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

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3,380 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,796
Gots: 1,496 | FT: 99
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Demonic Imperial Russian stout brewed with INTELLIGENTSIA coffee,vanilla, and molasses.

Dark Lord is only available once a year at Dark Lord Day at the Three Floyds Brewpub.

Vintage guide:

Red wax = 2004
Orange wax = 2005
Gold wax = 2006
Silver wax = 2007
Black wax = 2008
White wax = 2009
Green wax = 2010 - 15% ABV
Yellow wax = 2011 - 15% ABV
Red wax = 2012 - 15% ABV
Orange wax = 2013 - New Label 15% ABV
Blue wax - 2014 - 15% ABV

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

Obviously this beer pours very black. Minimal head/lacing. I thought there would be more. Big alcohol legs.

Smells really nice. Molasses and vanilla. burnt sugars. The smell might be the most solid thing about this beer.

This beer is saaaweet. Alcohol is very well integrated. Flavors follow the nose. I do like the sweetness. Lots of vanilla and molasses. Finishes with a big malty sweetness. It really walks the line of being cloying. To me it doesn't quite cross.

Pretty easy drinking for 15 percent.

I can understand both the hype and polarization over this beer. For me this is a quite enjoyable beer. However, not sure it is worth it for the high trade value since I had to trade for this.

Powderhornphil, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of DousedInStout
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

09 Vintage poured into snifter.

A - Deep, dark black with ruby highlights. However, tan head dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

S - Not as in your face as expected. Some dark cherry and candied fig esters, but not as much chocolate/coffee as expected.

T- The taste is sweet and fruity at first. A lot of molasses and brown sugar, followed by cherries and dates. I also faintly get apple, perhaps a faint aldehydic note. Some roast and hop bitterness kick in at the end, and the heat from the alcohol lingers.

M - The mouthfeel is second to none. Phenomenal body and mouthfeel, and perfect carbonation.

D - Pretty heavy, but deliciously drinkable

Overall, it didn't quite live up to the hype in my opinion, but still an exceptional beer. I would've liked a little more coffee and chocolate flavor from the roasted malt, and a little more hop balance to the sweetness. I also would recommend giving this one much more time in the cellar.

DousedInStout, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at a little bottle share at Tree House Brewery. Reviewed from notes. This is a 20011 yellow wax vintage.

A - Poured into a Tree House glass a Deep, deep dark brownish hue that is still slightly clear. A very light quarter inch head fades to leave light halo.

S - Quite nice. Roasty, sweet malts, faint vanilla and soy, and almost a smokey character. Light chocolate as well.

T - Taste is good. Smokey, sweet malts, light vanilla notes along with some faint soy. not getting as much chocolate as I would like from a RIS but still, damn solid.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated.

O - Overall, this was a good RIS, but I feel like it is somewhat over hyped. With so many quality RIS on the market this one for me isnt worth what it costs to get in a trade.

rudzud, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ngandhi
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So you've gone out to dinner, but, for whatever reason, you've decided to give up the silly idea of "appetizers" and "main courses." Enough of that; a balanced meal is so fucking cliche. And you're different. You're changing things. You open with desert.

"But he's the finest chef in all the land. Please, sir, may I start you off with a proper meal."

"Cherries jubilee. That will be all."

You snub the local gourmand. "And a shot of espresso. With a teaspoon of foam."

With a pocket full of cash and whatever sick joy is borne of doing things your way, you catch a cab to the country and visit the local winery. It's late, yes, but the vintners are awake somewhere. "I need a glass of pinot!"

The 30-something winemaker rustles out of bed, so stunned he gives you a glass of the reserve without comment. You pound it. "And a shot of grappa."

"You've come all this way and woken me up in the middle of the night for my marc? The very scourge of my barrels? I don't even touch that stuff."

"Grappa."

You hit the city again. Dance. Catch a late-night porn flick in uptown. Hit the hot new French/Creole bistro for bananas foster. You come home, 4 or 5 in the morning; work is in two hours.

A night cap. Some dark Nicaraguan rum. A snifter of port. The chocolate syrup that you bought three years ago when you thought you might have kids.

And you bury your head beneath the covers, hiding from the impending sun. But you won't be going to work. You won't be seeing any sun. The only thing rising out of the corner of your eye, tinted red through the feathers of your down, is the Dark Lord. You don't know what it is yet, but suddenly you're a brewer in northern Indiana. And you have found your calling.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of truthbrew
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on cask at The Map Room in Chicago. Perhaps the thickest beer I've ever sampled. Pitch black, wish I would have had a small flashlight to view with. Carbonation was nil, as was head, which was not unexpected.Smells of heavily roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Very sweet, I have a feeling the low carbonation of the cask really hid any hop bitterness that may have been there. Given the sweetness I experienced, was surprised to read here that this beer is 13% ABV. Little perceivable alcohol presence.

truthbrew, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of GregSVT
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bottle into a wine glass - 2009 Vintage

A: Pours nearly black with a small brown head that fades to a ring with no lacing on the glass. It has legs like an alcohol and as I drink it the glass turns brown with residue.

S: The nose is very decadent with huge notes of molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, and a slightly salty soy sauce flavor on the finish. The soy sauce flavor is a first and really makes this taste different.

M: The feel is thick and syrupy with a long coating finish. It does go flat about halfway through the glass though.

O: Lots of dark flavors in this one...the name makes sense now. You can tell there are a lot of residual sugars left from the brewing process in this one. You can tell the ABV is there but it definitely doesn't seem like 15% till about halfway through the glass.

GregSVT, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of drseamus
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver wax 2007 version. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter on 11/16/07 to celebrate the GF visiting!

A: Motor oil. That's what it looks like. Used motor oil. It is thick and viscous and there is no head or bubbles whatsoever. A lot of strong RIS's tend to look like this.

S: This smells a lot older than it is. I would believe that this had been aged for 10 years if you told me so. It also has a ton of maple syrup right up front. Behind that there is come chocolate and brown sugar. It's a great aroma but doesn't make me think of an RIS, more of an Old Ale. The alcohol is obvious.

T: Not what I was expecting at all. There is a bunch of flavor in there but it doesn't make me think of an RIS, just like the aroma. There is dark chocolate, some cherry, and a bunch of wood. It ends bitter with a bunch of alcohol.

M: Thinner than I expected. I like thick stouts but this isn't one of them. It is still heavy bodied, but I want it thicker.

D: I'll be honest...this was a bit of a let down. It's a great beer, but not worth the immense hype. The body won't increase with time, but the alcohol presence might be reduced and that would improve the taste.

drseamus, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle@Omhpers place!

A: Dark, dark, brown with a very small head.

S: Molasses, Chocolate, Roasted Malts, Soy, Hint of vanilla.

T: Cocoa, Roasted Malts, Ripe fruit, Molasses, Port wine, Coffee, Soy and a hint of alcohol.

M: Very complex brew and very very thick. This is a sipping beer if there ever was one. Sweet with a touch of saltiness.

This is a great brew but not as great as the hype suggests. Still, it's among the 10 best imperial stouts i've ever had and a very much enjoyable.

baggio, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasting with rye726 and ratman197. Beer #5 of 8. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium snifter. 2009 Vintage.

A- Black like an abyss. Little bit of a cocoa colored head that disappears quite quickly.

S- Lots of molasses and booze. Also getting some chocolate malt sweetness and hints of vanilla.

T- Complex and huge. The body of the beer is made up of molasses and chocolate malts. The finish had a vanilla sweet finish. The part I really enjoyed is that the sweetness is built up right to the point where it could be too much, but stops just short. Somewhere in between I got a hint of saltiness, sort of like soy sauce.

M- Thick, oily and delicious. Loved the residual stickiness.

D- It's remarkable how FFF can make such big beers and hide the alcohol so well. For 13% abv, it was virtually undetectable.

Overall, I have had older vintages and after opening this one up a little bit of age will really improve this one. Still a solid RIS.

rhinos00, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. It poured thick and pitch black, with a thin, spotty head scattered across the top of the beer. The thin head it started with disappeared not long after.

The aroma has a lot of dark chocolate coming through. I get a moderate fruity quality to it with some cherry and maybe a hint of raspberry. Some very moderate roasty and coffee flavors are there, but they are pretty light for such a big RIS. Some alcohol comes through as well.

The taste shows a lot of the dark, bitter-sweet chocolate to it throughout the flavor. Midway, I get some dark fruits coming through with some cherry to it. Some roasty flavors come out in the finish, along with some alcohol heat. It gets a pretty sweet in the finish overall, a little more of a roasty, bitterness would have put it over the top for me.

It's definitely one of the thickest beers I've ever had. Carbonation is on the lower side as well, which I really like in big RIS's. I love the mouthfeel on this beer, probably my favorite part of it.

Drinkability is good, it has some very nice and bold flavors to it. It's a very big beer with some big flavors. I really enjoyed sipping on it this evening. A very good beer overall.

billab914, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of mgp2675
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage, trying this bad boy nice and fresh.

A- Pours a dark brown color, but is completely black while it sits...definitely doesn't look as thick as I had been expecting until you see how it literally coats the glass when you give it a swirl. It had a mocha colored head on it but that didn't last very long.

S- Very sweet upfront, tons of booze too. This thing smells like it's going to wreck your throat at first, but there are definitely some traditional aromas in there: bitter chocolate, dark fruit, hint of coffee, some smoke at the end of it.

T- Honestly the initial sip was amazing for a non-barrel aged RIS. The first thing I thought of was how incredibly smooth it was for having such a boozy aroma. After that however, things changed a bit. To me a good stout gets better as it warms up, this just got sweeter. By the time this was at cellar temp I felt like I was drinking liquid candy. Some of the flavors I got: chocolate, caramel, smoke. Just so damn sweet it's ridiculous.

M- The best part of this beer by far, because it was nice and thick like I had heard and like I had hoped for.

O- When a beer has been around for as long as this one and has been tried and reviewed by as many people as it has, you have so much to expect. At first, this blew me away and completely silenced any criticism I would've had toward it, but sadly it got worse for me as it warmed up. I wanted to compare this to Marshal Zhukov's, because that is to date the best non-barrel aged RIS I've ever had. But Dark Lord to me was a much sweeter version of a traditional RIS. It had the coffee notes and the smokiness that many of them have, but nothing stood out besides how damn sweet it was. I'm actually amazed this was a fresh bottle, I thought it was a 2004 for a minute and we got it messed up cause of the wax color. But it was a 2012, and it was just way too sweet.

Worth trying for a stout lover, but it's not up there with the best of them in my book.

mgp2675, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of ottovon
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

White wax: 2009. Opened with whiterascal

A: pours out thick and jet black with a brown head that fell quickly.

S: lots of chocolate, almost like a tootsie roll. roasted malts, burnt sugars, molasses, and alcohol all in the nose. hints of soy sauce.

M: i get coffee and caramel. some molasses, toffee, chocolate and burnt malts. there is a bit of alcohol, and it has a nice sweetness in the finish, but finishes a bit dry.

M: super smooth with a thick body.

D: it is actually quite drinkable. i could easily finish the bomber myself. as it warms a lot more of the flavors come out.

ottovon, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, so about 10 months of cellar aging.

Appearance: This is a vicious beer, pours an Exon-Valdez thick crude oil black. Almost no head (1mm) and no lacing. But if you swirl it, the glass is very well coated.

Smell: caramel-toffee, fudge, molasses (sweet, not blackstrap), Rich dark chocolate, mocha coffee, dark fruit, prunes, plums, raisins, port, honey, hint of licorice.

Taste: fudge, caramel-toffee, sweet molasses, mocha coffee, dark fruit, prunes, plums, chocolate-covered cherries (there are lots of dark/chocolate fruits present). Much sweeter than I expected, and I appreciate that there is no over-bearing burnt coffee or chocolate. I never once noticed the 13% and was shocked to see it, it is not a "hot" beer. Very warming on this cold winter night. A strong port-like character, very acidic, lost of prune/plum/ chocolate cherries.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick, almost like a milkshake. Feel of molasses and honey.

Drinkability: I was surprised by how easily the first 1/2 went down, the second half had more sediment and was not quite as good.

I am glad I was able to try this beer, but I will not seek it again. It could benefit from some time in a bourbon barrel.

I am doing a week-long RIS tasting, Darkness, Dark Lord, Kate the Great, Founders RIS, Sexual chocolate, etc. I found Dark Lord to be much thicker and more complex than Darkness.

craytonic, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of erikhovenkamp
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

erikhovenkamp, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014(Fresh)

Poured like motor oil into a snifter this had almost no visible carbonation. That lack of carbonation manifested no head but left sheets of lacing.

The nose was pronounced with a lactose, dry, yet milky chocolate, slight coffee and a marshmallow cream.

The flavor was milky cream, lactose-sweetness, milk chocolate, caramel creme and fudge brownie. The sweetness is perhaps too prominent.

The feel is thick and refined with an immense smoothness. Advertised as 15 pct ABV I'd almost call BS if I hadn't of read the label.

I was told that the sweetness tempers with age and it helps the other flavors to really rise and become more apparent. I look forward to an opportunity to try an older version.

KYGunner, May 14, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%

Canada_Dan, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of timjr2500
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First things first. This beer is not to be trusted, it will lead you to believe that you are more than just a mere mortal. In fact it may even have you believing you are some type of Lord of darkness yourself, but do not be deceived.

It pours like some kind of dark, mischievous syrup that springs forth from the dungeons of hell. It slides down the glass like its being drug back into the far reaches of the hell from which it came.

At just under room temperature it smells of sweet coffee and that traditional alcohol that all the best imperials have. But something really stands out in the nose beyond what other traditional stouts possess and it comes back to that sweet smell. It isn't overly steeped with coffee or smoke, it ironically leans towards the dainty side.

Any doubts you may have about the flavor, due to the unfair sweetness, are quickly diminished as the Lord oozes across your tongue. The perfect blend of molasses, slight coffee, and only the most purely demonic ingredients. SO pure in fact that they transform the beer into something more. So much more that you forget you're drinking a beverage designed to crush you like the mere mortal that you are. One bomber of this and you'll be speaking in tongues and selling your soul for another.

Pair this beer with red meat, human flesh, or .. whichever you prefer.

timjr2500, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of fishmich
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle poured into a snifter. finally got to try this and didnt know exactly what to expect going in because of all the varying comments i see about this beer. after i drank it i could see why it is so polarizing. i dont even really know how to rate it because honestly this beer confused me. i can say its not really my style of a stout but it is still something i would look to get my hands on again.

the beer looks great when being poured, dark and thick with a thin head that dissipates pretty quick. the main smell i get from this beer is grapes, very sweet grapes. it really reminded me of mixed fruit or grape jelly. the taste for me was pretty much the same. if thats what they are going for when they made this beer then they nailed it. what this beer certainly does very well is cover the alcohol, i could hardly get any alcohol in the smell or taste.

overall id say this beer was quite good even though its not really my style. definitely one of kind as far as beers ive had but not really sure it meets the hype. there are much easier to find stouts that i prefer over this one but i will say that i hope to get a bottle or two of my own down the road just to have on hand when the mood hits or its time to share some. if im rating this beer based on my own preference it would be rated a little lower but im trying to give credit where its due.

fishmich, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage reviewed a few days ago thanks to Dan. Also tried a 2009 a few weeks ago but didn't have the energy to review at the time. Finally getting around to Dark Lord after over four years of reviewing.

A- Poured from the bottle to a few pint glasses with an impressively oily, thick looking body. About as black as it gets, truly like motor oil. Creamy dark tan, brown head forms to a finger or just above that with good retention. Falls to a small ring and lace is hard to come by for whatever reason.

S- Roasty but you can tell there is some age to this. Big molasses sweetness off the top like Black Strap brand. Deep cocoa powder, nuttiness, aged caramel, toast and burnt grains.

T- Once again the age comes into play big time but isn't a big enough component to throw the beer off. Insanely roasty off the top with that huge brown sugar and molasses sugar feel. Deep, 100% bitter dark cocoa powder, raisins, toasted nuts, whole wheat cereal grain and some coffee hints. Just a bit of soy and cola hints but they seem to only pop up every few sips.

MF- Massively thick and oily body. Moderate carbonation is pretty nice for close to four years old. Some alcohol warming but not even close to 13-15% (check which one it is). Finishes with roast bitterness on the palate.

Just a beast in all ways. The age shows but complements the stout flavors that are still quite big. Tons of malt and roast flavor and massively thick. I will try this thing fresh some day. Have only had 2009 and 2010 in the last few months.

cbutova, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

2011 Vintage.

A: Pours an opaque midnight black in color. The beer has a very thin dark tan head that quickly reduces to nothing. There is no lacing observed with this beer.

S: There are aromas of cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and milk chocolate. A very nice complexity to the aroma of this beer. Some dark fruit sweetness from the plum/dark cherries and just the slightest hint of soy.

T: The flavor of this beer is quite interesting with a good amount of sweetness. There is some definite dark fruit, plum and dark cherries, contributing to the sweetness upfront. After that, the flavors of the vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and caramel come through next. After that, there is a slightly unpleasant soy sauce taste that comes and then goes. Finally, the finish of this beer is a little of bitter chocolate.

M: On the lighter side of full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. A little thinner than I desired.

O: Very enjoyable and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to try this one. Maybe a little more highly rated that I expected after tasting it but definitely a good beer. I found the hints of soy sauce a little unpleasant but otherwise the complexity of the flavor/smell was great.

dbrauneis, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of inhoc00
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 2008 Dark Lord from local beer store from "back room". Opened for 30th bday.

A - Yeah just like it said: dark as dark. Not sure if it would be possible to be darker than Goose Island Bourbon County Stout but, yeah.

S - What's the deal? Nothing. I thought maybe it was too fresh? Let it sit out for about 20 minutes and started to open up, but nothing mind blowing.

T - Same thing as smell, took some time for flavor to come but when it did still very light vanilla, coffee. More sweet than bitter.

M - This is the category I will give this beer all the credit. For being an Imperial Stout at this alcohol level, it was amazingly smooth. Pretty thick with amazing balance of carbonation, alcohol.

D - A very easy drink for an imperial stout. With the alc. level being what it is, you could be a one and done very quick. I have to say on a side note that although this was a very well balanced imp. stout, I think the hype around this is what carries this beer to its reputation. I may have had a bad bottle but this was not as complex as other imp. stouts nor do I believe this is even Three Floyds best beer.
It was great to drink one and be part of the hype, but I don't think, for the price, I would ever buy another.

inhoc00, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage (red wax)

A: Black with a slight dark khaki head. Good head retention and hardly any lacing. Crazy head retention for the abv.

S: Dark fruit bomb! Raisins, dates, black cherries, molasses, port wine. A hint of olives or some sort of other odd saltiness coming through as well. Some alcohol as it warms in the background.

T: Super sweet and tons of dark fruit up front. Molasses covered dark, sweet cherry. Cherry grenadine like. Roasted malts abundant. Some really nice coffee comes up in the aftertaste, way late in the aftertaste. Very complex, layers of flavors.

M: Thick and creamy. Very nice carbonation level for the style.

O: ABV is hidden pretty well for being 15%. Not the best drinkability for how sweet it is, but the complexity helps. Wish it wasn't so sweet and wish some of that dry roasted coffee flavors came through more up front. Glad I got to try it and it was just as I thought it would be.

Way different than Darkness and other Russian Imperial stouts. If I had to pick between this and Darkness, I would choose Darkness almost every time.

herman77, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours viscous, totally opaque black with with not enough action to get a head of any kind. Nose has every RIS flavor you could imagine: molasses, smoked meat, raisins, swamp water, port barrel and a bit of alcohol.
Big brown sugar malts with a fishy, ashy, umami (meat juices?!) undertones with herbal cough drop notes at the end. Aspirating catches some booze. Big Werther's toffee finish and acidic coffee linger. Heavy, smooth, gooey and chewy. Would never guess 15%.

Head kicker of a stout. But also a sugar bomb - this definitely needs to sit and smooth out. Doesn't live up to the hype, but how could it? Would have it again, but not chasing golden tickets any time soon...

2010 version. Thanks to Adam for sharing.

StJamesGate, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Finally darklord time. I had this bottle already quite some time in the basement and thought the start of the summer holiday was a nice occasion to open it. 2009 version.
Look: Deep dark with almost no head, only some dark brown lacing
Smell: Wow, this is complex, and….sweet. Uber sweet even. Roasted malts, plums, figs, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, sugar, anise.
Taste is very similar to the nose; roasted malts, plums, figs, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, sugar, anise and maple syrup. Did they add the taste enhancer EDTA here?
Mouthfeel: Extremely thick and smooth beer.
Overall: at first I was impressed by the mouthfeel. Extremely thick and smooth beer. After some time it got me a bit annoyed/worried. I am pretty sure something is added to this beer, like PEG or Glycerol. In the end didn’t finish the glass because it felt like drinking porridge. I took a sample and will run a HPLC or so at work. This cannot be good! Tastewise, perfect beer, extremely balanced. I really didn’t expect that, because I was heavily disappointed by most other overhyped American RIS brews (too complex, too much ingredients, and therefore, way out of balance), but this beer is spot on! A bit too sweet maybe, but I really enjoyed it. If I will drink it again, because of the Glycerol/PEG/EDTA feeling, I am not sure though.

rvdoorn, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of BigFrank71
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer to have a chocolate espresso taste, good color and smell and a nice head. I split this bottle with others who had similiar thoughts. I dont think I would or could drink a whole bottle of this ber, just a bit too heavy for me and will sit in stomach preventing me from drinking more beers. Overall it was a very nice treat to have drank this Russian imperial stout.

BigFrank71, May 06, 2008
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,380 ratings.