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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

3,096 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,670
Gots: 1,391 | FT: 91
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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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had an 09’ white wax bottle at Ebenezer’s pub in Maine. Paid a hefty price but it was worth it to have this beauty. Very smooth for 15% abv. Though you can definitely taste the alcohol, it’s not overpowering. All other flavors come through, chocolate, molasses, prunes(?). Great beer, believe the hype.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 16:24:31 | More by s1ckboy
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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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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-06-2014 17:38:04 | More by prdstmnky
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.8%

03-09-2014 03:35:03 | More by bleedsblu
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SCZ

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

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

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle; having had earlier vintages, this is the best one that I have had. I would normally rate this around 3.5 range

A- Pitch black, basically no carb. Thin lacing, coffee in color around the glass. Gums up the glass when swirled.

S- Very sweet smelling. Candied sugars, some distant dark fruit. The sweet malt plays a big factor in this.

T- Very sweet. I am glad that I shared this bottle. Too much for one person, and I love sweet beers. The dark fruit is just a bit more pronounced in the taste than the nose.

M- Kinda smooth, kinda creamy. Very little carb, but it works in this brew. This beer is so thick that it lingers for minutes.

O- By far the best vintage that I have had, that being said it is about a 4

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 17:13:14 | More by gueuzedreg
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xdtfx

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-28-2013 04:19:04 | More by xdtfx
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Phobicsquirrel

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-26-2013 20:59:15 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Girnormous thanks and cudos to Crosling for hooking me up with (and sharing!) a bottle of the 2005 batch.

The usual 22 ounce bomber, set out from cellaring and allowed to warm to about 55 degrees. Poured into St. Bernie tulip goblets, no light passes through this monster. Vigorous pour yielded a brown (with yellow edges?) large reverse cascading head that clung to the glass like molasses.

Smell of espresso, dark chocolate, burned cherry syrup, prunes, figs, and malted malt. Incredible: I just wanted to go on inhaling this aroma!

Taste is huge and chewy and tongue wrestlingly thick: this is like Yeti on steroids. Intensely decadent dark chocolate espresso malt with prunes and caramel and malt on malted-chocolate-covered-cherries. Took most of an hour to savour this: as it warmed, everything gets more intense, especially the chocolate.

Mouthfeel is the richest of any beer I've ever had: simply decadently smooth and mouth-fillingly round. Glutenous, thick, tongue-coating, chewy and slurpalicious, this stuff is so rich you want to swirl it around a while before swallowing it.

Drinkability is the only thing that holds this back. Weird thing is that all the intensely enormous voluptuousness of the flavors and mouthfeel completely mask the 13.0%. Perilously drinkable.

A note: reserved the bottom half-inch to consume by itself. The 2005, unlike the 2004, doesn't have a lot of sludge at the bottom. However, there was a lot of flavor: that last half-inch was like the rest of the bottle concentrated into two small mouthfulls -- absolutely over the top.

Overall, a freakishly amazing brew, and I can see why people are after this with abandon. Thanks again to Crosling for the sharing! Astonishing.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 02:07:45 | More by ColoradoBobs
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

11-03-2013 03:18:36 | More by StlHopHead77
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HeadyTheElder

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-26-2013 16:03:55 | More by HeadyTheElder
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +11%

10-22-2013 20:58:18 | More by AnalogErik
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasting with rye726 and ratman197. Beer #5 of 8. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter. 2009 Vintage.

A- Black like an abyss. Little bit of a cocoa colored head that disappears quite quickly.

S- Lots of molasses and booze. Also getting some chocolate malt sweetness and hints of vanilla.

T- Complex and huge. The body of the beer is made up of molasses and chocolate malts. The finish had a vanilla sweet finish. The part I really enjoyed is that the sweetness is built up right to the point where it could be too much, but stops just short. Somewhere in between I got a hint of saltiness, sort of like soy sauce.

M- Thick, oily and delicious. Loved the residual stickiness.

D- It's remarkable how FFF can make such big beers and hide the alcohol so well. For 13% abv, it was virtually undetectable.

Overall, I have had older vintages and after opening this one up a little bit of age will really improve this one. Still a solid RIS.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 17:53:31 | More by rhinos00
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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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hansgruber

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-03-2012 04:41:06 | More by hansgruber
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours blacker than black with a thick brown head with good lasting power. Heady aroma of dark malts, coffee and chocolate. Rich and full-bodied, this nectar was made for an almost agonizingly slow drink. Great array of flavors from malt, cocoa, espresso to bitter hops and peppery alcohol. The finish is long and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 20:18:11 | More by Anthony1
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EROCK75

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

06-13-2013 13:30:47 | More by EROCK75
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-10-2012 19:09:01 | More by hopswap1
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-09-2013 03:09:28 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

08-08-2013 14:25:31 | More by alex_hart
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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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danielharper

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 200th review!

Gotten for me by UncleFlip at Dark Lord Day 2006.

A: It pours a dark black color, so black that it almost appears purple. A gentle pour leaves no head at all, a more vigorous pour gives a small brownish-white one. Viscous, like motor oil, completely opaque.

S: Aroma is very sweet and syrupy, strong notes of grapes and heavy malt. Slight hoppiness apparent even when cold. Surprisingly, no astringency due to alcohol.

T: Flavor is heavy on crisp hops, with a clear chcolate, raisin, and licorice backbone. Every sip slightly different, huge changes in flavor as beer slowly warms. As the beer approaches room temperature, the alcohol becomes much more apparent in the flavor.

M: Amazing mouthfeel, syrupy, velvety, silky. Incredibly thick, like maple syrup, but this bad boy isn't going on pancakes.

D: Incredibly drinkable. Worth going to Indiana for.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 13:45:04 | More by danielharper
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RMelyon

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

06-21-2013 23:36:13 | More by RMelyon
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Rons35

Michigan

3/5  rDev -29.9%

02-19-2013 23:03:00 | More by Rons35
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linnymtu

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-28-2014 12:54:20 | More by linnymtu
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,096 ratings.