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

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3,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,387
Reviews: 1,161
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,798
Gots: 1,497 | FT: 99
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 Imperial Russian stout brewed with INTELLIGENTSIA coffee,vanilla, and molasses.

Dark Lord is only available once a year at Dark Lord Day at the Three Floyds Brewpub.

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 macktbone
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this during one our recent tastings thanks to ThirdLap.
The 08 is among the best beers I have ever had, and without a doubt the hype is worth this exquisite sample of brewmastership.

It looks like someone melted the wax from the top of the bottle and allowed it to flow like lava into the rest of the bottle. Beautiful ebony body with just the right amount of weight.

Smells like malt and caramel with a fig soaked for weeks in bourbon.

The taste of this is no less impressive than the rest of the beer. Gorgous oak aged bourbon with an edge of caramel.

The most impressive aspect of DL is the amazing mouthfeel. No kidding this feels like drinking a glass of double heavy cream. I expect it to taste like whipped cream but instead I am overjoyed with the flavor of the Dark Lord.

I could drink a bottle ot this myself, though it wouldn't be a good idea. It is without a doubt not overhyped...! If you have not tried Dark Lord 07 you MUST do what you have to to get a sample.

macktbone, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 bottles courtasy of ratpack554

My first fresh bottle of this stuff.

Poured from the brown bomber with white wax dipping on the kneck, into an oversized snifter. Forming a 2'' dark brown head. Receeding to a quarter inch cap of retention. Spotty lace blotches, that for the most part slip back into the brew. Black in color, no light penetration, poures out inky and thick.

Aroma of malted milk balls, lots of sweet malty chocolate and really no alcahol. Its roasty and chocolate like with hints of coffee and peanut butter.

The taste is super sweet with alot of good grain roasty flavors and loads of chocolate. Some toasted oakyness to this. No warming at all, its like a beer chocoalte milk shake.
Just a touch of vanilla, plenty of bakers chocolate and powdered cocoa. Some mild grassy hops into the finish.
This tastres much less sweet then the year old 2008 dark lord. It has alot more grain flavors and a touch of bittering hops that the aged bottle did not have.

Mouthfeel is as before. Insanely thick and rich with creamy textures and just the smallest bit of carbonation upfront. Just a touch of wet cardboard likeness into the finish. I want to saw its the woodyness and freshness to the bottle. Its not like a stale oxidised taste that I have experienced. Just more along the lines of wet, green lumber.

As it has warmed, this flavor has become a bit more pronounced. I think I can lay my finger on it now...It tastes just like sugar cane. As if I were chewing on a sugar can stalk. It has that similar green woody flavor, mixed with the sugary sweetness of the sugars....Very interesting.

Super happy I got to drink a fresh bottle.

Thanks Bob!
Bottles courtasy of gford217 and mcallister.

2008 bottle.

Poured from a 22 oz brown black wax dipped bottle into an oversized snifter.
1 finger of dark mocha brown head quickly receeds, leaving an island of assorted brown bubbles. Rateing of average for appearance, as the head is small and short lived. Leaving very little lace. Black in color with zero light penetration.

Aroma of bakers chocolate, roasty grains, more chocolate and a powdered cocoa like aroma. Chocolate, chocolate and more sweet chocolate.

The taste is super sweet upfront! Much more sweet then desired. Brown sugar and quite a bit of maple syrup taste. Some hints at vanilla, and alot of roasty grain flavors. Molasses, and surprisingly some hop bitterness still lives. At the swallow most, if not all the sweetness drops out. The roasty dark bittering chocolate aste really comes through powerfully after the swallow and into the linger. A touch of smoky oak like woody flavors. Almost no alcahol warming.

The mouthfeel is quite thick and creamy, almost heavy. Slick on the toungue with very little carbonation. The mouthfeel and aroma being my high enjoyment points of the beer. I actually drank this alongside a Darkness last night. The Darklord is probably the thickest most creamy RIS I've ever had. Very pleased with that.

Less sweetness and more of that roasty grain and bitter chocolate flavors that I picked up into the linger would have been nice. Overall its a stand up RIS and I did enjoy it. Very happy to finally taste this beast.
This could have been much higher in abv as there is a shit load of unfermented sweetness in this beer. I do believe that all the sweetness does help mask any boozy warm flavors. There surprisingly is not much warmth this this, very surprising for 13%.

Thanks again Mike and Grant!

Buebie, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of WPRebelFan
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first review, thanks for sharing Phil!

2008 bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Definitely one of, if not the thickest beer, I have ever poured out of a bottle. It even appeared to come out in lumps at some points. Blacker than black in color with a dark tan head that is no more than a quarter of an inch thick, which disappears quickly. Lacing is almost non existent.

Smell: Strong chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, malts, all of which smelled roasted.

Taste: Malts and hint of dark fruits come first along with a dash of anise and molasses. The dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors follow in a very strong fashion. The slightest bit of alcohol finishes off the experience.

Mouthfeel: This was the most weird part of the beer for me. The beer was thick and very filling of course but it seemed to expand dramatically in the mouth. Not necessarily a bad quality but not that good either.

Drinkability: Unbelievably drinkable! Finished in no time at all.

WPRebelFan, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

2008 acquired in a traded with Thomashardy
Poured into a Portsmouth snifter, this beer yielded an extremely dark liquid that is one of the most viscous of any beer I have ever seen. Split with drnknmnky and schroederm. Schroederms was poured third and was a completely different color. While the first two were pitch black the third was a murky dark brown due to sediment.
Possibly the most complex nose of any beer I have yet to try. Chocolate covered Cherries are up front and very present along with chocolate and coffee. Some liqueur is also noticeable, possibly rum. With some allspice hidden in the finish.
Cherry cordial is very prominent but not nearly as sweet. 85% chocolate is the next most prominent smell. The alcohol is hidden very well for being 13% but is still noticeable. The finish is a very roasted bitterness, similar to the effect of biting a raw coffee been.
This beer possesses the definitive consistency for an RIS.
This is an astonishing beer. Well worth the praise it receives.

alovesupreme, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, so about 10 months of cellar aging.

Appearance: This is a vicious beer, pours an Exon-Valdez thick crude oil black. Almost no head (1mm) and no lacing. But if you swirl it, the glass is very well coated.

Smell: caramel-toffee, fudge, molasses (sweet, not blackstrap), Rich dark chocolate, mocha coffee, dark fruit, prunes, plums, raisins, port, honey, hint of licorice.

Taste: fudge, caramel-toffee, sweet molasses, mocha coffee, dark fruit, prunes, plums, chocolate-covered cherries (there are lots of dark/chocolate fruits present). Much sweeter than I expected, and I appreciate that there is no over-bearing burnt coffee or chocolate. I never once noticed the 13% and was shocked to see it, it is not a "hot" beer. Very warming on this cold winter night. A strong port-like character, very acidic, lost of prune/plum/ chocolate cherries.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick, almost like a milkshake. Feel of molasses and honey.

Drinkability: I was surprised by how easily the first 1/2 went down, the second half had more sediment and was not quite as good.

I am glad I was able to try this beer, but I will not seek it again. It could benefit from some time in a bourbon barrel.

I am doing a week-long RIS tasting, Darkness, Dark Lord, Kate the Great, Founders RIS, Sexual chocolate, etc. I found Dark Lord to be much thicker and more complex than Darkness.

craytonic, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of ThirdLap
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Today was 'Open that Bottle' day, so I figured why not celebrate by finally cracking a bottle of Dark Lord to split with BA Macktbone. This was an '08 example, which I figure makes it at least ten months old.

No goblets on hand, so we had to go with pint glasses. DL pours thick, viscous, and oily, with a thick, creamy-looking dark tan head. The head recedes to a slight film after a few minutes, revealing lots of lacing. Swirling results in a viscous coating that tints the glass dark brown. This stuff just looks evil.

The nose is filled with molasses, roasted malt, candied sugar, dark chocolate, soy, and a bit of hops. Very nice.

Dark Lord is dark bitter chocolate on the tongue initially, followed by a subtle hop bite and a myriad of difficult to discern flavors. Dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, coffee... it's all here. Absolutely delicious.

That said, the one thing that absolutely sets DL apart from any other beer is its mouthfeel. It literally has to be experienced to fully comprehend just how this beer completely envelops your tongue on each sip. It's like a stout with the consistency of sweet thick cream. You find yourself taking sip after sip to experience it again.

Carbonation is relatively low, and most apparent with the swallow. I'm still amazed that this beer is 13% abv, as the alcohol burn is almost non-existent. Finish is smooth and chocolatey.

This has become my new favorite Russian Imperial Stout. Dark Lord, like Westy 12, is worth the hype.

ThirdLap, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to inflatablechair. Cheers for this one! Drinking this for crack that bottle night. 2008 vintage.

Pour makes dark lord seem like a wise choice for a name. Black, oily, thick, minimal tan head.

Smells very sweet an caramel with background hints of fruit, coffee, and chocolate.

Tastes different than any other stout I have had.. The candy sweetness is out front and in the aftertaste, and coffee and fruit hits in the middle. Very complex and the flavor changes as the drink progresses.

Mouth is thick, coating, and nearly flat, which is how I like my ris.

What a fantastic stout, the only shame is the difficulty in getting any more.

sonicdescent, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of abfraser
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 bottling

A: Thick and viscous. Hate to say it because it's so cliche, but this really does pour like motor oil. Black as night with a nice thin milk chocolate head. You know this is going to be intense just by looking at it.

S: Soy sauce, burnt aromas, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits. Medicinal/menthol-y which might be from aged hops?

T/M: Amazingly complex. Over the course of consumption, I wrote down the following: soy sauce, molasses, dark fruit, coffee/chocolate that lingers on the finish, cherry liqueur, menthol, chocolate milk. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy and full-bodied. This stuff really is extraordinary.

D: I opened this last night with my girl who loves stouts. She proceeded to fall asleep after two sips, which meant almost the entire beer needed to be consumed by me. Not possible. This stuff is so unbelievably intense that you must split it. While everything is extremely well-balanced given how much is going on this needs to be taken into account as a minor negative. This needs to be in 12oz bottles for personal consumption.

Overall, a beer that lives up to the hype. Extraordinarily good.

abfraser, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of armock
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle of 2008

A - Poured a pitch black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is wonderful of roasted malt that give off chocolate coffee and dark fruit scents

T - The taste lived up to the hype for me like the smell chocolate and dark fruit flavors made this one a very good beer

M - Outstanding nice full body that was creamy smooth with light carbonation to it

D - Just about as drinkable as you can get for a high abv RIS the taste and smooth mouthfeel made this beer a joy to drink worth hunting down to try

armock, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of brandoneast
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

sampled the 2008 bottle

dark espresso color, aroma was cherry, vanilla, roasted coffee, and some additional dark fruit - fig?

flavor is initially a bit too boozy, has a funny... well unexpected hint of oak - rounds vanilla, and coffee with a nice kiss of hops

throughout the finish the slick beverage lingers to create the best mouthfeel I've ever experienced

in closing, I think DL deserves a couple years under its belt to fully enhance the flavor but it is quite a stellar beer

brandoneast, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a stellar RIS. A thick brown head forms atop a black viscous fluid. Retention is nice and the lacing is sticky, very good looking.

Smell is sweet chocolate and caramel malts. Roasted dark grains and coffee. An undercurrent of dark fruits from raisins and prunes to figs and dates. There is a touch of chocolate cherries as well. Burnt sugar and molasses swirl in and out, bringing notes of sweet alcohol.

Taste is chocolate, espresso, and charred sugar. The chocolate cherries really come through now. The thick and full feeling allow the flavors to hang on your tongue for luscious amounts of time. Burnt sugary molasses and charred caramel flow in a viscous fashion. Dark bready malts peep through here and there and blend with the sweet alcohol. Bittering is low and mellow. Just enough to dry the finish and leave a touch of charcoal and toasted buttered molasses bread.

Drinkabiity is criminal for a beer of this strength. Maybe I should give it a five.

Just superb. The taste of this beer would rate a 5.5 if I could.

scootny, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of gregc
2.95/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviews of 2008 and 2009...averaged out.

2008 bottle.

pours a motor oil like thick black. with a nice espresso like thin head.
smells of heavily roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark chocolate. Very complex.
taste is very similar to the nose roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, caramel. A very complex and intense beer. The mouthfeel is ridiculous, so think almost milkshake like.
A wonderful beer.

2009 bottle

Appearace sucked...poured into a glass, little to no head,
thin looking body.
Aroma started out ok, some chocolate, roasted malts, then
i was hit with the nail polish remover, acetic acid and
sweaty towel. Not really what i was expecting from this
Taste was pretty God awful. Burnt meat from a gas grill,
vinegar, and rotten coffee grounds. Im very shocked, i
think i may have gotten a bad bottle, but i have been told
by a few people that they have had similar experiences.
Mouthfeel also sucked...thin, boring.
Drinkability dumped over half the bottle...

gregc, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of jgap
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enormous thanks to Matt for contributing this bottle to our tasting. Wow... Smell is wonderful- fruits, chocolate, and coffee mocha. Lots of mocha sweetness. Hops are detectible. The taste is instantly toffee. It's a nice intro because if you haven't heard about how huge this beer is the smell warned you that you're in for it. A splash of ripe fruit, dark raisins, and prunes then, like cat Vs train, it hits you. Thick, very thick molasses, huge roasted toffee, and a little hops with some coffee notes to help you through. It's an amazingly deep taste of dark fruit, however, you can also concentrate on the lighter toffee, coffee and hoppy notes to experience it in a completely different way. It's very rich and fades with a coffee tinge. The alcohol is dangerously undetectable. There is also a craft/homebrew feel to it. I'm not sure if that is coming through in the taste, the smell, or if my mind is simply projecting it. Extremely complex and quite remarkable. Per Matt it's "scrumdiddlyumptious" and I can hear the whistle fading in the distance...

jgap, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage in feb. 2009, ratings updated to 09 vintage as reviewed below.

Good lord. This is a beer, friends, a beer that will change your conceptions of just what beer can be. My friend's uncle opened up a bottle to share with me. It was the silver dipped wax, I believe he said he thought it was the '07. Pops the top and pours half into a chalice for me, half into a chalice for him.

Appearance - I love beers with intensity in their color, whether they be light or dark. Example being Sierra Nevada Pale Ale vs Rolling Rock. The SNPA has a more intense color, and is likewise better in taste as well. This beer is so intensely colored that it is the absence of color itself. Black like coal, like outer effing space it is.

Smell - Let me down just a teensy bit. I could detect the typical stouty smells but the big hits of fruit I was about to taste weren't there to be scented.

Taste - Lordy folks we have lots of flavors here, more than any beer reasonably ought to possess. First you get a rich, sweet malt, and then bam bam bam rapid fire blackberries raspberries plums, hints of hops, and then as the fruit subsides as you swallow all of a sudden there's roasted coffee on the palate! And I will have you know I am not given to the whole "oh I taste vanilla and bananas and pizza and dog shit in this wine" type of talk lightly. This beer truly does however possess these tastes in full.

Mouthfeel - Tar. This is some sludgey stuff people. I'm talking the next morning I noticed it stained the chalice BROWN for chrissake. It's that sticky and gooey. And good. If it had the taste it has without a mouthfeel that can stand up alongside it, it would be off balance, and imperfect. This beer will stand up and walk away, as it should.

Drinkability - I had only a chalice full, but I would have loved to drink more. Even at 13% abv I was craving for more. The alcohol is buried under the bombastic taste, you can barely even tell there's any ethanol there. I'd have drank the whole bottle if possible and kept going till my head hit the table. Why? Cause it's that good folks, truly deliciously amazingly awesome beer. Only reason it doesn't get a 5.0 is because while I would TRY to drink this all night, it would sooner rather than later put me down like a lame racehorse.

BacklitAvenger, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Gtreid
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DL 08' poured into a snifter. (Got this as a birthday present!)

A: Black, pure black. No light will shine through. A smooth pour produces one and a half fingers of wet sand color head that when receedeing produces thick lace.

A: This is one of the most complex noses I have ever encountered. Molasses, nuts, dried dark fruit, rasins, currants, and sooo much more than I can decyfer. Bready and roasted malts dominate but the hops come through to give it a nice balance.

T: Again, extremely complex. Very much like the nose. Dried fruit, coffee, roasted nuts, and bread are prominant.

M & D: Smooth, heavy body, very little carbonation. At 13% this is a sipper. As it warms the drinkability goes through the roof. All in all a very good, complex beer. Is it the best beer in the world? I don't think so, but that is a matter of opinon. The complexity alone give this one cred. Excellent! Skal.

Gtreid, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of razorsdescent
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive been eager to review/drink this highly touted brew for years now. For christmas my GF presented me with a bottle.

I finally got around to trying it and i was most certainly impressed.

A- It poured thick and dark black with a great chocolate head that looked thick and creamy.

S- Cherries covered in dark belgian chocolate rich and deep aromas abound.

T- Big malty chocolate cake with hints of toffee, coffee clove and dark fruits. a very slight hint of soy sauce but in a pleasing way.

M- Thick and creamy with a flavor that coats the mouth. it really is a dessert in a bottle.

D- If it was possible to give it a 6 out of 5 on this on drinkability i would. there are many stouts out there but none quite like this. i would drink this until the morning light and then just keep on.

Believe the hype on this one it really is an extraordinary beer. if you cant find the dark lord i would however recommend chokolat stout from southern tier as i believe it to be almost as good.

razorsdescent, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beertracker for this via trade. Shared with some BAs.

A: Jet black. No light at all. A half finger of mocha head. Some lacing. I have had my share of super dark beers and this is right there at the top. Did I mention it poured like motor oil after 1000 miles in a car?

S: Big roasted smell more than anything else. The other usual suspects were there. To be honest this is the big letdown of this beer.

T: Big taste. Big bourbon up front. I know it is not barrel aged but between all the booze and everything else I got bourbon. Tons of coffee. This is a massive beer. It just wears your taste buds down.

M: Really thick mouthfeel. Very rich and creamy. Wonderful.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Is it worth the hype? I really don't know. Is it a great beer? Definately. Glad I got to share this with some other BAs. Thanks again to beertracker for the opportunity.

aerozeppl, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of RedHaze
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to bditty187 for this 2008 bottle.

Pours a deep, dark, viscous black with a thin mocha head that fades quickly to a thin ring. The lacing is minimal, but that's not surprising with the head fading so quickly, and high alcohol. And if any beer could be said to have legs, this would be it. What a thick beer.

Smell; dark bitter chocolate, spent coffee ground, rich molasses and a touch of soy sauce. A little hop presence swirls around in the background, but it is there, as well as some dark fruits.

Taste; dark chocolate and coffee come through upfront, but not as bitter as the nose suggested. But I'm sure the sweet molasses, prunes and....cherries!?!? (where did that come from?) had something to do with keeping the bitterness down. Some mild hops come through towards the finish, followed by more chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel is incredibly full, and so very smooth. Alost malted milk smooth. The drinkability is reall good as well, especially with the alcohol being so well hidden. Is this really 13% alcohol?

RedHaze, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bomber of the 2008 version. Very complex aroma of chocolate, toffee, coffee, licorice and malty dark fruits intermingling together....with the alcohol weighing into the nose for effect. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head that lingered well and left good lacing on the glass. Mouthfeel was bready and chewy, and the taste was a virtual copy of the nose, with each sip accentuating a different blend of flavors. Finish was heavy, long lasting and warming, which was perfect on this cold winter's night.

I'm not a big fan of Impy Stouts, but this beer lived up to its hype.

kimcgolf, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my 100th beer review. YAY!, only took 1 year...
2007 Vintage. Shared with 4 friends.
Appearance : Thick black motor oil like consistency. Slight 1 finger or so foam, delayed.
Beer leaves a brown coating on the glass instead of legs.
Aroma: coffee, caramel, roasted malts.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, caramel. A slight burn in my throat.
Mouthfeel: the thickest most viscous beer I have had. Very syrupy. Liquid glaze.
Drinkability. I would have a hard time finishing this bottle by myself. It's too thick to be very drinkable.

JonathanL7890, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review #600. 2008 bottle, courtesy of a few generous traders, poured into a tulip during the Super Bowl.

Pours oil-slick black with a big two-finger mocha head that hangs on as a cap and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma is thick with deep, sweet, dark malts and tons of molasses and dark fruit. Bakers chocolate and espresso show up in the background. There are plums, raisins and dates along with a hefty alcohol burn in the nostrils. As it warms up, the aroma really explodes.

The taste is massive with tons of dark malts, roasted espresso and dark sweet fruit. There are hints of hops in the finish, which, along with the espresso, leave a slightly bitter finish. The roasted character is balanced well by a molasses sweetness that underpins the explosion of other flavors.

The mouthfeel is as thick and syrupy as any beer I've had in recent memory. Low carbonation and slick on the palate that leaves the malts all of the tongue in the finish.

This is a huge beer and one that I am glad I've had the opportunity to try. Every sip seems to open up another flavor or layer that I hadn't noticed before. I started out thinking it was a little over-hyped, but by the end of the bottle I had jumped on the bandwagon.

2006 gold wax-dipped bottle. Tasted 7/5/09. Big thanks to Josh for passing along this bad boy.

Compared to the 2008 bottle, this one pours with a slightly smaller head and leaves no lacing, just oily legs that cling to the glass after each sip.

The aroma is massively sweet with lots of dark fruits, licorice and dark chocolate malts. There is much more of an old-ale type aroma than the 08 though, with some caramel and toffee sweetness that I didn't get in the 08 bottle.

The taste is the same story as the aroma with some interesting aged components showing up with a lot less heat than the fresh 08. Lots of dark roasted malts, chocolate, licorice and a slightly toasty finish. I'm not getting as much coffee in this vintage and there's no hops left either.

Massive, thick, almost chewy mouthfeel with soft carbonation, but not enough to take away from the thick oily feel.

The 06 is a much more refined and well-rounded beer than the 08 was fresh. That said, I actually might enjoy the huge, over-the-top, in-your-face slap in the face of the fresh version. A slightly different beer with age on it, but still world class.

gford217, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of kmeves
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Bottle: Pours an opache pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is fruity sweet and very rich. Plums, raisins, malty, anise and drak chocolate. Flavor very sweet with dark fruit, rich chocolate, coffee and a nice undertone of flower, herbs and grapefruit. Finish is very long with chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Large bodied, very silky and smooth texture with only a slight alcohol burn. Now I know what all the fus is about!

kmeves, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Much thanks to my friends that put on the stout tasting last night, I was fortunate to try many of the best imperial stouts there are. We were also provided rating forms because after a while, the palate and the memory get a bit fuzzy.

This was poured from a bottle into a flute. It pours like motor oil and is black and opaque when held to the light. Almost no head forms and it is short lived with a minimal lattice lacing.

The aroma was quite assertive and included notes of minimal bourbon, baker's chocolate and dark malt. There is also slight hints of tobacco and a currant-like sweetness.

The taste was very complex. It was quite toasty with nice components of oak and bourbon. I also got the hint of dark cherries here. The chocolate was not quite a prominent, nor was the coffee. You have to love malts!

The mouthfeel revealed a fairly mild carbonation which blended nicely with the taste. It made this a rich tasting but smooth beverage. It finished with a unique stickiness that seemed to cling to my lips. It is thick with a full body.

Overall, I thought this was the best stout of the night. It was extremely drinkable and I am looking forward to Dark Lord Days. It is actually dangerous to me because of the alcohol content and how good it tastes.

SykDoc, Feb 01, 2009
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4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle from sammydavisjrjrjr in person.

A- the first thing I notice about this one is how thick it looks coming out of the bottle. Its unlike anything ive ever seen before. Black as black can be with a coffee colored head so small its not even worth talking about. As for lacing, it leaves a slimy trail along any part of the glass it touches. If motor oil had carbonation I bet this is what it would look like.

S- very complex. Lots of booze. Lots of charred malt. The smell reminded me of the last inch of coffee when its left on the burner too long. Tobacco/raisin is strongly in the nose as well

T- again, very complex. The alcohol is very subdued compared to how it smells and how high the level is. It tastes very charred. Everything is burnt. Coffee, chocolate, cherries, raisins/tobacco....it tastes like burning

M- insanely thick. Thicker than I thought possible. It makes all other beers seem watery in comparison. Feels like a milkshake in my mouth. Lots of warming from the high ABV. This is what an RIS should feel like. perfect.

D- this is the hardest part to rate for this beer. On one hand, I was able to finish my bottle faster than most beers I drink. I loved drinking it. It's probably the most intense beer ive ever had. On the other hand, I was pretty buzzed after it and another bottle would have pushed me way over the edge. A fantastic birthday present to myself, and something I wish I could drink on a regular basis. Fantastic.

jwinship83, Jan 30, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle Received in trade from Grub, Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black with a thin mocha head that dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate syrup, coffee, dried dark fruits faint hops in the background. Tastes of chocolate and dried fruit, a bit vinous, leaves a roast bitterness in the finish. Thick body, although I thought it would be thicker. Syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation. Well I finally got to try it. Good solid stout, there are better out there, but this one ranks pretty high in my book. I would have loved the roast to be a bit more in the foreground and the fruits a bit more in the back.

I had to go back and this comment to my review after we poured the second half of this bottle. The bottom half of the the bottle was thick and chunky when poured. The second half was actually better tasting with a much thicker mouthfeel than the first. I guess I didn't realize that this beer wasn't homogenized.

johnnnniee, Jan 26, 2009
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,387 ratings.