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
Ranking:
#695
Reviews:
1,302
Ratings:
4,352
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of peterpunk15
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngEo
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NappyB
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tazmon
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle. Sweet with almost no alcohol burn.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Samact
3.01/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black, thick, syrupy beer with a quickly fading head. No lacing. Chocolate, root beer and coffee nose. Very sweet beer, thick, tastes like chocolate and root beer barrel candy. It's a pretty great beer but a little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of grapeshops
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2017 edition, had 12/1/17.

Pours dark, opaque, with a half inch head of quickly dissipating darker foam and some spotty lacing. Aromas of malt, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, figs, some coffee and molasses, light coconut and smoke. Smells great. The taste also leads with the malt, then cocoa, vanilla, light bourbon- more as it warms, oak, caramel, raisins, figs, some coffee and chocolate, light molasses, a hint of anise. Very smooth for the ABV, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Great aroma, very good flavor, I certainly enjoyed it. Depending on the price offered, well worth a purchase.

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Photo of fossage78
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of bubseymour
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet and smoky. Buttery mouthfeel.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1,000th check-in! (+3). Finally got around to doing this ‘14 - ‘17 Dark Lord vertical, below is a nice breakdown of each one in the order I tried them. It was a tight race between 2015 and 2016 as the best of the bunch. Averaged bumped to a 4.5.

2014
Pours pitch black, syrupy, no head, tan thin lace.

Nose is very sweet, roasty, molasses. Dark fruit. Soy sauce finish.

Flavors match a lot of the nose characteristics. Sweet, dark chocolate, roasty coffee finish

Syrupy body, very sticky. Low carb, smooth finish.

2017
Pours dark brown, almost black, nice low head of brown foam, thin lace.

The nose is good on this. Roasty coffee, vanilla, slight stinging bitter molasses quality.

Coffee and vanilla dominate this one. Molasses, hints of soy. Bitter finish.

Body is thin, sticky, but very smooth.

2015

Pours black, nice tan head of foam that bubbles away quickly.

Nice sweet nose, vanilla and dark roast coffee. Hints of molasses and dark fruit.

Bitter coffee, sweet vanilla, roasty finish. Good balance.

Medium body, not too syrupy and thick. Smooth finish, great carb for a 2 year old bottle.

2016

Pours pitch black, nice tan head of foam, thin but even lace retention.

Great nose. Roasty, chocolate, vanilla, very mellow soy and molasses to round it out. A little bit of everything.

Sweet, chocolatey, bitter. Hints of vanilla sweetness and dark fruits. Slightly bitter finish.

Thick and syrupy, very sticky. Not a bad body but a little too sticky and syrupy.

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Photo of sd123
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer here. This was the oldest bottle of beer I've ever had, drank during Super Bowl LII. This was a 2011 vintage of Dark Lord. Wow! At first, this beer was really sweet, and had an incredibly strong and raw alcohol bite. I let it warm up, and this was lovely. There was a beautiful mix of dark sugar, dark roast coffee, almost a note of brandy (even though this wasn't barrel aged), vanilla, and roasted malt. It was very complex and delicious.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REVZEB
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duncian
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erjadams
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lebriarjr
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fatjapanesebaby
1.77/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

2014.... blue. Very very disappointed. Way too sweet and very low carbonation. Hope the other years were better.

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,352 ratings