Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout
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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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

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Ratings: 4,341 |  Reviews: 1,299
Photo of Lawnboy33
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of claytong
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yellow wax aka 2011, wish i had a vintage next to to compare but i can tell already this is too young for this beer.

appearance - black as night. slight mocha head. good retention and lacing.

smell - lots of sugar, coffee, cream, roasted malts, toffee, molasses

taste - much of the same with some salt, syrupy

mouthfeel - minor cloying, salty, sugary and just odd

age will do this fellow terrific i believe, however fresh is eh

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Robertdoesbeer for this bottle

2006 vintage

A - this stout pours Black Hole black, with a half finger thick dark brown head, that fizzes and is darker around the edge of the glass

S - smells like a dark red wine with chocolate hints, dark fruit aromas like figs, the aroma is so thick and rich its overpowering, i cannot smell any hops at all

T - damn, this is a complex stout, ok, here we go, warming dark red wine flavors up front, these melt away into dark chocolate and slight coffee flavors associated with high quality imperial stouts, and the finish is a combination of these chocolate flavors and dark fruit flavors normally associated with barleywines, the aftertaste is rich and poignant, a strong bitter coffee flavor, this beer may make me move to Indiana

M - this is a thicker than thick beer, closer to syrupy than thick, its smooth and warming, and this is very palatable especially for such a high ABV, extremely impressed

D - again, drinkability is very high, a rich thick warm taste, smooth and palatable especially for such a high ABV, that ABV is the only drawback in the drinkability

the hype surrounding this brew is immeasurable, and it not only lived up to it but surpassed it as well, a quality brew with complex flavors, thanks again to Robertdoesbeer, never would've gotten my hands on any without him

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Photo of jbwimer
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Basoos1
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

A-oily blackish brown with a thin light tan head that disappears

S-burnt dark roasted chocolate malts. definitely smells woody. i smell the port wine aroma as well. its a strong scent. really rare and great.

T-comes in thick like dark chocolate syrup with a sweetness that's extremely drinkable. it just slides down your throat so easily leaving so many flavors behind. the dark roasted cocoa and coffee beans are very evident. the tastes are of high quality. there's a thick oily bitterness that's very appreciated.

M-very thick with low carbonation and an oily finish

O-a bomber can be finished by one's self. it is a great stout, very very drinkable. the ABV could never be guessed to be so high. it goes down almost in a quaffable ease. this is an extreme beer though that everyone needs to try.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-This beer poured an oil black with a thin brown head.

Smell- Wonderful smells of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Nice hints of the 13% alcohol.

Taste- Very good!! Very complex. All sorts of wonderful flavors like coffee, dark chocolate, and maybe molasses. The alcohol is detectable but well hidden.

Mouthfeel-Thick and creamy with low carbonation.

Overall-Incredible! Perhaps worth a trip to Dark Lord day next year? Hmmm. Maybe.

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of mscudder
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IndyDad
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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 HookemHoos
3.5/5  rDev -18%

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 cuvtcuv
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 imyourhero21
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SweetChicken
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of antoines15
2.46/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2011 bottle shared with J Bird and SB. Pours dark and thick and looks pretty good at this point. Unfortunately, it goes downhill from there. The smell doesn't really bring anything of note to the table. Taste is obnoxiously sweet, no coffee flavors at all, no flavor of any kind, just a sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, not too sticky, but the sweetness is all I can think about. Overall I was not impressed with this version. I liked it on tap at the release party but it has only gotten worse from there. I'm not sure if this is legal but I poured out about half of my glass. The Cardinals just hit a walk-off home-run to take game 6. OMG, what a game!

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2.65/5  rDev -37.9%

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

Wow. This is a stellar RIS. A thick brown head forms atop a black viscous fluid. Retention is nice and the lacing is sticky, very good looking.

Smell is sweet chocolate and caramel malts. Roasted dark grains and coffee. An undercurrent of dark fruits from raisins and prunes to figs and dates. There is a touch of chocolate cherries as well. Burnt sugar and molasses swirl in and out, bringing notes of sweet alcohol.

Taste is chocolate, espresso, and charred sugar. The chocolate cherries really come through now. The thick and full feeling allow the flavors to hang on your tongue for luscious amounts of time. Burnt sugary molasses and charred caramel flow in a viscous fashion. Dark bready malts peep through here and there and blend with the sweet alcohol. Bittering is low and mellow. Just enough to dry the finish and leave a touch of charcoal and toasted buttered molasses bread.

Drinkabiity is criminal for a beer of this strength. Maybe I should give it a five.

Just superb. The taste of this beer would rate a 5.5 if I could.

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Photo of Williaar
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of alpinebryant
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition

Pours an Oil Black with a light tan head around the edges.

Smell of strong raisins, Toffee, Caramel, roasted malts, sweetness all around. Smell is still slightly boozy after a year. A few more years in a cellar would probably not hurt.

Taste of Raisins , strong caramelized sugars, Dark Fruits abound, Coffee and lots of chocolate. Like a barleywine ages, I can only imagine this gets more smooth by the year but it is drinking great right now for slighly over year old. Very smooth, vanilla characters strongly present. I will open my next '09 a few years from now.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, just like motor oil. Its thickness lived up to the hype, just not the hype I had seen about it being like drinking swamp muck. Thick Dark Chocolate Candy Syrup/ Oil Viscosity is right on the money.

After staring at this bottle for a year, the time had finally come to open the 2009. My first taste was up to par with what I had expected. Another great beer by 3F.

2012 review of 2009 White wax cap:
After reading my review from 2010, the one thing that has clearly changed is that it is more rounded out and most if not all hotness has faded. The head was not visibly present when poured, and it seems to be nice and still overall. I do pick up some chocolate milk flavors that remind me of the lunch cartons I used to drink in Elementary school in a way. Tons of roastiness, but the milk chocolate flavors may be more present or noticeable than I remember them. Three years of aging seems to have done a great job on this beer.

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,341 ratings