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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,143 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,143
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,687
Gots: 1,406 | FT: 88
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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gregmoscetti

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-05-2012 06:30:59 | More by gregmoscetti
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-04-2012 08:48:32 | More by IdrinkGas
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buckshot351

New York

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-04-2012 00:39:53 | More by buckshot351
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Heischman

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I need to send a super thank you Mr Mike in IN for the greatest Xmast Gift ever!
Beer/Brewery - The Dark Lord 2011 – 3 Floyds
City/State- Munster, Indiana
STYLE – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 15%
IBU – Unknown
DATE – 03 JAN 2012
SERVING TYPE – 22 oz Bomber Wax (Yellow) Dipped
GLASSWARE – Small Snifter
APPEARANCE –Dark Brown almost black with no light passing through, Very Little head
AROMA- Boozy and chocolaty
TASTE – Sweet but with a roasted bitterness, such a well proportioned balance it is UN real! Hints of a dried fruit as well maybe raisin or date, or eve prune.
MOUTHFEEL – Nice thickness that a stout should have, and so smooth.
CONCLUSION – Truly a once in a life time brew! Again I thank MR MIKE for the most wonderful Xmas gift ever!
-JH-

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 22:51:00 | More by Heischman
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage (green wax). Big shout out to Aaron for turning me on to this epic, highly sought after RIS.

Pours an opaque anthracite color with a subdued head and minimal lacing. Very ominous.

Complex melange of aromas: coffee, chocolate, bourbon, burnt caramel.

Opens with roasted coffee and dark chocolate that morphs into double fudge. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated and velvety smooth. Flavors of black licorice and anise surface, before moving into a decidedly sweeter middle of burnt brown sugar and black strap molasses. Finishes with a flourish of bourbon.

Awesome stuff! At 15%, ABV is unbelievably concealed. Aged vintage obviously helped the taste profile. One of the few Three Floyds offerings that actually lives up to its hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 18:09:08 | More by CaptainIPA
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arkansastroy

Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-03-2012 14:03:08 | More by arkansastroy
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aliving1

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-03-2012 05:16:09 | More by aliving1
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-03-2012 02:39:58 | More by smutty33
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Catchy_Name

California

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-02-2012 19:18:28 | More by Catchy_Name
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-02-2012 15:43:22 | More by SWMeyer4141
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dulwich

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-02-2012 01:12:09 | More by dulwich
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doughanson78

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage (yellow wax). Drank New Years 11-12. Huge thanks to Phelps in the Tickers BIF!

A: Pitch black. Just a wisp of a head that doesn't stay at all. Very little lacing. But I really didn't expect none from this. Still beautiful.

S: Big nice blend of bourbon, dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted dark coffee, butterscotch, vanilla, hints of tobacco. Amazing and complex.

T: Dark chocolate upfront. Pretty sweet. Dark fruits, vanilla, butterscotch, roasted malts, and slight coffee. Touch of alcohol in the finish, but for 15% it isn't much. One of the best, if not #1, RIS's I've tasted.

M: Thick and full bodied. Super creamy and smooth. Very light carbonation, verging on none.

O: Amazing beer! Can only imagine one aged a few years. Might just have to trade for one. One of the best beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 20:27:17 | More by doughanson78
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mcorwin

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.8%

01-01-2012 09:03:28 | More by mcorwin
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beagle75

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.
2010 vintage

A: Opaque black color with a peripheral ring of beige bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasted brown sugar, slightly spirituous bourbon, syrupy dark chocolate, tannic vinous fruit, and savory teriyaki sauce.

T: Begins very sweet, with rustic treacle, whiskey reduction, and aggressive carbonic acidity. The middle sees a decline from some of the excessive early sweetness as roasted malt stands out more on its own. Other layers emerge, including bitter chocolate, vanilla, copper, dried plums, and cola. Acidity finally clears out during the earthy and woody finish that is also joined by licorice as the beer warms. Alcohol casts a boozy shadow throughout the flavor profile, and lingers on the palate.

M: Thick viscosity, heavy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This popular imperial stout displays a host of appropriate features, yet none stand out as really being superior or defining in a positive way. Despite the hype that surrounds it this beer is relegated to second tier status, with the largest offense committed by the abundant acidity that is tasted and felt. It suggests a particularly naughty version of Dr. Pepper--a sort-of highball prepared with bourbon and a dash of Hershey's syrup. Considering the amount of effort (and perhaps cash) required to land this beer, it just doesn't seem worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 17:20:08 | More by beagle75
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guytyping

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-31-2011 06:17:21 | More by guytyping
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-31-2011 02:37:09 | More by DWolf
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Mreyes69

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-30-2011 05:06:30 | More by Mreyes69
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babybew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

12-29-2011 20:27:01 | More by babybew
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-29-2011 09:40:59 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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LornaLee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-29-2011 05:09:47 | More by LornaLee
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fiveiron83321

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-28-2011 22:57:57 | More by fiveiron83321
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pschul4

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-28-2011 16:13:48 | More by pschul4
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick black as night color with a brown sugar colored froth. Some good lacing occurs and sits more between the brew and the glass as opposed to on top.

S - Dark fruits (fig, raisin, date) galore with hints of dark chocolate and perhaps nougat with some molasses. Very pleasing scent.

T - Dark fruits, little coffee and dark chocolate, and some hints of booze in there too. Its not overpowering which is nice. Just a great blend of scents and taste on this one.

M - A very smooth texture with mild carbonation. Almost feels like silk swimming around in your mouth erupting an explosion of flavors.

O - A very nice RIS. More please.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:02:56 | More by brstls4drmrs
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hurfer

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.8%

12-28-2011 04:00:29 | More by hurfer
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NvMyBeer

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

12-28-2011 00:31:50 | More by NvMyBeer
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,143 ratings.