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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,228 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,228
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,714
Gots: 1,446 | FT: 93
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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SconnieJohnny

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-11-2012 18:50:36 | More by SconnieJohnny
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cestlavie

New York

5/5  rDev +16.8%

02-11-2012 00:28:22 | More by cestlavie
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Riggsenater

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-11-2012 00:16:32 | More by Riggsenater
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kevinscott

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.9%

02-10-2012 16:09:01 | More by kevinscott
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Oneinchaway

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-10-2012 00:24:18 | More by Oneinchaway
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle from 2009 with white wax. I've been sitting on this one for a while.

Poured from the body a "none more black" black with just the slightest hint of a tan head.

Huge chocolate aroma along with vanilla and molasses. After three years of aging I still pick up a touch of booze.

The taste is quite malty with chocolate, vanilla, raisin, and what I can only describe as soy sauce. Finished with a lingering note of roasted malts. The 15% alcohol has mellowed quite a bit.

Full bodied and very creamy with a very light carbonation.

A very interesting and enjoyable RIS to say the least.

02-09-2012 00:10:40 | More by Monkeyknife
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Fitzmke

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-08-2012 22:55:41 | More by Fitzmke
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jasinviso

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-08-2012 06:42:37 | More by jasinviso
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Amnesia87

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-08-2012 05:39:57 | More by Amnesia87
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stimblin

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-07-2012 19:54:33 | More by stimblin
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mpdrago

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-06-2012 04:48:43 | More by mpdrago
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drowland

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +7%

22oz bottle shared by my older brother. Of course deep black and a big old brown head. The aroma is raisins, molasses, a bit of soy, and a hint of roast. The flavor is sweet raisins, maple syrup, and a subtle but wonderful dose of chocolate and smooth coffee. The coffee lingers nicely and the beer is extremely smooth despite a hint of alcohol.

02-05-2012 21:48:13 | More by drowland
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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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prender1482

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-04-2012 23:34:17 | More by prender1482
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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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newk340

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-04-2012 21:01:27 | More by newk340
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BC4MFRED1

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-03-2012 21:12:20 | More by BC4MFRED1
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.98/5  rDev -30.4%

Recently opened '08-'11 vintage. Cummulative review.

Pours dark brown almost black with a minimal dark brown head fading quickly. '08 left perfect sludgy lacing down the glass. Other vintages not so much.

Aroma is sugary sweet and roasty. A ton of molasses and heavy caramel almost syrup like.

Taste is also a malt bomb most years. All start out thick with molasses and brown sugar followed by roasted malt/coffee characteristics finishing slightly bitter.

Incredibly thick mouthfeel. Cloyingly sweet for the most part with medium-low carbonation. Diabetes in a bottle although the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

The '08 is one of my favorite stouts and has been for a while. Every '08 I've had over the past year has been phenomenal. The others not so much. The '09 may be one of the worst I've had as it's sweetness is on a whole new level. Hopefully one of these upcoming years they go back to the '08 recipe which is more balanced in favor of the overly sweet recent vintages. I'm hoping age will do some good yet on the '10 and '11, but the '09 is a lost cause.

02-02-2012 16:43:49 | More by jmarsh123
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -3%

Three Floyds Dark Lord Imperial Stout is a delicious and deceptively subtle Russian imperial stout. The smell is an awful mess, but the taste is delicious!

A: Black colour and a brown head that fades to nothing very quickly. 3.5

S: Sweet caramel and autolysed yeast. 3.5

T: Malty, thick with sweet subtle caramel and coffee flavours. Lovely mild flavour. I expected it to more aggressive. A pleasant surprise. 4.5

M: Thick and foamy. 4.5

O: 4

02-02-2012 02:55:50 | More by vandemonian
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wyatt

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-31-2012 22:39:02 | More by wyatt
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herrorara

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-31-2012 20:40:07 | More by herrorara
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-31-2012 19:52:08 | More by TotallyHosed
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NFMSKRS

California

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-31-2012 06:01:52 | More by NFMSKRS
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

2011 vintage (yellow wax). Thanks to aguirre for the trade. Celebrating passing my oral qualifying exam for my graduate program with my first bottle of this big stout.

Pours very dark brown, essentially black but lighter and clear at the edges. Minimal medium brown head, fades fairly quickly, little lacing. Looks like a big bad stout.

Smell is sweet and roasty. A lot of things about this beer remind me of molasses, and the smell is where it's most prominent. A bit of coffee in the background. I can tell from the smell that a lot went into this beer. Definitely on the (very) sweet side, but it's not at all off-putting in the smell. Great complexity. Wow.

Taste doesn't do it for me quite so much. Feels less integrated than the smell. A heavy dose of syrupy sweetness leads the way, followed by some nice roasty flavors (coffee). Comes on slightly bitter at the end, like char, though it may just be the alcohol kicking in.

Mouthfeel is what a RIS should be. Thick and heavy, with only enough carbonation to remind me that the yeast were once chewing up all those sugars in there. Kinda like drinking syrup... delicious syrup.

This beer is a kick in the teeth. Sweet and syrupy, with enough weight and strength to do some damage. Alcohol is shockingly well hidden. No ABV on the bottle, so I wasn't sure - shocked that it's 15%. The smell and flavors are impressively complex, but I could do with better integration, especially in the taste. One of the better imperial stouts I've had, though.

01-31-2012 04:43:34 | More by zeledonia
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hopluva1

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-31-2012 00:56:39 | More by hopluva1
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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