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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

3,273 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,273
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 2,739
Gots: 1,455 | FT: 93
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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Ratings: 3,273 | Reviews: 1,151 | Display Reviews Only:
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wolf_switzer

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

05-11-2014 06:19:08 | More by wolf_switzer
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ToadiesForCody

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

03-05-2014 21:20:39 | More by ToadiesForCody
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-27-2014 21:02:30 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-24-2013 03:44:10 | More by Hopsiam14
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clay23

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-30-2014 02:26:08 | More by clay23
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

08-08-2013 14:25:31 | More by alex_hart
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waltonc

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

2008 bottle.

A: Viscous oily black, with small tan head.

S: Soy sauce, chocolate, molasses, salted caramel, super deep roasted coffee, and thickness. Yes, this smells thick.

T: Again, soy sauce is the first thing that comes to mind. Burnt, salty soy. Molasses, chocolate, maybe a little vanilla, and coffee. Lots of sugar in here.

M: Thick, sticky, beef jerky-like body, with medium carbonation. Carbonation is just right.

D: Can't drink a ton of this. Heavy, thick, sweet, and high ABV = not the most drinkable of beers.

01-03-2009 02:13:56 | More by waltonc
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Wolberjs

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-07-2014 23:51:21 | More by Wolberjs
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MCain04

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-12-2013 23:12:03 | More by MCain04
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%

Thanks to Quatertill2 for the trade on this.

A- Black. If you hold it to the light, there's a little tiny bit of brown around the edges. Leaves a brown stain around the glass. Head was dark dark brown, poured a couple fingers after a hard pour. It dissipates and begins to look like used oil.

S- Rich and heavy. Dark roasted malt, chocolate, fig, burnt sugar, oak, molasses, wood, alcohol.... smells absolutely wonderful. Mind blowing.

T- Sweet malt, balanced by dark roasted grains, some dark cherry, burnt malt, burnt sugar, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted espresso, alcohol, faint hops, lingering bitterness and sweetness, though both crazy strong, they're balanced.

M- The best mouthfeel. Ever. Period. Chewy, smooth, lingering, medium low carbonation... geez. it's perfect.

D- I love it. Insanely enough, if this beer was readily available, I'd drink it all the time. It's such a treat that you can't... but I think it would sell very well if it was available all the time, still. Five is not a good enough score. makes all the others, so far, look weak.

06-07-2007 03:40:45 | More by khiasmus
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance is very good. A deep deep black that sheds no light. Pours like oil. Smell is good as well. Some nice figs, coffee, curant and alchohol come through. Taste is very similar but there is the typical underlying "bacon greasy" taste. Mouthfeel is out of this world good. Heavy heavy beer with some carbonation. Oily and slightly sticky. Drinkability is average- I've had more drinkable RIS's but this one is very good for what it is.

06-27-2009 21:08:14 | More by supercolter
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-26-2013 22:11:14 | More by phishphorce
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sunofneurot

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-07-2014 14:38:23 | More by sunofneurot
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.9%

03-22-2014 02:35:46 | More by Fcolle2
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-16-2014 01:32:22 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11%

03-09-2014 20:02:11 | More by steamboatbrewer
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

2008 DL thanks to two great beernuts. Gtreid and my new regular Todd.

A: snifter. obsidian in color, with a huge coffee colored head. good retention level, with some big sticky lacing.

S: huge aromas of coffee, molasses, some black currents, raisins, some bittersweet chocolate, as well as some mahogany wood.

T: tons of molasses, rich roasted malts, leading to tons of coffee, raisins, soy, honey, pipe tobacco, some black currents. Holy shit this beer it so complex.

M: thick and beefy. low to mild carbonation level. massive palate on this.

D: wow! one bottle of this and I am out. So good, but I think it is definitely overhyped. major thanks to Grant and Todd for both bring a bottle out of the blue on the same day. what an experience.

08-07-2008 19:42:47 | More by paulthebeerguru
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bmmortale

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

08-17-2013 15:55:39 | More by bmmortale
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treyrab

California

4.45/5  rDev +4%

Big thanks to Jw347 for this phenomenal brew

A: Darkest beer I have ever seen. No light comes through this beast at all. It pours like syrup with a very small dark brown head.

S: The smell is like nothing I have ever smelled before. It is by far the most complex smelling beer I have ever had. Burnt fruit, burnt malt, burnt everything. A hint of alcohol as well as some hops in the nose too.

T: The taste is also the most complex taste I have ever had. Tons of burnt malt followed by coffee, chocolate, tons of dark fruits. The fruit flavors really develop in this beer, which is fantastic. So complex, I cannot possible point everything out.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. The mouthfeel is the thickest I have ever had and the drinkability - well, lets say you must split this bottle with someone. It was hard for me to even finish half and I loved this beer!

09-06-2008 03:39:29 | More by treyrab
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%

I had the opportunity to go to Dark Lord Day 2009, so I've had it on tap, but this review is for one of the bottles I bought, a 2009 22oz. poured into a pint glass. So good, I can't wait till March!

A: Pours as black as motor oil, and has a very slight, not even a finger, tan head to it.

S: Coffee, burnt molasses maybe? Mouth-watering might be a good, non-scientific term to use here.

T: Unreal. Coffee, chocolate, maybe some port, some sweetness, some bitterness. I really love this stuff.

M: Thick, syrupy and sticky, hardly any carbonation.

D: Honestly, when I had it at DLD, they were serving it in cups filled up to 5 or 6 ounces, and that was about perfect. I opened a bottle at home and ended up drinking it alone, as no one else wanted any. By the end of the bottle, I was wishing I had one of the 5 oz draft pours. DO NOT take on a whole bottle by yourself.

01-09-2010 01:49:37 | More by Lukafer
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C2H5

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

04-29-2012 11:46:53 | More by C2H5
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Rons35

Michigan

3/5  rDev -29.9%

02-19-2013 23:03:00 | More by Rons35
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RMelyon

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

06-21-2013 23:36:13 | More by RMelyon
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-13-2013 06:46:11 | More by HopsMatt
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%

2014 bottle; having had earlier vintages, this is the best one that I have had. I would normally rate this around 3.5 range

A- Pitch black, basically no carb. Thin lacing, coffee in color around the glass. Gums up the glass when swirled.

S- Very sweet smelling. Candied sugars, some distant dark fruit. The sweet malt plays a big factor in this.

T- Very sweet. I am glad that I shared this bottle. Too much for one person, and I love sweet beers. The dark fruit is just a bit more pronounced in the taste than the nose.

M- Kinda smooth, kinda creamy. Very little carb, but it works in this brew. This beer is so thick that it lingers for minutes.

O- By far the best vintage that I have had, that being said it is about a 4

05-10-2014 17:13:14 | More by gueuzedreg
Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 3,273 ratings.