Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.95/5 rDev +15.7%
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
3.91/5 rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2012 vintage, poured into DFH snifter in celebration of not getting to go to Dark Lord Day. Served at 54 degrees straight from the cooler.
A: Hm. Why does it look thin? Reddish hues abound all along the edges, the center is black as night. Very little head. Definitely surprised, I thought it would be slicker in its appearance.
S: Fruity, boozy. Can you smell sweetness? It smells like a licorice bonbon.
T: Currants, cherries, plums immediately fill the mouth, and it opens up to include licorice, blackberry, black cherries. Very little in the way of roastiness. Very little coffee. Some chocolate but not nearly as much as I thought. Incredibly sweet. Like, wow. Cloying is a word that gets overused on this site, but Dark Lord is cloying. The alcohol is barely noticeable.
M: Despite my initial concern about its appearance, the mouthfeel is thick and chewy, similar to Bourbon County. It lasts a long time on the palate, coats everything on the way down-- like a big stout should.
Overall: I love big, boozy, sweet stouts, but I'm going to be honest. I wanted to love this beer. It tasted like a thicker, slightly more drinkable version of DFH Worldwide stout to me. I got almost no coffee, no roast, no chocolate; it was almost all dark fruit, and was borderline sickeningly sweet. I split the bottle with my friend and I almost couldn't finish my glass. For what it's worth, my friend said it's one of the best beers he's ever had.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2013 18:26:19 | More by nihiloexnihil
4.2/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Finally trying some Dark Lord on for size.
2011 vintage thanks to bstyle:
Dark, coffee black body capped with a thin creamy ring of khaki carb. In the sunlight, there's some swampy brown clarity if you look for it. The legging in the glass is pretty absurd, a bit of lace to keep things interesting. This is about as big as a beer can look. I'm a little intimidated, a little emasculated... but still somehow excited for what's about to come.
Giant roasty, bittersweet malts conquer the schnoz. Smells like there might be some alcohol in this one. Black licorice, fudge brownie, molasses, red berries, cinnamon (?)... quite a lot going on here. I like.
Far more approachable than I had anticipated. It's big. It's sweet. It's oily. But I'm totally gonna dome this bottle in a sitting. There's rich, silky coffee flavors, fruity sweetness, fudge, even some oatmeal. I'm actually reminded of Sweet Horizon quite a bit, which is a compliment coming from me. Seems like it would make for the ultimate dessert beer. Especially since I'm sure this bottle holds more calories than a French silk pie.
Thanks a ton for this one Bobby! Now I can finally insert my own snarky little quips when people are making diabetes jokes!
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2013 15:45:12 | More by yamar68
4.5/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
To honor Dark Lord Day, opened a bottle of 2010 Dark Lord to share with some non BA friends. Bottle poured into a plastic cup. Beer pours pitch black with little to no head, maybe a deep brown skim of film. Just looks thick.
Nose is dark chocolate and vanilla, a touch of smoky and roasted malt. Very aromatic.
Taste follows the nose, not as sweet as I remember this being. Rich dark chocolate, touch of vanilla, sweet caramel, light smoke and roasty bitterness. Finish lingers with dark chocolate on the tongue.
Full body, thick and viscous, sticking to the tongue with a tiny sip. A little age did this bottle some good as the alcohol and sweetness wasn't as much as I remember this being. Nice beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2013 21:18:35 | More by nataku00
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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