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
Silver wax = 2018

Added by cretemixer on 12-13-2002

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Photo of mdlb44
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of TasteTester
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sat on this bottle for 8 months, so I don't know quite what fresh is like.

A- Thick, black oil. Caramel colored head about a finger tall, frothy. Left more of a residue than a lacing on the glass.

S- Bitter chocolate, a little vanilla, some molasses, and the alcohol was present. Would almost sting the nostrils while drinking.

T- Very well rounded. Full bodied and delicious. Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, coffee/espresso beans. Alcohol doesn't bite like it does the nose.

M- Rich and creamy. Smooth all the way down. Flavors linger on the tongue and mouth.

D- All day every day, if I could.

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Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 and 2012 bottles opened together at Oscar's Stout Night. Thanks!

A: Both pour roughly the same color: brownish black with a small tan head.

S: Very raisiny with notes of maple and chocolate and dried fruit.

T: The 2012 is very fruity and very sweet - prune, raisin, cherry, chocolate. The 2011 has a fuller and more balanced flavor. More chocolate and body, and a little less sweet. No coffee notes in either.

M: Both are medium-bodied with fine carbonation.

O: I give the slight edge to the 2011 but neither were very enjoyable.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage drank with Anthony, Andrew and Joel

A - Pours a deep ebony colour with light visible, the head dies very quickly.

S - Tobacco , raisin, prunes , fig, dark chocolate.

T - Very sweet, with dark fruits and mollassis. no roast at all. The finish is boozy.

M - Moderate carbonation and surprisingly thin for a 15% stout, would describe as medium body.

O - Disappointed with this beer. I just don't get how overpowering sweetness translates into a world class beer. The ageing potential is there, and I would put down for 10 years or so before drinking

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Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Josholson666
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdFed
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Wolberjs
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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

Photo of victory4me
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of JeffSK
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dfillius
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of monitorpop
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ronricorossi
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Drucifer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of callmemickey
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage with white wax

A: Dark black body... moderate brown head quickly receded to a nice ring with some skim... very little lacing... looks intense

S: Massive roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and molasses... heavy presence of booze

M: Surprisingly delicate... lots of flavors going on but none of them bash into each other... smooth transitions between the roasted malts and coffee to the somewhat bittersweet chocolate and rich molasses... again, there is no mistaking the 13% ABV on this behemoth.

M: Tingly carbonation, just enough without becoming slightly fizzy... medium heavy body but the finish is short and sweet...

D: Very deserving of the attention it receives

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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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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