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

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Ratings: 3,529
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
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Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A demonic 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

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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Photo of MrDanno96
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

A: Pitch black, viscous with a thin, tan head. Some spotty lacing quickly slides down into the liquid abyss.

S: Huge, complex nose! I get a ton of chocolate up front, follow by suggestions of fig, raisin, currant, cinnamon, and molasses. Vanilla and alcohol waft up from the depths as well.

T: Very roasty up-front: dark malt and very strong coffee/espresso. Alcohol soaked chocolate cake and more bitter chocolate and mocha come through mid-way. The quaff finishes sweet with dark fruits making a strong impression: figs, currants, and raisins soaked in dark red wine. Fairly sweet overall, but beautifully so.

M: Quite full-bodied and thick. Lots of alochol burn all the way through each sip, with a slightly dry finish and bitter finish that combines well with the sweet fruits.

D: A true behemoth as far as Imperial Stouts are concerned. A real treat. However, this is pretty hot even after a year of age - what does it taste like fresh?

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

Reviewed from notes. '09 white wax

One of the most viscous beers I've encountered, but not pitch black. It's brown hued enough that a decent amount of light pulls through. Very low in carbonation, as little to no head is forming. Aromas and flavors reveal vinous qualities as well as dark currants. Fruitier than I would imagine an RIS to be. I'm wanting the slight hints of chocolate to be more present, but they are dominated. Really thick mouthfeel, lots of bittersweet residuals that remind me more of an underripe piece of fruit than they do of an expected chocolate/coffee combo. This was "meh", especially considering the high quality and bolder flavors of the IST I had right after.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

It seems that I have just changed as a beer drinker. Here I am, opening my first bottle of 2010 Dark Lord since Dark Lord Day itself and I am perplexed. What is this mess I am drinking? Surely it is a flavorful concoction, but where is the greatness that I tasted a few months ago? For that matter, where is the greatness that I tasted over a year ago when I had my first Dark Lord? And then it dawned on me....Dark Lord is a fantastic after-beer beer. In other words, it is an awesome brew to drink after you already have 2 or 3 other beers in your system. By that time, the palate has numbed a bit to the harshness and booziness and the underlying complexity of molasses, coffee, toffee, etc. is allowed to shine through. But drinking this on a fresh palate?....?....a whole new experience.

I thought the 2010 was the best vintage yet (having done a full vertical recently before it) when I drank it on two separate occasions on that awesome Saturday in April. But now, I see it is a bit of a boozy mess of random flavor. If my local brewpub was brewing this I would tell them "good attempt, a solid try at pushing the boundaries but you came up short of greatness"

I am just different now I guess. I still prefer bold flavor, but bold in and of itself is no longer good enough for me. I need the flavor to mesh. But this is just a mess. My original rating was a 4.75, but I am updating it to match my current perspective. Original review text from May 2009 is below:


2009 edition

A--Pours pitch black with a motor oil consistency. Fairly hard pour yields almost no head, but a quick swirl causes a quarter-inch or so to raise up briefly

S--Sweet dark fruits, hints of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, tree sap

T--Holy shit this is like sipping on a marshmallow. I have never had a drink this thick in my life. Vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, fudge, wood, walnuts, slight booziness. This is incredibly complex and all the different flavors are incredibly balanced.

M--This thickest beer, and maybe the thickest drink period that I have ever had. Like I said earlier, its almost like sipping on a marshmallow. It is that thick and fluffy.

D--Word of advice: share the bomber. But damn I couldn't put down my glass. What a beer.

After my disappointment with Darkness I wondered if the other "hype" Imperial Stouts were going to be worth the money and effort to track down. After two amazing nights in a row with Imperial Stout Trooper and now Dark Lord, I am a believer again. This is not my highest rated beer, but if I was judging on taste alone it quite possibly would be.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2010 version.

A- pours absolutely jet black with...no head at all despite a very aggressive pour. Well thats disappointing, I was looking forward to see the head on this beast.

S- strong notes of coffee with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Thats really all...a little bit of a letdown, though it did smell nice...it wasn't HEAVENLY

T- its actually...really sweet. Tons of sweet chocolate with very slight hints of coffee and dark fruit in there.

M- dear god is this thick. Super, super syrupy. I wouldn't expect anything less form something as big as this brew.

D- I wouldn't go too high on this...the texture and sweetness make this a total sipper. Its good enough...maybe a little overrated though

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark Lord 2010 thanks to TPatuto poured into my SN XXX glass....here we go!

A: Almost perfect appearance, this stout pours pitch black, blacker than the soul of the Dark Lord himself. The mocha/chocolate colored head is almost as dark as I ever seen on a stout, and about an inch tall.

S: The nose is that of the darkest chocolate and molasses. Surprisingly small notes of dark fruit along with a medium dose of alcohol is present.

T: The flavor is incredible. Dark chocolate covered caramel goodness. Hints of liquorice and anise take over. On the way down alcohol warms and tingles the back of the pallet. A slight amount of coffee bean is left in the after taste.

MF/Drink: The mouth feel is simply perfection. This is how a stout should feel and drink. Dark Lord is full, creamy and savory. The drinkability of this 13% brew is astonishing.

Overall, Three Floyds Dark Lord deserves it's spot on the top 100, and the hype this brew gets. Although this stout is not perfect, Dark Lord is a well crafted beer that has revolutionized and defined what a "whale" should be.

Photo of chalsk
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle. Finishing off a great week of vacation and following the sampling of many tasty DFH brews with this whale. Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, and coffee, with hints of chocolate. I know its easy to get caught up in the hype with this brew. But as one that has sampled several top IS's, this beer lives up to its hype and high regard. Starts sweet with the dark fruit. Then creamy with a pinch of carbonation in the middle. The coffee is very subdued but gives it that spice right after the creaminess subsides. Then the gentle bitters carry you to the finish. The finish is excellent. The velvety chocolate lingers on the tongue while residue from the dark fruit is still present. Notes of vanilla on the finish as well. The creaminess of this brew is what really makes it so special. Many IS's are this complex but others tend to be more syrupy than creamy. Damn fine beer. Will age the other 2009 another year.

Photo of billyshears
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost orange-y brown head. Quite dark.
S: Dark fruits , dark chocolate, some roast. Smells like a BDSA to me.
T: Very sweet, though a bit darker roast on the back end.. sort of like a mix between an RIS and barleywine. Sweet dark fruits and malt along with some roast. It doesn't totally mesh.
M: Nice chewy smoutfeel; very smooth. Great for the style.
D: Goes down very smoothly and alcohol is extremely well hidden. Not really interested in more though.

This was way too sweet for an RIS. I was pretty disappointed. Would like to try an older vintage at some point.

Photo of Patchmaster
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review so I figured go big or go home!!! This beer was shared with my two brother in laws. One is a novice and likes his bud light. The other traveled in from Seattle for the 4th holiday and is constantly looking for the holy grail of beers. So here goes...

A - The beer poured a jet black with a hint of brown undertones spewing out after the pour. Almost like the dark lord himself rising from the ground.

S - I would best describe it as a coffee smell with a hint of chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Very enjoyable!

T - This is where this beer excels. You can really taste the espresso and chocolate with a dark fruits flavor without the hard hitting alcohol taste

M - This is a very thick and creamy beer with a coating left to your mouth.

D - I could definitely drink one by myself and will the next time around, but this is a beer worth sharing. My brother in laws thoroughly enjoyed the beer. I imagine I will store two of these and plan on a Christmas Eve celebration once the kids go down. Sit by the fireplace and enjoy a bottle to myself. I can't get this taste out of my head. So long Dark Lord until we meet again...

Photo of kfsv034
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this via trade from hayesez, its a green waxed 2010 bottle, thanks for the opportunity to try this brew bro

A - Poured Black with a light tan head that leaves a thin line around the edge of the beer and a nice lacing down the glass. If there ever was a beer that could be described as motor oil this is it.

S - Coffee and a pungent alcohol smell, mild vanilla, chocolate and some sweet dark fruits

T - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, mild bourbon and a strange metallic taste on the finish not quite sure what that is. It could be the alcohol im not really sure.

M - Full Bodied, milkshake

D - 1 glass is enough if i dont wanna get drunk

Photo of billshmeinke
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 batch

This may have been the first beer I added to my wants list.

Poured into a delirium tremens tulip.

Pours pitch black. A hard pour yields a one finger tan head. Some agitation reveals oily legs. Head dies down to a ring around the edge of the glass with an island of foam in the middle.

The nose is intense. Dark fruits like raisins, dark cherries, rasberries, and a hint of what I want to call blueberries. Chocolate fudge, very sweet smelling. A wiff of alcohol. There's also a sort of port wine like vinous characteristic.

Taste follows smell. Very sweet. Chocolate fudge brownies, rasberries, blue berries, dark cherries, and a vinous flavor. Definitely a bit of alcohol in there as well. A bit of smokey bitterness. Some piney hops in the background add a bit of balance.

Thick and chewy. Sweet and syrupy. Hot with a little hop bite.

A good RIS, but the more opportunities I have had to try it, the less I am impressed.

Photo of JISurfer
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Paco for this one. I've been wanting to try it for so long, but it's never made it's way down here. This was the 2009 edition. Anyway, had it to celebrate the doc's words that my wife and I will be having a girl in November. Yeah, I know, it's called Dark Lord, but it's a special beer to me.

Appearance was great to start off. Had a very thick head, as it cascaded after I poured it. Somewhat like a Guiness. After that, it died out to a very thin lacing, plus it was jet black in color, no light getting through it. Smell was super malty, plus had almost a merlot type quality to it. No real detection of alcohol. Taste was big and thick! The more it warmed up, the more the alcohol taste subsided, it was almost undetectable, which is very impressive considering it's a whooping 13%. Obviously, since this was so rich and thick, it was somewhat hard to drink by myself. I actually had to drink half one day and the other half another day. I shutter to think about how many calories are in this.

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Black Wax Vintage Bomber

Appearance: Pours black....black as doll's eyes for all you Jaws fans reading this :) Crown is a very attractive...1 finger of a "coffee with creamer in it" color that is composed of very fine carbonation bubbles that give it a creamy quality. Crown shows decent retention and leaves good lace behind.

Smell: Burnt dark malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits like prunes / raisins / figs, and a slight vinous quality.

Taste: Burnt dark malts that taste espresso like, molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruits like prunes, raisins, and figs. Slight alcohol bourbon presence in the finish but not overbearing in any way whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Rich but not as heavy as I thought it would be. Nice job with the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a high octane big big RIS but its pretty smooth at the same time. Nice job 3F!

Photo of animal69
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- props to DmanGTR for the sample of this 2010 vintage that poured a viscous jet black color with a moderate brown cap of lace that left chunks even in my plastic sample glass

S- smell was mostly wood and prunes with coffee and an interesting coconuty/dark chocolatey note, an alcoholic brandy-like smell comes thru as it warms

T- sweet toasted oaked coffee with an almost "kaluah" quality, bittersweet chocolate and caramel come thru at points as well as some bready cereal grains and hints of that coconut from the smell, a cherry soaked brandyish alcohol is also slightly noted in the lingering finish

M- a full body and moderate carbonation make this one feel slick, yet not cloyoing in the least

D- damn drinkable esp. at 13% and def. deserving of all the hype

Photo of BS68280
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.

Photo of pixieskid
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.

Photo of salvo
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
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.

Photo of branimal9
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.

Photo of EddieTheTrooper
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.

Photo of coryking
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...

Photo of MbpBugeye
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

Photo of beertunes
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.

Photo of Brew33
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.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
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.

Photo of spoons
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.

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,529 ratings.