Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout
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
Ranking:
#688
Reviews:
1,302
Ratings:
4,347
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
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Photo of 7irondave
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours viscous and motor oil black with no transparency and a thin ring of brown foam.

Rich sweet chocolate, coffee notes, a touch of vanilla, and nice roasted malt character.

Noticeable chocolate malt sweetness with notes of coffee, vanilla, and heavy roast.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, rich, chewy.

Overall, quite a nice sipper. Not one to chug but a nice beer to sip and let warm as character builds with temp increases.

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

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a really interesting beer. Reviewing the 2017

L - Pitch black and super thick. No head but a small ring with no lacing.

S - Very sweet, dark, malty.

T - This is interesting unique. I understand why people say so sauce, but I won't go there. It's really sweet with lots of dark fruits and chocolate and malt. The barrel is wonderfully balanced.

M - This is like drinking velvet. This is one of the best mouthfeel of any beer
It's better than KBS.

O - Like many old school, super hyped beers, this is really unique. It's a great flavor, almost a mix of Belgian dark fruits and BA stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Courtesy of @FFFjunkie's NBS BIF box. 2017 Vintage. Poured into 3 Floyd's Teku glass. It pours jet black. I held the glass to the sun and there were no hues. It has a full finger of creamy, khaki-colored head and extensive lacing. The nose features roasted malt, caramel, molasses, tobacco smoke, anise, and subtle dark fruit. Despite the subtlety of the fruit on the nose, the first thing I taste is ripe cherry, along with freshly brewed coffee, vanilla, oak, and molasses. The cherry is very sweet. There is a smoky, slightly spicy, bitter finish that is difficult to describe. This stout is creamy, almost chewy, with moderate carbonation, and the massive 15% ABV is remarkably well hidden. But it's dangerously potent. Sip this one carefully. I'm a great fan of the RIS style and I like to taste some dark fruit. This is probably the sweetest RIS I've ever tried. It's truly a dessert sipper. I'm really glad to have finally enjoyed this legendary stout.

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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2017 green wax bottle.

L - teku pour. Viscous and oily. Black as night. Foamy mocha colored head.

S - cherries... kind of tart cherries actually. This better not be infected. Sone molasses, some vanilla. Plums. Really it's dominated by semi sweet red cherry and not a lot else. Maybe some brown sugar. Toffee flavored salt water taffy.

T - sweetness, the roast, then ethanol and surprise... cherries throughout. It's not very complex. It taste like spiced rum soaked cherries. There's a tartness to it but it's definitely not infected. There's very slight vanilla and lots of carmelized sugar.

M - awesome here. Thick and frothy. Hot and heavy. Reminds me very much of bcbs with says a lot for mouthfeel.

O - it's good. Not need a ticket to acquire good though.

Value - won't be trading for this again.

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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Serving: 1 Pt. 6 Fl. oz. bottle poured into a Founder's Backwoods Bastard snifter. 2017 edition with no bottling date that I can see.

A: I wish they all looked like this. I swear it looks barrel-aged. So thick and oily. So dark. Beautiful beer for a standard RIS.

S: Huge roast, oak, coffee, wood. Some anise, dark fruits. Even some pepper or peppercorn. Very inviting and not intimidating like some hoppy or boozy RIS's can be.

T: Oh yeah. Big sweetness up front. Some milk sugar, lactose, sweet coffee, vanilla, caramel. Finish is more roasty, even more coffee coming through. Some raisin, figs.

M: This is how it's done right here. Super thick and chewy. We're talking BCBS levels of mouthfeel here and this is a standard RIS. It's no wonder BVDL is so outrageously good.

O: This, ladies and gentlemen, is an all-time great. Back when it was the only one out there, it was unbeatable. But with the craft beer boom, people have moved away from this beer stating it's too sweet or sugary. Some of that may have to do with certain vintages though. For my money, this is hands down a top 10 all-time RIS. And that's in good company (Breakfast Stout and variants, Huna, Kuhnhenn AIS). I mean this is up there. The only thing keeping it from 5s across the board is probably that it is a LITTLE too sweet and syrupy at times. But if you dial that from 10 to maybe 8, then this beer is perfect. Some people prefer heavier stouts, more hop balance, more bitterness, more traditional RIS. But for me personally, this is how you do it.

Recommendation: It's obviously one of those bucket list beers. It's abundant enough to go get, so get it.

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

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,347 ratings