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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

3,134 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,134
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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ShawnMH

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-19-2013 15:25:46 | More by ShawnMH
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shagens

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

05-19-2013 15:06:44 | More by shagens
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Tittles

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-19-2013 13:44:06 | More by Tittles
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robwestcott

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-19-2013 00:27:38 | More by robwestcott
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.9%

05-18-2013 22:29:56 | More by smartassboiler
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

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

Three Floyds Dark Lord 2013

Appearance: Dark Lord lives up to its name. It pours an extremely dark brown, perhaps even to the point of being black. There is just a half-centimeter of dark tan head, which is not surprising in its relative absence. The lacing is spotty and minimal, and the alcohol legs are just as intense as the color of the pour. This is a typical looking Russian imperial stout, and, at 15% ABV, it cannot be faulted too much for the lack of head.

Aroma: Huge notes of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and alcohol jump out of the glass immediately. It smells very sweet to the point of smelling like double chocolate chip cookies. There is a very mild hop presence, but thankfully it appears Three Floyds did not do their signature over-hopping to this beer. The hops combined with the strong alcohol aromas, an underlying cherry, dark fruit, and anise aroma all help to cut the almost overwhelming sweetness. This is a very complex smelling beer, but it is also a bit sweet smelling.

Taste: Apparently the rumors about Dark Lord are true. The beer is just a little too sweet, and the sweetness is not cut by anything really. The hop presence is still there, but in a sweet hop oil capacity rather than a cutting bitterness. The alcohol also just is not enough, in fact it is a sweet alcohol, which only adds to the sweetness. There is just a touch of the green apple flavor that the 2013 batch was rumored to have, but it meshes well with the rest of the beer for the most part, especially well with the cherries and the dark fruit. The chocolate and coffee are there, but it is more of a mocha than the bitterness one would expect from these qualities in a stout. It is a very complex beer, but it is a little bit too cloying.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is perhaps the best part of this beer. It is velvety, creamy, slick, oily, warming, and thick. It is everything that a Russian imperial stout should be. There is nothing more to say.

Overall: If only this beer was more balanced. It does not quite live up to the hype, but it is still certainly a great beer. Three Floyds has a reputation for pushing the envelope, and I think it fell right off the table on this one. It is still a very good beer, but it is not worth jumping through the hoops that you must to get it. Try it, but do not trade your left arm for it. 18/20

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:42:32 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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BradSillars

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-18-2013 01:16:50 | More by BradSillars
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Ebf

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-17-2013 23:48:29 | More by Ebf
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darvinlikemarvin

Iowa

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-17-2013 18:28:44 | More by darvinlikemarvin
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thaghost

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-17-2013 17:30:04 | More by thaghost
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-17-2013 16:04:51 | More by twenty5
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carlosega

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-16-2013 20:24:58 | More by carlosega
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Rainblows

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-16-2013 14:33:35 | More by Rainblows
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deekyn

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-16-2013 04:07:21 | More by deekyn
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cmdmzmjm

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-16-2013 02:15:23 | More by cmdmzmjm
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Impromptu first review, just finished this bottle and figured it would be a good one to start reviewing with.

2011 bottle, served at 50-55 degrees in a snifter.

A- Jet black, a mocha head quickly appears during the pour but quickly dissipates to nothing. Some alcohol legs.

S- Extremely sweet- Cherries, molasses, and alcohol. No roast or coffee detected.

T- Very sweet, but not overly so. I can taste cherries, figs, molasses, and a bit of an alcohol bite. Finishes like a port, absolutely delicious.

M- Silky smooth, a bit of alcohol bite but it is an easy sipper.

O- This is an excellent beer, but I feel it could use another year or two and hopefully some of the sweetness will die down. It was very enjoyable, and surprisingly I could have drank quite a bit more than the half a bottle I had without getting the full feeling I sometimes get from RIS.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 22:30:00 | More by justforrazors
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mvdillman

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-15-2013 18:16:09 | More by mvdillman
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hey5hitgoose

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-15-2013 17:37:48 | More by hey5hitgoose
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illy0sis

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.9%

05-14-2013 22:05:52 | More by illy0sis
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UnderJoath

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-14-2013 19:48:15 | More by UnderJoath
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Jordy777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-14-2013 18:15:06 | More by Jordy777
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4amepiphany

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

05-14-2013 05:11:24 | More by 4amepiphany
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Mcvs1507

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-14-2013 03:46:08 | More by Mcvs1507
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Netdogca

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-14-2013 03:28:19 | More by Netdogca
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pk18

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-14-2013 02:58:58 | More by pk18
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,134 ratings.