sort of a palate cleanser that make you want to drink more and more. The alcohol has toned down quite a bit in the 2 years, it's barely noticeable making this stuff extremely drinkable on all levels.

M- Full bodied with little carbonation but adds a nice creaminess and fullness on the palate. Finish is nice and wet, not bitter as all. It's very smooth and easily drinkable.

Overall I want to hate this beer due to hype but it's impossible after having it again. The only other time I tried this beer was in 2010 with a fresh bottle. I have to say aging this stuff is the best decision anyone could make. When it's fresh the alcohol is strong and harsh and hides a lot of flavors. But no that's it's mellowed out and all the more complex flavors are coming through It's absolutely amazing and deserves every bit of hype it gets. Such a great beer from an amazing brewery.

SkÅL!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 20:37:36 | More by Arenbeer
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hotmanflab666

New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what can i say about the darklord, most look at this like a gigantic stout, which it is. but not the best of all of them, darklord is a very good but rough drink. very hot and strong rigid complex flavors, i drank out of brandy sifter. very good, just split the bottle with a friend

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 02:40:11 | More by hotmanflab666
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betsona

Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at DLD 2011. Served in a 8oz squat whisky glass.

A- Pours a motor oil black that causes dreams of trying to drink utter darkness. When I received it, there was no head, but swirling was able to produce a thin wisp of mocha colored head. No lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of raw alcohol right off the top which persisted throughout the entire drink. As it warmed up, a robust coffee aroma mixed with sweet caramel came through more. Probably a tad too sweet.

T- Lots of brown sugar right off the top which combines nicely with plenty of thick chocolaty taste--almost like browny batter. Lastly, there was some taste of alcoholic coffee drink. All the flavors fuse quite well.

M- Thick body with minimum carbonation. Leaves the tongue feeling like it was rubbed against a piece of velvet. Lingering alcohol taste that warms the mouth all the way down.

O- I can easily understand the hype surrounding this stout. I have to admit that I am not a stout fan, but this one easily made be rethink the style. This is an easy drinker despite the abv--does limit the amount I would drink--yet it is one that I would only open with a group of friends.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 17:28:26 | More by betsona
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Great Taste of the Midwest. 2008 vintage. Pours a nice black/brown color with a tiny bit of sediment in the glass. The head is tan that nicely laces around the glass. Just a stellar nose on this one with hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark roast, with a touch of some alocohol notes. Nice heavy/medium mouthfeel. The flavors at this point are nicely balanced and compliment each other very well. Chocolate, dark roast, woody, dark fruit, some vanilla, it's all there and is pretty nice tasting. I could see where people would say its a little sweet or too heavy but overall I think this is a pretty good beer and some vintages do deserve the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 14:01:47 | More by kbutler1
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salvo

Indiana

2.03/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had the 2008 at the 2009 DLD festival and have since had the 2009 (Thanks, Thomas, you know who you are). So many love this concoction and it truly has played an important part of establishing 3Floyds as a premier visionary brewer. However, I find Dark Lord undrinkable. In part (if you look at my beer thoughts) this is due to a dark roasted malt that gives me headaches, but overwhelmingly I just do not think of this or Utopias or similar extreme brews as particularly appealing to actually consume. And I accept this as heresy. Guilty as charged. That said:

A: Dark opaque black with a thick resilient head that is dark brown. I have never seen as dark a head. Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence Stout is closest in the head color and retention. On tap, it persisted for the full hour it took me to drink it.
S: If I could, I would want a snuff box that smelled of Dark Lord. I would seek out the smell of dark lord, which has fig and date notes along with deep, dark malts and hints of the citrus hops that balances the beer. Missing entirely from the smell is the sweetness.
T: Such a disappointment: the sweetness is cloying and overwhelms everything, and this may be a serious component that changes with time and so will try again when the last 2009 bottle reaches 2 full years of cellaring. That and the headache.
M: Covers, oozes, fills, plasters the mouth. I imagine the (original) Blob movie as I try to smack my tongue and lips trying to free my mouth from its sticky covering.
D: Low. I may enjoy half an ounce of Dark Lord at the end of a long session. Any more is simply too much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 16:52:17 | More by salvo
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bert13tj

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, hence the name, thick. Small head, some lacing.

S-Very sweet smell. Lots of caramel, darker fruits, grains, roasted/toasted malts.

T-Very rich, couldn't take down a bottle alone. Sweet fruits, malts, caramels. Roasted finish. More intense alcohol than last year, probably the extra 1.5%

M-Great carb, had it on draft though. Haven't tried this years out of the bottle. Very thick.

D-Very drinkable if you have someone to share with.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 20:35:18 | More by bert13tj
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Dark Lord

A: pours super dark super thick. a very small, thin light brown head

S: smells of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts and dark fruits, dark roasted coffee beans

T: wow! I mean WOW! absolutely wonderful. sweet and bitter. roasted malts dance perfect with the hops. dark chocolate and fruits and a hint of dark coffee beans.

M: thick, chewy, heavy yet smooth. coats your mouth perfectly

D: incredibly drinkable at the big 15% abv. a little hot on the throat but I can imagine this will mellow and be even more incredible in 6+ months or so. Can't wait to try it then.

So glad I got to try this amazing RIS. Can't wait to try it over the next couple years to see how much better it gets. Time is on this beers side.

Highly recommend to all!

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 23:44:50 | More by CosmoHopHead
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abrand

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, my first sip of Dark Lord at the 2010 DLD. Served in a plastic cup after claiming by bottles

The pour is oil black with a very small head that dissipates quickly. Totally opaque. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, and plenty of sugar. Coffee is present but not very noticeable. Taste is amazingly great. Thick as oil and packed with malts, sugar, and chocolate. For the huge ABV this drinks well for a stout. Will look forward to popping the first bottle in 6 months to see how it develops. This beer deserves all the hype it reserves.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 02:56:39 | More by abrand
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jsh420

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap DLD

pours pitch black (one of the darkest beers i have had) no head just some tan bubbles on the edge of the cup

smell - not as enticing as the vanilla bean DL but still very good - rich heavy roasted chocolate malts coffee dark fruit

taste - like the smell big flavors roasted malts chocolate malts dark fruit carmel toffee malts some coffee and good amount of hops

mouthfeel - heavy thick viscous coats the inside of your mouth - just what you want in a huge ris that tastes so good

drinkability was great - the high abv didnt stop me from having 2 cups

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 23:10:24 | More by jsh420
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After buying our bottles at DLD '10, we sat down at a table inside the brewery and enjoyed our sample of DL.

Very dark, as expected with little to no head....as expected. The smell was intoxicating. Huge caramel, coffee, molasses/brown sugar smell. Taste was even better, again sweet caramel flavor, but the coffee came up more than it was in smell. Drinks a bit hot, but at 15% how could it not. This should age very well. Mouthfeel is thick! Overall, an amazing beer, and such a treat to taste. I'm thinking a bottle of this split amongst 5 or 6 people would be great after a good meal.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 21:27:13 | More by levifunk
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on tap @ 2010 dark lord day

pour was jet black with light head, VERY light head which was dark cocoa. no retention or lacing

very light sweetness, light roasted malts, faint floral hops. bits of dark fruit and coffee.

very sweet, i mean very sweet. the sweetness took over from the rest of the flavors. light charcoal roasted malts, faint hints of coffee and faint floral hops. bits of molasses and dark fruits. they mixed together well for a nice complex and rich stout.

very thick, with a bit of a syrupy feel. a throat coater indeed.

this was easy to drink as it was much lighter than the vanilla bean and oak aged so this was far more drinkable. for 15% or so they say, this drank painfully easy.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 02:06:26 | More by hooliganlife
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with a tan head that hung around for a bit and left a nice lace. The smell was great! Malty, chocolate, coffee and a hint of maple sweetness? The taste was very good too, not overbearing. Just a smooth huge beer, if thats possible. M: & D: I'm lucky enough to have some of this aging in the basement and can't wait to have some more! Get some if possible!

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2009 21:46:45 | More by madtowndmb1
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pepsican

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had multiple samples from different years. Figured I might as well rate the fresh sample, so this is for the 08. Pour pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and a bit of cherry. Flavor is up front coffee, chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee. Very viscous. This clings to every part of my mouth. A bit of hop bitterness, some hint of the abv.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 23:30:13 | More by pepsican
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 version, had a full glass on tap at DLD.

Quite similar to my impressions of the 2008 bottle version, a fantastic brew needing a few more months to fully develop.
Pitch black, motor oil, no highlights, less head presumably because of a not so vigorous pour, but nonetheless does not look perfect. Whatever head is there holds very well, coats the sides of the glass although it is not as sticky as the 2008 version, at least not yet. The 2008 bottle I had side by side needs three washes to clear the glass!
Aroma is quite impressive, dark fruits abounding, molasses, coffee but not too much coffee, chocolate, bread and alcohol (a bit more alcohol than the aged version, although I am comparing on tap to bottle).
It is a very thick, oily beer as expected, complex, minimal heat this fresh.
Coffee, but not too much, bittersweet chocolate, evolving to sweet caramel, molasses, fruits, and minimal alcohol to be noticed.
It is a very impressive brew, certainly worth the hype, and IMHO, as mentioned in previous reviews, the best beer ever. I wish I could age myself a barrel :)

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 02:25:13 | More by brdc
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: approx 45 - 50 degrees
VINTAGE 2009 (Had @ DLD)
My review #250!

Very black, as would be expected. About one-fingers worth of a dark brown head of foam. Dissipates to nothing after a minute or two. Lacing is not really anything to speak of, but this brew COATS the side of the glass, like an oil slick. Seriously, it looks like the glass is stained with a dark brown, almost black, rinse.

F-in' complex. That's the best way to describe this nose.
Huge notes of chocolate covered chocolate brownies. Lots of big, bold, dark fruit notes. Big presence of roasted coffee. Big, dark, sweet, roasted malt notes. Nice raisin presence. Hints of molasses. A touch of vanilla and a slight smokiness. A nice touch of hops.
The best/worst part of this nose is that everytime I give it the slightest of swirls I pick up some other scent.

Taste definitely follows the nose, here. The chocolate flavors are so intense, in a truly delicious way, it's like a fudge covered brownie in a glass. Then there is the coffee presence, which is bold enough that if the chocolate weren't there it would probably ruin this brew. As it is though, they play nicely with each other, sometimes letting each other take a tiny step, front and center, but mostly combining to become a wonderful, sweet, coffee-mocha blend.
Tons of wonderfully ripened dark fruits are in this glass. Light-ish notes of brown sugars. Wonderful roasted malt presence.
The taste is also quite complex. The good part is that no single element overpowers the others. They all combine their presence to become some beautifully tasty nectar.

This is truly where Dark Lord shines and gets seperated from every other beer out there. I would rate the mouthfeel with a 7, if I could. It's beyond the scale.
Yes, it's full-bodied. It is thick. It is oily. It is the definition of viscous. Yet, at the same time, it is smooth and creamy beyond anything I'd imagined. It is truly 'lush'. It's beyond velvety.

Drinkability is also exceptional. The only negative would be the 13%ABV contained within. Even at that high rate of alcohol, though, I only detect the slightest trace of warming sensation. It is very well hidden.
This one is a little bit of a mess, right now, flavorwise. I can only imagine how good it's going to taste with some cellaring time on it, when it smooths out. Hopefully, I can leave a couple of bottles alone long enough to find that out.
This one, IMO, is truly worthy of the hype that it receives. As far as my palate goes, Dark Lord is damn near "Perfect".

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 17:05:40 | More by coldmeat23
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conpewter

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Sample at DLD '09

A: Exceptionally black as expected, almost no head

S: Roasted notes predominated, underlying hints of chocolate and molasses.

T: Very enjoyable. Really roasty, picked up more hints of chocolate, also some vanilla. I had the '08 as well in the brewpub and it was even better, that one was aged in a bourbon barrel with vanilla so has even more complexity.

M: Very thick and smooth.

D: Too thick to have throw back more than one. It hides the 13% ABV really well though. I'll be needing friends to help with any bottles I open

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 14:10:44 | More by conpewter
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DLD 2009.

A: Very, very dark with a small dark head.

S: Lots going on here, with pretty much everything dark in this one--chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruits. Some very mild touches of vanilla.

T: Very, very complex. The fresh version isn't quite as complex and delicious as aged. I also had a sample of the '08 Dark Lord, and that one definitely would get a 5.0 on the taste scale. This one is still beyond excellent, however. All of the tastes are similar to the smell, and simply envelop the palate with goodness.

M: Very, very smooth. Almost no carbonation, and barely a hint that this thing is 13% abv.

D: Incredible. Definitely got my freebies with the golden tickets. Hats off to Three Floyds for an absolutely incredible beer. It was my first DLD, and I plan on going back every year from here on out.

EDIT: Not changing the original scores but a few notes. Opened up my first 2010 Dark Lord on 11.20.2010. The initial smell was a bit smokey to me and not nearly as sweet as the 2009. Strangely enough, we also opened a Batch 9000, which resembled the 2009 DL more so than this beer did. The 2010 DL also had some faint chocolate, but not really any of the sweet sherry-type notes of the 2009.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 23:49:35 | More by Thorpe429
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youngblood

Indiana

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap via DLD 2009
Sweet heavens this thing is dark! It coats the inside of the glass very heavily. I new that I was in for a treat once my nose hit the glass. Smells strongly of molasses, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, alcohol, some dark fruit, and espresso. Up front tastes: Sweet soy, molasses, espresso. Leaves a lingering coffee, woody, semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. This thing feels amazing on the tongue. Every thick, but smooth. Extremely drinkable for 13%. First taste of this was a punch in the face. Totally wasn't expecting what I got, but it turned out to be amazing. At first the flavors seemed puzzling, but fit very nicely together. This is not a beer for people who aren't into RIS's. All hail the Dark Lord!

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 13:56:35 | More by youngblood
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khumbard

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap yesterday at DLD. First experience with the Dark Lord, and wondered if it would live up to the hype. It most definitely did.

A - Black as night. Thick as motor oil. Small brown head. One of the most intense looking beers I've ever seen.

S - Smell is very complex. Starts off with sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. As it warmed smell hinted more toward raisin and prune along with the previously stated.

T - Each drink of this beer gives you a new taste that you didn't notice during the last swig. You name it, it's probably there. Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar/molasses, roasted maltiness, raisins, prunes, hint of alcohol... but no where near the 13%.

M - Thick, coats your entire mouth. Smooth finish, but it stays with you for a good while after it's gone.

D - Very tasty, however not one you would drink in copious amounts. Even though I did have a couple yesterday....

Overall, DLD was great and this beer does not disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 00:58:34 | More by khumbard
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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 2,822 ratings.