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Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4.27/5
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4,316 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 4,316 |  Reviews: 1,296
Photo of AndrewRWarren
1/5  rDev -76.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2015 "Vintage" Dark Lord that the forced on people in 2017 did not age well. It smelled and tasted like straight soy sauce. Disgusting.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eyenigma
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try the infamous Dark Lord. I opened a 2017, just to say I tried it. And will age the other one.

[LOOK] - Dark black with no real head to speak of.
[SMELL] - Booze on the nose with coffee notes or perhaps dark fruit or chocolate or spice.
[TASTE] - Very booze forward and the booze dominates the flavor. Will probably mellow out over time
[FEEL] - Very smooth and thin. No carbonation and it's very thin. Heat comes through on the tongue for sure.
[OVERALL] - Very good. Would love to try the variants to get a true mix of what 3 Floyds has to offer.

Bottom line: would certainly buy more if I could, but not sure it lived up to the hype. Being completely honest. Again, it's a 2017 so I might have opened too early.

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Photo of jcb7472
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheimbigner
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agrinnell
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Vintage. Bottle thanks to Ian.

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Photo of malfunxion
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hendryxdp
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2017 vintage, reviewed a week after its release. Review #666, a happy, black coincidence. \m/

Opaque, ebony, inky body that produces a creamy dark tan head, some lace remains. The nose is predominantly black cherry, followed by milk chocolate, intense sweetness, and a breath of soy sauce. Is this infected, or?... The taste is like cherry liqueur- bitter, spiced, and boozy. Reminds me of Fernet Branca. Flavor also produces more milk chocolate, cinnamon, dryer sheets, chalky dryness, some warming vanilla notes, more sweetness, and, 100% to its credit, only a tiny hint of that 15% booze. I give a lot of preference to the smell and taste for their potency and unabashed nature, and yet after I cut through that bravado I realize the great is only good and the good is mediocre, even distasteful and counterproductive. The body is full, a bit syrupy, thick, and a bit oily, with a surprising amount and delicacy of carbonation.
The flavor here was fine. I didn't wince at it like I do some, especially the high ABV beers. But as reasonable as my expectations were, and trust me, I more than adjust my expectations for hyped beers, this did not meet them. I could easily have justly, truly, and honestly lowered my smell and taste scores (possibly overall...) by .25 each, but in the interest of safeguarding against bias I was generous. Call it the celebrity treatment. I'm at a loss for words. Given the hype (which FFF does not temper, but why would they), the ABV, the lead-on label, and the price point, I think we deserve more.

A) Everything in this review is genuine and as devoid of bias as a human can be. B) This is NOT A RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT, so F FFF for employing a specific, craft designation. C) It just is not that good. It does not match the description on the bottle (see point B), and while it is decidedly enjoyable to imbibe, it falls far, FAR FAR short of the hype, and also of my basic expectations of what a beer, any beer, should be.

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Photo of Virby44
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeNSaYGooDByE
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2017 Bottle

L: Pours deep black with great thick creamy brown head. The lacing stays around long after it is poured, keeping a nice rim around the glass during.
S: Boozy, Vanilla, Cherries
T: Vanilla sweetness and burnt sugar. When colder it has a weird aftertaste that disappears as it warms. Hints of cherry and perhaps plum on the backside.
F: Great mouth feel. Thick but not syrupy (how I find BCBS). Leave a nice creaminess in your mouth after it is swallowed without being filmy.
O: Great beer, can see why people say it the best Dark Lord year yet. Must try if you come across it.

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Photo of rcjennings
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mickyge
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2116 version,
poured blackish thin head
smelled of cinnamon, raisins, molasses and vanilla
mouth feel was full and prickly
taste changed as it warmed, cinnamon and vanilla stands out the most.
slight boozey semi sweet finish hid the 15% abv well.

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Photo of MFMB
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle
Pours a deep jet black with little to no head. Nose is of coffee, molasses and light vanilla. Taste of roasted malts, light coffee vanilla, raisen bread and molasses. A little thinner body than I was expecting. Very smooth and clean finish to it. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Sam671217
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VonZipper
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NCCIndy
2.11/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of mando31
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2017 on tap at DLD

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,316 ratings
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