Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, poured into DFH snifter in celebration of not getting to go to Dark Lord Day. Served at 54 degrees straight from the cooler.

A: Hm. Why does it look thin? Reddish hues abound all along the edges, the center is black as night. Very little head. Definitely surprised, I thought it would be slicker in its appearance.

S: Fruity, boozy. Can you smell sweetness? It smells like a licorice bonbon.

T: Currants, cherries, plums immediately fill the mouth, and it opens up to include licorice, blackberry, black cherries. Very little in the way of roastiness. Very little coffee. Some chocolate but not nearly as much as I thought. Incredibly sweet. Like, wow. Cloying is a word that gets overused on this site, but Dark Lord is cloying. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Despite my initial concern about its appearance, the mouthfeel is thick and chewy, similar to Bourbon County. It lasts a long time on the palate, coats everything on the way down-- like a big stout should.

Overall: I love big, boozy, sweet stouts, but I'm going to be honest. I wanted to love this beer. It tasted like a thicker, slightly more drinkable version of DFH Worldwide stout to me. I got almost no coffee, no roast, no chocolate; it was almost all dark fruit, and was borderline sickeningly sweet. I split the bottle with my friend and I almost couldn't finish my glass. For what it's worth, my friend said it's one of the best beers he's ever had.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying some Dark Lord on for size.

2011 vintage thanks to bstyle:

Dark, coffee black body capped with a thin creamy ring of khaki carb. In the sunlight, there's some swampy brown clarity if you look for it. The legging in the glass is pretty absurd, a bit of lace to keep things interesting. This is about as big as a beer can look. I'm a little intimidated, a little emasculated... but still somehow excited for what's about to come.

Giant roasty, bittersweet malts conquer the schnoz. Smells like there might be some alcohol in this one. Black licorice, fudge brownie, molasses, red berries, cinnamon (?)... quite a lot going on here. I like.

Far more approachable than I had anticipated. It's big. It's sweet. It's oily. But I'm totally gonna dome this bottle in a sitting. There's rich, silky coffee flavors, fruity sweetness, fudge, even some oatmeal. I'm actually reminded of Sweet Horizon quite a bit, which is a compliment coming from me. Seems like it would make for the ultimate dessert beer. Especially since I'm sure this bottle holds more calories than a French silk pie.

Thanks a ton for this one Bobby! Now I can finally insert my own snarky little quips when people are making diabetes jokes!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

To honor Dark Lord Day, opened a bottle of 2010 Dark Lord to share with some non BA friends. Bottle poured into a plastic cup. Beer pours pitch black with little to no head, maybe a deep brown skim of film. Just looks thick.

Nose is dark chocolate and vanilla, a touch of smoky and roasted malt. Very aromatic.

Taste follows the nose, not as sweet as I remember this being. Rich dark chocolate, touch of vanilla, sweet caramel, light smoke and roasty bitterness. Finish lingers with dark chocolate on the tongue.

Full body, thick and viscous, sticking to the tongue with a tiny sip. A little age did this bottle some good as the alcohol and sweetness wasn't as much as I remember this being. Nice beer.

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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