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
Silver wax = 2018

Added by cretemixer on 12-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#714
Reviews:
1,306
Ratings:
4,367
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2005 vintage... OMG! This is an incredible beer.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skiking70
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BWood
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: midnight motor oil. No real head. Viscous.

S: sweet. Vanilla Carmel toffee.

F: very sweet. Vanilla shines. Toffee and caramel flavors hit.

F: thick viscous and smooth. Ultra creamy.

O: a great beer by any means. On the sweet side. Just be ware.

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Photo of brn9000
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JAMN4U
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Badger2121
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of raisins and plums both on the nose and taste. Very syrupy and sweet. Overall very good but not my favorite.

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

Photo of Vixie
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black beer with just a touch of a tan head that soon dissipates into nice lacing across the top. This is one on the absolute darkest beers I have ever come across., could have used this to view the eclipse.

Kind of a sweet smell, caramel, malt, toffee, vanilla, and probably other things I'm missing.

Starts out sweet, almost a Belgian candy sugar taste to it. There's vanilla and coffee and chocolate as well. This is easily one of the most complex beers I have tried. The alcohol is well hidden, just some warmth at the finish.

Thick and smooth feel, as I expect from the style.

Not sure what I can add that hasn't been said before. This is a very big beer, with a very complex flavor profile. Easily one of the best beers I have tried, there is just a lot going on here. My only regret is I don't have another bottle to age, I would like to try one after a year or so of aging. Definitely worth a try, if you can land a bottle.

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Photo of Grovejr20
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of darktronica
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't have much to say that hasn't been said, but this is based on the May 2018 release. Sticky and sweet, vinous, with subdued coffee and vanilla notes and a dry finish.

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

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I just had a 17 last weekend and was underwhelmed with flavor for it being my first and everything you hear about how it needs aging. I will be reviewing a 2016 bottle. Bomber poured into a pint glass.
So this beer pours out like motor oil. Very thick and dark. Doesn't form any crown whatsoever in the glass.
The smell is a lot of sweetness. Caramel, vanilla, molasses, figs. Just a ton in there. Some tobacco notes as well.
The taste is very much the same as the smell. I do get how some people would think this is too sweet, especially since this has 2 years of aging on it. But it's right up my alley. I love that sweetness.
The mouthfeel is thick. It coats the mouth and stays.
Overall, this is a much better experience than the 17 for me. I loved this. So sweet, so good.

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Photo of peterpunk15
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngEo
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NappyB
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tazmon
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle. Sweet with almost no alcohol burn.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Samact
3.01/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Black, thick, syrupy beer with a quickly fading head. No lacing. Chocolate, root beer and coffee nose. Very sweet beer, thick, tastes like chocolate and root beer barrel candy. It's a pretty great beer but a little too sweet for my liking.

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

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,367 ratings