Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout
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
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#1,102
Reviews:
1,312
Ratings:
4,394
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +11%
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage.

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3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a highly viscous pitch black color. Aroma a bit muted but picked up some sweet sweet vanilla and coaco. The taste is extraordinary sweet. Diabetes in a glass. Notes of vanilla and overly sweetened chocolate brownie batter, coffee seems to be missing. It only became more sweet at room temp, intensifying the sweetened ‘baked goods’ to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich and smooth. Overall it’s a thick luscious sweet stout. No notes of coffee by any means, instead its a thick laden desert. Some have described it as tasting like soy sauce which I disagree. However, be sure to share with others, the sweetness leaves one glass pour being more than enough.

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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

7000th review! 22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, cream, fudge, cake batter, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, and toasted dark bread; with light notes of smoke, char, leather, tobacco, sherry, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, cream, fudge, cake batter, licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, and toasted dark bread; with light notes of smoke, char, leather, tobacco, sherry, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very mild hop, roast, char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, cream, fudge, cake batter, licorice, dark fruit, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, sherry, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and fruity yeast flavors; with a solid hop/roast bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and extremely full body; with a very creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel the is perfect; lightly slick/syrupy. Minimal sticky hops, chalky roast, or dryness. Minimal warmth of 15%, with zero booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane flavored Russian imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the minimally bitter/drying finish. Insanely rich and complex; with perfect balance of malts, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and fruity yeast. This is the smoothest 15% stout I've ever had. Completely lived up to the original hype it had in the early years. A world class RIS.

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 4,394 ratings