Port Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.61/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Opening the bottle immediately you know it is Dark Lord. The scent wafts out of the bottle. It is pitch black with minimal dark brown head. The smell is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and oatmeal. You get some fruitiness and hints of oak. The Port gives a little added sweetness and definitely some tannins. This beer had some serious depth. It was a fun experience to share with friends, and while it isn't bourbon vanilla it was quite a tasty variant.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 15:24:53 | More by PHBoiler
4.5/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Where recent releases of Dark Lord has been slowly turning away from "Stout" flavor and preferring a sweeter and more alcoholic embrace, it might be more aptly termed a "barley liqueur". At the determent to Stout fans, it sets itself up nicely for the addition of port barrel aging.
Dark and lavish, its highly viscous appearance is a cloudy black with a delicate and creamy froth that gently rises with a quick swirl. The ale doesn't really work too hard with its foam formation, retention or lace as it takes on a demeanor that's just as comparable to cognac and brandy, aside from its darkness.
But its that devilish aroma that melts the heart as much as it does the nostrils. Dark chocolate, espresso, black-strap molasses, hazelnuts, and toast all align on the olfactory senses. But then rises a succulent vinous note that highlights the already complex charred fruit flavor of the Stout. But also complements with the tobacco-sweetened, leather and sweet honey that Port offers. Its dark fruits highlight not only grape, but also plumb, figs, dates, raisins and prunes for the perfect counterpart to its sweetness.
Even more powerfully flavored, its nearly chewy chocolate covered espresso bean flavor, black-strap molasses, and honey-dipped sweetness only allows the port barrel complemnts to do just that- complement and not command the taste. Its immense sweetness invites the taste of roasted nuts, grilled dark fruit, charred toast, bittersweet chocolate to ooze about the mouth like silk. Its milkshake consistency is tempered with the mild acidity and wood spice that the barrel allows.
As expected, its thick and chewy body is almost perverse. Like creamy barley and port infused coctail, its high alcohol warmth resonates on the palate like fine liqueur. Its long draw across the middle is intended to sit and saturate the mouth fully and to resist the beer-like effect of drying or finishing. Certainly cloying, the beer is meant for sipping and not for drinking. Its slow and savoring demeanor allows it to stem well into the next sip- much like after dinner digestive.
Dark Lord is slowly becoming its own animal and resists being tied to any one particular style. Its heading into the world of Utopias, Black Tuesday, and Tactical Nuclear Penguin- showing not what beer has been but what it could be. This barley liqueur is only further propelled by the perfect port counterpart here.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2013 17:50:06 | More by BEERchitect
Port Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.