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
Silver wax = 2018

Added by cretemixer on 12-13-2002

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 1/21/11, with fellow BA'a AngryNucleus and BeRanger. Beer #6 of the night.

2011 vintage, yellow wax. 6 oz. pour into a Founders snifter.

A: Black with a lot of red hues. A half-inch of off-white head sitting atop motor oil. Beautiful.

S: Such an odd combination for the nose: pepper-jack, chocolate, and maybe some soy sauce.

T: Chocolate and chili powder. This reminds of chili or good mole sauce. There is so much going on in here that it's tough to pick all of the flavors out. For a 15% beer, where is the booze? It's concealed well by the dominant peppery flavor.

M: Sticky, sweet, and full. This really is like motor oil. It coats the mouth fully.

O: Dark Lord is unlike any imperial stout I have ever had. I have had the 2011 3 times now, and it confuses my taste buds every single time. I am not afraid to admit that I don't fully get this beer. All I know is that I enjoy it's unique flavor profile and the challenge that it provides every time I drink it.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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

Served from a yellow wax 2011 bottle into a snifer.

A: Pours jet back with a light rim of off-head head. A little bit of lacing but not much.

S: Pepper, Chocolate, Roasted Malts.. I can't single out a lot of the smells here, kind of interesting.

T: Outstanding, it's such a unique RIS. I can't believe this is 15% let alone an imperial stout. So much going on - chocolate, roasted malts, pepper, vanilla, and dark fruits. The taste is very sweet.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

O: This was a very interesting and outstanding RIS. Such a unique flavor, it was great to try.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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2/5  rDev -53.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010, green wax, 22 oz bottle, sampled with the four 2011 barrel variants.

Pours a thick, opaque black with a thin, transient dark mocha head. Boozy and hot aroma of chocolate and coffee, slightly fruity, minimal roast. Flavor is similar, bordering on too sweet with a slight bitter finish; light fruit notes under the strong and syrupys chocolate and coffee malt. Thick, viscous, chewy body with low carbonation and a hot finish. First time trying to a regular Dark Lord (not sure why I never opened a bottle before) and enjoyed this more than I expected.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to lurchingbeast for sending this my way!

2011 vintage. 22oz capped and waxed bottle, a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out completely opaque black. a small mocha colored head that quickly settles to a thin ring. lots of thick legs and a bit of lace from a swirl of the glass.

very interesting, unique aroma. very different than your average impy stout. lots of complexity. sweet molasses, dark fruits, a very unique earthiness, almost vineous or grape like, caramel. alcohol is there, but never overpowers. also some vanilla, cherries, and a touch of maple sweetness.

the taste is much like the aroma, yet even more complex. very sweet. lots of that earthiness from the aroma, after a bit in the glass it almost takes on a slight meaty smoke flavor. big, sweet, thick molasses, dark chocolate covered dark fruits, sweet caramel, vanilla, burnt sugars all meld together so nicely to create such a wonderful unique tasting stout. alcohol is there, but again is never overpowering.

huge body, thick and sticky. viscous. syrupy, but totally in a good way. low carbonation.

one of the most complex beers ive ever had, which made it tricky to review. there is lots i dont even have words for. one of a kind, this tasted not even remotely close to any stout ive had before.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,352 ratings