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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,248 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,248
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,727
Gots: 1,446 | 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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pepsican

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev -3%

I've had multiple samples from different years. Figured I might as well rate the fresh sample, so this is for the 08. Pour pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and a bit of cherry. Flavor is up front coffee, chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee. Very viscous. This clings to every part of my mouth. A bit of hop bitterness, some hint of the abv.

07-16-2009 23:30:13 | More by pepsican
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KCHopHead

Missouri

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Thanks to GBvDave for the trade. 2009 Version. Poured into leftover cocktail glasses at the end of brewday/beer trade as "the closer".

What's blacker than black? Dark Lord. Head was thin and brown. Delicoius sediment coating the glass and bottom of the glass.

Smell was amazing with chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, some complex fruit and not much alcohol (decieving).

It tasted like heaven but the bottle suggests hell. Thick maltiness with cocoa, roasted malts, coffee, was there any hops in this? You don't taste too much with the dominite grain bill.

The mouthfeel was my favorite part of this beer. It seemed to linger at the roof of my mouth and pushed it's way to every creavis and hit every taste bud. It has been the most interesting, complex mouthfeel I've had yet. I just wanted to let it sit there for a while before I gullped.

Drinkability, more like eatability. You are not going to pound a bottle of this without hurting yourself. Seriously though it was fun to drink.

This beer has forced it's way into my current top 5.

07-16-2009 19:05:16 | More by KCHopHead
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%

this particular 2008 bottle (black wax) is a gift. i know i got another 2008 bottle from an actual trade, but this one was from the guys at three floyds (FFF) themselves. ok, so here's the story: at EBF'08, my brother and i were at both saturday sessions, but DL ran out before we could get some during the first session. so we made sure to wait in line as early as possible for session two. so we were pretty much implanted in the minds of the guys representing FFF at the table. at EBF'09, we were thus gifted a bottle of this sweet nectar for our small little act of beer geekdom from the previous year...

tasted in early/mid may 2009. poured into tulip.

midnight black. head requires vigorous pour or swirling, to create 1.5-fingers of sepia brown colored foam, w/ an orange tint. fades to a thin layer, then wisps, then just a ring. some thin rings of lace, but some fade to splotches. and even then, lace formation requires a deft touch when tilting the glass for each sip. anyway, the high appearance score is mainly for the opacity and viscosity, otherwise would've been a 4.0

(note: the dregs at the bottom of the bottle, when poured into our glasses, COAT the glass. literally like used motor oil! whoa! might even elicit a "yuck" for some people...)

aroma: rich caramel, molasses, with roast malt and notes of cocoa and coffee. hints of cherry and trace vanilla. faint mash and coffee-like acidity meet a very faint note of alcohol and booze. as it warms, it actually has reminiscences of port.

taste: rich, rich, RICH! caramel, molasses, and brown sugar meets the roast and hop bitterness, with bright cocoa and coffee tones, twinge of mash and coffee-ish acidity, into fruity acidity, more rich malts, coffee and faintly charred character in the finish, lingering with hint of dry grassiness (from hops?)

feel: velvet smooth yet viscous. unbelievable. creamy. the thickest beer i've ever drank! yet still smooth and also complex with some astringent coffee tones in the finish. mild to moderate carbonation only helps to accentuate all the smooth and creamy tones. wow.

(note: the feel of the dregs is reaaallly viscous! sticky, and *almost* hard to swallow! my brother was ambivalent about this, but i was like, "woo hoo!")

okay, let's be honest about the drinkability though... a full bomber of this all on my own would kill me...

07-12-2009 16:26:17 | More by tai4ji2x
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movingtrain

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

22 ounce bomber, 2009 vintage, poured into a large snifter.
I was able to attend this year's Dark Lord Day in Munster, IN, and picked up a few bottles. I had this on draft, too...but my review is based on one of the bottles I brought home.

Appearance is black...little to no head whatsoever...looks like a large shot of espresso after the crema has died down. Legs hang on the side of the glass...some serious alcohol in this one.

The smell is remarkable. Sweet molasses, figs, plum, dried fruit...definite alcohol lingering in the background. I'm getting some crusty wheat bread, cane sugar, vanilla, maple syrup. The smell reminds me of Fall...hot cider and spiced rum...bitter apples and pie...wet leaves on the ground. There are some cherry notes, maybe slight banana. Some clove in the nose...making me think of some sticky-sweet vegetable bread, like how zucchini bread smells.

The taste...oh, man...this is phenomenal. So much going on here. Chocolate, coffee, fennel (light), vanilla, caramel, cinnamon. Alcohol hits through the back of the back of the throat and into the nose...very warming. Birthday cake, figs, doughy bread. That sweet-after-the-salt taste in really good olives, maybe some light citrus notes in the background. Maple syrup, cream, baker's chocolate, oak, burnt wood, tobacco...actually, this would be a perfect match for a really good cigar. It carries a bitter tang on the back of the tongue...like after eating fresh raspberries.

Overall, this is a remarkable beer...one I would be happy to drink many times over. It was well worth the trip up to Three Floyds, and worth the wait in the huge line. It's warming, deeply complex, and absolutely delicious.

07-08-2009 23:47:41 | More by movingtrain
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bort11

Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +16.1%

Viggo, that crazy Canuckle Head, sent this as part of the Good/Bad/Ugly BIF. This is obviously a Good!

22 oz white wax sealed bottle, 2009 vintage. I shared this with my wife. I'm the best husband ever. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Slow to develop burnt orange head. Not very tall, and not a lot of legs, but he swirling film of lace on the surface is very pretty. Color is burnt oil black with some hints of orange around the edges.

Smell is a full blown chocolate delight. It sweet and sticky fudge. A hint of burnt raisins, figs, and dried cherries. Taste is like a gooey fudge brownie. Chewy and lip smacking sugary sweet. There is some mochaccino coffee bitterness in the finish. Only in the last swallow did I find the alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is beyond full bodied. It fills the mouth with flavor with the tiniest of sips. There is a hint of cocoa powder graininess in the bottom. Good to the last drop.

Blipped "Personal Jesus" by Marilyn Manson

07-08-2009 03:19:32 | More by bort11
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Drewer757

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

Wow. I finally experienced the Dark Lord ('07 edition) after the birth of my boy. It poured like oil, and looked as dark. There was very little brownish head that laced the glass with each sip. The taste on my palette was chocolate syrup, followed by black coffee and then a strong stout. It was VERY thick. I couldn't finish a bottle by myself, but thanks to Mark who brought it for me, we finished it off.

07-07-2009 21:34:47 | More by Drewer757
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance is very good. A deep deep black that sheds no light. Pours like oil. Smell is good as well. Some nice figs, coffee, curant and alchohol come through. Taste is very similar but there is the typical underlying "bacon greasy" taste. Mouthfeel is out of this world good. Heavy heavy beer with some carbonation. Oily and slightly sticky. Drinkability is average- I've had more drinkable RIS's but this one is very good for what it is.

06-27-2009 21:08:14 | More by supercolter
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peabody

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to Kane at Roof Brothers Liquors in Paducah Ky. for this one.
Pours out really black. No light can pass through this one.
Suds are brown and very small and malty looking. Creamy is the head and two fingers worth.
Smell is a blend of nutty molasses and a sugared bread served with sherry to dunk it in. No alcohol is present in the nose.
Taste is sweet cherry and a charred malty caramel. No alcohol can be detected in the mouth at any time during the tasting process.
A little bit of a dirty aftertaste but the cherry stays there and makes for a very delicious finish.
Not a drinkable beer at all. Don't have a clue why this one is rated so high.

06-26-2009 01:58:31 | More by peabody
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capra12

New York

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

Special Thanks to Jim and Evan for a great graduation present.
Reviewed with the help of Wheatman106 and speedwayjim, served out of a snifter glass.

Appearance- As dark as the dark lord himself with absolutely no head formation because of the viscosity.

Smell- The dark raisins, figs and malts are definitely cut through the depth of the complexity of this brew.

Taste- Opens with a sweet mix of dark fruits and from the middle to the end the complexity is hard to describe. I get roast malts, green and concord grapes, dried raisins and figs. Towards the end I pickup on a slightly salty and sweet finish.

Mouthfeel- The full bodiedness of this brew is almost unholy and coats my palate with an insatiatable desire to take another deep sip (Thank the three flloyds for the 22oz bottle).

Drinkability- This beer is definitely one which I would have again. The complex nature of the beer has me finding new flavors in each an every sip.

I can only imagine what the vanilla bean and the oak aged dark lord have to offer.

06-24-2009 03:01:07 | More by capra12
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HopHead84

California

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

2008 Vintage.

Thanks to mrkrispy for opening this. Pours black into the tulip with an ominous creamy dark brown head. The retention is very good and lacing is left on the glass. This beer looks great.

The aroma is dark unsweetened chocolate and roasted malt. Prunes and other dark fruits are evident, as well as strong alcohol notes, molasses, and a touch of coffee. There's a really strange aroma that puzzled me the entire time I was drinking this. It smells a little dog food. It's not terrible, but it's mildly unpleasant and a bit distracting.

The flavor is dark chocolate and charred, ashen malt. The malt is very roasted, with notes of coffee. The bitterness is very aggressive, which surprised me because this beer has been out for over a year. The finish is dry and bitter, with chocolate, a little coffee, and some astringency. The alcohol is very apparent throughout.

The beer is full bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, chalky, and dry.

06-21-2009 22:20:53 | More by HopHead84
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Tasting with rye726 and ratman197. Beer #5 of 8. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter. 2009 Vintage.

A- Black like an abyss. Little bit of a cocoa colored head that disappears quite quickly.

S- Lots of molasses and booze. Also getting some chocolate malt sweetness and hints of vanilla.

T- Complex and huge. The body of the beer is made up of molasses and chocolate malts. The finish had a vanilla sweet finish. The part I really enjoyed is that the sweetness is built up right to the point where it could be too much, but stops just short. Somewhere in between I got a hint of saltiness, sort of like soy sauce.

M- Thick, oily and delicious. Loved the residual stickiness.

D- It's remarkable how FFF can make such big beers and hide the alcohol so well. For 13% abv, it was virtually undetectable.

Overall, I have had older vintages and after opening this one up a little bit of age will really improve this one. Still a solid RIS.

06-21-2009 17:53:31 | More by rhinos00
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Swimsum

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

Had this on June 11th and have to give a big, no HUGE, thanks to Nick (ThreeWiseMen) for sharing this with myself and Trevor (lynx1245). Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter. EDIT: This review is for a 2009 bottle

A: Pours a very thick oil black. Absolutely no light gets through when held up to the light. Very small espresso head forms and quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. Swirling the beer brings the head back but only for a little bit. No lacing is present at all, and swirling coats the glass with a thin clear film. Looks like what a RIS should look like.

S: I thought I was crazy but as noted in Nick's review, the first smell is one of bananas/banana bread. Also in there is dark chocolate and some sugary smells. Got molasses toward the end of the glass but was faint for me. Are we sure this is a RIS? Wouldn't know it by just the smell, very interesting for sure.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate are the first things I taste. Very different from the smell. Roasty notes are detected and a bit of alcohol in the finish. The black coffee taste sticks around long after each drink. About 5 to 10 minutes into this I hit the banana flavor. Again very interesting for a RIS. I really would have liked more up front taste in this but overall it was super good and delicious.

M: This just coats the entire mouth. Good thickness, warming from the alcohol. Not harsh at all, love the mouthfeel of this.

D: This thing is 13%?!?! Would have never guessed that from the taste of this thing. Goes down way too smooth for a 13% beer. I was the first one done and that saddened me and I wished I had more to drink. Sadly, no, it was all gone. I'm really glad I got to try this and if you are able to get your hands on this, you will not be disappointed.

06-20-2009 05:43:03 | More by Swimsum
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

2009 bottle acquired in a trade with nflmvp. Trade with Steve if you get a chance - he's fucking awesome! Shared this bottle with my buddies Trevor (lynx1245) and Brent (Swimsum) on June 11, 2009.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours thick and oily. Pitch black body passes no light whatsoever. As dark and opaque as it gets. An extremely tight, brown head emerges from the surface, but only for a moment. A hair-thin halo hangs around for the entire session, but that's about it. Each successive swirl coats the glass walls with an oily residue and some spotty lacing.

Smell: Trevor was the first to take a whiff, and claimed it smelled like banana bread. As crazy as it sounds, he was absolutely right. Straight-up banana bread. Further investigation, coupled with the effects of warming, revealed dark chocolate, grassy hops, roasted malt, molasses, and even... waffle batter? Maybe I should toss out that last one. Very interesting for an RIS, but it just feels "off" to me.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and black coffee flavors abound, especially in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is long-lasting, bitter, and roasty, but not harsh. In fact, it's a little sweet. Tastes absolutely excellent! Caramel can be found upfront, and oh, there it is, banana bread again. Leafy and grassy hops noted. What else? Label says "charred fruit" - I suppose so. Molasses emerges toward the end. Warm alcohol brings each sip to a close. Doesn't feel anywhere near 13%.

Mouthfeel: Oily, thick, delicately carbonated, sugary, and amazingly smooth. Leaves a sticky film on the lips. Warm, dry finish is mild, especially considering the ABV. 13%?! No fucking way!

Drinkability: This one started out a little shaky, but after the first sip all was forgotten. What an amazing beer! Unique, complex, and freakishly smooth. So, so happy that I still have a 2008 DL lying in wait.

06-12-2009 18:28:40 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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klewis

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

Thanks to abankovich for bringing this back from DLD for me

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small head that quickly fizzes away. Little lacing.

S: Huge smell with mocha, anise, brown sugar, figs. Deep and complex.

T: A burnt character blocks the way for a bit before yielding to flavors of coffee and anise. The malt and hops are well-balanced, but the alcohol is a quite hot.

M: Huge body, thick and chewy. Moderate-high carbonation with a sticky texture and long finish. A bit too bubbly.

D: No doubt an outstanding RIS, but it's still not as good as some that are both cheaper and readily available. A year or two of aging may change all that.

06-10-2009 00:08:43 | More by klewis
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +7%

2007 vintage
A= completely black with a sudden thick brown one finger head rising to the top as I looked away to put the bottle down. Great lacing and average retention. Comes back when I swirl.
S= thick molasses and chocolate dark malts. After it sat a while I got more coffee and toward the end of the drink with a swirl you get wiffs of straight alcohol.
T= very smooth and extremely sweet. Loads of dark chocolate is mostly present. Lots of molasses and coffee. As it warms the cxoffee smell comes through more and more.
M= huge coat. Doesn't leave your mouth in a hurry making it a great sipping beer. Lower carbonation. Chewy and thick. One of the most viscous beers I've ever had. Actually left my lips really sticky with the sips
D= great beer no doubt but the drinkability suffers. Great for sitting on a rainy day and sipping on. Really lives up to the hype. Awesome special occasion beer.

06-08-2009 00:05:03 | More by jjanega08
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Bananaman

Sweden

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

Wow! This was really exciting to try, had it on a beer-testing session, really cool to finally get to try this über-hyped beer. What can you expect then?

The color is pitch black with a small beige/brown foam. It really looks quite evil.

Aroma holds lots of dark chocolate, hardly rosted malts but also some nice vanilla notes. All I can say is that you can tell there is a ton of everything in this beer, they haven't been saving in on anything.

Taste is even better! Full on dark chocolate, hardly rosted malts, lots of sweetness aswell. There are also notes of complex and fruity "vinous" notes. Some nice hints of vanilla rounds it of.

Amazing!

06-01-2009 08:57:27 | More by Bananaman
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Yesac

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

2009 vintage - thanks to jwinship83

A- Pours solid black. No head. Small brown ring around the edges.

S- Dark smokey chocolate malts, dark fruits. Sweet brown sugar.

T- Very sweet, dark fruits. Chocolate and roasted malts. The 13% is absolutely nowhere present.

M- Extremely thick. Very unique and actually tough to get down.

D- Incredibly smooth. Nice even coating on the palate. However, the thickness and sweetness make this not the easiest to drink, I was let down to the hype of this brew.

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2010 Vintage - thanks again jwinship83

A- (4) Pours very dark brown and appears jet black in the glass. Medium sized light tan head cascades and builds after the pour but fades away quickly to a think unorganized layer.

S (3.5)- Bold dry malt, smokeness

T (4)- Sweet malt, molasses, slight dark fruit, high ABV, some caremel and java.

M (4)- Medium/thick. Decent coating on the palate, slighty sticky finsh.

D (3.5)- High ABV presences, molasses. I'd rather have other imperial stouts.

05-30-2009 02:27:38 | More by Yesac
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KI9A

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7%

A: Darkest, richest looking beer I have ever had. Like used motor oil. Not much head.

S: Sugary, winey, chocolate. Cherries seem to rise on the later sniffs.

T: Well, were does a guy start? Follows nose, but, they seem to blend so well, nothing stands out but pure goodness. Sweet malt, molasses, slight hop bitterness. Prunes, cherries, very slight alcohol burn on the back.

M: Oily, heavy, creamy, but satisfying.

D: Takes a hit here. Maybe unfairly, but, what a great beer to share with friends, and discuss.

05-25-2009 13:49:40 | More by KI9A
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naterock

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +13.3%

poured into a fluted tasting glass Deep black like used motor oil with a medium brown head perfectly velvetty with a aura that seems to surround it's presence. a thin brown coating on the glass that is even resilient to water rinsing.

Smell is rich in brown sugar, port wine, Maple syrup with a slight alcohol burn in the back of the nose, Dark vine fruits and a bitter chocolate.

Rich bitter chocolate with a smooth syrupy body that marries all of the complex flavors together. Dark vine fruits, and brown cane sugary sweetness. I don't even have good words to describe.

Mouthfeel is incredibly viscous and refuses to leave your mouth. This seems to be the consistency of used motor oil. Drinks incredibly slow and it sips for a long time but I could literally drink this all the time besides to be refreshed. The dark lord has forced me into submission and has enslaved me to his will.

05-23-2009 23:21:43 | More by naterock
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from the bottle into a Snifter 2009 vintage

Pours black as night that blocks out direct sunlight or any other light you could put to it. More of a nice creamy flim over the top than a head no real lace down the glass but coats the glass its so thick.

Dark cherries, rich malt, brown sugar all come together to make something unlike I have ever smelled before in a beer. None of them take over they all just meld together. Alcohol notes come through in a deep sniff

Much like the nose the flavors go togeher so well that it is hard to draw one out and say it if definative. The cherries and sugary sweentess come together to make a silky sweet flavor. Incredible finish with more cherry undertones and a nice alcohol burn.

Thick rich and viscous this is the most complex thing I have ever drank in my life. Smooth and heavy more than a sipper this should be reveared in every single drink.

I would not want this beer to be widely available nor would I want it all the time but there is nothing I will not do to make a trade for one each and every year from this point on.

05-23-2009 23:11:42 | More by SpecialK088
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

07 DL brought out by Deuane at The Graduation Tasting

A: Seriously thick motor oil look that coats the glass, leaving brown, muddy residue. No head, but the sludgy look is quite incredible

S: Thick, rich, sweet with molasses, raisins, lactose, some coffee in the back

T: Opens up massively sweet with a charred character reminiscent of faded citrus hop bitterness. Massive, massive beer. Outrageous. Mid palate is molasses, and mild burnt malt character, finishing very sweet. This is a juggernaut. Two years have tamed the booze down, there's no hint of alcohol. No real nuance, but this wins for intensity

M: Big, BIG, thick, sweet and succulent. Mildly boozy finish that's awesome

D: Wow. A sipper for sure.

05-23-2009 03:06:30 | More by DefenCorps
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glid02

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +4%

Got this via ShrLSU - thanks!

Pours completely black with a half-finger dark brown head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top and a thin ring around the glass leaving no lacing. Halfway through the glass the top is oily black with no bubbles on top.

Smells of molasses, dark fruits, and roasted malts - in that order. As it warms the roasted malt aromas subside a bit letting the dark fruit smells - raisins, plums, and black cherries - come more to the forefront.

Tastes very good. Sweet malt - sweeter than I was expecting - flavors with molasses up front followed shortly by dark fruit flavors. Near the end of the sip roasted malt flavors come in before an ending that is mildly bitter and leaves a sweet film on my lips.

Mouthfeel is great. The defining characteristic of this beer does not disappoint - thick sludge with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. The sweetness is almost too much but the different layers of flavor make this a fun one to drink.

Overall there's not much else I can say - a must try.

VERTICAL REVIEW:
I attended a vertical tasting of '05-'10 recently and here are quick thoughts on each:

2005 - The best of the bunch along with '07. Less sweetness and mild amounts of tobacco. The mouthfeel is diminished from newer versions but remains thick.

2006 - Similar to the '08. Mostly sweet with large amounts of molasses and moderate roast. The thinnest of any vintage along with '08.

2007 - As indicated above, as good as the '05 and the best of the years. Slight hints of tobacco are present as in the '05 along with mild coffee. Sweetness is on the low side.

2008 - Sweeter than the '06 with slight hints of dark fruits. As indicated above the thickness has diminished substantially.

2009 - The version I'd tried previously. Fairly sweet with a good deal of molasses and dark fruits. Still fairly hot. This was actually my least favorite but the mouthfeel remained phenomenal.

2010 - Very interesting. Not as hot as I was expecting from the increased ABV. The roast is almost non-existent as dark molasses, dark fruit, and hints of bananas overwhelm everything else. The thickest of the years.

Cheers to everyone who contributed a bottle, it was very interesting to see the differences.

05-19-2009 20:16:09 | More by glid02
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jfunkk79

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -37.4%

The highly anticipated suckling of the lord commenced last night. '09 bottle enjoyed with some friends during a homebrew session. Good times and this was everyone's first taste of this highly sought after gem.

Pours a deep, black motor oil color. Swirling around the glass leaves a coating of what looks like the iodine sanitizer I use for brewing. Very minimal head in my Brooklyn snifter.

Smells outstanding. Full of chocolaty goodness with raisins and plum notes.

Hits the tongue with alcohol at first then the sweetness hits. Damn is this beer sweet. Some molasses in there with a little bit of caramel. Not what I was expecting at all. Frankly I was pretty disappointed. With the smell being as intense as it is I was expecting a little more complexity. Mouthfeel is as thick as it comes. Chewy and totally takes over your mouth.

All in all, I don't think this beer deserves the hype. I'll put some age on the other bottle I have and maybe my opinion will change.

05-18-2009 18:52:14 | More by jfunkk79
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twelvsies

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

Several of us gathered round for what has now become known as The Suckling of the Lord. High anticipation. The time is nigh... After watching Brother Joseph pour the beer and noting the deep dark color of the ale and a dark brown head, the first thing I noticed was the weight of the glass. This is a heavy beer - like, it weighs a lot. Thick and viscous is an understatement, this beer is almost chunky. When swirled in the glass it coats like iodine. Impressive introduction to thy Lord. The nose on this beast is all molasses and raisin, syrup and deep fudge. Rich, gratuitously malty, with a bit of heat. Alas, commence the Suckling... Egads! Almost before the intense flavor I notice the extreme chewiness of this beer. Coats the teeth and sticks like chewy sludge. I am eating this beer. So rich and malty, incredibly roasty and full of dark fruits like raisin. Molasses, chocolate, coffee - super sweet, almost too much so - yet it redeems itself with a nice burnt char and deep tar flavor. Brings about imagery of an adult "Candyland" type village with roads paved with this shit. Sweet and a bit one-dimensional at first, but underlying complexities manage to push through and save the beer. As stated before the consistency and mouthfeel of this beer is just out of control. Thick like chocolate cake and sludgy and viscous. I would not want most beers to be like this - one is just fine, because it's really not top-able in this department. While I did enjoy this beer, it's just not that drinkable, beyond the very occasional tasting. That being said it is definitely good material for a special occasion during the winter months or something. Most importantly, this beer is unique, and that I always like. Fun experience to say the least, and I would love to have some of this in the cellar for years to come...

Update 11/25/10
Had the '09 again today, Thanksgiving, with about 1.5 years on it. Definitely mellowed out a bit, improving with age I would say. The sweetness has subsided a bit, but still loads of chocolate cake flavors, raisins, etc as mentioned in the original review. I still think this beer, while impressive and delicious, lacks that certain something that holds it all together, and is therefore not a super drinkable beer. Good, but not Lordly.

05-18-2009 17:35:54 | More by twelvsies
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Vermont

3.03/5  rDev -29.2%

09 vintage, thanks to stowehop for bringing this bottle to my friday afternoon porch "party" (its really 3 guys sampling awesome bombers on my porch)

Poured into a wine goblet, thin head dissipates before I can take many notes. no lace.

Smells like Raisins, Rum, Molasses, and chocolate syrup. very sweet.

Sweetness is invasive. chocolate syrup, raisins and molasses are still there and VERY prevalent. sweetness sticks to your lips. not much roasted character at all.

Cloyingly sweet, sticks around far too long, considering theres no roasted bitterness to balance it at all.

Drinkability is very low. split 4 ways we didnt finish it, gave the rest to hopopotomus when he stopped by hours later.

i understand why somebody would LOVE this beer, but I dont understand why EVERYBODY does. Its far too sweet, almost a sugar bomb. Not roasted enough for me.

05-15-2009 23:27:35 | More by imagineiii
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,248 ratings.