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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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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4.5/5  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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to dogfishandi for splitting this bottle. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours out an oily black mess of a beer. This is a little bit of mocha foam that settles quickly and leaves a nice ring along the edges of my glass. Zero lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up notes of raisins, alcohol, vanilla, caramel, and some sort of earthiness. There is an Intelligentsia Coffe logo on the dise of the bottle, but I'm not pulling out much coffe in the nose.

T: This beer is crazy sweet. Wow. I've definitely never had a Russian Imperial Stout with such a unique flavor profile. I get big sweet right away (plums and raisins). But then I get some burnt, charred, oaky vanilla beans. There is an ever so slight sourness/booziness to these beer that just makes it absurdly complicated. This beer is something. That's for sure.

M: Full bodied beer. This brew is really cloying. It coats the palate, and refuses to let go until well after the glass has gone dry.

O: This beer is really good. My only problem with it is that I don't exactly know how to judge this beer. It's super sweet, super complicated, super wacky. I like it, but the sweetness is a bit much for my liking. I'm super thankful to have finally had a chance to try this. Now we'll have to rock the vertical.

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