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

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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout

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3,478 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,478
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 2,825
Gots: 1,517 | 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 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

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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Photo of Jayli
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from GBVDave in our first trade over a year ago when I so did not have the fire power to land this so big THANK YOU goes out to him!
1200 review here...
2010 Green wax on this bad boy
Consumed after a horrid, horrid day (2/4)....Had to somehow find the right way to drown my super bowl loss...

A: This beer pours a deep dark brown.. No head at all to this one. Minimal wisps of lacing left on the glass... But they are gone right quick.

S: Nose is dark fruit - raisin and plum, vanilla, and licorice.

T: Taste is sweet at the forefront... Caramel and toffee mingled with raisin, plum and a bit of grape. Vanilla comes in with a toffee sweetness. Bitter chocolate comes in the finish with a hint of coffee in the aftertaste. The raisin flavor also comes through a bit.

M: Heavier side of medium body, lower carbonation, crisp at the forefront, and light slickness in the finish.

O: Goes down easy, pretty tasty, not as filling as I expected, pretty good representation of style. I expected more from this beer in all honesty. I love stouts and this just .... Wasp above average but not the end all be all that I thought.

Jayli, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

beerdweeb, Feb 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

Pillowburn, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of SconnieJohnny
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SconnieJohnny, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

cestlavie, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Riggsenater
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Riggsenater, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

kevinscott, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Oneinchaway, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +5.4%

Fitzmke, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jasinviso, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Amnesia87, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

stimblin, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

mpdrago, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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%

sisuspeed, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

prender1482, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

falconxman, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

newk340, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BC4MFRED1, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
2.98/5  rDev -30.2%
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
Photo of vandemonian
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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%

wyatt, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

herrorara, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

TotallyHosed, Jan 31, 2012
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,478 ratings.