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:
4,252
Reviews:
1,283
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
Wants:
3,218
Gots:
2,083
For Trade:
191
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Ratings: 4,252 |  Reviews: 1,283
Photo of XBeerBellyT
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pitch black
S: Sweet burnt sugar. Dark chocolate and dark fruits.
T: A very heavy sugar forward bear. Get caramel and burnt sugar flavors up front. Finishes like a bitter/sweet honey glaze.
F: Very syrupy. Not 'thick' but had a syrupy feel to it

-2014 variant

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

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

2014 Vintage consumed on 12/24/16, almost 3 years of age. The beer pours with minimal head but has a very interesting burnt red hue along the rim. The flavor is very smokey, mouthfeel is thick. Very interesting.

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Photo of Alby
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brian29
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevBot89
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beagleyx2
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Buck89
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version. Poured inky black with viscosity like motor oil. A then dark tan head that didn't stay long. Aromas of roasted coffee, rich chocolate, and caramel. Super rich chocolate taste. The feel was huge, silky, and chewy. Some notes of coffee, vanilla, and molasses. A gentle warming on the back palate, but did not seem boozy.

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Photo of RPM3334
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of madelf66
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbaker67
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Timato
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2010 vintage
-pitch black
-smells of dark fruits and molasses
-taste follows the nose with hints of black licorice and slight oxidation but compliments the flavor

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Photo of q33jeff
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

**
11/04/2016

2014 bottle to tulip glass. Tasting with DC, Dark Lord vs. Parabola vs. Abyss.

LOOK: Dark, dark, pour , small brown head fades but lacing resurfaces with beautiful brown swirls.
AROMA: blackberry, fig, blueberry, bourbon.
TASTE: lots of dark fruit, bourbon is subtle, very tasty. 15% alcohol is well masked, especially considering it is probably more like 16-17% after 2.5 years.
FEEL: has lost some carbonation, but it is thick and chewy,

**

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Photo of aceseth13
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Chizzlethespeez
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Kurzman
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JebBeerFish
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2015 bottle

A: Black, 1/8th head on gentle pour. Looks to be almost a still beer.

S: Nose is molasses with some sweetness.

T: At first, I thought I tasted smoke, and said to myself 'This is a smoked beer?'. Then taste developed into a burnt brown sugar, with molasses and not much else. I could only drink a 3rd of my glass. 15% abv was undetectable.

O: Most over-hyped beer I have had to date, and I was really looking forward to it. I can only think that at one time, this was a beer ahead of its' time, it got a great reputation, which like a minor accident on a freeway, it's' rippling effect on later traffic is experienced long after the accident had been cleared. Don't believe the hype.

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

Photo of Josholson666
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,252 ratings.
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