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

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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,133 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,133
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,684
Gots: 1,403 | FT: 91
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:
2004 - Red Wax
2005 - Orange Wax
2006 - Gold Wax
2007 - Silver Wax
2008 - Black Wax
2009 - White Wax
2010 - Olive Green Wax
2011 - Yellow Wax
2012 - Red Wax
2013 - Orange Wax
2014 - Blue Wax

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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mryuk

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours extremely dark with little head.

smell is sweet molasses with prunes and some mocha.

taste is smooth sweet molasses with some fruit. slight hints of dark chocolate. not very alcoholic. would be a great beer but a little too sweet.

mouth is very thick with low carbonation.

overall very god but fairly disappointing given what I was expecting. too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 14:09:44 | More by mryuk
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MichaelinFishers

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A two-year vertical (year-old 2010 green wax, fresh 2011 yellow wax) last night. Review is about both except where specified.

Poured dark and thick with a little bit of head. Not much difference in the aromas. They smell sweet and rich. No detectable alcohol or hop aromas.

Sips like it pours. The fresh one gave a nice coffee kick at the end that was missing from the aged one, yet the 2010 was a lot smoother and mellow. The flavors had melded a lot. Both are still very sweet. I have come to prefer my big stouts a little drier, but this is still tasty. Right now, it's a tradeoff between being able to taste the coffee and the mellow smoothness of the year-old. I think I need to save the others for next year's vertical.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 21:27:30 | More by MichaelinFishers
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to treyrab and jw347. Trey for splitting this beer with me, jw347 for trading it to him. This was a bottle of the 2008 vintage.

A: Wow...the bottle says it's the consistency of motor oil, and they aren't lying! The darkest thickest beer I have ever seen. It pours almost like maple syrup with just a small thin layer of foam.

S/T: The first smell I took smelled almost like a quad mixed with a grand cru mixed with a chocolate stout. Each time I smelled it, I got different flavors, fruity, malty, hoppy, slightly boozey, but every time it was incredible. I spent about 5 minutes just smelling this beer! The tastes are just as complex as the smells indicate. Taste ranging from burnt malts to hints of hops, but with a strong undertone of fruits.

M: Very little carbonation. This was one of the smoothest beers I have ever consumed. I generally like a little bit more texture thoughMakes it very easy to hold in your mouth as you swallow to truly appreciate all the different flavors.

D: Despite how phenomenal this beer was, it was TOUGH to finish. It is so thick, I recommend grabbing a friend before you try and finish this bottle!

Sampled again on 10/2/10. Again, the 2008 vintage.

The smell has atrophied to only chocolate and roasty aromas that come with a boozy alcohol warmth. The palate is similar, with the addition of some coffee and a good bit of sugary malt syrup. The mouthfeel is goopy and it feels like my tongue is slogging through much as I taste this beer. Definitely the pinnacle of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 12:17:29 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DLD 2009.

A: Very, very dark with a small dark head.

S: Lots going on here, with pretty much everything dark in this one--chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruits. Some very mild touches of vanilla.

T: Very, very complex. The fresh version isn't quite as complex and delicious as aged. I also had a sample of the '08 Dark Lord, and that one definitely would get a 5.0 on the taste scale. This one is still beyond excellent, however. All of the tastes are similar to the smell, and simply envelop the palate with goodness.

M: Very, very smooth. Almost no carbonation, and barely a hint that this thing is 13% abv.

D: Incredible. Definitely got my freebies with the golden tickets. Hats off to Three Floyds for an absolutely incredible beer. It was my first DLD, and I plan on going back every year from here on out.

EDIT: Not changing the original scores but a few notes. Opened up my first 2010 Dark Lord on 11.20.2010. The initial smell was a bit smokey to me and not nearly as sweet as the 2009. Strangely enough, we also opened a Batch 9000, which resembled the 2009 DL more so than this beer did. The 2010 DL also had some faint chocolate, but not really any of the sweet sherry-type notes of the 2009.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 23:49:35 | More by Thorpe429
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2009 with white wax. I've been sitting on this one for a while.

Poured from the body a "none more black" black with just the slightest hint of a tan head.

Huge chocolate aroma along with vanilla and molasses. After three years of aging I still pick up a touch of booze.

The taste is quite malty with chocolate, vanilla, raisin, and what I can only describe as soy sauce. Finished with a lingering note of roasted malts. The 15% alcohol has mellowed quite a bit.

Full bodied and very creamy with a very light carbonation.

A very interesting and enjoyable RIS to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:10:40 | More by Monkeyknife
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PhxHorn

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd been saving this one ('07) to try, and it's interesting that I'd just read all the recent Dark Lord Day threads. My take:

Appearance is a deep, dark brown, with minimal tan head. Smells of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and tastes of all the above with molasses sticking out above the crowd. A sweeter flavor than most other stouts; as it warmed up, I felt like the sweetness started to detract from it and after one glass, I didn't want another. I just tried Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout a couple weeks back, and it is very very similar to Dark Lord.

Carbonation is just about right, and the richness of all the flavors forces you to sip this one slowly.

Bottom line is that this is a first rate beer, and well worth getting ahold of if you can, but don't kill yourself trying to get it. There are some others out there that are on a par with it: Bourbon County, Abyss, Yeti, Founders Kentucky Breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 06:39:23 | More by PhxHorn
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bomber of the 2008 version. Very complex aroma of chocolate, toffee, coffee, licorice and malty dark fruits intermingling together....with the alcohol weighing into the nose for effect. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head that lingered well and left good lacing on the glass. Mouthfeel was bready and chewy, and the taste was a virtual copy of the nose, with each sip accentuating a different blend of flavors. Finish was heavy, long lasting and warming, which was perfect on this cold winter's night.

I'm not a big fan of Impy Stouts, but this beer lived up to its hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 23:29:49 | More by kimcgolf
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MeLikeBeer

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired and sampled with much gratitude to fellow BA, Enlil.
Also tasted with SMF.
2006 edition in 22oz bomber with the gold wax.
Poured a jet-black color, the color of motor oil mixed with molasses and appeared to have the same consistency. Small, creamy head definitely laced the glass throughout.
Great caramely malt scents, coffee aromas and strangely...fruit.
The taste is very complex....thick coffee flavor, hints of chocolate and a sweetness- raisins? maple syrup? Can't seem to nail it down. This heavy, malty stout has a thick mouthfeel with a smooth finish. Overall the flavors mask the high alcohol content of this beer....very good. I'd like to have tried another, but was limited to one...that's okay, I'll seek it out again next year. The hype is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 01:58:39 | More by MeLikeBeer
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, purchased at the brewery.
Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a snifter glass.
My vote for coolest looking label.

Pours a menacing opaque, black color, with no chance of light getting through. A nice half inch thick, dark tan head forms. Some spotty lacing. This beer is thick, and you can see it cling to the sides of the glass. Lots of big roasted malt aromas, dark fruits, dark chocolate, with hints of coffee and alcohol. Burnt coffee, is what I taste first. Sweet roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate and dark fruits come next. Very complex, but easy to drink for such a big beer. Big, rich, thick and creamy all descibe the mouthfeel. You really don't notice the alcohol, after a few sips. Another one of those beers that tastes better as it warms. I'm sure it will take me all night to finish this bottle. Looking foward to trying this again in six months.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 00:37:01 | More by BigDaddyWil
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010, green wax, 22 oz bottle, sampled with the four 2011 barrel variants.

Pours a thick, opaque black with a thin, transient dark mocha head. Boozy and hot aroma of chocolate and coffee, slightly fruity, minimal roast. Flavor is similar, bordering on too sweet with a slight bitter finish; light fruit notes under the strong and syrupys chocolate and coffee malt. Thick, viscous, chewy body with low carbonation and a hot finish. First time trying to a regular Dark Lord (not sure why I never opened a bottle before) and enjoyed this more than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 16:01:39 | More by yourefragile
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Trade from BrewMane. 2013 Orange Wax bottle, drinking fresh because cellars are for chumps ;-) Pours syrupy dark black with a sub-one-finger creamy dark mocha head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, raisins, molasses, chocolate syrup, candy sugar, and a hint of alcohol smell. Flavor is sweet molasses up front, sweet powder sugar, a bit of dark fruit, a little bitter chocolate on the finish. Nearly no trace of the 15% abv. Sweet sweet stuff. Super velvety smooth mouthfeel and very thick. Only other stouts that have had this mouthfeel come from CCB (Hunapuh, Marshal Z). Plenty of carbonation to keep it from feeling syrupy. I was expecting more on the chocolate side, but this balances sweet molasses with dark fruits prominently. The best part to me of this decedent stout is the mouthfeel. So glad I finally got a taste of this. I can see how this would blend nicely with bourbon and vanilla. ISO now I guess...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:27:58 | More by BMMillsy
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BierReise

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber 2004. Poured quietly and forming a slight eruption of a head that dissapears quickly. There's about an inch of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. This one is black and thick like oil.The aroma is a deep dark and powerful concoction. There's alot going on here. Some words-vinous, port, chocolate covered cherries, bread and alcohol. Mouthfeel is super thick and smooth with very little carbonation and really sticks to your mouth. The alcohol although well hidden is warming me up right now and I fear I may soon sweat. The flavor is one bitter Imperial. A chocolate Port like flavor with a massive hop attack that bitters gently. This is one big beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 01:26:14 | More by BierReise
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bulletrain76

California

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

2005 vintage bottle shared by CaptainCougarthis past march. Pretty much solid black with a brown head. Dark chocolate, dried fruit, super malty and roasty, light alcohol, all nicely mellowed with age, adding a light oxidized touch to the nose. The flavor is intensely coffee packed, dark chocolate laden, and fruit filled, while also being hoppy and pretty bitter. This stuff is just so thick, I can't even describe it. Definitely the thickest beer I've ever had. Honestly, the verdict is out on whether beer should even be this thick, but I have to give it a 5 just for accomplishing that. Definitely unique and intense stuff. It is hugely rich and sweet, yet seems to pull off a pretty good balancing act. Big thanks to Tom for pulling this out. A great way to end my time in DC.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 18:45:02 | More by bulletrain76
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to doobliebop for this one! 2012 edition with the red wax, shared with some people at a Super Bowl party. Pours a thick and viscous black color with a thin and measly tan head, even after a pretty aggressive pour. The beer looks pretty dark, commanding, and brash, so I'd say "Dark Lord" is a pretty fitting moniker.

The aroma on is super sweet; vanilla, cocoa powder, oaky and woody, with some creamy coffee mashed in there. Very sweet and roasty on the nose - nearly no hops or hop-like aromas are even detectable on the nose. But the aroma is still pretty fantastic. Caramel and huge brown sugar aromas come out more as this one warms up. It smells like a candy shop, no question about that. I typically like my stouts more bitter and not quite as sweet, but there's still no denying that this beer smells pretty damn good.

Dark Lord cascades over the palate with a super-creamy and smooth mouth feel, and the first and most prominent flavor that comes to mind is super sweet, burnt brown sugar. This beer is sweet as hell. Despite that, the sweetness is manageable, but still a little over the edge. The sweet vanilla and oak flavors come out next; molasses, syrup, coffee with a humongous dose of cream and sugar, sweet, dense currants and dates - all these flavors are present and constantly attacking the palate under the command of that brown sugar flavor that's still running strong.

This beer is certainly boozy, but definitely doesn't feel like 15% ABV; it's possible that the sweetness of this beer subdues the alcohol burn a little bit, and in turn, maybe that's what prevents the sweetness from being cloying, despite its sheer intensity. Tons of flavors clashing; a menagerie of flavors attacking your taste buds and stretching them to the limit. Carbonation is pretty low, the body is still thick and viscous, silky and creamy as hell.

This is one of the sweetest base stouts out there. Surprisingly enough, it wasn't too unmanageable or too cloying, but it was still pretty damn sweet. Then again, it was split 5-ways - I might be saying something else had I finished the entire 22 oz. bottle on my own. Though I typically prefer my RISs to have a heavy bitter offset from a huge hop addition, Dark Lord showed almost no hop character at all and was still pretty enjoyable to me. Vanilla, cocoa, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, oak... This is a great beer; though it may be too sweet to drink a bunch of, Dark Lord is awesome in small pours.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 05:25:33 | More by tectactoe
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one(2009)playing world 8 of Mario 3.
Rich oily, completely opaque in color with much dirty brown head.

This is a sit and contemplate beer for sure. Low carbonation with dark chocolate roasty flavors. A bit smokey, dark red fruits(raspberry,cherry).

I enjoyed this festival, going next year and as long as they keep doing this. Love your neighbor.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 05:55:43 | More by brownbeer
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage with Yellow Wax. Bottle courtesy of Weebay. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Dark brown w/ one finger of bubbly espresso coloured head.

S - Big coffee nose up front with some noticeable alcohol, roasted malts and char. There is a big sweetness here too that is balanced by the ABV somewhat.

T - A huge sweetness up front with big chocolate and molasses notes. A subtle hint of vanilla adds a layer of complexity. There is a big roasted malt profile here, but the roast and char flavours take a back seat to the big chocolatey sweetness. A touch of espresso comes through at times.

M - Full body. Thick, sludgy, viscous. Light carbonation.

O - Really happy that I tried this one. Extremely drinkable considering the sweetness and the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 03:04:33 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying some Dark Lord on for size.

2011 vintage thanks to bstyle:

Dark, coffee black body capped with a thin creamy ring of khaki carb. In the sunlight, there's some swampy brown clarity if you look for it. The legging in the glass is pretty absurd, a bit of lace to keep things interesting. This is about as big as a beer can look. I'm a little intimidated, a little emasculated... but still somehow excited for what's about to come.

Giant roasty, bittersweet malts conquer the schnoz. Smells like there might be some alcohol in this one. Black licorice, fudge brownie, molasses, red berries, cinnamon (?)... quite a lot going on here. I like.

Far more approachable than I had anticipated. It's big. It's sweet. It's oily. But I'm totally gonna dome this bottle in a sitting. There's rich, silky coffee flavors, fruity sweetness, fudge, even some oatmeal. I'm actually reminded of Sweet Horizon quite a bit, which is a compliment coming from me. Seems like it would make for the ultimate dessert beer. Especially since I'm sure this bottle holds more calories than a French silk pie.

Thanks a ton for this one Bobby! Now I can finally insert my own snarky little quips when people are making diabetes jokes!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 15:45:12 | More by yamar68
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Murchmac

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PHawk, a trade from a couple years back but now just opening it. 2008 Dark Lord.

No pop off the bottle, pours like motor oil with lots of legs and oil on the side. Looks like no carbonation, just still waters.

Dark Fruits, chocolate, still some booze, coffee, complex and excellent.

Taste follows the nose, big mouthfeel, excellent carbonation, supersmooth and delicious.

The famed sludge was at the bottom, like grainy coffee grinds, affected the taste a little but was still tasty.

Ironically this is the only vintage ive ever had, and I liked it fresh better.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 22:32:19 | More by Murchmac
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage opened 06/15/12

A: Opaque black, even when held up to light. A bit of fizz dies off quickly. Lighter body than I expected, dark enough to stain the glass brown.

S: Enormous nose of dark fruit, burnt sugar, cherries, chocolate, toffee. The booze is remarkably well hidden here, it doesn't sting at all. Very complex but inviting.

T: Big fruitiness on top, loads of toffee and cocoa in the center and a crispy crème brulée finish. Very sweet, it leaves the glass and lips very sugary.

M: A very syrupy beer, pungently sweet. The first half went down a lot faster than the second, but this is a fantastic beer.

Been wanting to try this one for years, very glad to have finally opened one. Dark Lord is an awesome beer, very complex and intimidating.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 03:28:46 | More by mattsander
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ralflord for this one!
2007 vintage:

Pours black/dark brown with a fleeting light brown head. No lacing, but some "legs".

The smell is of prunes, raisins, chocolate. Strong.

The taste is of sweetened prunes/dates/figs with chocolate and brown sugar. Sweet, but not in an artificial way. Very prune-ish. Finishes a bit sticky.

Rich and full-bodied. Syrupy with little carbonation. Very dense. Thick. Sticky. Still, first few sips went down well enough.

It's nice enough to sip on it, but it is like an overly rich cake - can only do so much. The alcohol isn't raw, but does creep in.

Worth the hype? Mixed feelings. It does have a rich maltiness that is subtley balanced (while remaining sweet), but very sticky and almost too rich.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 05:19:09 | More by jwc215
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chilly460

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dense black thickn goop with almost no head, even with an aggressive pour. No real lacing, but it does leave a sticky caramel covered coating on the glass.

S - The smell is very complex, seemed like every time I took a snoot-full I got a new aroma. I get molasses, light chocolate, roasted grains, cherries, dark fruit, vanilla, and plenty of warm booze. Some wood scent creeps in, and as it warmed I kept thinking "port", as well as soy sauce.

T - Wow, this beer hits the palate like a ton of bricks. First up is bigtime dark fruit sweetness, basically think of port, and you're on the right track. Dark ripe plums came to mind, this is nice. I didn't really get much roastiness which was surprising, but the shift to a salty, soy sort of taste was interesting. Some vanilla in there as well, almost butterscotch. Then as it's going down the gullet, a pretty significant warm booze spiciness. If they could work some more chocolate/coffee into this beer, I'd have rated higher. As stated at the tasting, I want to be sitting outside in a snowstorm drinking this mother.

M - Decent amount of carbonation despite the extreme thickness and viscosity. Big and chewy as you'd expect.

D - I feel like finishing a goblet of this made me a man, this is a man's beer. Big flavored, heavy, booze laden beer. I will say, the booze and tanin type flavors do a number on the palate. It's delicious, but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 19:04:27 | More by chilly460
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Gtreid

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DL 08' poured into a snifter. (Got this as a birthday present!)

A: Black, pure black. No light will shine through. A smooth pour produces one and a half fingers of wet sand color head that when receedeing produces thick lace.

A: This is one of the most complex noses I have ever encountered. Molasses, nuts, dried dark fruit, rasins, currants, and sooo much more than I can decyfer. Bready and roasted malts dominate but the hops come through to give it a nice balance.

T: Again, extremely complex. Very much like the nose. Dried fruit, coffee, roasted nuts, and bread are prominant.

M & D: Smooth, heavy body, very little carbonation. At 13% this is a sipper. As it warms the drinkability goes through the roof. All in all a very good, complex beer. Is it the best beer in the world? I don't think so, but that is a matter of opinon. The complexity alone give this one cred. Excellent! Skal.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 01:01:36 | More by Gtreid
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jpaltan

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Pours motor oil black and thickness. Coffee colored head a finger thick, then flattens out to an oil slick surface. Nose is alcohol and plum, notes of coffee and espresso. really enticing smell.

taste is quite powerful. all coffee in this one. cappuccino flavors give way to espresso bitterness. some notes of caramel. mouthfeel on this beer is damn near perfection in glass. 13% is extremely well hidden with only a hint of the heavy booziness at the end. really impressive beer. this beer is world class and worth seeking out. i can't imagine what this beer would be like with a couple of years on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:22:11 | More by jpaltan
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

FINALLY got a Dark Lord all to myself. I have been wanting this since I knew what it was. It might have even been the first beer added to my wants list. nlmartin pulled through with a quick and painless trade.

2010 bottle

A- Super dark in its core. The edges let through some light that shines garnet hues. It never really had a head, light foam fizzed up and collected in a thin collar. The beer is thick enough to coat the glass and slowly side back down.

S- At first I notice big notes of licorice and that vinous quality people have been talking about. Big port wine-like alcohol and grapes, currants, licorice, sweet milkiness all over. Its very sweet smelling. There is also chocolate covered raisins. The alcohol is huge in the nose.

T- Just as complex and insanely good as the nose. It starts out with lots of incredibly smooth milky sweetness, milk chocolate and cookie dough. It quickly becomes very very vinous. Currants, brandy, fine tobacco, charred malts and licorice. Alcohol abounds in this beer.

M- Very very thick. I might say it could be the thickest stout Ive tasted. The carbonation is very low, it gives a slight bite at first then quickly gives up. These two things combine to make this one hellaciously smooth beer.

D- Its very warm. The alcohol in this one is quite insane. It warms you thoroughly. The alcohol warmth lingers and the beer slowly creeps down the throat. Its quite a heavy beer as well. Despite all of this I love it. I wouldnt really have a problem drinking a bomber over the course of the night

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:50:05 | More by MbpBugeye
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legalpete19340

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured very thick and heavy into the glass. Almost no head developed and the bit that did was gone immediately. A respectable amount of coating stuck to the glass when swished, but not as much as anticipated. There were no leprechauns dancing on the beer or fireworks which I had expected to see.

S: Coffee, vanilla and roastiness shared the nose almost equally. A very mild amount of soy sauce and booze was in the background.

T: Much sweeter than expected. Like those creme filled chocolate covered cherries. Lots of dark chocolate. Cherries, vanilla and fig pudding. Mild hints of soy sauce and coffee. Of course, the alcohol in the swallow and after.

M: Surprisingly I found this to be thick but not overly so. I almost wanted a bit more chewiness.

D: Glad I split the bomber with Chilly cuz I couldnt have killed this on my own. It was too sweet and intense. They got it right when describing it like a Port. Really just too much of a good thing.

Awesome beer. Very complex and layered. It almost lived up to the hype which is saying something. If I were looking for a big Imperial Stout that displayed roasty characteristics I wouldnt reach for the Dark Lord. That being said, it is a monster and one great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 01:25:17 | More by legalpete19340
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,133 ratings.