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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
Ranking:
#662
Reviews:
1,297
Ratings:
4,318
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,213
Gots:
2,103
Trade:
199
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Ratings: 4,318 |  Reviews: 1,297
Photo of Tankeray
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jstarr2517
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joshjc83
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My old neighbor got a 2014 vintage (blue wax) bottle from a work colleague and shared it with me and my other old neighbor. Very grateful to have the opportunity to try a dark lord....but was very disappointed. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent was decent with coffee and vanilla presence. The taste was extremely sweet and lactosy. Was tough to pick up any other flavor. Honestly....i would have dumped it had it not been such a rare beer. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with very subtle if any carbonation. Overall I'm glad I didn't have to wait in line or pay egregious entrance fee for this one.

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Photo of brandonld23
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014

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

Photo of Muss42
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.81/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bottle - 2017 vintage

Pours black with a creamy brown foam head. Smells like dark chocolate, dark coffee, vanilla, dark caramel, dark molasses, dark brown sugar, some dark fruit, black cherry, raisin, mild soy sauce, light smoky char, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich dark chocolate, sweet brown sugar, dark roasty coffee, vanilla, dark caramel, dark molasses, dark fruit, cherry, raisin, mild soy sauce, some smoky char, with leafy floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-full bodied, thick and syrupy, slick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really great RIS.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pitch Black with two inch khaki head. Low carbonation.
Smell: Candied sugar, chocolate, molasses, and vanilla beans.
Taste: Candied sugar, chocolate, molasses, and vanilla beans.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.
Overall: A great imperial stout from 3 Floyd’s.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours viscous and motor oil black with no transparency and a thin ring of brown foam.

Rich sweet chocolate, coffee notes, a touch of vanilla, and nice roasted malt character.

Noticeable chocolate malt sweetness with notes of coffee, vanilla, and heavy roast.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, rich, chewy.

Overall, quite a nice sipper. Not one to chug but a nice beer to sip and let warm as character builds with temp increases.

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Photo of Wardt16
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a really interesting beer. Reviewing the 2017

L - Pitch black and super thick. No head but a small ring with no lacing.

S - Very sweet, dark, malty.

T - This is interesting unique. I understand why people say so sauce, but I won't go there. It's really sweet with lots of dark fruits and chocolate and malt. The barrel is wonderfully balanced.

M - This is like drinking velvet. This is one of the best mouthfeel of any beer
It's better than KBS.

O - Like many old school, super hyped beers, this is really unique. It's a great flavor, almost a mix of Belgian dark fruits and BA stout.

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

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Courtesy of @FFFjunkie's NBS BIF box. 2017 Vintage. Poured into 3 Floyd's Teku glass. It pours jet black. I held the glass to the sun and there were no hues. It has a full finger of creamy, khaki-colored head and extensive lacing. The nose features roasted malt, caramel, molasses, tobacco smoke, anise, and subtle dark fruit. Despite the subtlety of the fruit on the nose, the first thing I taste is ripe cherry, along with freshly brewed coffee, vanilla, oak, and molasses. The cherry is very sweet. There is a smoky, slightly spicy, bitter finish that is difficult to describe. This stout is creamy, almost chewy, with moderate carbonation, and the massive 15% ABV is remarkably well hidden. But it's dangerously potent. Sip this one carefully. I'm a great fan of the RIS style and I like to taste some dark fruit. This is probably the sweetest RIS I've ever tried. It's truly a dessert sipper. I'm really glad to have finally enjoyed this legendary stout.

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Photo of Mattybuchs
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jason1221
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2017 green wax bottle.

L - teku pour. Viscous and oily. Black as night. Foamy mocha colored head.

S - cherries... kind of tart cherries actually. This better not be infected. Sone molasses, some vanilla. Plums. Really it's dominated by semi sweet red cherry and not a lot else. Maybe some brown sugar. Toffee flavored salt water taffy.

T - sweetness, the roast, then ethanol and surprise... cherries throughout. It's not very complex. It taste like spiced rum soaked cherries. There's a tartness to it but it's definitely not infected. There's very slight vanilla and lots of carmelized sugar.

M - awesome here. Thick and frothy. Hot and heavy. Reminds me very much of bcbs with says a lot for mouthfeel.

O - it's good. Not need a ticket to acquire good though.

Value - won't be trading for this again.

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Photo of Flatbathtub
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rizzy17
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,318 ratings
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