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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,409 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,409
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,806
Gots: 1,501 | 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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

Appearance - Standard stout appearance. Jet black. The small head is actually surprising, considering the ABV. The sugars are damn near visible as it streaks down the glass.

Smell - Wow. Intense aromas. Coffee, chocolate, booze. The booze actually smells great, despite that it's practically burning my nose. Fruity aromas as well. Not as roasty as I would expect.

Taste - Tingly alcohol throughout. Incredibly sweet. Coffee flavors and chocolate malts through the middle. Slightly bitter in the finish and an alcohol burn that lasts for a few moments. It's a pretty complex flavor, but it's immensely sweet.

Mouthfeel - Pretty well carbonated for a 15% stout. Pretty boozy, too, though. And the sweetness just makes it so hard to drink. Small quantities is the most I can muster with this thing.

Overall - Sure, it's good. But it's so insane that it's barely drinkable. I don't think I'd seek this out again. Either that or I'd need to split the bottle four ways.

Alieniloquium, Nov 26, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 2011 Vintage bottle in to a tulip glass; reviewed from tasting notes.

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Head is light brown, 1 in., dissipates to top of beer. Medium/light carbonation. Heavy lacing w/ legs.

S: Big coffee/chocolate/roasted malt notes with hints of vanilla/caramel/molasses. Very robust nose.

T: Mirrors nose. Big coffee/chocolate notes along with a deep roasted malt and molasses flavors. Very sweet for such a high ABV, but not off-putting. Alcohol is noticiable not on palate, but upon ingestion and on aftertaste.

M: Very big body, huge viscosity. Sweetness and alcohol serve as distinct counterpoints to the effects the coffee and malt impart on the palate. Complex yet balanced.

O: A huge beer with a lot going on for a RIS. Very good overall. I loved the coffee and chocolate/deep roasted malt notes. This beer was a little sweet, but still very tasty. I hate to say it, but the hype surrounding this beer builds it up to be better than it is. I would NEVER turn this beer down and will seek it out again. A very good product from FFF with a masterful job of marketing this product.

tsauce2, Nov 25, 2011
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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 3,409 ratings.