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
Ratings:
4,273
Reviews:
1,286
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
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Photo of rkarimi
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So very excited to try this one. Thanks Matt! As expected, Dark Lord pours pitch black. Not expected, the thin dark tan head that virtually disappears. Wonderful aroma of deeply roasted grain, burnt toast, dark chocolate and coffee. Flavors follow with an added depth of sweetness. Vanilla was unapparent to me, however, this was not an issue as the roasted and sweet qualities combined exceptionally as it were. The feel is incredible. So rich and dense, smooth, almost oily, full, and ultimately balanced with bitterness mostly coming from roastiness. Overall, I can see why this beer is celebrated on such a high level. It is an exceptional RIS, and I am so thankful to have gotten my shot at it. Cheers!

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage, c ellared for 16 months
Look: motor oil black, 1 inch creamy khaki head that lasts forever
Smell: coffee, malt and a hint alcohol... you really don't get much vanilla
Taste: coffee, malt, sugar... you get a hint of vanilla and a little soy sauce at the end
Feel: velvet mouth feel, super full body and a slick oily finish.

Overall it's a good imperial stout, a legend that everyone should try once.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hudson2508
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerJ
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MNBeerTrader
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eyenigma
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheimbigner
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agrinnell
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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 +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hendryxdp
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustinSparks
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.34/5  rDev -22%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeNSaYGooDByE
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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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