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Dark Lord Imperial Stout - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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95
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3,619 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,619
Reviews: 1,191
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 2,926
Gots: 1,549 | FT: 104
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002

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
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Photo of 1Adam12
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i was going to wait on a promotion to try this, but ah well, theres always Abacus! I know there are the critics, but this was the best stout I've ever had. Review of the 2010 version, brought to you (me) by bringthebail, and 2011 version, brought to you (me again) by Barwfin. 2010 has HUGE bourbon and coffee notes, 2011 not so huge notes. 2010 big bourbon and malt flavors, plus tons of coffee and a bit of chocolate. 2011 was almost more drinkable, yet not quite as good version but, more coffee in the 2010 and I swear there was banana in the 2011. Both were fabulous, smooth, lightly carbonated, and just downright awesome in mouthfeel. Best beer I've ever had. Lives up to the hype for sure. 2010 was different than 2011, neither was better, just different. No trace of the alcohol content in either version. Both were awesome in there own way. 2010 was more pronounced in flavors. My favorite beer at this point in my life.

Edit: Everybody seems to say "Alcohol" taste, but I swear it was bourbon. It doesn't say bourbon aged, but it's in there.

Photo of mullenite
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007

Pours a really thick black with no head at all and nice red legs all over the glass.

smell and taste are nearly identical with lots of really rich dark chocolate and sweet cherries and plums. It really tasted like drinking a chocolate covered cherry. No roasted character to speak of.

Thick, oily, resinous mouthfeel. Coats the palette with a nice film that leaves you wanting more.

Overall this was fantastic. I would have liked some more foam to help with the aromatics but otherwise this was great.

Photo of scottfrie
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green waxed 2010 vintage poured into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks a ton for trading me this one Mark.

A: Pours super black with a thin, fuzzy, dark brown head that disappeared after a few moments.
S: Super sweet and boozy smelling with a hint of chocolate and acetone.
T: Very sweet with dominant notes of black licorice, anise, and molasses. Dark fruits, raisins and caramel are all there as well. The sweetness is reminiscent brown sugar in addition to the big molasses flavor. The finish is a bit roasted, and aftertaste is full of chocolate and warm alcohol.
M: Thick mouthfeel and body. Very thick. Syrupy thick. Alcoholic and viscous mouthfeel.
O: Super sweet and syrupy with a big licorice flavor. This was good, and I look forward to the day I crack my other bottle, but I don’t think it’s worth the entire amount of hype surrounding it. Some of the hype yes, but this isn’t the best stout in the world. Thanks you so much for the bottle, HosP!

Photo of mjyoung
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank 6/25/11. Split w/ scottfrie and bbb099. 2010 vintage.

A: A deep brown, almost black color with virtually no head and absolutely lacking the slightest hint of lacing. It has a bit of the viscosity of used motor oil, but other than that nothing about it stands out too much.

S: Strong, sweet notes of caramel and alcohol. Definitely notes of roasted malt providing the body. The sweetness overpowers almost everything, but it doesn't detract from the overall character.

T: Ridiculously sweet, dominated by caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit (might be a tad prune-y). Roasted malt provides a pretty stout (no pun intended) backbone. There is DEFINITELY a pretty good burn from the booze. A year (or 4) would be good for this.

M: Nothing earth-shattering and not much to sayhere, but very good. Smooth, yet chewy with good carb and a nice body.

O: Really, really, really, really, really, really good. I wound up with one glass. I'd have drank 4, and then been ridiculously drunk. That said, I'm a bit disappointed and I'mnot sure it lived up to the hype.

Photo of harrymel
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011 - yellow wax

A: Pours dark mahogany brown. Little mocha head falls quickly leaving a simple, oily surface. Excellent clarity, actually surprisingly thin appearing with light passing through a full pour, a bit disappointing. No lacing. Surprised there was no head given the description on the bottle bragging about the head quality/quantity.

S: Green apples, bacon (oddly, but cool), caramel, woods, vanilla, anise, licorice. Dark molasses and sweet malts. This smells really interesting and actually keeps me intrigued as the beer warms.

T: Sweet, cloyingly so, with burnt sugar. Caramels. Sweet malts. Smallest hint of alcohol - which makes it fairly well hidden given the ABV. Toasted rye crisps with honey. The beer takes on some Tawny Porto tones on the finish. Nice.

M: Much thinner than anticipated or adverted on the side of the bottle. Low to no carb. Slick and coated finishing feeling. Resonating.

O: Really a good beer. Hype proof? Far from it. This is the first time I've had DL, and there's been discussion about it being: a) not as good as previous years; b) really much better after it has a year or two on it. I can say this for the beer, it carries a high degree of baggage, and it is difficult for me to be satisfied with a beer that carries sooo much clout and then deviates from it's own description of the beer. I likely won't seek particularly aggressively next year; especially given the exclusive nature of the beer.

Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Amazing bright jet black color. Little head retention. Like a strong coffee and light mocha head.

S- A lot going here. Love the aroma on this beer. Chocolate, hints of vanilla, subtle cherry.

T- Amazing flavor, very complex. Hits every flavor that you could ever want in a imperial stout. Very heavy in dark chocolate and strong coffee. Great taste...love it.

M- Awesome soft mouthfeel on this one. Went down smooth and the flavor is just amazing.

Not one to look out for as a need to have beer, but one I am sure to want to try again.

Serving type: bottle/22oz.

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

581st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2010 Vintage

Thanks to GuruDel for busting this out.

App- It's dark, its a bit creamy looking, it's got a nice two finger head and not a lot of retention or cling.

Smell- I was prepared to be blown away again by the intricies of this beer, but again I wasn't. Its a nice sweet smelling big stout. All of the flavors are there from vanilla, chocolate, booze and malt. Its good, but a little sweet.

Taste- You know when you've had the same profile of a beer but just one little thing is different. This for me was DarkLord 10. It was a sweeter version of Abyss and a little less heat because of the age. Nice vanilla and malts play nicely. On the second glass its just smokey and bacon. Just odd and off. Its a nice stout just not head or mind blowing as I thought it would be.

Mouth- Full bodied and low carbonated. Nice creamy feel with some booze

Drink- Glad I got to try this one. I will have to one day get to IN for the DLD and then try the other variants. This was good but I wanted and expected more.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3 floyds dark lord 15% Abv, imperial stout

A: thick but not black finish, more like a warm melted brown sugar deep brown

S: There is a huge, high heat, sweet coffee and tart toffee notes, with wafty boozy notes.

T: Wow, several layers to this beast. At the outset it feels like Chocolate Rain Jr. It has a huge malty sweetness, some dark fruits, molasses and sugar, brown nuts, melted cane sugar, 85% chocolate, light dryness, sticky brown sugar, and just incredibly sweet.

M: there is nice coating that is not overly filling. Ultimately the sweetness is overriding and almost too much, but I enjoy the extremes. This seems like it would clearly be more enjoyable if aged, it is tough to knock it for my own lack of patience. I feel that it lives up to the hype for sheer ambition and amazing execution.

D: This suffers the most simply because I am a jumpy bastard and didn’t let it age. Well guess what, boo hoo, don’t put beer out that isn’t ready to be dranken. But seriously, I have to mark down the 2011 simply because it is, a 2011. I bet something like the 2008 would be chocolate sex, but I don’t have the time or patience for that nonsense. It is awesome now, but sublime later, like those hateful smart girls you neglected so fully in geometry.

Narrative: Among the most challenging items on a daily basis that faced J.P. Cacoaworth was how to close the daily deal. Each day when he walked into his spacious corner office he took a hot snifter of bourbon and ruminated over the idea of closing the deal. Sometimes J.P. was as sweet as a candyman, providing settlement documents with a sticky panache. Sometimes he put the heat on and pressured the other party in by hectoring their better sense. He was a calm master of his trade, patience and full of sweet heat. Some would say that aluminum siding can sell itself, but they likely have not met the petulant master of faux wood coverings. “WELL IF THEY THINK THAT THEY CANT GET MOUNTING BRACKETS FROM ME FOR FREE, THEY HAVE NOT MET THE HATEFUL GOD OF WINDOW COVERINGS AND I WILL FLY DOWN ON MY BLACKENED CHARIOT OF RAGE AND IMPART FIREY SWEETNESS ONTO THEIR CUL DE SAC.” Today was a sweet day.

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

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for popping this open to commemorate his first all-grain homebrew no DL Day! 2010 Vintage.

A: Pours a nice black color, very deep and dark, it looks rather thick and viscous. Small tan head on top, moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S: Sweeter than expected, but I really like it. Lots of chocolate and some vanilla. Some molasses and brown sugar, a hint of cherries, and some mocha.

T: Now thats what I'm talking about! The flavor profile is also sweet, but not in a bad way. Nice milk and dark chocolate, cocoa, some dark fruits - hard to pick them out except some cherries. Complex, but very tasty.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation, but doesn't drink very heavy. Not much heat at all from the 15%, it certainly mellowed after a year.

O: Really enjoyed this beer and can't wait to (hopefully) have it again. This bottle lived up to the hype for me. Hopefully one day I can get over to DL Day so I can have bottles of my own instead of trying to trade for them.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Alright, I thought I'd open this one for my 300th review. Yellow wax, 2011 vintage. Love these labels.

A - Pours a medium black with brown edging. NO head, even after pouring faster towards the end. Slight mocha coloured bubbles surfaced at the end but nothing formed. Leaves a clear brown film on edge of glass when swirled.

S - Pretty decent smell. Lots of dates, plums, rum raisin. Pick up some vanilla and the roast coffee. Some charcoal and chocolate.

T - Wow, first thing, this thing is soooo sweet. A LOT of brown sugar, molasses and just freaking sugar. Man, the sweetness hides a lot of the other flavours. In the background, I pick up a nice assortment of dark cherries, dates, raisins, chocolate. I really didn't pick up on much of the coffee. Slight vegetal flavour too somewhere in there, odd.

M - Coating, medium-heavy, sticky, very cloying

O - I don't think this lived up to the hype. You can tell that it had some nice components but was so dang sweet. Less sweetness would allow the coffee to come out (and some more of the cherries) which would be a lot nicer. The ABV was hidden fairly well though, props.

I don't know what I am going to do with my remaining 3 bottles (one each for 2009-2011). I may revisit this in a year and do a vertical. Hopefully some cellar time will help this sweetness come down to earth.

Photo of ADTaber
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz btl poured into a Great Lakes snifter, 2011 vintage

A: pours a thick dark brown/black like spent motor oil with a thin tan head that leaves some nice lacing

S: dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted malts

T: chocolate syrup, roasted coffee and nuts,
toasted malt, toffee, hint of dark fruit and maybe a tad of hoppy bitterness, ends with a somewhat bitter coffee bean finish

MF: full bodied, low carbonation, thick and chewy

O: excellent beer, worth the hype, alcohol is well hidden given the ABV, can’t wait to see how this one ages

Photo of Rutager
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Thanks to piclee and mikeyv35 for both getting me a bottle of this. Drowning my sorrows after Boston just won the Stanley Cup here in my town.

Appearance. Pours a viscous looking black with a thin, deep brown head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Coffee liquer and molasses. Some caramel and milk chocolate with a hint of plums and cherries.

Taste. Sweet milk chocolate and molasses. Roasty coffee builds to strength in the finish. Alcohol is there, but not offensive in any way. Very full and delicious.

Mouthfeel. Really full, almost thick but didn't find it syrupy. Smoooth, low carbonation. Just a little nice warmth.

Overall. Hard to believe the abv. Very little booze taste considering. Nice and strong but smooth and drinkable. Great at 1 year old and will probably be even better with another couple years on it.

Photo of tsatem
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage procured by and shared with ColdPoncho, in a tulip. From notes.

A: Billowy burnt colored one finger head. Very dark, only the smallest amount of light around the edges.

S: Dark bitter chocolate, burnt leather, espresso, cocoa, toasty tobacco.

T: Slightly hot, but very nice for the ABV. Sweet after taste. Very earthy with roasted malts. Spicy and port-like. Coffee. Lots of tobacco. Everything from the nose comes through as well.

M: Very light carbonation. Extremely thick, coats the mouth cloyingly.

O: Very impressive. Overall much more balanced than I was expecting and incredibly enjoyable. The spice heat was strange, and half a bomber was enough for me, but this stands out as a great beer.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, shared with tsatem, 6/13/2011

from notes

A - dark opaque brown body, medium brown head.

S - chocolate, banana, toasted malts, tanned leather. Surprisingly low on alcohol.

T - Pretty hot, very sweet on the finish, raisin, chocolate, earthy, lightly floral, spicy, alcohol, and coffee.

M - big and smooth, a bit numbing on the mouth.

O (D) - not bad, better than expected. Big, complex, and intense.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Goblet glass

2009 White Wax Vintage so 2 years old

A- Pours solid black like motor oil with no head at all. Not much carbonation left, only a small hiss out of the cap. No head retention either but leaves some really sexy legs on the side of the glass.

S- Pretty complex to say the least. This is the beast I remember. Dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, strong dark fruits, tobacco, leather, burnt sugars, molasses, vinous notes, vanilla, and oak. Not much heat at all even for %15 Wow

T- Just like the aroma but better. Up front nice caramel, molasses, and burnt sugars hit you but are soon followed by a really nice array of sweet dark fruits like raisins, plums, and grapes. On top of all that you get nice subtle notes of burnt coffee, tobacco, fresh leather, and bittersweet dark chocolate. Just when you thought it was done and it goes down the finish brings out some really nice vanilla and musty oak flavors that create sort of a palate cleanser that make you want to drink more and more. The alcohol has toned down quite a bit in the 2 years, it's barely noticeable making this stuff extremely drinkable on all levels.

M- Full bodied with little carbonation but adds a nice creaminess and fullness on the palate. Finish is nice and wet, not bitter as all. It's very smooth and easily drinkable.

Overall I want to hate this beer due to hype but it's impossible after having it again. The only other time I tried this beer was in 2010 with a fresh bottle. I have to say aging this stuff is the best decision anyone could make. When it's fresh the alcohol is strong and harsh and hides a lot of flavors. But no that's it's mellowed out and all the more complex flavors are coming through It's absolutely amazing and deserves every bit of hype it gets. Such a great beer from an amazing brewery.

SkÅL!

Photo of STEG
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Deadm8 for this generous bottle.

Serving temp: room temperature

Glass: Portsmouth Brewery Snifter

Pitch black body with a 2 finger head that dissapates to jack after about a minute.

Smell has concentrated milk chocolate notes and some coffee acid smells as well. There's some light smoke and anise undertones here as well.

Taste is initially a hit of chocolate syrup, sherry, and some coffee acidity at the back along with some alcohol flavored aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and hot with almost too much carbonation feel for my liking in a stout as hugemongous as this.

Overall I've had the 09 and 11 not the best basis for comparison but overall this is a beast of a stout.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured into a tulip glass

A) Short head which almost immediately goes away. Minimal lacing.

S) Really get the dark fruit, cherries, raisins, chocolate and burnt coffee.

T) Man is this sweet. You really again get the dark/candied fruit taste, some smokiness which is supplemented by the chocolate and coffee flavors. There is almost a bit of crossover to a quad, very interesting!

M) Very rich, no carbonation.

O) I can see the hype on this. I can only imagine what the variations on this must taste like. Bourbon barrel aged must be a night ender!

Well done!

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

A- dark dark brown with hints of ruby when held up to the light. tan head that fades quickly.

S- fruits, roast, coffee, little maple syrup

T- SWEET. Almost in the realm of Sweet Horizon up front, with a very similar taste on the nose. Ruby port flavors, white russians, bread pudding, and the coffee is certainly there in a very subtle and well blended way. This is very complex and the flavor really evolves over time. Swish it around in your mouth, fer chri'sakes. I certainly get cherries, as well. Just awesome.

M- It coats your tongue and then sticks around. Keep a can of Busch as a pallet cleanser between sips. Has a nice carbonation; not mildly carbonated like some of the beers in the style, but certainly not overcarbed either. Thinner then I expected.

O- I can see why this beer is such a big deal. Not my favorite RIS, but definately an impressive specimen. This is a beer that I could enjoy once a year. Oddly enough, it only comes out once a year. What a coincidence. Try it, its worth it.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours viscous, totally opaque black with with not enough action to get a head of any kind. Nose has every RIS flavor you could imagine: molasses, smoked meat, raisins, swamp water, port barrel and a bit of alcohol.
Big brown sugar malts with a fishy, ashy, umami (meat juices?!) undertones with herbal cough drop notes at the end. Aspirating catches some booze. Big Werther's toffee finish and acidic coffee linger. Heavy, smooth, gooey and chewy. Would never guess 15%.

Head kicker of a stout. But also a sugar bomb - this definitely needs to sit and smooth out. Doesn't live up to the hype, but how could it? Would have it again, but not chasing golden tickets any time soon...

2010 version. Thanks to Adam for sharing.

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

Reviewing a bottle of 08 I just recently tried.

Poured into my Darkness snifter. Jet black and vicious looking. A fingers worth of red hued mocha head sets atop the beer. Lacing and stain remain on the glass. as the beer settles. The beer poured thick like soup. Coffee, bakers chocolate and some vanilla on the nose. Wow this is fudgy and thick. Little to no carbonation but it is great. Sweet. Espresso like coffee and chocolate. Incredible. Possible the thickest RIS I've had to date.

We had a vertical of this starting with 10, 09, 08. The other two were less memorable and I decided to review 08. Simply a descent beer that aged incredibly well and brought it to rockstar status.

Photo of Munkaboo
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Dark Lord (Green Wax):
Appearance: Black hole, with some chocolatey brown head.

Aroma: Like most imp stouts, but it smells a bit more candied. I don’t get any soy sauce notes like others do.

Mouthfeel: Motor oil slides around my mouth and coats it with goodness. I cannot fucking belive this is 15%. Wow is it smooth.

Taste: ~15 minutes out of the fridge: Damn. Sweetness hits up front… candied raisens, chocolate, coffee afterthought. Lots of residual sweetness that I was surprised by.
30 minutes: Roughly the same… coffee is coming in a bit stronger now though.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, 2010 vintage (olive green wax). Big thanks to TrebleStauter for this brew, I've been holding onto this for a while now and figured I'd finally try it. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with a half inch brown head that didn't stay around for too long. Small amount of lacing left on the glass. Very sweet and rich aroma, it smells like dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and some molasses. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it's very sweet. It tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit (cherries), milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, molasses and a bit of charred/burnt malt. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's viscous and coating with low carbonation. It's very smooth and extremely easy to drink. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, it certainly doesn't seem like it's 15% ABV. I think this is a very good brew, I'm glad I was able to try it. If you like sweet stouts/RIS's, then this one is a good choice. Definitely recommended!

Photo of ShanePB
3.07/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow-waxed 22 ounce bottle, 2011 vintage. Split my bottle with five other friends into miniature snifter glasses.

A: On the pour, dark brown liquid streams out looking thinner and lighter in color than I expected. I don't get that "motor oil" look I like with big stouts. In the glass, the body is much darker, black even with virtually no head. A thin mocha ring stick around and leaves rather weak lacing.

S: Roasted coffee beans, alcohol esters, chocolate liqueur and some unripe dark fruits - plums and figs. It's an interesting blend of flavors that are seemingly combined fairly well. Nothing sticks out but the alcohol notes are pretty powerful, evidence of where the taste could be headed.

T: Simply put, this is pretty god awful. The palate is washed with loads of cooked vegetable flavors. Celery, carrots, spinach and potatoes are in the worst incarnation of these otherwise good vegetables, by showing up in the taste. This needs some serious time in the bottle. The alcohol notes are completely gross and overpowering, increasingly so as the beer warms. The linger is dry, chalky and a bit bitter from so coffee bean elements.

M: A little too carbonated as it stands right now, not as creamy as I would like it either. Disappointed.

Considering I have 3 more bottles of this vintage in the cellar, I hope time helps this beer out tremendously, which is the general consensus I get with the Dark Lord vintages. This was pretty terrible fresh but will obviously revisit in a few years.

Photo of chumba526
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Raylove for this bottle.

2011 vintage.

After scraping the wax off with a fork I poured the beer in a stone vertical glass.

It appears all but black with a small espresso colored head that dissipates quickly.

It smells of caramelized sugar, roasted malts, mild coffee and mild chocolate. I also get a bit of a sweet dry dark fruit smell.

It tastes of rich sweet milk chocolate. I get a mild sweet coffee flavor and a rich dry fruit flavor. I get a bit of a prune flavor. Overall the beer is on the sweet side but there are plenty of flavors interacting with each other. It is very rich yet very smooth.

This is one thick crude oil textured stout. It is thick. There is a low carbonation as well.

Overall though this beer might have a bit too much hype and might be a bit overpriced it is a great beer. It is thick, strong, yet smooth and drinkable.

Looking forward to ageing my last bottle of this.

Photo of s1ckboy
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had an 09’ white wax bottle at Ebenezer’s pub in Maine. Paid a hefty price but it was worth it to have this beauty. Very smooth for 15% abv. Though you can definitely taste the alcohol, it’s not overpowering. All other flavors come through, chocolate, molasses, prunes(?). Great beer, believe the hype.

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,619 ratings.