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Dark Lord Imperial Stout - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,584 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,584
Reviews: 1,182
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 2,878
Gots: 1,541 | FT: 103
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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Photo of swetsastonic
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boppar
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage '07 bomber into a red wine glass.

A: Blood red and murky. It pours absoutely still with no head at all. It really looks more like a red wine than a beer. And somehow I just can't shake the feeling that it's a glass of blood. It just looks so totally evil. Hints of brown.

S: Cherries and leather, mostly.

T: Steak?! I was not prepared for that in the least. It seems fitting, somehow that the most elusive and diabolical of all Imps tastes like red meat. It also has a pronounced cherry flavor as well as a late-palate leathery dryness. There is no hint of alcohol at all, let alone 13 points worth. This beer is truly outstanding.

M: This beer has perfect mouthfeel. It is not just motor-oil -thick, but it has this sludge-like murk factor that I haven't found anywhere else.

D: Given the incredibly high alcoholic content of this beer, it is nothing short of amazing that it is as drinkable as it is. However, it is also so rich, intensely flavor and on the sweet side that I am glad I was able to share the bomber with a very good friend.

A ground-breaking and incredibly unique interpretation of the style. Excellent, and well worth seeking out.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: roasted malt, coffee/chocolate, tad fruitness

taste: Very hot, drinking a 2010 though. Some ripe plum, nice.... and rich dark roasted malt flavors. a little anise flavor. nice well rounded and seriously complex RIS, but this beer needs to rest. You can tell this will age well.

mouthfeel: big full bodied

drinkability: It was an honor and it lived up. I can only imagine it getting better with some age.

Photo of egajdzis
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OK, its 2 am, but I wanted to get this in before bed. First off, what a surprise when the guy at the end of the table says there is a 13% Imperial Stout on cask at the Maproom, let's go! Opaque black with an awesome tan head and lace as well. Aroma fell alittle short, but still found notes of hops, charred and roasted coffee, some dark fruit and warming alcohol. Taste hits you like none other, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some alcohol here as well. Thick, chewy, HUGE mouthfeel. Made your lips just stick to the glass! How awesome.

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

White wax, 2009. My 1000th review, and Dark Lord seems an appropriate beer for this personal milestone. Thanks a ton to GbVDave for this bottle!

Poured into a Lucifer snifter (also seemed appropriate). I'm going to give a half-point bump just for the head. Not because it's big and fluffy (it's not) and not because it retains well (it doesn't) but because what you do get, for a short time, is a skim of foam that looks like aged gold splattered with motor oil. A really, really unusual and interesting color that had me swirling and swirling some more so I could see it again. The black liquid looks like any other RIS worthy of a good reputation--utterly deep and abyss-like in its darkness.

Aroma is molasses, honey, port, s'mores, raisins, coffee, and all kinds of burnt dark fruits soaked in sherry. Balanced, with lots of depth. Wonderful.

I had to sit and contemplate my first few sips, and then take a larger drink to make sure I didn't overrate this with a perfect 5. But it is a perfect 5. How could it be better? A perfectly-balanced alcohol underscores and brightens all the elements detected in the aroma. It's also one of few beers I can think of where high-alcohol is a feature of the flavor and not at all overwhelming or boozy (DFH 120 Minute is another). The alcohol lays its supreme hand on the graham cracker, plum, marshmallow, coffee, chocolate and molasses and pops the flavors on the tongue in perfect harmony. (The burps are vinous in their big purple grape-iness.)

The texture is equally mind-blowing (palate-blowing?). Slick, with notable roundness and creaminess yet not overly thick, it delivers the flavors with a sublime glide. Perhaps it's thinner than some people expected, but it seems completely perfect for the flavors, which lean on the rich, sweet, creamy side.

Dark Lord has everything going on, right down to the label art and white wax. It deserves its reputation as one of the finest beers in the world. The rest of this bottle and I are signing off for the greener pastures of hi-fi adventure.

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

At last week's unveiling of the infamous QuaPA homebrew (made with, um, special herbs and spices), my man Ezra busted out this gem of a beer he scored in a trade. Muchas gracias, Ez, for sharing.
Pours a deep, dark black that akin to that of the bottom of a darkened mineshaft. Consistency of spent motor oil, with a thick, dark tan head. Aroma of deep, dark, rich malt, burnt brown sugar, figs, and blood orange.
The palate is an amazing amalgam of huge dark malt and tons of dark fruit. Notes of burnt sugar, caramel, and dark chocolate lurk underneath, along with some mild chili spice and a pervasive blood orange character. The body is rich, creamy, and heavy, coating everything. I don't think there's anything else out there with a comparable mouthfeel.
Although it packs a punch, the beer is highly drinkable for an imperial stout. That being said, you'd probably be best off not trying to drink the entire bottle on your own. Find a friend, as the roughly 1200 calories the Lord contains would certainly weigh you down.

Photo of nickd717
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rating based on a 2008 (black wax) bottle I paid $50 on EBay to get, back in my early craft beer days (May 2008). It was worth every penny. At the time it was the best beer I'd had to date, with Westvletern 12 a close second.

A - Pours jet black and thick as hell with a small tan head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, sweet cherries, dark fruits, and roasted malt.

T - Absolutely phenomenal. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, maraschino cherries, other fruity notes, smoke, and other crazy flavors that I can't even identify.

M - Thick and oily, smooth and creamy. It coats your tongue and mouth and you wish the flavor would stick around forever. It almost does.

D - Well, drinking too much of this can be difficult, but I don't think the beer is meant for that. I think about 6-8 ounces is the optimal amount. Like the idiot that I am, I downed a bomber of this and a 750ml of Speedway Stout the same night. My stomach did not appreciate that.

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

Thanks to mudpuppet for splitting his with a few of us. This was a 2007.

A: Thick dark brown with a red hue on the very outside edge. No head at all.

S: Lots of molasses.

T: Even more molasses with a little maple. Very complex and very flavorful

M: Thick and sticky. Stays in your mouth for a long time after the beer is gone.

D: Heavy, but I could definitely drink a few of these. There's so much flavor and the alcohol doesn't feel like 13%.

All around excellent. If anything it's just a hair too sweet, but that's being nit-picky.

Photo of dogfishlove120
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08 black wax. I hope that what im drinking wasn't ruined in transit to me it being summer and all. It pours black with a brown burnt sugar carmel colored head. aroma is alcohol, malt, with a heavy carmel scent. it tastes of bitter chocolate toasty malt and burnt caramel. this beer is punishing me at the moment. for the first time ever I think I can say that my stomach is in pain, but my mouth is in love. at first I thought that i coudn't handle this beer but its growing on me. I still in my honest opinion enjoy stone's imperial stout a little more because its something i can drink easily. Please take into note that it is august and this beer was shipped via ups

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

2008 Black Wax 22oz bottle
Served in an chalice

L) Dark red hue on the periphery while the center is murky black. Very little head but solid lacing nonetheless.

S)Raisins, Dried Cherry, Chocolate Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Espresso.

T)Overtones of espresso but by no means overpowering, alcohol becomes slightly more apparent as the beer warms, dark chocolate, raisins, earth

F)Creamy, syrupy, but not as viscous as I anticipated, mild carbonation reveals itself with every sip as it foams a bit in my mouth.

D)This beer goes down easily despite being very "big" in character, yet something to be savored.

Overall: The hype for this beer is a bit ridiculous despite the fact that it is quite possibly the best example of the style. At least from what I have sampled.

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

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

It's a good thing "subtlety" and "complexity" aren't categories, or this beer would score close to a zero. However, that's not what this beer is all about; power and a tidal wave of flavor is what this beer is about.

The beer pours a black brown color, looking more like used motor oil then any beer I've ever seen. Just looking at this beer you know you are in the presence of something pretty special. The beer looks thick and viscous. There is almost no head on this beer, but the lacing is otherworldly. What foam there is clings to the side of the glass.

The aroma of this beer is probably it's least impressive attribute, but of course even here it's pretty outstanding. The aroma is very one dimensional, blasting the nose with odors of vanilla, coffee, wine and nuances of oak. Fabulous stuff.

On the palate... what can one say. The beer is incredibly rich, full bodied and long. It has a satin, fluffy sort of mouthfeel, with incredible plush smoothness. The beer is just luscious. The mouthfeel on this beer is comparable only to Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout in terms of richness, plushness, and soft smoothness, but I would give my nod to the Dark Lord. Simply amazing.

Yes, this beer is not the most drinkable beer I've ever tasted, but it's not meant for that. This is the perfect bottle of stout to crack open and sip with some friends. The finish just lasts and lasts, and every sip is a joy. Believe the hype, this beer is a masterpiece.

Note: Recently had the chance to try a vertical of the DL, from 2007 through 2011. I had always assumed that this beer would be pretty age worthy, but based on the vertical, my thought is now, "not so much." The 2007 tasted a bit oxidized, with something of a copper or metallic taste. The 2008 was better, but it still had some sort of different, slightly off taste I thought (though it was still excellent). The 2009 was outstanding, and the 2011 seemed to be the best of bunch (with some nice chocolate and cinnamon flavor). The 2010 was good, but seemed a bit hot and boozy. It was better than the 2007 and 2008 I thought, but not as good as the 2009 and 2011.

A very interesting, tasting experience, to say the least...

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

Wow, I had been excited about opening this one for a while. Cracked the orange wax, killed one bottle opener and then continued. Poured, and a dark brown/tan head rose from the depths, laced and stuck around until i finished my goblet. The lace just stuck to the glass like glue. The beer is black as anything I've seen, I thought it was going to suck in all the light from outside. Very oily consistently, very thick. Smells like coffee, with a slight slight alcohol underton, very roasty and you can smell the bitterness from the malts. The taste is like fine espresso, very nice and bitter coffee, the monster 13% ABV camoflaged in the flavour. Very roasty bitter and dry, and not very sweet like most imperial stouts I've had. The mouthfeel was insanely thick and coating, but this beer was very smooth and creamy for how big it is. I would not be able to drink a whole bottle but what I had was enough to know this is definately a world class beer, can't wait to open my other bottle.

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

Well I have waited a long time to try this beer, and this brewery sure made me pay for it, but then Dreadnaught should have given me a clue. This beer poured dark as a black hole with no light penatrating it's heavy mass and just probably sucking it in. It formed a reverse cascading (aka Guiness) like foamy dark brown head that refused to leave and coated my Expedition snifter solidly with lace. The aroma was heavy on the malt, with sharp hits of expresso coffee, dark chocolate and and plums. The flavor was heavy malt, dark chocolate with a lighter touch of expresso coffee. The body on this this one is quite thick and creamy while the finish is bittersweet. The alcohol is well hidden and tends to finally make its apparence like a brick wall in the dark. This is a amazing brew, but I doubt I will pay for it again at it's current cost, considering I can get Expedition in my area cheaper. If I begged them to get rid of the wax, will that drop the price a little?

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

2007 version. I won't get into the debate about whether or not this beer lives up to the hype. I sometimes think that certain cognoscenti bash a beer because it is hyped and downgrade its performance for that reason. The opposite is obviously true as well- people sometime review a hyped beer off the charts since they went through such lengths to obtain it and it is supposed to be good. Regardless, I didn't chase this down as a quest, I didn't go to Darklord Day, and I didn't trade my first born. It was shared with me by a kind soul and I felt like I could review this objectively. In any caes, its a damn good beer.

Pours black and absolutely opaque with a thick dark head that fades a good bit. Huge aromas of licorice, molasses, and treacle, as well as a nice sustained rooty bitterness. The taste is massive, with an onslaught of sweet, fruity, grainy, chocolate, licorice and coffee. The deep herbal bitterness and alcohol helps balance the massive sweetness. Even the sweeet elements have a slightly charred edge to them helping cut any cloying nature. Long, long finish and a thick, viscous, creamy mouthfeel. I truly enjoyed this experience. This is by no means an everyday beer. It is so alcoholic, big, thick, and chewy that the experience should be savored on ocassion. I'm sold.

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

Had this on June 11th and have to give a big, no HUGE, thanks to Nick (ThreeWiseMen) for sharing this with myself and Trevor (lynx1245). Reviewed from notes. Poured into a snifter. EDIT: This review is for a 2009 bottle

A: Pours a very thick oil black. Absolutely no light gets through when held up to the light. Very small espresso head forms and quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. Swirling the beer brings the head back but only for a little bit. No lacing is present at all, and swirling coats the glass with a thin clear film. Looks like what a RIS should look like.

S: I thought I was crazy but as noted in Nick's review, the first smell is one of bananas/banana bread. Also in there is dark chocolate and some sugary smells. Got molasses toward the end of the glass but was faint for me. Are we sure this is a RIS? Wouldn't know it by just the smell, very interesting for sure.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate are the first things I taste. Very different from the smell. Roasty notes are detected and a bit of alcohol in the finish. The black coffee taste sticks around long after each drink. About 5 to 10 minutes into this I hit the banana flavor. Again very interesting for a RIS. I really would have liked more up front taste in this but overall it was super good and delicious.

M: This just coats the entire mouth. Good thickness, warming from the alcohol. Not harsh at all, love the mouthfeel of this.

D: This thing is 13%?!?! Would have never guessed that from the taste of this thing. Goes down way too smooth for a 13% beer. I was the first one done and that saddened me and I wished I had more to drink. Sadly, no, it was all gone. I'm really glad I got to try this and if you are able to get your hands on this, you will not be disappointed.

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 jwinship83
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle from sammydavisjrjrjr in person.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. Poured into a Darkness snifter.

A: Pours black as night with a thick brown head that settles quickly to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is sticky, but slides down the glass walls with ease.

S: Aromas consist of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. Hops aren't present on the nose, being masked with these malt characters and distinct booziness.

T: One of the most flavorful beers of this style I have tried to this day. Dried dark fruit, molasses, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts coat the palate, along with a fair amount of warming alcohol. Hops lend a dry finish to the beer, but the flavors overwhelm the finish with a second wave.

Full bodied and chewy. You don't sip this beast, you eat it. If there was ever a meal in a bottle, this is it. Drinkability is excellent, but the alcohol makes it a true sipper. Overall, this is a world class beer.

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

WHOAAA!

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 madtowndmb1
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black with a tan head that hung around for a bit and left a nice lace. The smell was great! Malty, chocolate, coffee and a hint of maple sweetness? The taste was very good too, not overbearing. Just a smooth huge beer, if thats possible. M: & D: I'm lucky enough to have some of this aging in the basement and can't wait to have some more! Get some if possible!

Photo of jampics2
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2010 edition. Opened for my father's birthday celebration and shared with my wonderful family. About 5 oz for me :)

Into an open mouthed glass, this looks brilliant!!! Black with dark tan head, no lace, but the head is creamy and sticks around. A perfect looking beer in every way except that there's a small ring of alcohol that kills the lace. It really does look intimidating as it pours, coming out of the bottle with motor oil thickness. The glass sits on the table almost pounding it's fist into an open hand, saying "just try it, I dare you".

Smell is dark fruit, dark molasses, chocolate, and a touch of coffee and hoppy bitterness. The smell is a great mix of different notes, but I have had a few RIS with slightly more pronounced roast. This has more sweet syrup and a touch of soy sauce, still great, just different that what I consider to be perfect.

Taste is exceptional. Chocolate cake, chocolate covered cherries, touch of vanilla, dark coffee liquor. A hint of bitterness that ultimately ends up sweet. Each sip is 25 calories of perfection, and just a touch of hotness in this new kicked-up ABV version. I think this does taste a bit better than the 2009 already. Such an amazing, powerful force of flavor, all flavors dialed up to 11. Yeah, that's right, Dark Lord goes to *eleven*.

Mouthfeel is utter perfection. Milkshake thickness, creamy, perfect viscosity and carbonation. Really, really brilliant and perhaps the most legendary characteristic of this beer.

Drinkability, well, who are we kidding. Even on a curve for a huge ABV beer, this is not incredibly drinkable. But it's world class in every way and is something I wish more beer drinkers had the chance to appreciate. Special occasions just seem that much more special when Dark Lord comes to the party. Cheers to my pops - happy Birthday, you're the best Dad ever!

Photo of ChadQuest
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,584 ratings.