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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

3,235 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,235
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,719
Gots: 1,447 | FT: 95
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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linnymtu

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-28-2014 12:54:20 | More by linnymtu
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gmendez1122

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-15-2014 22:55:39 | More by gmendez1122
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TubaDan

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-22-2013 15:49:27 | More by TubaDan
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%

Many thanks to BA mikesgroove for hooking me up with this one. Dude is one alright guy...

Deep, rich, and dark black in appearance, a huge head of creamy dark brown goodness stood firmly atop, but still laced well.

Aromas were sweet of dried dark fruit some burnt raisins (as my wife pointed out), spice, lots of great coffee and cocoa notes.

Smooth, luxurious and sumptuous on the palate. No more can be said.

Highly intense flavor with a symphony of dark stone fruit, caramel, high-quality chocolate, coffee, and of course the hops. Amazingly, this is not at all cloying.

I was floored with just how drinkable this brew was. I expected it to be far too big to really get into. I was wrong. Balanced (as much so as it could be) yet very pronounced, this is classic. Not my style of Bier, not my preferred ABV, but a stellar brew nonetheless.

Zum wohl.

10-30-2008 12:51:57 | More by goindownsouth
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

02-05-2012 18:56:29 | More by sisuspeed
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

09-06-2013 13:38:47 | More by Sarge3130
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meanmutt

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

06-15-2014 11:17:00 | More by meanmutt
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-19-2014 00:46:29 | More by ScottP
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ToadiesForCody

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-05-2014 21:20:39 | More by ToadiesForCody
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waltonc

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

2008 bottle.

A: Viscous oily black, with small tan head.

S: Soy sauce, chocolate, molasses, salted caramel, super deep roasted coffee, and thickness. Yes, this smells thick.

T: Again, soy sauce is the first thing that comes to mind. Burnt, salty soy. Molasses, chocolate, maybe a little vanilla, and coffee. Lots of sugar in here.

M: Thick, sticky, beef jerky-like body, with medium carbonation. Carbonation is just right.

D: Can't drink a ton of this. Heavy, thick, sweet, and high ABV = not the most drinkable of beers.

01-03-2009 02:13:56 | More by waltonc
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falconxman

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-04-2012 23:08:29 | More by falconxman
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%

Thanks to Quatertill2 for the trade on this.

A- Black. If you hold it to the light, there's a little tiny bit of brown around the edges. Leaves a brown stain around the glass. Head was dark dark brown, poured a couple fingers after a hard pour. It dissipates and begins to look like used oil.

S- Rich and heavy. Dark roasted malt, chocolate, fig, burnt sugar, oak, molasses, wood, alcohol.... smells absolutely wonderful. Mind blowing.

T- Sweet malt, balanced by dark roasted grains, some dark cherry, burnt malt, burnt sugar, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted espresso, alcohol, faint hops, lingering bitterness and sweetness, though both crazy strong, they're balanced.

M- The best mouthfeel. Ever. Period. Chewy, smooth, lingering, medium low carbonation... geez. it's perfect.

D- I love it. Insanely enough, if this beer was readily available, I'd drink it all the time. It's such a treat that you can't... but I think it would sell very well if it was available all the time, still. Five is not a good enough score. makes all the others, so far, look weak.

06-07-2007 03:40:45 | More by khiasmus
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clay23

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-30-2014 02:26:08 | More by clay23
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MCain04

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-12-2013 23:12:03 | More by MCain04
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-24-2013 03:44:10 | More by Hopsiam14
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-27-2014 21:02:30 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance is very good. A deep deep black that sheds no light. Pours like oil. Smell is good as well. Some nice figs, coffee, curant and alchohol come through. Taste is very similar but there is the typical underlying "bacon greasy" taste. Mouthfeel is out of this world good. Heavy heavy beer with some carbonation. Oily and slightly sticky. Drinkability is average- I've had more drinkable RIS's but this one is very good for what it is.

06-27-2009 21:08:14 | More by supercolter
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dwoolley1

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

12-28-2011 00:29:48 | More by dwoolley1
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wolf_switzer

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-11-2014 06:19:08 | More by wolf_switzer
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Wolberjs

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-07-2014 23:51:21 | More by Wolberjs
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-26-2013 22:11:14 | More by phishphorce
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KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-06-2014 16:34:50 | More by KCBeerNerd
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SCZ

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

04-28-2013 08:12:37 | More by SCZ
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

2008 DL thanks to two great beernuts. Gtreid and my new regular Todd.

A: snifter. obsidian in color, with a huge coffee colored head. good retention level, with some big sticky lacing.

S: huge aromas of coffee, molasses, some black currents, raisins, some bittersweet chocolate, as well as some mahogany wood.

T: tons of molasses, rich roasted malts, leading to tons of coffee, raisins, soy, honey, pipe tobacco, some black currents. Holy shit this beer it so complex.

M: thick and beefy. low to mild carbonation level. massive palate on this.

D: wow! one bottle of this and I am out. So good, but I think it is definitely overhyped. major thanks to Grant and Todd for both bring a bottle out of the blue on the same day. what an experience.

08-07-2008 19:42:47 | More by paulthebeerguru
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HeadyTheElder

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-26-2013 16:03:55 | More by HeadyTheElder
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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