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
Ratings:
4,265
Reviews:
1,284
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
Wants:
3,217
Gots:
2,088
For Trade:
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Ratings: 4,265 |  Reviews: 1,284
Photo of Dharmelink
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chackman151
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of taospowder
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black like used motor oil with a dark caramel head that goes away quickly. Can smell a lot of sweetness and dark fruit. Taste is very thick with lots of sugar and raisin.

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Photo of Egotist
4.84/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dohedan
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BNarc
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stefko
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kash2112
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ead73
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADG2995
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boccu
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black. Two finger deep brown head that fades slowly. Nice lacing. Aroma molasses, raisins and coffee. Taste is boom! Molasses, dark fruit juice, raisins, plums, burnt dark sugar, deep vanilla, tobacco, toffee, fig with a light apple strudel finish. Love this imperial stout. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of ssm462
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A friend of a friend of a friend had a 2013 shipped over to his house. I went over to his house at 10am and we had a little tasting. A 2016 prairie bomb, kbs 16, kbs 17 and finally had the dark lord. it pours motor oil thick with very little head. We used snifter for this one.

Look:
Dark rich, thick, very syrupy. Not much head retention and carbonation has decreased no doubt from aging.

smell:
alcohol and cherries. molasses and green apples. this is complex.

taste:
i think this beer is worth aging due to the high abv. its smooth and delicious. creamy but very sweet. lots of cherry and molasses. you can taste the toasted barley. maybe give it another 3 years? maybe you shouldn't age it at all?

feel:
smooth and tasty. low carbonation. great mouth feel.

overall:
this beer lives up to the hype. I'm glad i had a chance to try this awesome brew. I'm not a huge advocate for aging but this one definitely needs it. at 15% abv this is a beer you will have to share with others.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 blue wax edition. Poured into a Teku.

Look is a dark and thick stout. Minimal head, no lacing.

Smell is bakers chocolate, figs or raisin, and slight bourbon.

Taste follows the nose. This beer is sweet for sure. Booze has mellowed, and now it's balanced, and chocolates.

Mouth feel is thick, syrupy and complex.

Overall, it's a great stout. Very glad I finally drank a dark lord. I've sat on this for along time and I can't imagine it being better than it was today.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jangoon24
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PaulMM005
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Dark Lord

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
2.52/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Photo of heddar33
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baggedlunch
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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 DoubleABaird
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage (5 years of age)

L: Motor oil black with only a wisp of dark tan head. Poor retention and the beer is fully opaque.

S: Strong malt sweetness with notes of raisins, dried figs, tobacco, port wine, and light traces of leather. No roast or hop aromas. No apparent yeast derived aromas

T: High malt sweetness dominates the overall flavor. Notes of tobacco, port wine, bittersweet chocolate, dried figs, and raisins. As the beer warms, some toffee and sherry flavors mingle with the initial flavors.

F: Low to Medium-low body. No astringency. Moderately-low carbonation.

O: Very nice at five years of cellaring. Flavor is somewhere between an English Barley wine and a Belgian Dark Strong. This is an excellent example of what good cellaring can do to a great beer. No unwanted off-flavors. Really nice overall experience.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,265 ratings.
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