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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,091 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,091
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,672
Gots: 1,389 | FT: 91
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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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BS68280

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to turning my notes from this one to a review. 08 vintage drank a couple months ago. Poured into a DFH signature glass. I think we are going to try a 08,09,10 vertical soon, so i might have to update this.

A: Black as I have seen, with a little bit of dark brown head.

S: Chocolate, dark burnt malts give it a slight smell of coffee. Dark fruits are also very present. Smells great i can't wait to take a sip.

T: Not disappointing in any way shape or form. For me this has lived up to the hype. Lots of cocoa/chocolate, with more hints of espresso. A nice bourbony vanilla taste is also present, this beer is absolutely amazing. Only the faintest hints of the alcohol are there at the very end.

M: To me this is where this leaves everything else i have had in the dust. This is the thickest, creamiest, silkiest beer I've ever had.

D: I could probably do a bottle by myself but absolutely not any more. I think it is so thick my mouth would have a coating of dark lord for a week.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 18:27:13 | More by BS68280
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pixieskid

Germany

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

08 Vintage, review from notes on 1/1/10.

poured into my trusty snifter.

pour is jet black with a nice brown head.

medium full body, with a smooth and surprisingly thin mouth feel at first.

rich dark chocolate notes upfront balanced with a mellow espresso bitterness. Rich dark cherry notes and a sweet malt presence throughout.

Despite a mild bitterness, it is quite balanced and finishes with a rich and creamy mouthful with a warming bourbon presence.

Towards the very end, the thick motor oil sediment comes out and ups the richness factor and thickens the body.

Alcohol is present but very enjoyable, certainly doesn't taste as strong as it is.

Almost like two beers in one.

Overall a perfect beer for New Years day, glad it had some age on it, because the flavors were still punching me in the face.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 21:39:35 | More by pixieskid
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salvo

Indiana

2.03/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had the 2008 at the 2009 DLD festival and have since had the 2009 (Thanks, Thomas, you know who you are). So many love this concoction and it truly has played an important part of establishing 3Floyds as a premier visionary brewer. However, I find Dark Lord undrinkable. In part (if you look at my beer thoughts) this is due to a dark roasted malt that gives me headaches, but overwhelmingly I just do not think of this or Utopias or similar extreme brews as particularly appealing to actually consume. And I accept this as heresy. Guilty as charged. That said:

A: Dark opaque black with a thick resilient head that is dark brown. I have never seen as dark a head. Ommegang's Chocolate Indulgence Stout is closest in the head color and retention. On tap, it persisted for the full hour it took me to drink it.
S: If I could, I would want a snuff box that smelled of Dark Lord. I would seek out the smell of dark lord, which has fig and date notes along with deep, dark malts and hints of the citrus hops that balances the beer. Missing entirely from the smell is the sweetness.
T: Such a disappointment: the sweetness is cloying and overwhelms everything, and this may be a serious component that changes with time and so will try again when the last 2009 bottle reaches 2 full years of cellaring. That and the headache.
M: Covers, oozes, fills, plasters the mouth. I imagine the (original) Blob movie as I try to smack my tongue and lips trying to free my mouth from its sticky covering.
D: Low. I may enjoy half an ounce of Dark Lord at the end of a long session. Any more is simply too much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 16:52:17 | More by salvo
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage.

A - Stout. Oily black with quite a small head.

S - Holy Rauchbier! I am getting so much smoke and charred wood that it is honestly hard for me to discern anything else. Eventually the RIS comes through, but it still is as if it scarcely survived a fire.

T - Again, Rauchbier, unholy Rauchbier. The smokiest stout in memory. And what doesn't taste smoky tastes sugary sweet. Doesn't drink hot, just doesn't drink very good, or at least nowhere near world-class. There is not a lot of flavor that survives the pervasive palette-shredding smoke impartation. I guess I can pick up on a bit of wood, booze, vanilla, and soy sauce, but that's about it. Very underwhelmed, considering the hype.

M - Pretty good mouthfeel, nice viscosity.

D - I don't think this beer lives up to the hype, I don't even think it lives up to the ultra-cool label-packaging on the bottle. Of course it can and perhaps should be cellared, but I'm not crazy about how it starts out its life.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 21:01:09 | More by ktrillionaire
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branimal9

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage, shared with my fellow Upstate BA'ers - 6/9/2010. Thanks to whichever kind soul brought out this bottle of evil.

Deep brown and dark as hell in color. Raisiny, chocolate hotness on the nose. Flavor brings with it waves of dark chocolate, cherry, raisin, vanilla & coffee. Thick and oily in consistency, with syrup-like texture. Difficult to fully express in words, but this was a beast of a beer that I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 19:47:27 | More by branimal9
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EddieTheTrooper

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Have you heard his battle cry? The dark lord cometh and he thirsts for your soul! This stout is so black that light cannot penetrate it's depths, seriously, I tried to shine a green laser pointer thru it. It pours like motor oil, tastes like coffee and malice, and smells like boiled hell. This is not a normal beer, tis the port of beers. As delectable as the dark lord is, his curse is that you cannot drink much of it. 13% abv and an overbearing taste and thick consistency make this a special occasion beer. Damn good though.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 00:29:32 | More by EddieTheTrooper
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coryking

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle of the 2009, enjoyed January 2010...

Poured jet black and thick! Little head, but can see some with a vigorous swirling of my glass. Nice alcohol legs on the glass. Very complex nose of molasses, brown sugar, alcohol, chocolates, cocoa, and coffee. Also a huge presence of raw malts and hops to balance everything. Unfortunately, I kind of disappointed with the taste. The only positive is that it hides the alcohol completely. The rest is a cloying sweetness of a beer. Straight table sugar sweetness. Obviously, a lot of other things going on, but the cloying sweetness is overwhelming. Mouthfeel is super thick and heavy and syrupy. Drinkability is nonexistent. Too much sugar and extra fermentables, not enough balance. Maybe with age, things will change. I heard that the 10 bottles are much, much better! I hope so...

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 03:49:11 | More by coryking
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY got a Dark Lord all to myself. I have been wanting this since I knew what it was. It might have even been the first beer added to my wants list. nlmartin pulled through with a quick and painless trade.

2010 bottle

A- Super dark in its core. The edges let through some light that shines garnet hues. It never really had a head, light foam fizzed up and collected in a thin collar. The beer is thick enough to coat the glass and slowly side back down.

S- At first I notice big notes of licorice and that vinous quality people have been talking about. Big port wine-like alcohol and grapes, currants, licorice, sweet milkiness all over. Its very sweet smelling. There is also chocolate covered raisins. The alcohol is huge in the nose.

T- Just as complex and insanely good as the nose. It starts out with lots of incredibly smooth milky sweetness, milk chocolate and cookie dough. It quickly becomes very very vinous. Currants, brandy, fine tobacco, charred malts and licorice. Alcohol abounds in this beer.

M- Very very thick. I might say it could be the thickest stout Ive tasted. The carbonation is very low, it gives a slight bite at first then quickly gives up. These two things combine to make this one hellaciously smooth beer.

D- Its very warm. The alcohol in this one is quite insane. It warms you thoroughly. The alcohol warmth lingers and the beer slowly creeps down the throat. Its quite a heavy beer as well. Despite all of this I love it. I wouldnt really have a problem drinking a bomber over the course of the night

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:50:05 | More by MbpBugeye
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beertunes

Washington

4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pigwings6 for sharing this bottle of 2010 DL. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured black, just slightly translucent, with a thin cap of tan head that had minimal retention or lacing.

The first aroma I got was licorice and that stayed throughout the beer. There was a very soft malt scent and nice hints of roastyness. The beer tasted great, the licorice wasn't as prominent on the tongue and the roasted malt had a stronger presence.

The body was nicely full and rich, as it should be for the style. Drinkability suffered a bit due to the strength, and the licorice flavor.

Overall, a very good beer, worth trying if you can. Does it live up to the hype? Probably not, but that's not the fault of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 19:49:47 | More by beertunes
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Brew33

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2010 Dark Lord, Green wax. Thanks for the trade Erik. Insert really dark, thick stout cliche here for apperance. The aroma is odd, very sweet. No roasted character just sugar. The taste is more of the same. Just sickeningly sweet. No real depth of flavor or complexity. Molasses, raisins. Not really an RIS imo. The mouthfeel was good, above average for the style. The drinkability was poor because it's incredible thick with noticeable alcohol and kool aid sweetness.

I cannot for the life of me figure out why this beer has such a following and such a high rating. It's a mess. I'd rather drink soda than this. Not a good offering from a fantastic brewery HUGE disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 13:22:00 | More by Brew33
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DwnTwnBwn

California

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bomber of 2009 Dark Lord with a friend.

A- Wonderful black liquid. with a slightly vigorous pour a small ring of reddish brown bubbles form for the head of the beer. A touch of lacing is evident. The beer coast the glass when swirled.

S- A bit narrow here for such a massive beer. There is lots of mocha and toffee in the aroma. Big sweet character. Cant sense much else.

T- Amazing Flavor. Huge Sweet RIS. Lots of very dark Fruits and tobacco notes hitting up front. It reminds me of a Barley Wine. Lots of chocolate and toffee to the very sweet finish. Port like quality.

M- This beer is very velvety and smooth. Could drink it all day. The carbonation keeps the finish just right, sweet but ends dry enough to want another sip

O- World Class RIS.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 21:17:09 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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spoons

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap and poured from a bottle. 2010

Pours black and not much head at all.

Smells of dark roasted malt to begin with. Reveals a lot of dark fruits like prunes and cooked figs. A little coffee too.

The mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy. Tastes right away of sweet sugar and molasses. Lots of caramel and roasted malt flavor. The dark fruits seem to be coming across more now after a few months in the cellar. A lot of stewed prune and date flavor come across. I cant wait to try this one in a few years and see where it goes.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 18:02:13 | More by spoons
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Gobzilla

California

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber 2008 black wax vintage

A: poured a jet black that looked like thick oil for the car that had a finger of brown head and great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: a load of ingredients in the nose that consist of roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, and toffee. There are also hints of dark fruits like plums and raisins with licorice in the mixture as well. Very complex aromas to this 15% abv RIS beast.

T: nice roasted malts and chocolate coffee flavors up front with plums, raisins, licorice, brown sugar and anis accents. The alcohol is hidden very well in the mixture of ingredients.

M: full bodied beast with a good amount of carbonation that had a chewy feel on the palate and a sweet and roasty finish.

D: very good beer that lived up to the hype and drank pretty damn great even though it had double digit alchohol content. Tried the 08 and 09 vintages abd have to say that the 08 with a year on it drank excellent. Will definitely try to grab a 2010 version.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 16:59:15 | More by Gobzilla
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think I've had every vintage of this beer at various points of age, and just today realized I've never reviewed it. Years can vary quite a bit in body and several flavor characteristics, but all run pretty similar in overall notes. This review is for a fresh 2010 bottle - green wax.

Pours thick and black with a sizzling head that doesn't last too long. This year's batch doesn't look as clingy in the glass, nor seems to have as much sediment as years past that I've tried.

Smells wonderfully of heavy chewy roasted malt, toasty without smelling burnt. Coffee, chocolate, and earthy molasses and barky notes all kind of run together into a single dense complex aroma.

Taste is heavy and sweet, but not overly sweet, mostly just enough to get through the density of body. Flavors include warm chocolate, mocha espresso notes, heavy earthen tree bark/root, and deep rich soaked grain. No doubt there's a hop presence, but not enough to jump out at the finish. Nice warm alcohol without being too hot or fumy. The standout incredible taste factor of this beer is its impressive balance and unity of flavor. There aren't waves of conflicting or evolving tastes, but instead it's as balanced as a beer this big could possibly be in overall blendedness.

One of the fullest beers I've ever tried, it leaves a thick sticky coating on the palate, and the glass, hanging flavors out indefinitely after each sip. Carbonation is still present and helps to relieve some of the weight.

High ABV and intense body make it hard to consume a lot, but it's so tasty I keep wanting to. Overall great, but sips in moderation better than it drinks with ease.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 14:37:49 | More by lightindarkness
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youradhere

Arkansas

2.58/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had the 2010 at a south sound tasting. Reminded me more of barley wine then a RIS, almost sockeningly sweet with little roast character. I honestly don't know what the hype is all about-Abyss blows this beer away on all fronts. Medium caramel color leaves long legs in the glass, smells of dark fruits and tastes is dark fruits, dates, figs etc. Really sweet, if the body were any thicker this would be not very drinkable at all. I get more notes of vanilla and toffee, but mostly fruit. Again there is no roast character at all to this "RIS" and I am glad I didn't trade something good for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 05:54:19 | More by youradhere
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scarnold8

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle poured into a small glass, split amongst 3 good friends.

A - Thick and black/dark brown. Very thin dark brown/tan head.
S - Licorice, malt, and chocolate.
T - Coffee, smokey, chocolate malty-ness, and a bit of bitter alcohol/hops finish.
M - Heavy. Very thick and creamy, more so than expected for the style, but still good.
D - Not great, it's heavy and has a high alcohol content that makes it difficult to drink a bottle on your own, much less more.

The 2010 vintage is definitely better than the 2009 and redeems the Dark Lord name. It is a good RIS that demonstrates the expected coffee, licorice, malty, smokey smells and taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 04:58:51 | More by scarnold8
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

2010 verision re-review. I had this at dld day but i was pretty hammered. I figured the Lost finale was a good time to break out a new one.

I drank this from the bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a jet oil black, hardly any brown with a only a little light tan head. Disappointing a little.

The aroma and taste are super awesome and sweet. The malts show off tons of vanilla, but its so fine its not overly sweet it just shows off so perfectly. Light roasty coffee on the finish with a slight alcohol burn. Hides the 15% extremly well. Super easy to drink.

The 2010 is clearly superior to the 2009. Its really awesome, super easy to drink. New ratings are the 2010.

2009 white
I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours motor oil black with hardly any head at all. No carbonation very dark color.

The aroma is very strong of vanilla, coffee and cherries.

The taste is complex with a start of cherries, moves onto vanilla, and coffee.

The taste lingers for several seconds and for its abv its very drinkable.

2009 was 4.0, 4.5, 4.0, 4.0, 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 00:36:59 | More by jrallen34
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jampics2

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 edition. Opened for my father's birthday celebration and shared with my wonderful family. About 5 oz for me :)

Into an open mouthed glass, this looks brilliant!!! Black with dark tan head, no lace, but the head is creamy and sticks around. A perfect looking beer in every way except that there's a small ring of alcohol that kills the lace. It really does look intimidating as it pours, coming out of the bottle with motor oil thickness. The glass sits on the table almost pounding it's fist into an open hand, saying "just try it, I dare you".

Smell is dark fruit, dark molasses, chocolate, and a touch of coffee and hoppy bitterness. The smell is a great mix of different notes, but I have had a few RIS with slightly more pronounced roast. This has more sweet syrup and a touch of soy sauce, still great, just different that what I consider to be perfect.

Taste is exceptional. Chocolate cake, chocolate covered cherries, touch of vanilla, dark coffee liquor. A hint of bitterness that ultimately ends up sweet. Each sip is 25 calories of perfection, and just a touch of hotness in this new kicked-up ABV version. I think this does taste a bit better than the 2009 already. Such an amazing, powerful force of flavor, all flavors dialed up to 11. Yeah, that's right, Dark Lord goes to *eleven*.

Mouthfeel is utter perfection. Milkshake thickness, creamy, perfect viscosity and carbonation. Really, really brilliant and perhaps the most legendary characteristic of this beer.

Drinkability, well, who are we kidding. Even on a curve for a huge ABV beer, this is not incredibly drinkable. But it's world class in every way and is something I wish more beer drinkers had the chance to appreciate. Special occasions just seem that much more special when Dark Lord comes to the party. Cheers to my pops - happy Birthday, you're the best Dad ever!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 22:33:44 | More by jampics2
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2010 Dark Lord

Aroma - Alcohol with sweet fruits like cherries that accompanies a slight bitter coffee aroma.

Appearance - Very dark and thick with little carbonation but good head retention.

Taste - Sweet with a bitter bite on the back-end. Not a lot of roast or bitterness but a definite touch of alcohol that was immediately warming. Just a cherry sweetness upfront but nothing special flavor wise.

Notes - The mouthfeel was thick and full

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 15:19:32 | More by jwhawkins81
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recently had an '09 and '10 vertical. ~7 oz each, poured into pint glasses. Scores above are the 2010 version.

Dark Lord 2010

A: 4.0 - One finger tan head with less than average retention and little lacing.

S: 3.5 - Something weird that I can't put my finger on, almost like a candied plum though there's a vegetal component as well. Roasted barley.

T: 4.0 - Milk stout like sweetness. Lots of fruitiness with plum and some tobacco. Could use some more roastiness.

M: 4.5 - Thick and viscous, which is the way I like it. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth

D: 4.0 - Good brew, great mouthfeel, good taste, but is missing the roastiness that I love in imperial stouts. Strangely, I thought the draft version at DLD was a lot roastier. Perhaps I was just drunk.

Dark Lord 2009

A: 3.5 - One quarter inch tan head. Doesn't seem very carbonated as it pours very syruppy. Poor retention and no lacing.

S: 4.0 - Main smell is soy sauce, which I came to like as I smelled it more. Sourish dark fruitiness. Roasted barley, but much more sweet than roasty. Slight coffeeness.

T: 3.5 - Sweetness dominates roastiness. Tangy (the only work I could think of) fruitiness, roasted barley, and coffee with lots of cream.

M: 4.0 - Thick and viscous heavy body. Low carbonation. Smooth.

D: 3.5 - Okay but pretty weird. High sweetness, which is fine, but could use some more roastiness to balance.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 23:17:29 | More by DavoleBomb
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adkirkish

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Smells of booze, but don't know what kind. I got Notes of Rum and bourbon, sweetness, and finally warms to espresso.
A: Pours black w/ chocolate colored head. Quickly dissipates, leaves no lacing.
F: Sweet and fruity up front w/ slight umami and soy sauce notes. I believe that cantaloupe was also used to describe at this point. If it wasn't cantaloupe, it was some kind of melon on the back end.
M: Oily and slick, goes down smooth w/ a slight alcohol burn. Finishes boozy
O: I'm now a believer that the hype is real. #DLD2011, here I come!! Definitely buy enough to drink through the ages. 25 year Dark Lord? Yes!!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 17:36:46 | More by adkirkish
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted as a special treat on our 15 year anniversary. 2010 DL poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glasses. Review done from memory (aftar cocktails and a bottle of wine brought back from Italy, so the taste buds may be suspect....). Thanks to Justin for hooking me up with the 2010DL.

A: Color is a inky dark black. No light getting through this! Head is a super thing, dark tan color. Disippates quickly, leaving a faint ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Cocoa Puffs with banana. Yes, that was the first impression. Strong sweet chocolate/cocoa flavors are obvious up front. But the interesting twist is the fruity flavors with a strong presence of banana. The smell is deep, rich, and creamy.

T: Oh, a the licorice really shows up on the taste. Too bad. Just a personal preference, but I'm not a big fan of licorice/anise flavors. So this is a slight turn-off. But not so much I didn't enjoy the taste of the beer. Lots of rich chocolate, faint coffee, caramel, etc. Wow, this is complex. The flavors continue to evolve as the beer warms slightly. This is a rich, deep, sweet imperial stout that leaves the tastebuds wanting for more. Just a little heat on the finish; less than expected for this young of a beer.

M: Big, full bodied imperial stout. Creamy, smooth and perfect. Just a touch on the slick side, but not out of style and oh, sooo good. This not only tastes good, this is very enjoyable to drink.

D: My first Dark Lord and definitely not my last. This was excellent. Deserving of the hype? Likely. This was very enjoyable and I look forward to the day when I crack open my second bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 05:44:58 | More by oregonskibum
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition

Pours an Oil Black with a light tan head around the edges.

Smell of strong raisins, Toffee, Caramel, roasted malts, sweetness all around. Smell is still slightly boozy after a year. A few more years in a cellar would probably not hurt.

Taste of Raisins , strong caramelized sugars, Dark Fruits abound, Coffee and lots of chocolate. Like a barleywine ages, I can only imagine this gets more smooth by the year but it is drinking great right now for slighly over year old. Very smooth, vanilla characters strongly present. I will open my next '09 a few years from now.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, just like motor oil. Its thickness lived up to the hype, just not the hype I had seen about it being like drinking swamp muck. Thick Dark Chocolate Candy Syrup/ Oil Viscosity is right on the money.

After staring at this bottle for a year, the time had finally come to open the 2009. My first taste was up to par with what I had expected. Another great beer by 3F.

2012 review of 2009 White wax cap:
After reading my review from 2010, the one thing that has clearly changed is that it is more rounded out and most if not all hotness has faded. The head was not visibly present when poured, and it seems to be nice and still overall. I do pick up some chocolate milk flavors that remind me of the lunch cartons I used to drink in Elementary school in a way. Tons of roastiness, but the milk chocolate flavors may be more present or noticeable than I remember them. Three years of aging seems to have done a great job on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:38:13 | More by alpinebryant
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liquidcraft

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 2010 with a couple friends on an auspicious occasion. Poured very viscous resulting in a thin tan head, light did not penetrate. A deep black you'd expect from the beer.
Coffee is very present, accompanied with the sweetness of dark fruits. Enticing.
The texture is exactly what I had hoped for, super thick. It has the coating effect of nyquil. The taste follows the expectations of the beer's nose. Coffee, chocolate, a roasty dark fruit flavor; very sweet. Its got this sweet and boozy finish that I'm not crazy about, but the up front flavors are worth coming back for sip after sip. Glad I'm splitting it, it'd have to be a cold winter night by a fire for me to finish this whole thing alone.

Made a couple hour trek and spent enough time in line that I really wanted to love this beer. Darklord Day was a good time and I plan to go back next year so I'd say it was worth it. The beer's rating among the best in the world is deserved.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:02:41 | More by liquidcraft
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SShelly

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much hyped, much sought after, really happy to give it a try.

Pours black with a low offwhite head.

Aroma is dark malt, coffee, toffe and maybe some dark fruit.

Flavor is sticky and insipid, really unpleasant overpowering, underattenuated sweetness that really sticks in the mouth. Mouthfeel is super syrupy. The coffee and roast just aren't enough to overcome the sweetness.

Damn what a disappointment, bottle was a 2009, not sure what else to say, sticky sweet mess.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 05:56:51 | More by SShelly
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,091 ratings.