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Dark Lord Imperial Stout - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout

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3,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,643
Reviews: 1,197
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 2,965
Gots: 1,564 | FT: 109
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

A demonic Russian-Style Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar, this beer defies description. Available one day a year, in April at the brewery: Dark Lord Day.

Vintage guide:
Red wax = 2004
Orange wax = 2005
Gold wax = 2006
Silver wax = 2007
Black wax = 2008
White wax = 2009
Green wax = 2010 - 15% ABV
Yellow wax = 2011 - 15% ABV
Red wax = 2012 - 15% ABV
Orange wax = 2013 - New Label 15% ABV
Blue wax - 2014 - 15% ABV
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Ratings: 3,643 | Reviews: 1,197
Photo of jtrem14
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, shared between 3 people (including myself)

A - Extremely dark, without much of a head. The slight amount of head on the top was a amber/brownish color, resembling that of the crema on an espresso

S - Molasses and coffee, with a hint of chocolate

T - Really much of the same from the smell. Molasses really takes a strong grip here. Stronger alcohol taste, then smell. Maybe a bit of raisin in there.

M - More carbonation in the mouth, than how it looked when it poured out, maybe slightly too much.

D - The strong alcohol taste up front, and the carbonation, are the only slight draw backs to this beer. As far as taste alone (and smell I suppose) this is one of the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of cracker
3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to warriorsoul for sharing a bottle with me. So I finally get to try this highly sought after beer. It pours thick like molasses. Very little carbonation or head. Smells like dark fruits, raisins, prunes. First impression on taste is way too sweet. However, the hops and roasted malts seems to balance it out quite well. Sort of reminds me of port, a very sweet one. Although I can appreciate this beer for what its worth, I think there is more hype around it than anything else. I'd definitely try it again but it's not a top 10 or even 20 beer for me.

Photo of Lukafer
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had the opportunity to go to Dark Lord Day 2009, so I've had it on tap, but this review is for one of the bottles I bought, a 2009 22oz. poured into a pint glass. So good, I can't wait till March!

A: Pours as black as motor oil, and has a very slight, not even a finger, tan head to it.

S: Coffee, burnt molasses maybe? Mouth-watering might be a good, non-scientific term to use here.

T: Unreal. Coffee, chocolate, maybe some port, some sweetness, some bitterness. I really love this stuff.

M: Thick, syrupy and sticky, hardly any carbonation.

D: Honestly, when I had it at DLD, they were serving it in cups filled up to 5 or 6 ounces, and that was about perfect. I opened a bottle at home and ended up drinking it alone, as no one else wanted any. By the end of the bottle, I was wishing I had one of the 5 oz draft pours. DO NOT take on a whole bottle by yourself.

Photo of mikereaser
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 11/6/09 thanks to Hophead101 for this one
2009 vintage

A - Pours a pitch black with slight brown bubbles rising to the surface

S - roasted malts, chocolate and hints of smoke

T - a smokey taste hits me up front and follows through the mouth, chocolate and oak as well, roasted malts and vanilla

M/D - good flavor, very drinkable, a bit of an alcohol burn, but smooth and oily mouthfeel

Photo of Dajtai007
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 09.

Black as dirty oil, silky as well. No head, looks to be completely flat.
The smell was wonderful: Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, sweet
Taste was phenomenal, raisins, vanilla, very sweet, chocolate, brulee flavors.
Mouth feel was very viscous and was flat. BUT, being a fan of barley wines it was perfect. I could gladly sip a few ounces of this on a chilly day and share the rest.
A great and unique beer.

Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a goblet. 09 vintage

A - Pours a very dark brown to almost amber highlights. A light mocha colored head. Light carbonation appearance. Only a light film hangs around.

S - Roasted barley, chocolate malt, some yeast notes come through. Some notable barley sweetness almost complement the yeast breadiness. Just a light vanilla note in the background.

T - Starts off with a light coffee note, some two row barley. Moves to a harsh run of caramel and vanilla. Mid-stream gets harsh, more bitterness, bittersweet chocolate. Like astringent coffee. Finishes with a much more viscous note of strong alcohol and some very roasted barley notes. Aftertaste has some sweetness with a certain of the tongue grabbing bitterness.

M - Moderate body. Very stinging to the tongue in both some carbonation and a very acidic body. Very edgy. Some bitter oily texture is present.

D - If a 13% ABV ranks high on drinkability, it better win elsewhere. I don't think that the smoothness of texture nor the fillingness is overcome. A one and done for a year.

My sister in law says it tastes like Vegemite. I guess the yeast comes through fairly strongly. Marmite juice is what she says.

I enjoy the DL every year in Munster, and I love 3F. Sitting here away from the reality distortion field, I don't think this beer lived up to the unrealistic expectations.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to pint glass. (thanks Natasharai)

A: Pours jet black, like engine oil, with a small reddish-brown head with weak retention and only a small amount of lacing. If it weren't one of the thickest, blackest beers I've seen I'd probably rate appearance lower.

S: Very strong molasses with sweet malts, cocoa, dark cherries which combine to give off a sweet teriyaki.

T: Strong sweet molasses with dark cherries, along with other fruit. A good bit of chocolate and some coffee in the finish along with a good amount of alcohol. After you have a few sips the roastiness becomes more apparent and actually strong.

Overall: Mouthfeel was very silky, however lacked good carbonation. It's fairly drinkable for how big it is. I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of steve8robin
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened an '07 on New Year's Eve 2009...

A: Pitch black with no head and mocha colored lace around the rim.

S: Smells awesomely complex! Very boozy upfront with almost a raisin bread scent. Malty chocolateness hides in the background.

T: Very boozy upfront with a strong raisin flavor following quickly behind. Backend is of chocolate. This almost has a wine taste to it. Very complex and tasty! Almost like a vodka flavor mixed in. Very interesting.

M: Good mouthfeel. A hint too much carbonation.

D: Very good with a hint too much booziness upfront so it goes down a touch harder than expected.

All in all, this is an incredible example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Very smooth and incredibly complex. Glad I got to try this one. I imagine even a few more years of aging would make this perfect!

Photo of jim102864
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never rated a beer so highly. The hype that surrounds it is dead on, my friends. It is New Years Eve, 2009 and I am sipping from a 2008 DL whilest enjoying a roaring fire in my living room in snowy New England. It doesnt get any better than this. The brew: pours thick, oily and dark into my stemmed Leffe Goblet. Having a weak sniffer, I need a big nose (no pun intended) to know i've got something special and I'm so not dissapointed. Dark fruit, raisens, prunes, currents, heavy dark chocolate and molasses all explode from the glass. Deep, dark chocolate, and maybe a hint of coffee with dark molasses sugar. As goes the nose, so goes the taste. Massive and complex, the dark fruit and chocolate bursts all over the pallate and the tongue is coated like heavy maple syrup, only balanced and sweet. This legendary brew boasts complexity like a super computer, yet is so smooth and pleasant to drink. No hop bitterness nor should any be expected, but the alcohol slowly navagates its way past your tongue and down, down, down in a warming yet very evident way. Very viscous and chewy, the mouthfeel is so very warm and inviting. Everything about this brew is warming. I am so fortunate to enjoy something this special in such a special setting. Believe what you've read, and get your hands on DL someday. Cheers everyone and Happy New Year!

Photo of Mora2000
3.46/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2009 vintage. Pours black with no head. Very dark brown highlights at the edges. the aroma is very nice, with some oak and vanilla. You also get some milk chocolate and the slightest hint of soy sauce. The flavor is not as good as the aroma, but still not bad. The chocolate and vanilla are still there along with some roasted malt. You also get some soy sauce which is not a flavor I really enjoy. The mouthfeel is very thick and there is very low carbonation. The beer leaves an oily residue on the glass similar to a Samuel Adams Triple Bock.

Photo of hrking
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think all the hype around this beer is greatly over rated. I have had all the great stouts and this being a good beer is not a great beer. It's good. There are other beers that deserve to be placed higher on the upper throne of Rate Beer beerdom board. This beer should be in the top 50 but not top 10. But that said this is the beer that started it all.The Dark Lord developed such a cult following it remains a top the ratings, This beer is thick on the palate and almost oily to drink. Lots of flavors come out and almost changes with each sip as it warms. Worth seeking out but there are better beers to be had.The 09 version of this is the best batch yet!

Photo of stephens101
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 version into a SA specialty glass with special thanks to beerad666 for the trade.

Figured I'd give myself a Christmas present tonight, and pop open the Dark Lord. Been saving it for a while, but this seems like as good a time as any to indulge.

Pours an impenetrable black, even when held to direct light, with a sheet of tiny bubbles sticking to the bottom half of the glass. One-finger of dark tan head wisps away quickly and leaves a few small spots of lace that randomly stick to the glass.

Complex aroma includes sweet malts mixed with caramel and dark chocolates initially. Further inspection reveals roasted nuts, cocoa, black licorice, cotton candy or bubblegum, some smoldering wood, and a faint note of hops which bring everything together to near perfection. Smells like victory.

Taste is phenomenal with huge sweet caramel malts enveloped by a woodiness and earthiness that stick to the palate for a awhile before an almost unnoticeable lingering alcohol heat catches at the back of the throat. 13%? I don't believe it. More candy notes, bubblegum, a chunk of milk chocolate and a subtle spiciness exist at the end.

Ultra creamy, almost chewy going down and lies on the medium side of heavy, but remains drinkable, and doesn't weight too heavily on the stomach.

Merry fucking Christmas to me, and I'm going to enjoy every sip of this bad boy until I finish off the bomber, then I'm going to start making plans on getting my greedy hands on next years batch.

Photo of BierFan
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BA member cheyneyr for this gift. Shared with my father and uncle on Christmas day. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thick and Black. Only a light dusting of bubbles. Never enough to fully coat the surface of the beer.

Smell: Kind of smells like a cider at first but with a syrupy sweetness. Plums and cherries, as well. wasn't expecting such a fruity and vibrant smell.

Taste: Cherry, currants, and milk chocolate. Bitterness is just right. Any higher and it would start to detract from the rich flavors. Aftertaste of syrupy dark fruits. After-aftertaste of an iced coffee drink. Little bit of a warming alcohol bite.

This has been one of my favorite beer experiences.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 100th review and a very merry christmas for me and certainly a merry christmas to you! Happy Holidays for all those not celebrating Christmas.

2009 Vintage Dark Lord recieved in a trade. So much hype and so much anticipation...here we go!!!

A-deep jet black in color pouring a thinner, bubbly 1 1/2 inches of head that is a dark tan in color, almost a coffee colored head, that dissipates quickly but deepens in color as it does. it leaves almost no lacing on the glass and the head is not exactly what I had hoped.

S-brings a huge nose, molasses and dark chocolate up front but light, tons of sugary fruity sweetness in the back. this smells so sweet.

T-huge flavor in this, molasses and dark chocolate are again faint but try to add some imperial stout quality. the sweetness is insanely high, boozy in back, lots of sugar, caramel, and dark fruits.

M-the mouthfeel is unbelievable, it could be the thickest beer I have had to date. it is extremely thick and chewy, delightfully smooth and creamy, and a perfect balance of carbonation

D-this is way too sweet, a little one dimensional. huge body and nice feel but just so sweet. age helps but still too sweet (did a verticle of 07-10 on 5/22/10, all were too sweet and quite one dimensional, 09 was the worst in everyone's opinion, I like 08 the best but again just candy for grown ups).

Photo of DmanGTR
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review copied from my notes on 12/19/09

A - black as black can be, faint garnet tints in the edges when held to the light, tan head that faded to a thin ring shortly afterward in my miniature Duvel glass. No lace. 4.0

Sm - delicious may be an understatement. Wonderfully roasty and fruity. Hints of coffee and chocolate give way to vanilla, caramel, blackberries, and black currants. 4.5

T - Very much like the aroma, this beer explodes with flavor and dares you to bow before its might. Intense roasted malts fall to expose a wonderfully mellow and complementing hint of port wine, chocolate, and espresso. 4.5

M - Nicely carbonated and velvety smooth. Very rich, but not nearly as thick as I expected. Finishes heavy and somewhat chewy. 4.5

D - Very good indeed. I could easily finish a bottle by myself. But that would be selfish wouldn't it? No, I'd have to share it. The Dark Lord will smite me with a touch of alcohol if I tried. 4.0

Thoughts - A HUGE thanks to Jeff for bringing this to the tasting. 2005 vintage. Good golly this was delicious.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle. Black pour with a small, dense, lasting, tan head. Powerful roasted coffee bean nose. Some oxidation in the aroma leading to a grape jelly/soy sauce/bbq sauce like quality. Flavor is big coffee, molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, and some alcohol. FULL body with a notable alcohol warming.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'08 vintage bottle I got in a trade awhile back. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer- my celebration of 6 months straight of a 7 day a week schedule. So this is the first chance I've had time to sit down and write a review in awhile.

A- From a moderately lit room on a December night the body appears to be pitch almost black- the color of a well made black coffee only much thicker-the appearance does not change when My snifter is held up to the light. Just when you think the Dark Lord will be headless a dark chocolate foamy 1/2 finger thick head arises and fades more slowly but just as ominously and slowly as it arises leaving a thin collar and traces of lacing remain throughout the glass as it is sipped.

S-The nose struck me just as I unsealed the cap. Initially I smelled classic RIS with this one being particularly heavy on anise. From the snifter anise is definitely present but balanced with semi-sweet dark chocolate. Plum and molasses come through as well. The background is a sleeping ominous beast of alcohol that subtly looms.

T- The initial flavor is quite sweet with a complex flavor that I can't quite get my palate around. Certainly RIS in nature with a character where not one flavor stand out the most between vanilla, cocoa, molasses, and plums. As it lingers on the palate more prominent characters of anise, roasted malt, and dark cocoa arise. The finish is consistent with the initial flavor as a hint od dark fruit sneaks its way in as well making. Just then it turns to a dark wine and a quick, mild, lash of alcohol bitterness as it is swallowed. What lingers is hints of the whole flavor put together with an emphasis on the roasted malt.

M-Mild to moderate carbonation with a thick, viscous, and heavy yet smooth body. The alcohol is undetectable in the mouthfeel.

D- For a 13% monster this beer is pretty drinkable...it has had 1.5+ yrs behind it which probably tames it, but its one of the most drinkable beers I've had with this high ABV. This is a rare treat that I doubt I will have the opportunity to have again anytime soon and I really am enjoying it. Best stout ever? No. Worth the hype? debatable. Great, high quality product? Yes.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch black with a tan head. Tons of black malt with chocolate, black malt and hopiness. Fucking ace. Tons of roasted malts and black malt. The balance is phenominal. This is so tasty. Every flavour from a roasted molasis to a smooth hoppy flavour is here. I could drink so many of these. Fucking beautiful!!!

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

08 and 09 bottle shared at "Black Friday" stout tasting. I'm reviewing both bottles but using the 08 bottle for quantitative scores. I would usually use the fresh bottle for this purpose, but there was just something wrong with the 09 bottle.

Appearance is black, thick, and with no light coming through. The head on both was brown but it turned to just a lace.

The aroma on the 2009 bottle was pretty bad. There was some serious metallic off flavors here. It smelled like a sweaty handfull of change. The dark aromas come through as boozy and soy sauce like. 2

The aroma of the 2008 bottle was much better, and was actually worth smelling. Not terribly impressive, but still good. Almost fudgy chocolate in the nose. Not terribly complex, just thick, sweet, and strong, as you would expect from an imperial stout of this size. 3.5

2009- The flavor of this beer was a bit off. Sweet, with some soy sauce notes and a hot finish. Sweet and syrupy are characters that are acceptable in an imperial stout but here it just doesn't work. It has a strange bitterness with that metallic off flavor coming back. 2

2008- This bottle was a bit more integrated in its flavors. The hotness died down quite a bit, but there was still some boozy character. Dark fruit flavors, reminding me of chocolate covered cranberry. This has the typical stout flavors but they seem to be dominated by the fermentation character of a beer this big. Slight soy sauce flavor, but not nearly as much as the 2009 bottle. 3.5

The mouthfeel for both was very thick, as you would expect. It reminded me of tar in both the heavy stout flavors and the thick feel. It impressed me but it didn't have the life changing thickness that I read in some of the reviews. Carbonation is high enough to lift a beer of this size and make it drinkable.

My overall impression was that a year of age didn't make these two beers very different, but it was the batch to batch variation. 2008 was a nice, big stout but not the greatest. 2009 was just simply bad, with soy sauce and metallic off flavors dominating.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

09 Vintage(white wax). WOW! Not what I expected. Thanks to a fellow BA via trade...I got to enjoy this very rare treat. I tried to come in with lower expectations...and I was actually shocked by the taste.
Pours extremely solid dark and thick. By the end of the pour, a very small dark brown head comes through. Thick and dark as the night.
Aroma is o so sweet...vanilla, carmel, raisin, coffee, chocolate.
Taste was crazy...would not even know the alcohol content was as high if I didn't know. Very, very sweet flavor. Very strong in the raisins and cherries. Chocolate on the back side. Since it's so thick though, a little tough on the drinkability scale...although...so tasty it makes up for it! Awesome beer!

Photo of Donerik
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage with white waxed top.

A: Dark, Sticky, with a thin tan head that receded quickly to the edges of my snifter. The beer sticks to the glass when tilted leaving a think brownish film.

S: Malts, all of them(exaggeration). Smells of chocolate, coffee, fruit,...oh and booze.

T: is DarkLord a flavor yet? no? alright: it was rich, and full, chocolate, bitterness, dark fruits, as I moved it around my mouth different tastes came out. All smooth(as far as RIS go).

M: Great, Thick, Leaves that flavor in your mouth that begs you to drink more. Mildy carbonated so as not to strip your mouth of all it's flavor, but enough to go down smooth.

Photo of vacax
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. Pours thick, not many bubbles popping up until the pour ends. Close to one centimeter of cappucino brown head. Not an excess of retention, but a little bit of lace and a ring of delectable microbubbles remains. Smells of wine grapes, fructose, sugary malts, maybe a bit of sherry. Not much roast or other nuances beyond the ripe fruits.

Tastes of ripe plums, caramelized sugars, prune. Lots of sweetness, but also some nice ripe dark fruits. The finish has some roast to it, but it does finish sweet. Chewy, silky body with a moderate level of smooth creaminess. Definite dessert beer, somewhat cloying. I do really enjoy Dark Lord, the older the better. The most recent vintage is not drinking nearly as nicely as this 2008.

Photo of kbeals
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle came courtesy of masterchiefMD and is very much appreciated, I've been wanting to try this one for as long as I've been a member of this site.

A- 22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter reveals a jet black, viscous beer. However, there's no head whatsoever. A little disappointing to start.

S- Okay, it picks up a little here. Lots of deep, rich smells of dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. A little hint of booziness to top it off. This beer smells fantastic.

T- The taste is no disappointment either. The dark fruits really come through the most, followed in a close second by a rich coffee flavor. This beer does have a hint of booze to it in the taste, but it's surprisingly not that bad, not the burning, chest-warming boozy I was expecting.

M- Very thick and velvety smooth, goes down really easily, little to no carbonation.

D- Excellent. With the high ABV this beer is definitely a sipper, but each sip left me wanting a little more. I had a buddy that I split this with, but I could have easily drank the whole bottle myself.

Once I got past the look of it, this beer was fantastic. Again, I have to give it up for Chris for hooking me up with this bottle. Thanks man!

Photo of jera1350
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sparky44 for this 2009 bottle.

Pours a maple syrupy thick jet black color with only a small ring of brown foam around the glass despite a semi-agressive pour. Where's the head?

Smells extremely sweet. Reminds me of malt extract. Molasses, prune and raisin with a moderate alcohol scent.

Wow, is this sweet. Sweetest tasting beer I've ever had. Sweet and bitter sums this one up. There is a pretty moderate hotness coming from the booze. Bitterness from the hops. Bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, prune, raisin and molasses. Extremely rich. Not as deep and complex as I had expected.

Super thick and syrupy. As full of a body as you can get. Small amount of soft carbonation on tongue. Pretty wet finish.

Definite sipper of a beer. Works well as a dessert drink. I'm thankful I'm sharing a bottle with my wife as I couldn't drink a whole one myself. Can't detect the 13% ABV in this one. Probably won't seek this out again. Didn't quite live up to the hype for me.

Photo of aliveguy17
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After five years of attempts, I finally secured a bottle of the enigmatic Dark Lord this year, thanks to my friend Adrian, and I opened it last night. This will also be my first review for BeerAdvocate, and I couldn't think of a better beer with which to start.

A-It looks like your typical high-alcohol Russian Imperial Stout, with very little carbonation or head.

S-The smell smacks of charred fruit or English pudding. This is where DL starts to distinguish itself.

T-The charred fruit smell segues into similar taste notes of charred fruit. I may have detected a bit of Port too. The finish smacks of coffee.

M-Mouthfeel is not nearly as heavy as I expected, certainly not as heavy as the often-used analogy of motor oil.

D-While the 13% alcohol content is not so evident in the tasting, it definitely catches up with you quickly, plus the richness of the taste causes a decreasing rate of enjoyment after the first glass. I drank the entire bomber by myself, and I wouldn't recommend trying this.

Overall Dark Lord was a phenomenal beer. I don't think it is worthy of traveling across the country for, but few things with that much hype live up to 100% of it. This is definitely in my top 10 of beers, and I look forward to the next time I can enjoy Dark Lord.

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,643 ratings.