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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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3,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,653
Reviews: 1,199
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 2,973
Gots: 1,563 | FT: 110
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: 3,653 | Reviews: 1,199
Photo of degerbah
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried both '08 and '09 vintages side by side the day after DLD. An awesome time all around. Rating on the '09 today.

Poured dark brown and extremely thick. Coated the glass like paint or motor oil. Smelled boozy but not unpleasantly. Coffee and Malt smells as well. Although it is too thick to drink easily, the taste is absolute heaven. One of the best I've ever had. I wish three floyd's is amazing and this doesn't dissapoint.

Photo of raninator84
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A finer Imperial Stout? I know not!

2009 Bottle poured into a thick walled Chalice. Oh how the Czars would envy me.
Pours a deep black profuse sludge as if the Dark Lord himself has awakened from a slumber of centuries past. Already I can smell the scent of deep roasted malts, coffee, smoked embers, and nutmeg. The lacing clinging to the walls of my glass, but sliding ever so smoothly into the depths of midnight, where light ceases and something a bit abnormal begins. The first sip; smooth, chewy and thick. Perhaps this Lord of Darkness plays well with others? A robust hit of roasted chocolate careens my palate confused as to what it wishes to unleash next. A rush of sweet molasses and plum forces its boldness upon my senses. As the ferocity of the sip hits my palate a hint of nutmeg and cherries sneaks in through the back with hops infused in the grain. A strong but short burst of burnt and smoked woodiness ends atop the alcohol, clearly there can be no more. But the taste lingers and finally rests into a roasted smoked chocolate embrace. It's enough to want to follow the Dark Lord into the underbelly, into the darkside, into the grave. And after sampling the elixir of this Demigod, I must pledge my loyalty to he who is the master of the blackest of nights, the overseer of the underworld of sludge, and the purveyor of all that is "not normal". To the Dark Lord.

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

2009 vintage (white wax)

My 40th bottle of Dark Lord in the last 4 years...it's about time I review this beer!

Appearance: Dump it vigorously into a cabernet glass and sit back and admire...wait a second...the bottle description wasn't lying--the incendiary head suddenly materializes out of empty space like a backdraft. Close-ups of this would make for a nice series on the Discovery channel. Markedly less head retention than the '08, as the mocha froth ultimately dissipates to an obsidian reflection of myself. Scary stuff. Looks like India ink, fading to burnt umber when you tip the glass in the light, and glowing red at the edges. Rock it back and forth and watch the wake of tiny red bubbles vanish into the black abyss.

Nose: Beguiling, mysterious, intriguing, beckoning, impossible, singular, addictive...smells like?...?.?..Dark Lord I guess. I like to swirl and smell this beer about 12 times before each sip, because it's a way of trying to understand the staggering complexity of this beer without losing any of it to your belly. It's very dense, and difficult to pull out specific aromas...cool coffee and juicy Floydian hops when it's cold--not unlike the new '09 Behemoth barley wine. As it warms to cellar temperature, you start to get more of the ripe dark fruit--cherry, plum, currant, whatever you want to call it--dipped in chocolate and molasses of course.

Flavor: Not unlike the aroma--tight and complex. This beer reminds me of a slowly braised meat, where a handful of awesome ingredients are slowly cooked together for hours until the end result is so integrated and the whole is entirely greater than the sum of its parts. In past DL vintages, you literally tasted a blast of hops, or coffee, or a metallic tinge, sticky caramel, or blatant cherries....here it's more of a nuanced enigma. And I don't mean this in a bad way. Choco-but-not-too-choco-latey-covered cherry-ish molassified espresso beanery port-like black tea roasted barley balsamic reduction??? Only thing lacking compared to previous vintages is a slight 'char' on the finish...but I don't even care.

Mouthfeel: Better than ever! The quick-fading head made me think they went back to '07 sludge-like texture....but NO! The carbonation is there, in perfect amount. The beer is just as heavy as its reputation now demands, but somehow it's smoother than ever...no sticky brown film on the glass, no mud at the bottom of the bottle, and no lump in your throat after the sip. It has shedded some excess fat. It's lean and trim, but still boasts the muscularity, power, and complexity it always had. Unreal.

Drinkability: You can drink a full bottle of this [slowly] before bed with some good music or a good movie, or you can split it with three friends on the back porch. But since this beer is meant to be sipped, savored, and pondered over, it is not 'drinkable' in the case-race sense. I do think it is perfectly drinkable in terms of its unique velvety texture and its impressive balance of complex flavors, always leaving you wanting another sip, and sad when it's all gone. Can't wait to try this one in a few months, or in 2014.

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

Poured into tulip producing an extremely dark and thick brew under cocoa-colored head that quickly fades to simply dark-chocolate color. Nose is more subtle than expected with sweet malt, currant, raisin and just a hint of alcohol at the end. Taste is more raisin up front, currant, almost port-like though not quite as thick and chewy. Possibly a hint of smoke mixes in as alcohol takes a turn before and during the finish that gives a nice warming feel but certainly not overpowering. Overall this was a highly anticipated tasting and it hasnt' let me down! Despite it's higher ABV, I could sit and sip this for quite a while.

Photo of youngblood
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap via DLD 2009
Sweet heavens this thing is dark! It coats the inside of the glass very heavily. I new that I was in for a treat once my nose hit the glass. Smells strongly of molasses, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, alcohol, some dark fruit, and espresso. Up front tastes: Sweet soy, molasses, espresso. Leaves a lingering coffee, woody, semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste. This thing feels amazing on the tongue. Every thick, but smooth. Extremely drinkable for 13%. First taste of this was a punch in the face. Totally wasn't expecting what I got, but it turned out to be amazing. At first the flavors seemed puzzling, but fit very nicely together. This is not a beer for people who aren't into RIS's. All hail the Dark Lord!

Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle. Thanks to my girlfriend for picking this one up for me!

A: As the name suggests it has a pitch black appearance with a dark brown head that looks like hot cocoa. Head is gone very quick. Appears thick and velvety.

S: Smells of deep rich chocolate paired with a hint of blackberry and licorice. I don't detect too much coffee on the aroma, but certainly am getting very deep roasted, woody aroma. Unlike any RIS I have experienced.

T: An initial assault of molasses sweetness quickly followed by dark chocolate. A hint of fruitiness like the aroma, subtle hints of dark cherries or blackberries. I pick up some coffee on the tail end, more than the nose. It all comes together with a boozy finish. Alcohol is prevalent, but well hidden for 13%. Leaves a nice after taste of chocolate and molasses.

M: Thick, viscous, and silky on the way down. Coats the tongue with imperial stout deliciousness. A slight burn from the alcohol, but over all very nice.

D: Well this was my first tasting of Dark Lord. I thought it was a very well rounded imperial stout with some nice unique components that put it into a class of its own. It is impressive how balanced the flavors are considering the complexity and high abv. All in all this is an excellent stout and I can see where all they hype comes from, I look forward to trying it with some age.

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

Had this on tap yesterday at DLD. First experience with the Dark Lord, and wondered if it would live up to the hype. It most definitely did.

A - Black as night. Thick as motor oil. Small brown head. One of the most intense looking beers I've ever seen.

S - Smell is very complex. Starts off with sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. As it warmed smell hinted more toward raisin and prune along with the previously stated.

T - Each drink of this beer gives you a new taste that you didn't notice during the last swig. You name it, it's probably there. Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar/molasses, roasted maltiness, raisins, prunes, hint of alcohol... but no where near the 13%.

M - Thick, coats your entire mouth. Smooth finish, but it stays with you for a good while after it's gone.

D - Very tasty, however not one you would drink in copious amounts. Even though I did have a couple yesterday....

Overall, DLD was great and this beer does not disappoint.

Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, 220z bomber, into Schlafly taster.
Shared on my 28th Birthday with friends, split 5 ways.

A - Pours black with a dark brown-colored head which disipiates into a few bubbles here and there, but nothing more. (Pretty similar on all vintages)

S - Fairly sweet. Milk chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, hint of alcohol, but hidden pretty well. (The 2007 and 2009 vintages are sweeter when compared to the 2008, but the 2005 is less sweet).

T - Chocolate, toffee, expresso, roasted malts. The alcohol is there, but at 13%, this RIS does a great job of hiding it. A nice bitter coffee finish. (2007 and 2009 are much more sweet, and I prefer the 2008 vintage because it's less in-your-face. The 2005 has a metallic finish, which I think shows that it's on it's way downhill).

M - Rich, think, smooth. Full bodied, creamy, engulfs the palate with a dry finish. Perfect example for a RIS, and probably my favorite mouthfeel amongst them all. (Other vintages are similar in M).

D - Easy to drink for 13%, but a beer that's best shared with friends.

I would rank the vintages (that I've had) as:

1. 2008
2. 2007
3. 2009
4. 2005

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

2008 vintage, drank on DLD (in front of my computer in my kitchen and with a tear in my beer). Poured in to a Stone RIS oversized goblet.

Dubious black fluid with a picture perfect black head, which proceeds to fade to khaki tan, only to eventually go completely away (can't even be roused). Light doesn't stand a chance. Not as viscous as other reviewers made it out to be but still quite thick. Some obvious defects if you're a textbook purist beer judge, but it commands respect in it's own right. Even as it lays flat in the glass it still announces itself.

Mainly higher alcohols on the nose, so it smells pretty mean. Big American ale yeast esters charred black and burnt from the black malts and barley with just a hint of plum pudding, smells like.

First impressions are the bitterness, which is huge, and the velvety mouthfeel, then shortly after that you notice it giving your lips a huge hug and not letting go. This is one sticky chewy beer. Not really overdone, but certainly close to the brink of too much.

A really delicious and generous hand of each of the elements are presented in a relatively balanced manner: sweetness, stickiness, bitterness, roasted characteristics (not much along the lines of charred), and stressed yeast charactereistcs (well done and no defects; big dried fruit and fruit cake esters and higher alcohols). All of it comes across as being very smooth and easy to drink. The alcohol is fairly well hidden (no burn) but the strength is certainly apparent from the fullness of the body and from the viscosity.

As it warms a little this beautiful sour note begins to open up during the fallout; I'm thinking there's where the roasted grains have been hiding, behind all the sweetness which dominates at cooler temps (started at 45F).

A bomber will get the best of you, and drinkability goes down a bit once the carbonation loses its pop, but what it loses it gains in complexity and demands that you sit back and savor and respect it.

Dangerous, delicious, and decadent, and worthy of its cult status. Mad props to kirok1999 for the hookup. Cheers!

Photo of alleykatking
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I just got back from DLD and decided to share a bottle with friends. 2009 bottle.

A-This pours out motor oil dark. Nice brown/dark tan head that stayed for a little bit leaving nice lacing all around the glass. To say it poured thick was well pretty true.

S-I smell malt malt malt. Nice strong chocolate smell as well. Some other hints of burnt coffee but not as much as other RIS I have drank in the past.

T-Wow....I see why everyone loves this and I think this is as close to fresh as I'm going to get to it. Nice low lying burnt malt taste covered by a huge chocolate taste and other malts. For it being such a high ABV beer I must say the alcohol is hidden nicely in this.

M-This beer is huge...the pour kind of told me that it was going to be chewy and I was right. Coats the tounge and everything else it touches. It lets you know it is in there for sure.

D-I wouldn't want to drink a full bottle of this just because I want to share it with friends. Would I if I could?? Yes...do I want to?? No...because it is a beer that should be shared.

Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage courtesy of Session1979. Beer #1 served during the 'Motha of All Stout Tastings' on 4.17.09. Pours pitch black with the consistency of 10WD30 motor oil-a real glass coater. Pour reveals a thin, tan-colored head that quickly dissipates into a skim, with a tight band around the perimeter of the glass. A thick ring of lacing formed and was retained during the tasting. Nose suggests dark malts, molasses, caramel and chocolate. Taste follows nose, but dark fruit and brandy also comes out in the mouth. In terms of mouthfeel, this is the densest beer I've ever had. The first time I have ever experienced such a full-bodied beer. Minimal carbonation, silky, chewy and buttery, all at the same time; it's like drinking syrup. To say Dark Lord is a huge beer is an understatement, and it really defied my expectations. Alcohol was very will hidden, but this is definitely a sharer. Well shared amongst four friends.

Photo of drunkmonk
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08 Vintage.

Jett black pour, like motor oil or black syrup. Small brown lace forms for just a minute, then vanishes. Small oil pach lace remains in it's wake. Nose is full of sweet molasses, raisin, licorice, black currant fruits, mixed with charred malts and chocolate undertones. Very sweet aromas. Thick lush full on body. Huge roasted and charred malts lead in but not acrid in any way. Coffee, chocolate and burnt fruits follow thru mid palate. Small amount of bitterness on the end, with a spicy alcohol kick. This warms all the way down. Finish is long and complex, leaving a melange of coffee, roast, hops,dried fruits, and ethanol spice. A world class sipper for sure.

Photo of younger35
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this last year at, get this, Dark Lord Day. Yep, just stood in line for 4 hours and viola! Dark Lord. Figured this would be a nice beer to pop on Easter but now that I think of it, this was a horrible beer to open on Easter. Sorry Jesus!! Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

2008 version

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with a decent half finger dark brownish red head that disappears as quickly as it showed up. No cap or collar is anywhere to be had.
Smell- Loads of deep dark molasses and caramel and although they're both strong, the dark chocolate wins. Some coffee, or probably more accurately, espresso isn't as strong as you'd think but it's there. Lightly smoky and somewhat charred the fruitiness cuts in with loads of prunes, the burnt currants mentioned on the bottle and cherries. Also a bit of black licorice and alcohol.
Taste- It's like a big burnt fruity ball of licorice and molasses. Starts nice and roasted with a fair amount of sweetness that is very Port like. Tons of bourbon soaked cherries, prunes, dates, figs and any other overly ripe dark fruit you can think of. Both red and black licorice and tons of rich caramel with a touch of chocolate. Not really much in the way of coffee but I think I'm perceiving it more as the roasted character of the beer. Plenty of hops as well as a light bitterness is detectable under everything but the sweetness sort of keeps it hidden fairly well. Finishes with a dark spiciness that is roasty and toasty and lightly smoky.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich and viscous with a hugely bold feel that is cough syrup like. Amazing how much smoother this brew got over the past year. When I popped a bottle the day I got it last year it was still big but it wasn't yet creamy and smooth. It was gritty and very raw (as is the final pour of the bottle)
Drinkability- Well all in all it's amazing how everything really comes together after a year. It's much easier drinking, although I still find myself having problems putting down an entire bomber. It's 10x better than Darkness though as the hops aren't quite so over-the-top. All in all great beer that is a treat every-now-and-again. Can't wait to grab a couple bottles of '09 in a couple weeks.

Photo of stonequarrywest
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 into my KBS snifter

Pours deep dark and beautiful...like motor oil. Really is like motor oil... thin head that doesnt stick around.

Complex nose of deep roasted malts, chocolate, burnt fruits..tobacco. Love it.

Clings to the glass with every sip..Huge thick mouthfeel...fork and knife thick. Sweet coffee, raisins, chocolate....

Insanely good Beer

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 release, acquired from grub courtesy of the Birthday Club 2 BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark robust roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is everything you look for in an RIS. The semi-sweet flavor of dark chocolate is complemented by mild flavors of dark fruit and coffee. The malt character is as hearty as you will find and there's a mild hops presence that is enough bring a good balance. There's absolutely no trace of the 13.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Viscous and extremely smooth, heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Very tasty and flavorful, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling for such a thick beer, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a tremendous beer that is worth all of the hype it has received.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one with many thanks to brothers-from-other-mothers DavidEddie and drunkmonk. YOU GUYS ROCK!! THANKS SOOO MUCH!!!
Again, i need to be reminded about 'true to style'...and what the difference is in expectations between RIS and Double Stouts. Personally, this one leans more towards my favorite 'Doubles'. The smell is aggressive and rich with a ton of depth and complexity. The sweet rich substantive characteristics of molasses, licorice and dark fruit dominate the nose and it is complimented by the full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy yet almost oily character of the mouth feel in the way that it lingers appropriately. Full flavored, the taste is as complex and as deep as the nose. Molasses, licorice, roasted malt, ja-mocha and slightly fruity. A classic "sipper", the 13% ABV is genuinely part of the experience, but somehow buried beneath the intensity of the flavors and textures. Seriously 'way beyond' my expectations.

Photo of jwolfie70
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The first thing that strikes you about this beer is its thickness. A lot of beers claim to pour like motor oil, this one actually comes close to pulling that off. A thick, viscous, dark liquid poured out of the bottle into my glass. The smell and taste were both very complex, with chocolate, slight coffee, vanilla and roasted molasses coming through.

A great stout, which comes very close to living up to the enormous hype.

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


This first time I had this beer it was a "no-name". I bought twelve bottles for $150... now you can't even get two for that price. When I brought it home and poured... it wrecked my glass. I had to throw it out!!!

The 08 has come a long way. It pours pitch black with little or no head. The smell is blackberries, carmel, coffee, vanilla, and similar hints to Alpha King and Gumballhead.

The taste is hard to explain. Imagine you're walking down the street and someone just shoved a sandwich in your mouth. You'd be shock. And I still am everytime I drink it. Sorry I can't go any further than that... Just get some.

Mouthfeel is like oil. Craziness!

Lots of drinkability here... but certainly because of it's uniqueness and freak-show like fame.

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

In a tulip:

Head is so dark! Two fingers in the tulip. It's only fault is
retention, which is understandable given the ABV. Dark dark brown, murky with particulates. Unbelievable aroma. Chocolate covered cherry smell is uncanny, with a touch of vanilla and alcohol (specifically bourbon). Hint of allspice as well. Taste has a cherry chocolate entrance with mocha finish and a strong coffee aftertaste that lingers for a good amount of time. Extremely well balanced. This is the thickest beer I've ever tried. Remarkably creamy. Infalliable carbonation. High alcohol, bitter, and flavor in general make this beer laborious on the palate, reducing drinkability substantially. Don't get me wrong though, I would drink a case of this if I could.

Overall: I'm reluctant to give 5's... ever. This beer moved me.

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

Vertical tasting 2006, 2007, 2008

Characteristics were mostly the same however the 06 was the most mild of the 3 the 07 was perfect and the 08 was still a little hot with that standard FFF kick in the pants! Overall I think the 07 was the best of the group, and from what I could tell 2 years is the perfect age for this brew.

Appearance- Thick like carbonated used motor oil. Coffee colored head, no real lacing but coated the glass everywhere it touched.

Smell- very complex. Lots of booze. Lots of charred malt. Tobacco/raisin is strongly in the nose as well.

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

Mouthfeel- insanely thick. It makes all other beers seem watery in comparison. Feels like a milkshake in my mouth. Lots of warming from the high ABV.

Drinkability- not a session beer but great to share with other enthusiasts.

Photo of yeastsipper
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with fogdog. Much appreciated. Poured as part of an RIS blind tasting. 2008 vintage. DL came in a close 2nd of 11 beers tasted by 5 person panel.

Beautiful dark black beer with caramel head. Lacing is amazing, absolutely coats the glass. I have never seen anything like it.

Smells of chocolate and tar, some deeply ripe prunes with lot of mineral notes. Taste is of chocolate, roasted tars, some fruit but really takes a backseat to the roastiness. The fruit really comes forward on the aftertaste, where amazingly a beer this thick and roasty leaves almost winelike flavors.

The mouthfeel is amazing. So thick, almost milkshake like. I can see how some might not find this appealing, but I loved it. So unique, flavorful and decadent.

Without a doubt, Darklord lives up to its reputation. Get your hands on a bottle and give it a try.

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

In honor of the upcoming Golden Ticket Day, I cracked open my one bomber from the 2008 release as part of a Saturday night tasting.

First off, thanks to a great BA trader, DLeep, for throwing this bottle my way last year. Dave, you are a great trader!

Hard to add anything new that has not already been said.

Like a lot of people have said, the sweetness of this beer will either entice you or turn you off somewhat. We sampled this versus a 2007 Abyss and the contrast was fairly extreme.

A - Poured from a bomber into a waiting Dogfish Snifter. Pours dark with a fairly small tan head that rises up during the pour.

S - The classic Russian Imperial Stout smell. Very desirable to say the least.

T - Very sweet, but I actually liked it more than I traditionally like sweeter tasting beers. You get a lot of everything including fruits, some smoke, dark bittersweet chocolate, etc. Certainly it was somewhat refreshing to drink a FFF product and not be rolled over by a pronounced hop profile.

M - Very nice, it's all good.

D - For me, I really enjoyed this but it is a sipper that is worth splitting with friends. I would not see myself drinking one of these by myself.

Is it worth the hype? I guess that the chase on some beers is more than the result. I really liked it but the Abyss was the clear favorite for all who stopped by the tasting. I will certainly search this one out again no doubt, but there are other beers that probably are better in its class.

Dave, thanks again for the hookup on this one. I really appreciated you trading me this bottle. I'll be bothering you again in another month or so if you will be so kind to consider trading another one from this year's upcoming release.

Photo of hellbilly
2.76/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2007 silver wax. pours a viscous brown shade of black with no head. this brew stains the inside of the snifter! aromas of chocolate, dark fruit/prunes/black raisins, vanilla, scorch, heavily roasted grains and molasses... smells an awful lot like a baltic porter should! very dark tasting... lots of grain, ash, licorice, tar, prunes and a touch of umami. just dreadfully sweet. tastes a whole lot like an imperial baltic porter?! beyond full bodied. thick, chewy and coats the tongue... (high score given because it resembles a baltic... my favorite style!)...8/4/6/2/13/3.3

2008 black wax. viscous blackish pour with some orange highlights in the thin brown head. smells kinda like sam adams triple bock only it doesn't make me want to vomit... maple wood smoke, soy, bacon, maple syrup, chocolate and all around sludge. really sweet on the palate to the point my teeth hurt. flavors of vanilla, chocolate, salt, booze and lots of cloying residual/sugars/molasses. hot finish. heavy body with a cloying thick mouth feel... 8/4/5/2/12=3.1

orange 2005 bottle via footy sampled in 2009 at bill and wendy's. viscous (i'm seeing a trend) burgundy black with no head. the nose has some baltic qualities... licorice, molasses and malt powder followed by chocolate, roast and a heap of floral alcohol. the palate is chokingly thick, rich and still way too sweet. ashiness is noted along with the aroma characteristics. cloying and hard to drink....7/4/5/2/12/3.0

gold 2006 sampled next to 2005 in 2009 at bill and wendy's. pours evil with cold maple syrup consistency (even thicker than the 05). it smells and tastes like a rotting grain silo... thick and gross. 5/4/4/2/12/2.7

Photo of macktbone
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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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!

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