Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

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
Maroon wax = 2015 15% ABV
Black with glitter flecks wax = 2016
Green with silver glitter = 2017 - New Label
Silver wax = 2018

Added by cretemixer on 12-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,133
Reviews:
1,315
Ratings:
4,399
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 (drank in 2014). Pours a dark black. The aroma is quite sweet & boozy --there's molasses, chocolate, vanilla, sugar & slightly fruit. Tastes is very sweet. Strong vanilla, chocolate and burnt sugar. The booziness is definitely on the strong side. Very smooth & thick. One of the best RIS.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
3.4/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

I love to hate on Dark Lord - it's such an infamous beer that you will only rarely encounter someone who does not have an opinion about the beer. Personally speaking, I don't get any soy sauce from the beer - but, it's such a sweet, sticky, syrupy mess that it literally makes my teeth hurt.

How they turned this awful base in to such amazing barrel-aged variants is baffling to me - but that thick body sure does take adjuncts well.

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

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4.75/5  rDev +11%
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 Dark Lord from bomber with Green and silver glitter wax

A: Boozy with vanilla, cinnamon, molasses, coco, rasin and mild coffee

A: Opaque black with almost no head.

F: Lightly roasted malt filled with chocolate, vanilla, and light coffee. Some mild spices, plum, and sweet brown sugar. Good but a little reserved.

M: Bold and full, almost chewy mothfeel. Heavy, massive weight. Lingering coffee, chocoate and vanilla on the pallet. Finishing very sweet.

O: Enjogable with balanced flavors that remains somewhat reserved in today's bold BA beers; a nice change. The mouthfeel is the extreme part of this beer as with such a heavy and full body, almost too chewy. Enjoyable but im not sure it matches the extreme expectations set a round this beer's legacy.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 edition. Poured from a yellow wax sealed bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour. Thin brown head... modest ring of lacing.

S: Rich and roasty... sweetness and char... cocoa, coffee, and dark fruit.

T/F: Massive and complex. Sweet, succulent, and roasty. Vanilla, dark fruits, burned sugars all mixed with roast character. Mild espresso.. tobacco, red wine, molasses, and plum. Velvety and smooth... low carbonation. Oily and slick.

O: Simply one of the finest beers I've ever had. Sweet, rich, and absolutely delicious. Worthy of the hype... and at 7 years this bottle was fantastic. A slow sipping treat.

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4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
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2017 bottle.

Super delicious, decadent, tons of creamy milk chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and a light touch of roasted coffee beans without any bitterness. No bitterness whatsoever and only the smallest trace of alcohol heat. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy and coating. low carbonation but the bottle opens with a good hiss. No soy sauce flavor. Not overly sweet of cloying to my palate, despite many other reviews that say so. Honesly, I expected more hop character and bitterness but I’m glad it turned out so smooth, pleasantly sweet, and full of balanced creamy malt character. How is there no lactose in this brew??

This is so much more than I expected.

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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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5/5  rDev +16.8%
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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,399 ratings