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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,272 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,272
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,738
Gots: 1,454 | FT: 94
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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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ryanfolty

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

Date: July 3, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Beer Tasting, Bloomington, MN Appearance: Opaque dark with slight amount of head Aroma: Sweet licorice Flavor: Thick, delicious, chocolate and very complex Other: This was the 2010 vintage and no surprise was the best at this tasting. Thanks for sharing bvery!!!

September 2, 2012 - did a 3 year vertical of the ’10-’12 at home with Brandon. Some chocolate in the aroma for the 10, some alcohol in the 11 and the 12 had a stronger alcohol aroma. Still very good, but I have had so much since trying this for the first time....so dropping my ratings slightly.

08-13-2011 21:34:32 | More by ryanfolty
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n2185

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -36.2%

2010 vintage

A: pours black with a finger of dark tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: soy and molasses up front with a lot of sweetness. There is a touch of smokiness along with a strong alcohol and toffee aroma with some sweet chocolate.

T: roasted malts with a lot of sweetness at first. There is a strong toffee flavor along with some sweet chocolate that follow. Molasses and soy as well. Decent alcohol burn on the finish.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer would be nice and creamy if not for the alcohol burn.

O: an alright beer, but still too sweet and boozy after over a year of age for my tastes. Soy, molasses, and toffee dominate the aroma and flavor of this beer, which I'm not a fan of at all. Definitely not worth the hype. I'd consider buying it again to age for even longer if it were cheaper and more easily obtainable, but as is have no desire to ever seek one out again.

08-13-2011 13:38:54 | More by n2185
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

***2008 Vintage (black wax)***

Big thanks to grub for hooking me up with this and a 2009 vintage as well. Shared with my wife.

Poured from a 650ml bottle.

Appearance: No real head expect a faint fizzle of tan foam. Impressive is the black body with brown tinges. No as viscous as i would have expected but close.

Smell: Strong aroma pf chocolate, coffee, port, dark fruit, sugar and some soy sauce.

Taste: Sugar, dark chocolate, lots of espresso, roasted flavors and a little on the sweet side. Some oak, tootsie rolls, light soy and a burnt character in the finish. Only a bit of cloying keeps this from a 5.

Mouthfeel: Very thick feel with almost no carbonation as expected. The thing is mouth-coating and there is a small amount of bitterness as well.

Overall: With all the flavors coming at me, i would have thought it could be a muddled mess but i was struck by the balance of it even though it is a beast. 2 to share is good but 3 might have been better. Still, one of the best i've tried and worth the hunt!

08-09-2011 23:53:50 | More by papat444
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

3.58/5  rDev -16.4%

2010 - Green Wax into snifter

**TO NOTE** my boy Robert (rfraga77) is the MAN for leaving this bad boy behind for me during his trip from Indiana to SF. Awesome Beercation! Don't hate me for not giving this "A" status...

A - Pitch Black with a better than expect 1' finger head from an agressive pour. Agressive swirs bring it back up better than one would expect also at the ABV - No lacing to speak of however.

S - Sweet Chocolate, soysauce, dark fruits, Port wine and alcohol fumes...almost as powerful as one would expect at 15% ABV. The roastiness becomes apparent but you really have to look for it. Belgain Quad characteristic comes out in the nose as well but you know this is a stout first and foremost.

T - Follows nose - lots of dark fruits with the chocolate. It's a sweet stout as many before have mentioned but not nearly so as I was led to believe from other reviews. Port characteristics there mid-palate. The sweetness actually works well with this beer. It's definatley still hot and now I'm getting that Soy-sauce others have detected. Not in a bad, or a good way. Feeling the burning in my stomach and back of the throat. Funny, I enjoyed this stout better more chilled than I did inbetween cellar and room temp, which is where I usually more enjoy my stouts.

M - Not thin but thin for 15% ABV Stout. A sipper for sure. Lacking in this dept as I would have liked a creamier or more silky body / mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on though. Good.

O - Good big boozy stout with a lot of hype behind it. This beer still needs another 2 years I'd imagine. Great Novelty stout and I'm very appreciative I finally was able to try it but worth the hype? Not for me. Kind of a hot mess of a stout. To each their own.

08-09-2011 23:27:02 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

2.65/5  rDev -38.1%

Poured into a tulip. 2010 vintage with the green wax. Pitch black with just a bit of head.

The aroma is chocolatey and a little soy saucy. This is almost a good aroma, there are good aromas in the aroma, but the soy sauce kind of ruins it.

The taste is sweet. The coffee is very subtle in the flavor. The aftertaste is particularly disappointing.

The body is thick and chewy. The carbonation is a little subtle.

This is a little disappointing to be honest, but it isn't super terrible. I would say it's mostly just disappointing because the market is saturated with delicious stouts.

08-07-2011 01:44:06 | More by andrewinski1
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funkyaudio

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

2011 vintage.
Had on tap the day after DLD 2011

Aromas of leather, tobacco, port, honey and dark fruits. Sweet, super rich and decadent. Palate is dominated by dark fruits and a port like sweetness but with just enough tar and roast to balance. Viscous and oily body. Alcohol only hits you in the chest, overall for 15% this is incredibly smooth. A fantastic RIS, didn’t disappoint

08-04-2011 14:00:57 | More by funkyaudio
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pkeigs

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11%

I have had multiple vintages of this, looking forward to sharing my 2011 bottle with Friends later this year.

From notes. This beer pours with a non-existant head, but it looks like syrup. One of the thickest most viscus stouts I have ever poured. Smells fantastic, layers and layers of flavors going on in there. Tastes great too! Lots of dark fruit, coffee, cacao, a nice earthiness, just extremely complex. I am getting a little heat on the back end, the beer is warming me up.

A true classic, and deserves the hype.

08-02-2011 14:04:15 | More by pkeigs
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mulder1010

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

2010 Green Wax
Bomber poured into a snifter
Damned got me into this whole trading deal

A-- Poured a near black color. Settled black and had lots of ruby highlights. Minimal carbonation showing. Basically a light brown film that became a collar. Not bad looking though.

S-- Lots of roast, port, and candied soy sauce. No need for an insulin shot after this nose. Highly sweet and sugary.

T-- Imitates the nose. Powerful sugar, soy sauce, chocolate and coffee. Once through the initial sweetness it does settle down a bit.

M-- Medium feel, low carbonation. Not sure this is the best example of a RIS as it is just not thick and roast enough. Not the most dense beer by weight but by sugar content that is another thing. Very young port like feel to this. Want to think a Pedro.

O-- The best of the three years I have tried. Not sure that means that much really as there are much better RIS on the market and deliver far more for much less. Too much sugar, too much soy but this is drinkable and enjoyable. Seems more like the Star Trek Movies. Get the even numbered years and avoid the odd years. Seems reasonable enough

bomber poured into a snifter
2011 version A-3 S-3 T-3 M-3 O-2.5
Thanks to Masterski for this puppy (2009 review is below)

A-- Poured dark cola, settled black, just a few slivers of ruby showing. Minimal light brown head that slowly died away to an oily film through drinking. Lots of visible alcohol legs to this.

S-- Burnt rubber, highly salted cashews, soy sauce, molasses, and burnt malts. Smell did change to Caramelised figs and dark fruits.

T-- Molasses, dark fruits, bits of bourbon or whiskey but very port like. Sweet but not nearly as sweet as the smell is. Lots of booze.

M-- Thick, oily, and sugary. Low carbonation and heavy syrupy feel. Even fresh get a lot of the Thomas Hardy qualities of an old ale. Has a lot of similarities to the 2009 DL I had in July.

O-- Quite sweet and heavy. Age will do wonders on this. How much is the question. Really was not impressed with this. Thought a lot of Mikkeller black while drinking this, just not the char and ash his beers have. Good to share with others but have no idea how anybody can drink a bomber of this on its own. Better Imperial Stouts out there than this. Liked how the flavors changed but that did not save me on this.

2009 white wax A- 3 S-4 T-3.5 M-4.5 O- 3.5

Poured into a tulip

Thanks to DJButters for the bottle

A-- Dark, thick syrupy looking pour. Very little if any carbonation. No head at all. Just a bit of film with this. Massive and evil looking beer. Bordering on port. No head retention, no nothing. Lots of alcohol lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Dark fruits, raisin, and a lot of malt. More I worked into this it smelled like a port or a Thomas Hardy Old Ale. Early on a lot of booze ut once it settled down it was closer to a Hardy in every way in the nose.

T-- Thick, syrupy, rich and a lot of raisin, dark fruits and port like qualities in the nose.

M-- Over bearing and rich. A lot of fruit and syrup. Can tell this was a mess as a pup but with age this changed to a huge old ale. A lot of fruit and leather. Thick as hell and sweet to boot. Booze was well hidden for how sweet it was and drew a comparison to a old school Thomas Hardy profile. Little carbonation and a lot of body to this.

O-- 09 had to be a mess. Has developed into something good but very port like. no way I could drink the whole thing on my own. A lot of sugar and very thick. 15% ABV is well hidden in it, the thickness it is there as well as the sweetness. By lore this is pretty overrated but it was quite interesting as it changed to a massive strong belgian strong dark ale. not for the faint at all. Total sipper.

07-27-2011 15:22:18 | More by mulder1010
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

Local BA friend Mike shared a bottle of 2011 while we were home brewing.
Poured into snifter.

Aroma: Powdered hot cocoa, vanilla, and fruity esters (cherry) tantalize.

Appearance: Mocha brown 1/2 finger head disappears relatively quickly to a thin ring of foam around inside of the glass. Dark brown/black body w/ a tinge of cola brown around the edge.

Flavor: My favorite part. I'd been told that this one would be sweet, and that was definitely correct. Lip-smacking, sugary, carmelly, "chocolate-covered cherry" (as Mike correctly stated) goodness, with very subdued dark chocolate flavor and bitterness underlying. Alcohol becomes slightly more apparent as the beer warms, but the 15% is VERY well concealed.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Smooth, thick body. Alcohol is warming, but never hot or peppery at any point.

Overall: This one was much sweeter than I'd anticipated, but at no point was it cloying. Quite the opposite--it was so dangerously good that I kept wanting to drink more. Those who don't like sweeter imperial stouts might not like this one, but it's still worth a try. I don't know what their grain bill is, or what kind of yeast they use, but am very intrigued by how they achieve this amazing flavor. Still 5 months left in the year, but I'm gonna be hard-pressed to find a better one than this! Thanks Mike!

07-24-2011 12:09:02 | More by mdvatab
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Had the 08' at Darklord day 11'.

S: Bomber

A: Motor oil consistency. Served on a 4 oz taster's glass. Black, thick, foamy. Sticks to the glass as you drink.

S: vanilla, sugar, spices. Overall sweet smell.

T: Sweet imperial stout compared to other styles from this category. The 08' was not as sweet compared to the 11'. A friend has suggested as the bottle ages, the sugars disappear and are not as prevalent to the taste.

M: Again thick. Goes down very smooth. The sugars mask the alcohol.

O: The best russian imperial stout I have ever tried of as of yet. I've had the 08' and 11', both are very good, I would suggest to open one bottle as soon as it is distributed so you can compare from other years.

07-21-2011 20:39:13 | More by
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

Thanks to LusciousJackson for this bottle. The first of many beers shared with a buddy to celebrate my birthday. Yellow wax - 2011 vintage. Enjoyed on 07/18/11.

A - Poured into a small goblet. As you would expect, very thick pitch black like motor oil with a small small head of brown bubbles forming. The head recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. Has great legs though.

S - Sweet molasses, chocolate, very light coffee, cherries, raisins, plums, alcohol, some brown sugar. Smell is complex and fantastic.

T - Follows the nose. This is one of the sweetest stouts I've had, which is a complaint for a lot of people. Being as young as this beer is, the alcohol is still pretty evident on the palate which really helps cut the sweetness of the beer and makes it incredibly drinkable. I love this beer.

M - Mouthfeel was perfect. Coats the tongue with just a hint of carbonation.

O - Overall, what a great beer. It's sweetness is perfectly balanced by the alcohol. I couldn't put it down before I wanted another sip. Great job, Three Floyds.

07-19-2011 14:05:29 | More by Janderson91
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brystmar

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Been wanting to try this for awhile; big thanks to adremeaux / puzzl for sharing his 2010 (green wax) bottle!

A: pours black as night; mild amounts of tan head dissolve into a faint swirl atop the beer. Decent lace.

S: first impression was "Holy moly, this one's special!" Sweet overall with a healthy amount of vanilla, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, and chocolate all alive and kicking. Phenomenal.

T: sweet malts lead the way, but this isn't a sugary brew by any stretch. Mild coffee notes, roasted malt, vanilla, and even some dark fruits balance things out in an orderly manner. More vanilla flavor arrives. Alcoholic warmth soothes your throat nicely as it descends. This beer is the antithesis of harsh, and it's among the best I've ever tasted.

M: a beer this big & complex needs a hefty body to support the multitude of flavors, and Dark Lord delivers. Big and creamy, this is as good as it gets from the bottle. Thinking of DL on nitro draft makes my knees weak.

D: off the charts for a RIS. Is this really 15%?!

Drinking Dark Lord '10 reminds me that 5s should be reserved for a brew of this caliber. Believe the hype: beer doesn't get much better than this.

*** 1-year-later edit: beer actually DOES gets better than this! DL '08 is drinking well (but not great) right now, '11 is dreadful / disgraceful, '12 tastes like wort (should improve greatly with age), and '10 is still drinking pretty well right now. The DL 2010 is still my favorite vintage, though it's quite inferior to other yearly RISes like Darkness & Hunahpu. ***

07-18-2011 06:00:22 | More by brystmar
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BierGartenok

Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%

Reviewed from notes...Absolutely worth the 10 hour drive from Oklahoma. Had this on tap @ DLD 2010. Pours thick, aroma is of toffee and coffee with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Appearance dark black as expected from a RIS. Taste and Palate...Hints of toffee, coffee, camel and chocolate. Feels heavy on the tongue and fills the mouth completely . Overall I think this beer definitely lives up to the hype!

07-16-2011 15:33:48 | More by BierGartenok
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ajsdad06

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

2004 bottle courtesy of Tmoney99...Thanks.

Poured black as the dark lord himself with the smallest of caramel colored heads. This vintage was noticeably more viscous than any others I've had.

The aroma set the stage for what would become an incredible glass of beer. Chocolate, and dark roast coffee, roasted malts.

You could almost pour this into a bowl and eat it like pudding. Creamy chocolate, mocha latte coffee, and dark fruit in every bite...I mean sip. It is the mouthfeel that takes this to an entirely different level than other beers. I can’t imagine a more recent vintage being this decadent.

Recent vintages have not lived up to the 04 or 07 bottles with the 09 being my least favorite year to date. I like the smoke that was added to the 2010 batch.

07-13-2011 03:22:00 | More by ajsdad06
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camil1mj

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Waited a long time to try this. Got my hands on a bottle from a very generous BA in Indiana. 2009 vintage poured at cellar temp into my Founder's snifter.

A: Very little head that leaves very minimal lacing. Deep, dark like a cup of French pressed heavily roasted coffee.

S: Sweet, boozy heaven.

T: Sweetness with lots of nuances: Figs, sugar, anise, chocolate and coffee all assaulting your palate like a virtual cornocoupia.

M: Light carbonation melded with a sweet, syrupy stickiness.

O: Glad I got to try this one. Lives up to the hype!

07-12-2011 02:08:07 | More by camil1mj
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

Finally darklord time. I had this bottle already quite some time in the basement and thought the start of the summer holiday was a nice occasion to open it. 2009 version.
Look: Deep dark with almost no head, only some dark brown lacing
Smell: Wow, this is complex, and….sweet. Uber sweet even. Roasted malts, plums, figs, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, sugar, anise.
Taste is very similar to the nose; roasted malts, plums, figs, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, sugar, anise and maple syrup. Did they add the taste enhancer EDTA here?
Mouthfeel: Extremely thick and smooth beer.
Overall: at first I was impressed by the mouthfeel. Extremely thick and smooth beer. After some time it got me a bit annoyed/worried. I am pretty sure something is added to this beer, like PEG or Glycerol. In the end didn’t finish the glass because it felt like drinking porridge. I took a sample and will run a HPLC or so at work. This cannot be good! Tastewise, perfect beer, extremely balanced. I really didn’t expect that, because I was heavily disappointed by most other overhyped American RIS brews (too complex, too much ingredients, and therefore, way out of balance), but this beer is spot on! A bit too sweet maybe, but I really enjoyed it. If I will drink it again, because of the Glycerol/PEG/EDTA feeling, I am not sure though.

07-11-2011 13:47:13 | More by rvdoorn
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Jeffo for letting me try a couple samples of this 2010 version. Pours a rich, dark black. Tastes of smooth chocolate notes with a nice roastyness in the finish. I am shocked that this beer is 15%. It was so damn easy to drink, especially for a hot summers day. I was really impressed with this beer. I was scared that it would be too big. Just wish I could get some more now.

07-09-2011 23:09:46 | More by WeedKing4
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baconsausage

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Smores. Smores. Smores. All I get from this 2011 bottle is smores. nice pour into a dixie cup. I can only assume it is black. Large bubble tan head. Smells like all the things you would make smores with. Tastes like all the things you would make smores with, and, oddly enough, tastes a little bit like ginger ale, but this is a good thing. And smores. Good slick mouth feel on this sweet beast. Overall a great beer, worth the wait, but not the hype. Smores.

07-09-2011 22:24:23 | More by baconsausage
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codynevels

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

22oz Bomber poured into a The Bruery Tulip tasted side by side with CC Hunahpu’s

2010 Vintage (Olive wax) reviewed from notes on June 29th, 2011

This beer pours a completely opaque black body with a small amount thin mocha head that leaves minimal lacing. It is not quite as viscous as I expected it to be. It pours out of the bottle rather thin. The smell is coffee, chocolate, and a sweet caramel maltiness. Not an incredibly structured or complex aroma. The aroma is somewhat one-dimensional. The taste is one-dimensional as well. Chocolate and sweet maltiness dominates. This beer has a medium body that isn’t quite thin, but not as thick as I was led to believe. There is a fair amount of alcohol burn in the finish.

Overall, this is not a bad beer, it tasted alright to me, however, it is not very complex and the alcohol is not as well hidden as it should be. This beer seems like it may not be all hype, but it is mostly hype. I have had off the shelf imperial stouts that outperform this beer on almost every level, besides hype of course.

07-09-2011 20:08:58 | More by codynevels
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dcloeren

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

2011 vintage shared with JayAre46

Poured black like the dark lords soul with 2 fingers of foamy tan head that slowly receded and left nice lacing all the way down.

Smell is very aggressive and inviting all at the same time. The same way I would feel like the dark lord himself would smell... sweet yet bitter dark chocolate, roasted robust coffee, chocolate covered cherries, molasses and BOOZE!

The taste follows the nose quite nicely except the chocolate covered cherries take the lead on this one without a doubt, almost overkill. Its almost as if Ben and Jerry contributed some Cherry Garcia to the recipe. Dark chocolate, roasted (almost burnt)coffee, molasses and some hot booze. Let me make sure I note that although I can taste the booze and feel some of the heat, its not anywhere close to the 15% that this beer carries. Hides it very well.

The mouthfeel of this stout is near perfect. Not too thick, chewy, full bodied and well carbonated. Chocolate covered cherry liquor aftertaste that straight up coats your tongue and stays.... FOR LIFE! not really, but definitely until the next sip

Overall, this was a very delicious beer but without a doubt one of the most overrated beers that I've had. I wish I would have had this stout without ever hearing anything about it so I wouldn't have had the hype train bearing down on me but I feel like that only hurt this beer in the end. I fully stand behind the fact that everyone should try this beer, just don't go paying the $100 Ebay price. Cheers

07-09-2011 03:35:06 | More by dcloeren
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badboyrsl84

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours jet black with a very thin mocha head lacing the glass

Smell - alcohol & sweet chocolate. Fig and other dark fruits

Taste - lots of sweet malt. Dark fruits and licorice. As it warms I get more of the cocoa which makes this more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- the smoothest beer I've had at 15% . Super easy to drink and not overly carbonated.

Overall - its good but not as sweet as I was expecting. It's a great experience thought.

07-08-2011 05:16:11 | More by badboyrsl84
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Yagman3000

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Served from a bottle into a small tulip.

Appears a very dark brown, short of black, with a viscous light ring.

Smells of alcohol at first but coffee comes through with some burnt sugar and chocolate as well.

Taste is excellent! A lot of coffee with chocolate, toffee, and fig coming through as well. A little sweeter than I imagined.

Mouthfeel is excellent as well. Very smooth with a gentle dismount. left with a tongue massage (hey now!).

This was an excellent beer. Don't know how often I'll get my hands on this but am very appreciative of Cosmicevan for bringing this over. "Cheers!"

07-08-2011 01:03:49 | More by Yagman3000
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev 0%

Had this on 2011-03-05 at the BA Imminent Liquidation event at Bull's Head Public House in Lititz, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Deep dark brown with a short, light tan head and minimal lacing.

S - A rich aroma; pungent like a Samiclaus with sweet dark cherry, alcohol, anise and chocolate.

T - Bold. Dark roasted coffee, booze, fig, plum, chocolate, licorice, vanilla. It's pretty sweet but ends with a good bit of roasted bitterness.

M - Thick body and light carbonation yield a creamy, milkshake feel.

O - Something to be sipped and savored. Comparable to a Deschutes "The Abyss", a Firestone Walker "Abacus" or a Founders "Breakfast Stout". Good company indeed. I'd put a Founders "Kentucky Breakfast Stout" above the Dark Lord.

Notes: This is my 400th review.

07-07-2011 22:10:24 | More by Tucquan
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AlexFields

Tennessee

2.08/5  rDev -51.4%

This is the 2011 vintage, poured from the bottle a few months after its release

Appearance is not ominously black as you might expect from the beer's name, but more of a darkish caramel brown color. I'd believe it if you told me it was an imperial porter or imperial brown. A fairly thin head appears and then disappears.

Smells sweet and malty. Obviously not going to be real big on the roast or smoke.

Wow, the taste is pretty bad. I expected it to be over the top in sweetness, but I did not expect it to be downright awful. The problem here is not so much the sweetness (I like me some really sweet beers, including really sweet imperial stouts) as it is that the flavors just aren't good ones. A molasses bomb in the worst sense, I'm having trouble thinking of other specific descriptive terminology but this is pretty rough. You can tell there's coffee in it if you look for it, but the coffee is contributing an odd caramel kind of flavor and not the roasty coffee flavors found in other, better stouts with coffee added.

Mouthfeel? I'm not really sure. My mouth was in a state of shock over the bizarre flavors of this beer and didn't take a lot of note of how it "felt," but I guess it was pretty thick and chewy.

Overall, just a really terrible beer, by far the worst beer I've ever had that has an A rating on Beer Advocate.

3.9/10

07-06-2011 18:55:39 | More by AlexFields
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cosmicevan

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Dark lord (2009) – generously shared at the rosso release. Dark as night, almost a little sludgy…looks like hunahpu…coats the glass when you swirl it (pretty cool looking). Head isn’t much, but you can build it with a glass swirl. The smell is super sweet, almost cloyingly so. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, smells nice. WOW, that’s a tasty beer. It’s got almost a nutmegy or maple syrup type of thing going on with the taste but not cloying to me, but I understand why some people say that this beer is a bit too much on the sweet side (and this is a 2009 batch, so fresh, I could definitely see that). Mouth is a little thick, overall…SOLID imperial stout, it is really good, but this is a beer to be shared since it is so heavy and sweet…VERY glad to have a taste. looking forward to trying a different vintage.

*** edit 2011 vintage ***
enjoyed from the DL intelligensia snifter
a - black and sludgy visible carbonation with no head. lacing is climey. (4)
s - soy sauce chcoolate roasted malt. thick and strong. sweet dark chocolate (4)
t - cloyingly sweet. chocolate, coffee, soy sauce. in the mix of rosso it stood out, but on a clean palate it is a bit heavy...at first blew me away with sweetness as i drank more i enjoyed it more. (3.5)
m - pretty smooth for such a thick beer. (4/4.5)
t - first shot at a real sample of this beer aside from sevearl few small samples. definitely a sharing beer. the mystique and hype around it confuse me...good but therea re many better...overall this is good, but not great (4)

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