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

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95
world-class

3,531 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,531
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,855
Gots: 1,531 | FT: 101
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 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

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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Photo of alexgash
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with black wax (2008 edition). Served at 50 degrees F. Big thanks to knight84 for this bottle!

Very dark brown to oily black. High viscosity on this pour! Dark cocoa brown head starts at one finger and then settles to a wispy covering. Some lacing. Some sludge at the bottom of the bottle (but I was careful to not pour this into the tulip).

Heavily roasted barley, dark chocolate, scorched overripe fruits (plums, figs, and sweet cherries). I'm also picking up some well-roasted coffee (vienna or espresso) and a hint of vanilla. Perhaps a sharp metallic hop twang as well.

Roasted malt and coffee flavors up front. Intense dark fruit and malt sweetness immediately follow. Wow. Bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley, and yet more sugary dark fruit sweetness. Hints of vinous grapes, vanilla, smoke, leather, and anise. A very big, complex beast of an IS. Very full bodied with a giant, creamy mouthfeel (the only other RIS I've had that is this thick and chewy is Darkness). Smooth and dangerously drinkable. Not boozy, but certainly strong! Worth waiting in line for I do say.

Photo of Hopfist
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't possibly state it better than Mr. Floyd, "If you like big stouts, you'll love it. If you like M****r L**e, you're going to hate it." This is one of the biggest of the big stouts. The super-heavy roast of the malt, the typical hop profile you'd expect from any brew baring the name "Three Floyds", and the numerous adjuncts make this both super-complex and single-minded simultaneously. While world-class any day of the week, when aged for a year or more this one will surely astound your senses. If you can find a trade (or better yet make it to Muenster, IN for Dark Lord Day), trading anything excluding a Westy would be a good deal.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i split this bottle with 2 other friends, and wish i had at least a whole 22oz in my glass. i loved it. if this 2010(only year i've had) isn't as good as the 06/08, then they must have been fantastic.

Very dark inky pour, as you'd expect. It wasn't as viscous looking on the pour as what i would expect from hearing all the talk about it being the thickest beer ever, but it's just one of those hype expectations, it was overall among the thick side, i guess i was just expecting chunks to pour out like curdled milk, which didn't happen. Back on topic, it looks great.
There is a faint aroma of alcohol heat, which excites me, and some fruits and roasty qualities.
Taste is awesome, roasted coffee and faint nuts, dark chocolate covered cherries. great bit of heat in each sip that brings it all together for me.

I need to get more of this, and actually take off work next DLD. its really good.

Photo of hero27
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage.

22 oz bomber w/ gold wax draped over the neck.

It doesn't get much darker than this.. the syrupy liquid sits underneath a very dense, dark tan head. As soon as the cap is lifted, the gargantuan aroma soon follows..suffice to say, it's not a beer you have to stick your nose in the glass to know what's in store. A wide array of fruits greet you with every inhale..a dominating, crisp green apple that brings along with it raisins, plums, and cherries, to name a few. All mixed with an unrelenting dark chocolate, molasses, and slight coffee kick.
Seems quite different from the 2005 version. The 2006 seems much more sweet and fruity, while the 2005 had more of a robust coffee flavor...but maybe I'm just getting a little tipsy. It is certainly a beer you can drink by yourself in one sitting, but it's probably a good thing I shared this with a buddy of mine. The alcohol is simply an afterthought, as it is almost completely masked by the dozens of dominating flavors.

I can't imagine how good this will be with another year or so on it..I'll be putting a couple bottles away for sure. Thanks to Three Floyds for once again meeting the nearly ridiculous expectations and hype. Now, if only you can make a little more of this for next year. ;)

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

Dark Lord 2010 thanks to TPatuto poured into my SN XXX glass....here we go!

A: Almost perfect appearance, this stout pours pitch black, blacker than the soul of the Dark Lord himself. The mocha/chocolate colored head is almost as dark as I ever seen on a stout, and about an inch tall.

S: The nose is that of the darkest chocolate and molasses. Surprisingly small notes of dark fruit along with a medium dose of alcohol is present.

T: The flavor is incredible. Dark chocolate covered caramel goodness. Hints of liquorice and anise take over. On the way down alcohol warms and tingles the back of the pallet. A slight amount of coffee bean is left in the after taste.

MF/Drink: The mouth feel is simply perfection. This is how a stout should feel and drink. Dark Lord is full, creamy and savory. The drinkability of this 13% brew is astonishing.

Overall, Three Floyds Dark Lord deserves it's spot on the top 100, and the hype this brew gets. Although this stout is not perfect, Dark Lord is a well crafted beer that has revolutionized and defined what a "whale" should be.

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

Bow to the Dark Lord! Shared this with my garage drinking buddy as he heads off to Rotterdam for a one night gig. The pour produced head like a married woman. The color was black with a rusty tint. Molasses, and chocolate permeated my senses, as I sipped this truly wonderful concoction. I sensed a mocha, sweet flavor, but balanced nicely with the hops. It was tremendously smooth, making it dangerously easy to drink. I love this beer, and can't wait to drink more of it.

Photo of thagr81us
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to fbm115 for this one! 2010 Vintage. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours black as sin with a one finger tan head that remains for quite some time. Maintains phenomenial lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of coffe, malt, alcohol, and licorise. The flavor was of chocolate, alcohol, malt, bread, caramel, and coffee. It was heavy on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew is nothing short of epic in all aspects. I had this before at a BA tasting thanks to mikesgroove and had to get my hands on a bottle for myself after that. Now I remember why... The flavor and aroma one this one is quite awesome and complex. It is one of the ones that does live up to the hype surrounding it. It is definitely a heavy hitter and while slightly chilled reminds you of this fact, but mellows out upon reaching room temperature.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to injuredreserve for killing our tasting with this badboy!!!

A- Pour is pretty much black as night. Though, the pour wasn't as vicious as I anticipated. Head was a big mocha color, and lace was great.

S- The aroma was a unique one. There were parts I didn't care for, but parts were magnificent. When stirred, the aroma was very harsh; lots of booze, dark fruits and the complexities seemed lost. However, when left still, the dark savory aroma's shones through. Big chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted notes, licorice, oak, vanilla.

T- The taste hid all noticeable alcohol notes, first and foremost. For 15%, that's amazing. It tasted initially like a big chocolate bar, some coffee, lots of roast, toffee, malt sweetness....it's a hugely rich beer, but despite that, it avoided being the slightest bit cloying.

M- The feel was thick, and overall full, but didn't have that viciousness that garnered it's legend. I've had chewier, thick, and more intense brews. Don't get me wrong, it was great. But to be the stuff of legends, you have a stigma to live up to and it was not quite there on the feel.

O- Overall, for being a 15% RIS, fresh as hell, There's little need for improvement. I'm sure that with some age, the appearance, aroma and feel will be intensely improved. I'm sure that's the way it was intended anyhow.

There's no wrong time for DL, and I hope this is the first of many encounters!

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

Had this as part of the Central New England BA meetup #1.

A: No head for this, it's a headless pile of dark ooze. It's thicker than the thickest thing I can remember. Super catastrophically pitch black, its a technical term.

N: Tons of malts and raisin. Some roast and chocolate follow. I think theres a bit of black patent malt as well. The heaviness doesn't seem to want to come out of the glass as the aroma itself weighs a ton. When I swirl it a little aroma comes out and it seems to glob together like T-1000 after he gets frozen and melted. Some sweetness and bourbon, as well as a little vanilla and oak.

T: Wow, super thick and sweet! Lots of sweet malts, caramel, and brown sugar. Tons of raisin to go with it. Then the bourbon just takes over. Lots of oak and bourbon, as well as some fruity flavors from the bourbon. More molasses, some heat and boozy flavors, thick and creamy. It's actually kinda hot with booze. More raisin in case I didn't mention that yet.

M: Thicker than liquid metal, no carbonation at all.

F: Sticks all over the mouth and weighs it down so much that my tongue almost wants to fall off. The tons of raisin, brown sugar, malts, bourbon, and oak really just take over and never go away. It's also still really sweet all the time. A little too sweet if you ask me. A little more chocolate and roast follow late as well.

Again an amazing stout and 3F nails it on the head. Th eonly complaint is that it is a little too sweet. The taste and heaviness is awesome otherwise. This reminds me a lot of Black Tuesday with a little less booze, a little less sweetness (surprisingly, not sure how I even managed the BT), and less bourbon.

Photo of greenbeaner
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh my God...Here it is...The Darklord has finally arrived!! From DL day 07' Here it goes...Pours the absolute darkest of any beer I've seen...It is beyond black. And I can already see the it's thickness. Huge dark head, three fingers, with amazing retention...Lovely puffy lace that sticks permanantly to the side of the glass. After a few sips it becomes evident that there is a thin layer of film coating the side of the glass. Beautiful...

Smells of sweet malt, burnt chocolate and there is a strong scent of a fruit I cannot completely put my finger on. Very powerful, possibly plum with a hint of cherry background.

Tastes incredible...Roasted sweet malt up front, plum, cherries, wine flavors, slight cherry...Almost no hop flavor other than in support of all the others in the mix. Great balance and complexity..Finishes with a burnt caramel coffee flavor.

One hefty ass feel in the mouth...Motor oil, cream, espresso...Thick, warm, sticky...but, it's not thick to the point of foaming creaminess in the mouth, and it's not overly syrupy. Very nice consistancy.

I gave this wonderful beer it's lowest rating in drinkability for a number of reasons. Only being available once a year, and yes...it's high price, on one side...High alcohol content, and the fact that it's extremely complex and very rich as the other. It is an excellent beer, but it's definitely a sipper...You've just gotta be prepared for it!!!!

Photo of glazeman
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to airohead2001 for busting this out for my 100th review. I had this on tap at this year's DLD, but have not had it since. 2010 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: This beer pours black in color and has a one finger mocha colored head. The beer appears thick, and I actually just saw a bubble of the head pup and create a splash. The head has moderate retention and nice lacing.

S: Right out of the bottle, I was blown away by the intensity of the smell. There's figs, molasses, caramel and some alcohol burn. The molasses is the dominant note on the nose. While, it's an intense smell, the smell is not quite as balanced as the taste.

T: The first thing I noticed when I tasted this beer was, "wow, it's definitely not as sweet as it was at Dark Lord Day" and I'm glad it's not. It's still a little sweet up front, as an RIS should be, but is much more balanced. The alcohol is barely noticeable especially considering the ABV and the smell. The main flavors are sweet raisins, bourbon (even though I know it's not barrel aged), tannins, and dark chocolate. Simply divine.

M: All other beers in the RIS category should have their mouthfeel and viscosity judged based on this beer. It is oh so wonderfully thick. The beer also has a great aftertaste and a perfectly low level of carbonation.

D: I would have this beer again and again. It reminds me of a fine wine that has layer after layer of complexity. It's too bad that it only comes out once a year, but luckily I have a few bottles left for future special occasions.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition

Pours an Oil Black with a light tan head around the edges.

Smell of strong raisins, Toffee, Caramel, roasted malts, sweetness all around. Smell is still slightly boozy after a year. A few more years in a cellar would probably not hurt.

Taste of Raisins , strong caramelized sugars, Dark Fruits abound, Coffee and lots of chocolate. Like a barleywine ages, I can only imagine this gets more smooth by the year but it is drinking great right now for slighly over year old. Very smooth, vanilla characters strongly present. I will open my next '09 a few years from now.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, just like motor oil. Its thickness lived up to the hype, just not the hype I had seen about it being like drinking swamp muck. Thick Dark Chocolate Candy Syrup/ Oil Viscosity is right on the money.

After staring at this bottle for a year, the time had finally come to open the 2009. My first taste was up to par with what I had expected. Another great beer by 3F.

2012 review of 2009 White wax cap:
After reading my review from 2010, the one thing that has clearly changed is that it is more rounded out and most if not all hotness has faded. The head was not visibly present when poured, and it seems to be nice and still overall. I do pick up some chocolate milk flavors that remind me of the lunch cartons I used to drink in Elementary school in a way. Tons of roastiness, but the milk chocolate flavors may be more present or noticeable than I remember them. Three years of aging seems to have done a great job on this beer.

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

2010 release.

Black, syrupy beer. Head recedes quickly and leaves little lace. Looks like it's going to be a big one.

Smells super sweet and rich and complex. The aroma is almost like that of a quad.

There must be a ton of ingredients in this beer. It's enormous. Dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, raisins, raspberries, licorice, and dry flavors too like a chocolate espresso and brown sugar oatmeal. Molasses and dark chocolate big time though. And the alcohol is definitely a presence.

Slow drinker. Intensely rich and flavorful but also the alcohol catches up and slows you down.

Really amazing.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so visually speaking I don't find this beer impressive. I accept it as standard that Russian Imperials are going to be black, well it's midnight friggin black. However there is NO head retention. One of the cool thing is how syrupy it is and how much it clings to the glass. So I give it slightly above average for that

The aroma is chocolate,raisins caramel a bit rummy and roasted nuts, it's very straight forward yet exactly what you're looking for from an Imperial stout

chocolate chocolate chocolate! Lots of liquour flavors along with more chocolate and everything described in the nose along with a little bit of snappy bitterness that also enhances the nuttiness. Absolutely high grade stuff.

the consistency is about perfect, enough carbonation to make it pop and some nice astringence that makes it linger

This is impressively drinkable, I am beyond impressed with this beer. I was sort of expecting incredible things and this beer totally delivered. It's odd that I was simultaneously holding this bad boy on a pedestal and yet expecting to be dissapointed and yet, I'm friggin impressed!

Photo of maximum12
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before breaking the seal on this bottle I bowed my head & said a silent thank you to hero27 for shipping this my way. I am in your debt, kind sir!

Shared with my RIS-loving wife on our vacation to the Whitefish Chain after the girls were sent to bed. Poured like engine sludge out of the bottle - a top-noth bottle for a sci-fi/fantasty geek like me, by the way - boasting a copious head with rampant bubbles. Smells like burnt cocoa &, unexpectedly, slightly fruitesque.

Smooth & creamy & delightful, with insane malts & dark, moody fruits, followed by a nice backdraft of alcohol burning rubber into my stomach. Despite the ABV & the extreme nature of the 'Lord, I think I could down several of these. Great beer that I'm happy to say lives up to the hype for this beer-sipper.

The only thing that would be better is if I could have attended DL Day & picked this baby up myself. Next year!

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.

Photo of Floydster
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle recieved in my first trade with beertracker, thanks a lot for giving up this hard to find brew

2007 version with silver wax covering tope of the bottle, aged for a total of six months, which seemed to do the trick, even though I could not imagine this one tasting any stronger

Drank this for my 350th review and the special occasion, could not make it until my birthday to drink it, sipped on it for over two hours tonight while watching some horror movies

I will start off by saying that was the most complex and darkest beers I have ever had, every word of hype was true and it was simply great

Poured into my Westvleteren chalice with a pitch black color and a monsterous super dark tan head, darkest I have ever seen, it was about 3/4 inch but seemed to settle after a few minutes, this beer stained my glass and shirt when I spilled on it becuase it was so thick and black

Smell was full of coffee, both cappucino and espresso, lots of chocolate, roasted malt, you name it, it was there, I do not see any other Russian Imperial Stout ever comparing to this one, Stone's is close second, sweet smell like dark candy

Taste was very unique and there was a ton of different things going on, lots of dark fruit including figs, prunes, raisins, berries, etc., significant amount of syrup and molasses, ton of cocoa and malt, with a very slight bitterness in the finish, so so good, taste was very sweet but not overkill, left a coating on my lips like I was drinking a hot chocolate but instead it was a cool extremely dark beer, could not myself eating anything alongside this, except maybe dessert, but this pretty much was a milkshake as far as caloric count and thickness goes, taste was very smooth and sweet while being fruity and malty at the same time, A+

I would have gave this drinkability a five, but it is so heavy, other than that it is very easy to drink, the taste sticks around for four to five minutes after each sip and continues to attack the taste buds, could have drank another bomber of this and just skipped dinner, this was pretty much a meal in itself, the thirteen percent also packs a serious punch but you cannot drink this fast enough for it to really affect you

This is by far the best beer from Three Floyds Brewery and one of the best beers in the world, not even judging my its number two ranking here on the site, it is as gooa as everyone says, I would love to be able to go this celebration in the upcoming years, but Indiana is a very long way away for beer, hopefully get some more in a trade in the future some time

I am very thankful for being able to try this beer and I recommend this above any stout out there, the only problem is tracking it down

This is one serious beer and I wish it was brewed year round, but its exclusivity almost makes it taste even better

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 bottle acquired in a trade with nflmvp. Trade with Steve if you get a chance - he's fucking awesome! Shared this bottle with my buddies Trevor (lynx1245) and Brent (Swimsum) on June 11, 2009.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours thick and oily. Pitch black body passes no light whatsoever. As dark and opaque as it gets. An extremely tight, brown head emerges from the surface, but only for a moment. A hair-thin halo hangs around for the entire session, but that's about it. Each successive swirl coats the glass walls with an oily residue and some spotty lacing.

Smell: Trevor was the first to take a whiff, and claimed it smelled like banana bread. As crazy as it sounds, he was absolutely right. Straight-up banana bread. Further investigation, coupled with the effects of warming, revealed dark chocolate, grassy hops, roasted malt, molasses, and even... waffle batter? Maybe I should toss out that last one. Very interesting for an RIS, but it just feels "off" to me.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, and black coffee flavors abound, especially in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is long-lasting, bitter, and roasty, but not harsh. In fact, it's a little sweet. Tastes absolutely excellent! Caramel can be found upfront, and oh, there it is, banana bread again. Leafy and grassy hops noted. What else? Label says "charred fruit" - I suppose so. Molasses emerges toward the end. Warm alcohol brings each sip to a close. Doesn't feel anywhere near 13%.

Mouthfeel: Oily, thick, delicately carbonated, sugary, and amazingly smooth. Leaves a sticky film on the lips. Warm, dry finish is mild, especially considering the ABV. 13%?! No fucking way!

Drinkability: This one started out a little shaky, but after the first sip all was forgotten. What an amazing beer! Unique, complex, and freakishly smooth. So, so happy that I still have a 2008 DL lying in wait.

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

2009 Bottle. Finishing off a great week of vacation and following the sampling of many tasty DFH brews with this whale. Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, and coffee, with hints of chocolate. I know its easy to get caught up in the hype with this brew. But as one that has sampled several top IS's, this beer lives up to its hype and high regard. Starts sweet with the dark fruit. Then creamy with a pinch of carbonation in the middle. The coffee is very subdued but gives it that spice right after the creaminess subsides. Then the gentle bitters carry you to the finish. The finish is excellent. The velvety chocolate lingers on the tongue while residue from the dark fruit is still present. Notes of vanilla on the finish as well. The creaminess of this brew is what really makes it so special. Many IS's are this complex but others tend to be more syrupy than creamy. Damn fine beer. Will age the other 2009 another year.

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

Drank out of a bottle 2010 edition
Pours a black color with a thin head
Smells of sweet malts and prunes I think
Taste like sweet dark fruits slight roasted
The mouth feel is thinner than years past but still is reasonable
It goes down smooth would not want to drink a bottle per person but you could if you wanted to

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 wvsabbath
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz 2010 version bottle

Appearance - Very dark black, thick, no head, some lacing

Smell - Hops, alcohol, malts, spices, coffee, chocolate and carmael

Taste - Well finally get to taste the almighty darklord... Incredibly sweet carmael and hop taste starts out. Lots of coffee and malts, and alot of alcohol is present. Spices and coffee add some bold flavor but the carmael and chocolate really stand out and rule this beer.

Mouthfeel - Very thick, very sweet, and very strong. Mouth, tounge, throat, palette is crushed by the sweetness, and dominated by the alcohol and hops. A monster via liquid, eat and drink something soon as your done cause the next few beers will be about as flavorfull as water

Drinkabilty - Its insane with this amount of flavor and alcohol how drinkable this is. Its so smooth and sweet i had no problems drinking 10 oz's but man, i felt it. If it was lower alcohol would have scored it higher but come on, its 15%, so 4.0 was pushing it. World class, a beer that lives up to the hype, cant wait for more.

Photo of bhudlow23
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a pure delicious black darkness with a thin, barely there, dark tan head that is tight and recedes quickly leaving a nice brown ring around the glass. Oily viscous liquid. Pretty much what I expected it to look like. A light swirl gives a bigger more retentive head with some visible alcohol on the sides of the glass. (5)

S - Prunes and raisins up front and right away. Surprisingly mellow on the alcohol front. Slight burnt caramel as well as some nice roasted notes. Tons of brown sugar notes give it a very sweet and molasses like aroma. After some time I can barely detect the chocolate notes. They come off as sweet mil chocolate with some very slight dark cocoa bitterness. The aroma on this one is so strong and delicious and vibrant. Even when I lift my glass to drink the aroma smacks me. WOW!(4.5)

T & M - Wow! Soooo delicious and very complex. The raisins and dark ripe fruit sweetness comes up initially and stays for a long time. Caramel and brown sugar and slight male sweetness as well. The beer is oily and viscous and covers the whole mouth. Then there is some nice slight roasted notes that appear but they are quickly mellowed out by way more sweetness. This sweetness is more toward the alcohol even though I'm sure the almost 2-year-old beer has mellowed out. After more tasting and sipping I can start to make out some of the chocolate. Similar to the aroma the chocolate is mostly sweet but there are some slight bitter notes in as well. Also on the back end there is some slight smokiness to the beer that is welcoming. The body is full, complex but delicious. I think this lives up to the hype in many ways. Creamy, smooth, silky and very full. With age the alcohol notes seem mellow because I'm surprised a 15% beer isn't showing itself that way. (5) (4.5)

D - Ok. Overall this beer, for me, lives up to the hype. It is delicious and a great example of a RIS. It is strong but ages and mellows well, it is sweet and chocolaty and also has some slight roasted hints. The drinkability is high except for the fact that its hard to get and that its 15%. Overall this is awesome. (4.5)

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4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If left alone, the head on this beer would be discovered by Marvin Martian in 2535 AD. It just *sits* there, brown, fluffy, stolid. Aroma of a good port or Ximinez sherry alongside roasty malt. Alcohol not only apparent but inviting. The Lord invites you into his chambers...

And SMACKS your ass. Starts out insanely velvety and soothing, with a sherrylike sweetness melding with a port-like alcohol, then a licorice-like flavor cuts through, never sharp, just adding complexity. Raisins and dried prunes/figs abound, yet somehow remain subdued. How? I don't know. These flavors combine with what appear to be residual hops that somehow managed to escape for a huge, dark, sweet assault on your palate. One of the most envelopingly smooth brews that has ever crossed my palate. Drinkability is limited by "there's only so much I can take before getting terminal hiccups" and the sheer weight of the thing.

Astonishing - thanks to JeffKrenner for hooking me up with this amazing brew, I'll be here for a while...

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,531 ratings.