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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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3,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,515
Reviews: 1,171
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,848
Gots: 1,525 | FT: 103
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 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 added by: cretemixer on 12-13-2002)
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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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.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Thanks to abankovich for a trade that moved this great brew from the Midwest to the wastelands of eastern Washington. I shared a bottle with my local bear buddy, imacoug. We poured it from a capped and waxed bottle into chalices.

A: It had a black as night and thick inky body. The head rose from an aggressive pour to one and a half fingers of chocolate. There were chunks of sediment that plopped into the glass as the beer was poured. The head retained well before finally receding to an even thin cover over the top of the liquid. There was a nice leggy lacing that clung to the side of the glass much longer than I expected for such a high ABV brew.

S: It emitted a milk chocolate front with burnt malts and a coffee back. The chocolates included bitter dark and the coffee aroma was a mix of expresso and latte. There were several hints of dark fruits but they were hard to differentiate due to the powerful chocolate and coffee aromas.

T: It hits with a bitter chocolate espresso profile that is well balanced and hides the massive alcohol well. I expected it to finish cleaner but the bitter lingering flavor was not unpleasant. The chocolate was a subtle blending of milk and bitter and the coffee tasted burnt and robust.

M: IT was silky smooth and full bodied with almost a chewy texture. There was an initial burst of carbonation that played out and the finish was warming. However, there was a bitter aftertaste that was distracting but not overwhelming.

D: It is a powerfully wonderful beer but one that is so full bodied, rich and with a massive ABV that one bottle may tap me out (two at most) for a session. I could have mini sessions with this brew frequently.

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. Pours thick, not many bubbles popping up until the pour ends. Close to one centimeter of cappucino brown head. Not an excess of retention, but a little bit of lace and a ring of delectable microbubbles remains. Smells of wine grapes, fructose, sugary malts, maybe a bit of sherry. Not much roast or other nuances beyond the ripe fruits.

Tastes of ripe plums, caramelized sugars, prune. Lots of sweetness, but also some nice ripe dark fruits. The finish has some roast to it, but it does finish sweet. Chewy, silky body with a moderate level of smooth creaminess. Definite dessert beer, somewhat cloying. I do really enjoy Dark Lord, the older the better. The most recent vintage is not drinking nearly as nicely as this 2008.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
96 out of 100 based on 3,515 ratings.