Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.27/5
4,293 Ratings
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:
#643
Reviews:
1,290
Ratings:
4,293
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,213
Gots:
2,103
Trade:
198
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Ratings: 4,293 |  Reviews: 1,290
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage; drank 5/13/14 @ the Palace.

Purple/black color.

Minimal dark khaki head; no lace.

Fresh earth & candle wax nose.

Thick, syrup-y mouthfeel.

Bakers chocolate, fresh earth, candle wax & a hint of dark cherry. Not overly boozy, but still kinda raw. Needs time.

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Photo of DoubleABaird
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage (5 years of age)

L: Motor oil black with only a wisp of dark tan head. Poor retention and the beer is fully opaque.

S: Strong malt sweetness with notes of raisins, dried figs, tobacco, port wine, and light traces of leather. No roast or hop aromas. No apparent yeast derived aromas

T: High malt sweetness dominates the overall flavor. Notes of tobacco, port wine, bittersweet chocolate, dried figs, and raisins. As the beer warms, some toffee and sherry flavors mingle with the initial flavors.

F: Low to Medium-low body. No astringency. Moderately-low carbonation.

O: Very nice at five years of cellaring. Flavor is somewhere between an English Barley wine and a Belgian Dark Strong. This is an excellent example of what good cellaring can do to a great beer. No unwanted off-flavors. Really nice overall experience.

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

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

Photo of cherche
2.78/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

l: good looking beer, think when poured, nice thick mocha brown head, black body, retention is decent, didnt drink enough to actually see lacing
s: soy sauce. im sure there are other characteristics but when the first smell tastes like i should did some sushi in it everything sort of just stops there
t: surprisingly not soy sauce, which would be salty and bitter. this was sweet, too sweet. mostly just tasted like what i imagine an imperial stout with a few table spoons of sugar added would taste like. reminded me a bit of marshmallows.
f: decent mount feel for an imperial stout but with how sweet it was the thickness seemed like less of a positive
o: not good, not the worst. i didnt drink much because i dont want to drink much of a 15% abv beer i dont really like. i tend to agree with the "haters" on this more than the "hypers" but i can't say its the worst beer ive ever had, just not very good unfortnutely

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

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

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

Photo of Damian74
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Sour_Lord
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Really sweet

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of szmnnl99
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

L: Pitch black
S: Sweet burnt sugar. Dark chocolate and dark fruits.
T: A very heavy sugar forward bear. Get caramel and burnt sugar flavors up front. Finishes like a bitter/sweet honey glaze.
F: Very syrupy. Not 'thick' but had a syrupy feel to it

-2014 variant

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

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

2014 Vintage consumed on 12/24/16, almost 3 years of age. The beer pours with minimal head but has a very interesting burnt red hue along the rim. The flavor is very smokey, mouthfeel is thick. Very interesting.

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Photo of Alby
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brian29
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevBot89
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of beagleyx2
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Buck89
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version. Poured inky black with viscosity like motor oil. A then dark tan head that didn't stay long. Aromas of roasted coffee, rich chocolate, and caramel. Super rich chocolate taste. The feel was huge, silky, and chewy. Some notes of coffee, vanilla, and molasses. A gentle warming on the back palate, but did not seem boozy.

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,293 ratings
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