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:
#710
Reviews:
1,306
Ratings:
4,363
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of BWood
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: midnight motor oil. No real head. Viscous.

S: sweet. Vanilla Carmel toffee.

F: very sweet. Vanilla shines. Toffee and caramel flavors hit.

F: thick viscous and smooth. Ultra creamy.

O: a great beer by any means. On the sweet side. Just be ware.

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Photo of brn9000
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JAMN4U
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Badger2121
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of raisins and plums both on the nose and taste. Very syrupy and sweet. Overall very good but not my favorite.

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

Photo of Vixie
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black beer with just a touch of a tan head that soon dissipates into nice lacing across the top. This is one on the absolute darkest beers I have ever come across., could have used this to view the eclipse.

Kind of a sweet smell, caramel, malt, toffee, vanilla, and probably other things I'm missing.

Starts out sweet, almost a Belgian candy sugar taste to it. There's vanilla and coffee and chocolate as well. This is easily one of the most complex beers I have tried. The alcohol is well hidden, just some warmth at the finish.

Thick and smooth feel, as I expect from the style.

Not sure what I can add that hasn't been said before. This is a very big beer, with a very complex flavor profile. Easily one of the best beers I have tried, there is just a lot going on here. My only regret is I don't have another bottle to age, I would like to try one after a year or so of aging. Definitely worth a try, if you can land a bottle.

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Photo of Grovejr20
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darktronica
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't have much to say that hasn't been said, but this is based on the May 2018 release. Sticky and sweet, vinous, with subdued coffee and vanilla notes and a dry finish.

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

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

I just had a 17 last weekend and was underwhelmed with flavor for it being my first and everything you hear about how it needs aging. I will be reviewing a 2016 bottle. Bomber poured into a pint glass.
So this beer pours out like motor oil. Very thick and dark. Doesn't form any crown whatsoever in the glass.
The smell is a lot of sweetness. Caramel, vanilla, molasses, figs. Just a ton in there. Some tobacco notes as well.
The taste is very much the same as the smell. I do get how some people would think this is too sweet, especially since this has 2 years of aging on it. But it's right up my alley. I love that sweetness.
The mouthfeel is thick. It coats the mouth and stays.
Overall, this is a much better experience than the 17 for me. I loved this. So sweet, so good.

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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

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,363 ratings