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Dark Lord Imperial Stout - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,582 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,582
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 2,877
Gots: 1,537 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Kajagoogoo84
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of feeger22
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kwm5067
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rudy
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdimento
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Drifter1
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rongcsc
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried the 2011 that I got in a trade. Very dark and thick in appearance. Taste was a bit too sweet at first but it improved significantly as it sat. Mouthfeel was good but not great, somewhat thin. Alcohol was well-concealed for a 15% beer. Overall, I am glad I was able to try this beer; however, it's not one of my favorites and I probably wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of bmurray10
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vanburton1
1.95/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Awful 2013. Way too sweet for a Russian Imperial Stout. Big sugar hit followed by molasses and vanilla. The amount of work to obtain this beer does not justify the result. If it was easy to buy, this would be a drain pour. Better luck on the variants, or future bottlings. Sorry!

Photo of Mbragado
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JGam115
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Velvet and honey, rich and creamy. Molasses, caramel. Beetus

Photo of Original_Gravity
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jason_nwx
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clemson14
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FutureMan91
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wayne17
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_Hass
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mikepcarney
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ljc973
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of themind
2.71/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high expectations for this beer. 2012 version, which I aged for two years. This beer is a thick, cloying, disaster of a beer. Soy sauce and molasses dominate the taste of this 15% monster. This beer nears drain pouring status, the simple fact that it is a single day release beer made me finish my glass. It looked great when poured, from then on....it sucked! really just a big let down. There was one person that liked it, good for him...have another glass.

Bottom Line: I would not buy it if it was shelf turding!

Photo of Sean32
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,582 ratings.