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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

Added by cretemixer on 12-13-2002

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Ratings:
4,223
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
14.49%
 
 
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Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got in a trade with czoch75 back in May and have been cellaring till now per FFF's recommendation. Poured from a 22oz bottle with a silver wax seal and cool graphics into a pint glass. I have to agree with other reviews that it pours like motor oil or thick syrup. It was pitch black even against a light. It had just a tiny hint of head and that was gone in a blink of an eye. The aroma was strong on alcohol and dark fruits at first. Got some strong smoke after a couple minutes but then that faded into the back. By the end, alcohol was the most dominant. The taste was also dominated by alcohol. Very reminiscent of cough medicine. There was some sweetness at the start of each drink but then the alcohol overpowered it. I've had several RIS lately and really liked several but this one is too much. For me, they need to scale back the alcohol taste and add back in some more traditional RIS flavors. For me, this one is overhyped and not worth recommending unless you can easily get it. Disappointed is best way to sum it up. (3, NA, ML, N)

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Photo of grub
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one, though i think i can get partial credit for driving his ass down to dark lord day this year. :) thanks eric!

22oz bottle topped with silver wax. 2007 vintage.

pours like motor oil - opaque black with a small fine red-brown head. the head drops very fast to a ring around the glass. the beer sticks to the glass like glue, forming a thin red layer over the glass.

aroma is great. alcohol. caramel. molasses. roast. milk and dark chocolate. coffee. orange and tangerine. fresh and inviting, just begging you to take a sip.

taste is great. caramel. molasses. honey. alcohol. orange and tangerine. bit of grapefruit. big biscuit malt. milk chocolate. coffee. roast. lingering sweetness, but not quite sticky sweet.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation level. big chewy body.

drinkability is good. very well balanced, hiding its alcohol well. maybe a touch overly sweet, but not quite to the point of being sticky sweet. great stuff. looking forward to seeing how this one changes with time.

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Photo of graveRacker
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HOLYCOW!!!! apperance is like changing the motor oil of a V.W. after ten years of abuse, and has the same vicous apperance. First smell: "Oh my lord, what have i gotten my self into?" HOPSS! (yes two "s") and sweeettt malt, very sweet. First taste is very heavy in the mouth. Sweet and bitter simultaneous some how. The beer and brewing Gods have graced the earth once again!

Go see for yourself! If you can get a hold of it. ItÂ’s like buying Rolling Stones tickets.

Rare and pricey.

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

2005 bottling, sealed with bright orange wax. Acquired courtesy of a trade with dmeadows -- many thanks.

Tenebrous pitch. Inky black with a scorched mocha froth head. Vinous blackberry, smoky cocoa powder, molten chocolate brandy, and fresh roasted espresso aromas. Incredibly intense flavor: dark fruits at first, with bourbon-soaked Bing cherries and stewed plums predominating; then firmly bitter dark chocolate, at once smooth and bitingly sharp; finally, an unbelievably long finish of roasted char and heady dark coffee malevolence. An unvanquishable yet sophisticated alcohol presence lingers throughout the entire sip. The mouthfeel is ponderous and glass-smooth. Overall: paradigmatic. A titan among imperial stouts, the experience truly leaves me in awe.

[Enjoyed while repeatedly listening to Soulreaper's "Written In Blood" as a tribute to the most evocative review of Dark Lord ever written -- a review that is, sadly, no longer available for us to read.]

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Photo of quasimoto
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of chocolate, coffee, molasses, some Belgian candy, plum bread, and tons of alcohol. The flavors blend into a smooth chocolaty velvet across the tongue. Not a lot of bitterness, but tons of middle of the road sweetness. The sharp bitterness comes through in the end, but it is only a tingle. It is a way smooth beer, and has tons of complexity to it.

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Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver wax 2007 version. Poured into a Dogfish Head snifter on 11/16/07 to celebrate the GF visiting!

A: Motor oil. That's what it looks like. Used motor oil. It is thick and viscous and there is no head or bubbles whatsoever. A lot of strong RIS's tend to look like this.

S: This smells a lot older than it is. I would believe that this had been aged for 10 years if you told me so. It also has a ton of maple syrup right up front. Behind that there is come chocolate and brown sugar. It's a great aroma but doesn't make me think of an RIS, more of an Old Ale. The alcohol is obvious.

T: Not what I was expecting at all. There is a bunch of flavor in there but it doesn't make me think of an RIS, just like the aroma. There is dark chocolate, some cherry, and a bunch of wood. It ends bitter with a bunch of alcohol.

M: Thinner than I expected. I like thick stouts but this isn't one of them. It is still heavy bodied, but I want it thicker.

D: I'll be honest...this was a bit of a let down. It's a great beer, but not worth the immense hype. The body won't increase with time, but the alcohol presence might be reduced and that would improve the taste.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like 10W30 with a dark chocolate head. Not lace so much as the beer actually sticks to the sides of the glass. This is a thing of beauty. Smells of big chocolate, very roasty, some maple and minor alcohol. Taste is incredible. Very roasty, sweet chocolate, maple and vanilla and a slight alcohol finish. Velvety in the mouth with ABV almost non existant. A pure delight to sip away. Sex in a bottle.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage
Pours jet black...pure black with very little if any head.
Aromas are maple syurp, dark brown sugar and alcohol.

Flavor is a little soy sauce but then as it warms much more dark fruits like dark raisins and prunes, very dark roasted malts without any bitterness, vanilla, a little maple, and then the alcohol. Dark chocolate flavors evolve into powdery cocoa.

Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy and smooth.

Aftertaste is warm alcohol, dark fruits, and a bit of chocolate.

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Photo of Enola
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wcudwight for the chance to try this beer.

The beer is completly black. There was a fair tan head that lasted a while. Some lacing. This is what I think a big RIS should look like so I think a 5 was well deserved here. The smell is chocolate along with coffee and oatmeal. The taste reflects these smells and there is no hop profile to be noticed. This is a very malty brew. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. A nice lasting aftertaste. The drinkability is good. The abv is well hidden and the beer becomes more complex as it warms. This was a nice choice for a cool fall evening.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours like a chocolate syrup. Completely opaque. Thin wispy burnt mocha colored head that is short living.
Smells of rich dark chocolate almost like a chocolate burbon. Also a hint of beef jerky in the aroma.
Roasted fruit flavors. Cherries. Molassas. Sweet tasting. Reminds me of those liquer chocolates. Alcohol warms the belly. The best thing about the taste is the forever lasting roasted aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is thick. Coats the mouth and stains your teeth. My teeth look like I've been smoking.
For such a big ass beer it's drinkable.
Not the best beer I've had but it is good and I recommend it.

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Photo of Floydster
4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle recieved in my first trade with beertracker, thanks a lot for giving up this hard to find brew

2007 version with silver wax covering tope of the bottle, aged for a total of six months, which seemed to do the trick, even though I could not imagine this one tasting any stronger

Drank this for my 350th review and the special occasion, could not make it until my birthday to drink it, sipped on it for over two hours tonight while watching some horror movies

I will start off by saying that was the most complex and darkest beers I have ever had, every word of hype was true and it was simply great

Poured into my Westvleteren chalice with a pitch black color and a monsterous super dark tan head, darkest I have ever seen, it was about 3/4 inch but seemed to settle after a few minutes, this beer stained my glass and shirt when I spilled on it becuase it was so thick and black

Smell was full of coffee, both cappucino and espresso, lots of chocolate, roasted malt, you name it, it was there, I do not see any other Russian Imperial Stout ever comparing to this one, Stone's is close second, sweet smell like dark candy

Taste was very unique and there was a ton of different things going on, lots of dark fruit including figs, prunes, raisins, berries, etc., significant amount of syrup and molasses, ton of cocoa and malt, with a very slight bitterness in the finish, so so good, taste was very sweet but not overkill, left a coating on my lips like I was drinking a hot chocolate but instead it was a cool extremely dark beer, could not myself eating anything alongside this, except maybe dessert, but this pretty much was a milkshake as far as caloric count and thickness goes, taste was very smooth and sweet while being fruity and malty at the same time, A+

I would have gave this drinkability a five, but it is so heavy, other than that it is very easy to drink, the taste sticks around for four to five minutes after each sip and continues to attack the taste buds, could have drank another bomber of this and just skipped dinner, this was pretty much a meal in itself, the thirteen percent also packs a serious punch but you cannot drink this fast enough for it to really affect you

This is by far the best beer from Three Floyds Brewery and one of the best beers in the world, not even judging my its number two ranking here on the site, it is as gooa as everyone says, I would love to be able to go this celebration in the upcoming years, but Indiana is a very long way away for beer, hopefully get some more in a trade in the future some time

I am very thankful for being able to try this beer and I recommend this above any stout out there, the only problem is tracking it down

This is one serious beer and I wish it was brewed year round, but its exclusivity almost makes it taste even better

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Photo of ncvbc
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a 2007 bottle received in a trade from the very generous ClockworkOrange. Big thanks!

It pours black as night with what starts as a thin mocha colored head that rises from the bottom up. This retains for a few minutes and settles back to a thin layer. Very low carbonation, basically looks like still used motor oil. I heard rumors in the past about this one coating the glass; well, let me tell you that there is a brown stain on this baby now that it's gone!

Smell is very interesting. More sweet malt and less roasted scents compared to others within the style. Plums come through along with sweet coffee and chocolate. A little black licorice and the faintest hints of alcohol rest beneath. It really does have a port wine aroma, which is lovely. Molasses like a mutha, too. It doesn't scream RIS but there is just so much to the nose.

Taste is about as unique as it gets. Again, it's not that big and bold roasted profile that I'm used to. While there is a roasted character, this beer is very sweet yet dark at the same time. Dark chocolate drenched cherries become more apparent. Some grassy like hop presence tames the sweetness. Coffee again contributes and helps round it out. Too much going on here to explain but it blends together for a perfect flavor.

A nice thick and chewy mouthfeel. The sweet darkness coats the tongue with minimal alcohol burn that only shows slightly when swallowing this tasty goodness.

Truly a sipper than can be enjoyed for hours. I split this with a good friend of mine and we both slowed to a near halt compared to the pace we had reached before this night cap. In fact, he put a few ounces in the fridge and I just consumed it over twelve hours later. Still as good as when it was first poured.

Perfect for a special occasion. Definitely not a regular but this deserves its praise in my book. For sure a big standout for its unique qualities and one of my favorite beers. If only it was more available and $8.99 or so a bomber, I'd be all over it.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sister picked one up for me at Dark Lord day this year. Thanks, sis! I'd been sitting on it for a couple of months now, waiting to share it with a beer geek buddy of mine before he moved away to Seattle. So he and his wife had some folks over to there place this past saturday, and we cracked it open then. What a great going-away present for both of us.

Honestly, this beer, by appearance alone, scared the crap out of me. It pours a a pitch black color with (and I'm serious here) motor oil consistency. Not kidding. It says so on the label, and it's not a joke. It has a dark brown fizzy head as well that's almost non-existent. The thing that freaked me out, though, was the dark oily film that they beer leaves on the glass as it recedes. This is a serious freakin' beer.

The nose is sweet, with burnt chocolate, raisins, smoky bananas, fig preserve, molasses, vanilla, and some other fruits. It's all over the place, and I honestly don't think any written review could ever do it justice. The taste is sweet as well, with more of the same: vanilla, slight molasses, strong dark cherry, fig, raisins, dark baking chocolate, and a nice coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is syrupy but smooth. Chewy. A lip-smacker, for sure.

The Dark Lord is better as it warms up to room temperature. It's a heavy, heavy beer - perhaps the heaviest I've ever had - and is not designed for casual consumption. It's the perfect beer for a time of celebration. Like New Year's Eve. Or when your buddy moves to Seattle. It's definitely something you want to seek out and try at least once in your life. It's well worth traveling long distances to try.

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Photo of BladeRunner
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bought two at my local liquor store. They are 6 months old now, so I'm sure they smoothed out a bit. Though, I'm storing the other one for another year.

It pours pure black with an average sized chocolate brown head with an aggressive pour.

It smells of coffee/espresso with a touch of alcohol.

Starts of very smooth, with a good amount of slightly burnt coffee, but ends with a sugary like sweetness. The mouthfeel is very syrupy and thick. Like drinking a bottle of Ms. Butterworths.

The drinkability is above average, because it's a very great tasting beer, but it is far and away a session beer lol. It's sometimes hard to swallow because how malty and thick it is. It likes drinking a meal. This beer is not for the impatient, your going to have to dedicate some time with this beer. It's a very slow going experience.

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

2007

App: Pours inky black dark caramel colored head. Carbonation is evident along sides of glass.

Smell: Coffee, caramel, chocolate, smoke...the flavors come on in that order with bigger flavors as the bottle warmed.

Taste: Coffee and toffee with a bit of bitterness to remind you that a beast lives in this bottle.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a nice bitterness and noticable alcohol

Drinkability: Well...if you can have enough onhand to drink regularly then you are lucky. This is a once in awhile beer with its alcohol and dense coffee flavors, but it is also a real treat. Get one if you can!

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Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz./22 fl. oz. bottle
2007 vintage (silver wax top)
Acquired in a trade with Photekut

I decided to save review #250 for the most coveted American craft beer.

First off, I have to comment on the phenomenal bottle graphics. "Holy beer nerd" is all I need to say. Way to go Three Floyds on creating a bottle design that is almost as extreme as the beer itself.

As for the beer, it poured a super sludgy, absolute pitch black with a flimsy whisp of coffee-colored froth covering the liquid. When held up to the light, I could not detect any change in color, even at the fringes of the glass.

On the pour, I smelled an interesting mix of coffee, alcohol sweetness and some soy sauce. When I took a good whiff, I was somewhat disappointed with the aroma. Metallic and oxidative notes were quite apparent, as if the beer had been aged for five or more years. A hint of char was detectable as well.

The taste however was a completely different story. "Complex" does even begin to describe this gem. Deep, rich, burnt malts were most obvious along with molasses, brown sugar and raisins. As the beer warmed, vanilla and a bourbon-like quality were noticeable as well, along with a hint of oak. Dark, semi-sweet chocolate came through mid-palate along with notes of espresso, spice and maple syrup. Some minty hops appeared on the back end and lasted into the finish, but they definitely took a back seat to the robust maltiness. A whiskey-like alcohol warmth also came through in the finish. The alcohol became more pronounced as the beer warmed, turning slightly hot by the drink's end. The lingering aftertaste was a rich and sweet mix of brown sugar and molasses with a hint of vanilla.

The mouthfeel of this beauty was amazingly thick, dense and viscous. Upon first picking up my snifter, the mere 11 ounces of beer truly felt like a lead weight. On my tongue, the finely carbonated liquid seemed to mimic the silky consistency of heavy cream or even maple syrup. Toward the end of the drink, I noticed that the beer left a sweet, sticky film on my lips (and on the glass as well). Of all the beers I tried, none even came close to having such a lusciously heavy mouthfeel as this one.

Furthermore, at a whopping 13% ABV, I found this imperial stout to be ridiculously smooth and drinkable.

All in all, this beer was like no other that I have tried. Believe the hype and do anything you can to get your hands on a bottle of this liquid gold!

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Photo of dbalsock
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 vintage

App: Pours an almost black body with a brown head. The lacing slips down the side in a beautiful cascade.

Smell: Coffee predominates with rich caramel and a buttery sweetness. There's also a hint of smoke which I can imagine being much prevelant in a fresh bottle.

Taste: Coffee again with dark chocolate and a rich buttery caramel. Similar to the aroma there is a smokey character. Not as complex as I was imagining, the coffee dominates leaving just a little room for the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a bitter bite throughout and an alcoholic bite at the end. Slick and lasting.

Drinkability: The apparent alcohol and the intense bitterness without balance make it hard to get through. I think this guy is a little overhyped.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage poured into a tulip.

Thick foaming dark brown head fills up the glass seemingly stays around, but before you know it it leaves forever. The smell is green, smell is high alcohol with roastiness and just a hint of dark fruit in the background. The mouthfeel is smooth, so silky smooth. The roasitness is met with a slight bitter cocoa nose that backs up the roastiness and lets it mellow slightly. The cocoa is chocolaty, but it's a really good bitter chocolate. Something I can find in good, good dark chocolate. It's definitely not as mellowed out yet, but still very very good. The dark fruit, like the ash taste comes out more and more with the bitter flavor ending on the tongue. Yet again, mouthfeel is great, silky smooth and wonderful. Overall, I wish I could have this at least once a week.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so, what do you say? best of BA, second best as of today's look at the list, 260 reviews as of this writing, hard to get and a rabid following. Well first I'd say thanks to jaxon53 for this via trade. I've been thinking of this for some time and am happy to have finally found a trade that worked.

SO, all that being said does this live up to the hype? I would say yes. It's vinous, it's a medly of deep sweet malts, it's got nice notes of cherry, roasted grains, vanilla and sweet. It's different than other RISs I've had and it stands out to me for it's amazing drinkability for such a big beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.82/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Black as you can possibly get, Its carbonated but there is nothing noticeable on the surface. Deep aroma of dried fruit. Very inky and oily smelling-it even smells black! Huge roasted and malty flavor with a fair amount of bitterness. Dried fruit, plums and bitter chocolate all pour out into a perfect blend of flavor. Notes of oak and vanilla. The last sip from the bottle had a fantastic roasted and dark chocolate flavor unlike any I have ever had in a beer-same as I near the bottom of the glass from it warming and sitting. Fantastic body-seems well attenuated-not syrupy sweet or the proverbial treacle like. Fantastic beer-everything I hoped it would be after finally getting to try it-has an amazing drinkability for being as complex as it is. I am ready for another.

Thanks to popedx for what might be the best trade I have ever done.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with warriorsoul. Silver wax seal over cap, 2007 vintage. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a big heavy glass chalice, formed a scant 1/8" of dark burnt brown head the opaque black brew. Head falls promptly down to a layer of tiny bubbles, with leggy liquid upon swirling, but little to no lacing. Aroma is burnt dark malts and potent alcohol, in about equal doses. Taste is rich chocolate and acrid coffee to starts, fruitiness in the middle that lingers, and then gives way to the alcohol character, which is remarkably built into the brew. The numbing of the tongue tells you that you drank something substantial, but the burn just isn't there. Nice. Mouthfeel is quite smooth for the stle and substance of this brew, and drinkability as to session is limited, but I certainly want to revisit this one sometime. Have to try to find one for the cellar.

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Photo of badbeer
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Silver wax, 2007 version.

Pours out a very thick black color, but dark shades of red around the edges. Head is a creamy tan color, but did recede and leaves little to no lacing. Smell is of sweet caramel and molasses, cherry, alcohol, chocolate, and a little roastiness. Sweet malt and molasses, with a splash of hops, though they are fading, followed by port wine with a lingering soft roastiness. Vanilla seems to also join in the cornucopia of flavors, as well as others I'm sure I'm not able to name. Carbonation is very much on the low side; body is as thick as they come. I'd like to say it's overhyped, but it's just really everything I look for in an Imperial Stout. I had one bottle shortly after the release and it was pretty good, but age has already helped raise this one to elite status.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber. Didn't find any freshness info anywhere... I believe this is from 2005, obtained in a trade for some Andechs Doppelbock with AKSmokedPorter (RIP) at the BA American Beer Fest in June of that year. Waxing over the cap is shaded a light orange hue.

Dark Lord? Dark is right! Poured into my Rapscallion snifter, it was most definitely dark, like inky, North Sea crude. Held up to a nearby lamp, light still failed to penetrate. Black hole, eh? I'll call it deep, deep, dark brown, for shits and giggles. The head is a rich tan, initially about 1/3", slowly ebbing to a fine, thin layer which maintains itself enough to cover the bier for the duration. Lacing is solid, leaving attractive patterns down the glass. Aroma is replete with heavy coffee notes, some dark chocolate, and a lovely layer of dark fruit action. Has a little floral hop activity going on as well. Wow! What a smooth and creamy bier! Thick, full-bodied, chewy and satiny slick over the tongue. This is a top-shelf mouthfeel!

Flavor? Whoa! Espresso, roasty coffee, and more dark chocolate kick some serious ass. There's some "burnt" action going on here, too, and smidges of molasses. On a more subtle level, some currants, raisins and figs come into play. What a hell of mix! The palate doesn't know where to concentrate it's attention. Damn!! Hoppage is on a major-league floral level, and quite pronounced, lasting long and hard after the bier itself has hit the stomach. The lupulins also have an earthy lean to them and, did I mention, they really stick in the nooks and crannies of the mouth. There is a definite warm feeling in the belly, though it's not really representative of a 13% abv bier. Worth the wait? Damn straight! And the hype? Deserved, without a doubt. My apologies to those naysayers out there, but this is one fine, tasty bier.

One caveat, of course - I didn't pay $13-15 for it. As mentioned, it was the byproduct of an Andechs Doppelbock trade. Would I pay that kind of coin for it? Perhaps once in a while (when/if available). But not regularly; biers like Portsmouth Kate the Great or Smutty RIS are, dollar-for-dollar, far and away a better value. But that's not the point here, is it? Dark Lord tastes superb; it's a lovely bier.

Now, I know numbers are (mostly) irrelevant here. But they are fun to fuck around with now and then. That said, I'm glad I saved Dark Lord for my review #1000.

Thanks AK ;-)

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.9
appearance: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | mouthfeel: 5 | drinkability: 5

1000

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Photo of marksto
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to worship at the altar of the "almighty lord" at the Indiana Brewers Guild beer festival - many thanks to FFF for sharing a keg of it with myself and other attendees this year.

Pours thick and black with a cocoa-colored head that lasts. Looks a bit like a black chocolate milkshake. Aroma has hints of caramel, coffee, and light roasted malt. The most striking thing for me is not the flavor but the mouthfeel. What cream is to milk, Dark Lord is to beer. Huge body, silky feel on the tongue, thick, creamy and sweet but well balanced. Hints of port wine, chocloate, and light roast.

Really looked for forward to trying this beer to see if it lived up to the hype. Mixed feelings after having had it. On one hand, not sure anything could ever really live up to the extraordinary levels this beer has commanded. On the other hand, it is a most excellent R.I.S. Anyone interested enough to be reading this knows already, so I won't bother to say it's worth seeking- you already know that...

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 version, 22 oz. bomber. Big thanks to BA mcallister for sharing this one with me, and not waiting until my birthday to do so!

Pitch black in color. Nothing else. Seriously, this is a black hole of a beer, no edges, shades or hues of anything else, just black. Period. Great looking dark tan head. What a looker! Great contrast between the beer and the head. Head retention was ok, especially considering the size. A few spots of lace.

What a nose. Aromas practically leaping out of the snifter. Dark chocolate, fudge, espresso, dark fruits, black cherries, currants, mocha, the list seems to go on and on. I can't imagine a beer having a better nose than this. Alcohol is also present in the nose, particularly after it warms up a bit.

Taste starts out with a big chocolate, fudge flavor. Lots of dark fruit follow, then some espresso. The espresso or coffee flavor seems to linger on the palate the longest. Some warming alcohol present.

The impressive thing to me is that this drinks almost like a milkshake. So full, thick and creamy. Low carbonation. I thought that this really lives up to what everyone says. Such a thick, rich stout. Hard to imagine many beers being better.

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Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,223 ratings.
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