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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,386 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,161
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,798
Gots: 1,498 | 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 guinnessdoc
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage with gold dipped wax neck. Received in an in-person trade from AlohaC while on my Honeymoon in Hawaii. Opened to celebrate a job offer in the brewing industry!

Appearance: Very, very black. Ruby and copper shines through but only at the edges when held to the light. Mocha colored head fell away quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Wow. There's an amazing aroma of chocolate, cherries, prunes and molasses. It's a lot like a tawny port.

Taste: Many of the same elements that came through in the aroma come through in the taste. The first thing I noticed was a port-like sweetness followed by prunes, molasses, and chocolate. There's a definite alcohol warming upon swallowing that continues for some time afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Very viscous; full-bodied and smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: I love a good RIS and this one definitely fits the bill. I've been saving it for a special occasion and I'm glad this was waiting. I can't imagine drinking it on a regular basis as it's so much like a port but for today, it's perfect. I hope I can get another soon.

guinnessdoc, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A wax-sealed 650 mL 2006 version from a long-ago trade with Nickd84. This is cracked in celebration of my 30th birthday (one day late).

A: The ale pours with a thick viscous oily appearance. The head is not so thick, but there is a nice mocha-colored band of head at the edge of the glass. Nothing escapes the darkness of the ale.

S: The aroma is chocolate, brown sugar molasses, burnt toast and big citrusy hops. A lot of aroma, especially in the hop department, for an impy. There is also a very strong alcohol presence.

T: The stout is a big thick mess, with mess being a sincere compliment. There are roasted malts, deep and dark with chocolately undertones. Some brown sugar sweetness, a lot of dried sweet fruits, some slight coffee dryness, and burnt toast, evn some hints of mint. The flavors come at you in one big rush; it forced me to take several sips and let them sit in my mouth just to isolate the flavors. The flavors come together in such a rich, dark manner that it tastes like the whole beer is burnt malts. Finally, there are a strong hops that kick up near the end, providing a citrusy pine element that holds the whole beer together.

M: Even at a year old (almost) the stout is very hot. The flavors are so intense that some aging could add a nice subtlety to the stout. Even fairly fresh, the ale is intense, a true imperial stout designed to withstand any voyage.

D: A stout this big is so filling, so delicious, that one is more than enough (not to mention the disgustingly high ABV knocking you out). The consistency is so big that one could easily chew it. I am impressed that the flavors blend together seamlessly, preventing any one flavor from overtaking the whole.

This beer is an absolute beast, a truly inspired brew that is worth any cost. Nothing else that I've ever had has provided such a depth.

akorsak, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- I poured this a little hard and get a 1/2" dark tan mocha head. It had a pitch black body. When held to the light couldn't see any light through it. There was very little lacing left but had a little collar that left little bits on the glass.
S- Some dryer hop smell maybe grassish. Roasted malts and bit of coffee. There is a hint of a metallic in it also.
T- This is a very rich flavored beer. It may be the richest and strongest flavored beer I have had. Bit of coffee and roasted malts. Flavors are well blended together. So strong it is almost a molasses flavor. Very complex. Has a great deal of hops to help balance out all this malt (still malts win the fight by a lot though). Still can't really taste the hop flavore just the bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Has a big chocolate flavor also. Alcohol leaves a warming in the back of throat. It starts out light and actually grows into a big warmth.
M- Big full body that's smooth and somewhat creamy too. Low carbonation to top it off.
D- This is an amazing beer but I can't see me drinking this often. I could see this for maybe 2 special occasions a year (if it was easier to get). It is just so strong in flavor and so rich it would be a struggle to drink it often.

BlindPig, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Luchman
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Straight up black hole in a glass. Maybe not THE blackest I have seen (That would have to go to DFH World Wide...) it is dark nonetheless. All that black topped off with a very mocha colored, half inch head that just makes this beer looks wonderful. The head does fade after a minute or two, but still clings to the edges. Lacing can be found, but is minimal.

S: Lots going on here. First thing that jumps right at you is sugary-sweet molasses. Lingering around the intense molasses is this dark fruit ( plums and currants), chocolate (brownies for some reason came to my mind), mixture that I found to be very delicious. Mocha-java-ness is in there somewhere, but is modest compared to the other aromas.

T: Rich. This is the one word that I couldn't get out of my head while drinking this. The taste follows the smell pretty closely, only that the vinous molasses is very strong in flavor. Thats the flavor that your are guaranteed to at least taste on every sip. With that, there is the chocolate notes that are just plain tasty, as well as the dark fruits. Alcohol is apparent, especially in the molasses flavors, but it is not too harsh. When its all sipped and swallowed, a taste of pure coffee grounds lingers and fades in the mouth. Hops are there.... somewhere... The malts pretty much dominate here, but thats not really a bad thing.

M: It has a full and slick mouthfeel. No complaints here.

D: This is the tough part... Yes, it was a good, complex stout that I am more than happy to have been able to drink, but I do think it could have used a bit more balancing in the taste, as the richness and vinous molasses were a bit strong. I also, do think its a tad over hyped; If you can get your hands on one, with out a doubt, go for it, but I wouldn't travel far or pay much more to get it again.

Luchman, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the 2006 vintage, tasted back in June of this year. Review is from notes. Gold wax covering the top. I have another cellaring for a later date. Thanks to highclassdrinker for the trade!!!

I was not sure what to expect when I opened the bottle... it said "Reverse cascading head"... that the hell is that???

This one poured out clear, nearly black, like motor oil. The head was three fingers, and once I saw it, I understood what reverse cascading meant. I cannot begin to describe it, it would not do it justice.

The aroma was rich and vinous, with dark roasted malts, burnt fruits, and molasses. There was a touch of sweetness.

Flavor followed aroma... slightly sweet, dark roasted malts, burnt fruits, and roasted coffee beans. Many layered and complex, and not very hoppy. Balanced.

Mouthfeel was incredibly smooth and silky for a beer this big. It went down surprisingly easily.

Drinkability... almost perfect, but the availability and the cost take away slightly. And the high ABV, together with the size of the bottle, make it damn difficult to get through one of these alone. But I managed.

connecticutpoet, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy, and hanks to the very generoue Philip! Thanks my friend! 05 Bottle/Orange wax- I’ve been sitting on this one for about 8 months now, and I felt it was time to treat myself. Pours a pitch black oily abyss with a frothed cap of mocha evil. Lots of spotty lace and dusting. Enormous coffee/coffee bean/double espresso aroma with some dark rum, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, burboun, and american hops.Big big bad deep rooted espresso flavours are accompanied by lots of dark chocolate, woodsy earthy booziness, vanilla extract, dark rum, and lots of bittering hops. FInishes HUGE, dry as the desert, chalky, and assertive. I like it. Once again, thank you so much Phil for saving this, and trading it to me last year. I appreciate the opportunity!

mrmanning, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottle. Pours black with a moussey brown head. The heads has some kick ass red tones. Tons of lace. The aroma is full of molasses, vanilla, dried dark fruits, winey alcohol, and cherry cough syrup. Sweet malts, abur sufficenlty bitter. Grape juice, burnt steak, and dried cherries. Meaty thick, coating, and warming. What a huge beer. I’m not a real fan of the Russian style of imperial stout. I tend to enjoy the American versions, but this is damn good.

tjthresh, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage.

A: Black, tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Roasted coffee, cocoa, alcohol, brown sugar, licorous.

T: Pine, coffee, roasted grain, cocoa. Alcohol is very warming, but not harsh. Good bitterness. I expected a little more depth to the flavour.

M: Moderate to full body, well-attenuated, slightly dry & chalky, moderate carbonation.

D: Good considering the strength.

A good all-round beer. I assume it was better fresh?

Derek, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on 12 bottles of this since Dark Lord day. I actually had one bottle in a 10 beer blind tasting recently and have traded two away. If this is anything like the oak aged I tried at Dark Lord day I'm in for a treat.

Pours a sludgey, crude oil black. An awesome dark brown/mocha head sits atop for about a minute than fades away into little if any lace.

May be the best nose on a beer I've witnessed. Accept for maybe Kentucky Breakfast Stout. But this is a totally different beast. Thick black cherry, freshly ground hawaiian coffee beans, big anise, alcohol, mollasses, hints of honey, plum, and sweetly delicious malt. Layers upon layers of complex bold aromas.

So far 5's on everything. I normally don't like to give a beer all 5's unless it's something special. This beer is definitely that. A smack in the mouth of sweet burnt roasty malts are overcome with black currant, black cherry galore, vanilla, strong fresh coffee, dark bitter bakers chocolate, thick sweet mollasses, plums, honey, and hints of toffee. All followed by a nice bitter ending that brings it together. A nice alcohol burn is left in the chest but nothing bad considering it's 13% abv. The finish is about 35 to 45 seconds, shorter than anticipated yet still sufficient. The complexity to this beast is gargantuan. I think it still needs another two years at least to balance itself and reveal many of it's nuances that are hidden beneath.

Mouth feel is thick, and viscous. Nearly like drinking motor oil. The only hit this one takes is in drinkability. Would be hard to drink many of these although if you have the supply I'm willing to drink it until I pass out.

Can't wait to try this again in a few months, and really again in a few years. God bless Three Floyds Brewery.

mcallister, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought six bottles from the Drak Lord release party 2006. Gave one to a friend as a gift and kept the other five. This is the first one I've opened since the release of the 2006 Dark Lord. Gold capped.

Appearance- Pours a viscous, oily, syrupy black with some very deep fudge highlights. Good luck if you can see anything in this beer. Let alone bubbles. Some light Brussel's lacing. But coats the inside of the glass with a light, spent motor oil color. Awesome.

Smell- Starts with some burnt coffee beans you'd smell at the perfume store. But lets not forget the creamy, toffee aroma that develops more as it gets warmer. Almost like evil butterscotch.

Taste- As it warmed up, the dark roasted mocha turns into a more Starbucks espresso with lots of cream and light cane sugar flavor takes hold. Thats in the fornt of the tongue. The middle brings out the more viney, black cherry and vanilla flavor. The back of the tongue and throat are like a burnt potato skin with some Starbucks liquer. Awesomely complex.

Mouthfeel- Very thick, rich creamy, a little bitter, but very syrupy and oily.

This beer deserves to be one of the best beers in the world. I only wish more BA's could get their hands on it.

scruffwhor, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to Mike Sprinkle for letting me purchase this from him on my 21st Birthday.

2006 Release: Gold wax-capped 22oz. Bomber

Appearance is an opaque, oily, obsidian deep black, with a thin dark tan head that slowy gives way to a light brown ring of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, dark sweet fruits, chocolate and smoky roasted grain with some brown-sugary molasses. Warming sugary alcohols linger in the nose, slight burning. Taste is just as complex as the smell, even more so. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee, more dark fruits, ripe cherries and figs, sweet molasses round out the bittering dark chocolate and malt flavors. Deliciously bitter aftertaste couples with an appreciative alcohol burn that comes and goes sip by sip, leaves one waiting for the next taste. Very quaffable brew, delectable and sinfully decadent. Mouthfeel is definitely full bodied as they come, heavy and viscous like used motor oil from a cold engine. Carbonation is practically nonexistent under the weight of this super-thick stout, just a light tingle present on the tongue. Drinkability is unbelievable, smooth and silken, abv is noticeable but far from overpowering. Easily the best beer I've had, from one of the best breweries. Strongly recommend, will purchase again should the opportunity arise.

danielocean03, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Deconstructionis
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stout Stout. Rich, potent flavorful, complex-- a classic.

As close to black as it is possible to get with a creamy light brown head that subsides to a surface foam. one of the best smelling beers ever. Roasted malt mixed with coffee. pecans and light smoke. This is beer. the taste is robustly malt with everything else appropriately in the background but what a background-- coffee, chocolate, nuts, a hint of smoke, savory spice-- just a real work of art. Rich, luxurious even, body but not overly syrupy. This is a heavy brew in all respects but so good you'll be tempted to indulge past the point of good sense.

Deconstructionis, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Dogbrick
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06 (2005 Bottle): After the utter perfection of the first year's sample of this beer, I was frankly a little let down the first time I tried the 2005 bottle a year ago. I have to say this was a lot better after being aged a bit. Pours blacker than black with a thick brown head with good lasting power. Heady aroma of dark malts, coffee and chocolate. Rich and full-bodied, this nectar was made for an almost agonizingly slow drink. Great array of flavors from malt, cocoa, espresso to bitter hops and peppery alcohol. The finish is long and flavorful. Even a realtively small amount of this reminds me why it is one of the best beers on the planet.

Dogbrick, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this '05 version...
Appears a pitch black with a dark tan, 3 finger head that slowly fades out. Spots of lace are left all around the glass.
Smell is of chocolate, toffee, citrusy hops, anise, coffee, oatmeal, maple/mollasses syrupy and whiskey-ish...very complex and addictive.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Great mix of the aromas with a rich, tobacco like flavor mixed in to the mix of the wonderful aromas.
Mouthfeel is of rich syrup, full bodied, maple and malt sugars that stick to the palate with a remarkable hoppiness that is trying to come through this malt billed monster.
I enjoyed this so much. It's very rich and syrupy with sugar abound! Excellent work. Notch another one up for the Americans.

weeare138, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 gold wax

Much thanks to my brother for standing in line in the rain for 2 hours for this one. Had one bottle of it on the eve of his wedding a few months ago and have finally decided to break open a 2nd one. 2 left in the cellar for future tastings.

Pours a deep dark black color but it has a brown tint to it when held up to the light. A fine bubbled dark tan head foams up with the pour and quickly drops to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell is huge. Expresso, dark chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon. Just a rich overpowering smell that makes you crave that first sip.

The taste dosn't dissapoint. Rich roasted coffee beans, deep dark chocolate and just an overall thick full taste. A little bit of smokeyness comes through.

Actually not as heavy as i expected on the mouthfeel. The alcohol shows itself but isn't obtrusive.

Drinkability - well it certainly isn't a session beer, and that is the understatement of the year. It is a real sipper of a beer and one you can sit and enjoy. If you have a chance to taste this beer you must try it. Is it worth the hype, maybe. Is it worth the $15, definately. Don't pass this one up if you are lucky enough to grab one.

beermanbrian, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With a huge thanks to battlekow for the liberal pours and to Golden2wenty1 for the chance to try this - and to my wife for letting me run off in the middle of the night to drink good beer.

Appearance: Ominous - black, viscous, with no visibility. Pours with a brief amber/cappucino head that subsides to leave just the faintest lacing. One of the most inky beers I've ever seen.

Aroma: Impressive nose - sour cherries, espresso, molasses, dried plums, with just enough cocoa and brown sugar to keep it crisp and complex. Nutty, slightly salty finish. Constant sweet fruits. The nose on this is something that impressed me the whole glass through.

Taste: Nicely balanced flavor - immediate booze tingle subsides to reveal and rich medley of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted soy and thick upfront plums. Bitterness on the middle palate gives way to an impressive full malt finish. Develops a good biscuity finish that I really didn't expect from such a thick beer. A study in constant complex flavor rather than development.

Mouthfeel: Thick, smooth, with the initial booze flourish mediate through an amazing malt finish and aftertaste. Excellent masking, without resorting to oversweetening.

Drinkability: Great. Not sure what else I could say about it - a dark and hungry god that is worthy of its place alongside Stone IRS and other imperial stouts.

expatsteve, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold waxed 2006 bottle graciously shared by battlekow with expatsteve and myself - a million thanks for the opportunity, Eric.

Pour: midnight black-kind of what you'd expect from a beer called Dark Lord, super viscous with a skim of capuccino/cocoa foam that fizzles to a skim under the strain of 13%abv.

Nose: lactose-y cream 'n espresso, booze soaked rasins and dates, jerky smoke, cherry/plum yogurt and caramel sugar...Glade needs to make air fresheners out of this stuff.

Taste: tons of potent dark fruits - black cherries, "burnt currants" raisins, plums, etc, boozy apple skin esters, roasted coffee with gobs of baker's chocolate and sweet/funky cherry yogurt...I'm exhausted just thinking about it the morning after.

Feel: rich, slick, evaporating booze throughout the sinuses make this a valid, yet expensive alternative to Vick's Vap-o-rub, with smooth, fine carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: This is a beast of a beer, no doubt about it. Super boozy, reminds me of a mix between Founders Breakfast Stout with its coffee/chocolate and Bell's Cherry Stout with its funky, yogurty fruits. Impressively drinkable for 13%. A product of hype and supply and demand? Absolutely. Does it live up to said hype? I don't know if any beer could. This is a phenomenal beer, but I can't say that at $15 a bottle and for the pilgrimage and fuss it takes to get it that it's a good value. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed every sip of it and will probably end up making the trip to Munster next year to pick up a bottle, but mostly to enjoy the BA comraderie.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition with gold wax.

Pours a deep black color with a very dark tan/brown head and light carbonation. The aroma is rich, roasty and sweet with an almost worchestershire sauce or soy sauce character. The flavor is huge, sweet and malty, roasted, some chocolate and coffee character in the middle, followed by some hops flavor and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is amazingly thick and rich, but still smooth. Alcohol is barely noticeable (in the taste and mouthfeel) after a few months of cellaring. Very drinkable for such a huge beer, but so bold and intense it's a bit much for frequent drinking.

AaronHomoya, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of granger10
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this after the Michigan Summer Beer Fest with BigDaddyWil. 2005 vintage. Review from some great notes.

Looks like motor oil with a medium super tan head. Good retention but not too much lacing. It's just soooo black and thick, with the creamy mocha whipped topping atop, perfect.

Aroma is intense. I got a sherry like flavor right at the start. Kind of a stronger cherry and vanilla flavor than I was expecting. Then the chocolate and roasted espresso come into play.

Taste is good but I don't know if I'd rank it with the bests of them. Really really thick and rich from the onset. The main flavor seems to be an overly roasted coffee aspect. An earthyness to it but with a shot or maybe two shots of mocha dropped in. Slight vinous qualities in the middle with a touch of alcohol, but not too much. Then a bitter coffee like finish with a touch of caramel or vanilla.

The carbonation was quite amazing for such a big beer. It helped me drink this by offsetting a little bit of the intense rich flavors the beer had to offer. I might still choose Stone or Bell's RIS's over this one but I'd definitely get this again. Big thanks to the BigDaddy for his kindness in sharing! I really need to do a blind RIS tasting with this one and see how it compares.

granger10, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Truh
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Obeyed the orders of the Master with this one on 7/5/2006. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. 2006 bottle poured twice in a shaker. Shout out to friend and fellow BA Warriorsoul for this one.

Little to no head to speak of when poured vigorously in the shaker. Just a friar tuck of coffee jangle on the edge, with a weird nebula striation on the top. Back in the day, a medicine man may have divined the future off of this stuff. That responsibilty has fallen in this layman's hands now, thankfully. Pitch, dark black hue would require a mag light to penetrate; can't tell if anything is happening in there; very quiet, as if even sound is swallowed by it. On first whiff, soy is the predominant characteristic, followed by pickled prunes, coffee grounds, some charred, earthy cinnamon, and baker's chocolate. On the mouth, overripe prunes, dark toffee, smoky resin, and black licorice all combine to make an interesting flavor profile, almost candy-like. The alcohol is noted almost immediately at the tail end of the mouth; a warming touch that seems to grow more pronounced as the pour sits. Probably would not drink more than one bomber of this in a sitting, not only because of it's alcohol kick, but also because of it's scarcity.

Who can meet most of the hype that surrounds its ale? The Three Floyds men can, the Three Floyds men can…

Truh, Jul 06, 2006
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4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a thick dark, inky black with a churning, burbling chestnut-brown head. The type of stuff you see seagulls and sealions coated in on the news.

Smell: A rich, aggressive aroma greets the nose, unleashing waves of dark-roasted coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, anise, sorghum, and booze. Okay, you got my attention.

Taste: Phenomenally flavorful! A complex breadth of tastes that knows no bounds. Cherry-topped Black Forest cake marinated in Sambuca served with espresso with a hint of tobacco tossed in. Roasted bitter, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: No question about it, this beer is full-bodied, taking 'chewy' to a whole new (and frightening) level. There's a sensational creaminess to it that pairs perfectly with it's charming warming nature.

Drinkability: Exquisite! Truly, a beer to be celebrated.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 04, 2006
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4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 bottling. Served at room temperature.

Very large active cascading head,and a scant one finger of liquid under.head and liquid eventually even out. Head is dark tan, liquid is just black. There's a slight cola fringe when held to the light.

First thing that hits you onthe nose is deep dark molasses, then dark cherries, rasins, and some almond. Eventually a chocolatey/smoky smell emerges.

A smokiness hits me right up front. A lovely sort of burnt molasses hits right after, then some rasin, and a little cherry. There's awoodinessthatdevolps high on the palate as it progresses, along with a pronounced bitternes. Rather nice. Very in-your-face, but that's the point.

Mouthfeel is very nice- with a hearty thick liquid paired up with a rather miniscule carbonation.

I find this one amazngly drinkable- but not quite as drinkable as the bourbon barrel aged 05 Dark Lord.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Jun 25, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle chilled, and poured into a pint glass, it pours pitch black with a wonderfully cascading huge (3") mocha-colored head with just a hint of ruby hue.

Aroma is mostly chocolate with caramel maltiness. I also get the hint of coffee and a bit of grassy hops. However, the alcohol hits my nostrals as well. Smell is mostly of sweet caramel and chocolate. Maybe even some rasberry in there as well. I also find some oak aromas (drying). Very complex and complete!

Taste is of mocha chocolate and some fruitiness (rasberries). I also get some major caramel sweetness and just a bit of drying and hops on the finish. The finish is also a bit roasty. Yum!

Very thick, creamy, and syrupy body. Alcohol is well-aparent, but doesn't distract from the taste at all. Very little carbonation at about 60 degrees (F).

Overall, I definitely gotta thank Sulldaddy for hooking me up for my wedding with this one. Very yummy, and makes a great meal! This is probably the most complete brew I've ever had IMO!!! Except for the oil quality, this one drinks nicely!

Fish113d, Jun 20, 2006
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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Robertdoesbeer for this bottle

2006 vintage

A - this stout pours Black Hole black, with a half finger thick dark brown head, that fizzes and is darker around the edge of the glass

S - smells like a dark red wine with chocolate hints, dark fruit aromas like figs, the aroma is so thick and rich its overpowering, i cannot smell any hops at all

T - damn, this is a complex stout, ok, here we go, warming dark red wine flavors up front, these melt away into dark chocolate and slight coffee flavors associated with high quality imperial stouts, and the finish is a combination of these chocolate flavors and dark fruit flavors normally associated with barleywines, the aftertaste is rich and poignant, a strong bitter coffee flavor, this beer may make me move to Indiana

M - this is a thicker than thick beer, closer to syrupy than thick, its smooth and warming, and this is very palatable especially for such a high ABV, extremely impressed

D - again, drinkability is very high, a rich thick warm taste, smooth and palatable especially for such a high ABV, that ABV is the only drawback in the drinkability

the hype surrounding this brew is immeasurable, and it not only lived up to it but surpassed it as well, a quality brew with complex flavors, thanks again to Robertdoesbeer, never would've gotten my hands on any without him

sinstaineddemon, Jun 18, 2006
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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at the brewery, Dark Lord day 2006. This beer chugs out of the bottle thick and black. There appears to be very little carbonation at first, but the head forms slowly after the beer is poured. The aroma is big and malty with lots of chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and a grape-like fruitiness. The flavor is very chocolatey. I can understand the comparisons to a milkshake. Alcohol is high enough to burn a little. The flavor is almost perfect, but there is just a little too much sweetness. A bitter roastiness comes in at the finish, but overall this is a sweet beer. The mouthfeel is amazing. It's so thick and smooth. Drinkability is very good for a beer this big. A very interesting take on the Russian Imperial Stout.

beveragecaptain, Jun 10, 2006
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,386 ratings.