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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,247 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,247
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,727
Gots: 1,447 | 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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Suprasman01

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

2008, Pours black as night in the 32oz. snifter. Nose gives a stiff yet sweet shake in my loins. This is a true beer, 2008 is another fine representation from Three Floyds and worthy of the name and fame that is Dark Lord Imperial Stout.

B.T.W. am I reading this correct? Someone found this at a retailer? Jungle Jim's ? Let alone almost 9 whole months after Dark Lord day? I find that hard to believe. You sure that it was "Three Floyds" Dark Lord?

01-06-2009 05:53:11 | More by Suprasman01
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured black hue with small dark brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Aroma was a complex heavy combo of molasses, chocolate and coffee. Full creamy body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Flavor was as complex of heavy sweet and a long solid finish. Clearly has earned this high rating and is one of my top six active bottled beers for style.

01-05-2009 23:00:26 | More by tmoneyba
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JWD

California

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%

Big thanks to RoyMunson on this one, Thanks for the opportunity to try this very hyped beer,2008 bottle. Also a 2007 bottle, from another trade!

A-2008 Death black with an evil dark tan head, the lacing and sludge that this beer produces as it warms is second to none, i still cannot see through the glass correctly.2007 looks identical

S-2008 its good but very sweet, sweeter than i imagined for a beer of this caliber, the Abyss, Stone RIS are better more traditional examples of this style, this is still very good. 2007 bottle was IMO better as some roasty coffee was detected which offset the sweetness up front.

T- Once again just ok for the 08 and very good for the 07, it taste like raisans, molasses, sugar, and more sweetness. there is a big disappointment here on the 08, the 07 has a very balanced and more complex less sweet taste. (its is a year older)

M- Very thick, GI BCS is thicker cold but as it warms this is the thickest beer i have ever had, hell it almost frothy like a starbucks mocha..

D- Not bad just very sweet, it makes your lips sticky and the sweetness is off the charts as my lips are very sticky right now. The abv is undetectable.

Well,

2008 bottle, Very good just a little sweet with lack of other flavores to balance it out, outstanding and a must try.

2007 bottle, Outstanding!!! everything i missed in the 08 was found here, some roasted coffee!!

I will continue to seek this out and age if a year of rest makes it this good. Dark lord day 09!!

01-05-2009 05:22:34 | More by JWD
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waltonc

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

2008 bottle.

A: Viscous oily black, with small tan head.

S: Soy sauce, chocolate, molasses, salted caramel, super deep roasted coffee, and thickness. Yes, this smells thick.

T: Again, soy sauce is the first thing that comes to mind. Burnt, salty soy. Molasses, chocolate, maybe a little vanilla, and coffee. Lots of sugar in here.

M: Thick, sticky, beef jerky-like body, with medium carbonation. Carbonation is just right.

D: Can't drink a ton of this. Heavy, thick, sweet, and high ABV = not the most drinkable of beers.

01-03-2009 02:13:56 | More by waltonc
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schellsbeer

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%

Review from notes taken from sampling party early December 2008.

Lets just say....all the hype is true....

One of the most perfect beers I have ever tasted. INCREDIBLE. Really, there aren't words to describe this master brew....WOW

A - Dark Red. Black Cherry. Prunes. Chocolate. Sorry to sound like a girl but this beer is beautiful. The best looking beer I have ever seen....Period.

S - Prunes. Chocolate. Raisins. Cherries. So many things going on....it is just incredible.

T - SMOOTH. Creamy. Filling. Incredible. Chocolate cherries. Thank you so much Tim for standing in line for 5 hours and sharing this with our group. Perfection in a bottle.

M - Creamy and smooth. I never wanted my glass to end. All hail Three Floyds Dark Lord.

D - 4.5 because of 13% but never once did I taste alcohol.

The most perfect beer I have ever or probably will ever have. Sorry Surly Darkness...your close....but just not quite to this lever....close though, very close.

In a simple statement....this beer is almost perfection in a bottle.

01-03-2009 01:55:16 | More by schellsbeer
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%

I sample this 2008 bottle w/ my cousin and brother. Poured at cellar temp into a snifter.

A - Black as your soul, the beer has an opacity unmatched and the head has many tiny bubbles, very minute. The surface of the stout is gleeming still after the 2 finger head comes to resting state as a ring of khaki

S - Plums, toasted nuts, anise, cocoa, pumpernickel and molasses. Honey aromas-which have slight fruity notes accent the nose

M - Somewhat meaty w/ a sugar drenched, rich dark bready malt and roasted barley coats the mouth. The stout is viscous like syrup and clings after the swallow

T - Deep notes of molasses and honeyed plum w/ blackberry and cocoa. The flavor has beef bullion w/ a slightly spicey hop that contains earthy elements w/ toffee notes. There is dark sugar, almost a rum flavor and the molasses stays vital into the finish.

D - Magnificent after 1 yr waiting to acquire and 8 months in the cellar it is a welcome taste. Definitely a unique taste I love the molasses flavor - a beer that wil not surrender holding a grip that is memorable as well as a world class example of an Imperial stout

re-review -10-23-10 -

poured chilled into a nonic at the stout tasting.
A deep black viscous looking stout. medium brown cascade settles to a ring of thick cream with tiny beading, no lace sticks. the aroma is strong and spicy almost meaty with a woody and dark sugar component, dark fruit like fig and raisin soaked in alcohol with a very mellow coffee in the background. The feel is intense, but smooth mouth coating and resinous with woody and warming alcohol textures.

The taste has a dry and bitter malt astringency with slight acidity of hops and bits of toasted grain. The dark brown sugar is like putting some muscovado in your mouth with the molasses standing out among the coffee tar like bitterness.
A beer I have had in the bottle a few times and it seems to be the same 2 yrs later as it was fresh -too thick and too strong for my taste, but I still consider it ok drinkability wise compared to some.
A 4.5, S-4, M-3.5, T-4, D-4

12-27-2008 21:01:54 | More by Slatetank
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Got this in a trade courtesy of miketd, and shared with midaszero on his last night in Austin. Thanks Mike!

Poured part of a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

Vintage 2008

Appearance - Pours thick. Real thick. Even taking care to leave the thick 1 inch + layer of sludge at the bottom of the bottle. This is solid opaque black. Produced no head to speak of, but after a swirl of the glass it produced a 1 finger head with pretty good retention that slowly dissipated. Instead of leaving lace, it leaves a fine layer of sediment around the edges of the glass.

Smell - Wow. What a nose. In the words of midaszero, it smells like boozy chocolate raisin. Malty, grainy, nutty, and roasty. There is a large toffee presence that melds with a coffee-like roastiness. There are also dark fruit notes, notably raisin and black cherry.

Taste - The taste is quite similar to the smell, but obviously certain characteristics are far more pronounced. The beginning starts with bitter dark chocolate and toffee that blends with fruit notes of raisin and dark cherry. The finish returns to toffee and roasty coffee. I must say, that for being 13% alcohol, it hides it fairly well - I wouldn't have guessed that it was more than 10%. There is also a sizable molasses note. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied. Really full. This is thick and sticky. The carbonation level is pretty low. It oozes it way down the throat. I prefer a higher carbonation level, but the oozy-ness actually suits it pretty well.

Drinkability - This was a great RIS, but I don't think I could call it the best. Is it hyped - yes. Is it a good beer - yes. Worth sampling and seeking out just once, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way for this one again. I did like this year's vintage over last year's by a long shot. It is a rich slow sipper. Share it with some friends.

12-27-2008 04:03:34 | More by MiguelMandingo
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TasteTester

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sat on this bottle for 8 months, so I don't know quite what fresh is like.

A- Thick, black oil. Caramel colored head about a finger tall, frothy. Left more of a residue than a lacing on the glass.

S- Bitter chocolate, a little vanilla, some molasses, and the alcohol was present. Would almost sting the nostrils while drinking.

T- Very well rounded. Full bodied and delicious. Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, coffee/espresso beans. Alcohol doesn't bite like it does the nose.

M- Rich and creamy. Smooth all the way down. Flavors linger on the tongue and mouth.

D- All day every day, if I could.

12-26-2008 14:31:53 | More by TasteTester
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%

Reviewed on 9/2/08. 2008 bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye (thanks Joey!!). I've been wanting to try this for a long time now. I didn't think that it would, but it lived up to its reputation. Pours an inky black with a thick but quickly disappearing dark tan head. Aroma of super rich sweet roasted malt, caramel, molasses. Flavor of burnt malt, toffee, molassess, caramel, vanilla with burnt toast in the aftertaste. Super sweet and pretty heavy, but somehow super drinkable! Not overpowering at all. Very smooth palate! The flavors really mesh together so well that it's actually quite hard to pick them apart (and I'm sure I've done them a great injustice). I will have to try this again soon! My 2nd rated imperial stout, just below Expedition. 8/4/9/5/18

Update 9/20/08: Second time around, this just wasn't as good. Tasty, but much too heavy. Had to downgrade my rating.
8/4/8/4/18 (4.2/5)

12-23-2008 22:10:28 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Biggness

New York

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

2008 vintage. This beer pours jet black with a brown head and tons of lacing. The smell was a tad muted next to Black OPS and Abyss but you got nice hints of toasted malts. The flavor for this beer was amazing so many flavors I would not know where to begin and for a 13% beer I got no hints of alcohol flavor... for such a fresh large stout that amazes me. Big roasted malt flavors, notes of choclate, vanilla and coffee, but the most amazing part about this beer is how smooth it is and how well balanced everything is, I could seriously polish off a couple bottles of this with NO problem. The mouthfeel was top notch and the drinkablility was off the charts for a 13% beer. Incredible brew, looks like I will have to trade for another :D

12-19-2008 10:32:24 | More by Biggness
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +7%

Thanks for this one irishtimepiece and grub!

Shared this with a fellow BAer in our weekly wednesday tasting.

Poured a beautifully elegant black. This beer definitely lives up to the dark aspect of its name. Beautiful dark toffee and caramel finger head that really makes this beer look one of a of a kind. Reminds me of Darkness but with a better head. My eyes just orgasmed..

My nose feels like its on cloud nine. Initially, the scent was filled with tons of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and slight woodiness. As the beer warms, the smell only deepens as expected. The woody scent mentioned earlier become more prevalent, making the beer smell like it cam straight out of a cask. Coffee, toffee, and some caramel come out as the beer has warmed. Burnt fruits and roasts are coming through wonderfully. This is amazing.

The taste is exactly what the smell eludes to. It is blended wonderfully, and is a spectacular representation of the style. Tons of charred plums immediately hit the taste buds, and progresses into a smooth burnt series of the flavors mentioned above in the nose section. Great bitter coffee tastes on the tail helps to pull this beer together very well.

The beer has the stickiness of molasses, the creaminess of milk (they had to have thrown in a ton of oats).

Could have one everytime I grab for a stout, but the thickness is semi deterimental to the speed this beer can be consumed at.

12-18-2008 03:56:14 | More by CoolJosh
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -7%

Review from tasting notes. '08 vintage:

Dark brown almost black body with amazing port wine colored edges when swirled. Most interesting looking RIS I've seen.

Aroma: Fruity, dark red grapes, raisins, earthy, herbal hoppiness, boozy

Taste: Very bitter chocolate, earthy, old port wine, light chocolate, molasses, herbal hops, and booze

MF: Thick and chewy, creamy, deep alcohol warmth

Too much alcohol presence in this one, a bit strong, would see it hard to finish a whole a bottle.

12-16-2008 22:59:55 | More by KeefD
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +14%

A- Pours a beautiful pitch black color, motor oil consistency, nice brown color head. Deep red color can be seen around the edge of the body.

S- Cherry,anise, tawny port, butterscotch, fig, earthy, oaky, w/ a hint of smokiness.

T- Starts out with a nice big buttery note, then some nice dark chocolate, bourbon, some dark fruit, the finish is long and has a great lingering bitterness.

M- Huge thick malty, superb.

D- Very drinkable for being 13%. Great beer.

12-14-2008 21:26:34 | More by Greggy
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +10.7%

2008 vintage

a: This was absolutely black.Even at the thinnest part of the glass, no light gets through. It pours with a short lived, dark mocha colored head that leaves speckles of lace in its wake.

s: Big roasty cocoa aromas that radiate a gentle heat dominate. Some dark fruits and molasses provide some sweet balance. As this warmed, I detected a little hop bitterness.

t: Bitter dark chocolate flavors start things off. A brief hint of pungent, dark fruits comes next. Towards the end this becomes surprisingly sweet. The chocolate and fruit flavors meld with some vanilla and molasses. The aftertaste is a lingering unsweetened cocoa. There were flavors I didn't bother trying to decipher, I just wanted to enjoy this beast!

m: This has a unique feel in the mouth. At first this has the body of an above average RIS. It slowly expands as its chewed, completely covering the palate.

d: I got this bottle from scubarex quite a while ago. Thanks again! This was one of the best I've tried so far. I'm really glad I was able to trade for one of these.

12-07-2008 13:48:41 | More by DIM
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Dark Lord Imperial Stout, 2008 black wax vintage, courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!! Beer #6 of 6 in my "Three Floyds Countdown to #500" series on this, the anniversary of the repeal of prohibition! Split with a friend at a few minutes after 12:00 am midnight, EST, with my portion poured into a 14 oz. tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, jet, stark black, like motor oil, though perhaps not as thick as I expected "from legend." My pour is viscous and yields a one-finger, dark tan head that bubbles and froths furiously at first and then calms down, sticking around for quite some time. My friend's pours gets all the sludge, and her head is darker as a result (though I did reserve some of the sludge for my own consumption). The lacing is sticky, thick, sheetlike, and completely coats the sides of the glass - this fades in time, but for a 13.0% abv beer, the lacing is surprisingly ... well, present. Upon further inspection, it appears that what's on the side of the glass isn't lacing as much as it's dried residual sugar - if you touch it, it's incredibly sticky. Don't touch it, whatever you do.

Aroma: I smelled it as soon as I opened the bottle, but that doesn't really do it justice. Waves upon waves of complex aromatics - sweet, syrupy fudge, cherries, molasses, soy sauce, hints of banana, ginger, earthy, heavily toasted malts, various and sundry other dark (and even a few light) fruits - entertain the nose and do a fantastic job of covering the 13.0% abv. Very reminiscent of port. Very delightful.

Taste: A massive wave of thick, intense flavors, darker even than the nose. This beer's most defining characteristic is its absolute metric tonnage of burnt malts, toasted to the edge of oblivion, which lend a somehow-still-amazingly-smooth yet also astringent, harsh edge to practically the entirety of each sip. Keeping that in mind, we can go on to this beer's individual flavors. And there are many. It's both incredibly sweet up front - caramel, coffee liqueur, milk chocolate - and incredibly toasted on the back end. This combination of astringencies and sweetness pretty much runs the gamut of what I think the tongue can detect as far as malts go, and I think this is probably part of why the alcohol is so well masked. That's not near the end of it though. This one also has a lot of fruits - a surprising amount of fruits. Cherries and plums are large up front, raisins and figs are evident in the backfield, and the "burnt currants" of bottle-description fame - though not a flavor I could likely identify on my own - is definitely something I can taste, now that it's been brought to my attention. An intensely full-flavored and complex beer, and if the roasted astringencies didn't quite literally become TOO intense after a full 22 oz. of this one (or, at least my portion of 22 oz.), it would get a 5.0.

Mouthfeel: Thick. This beer's thick. But it's also intensely spicy, prickly, full of estery alcohols. Surprisingly, it's also fairly well carbonated, as evidenced by the bubble structure on this one - it's not perfectly creamy, and you can actually distinguish individual bubbles. It hits all the right notes though, with the bubbles evolving to just the right size out of the primordial ooze and then holding there, forming a creamy, even, smooth blanket. Masterful.

Drinkability: A difficult and challenging beer if there ever was one, and I can see how many might intensely dislike it. I don't want to like it - I don't know why I don't, either - but I do. It's an incredibly intense beer, off the charts in many respects. I also feel the need to point out that the Russian on the bottle proper is gibberish, a bunch of random Cyrillic letters randomly placed together, and not real Russian - something can probably be done about that. But I digress. Is it the best beer I've ever had? Probably not. Is it nonetheless an amazing beer, complex, intricate, flavorful, varied, intense? Absolutely. Is it recommended? 100%.

12-05-2008 06:41:41 | More by CrellMoset
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%

This came as an EXTRA from Melbatoast93, cheers & cheers again Hart! Got this last summer, so 08 Vintage, says so on the bottle

Decanted into my La chouffe tulip, pours pitch black with a 1.5 fingers of cocoa colored head. Average head retention & very good lacing, a brown film shades out much of the upper glass

S: Dark chocolate, rum raisin & a touch of leafy hops

T: Dark & bitter chcolate, prunes, oaky dryness & a bit of charred grain & leafy hops up front. Dryness dominates as this warms, along with some chocolate covered dates, plums & a touch of molasses, getting better as it warms. Finishes oh. so dry, with mocha, molasses, iron, boozey coffee, dates & plums

MF: Oily, slick, but some noticeable carbonation here. Nice chewyness & stickyness as this warms, then nice a great warming sensation & luxurious silkyness

ABV is well hidden, upper echelon RIS to be sure, a few I've had just as good are just as good, but only a few. The dryness does slow me down a little, but otherwise, going down great on a cold, snowy Colorado evening!

12-05-2008 03:31:04 | More by russpowell
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +12.9%

2008 bottle thanks to melbatoast and IBULover.

Pours jet black with a dark brown, caramel like colored head. In the aroma, molasses, roasty coffee, cherry notes, almost wine-ish. In the taste, Roasty, chocolate, cherry hints, small hops and some alcohol heat in the end. A small bitterness and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, roasty chocolate aftertaste. Very easy to drink, very big flavors and very good.

12-03-2008 14:03:12 | More by OWSLEY069
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.5%

The 2008 bottle. The review numbers will reflect the 08 version.
A- Very dark and thick. Like 30 weight oil from my truck after 5k miles. Or if you prefer, watered down tar. The head is dark brick brown/red, the color you would want your rue for a gumbo to be. This head doesn't like to hang around.

S- It is hard to put a finger exactly on all the things I'm smelling. Soy sauce comes to the for front for me here, I guess more like a teriyaki sauce. I get a slight smell of chocolate. I think I get cherry, but its difficult to tell with the alcohol smell being so prevalent.

T- The taste helps hash out some of the indescribable smells. Alright well chocolate is here in the taste, along with a faint vanilla taste and a good dose of cherry. The malts are roasted to perfection. As far as hops, I'm not tasting them. I am getting a dry dusty taste in the aftertaste. This for sure has a sweetness to it that is just there, and doesn't seem to be attributed to anything other then the malts.

M- Thick to say the least. The dry taste does seem to dry out my mouth a touch.

D- Easy to drink, the ABV seems to be hidden very well in the taste, and I'm drinking this quite fast even though I'm trying to savor this. I think when it is all said and done my scores will stay the same. This is good, but hasn't wowed me like some other RISs have. Still it is very tasty.

This bottle of 2007 came to me by way of akorsak. A huge thanks to him.
A-4- Dark, thick and mysterious. This beer has no head what so ever. This beer doesn't need head...it gives it. Or in the right circumstances allows you to get it just based on the look of this beer alone.
S-4- I could smell this as soon as the bottle was popped. Soy sauce is there in the beginning smell. Followed by vanilla and chocolate. The roasted smell is there as well.
T-4- I've been waiting to taste this for quite some time. I waited for a special occasion (my recent birthday) but I didn't want to share so I'm drinking it now a few days later. It was very hard not to drink this right away, but now that I also have an 08 bottle I can enjoy this one. Wow this is a sweet one, almost like a sweet milk stout. The flavors that are coming out are coffee, roasted/burnt malts, cherry, chocolate and the soy sauce. This is good and quite tasty, but it seems a bit sweet for my tastes. As the bottle went on it became kinda boring and uneventful, it started to loose its edge. I do hope my 08 bottle is different.
M-4- This has nice thickness, but I'm getting a slight weird feeling in my mouth, kinda mixed between slimy and tooth coating.
D-4- This is tasty, and worth the trade. However, I would rather have a Kate the Great then this one. Who knows maybe the 2008 version is better.

12-02-2008 15:44:34 | More by Wetpaperbag
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PatronWizard

California

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%

Dark Lord '07 courtesy of orbitalr0x. What can I say? I've been dying to try this. Looking at it everytime I open the cellar, wondering if today would be the day it was destined to die. Scared to open it because, well, to put it bluntly, Three Floyds don't grow in socal. Let's just say that I am very anxious to try such a highly regarded beer.

So it's November 30th. The wife makes me dig the Christmas stuff outta the shed. The kids get to decorating the tree. I look in my cellar for something to ease the pain. Dark Lord - I choose you! Why? Because I motherfucking can. No other reason whatsoever. Let the beating begin.

I know there have been some incredibly poetic versions of "it's black" laid out on Beer Advocate. I'm gonna stick with saying it is probably the blackest beer I've ever seen. Thin mocha head tries to put up a fight but dies a horrible death. Like disco.

Big smell. Dry cocoa. Figs. Other dark fruits. Dark cherries I think I can safely identify. Definitely a busy nose.

Taste is also more dark fruits than I thought it would be. I have to say the dark cherries lead the charge. Plums? Cocoa. More dark fruit. Good but not fandamntastic. I'm not in love with the taste at all. In fact, the more I drink, the less I like this particular taste. It's probably too complex for a simpleton like me. And I'm OK with that. Accepted my place in this world long ago. Bitches.

Feel is brand-new-quart of Castrol 20W-50. The most motor oil like consistency I've had in a beer, no matter what the braggers have said. Very, very smooth. Coating. Too bad I don't enjoy the flavor just a little more.

Arguing with myself over drinkability. No problems with the 13%, which is superbly hidden and very appreciated. This is a belly warmer for sure. And a cheek, neck, chest, and crotch warmer to boot. Which, as a high ABV lover, is a big plus. The texture is perfect. Yep, perfect. Damn it, it's just not the best flavor ever.

Honestly, if all beers were distributed equal, and this sat on a shelf with Stone IRS, Choklat, and Rogue Imperial Stout, I would choose this last.

I chased the hype, traded for the beer, and now my collector's soul is satisfied. I won't be chasing this in trade again, but I would enjoy it if the chance presented itself.

Those were my thoughts as I drank the first half. Second half - come to daddy!

Taste grew on me a little, ABV grew on me a lot! I could drink dog piss with a smile now. Hopefully nobody calls me on that. If they do, they need to pony up the bomber of Dark Lord first.

Overall: yeah

12-02-2008 03:23:59 | More by PatronWizard
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21mmer

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

bottle purchased at DLD '08. poured into a stone IRS glass.

a- dark. dark as night. the most impenetrable darkness i have ever seen in a beer. pours with extreme viscosity...this beer glug, glug, glugs out of the bottle like syrup. little carbonation and a thin head of dark brown foam that quickly dissipates.
*note: at least the bottom inch of the 22 oz. bottle was sediment...pour with caution.

s- chocolate, prunes, toasty malt notes, molasses. lots going on with the nose of this beer.

t- this beer has BIG flavor...which, i suppose, shouldn't come as a suprise. nice balance of molasses/caramel sweetness and dark chocolate/hoppy bitterness. big toasted malty backbone. even with such bold flavors, you still get quite a bit of alcohol in the finish....not unpleasant, just present.

m- brilliant. just a beautiful, silky mouthfeel. coats your tongue like satin sheets.

d- this one is a sipper for sure. the 9 or 10 ounces that i consumed from this bottle was plenty for one sitting...especially since it was consumed as a post-thanksgiving dinner treat.

11-30-2008 17:29:15 | More by 21mmer
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +4%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my folks' living room. From the bomber bottle to a water glass (no clean beer glasses left). From the '08 release my brother picked up.

Appearance: Pours a fairly thick liquid. Color is the blackest and darkest of any beer I've ever poured. Can't see through the beer at all. Very small brown head that disappears quickly; the only bad part about the appearance.

Smell: Chocolate roasted malts, coffee and cherries. Small hint of alcohol.

Taste: Chocolate, smoked malts, cherries and a taste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thickest of the thick-bodied. Smooth and dry.

Drinkability: Very yummy, but could not have more than 1 due to the thickness and high alcohol. Tried this first at the Great Taste of the Midwest, but because of the heat and all of the other beers that day, couldn't put this down easily. That being said, I hope to be at Dark Lord Day next year.

11-29-2008 06:25:08 | More by nsmartell
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rye726

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16.8%

'08

Nothing short of one of the best beers in the world. Pours a thick, oilish black with a creamy espresso head. Not the best retention, but exquisite color and dense viscosity more than makes up for it.

The nose has dark malts, fudge, coffee, molasses, anise, caramel, dark pitted fruits and dank hops.

The taste is the perfect blend of sweet, bitter and roasted flavors. Vast complexity yet superb balance.

Possibly the thickest beer I have ever had. So much going on, but nothing out of place. The epitome of artisinal brewing.

11-25-2008 02:30:29 | More by rye726
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%

22 oz bottle of the 2007 poured into a stemless wine glass.

A-Poured with a brief dark-brown head, which quickly reduced to thin layer with a bubble ring. Deepest deep black, DARK beer, opaquely dark as the heart of the monster on the bottle. The viscosity of this beer makes it stick to the sides of the glass like glue!

S-Big malts, deep chocolatey and heavy, dark roastiness. Very deep, complex dark fruit aromas. Some lighter esters.

T-Starts with an initial sensation of the presence of alcohol. This is instantly overcome by dark, dried fruits (plums) with rich chocolate and beefy, hearty roasted malts. An undertone of smooth alcohol is pokes its head in on occasion.

M-Appropriately low carbonation. Very thick, full body, well past the realm of "chewey." The thickness moves in my mouth slowly, but not clumsily or forced; more like satin.

D-This is surely an interesting and great beer. I will await another opportunity to drink this in the future.

Thanks to my brother Lofgrep for sharing his bottle with me.

11-24-2008 19:39:11 | More by CHSLBrew
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Taverner420

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

Appearance - Dark black with a tannish head. Leaves a nice oily brown film around the glass.

Smell - Notes of sesame, coffee, black licorice and a hint of soy

Taste - Dark, roasted malty flavor imbued with coffee and bitter chocolate

Mouthfeel - Oily and dark, yet pleasant

Drinkability - I could drink this all day, except that its 13%, and its hard to find

11-23-2008 21:51:46 | More by Taverner420
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kasper

New York

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%

2008 bottle

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown. Head is pretty small, but creamy; color of hot carmel, fades to just a ring leaving spotted lacing in its path.

S: Aromas of smoke, saddle leather, slimjim, chocolate-covered rainbow cookies, and dark fruits.

T: Whew...This is thick, flavors of smoked meat, bitter dark fruits, burnt coffee, carmel and somewhat salty. Aftertaste is a bit much, honestly, overly burnt and salty.

M: Heavy, thick, creamy, low carbonation... did I mention heavy?

D: Honestly, assuming this wasn't a bad bottle, I'm not sure what the hype is here. It just has a horribly salty. I wont be able to finish this bottle. I'll review again to make sure this wasn't a bad bottle.

11-22-2008 02:24:22 | More by kasper
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,247 ratings.