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Dark Lord Imperial Stout - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout

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3,586 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,586
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 2,880
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 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 Kaveman
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of tsauce2
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 2011 Vintage bottle in to a tulip glass; reviewed from tasting notes.

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Head is light brown, 1 in., dissipates to top of beer. Medium/light carbonation. Heavy lacing w/ legs.

S: Big coffee/chocolate/roasted malt notes with hints of vanilla/caramel/molasses. Very robust nose.

T: Mirrors nose. Big coffee/chocolate notes along with a deep roasted malt and molasses flavors. Very sweet for such a high ABV, but not off-putting. Alcohol is noticiable not on palate, but upon ingestion and on aftertaste.

M: Very big body, huge viscosity. Sweetness and alcohol serve as distinct counterpoints to the effects the coffee and malt impart on the palate. Complex yet balanced.

O: A huge beer with a lot going on for a RIS. Very good overall. I loved the coffee and chocolate/deep roasted malt notes. This beer was a little sweet, but still very tasty. I hate to say it, but the hype surrounding this beer builds it up to be better than it is. I would NEVER turn this beer down and will seek it out again. A very good product from FFF with a masterful job of marketing this product.

Photo of bleedsblu
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Piddmeista
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 Mistofminn
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle a couple months back in a trade with hero27. Thanks a million Eric!

2008 vintage, multiple pours into my Darkness tulip.

Pours black as night, and thick as motor oil. It looks unsafe to drink, and could probably double as heavy machinery oil. Two fingers of dark dark brown head are produced. Looks like someone piled some dark brown sugar on top of my beer. Excellent retention but the lacing is surprisingly lacking.

Huge notes of roasted malt, bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, woody characteristics, earthy qualities along with a soft fruitiness such as raisins, prunes and dates. Super intense and complex. Everything a big stout should be and more.

Again, huge notes of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee and dark fruits. A lot sweeter than I expected. It's amazing, with so many flavors there isn't a single one that stands out the most. I get subtler hints of vanilla, molasses and brown sugar, plums and even a earthy woody character. It tastes fantastic and then some.

Thick and chewy, rich and sticky. It goes down like oil. Extremely smooth at the same time. Drinkability is amazing. Notice I haven't mentioned the 13% ABV yet? That's because it's hidden so artfully. If I picked it up I would have written it down.

A word to the wise. Take your time with this one, it catches up to you fast. The alcohol is hidden extremely well and only shows up after the bottle is empty!

Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Hopbully
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of assman79
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage (Red Wax) split with friends, poured into stemmed glass - a thick pour that didn't leave too much head. Color was pitch black.

Aroma - dark chocolate, coffee, caramel

The taste is rather sweet - molasses, vanilla, toffee, roasted malt, coffee,

Mouthfeel - lower carb, heavy thick body that coats the mouth

Overall - Very glad I got the opportunity to finally try this, enjoyed it . thanks to Mike for sharing. I think I'd rather take a Founders RIS or Bells Expedition though

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jshusc
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Murchmac
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Farnswurth
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ChicagoNick
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of carmike813
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of RedHaze
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to bditty187 for this 2008 bottle.

Pours a deep, dark, viscous black with a thin mocha head that fades quickly to a thin ring. The lacing is minimal, but that's not surprising with the head fading so quickly, and high alcohol. And if any beer could be said to have legs, this would be it. What a thick beer.

Smell; dark bitter chocolate, spent coffee ground, rich molasses and a touch of soy sauce. A little hop presence swirls around in the background, but it is there, as well as some dark fruits.

Taste; dark chocolate and coffee come through upfront, but not as bitter as the nose suggested. But I'm sure the sweet molasses, prunes and....cherries!?!? (where did that come from?) had something to do with keeping the bitterness down. Some mild hops come through towards the finish, followed by more chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel is incredibly full, and so very smooth. Alost malted milk smooth. The drinkability is reall good as well, especially with the alcohol being so well hidden. Is this really 13% alcohol?

Photo of heysuz
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 22 oz. bottle. Served in a tulip glasses. Shared among a group of 4.

Appearance: Dark Brown nearly black, opaque, minimal head that receded rather quickly, sparse lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted fruits, chocolate, molasses or caramel. The aroma leads one to expect a heavy dark brew.

Taste: Malty, thick sweet caramel and coffee. Surprisingly, not as thick and heavy as one would expect. Sweet on the front end with an alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Typical RIS. Thick, low carbonation.

Overall: In comparison to others like Abyss, CBS, KBS, etc. I would rate it behind those. It was enjoyable at the time but not memorable weeks or months later. It’s a very good beer but there are a lot of stouts I would rather seek out as I mention above.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

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

Photo of grover37
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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