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

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3,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,379
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,796
Gots: 1,496 | FT: 99
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:
A Demonic Imperial Russian stout brewed with INTELLIGENTSIA coffee,vanilla, and molasses.

Dark Lord is only available once a year at Dark Lord Day at the Three Floyds Brewpub.

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

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Oneinchaway, Feb 10, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Monkeyknife, Feb 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Fitzmke, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jasinviso, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Amnesia87, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

stimblin, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

mpdrago, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

drowland, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

sisuspeed, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

prender1482, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

falconxman, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

newk340, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BC4MFRED1, Feb 03, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

jmarsh123, Feb 02, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

vandemonian, Feb 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

wyatt, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

herrorara, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

TotallyHosed, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

NFMSKRS, Jan 31, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

zeledonia, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

hopluva1, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

time4abeer, Jan 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

MarkFy, Jan 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

barkingelectron, Jan 30, 2012
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,379 ratings.