Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.27/5
4,293 Ratings
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:
#643
Reviews:
1,290
Ratings:
4,293
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3,214
Gots:
2,103
Trade:
198
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,293 |  Reviews: 1,290
Photo of rcjennings
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mickyge
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2116 version,
poured blackish thin head
smelled of cinnamon, raisins, molasses and vanilla
mouth feel was full and prickly
taste changed as it warmed, cinnamon and vanilla stands out the most.
slight boozey semi sweet finish hid the 15% abv well.

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Photo of MFMB
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle
Pours a deep jet black with little to no head. Nose is of coffee, molasses and light vanilla. Taste of roasted malts, light coffee vanilla, raisen bread and molasses. A little thinner body than I was expecting. Very smooth and clean finish to it. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Sam671217
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VonZipper
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NCCIndy
2.11/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of mando31
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2017 on tap at DLD

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

Photo of Dharmelink
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chackman151
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of taospowder
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours jet black like used motor oil with a dark caramel head that goes away quickly. Can smell a lot of sweetness and dark fruit. Taste is very thick with lots of sugar and raisin.

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Photo of Egotist
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dohedan
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BNarc
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stefko
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kash2112
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ead73
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADG2995
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours black. Two finger deep brown head that fades slowly. Nice lacing. Aroma molasses, raisins and coffee. Taste is boom! Molasses, dark fruit juice, raisins, plums, burnt dark sugar, deep vanilla, tobacco, toffee, fig with a light apple strudel finish. Love this imperial stout. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of ssm462
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A friend of a friend of a friend had a 2013 shipped over to his house. I went over to his house at 10am and we had a little tasting. A 2016 prairie bomb, kbs 16, kbs 17 and finally had the dark lord. it pours motor oil thick with very little head. We used snifter for this one.

Look:
Dark rich, thick, very syrupy. Not much head retention and carbonation has decreased no doubt from aging.

smell:
alcohol and cherries. molasses and green apples. this is complex.

taste:
i think this beer is worth aging due to the high abv. its smooth and delicious. creamy but very sweet. lots of cherry and molasses. you can taste the toasted barley. maybe give it another 3 years? maybe you shouldn't age it at all?

feel:
smooth and tasty. low carbonation. great mouth feel.

overall:
this beer lives up to the hype. I'm glad i had a chance to try this awesome brew. I'm not a huge advocate for aging but this one definitely needs it. at 15% abv this is a beer you will have to share with others.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 blue wax edition. Poured into a Teku.

Look is a dark and thick stout. Minimal head, no lacing.

Smell is bakers chocolate, figs or raisin, and slight bourbon.

Taste follows the nose. This beer is sweet for sure. Booze has mellowed, and now it's balanced, and chocolates.

Mouth feel is thick, syrupy and complex.

Overall, it's a great stout. Very glad I finally drank a dark lord. I've sat on this for along time and I can't imagine it being better than it was today.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jangoon24
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 4,293 ratings
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