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

Added by cretemixer on 12-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#667
Reviews:
1,299
Ratings:
4,338
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
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4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1000th check-in! (+3). Finally got around to doing this ‘14 - ‘17 Dark Lord vertical, below is a nice breakdown of each one. 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 ZEB89
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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Photo of IckyT2012
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jesterscf
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013

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Photo of JoeLev
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of edthehead
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle

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Photo of KensWorld
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 maroon wax bottle.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Ottoj55
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One year old bottle of the 2016 release in a snifter glass right out of the beer cellar at 48 degrees. Poured dark as ink with faint brown head that quickly faded. The smell is sweet, roasted grain, chocolate and vanilla. It drinks silly smooth with some alcohol warming and a sticky cloying mouthful. Noticeable dark malt flavors, espresso, chocolate, flavors from the added elements but masked under a sugary sweetness. It a whale I'm glad to have found but not one I'd hunt again.

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

Photo of Erik-P
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

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,338 ratings