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
Ratings:
4,262
Reviews:
1,283
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
Wants:
3,218
Gots:
2,087
For Trade:
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Ratings: 4,262 |  Reviews: 1,283
Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Thick and rich flavor, with notes of caramel, cocoa, chocolate and vanilla. Very well balanced, though leaning a bit towards the sweet side. Definitely a world class stout.

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

Photo of WalkerHater
1.3/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2014.....
Soy Sauce. Flat as fuck.
Burnt Molasses, soy sauce. I need to get my blood sugar checked. My first "true" drain pour......Glad to say I tried it, but I will certainly warn others of the dangers of Dark Lord

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Photo of pkalix
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 blue wax bottle
black with ho head on a hard pour.
aroma of vanilla, marshmallow.... flavors are there: vanilla, marshmallow, some chocolate, no coffee...... but exceptionally sweet and extremely salty on the first few sips.... not bad really, but saltier and sweeter than i prefer....

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Photo of Redsunsx01x
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikexw
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Richter525
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Wolverine48092
2.73/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of smcel371
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PeterOSU
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeLoynes
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Masonz223
3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell: rasin plum vanilla milk chocolate
Taste: upfront just a ton of sugary sweetness vanilla middle of the mouth sugar coverd plums rasin maraschino cherries milk chocolate finishes with a tad bit of burnt coffee biterness and more sweetness
Feel: medium sticky body really really sweet
Overall: it's a good beer but overhyped it's to sweet not enough to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of Gaddabble
2.73/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2014 version (blue wax)

L: Like black paint. Extremely black and thick looking. Among the most opaque and black stouts I have ever poured.

S: Sweetness, slight soy. Not particularly complex or strong. Disappointing.

T: A pile of sugar with some soy dropped in with a drop of chocolate. Lacking complexity and extremely unusual. Definitely tastes like more of an Imperial Stout (gone awry) than an RIS. Alcohol is completely hidden.

F: Very thick with low carbonation. Heavy mouth coating. This is typically good in a stout, but in this case it just serves to augment the sickening sweet soy flavor.

O: I love sweet stouts (Southern Tier stouts are among my favorite). I am a shameless 3Floyds fanboy. However, this was horrific. Given my anticipation, the relative difficulty getting a DL, my love for 3Floyds, my love for sweet stouts, and the fantastic marketing/bottle art, this beer seemed to be made for me to love it. Instead it is the most disappointing beer I have ever had. It pains me to say this, but this is probably the worst stout I have ever had and the first beer that I truly cannot understand the love for. Many times I am disappointed by a beer but recognize it is likely just due to differences in my personal preference, being "off" that day, etc. But this stout should have been made just for my tastes and was simply terrible. Perhaps if the flavor profile was more complex I could give it some credit, but it is a completely simplistic beer that hits very few notes (70% sugar, 25% soy, 5% chocolate). Warmth did not help it. Stepping away from it and coming back to it did not help it. I don't think the Lord himself (dark or otherwise) could have helped it.

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Photo of sooty1432
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of koerns311
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rich_K
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

2016 bottle, beautiful looking beer. nose is nice - molasses, raisins, licorice, chocolate, vanilla, burnt malts, roastyness light booze. on the palate its sludgy chocolate up front, rich caramel, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, marshmallow, definitely a salty soy like flavor that doesnt jive well with the immense sweetness of this beer. this is without a question one of the most sticky sweet stouts ive tried, and in many ways it is exceptional - but just fails to come together in a cohesive way. a complex and flavorful stout is only a legendary one if it manages to bring the loud flavors together in harmony, and I think this beer falls short in that respect.... which is disappointing because I did spend quite a bit of money in a trade for this. in addition the coffee was pretty much undetectable - as was the booze. mouthfeel is perfect and I probably enjoyed the beer a lot more than I would have because of the ridiculously thick and sludge like feel, it coats perfectly in such a pleasant way - if only the flavor profile was as impressive.

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Photo of MurphDog14
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 & 2016

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Photo of rmank
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mateo2699
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Maroon waxed '15, poured into a snifter.

Pour is a jet black. I use this term very carefully, most people say jet black when it's really dark brown. But absolutely no light, or a hint of red hue is coming through this. About as sludgy as can get. Very little ring of khaki head, absolutely no lacing. Aroma is heavy vanilla, molasses and dark fruit. Very subtle roasted malt profile, with a nice dose of brown sugar. Taste is very sweet, creamy vanilla/marshmallow like profile with even more burnt, brown sugars. Plenty of molasses and caramel. Coffee and chocolate exists somewhere, but more in the background, and no hints of maltiness. Mouthfeel is the highlight here. Thickest most palate coating beer I've ever had. Hearty and super sticky.

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,262 ratings.
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