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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

Added by cretemixer on 12-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#658
Reviews:
1,296
Ratings:
4,316
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,213
Gots:
2,103
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emeyer
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goalie35
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of colts9016
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer has been a Whale for me to get. I have wanted to try this beer now for 8 years. My dear Friend Dan gave this me for my 1000th beer. I am celebrating today of all days. My life is making a turning point and I finally hit the 1000 beer marker. Thank you so very much for this opportunity. Poured into my Surly glass at 47 degrees, I will allow this beer to warm a bit more. The pour on the beer was thick, like molasses. The head that formed was one finger dark tan head with fair retention. The beer is darker than the ace of spades and opaque. Nothing is going pierce this inky black beer. Some carbonation is visible from the side but the beer is darky abyss waiting to be discovered. Some lacing on the glass is left on the glass.

The Nose on this beer is huge, dark roasted malt, a touch of char, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, soy sauce, wood, earthy, floral, caramel, dark roasted coffee, stone fruit, yeast, vanilla anise, and some ethanol notes.

The beer has a super dark roasted malt, cola note, vanilla, earthy, floral, dark caramel, earthy, dark roasted malt, vanilla, anise, stone fruit, yeast, dark chocolate, like an oatmeal note, and touch of char.

The mouthfeel is like anything I have ever had in a beer is velvety smooth, just the right amount of carbonation, super chewy, heavy body, and long sensual finish.

The beer is simply beautiful, well crafted, balanced, and hide the ABV so well. For a young beer 2017 it is a work of art. The balance in this beer is just ridiculous. Absolutely one of the best examples of a RIS

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of J_Mueller
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2017 bottle share, it pours pitch black with a small brown head that faded slowly and left minimal spotty lacing. Mean looking stout, as expected.

Smells of molasses, soy sauce, syrup, toffee, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, dark chocolate, smoked malts, peat moss, roasted malts and earthy notes. Rich, complex and full of deep chocolate and malty notes.

Flavor is everything I hoped for at this young stage: dark chocolate, roasted grains, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, soy sauce, rum or dark spirits, vanilla, Coca Cola, peat moss, brownie batter and light ashy notes. It's sweet, but for a young version this is phenomenal. Incredibly smooth and ridiculously easy to drink at this stage, it hides the ABV masterfully and will only get better with age. A world class beer and one of my white whales, happy to have tried this masterpiece.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tankeray
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshjc83
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My old neighbor got a 2014 vintage (blue wax) bottle from a work colleague and shared it with me and my other old neighbor. Very grateful to have the opportunity to try a dark lord....but was very disappointed. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent was decent with coffee and vanilla presence. The taste was extremely sweet and lactosy. Was tough to pick up any other flavor. Honestly....i would have dumped it had it not been such a rare beer. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with very subtle if any carbonation. Overall I'm glad I didn't have to wait in line or pay egregious entrance fee for this one.

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Photo of brandonld23
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014

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

Photo of Muss42
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle - 2017 vintage

Pours black with a creamy brown foam head. Smells like dark chocolate, dark coffee, vanilla, dark caramel, dark molasses, dark brown sugar, some dark fruit, black cherry, raisin, mild soy sauce, light smoky char, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich dark chocolate, sweet brown sugar, dark roasty coffee, vanilla, dark caramel, dark molasses, dark fruit, cherry, raisin, mild soy sauce, some smoky char, with leafy floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, thick and syrupy, slick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really great RIS.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch Black with two inch khaki head. Low carbonation.
Smell: Candied sugar, chocolate, molasses, and vanilla beans.
Taste: Candied sugar, chocolate, molasses, and vanilla beans.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.
Overall: A great imperial stout from 3 Floyd’s.

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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours viscous and motor oil black with no transparency and a thin ring of brown foam.

Rich sweet chocolate, coffee notes, a touch of vanilla, and nice roasted malt character.

Noticeable chocolate malt sweetness with notes of coffee, vanilla, and heavy roast.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, rich, chewy.

Overall, quite a nice sipper. Not one to chug but a nice beer to sip and let warm as character builds with temp increases.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a really interesting beer. Reviewing the 2017

L - Pitch black and super thick. No head but a small ring with no lacing.

S - Very sweet, dark, malty.

T - This is interesting unique. I understand why people say so sauce, but I won't go there. It's really sweet with lots of dark fruits and chocolate and malt. The barrel is wonderfully balanced.

M - This is like drinking velvet. This is one of the best mouthfeel of any beer
It's better than KBS.

O - Like many old school, super hyped beers, this is really unique. It's a great flavor, almost a mix of Belgian dark fruits and BA stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,316 ratings
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