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Dark Lord Imperial Stout - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout

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3,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,578
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,876
Gots: 1,537 | FT: 103
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002

A demonic Russian-Style Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar, this beer defies description. Available one day a year, in April at the brewery: Dark Lord Day.

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
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, yellow wax. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours black with just a ring of mocha colored head around the glass. Small bubbles and amoeba lacing remain on the glass.

S- molasses, dark fruits, coffee, maple syrup, some oak.

T- whew! Cloyingly sweet molasses, dark fruits, and maple syrup. Coffee, dark chocolate, and some brown sugar with slight bitterness.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Very thick, syrupy, creamy and slick. Slight alcohol burn at the end but drinking very well.

O- good RIS, but this a beer where the hype is definitely bigger than how good the beer is.

Photo of Deetz
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of BumpkinBrewer
3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage poured into a tulip glass and shared with a friend on International Stout Day

A: Pours like motor oil. Black as night with a tan head that fades quickly to a beige ring

S: Boozy with sweet dark fruits, a bit of coffee roastiness

T: Follows the nose. Sweet dark fruits with bitter roast and very sweet, slight alcohol burn

M: Very slick on the palate, sugars are tingling in the mouth, again the heat of the alcohol is very present

O: A little disappointing considering i sat on this for 2 years but still an interesting beer nonetheless. Glad I got to try it.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of bulldog91
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 version, sitting 18 months.
It pours a dark, thick with virtually no head. Appears like a thin syrup
Wow that smell - it's sweet, but with dark hints to it.
Not much cherry in this bottle, but the plums and molasses are apparent. A hint of carmel, some coffee, chocolate - just a nice blend.
As for mouthfeel, it's not as heavy as expected. Very light, actually. A smooth feel with a slight ting but overall pleasant.
In a word - wow. Not a RIS guy, but this is just a complex, good - very good - beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Inky black with no head.

Boozy nose! Whacks you with a sharpie pen. Dark fruits, chocolate, felt pen, black strap, macaroni. Not altogether pleasing, though certainly intense and unique.

Thick mouth. Lots of black strap molasses, rum soaked dried fruits ,and a bittersweet chocolate finish. This is a powerful & complex beer that could serve to sit even longer than three years.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition, drank at Craftheads in Tokyo, October 2012.

Thick, oily, glossy black, like horror movie blood. It's got no real head, but it still looks great in its abysmal 8-ball blackness.

Big amaretto on the nose. Then creme de cacao, Kahlua, and umeshu – basically, it smells fruity, boozy, sweet, and raw. There's a hint of vanilla Frappuccino, and lots of surprisingly fruity nuance: black cherries and prunes, mostly. A very slight whiff of soy sauce comes through as well, but this is mostly a sweet aroma, a plummy Black Forest Gateau of a beer.

This is so sweet it's almost like drinking wort. But it is also dramatic and complex; molasses, umeshu, licorice, oaky bourbon, and vanilla come first. Hints of smoke and burnt sugar call to mind s'mores. Prunes, raisins, cherry cordials, and even cola and grenadine emerge as well. This is a snifter beer if there ever was one; it feels chewy and soft, with crushed velvet carbonation, and it has a distinct dessert wine feel about it – there's even a tinge of sherry-ish walnutty sweetness. It needs balance, either from alcoholic warmth or a kick of hops, but then again, it's sort of fun to have something so decidedly over-the-top.

Not sure if this is still considered one of the best beers in the world, but I can see why it would be. It certainly makes an impact.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,578 ratings.