Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout
4,293 Ratings
Dark Lord Imperial StoutDark Lord Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.54/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage drank with Anthony, Andrew and Joel

A - Pours a deep ebony colour with light visible, the head dies very quickly.

S - Tobacco , raisin, prunes , fig, dark chocolate.

T - Very sweet, with dark fruits and mollassis. no roast at all. The finish is boozy.

M - Moderate carbonation and surprisingly thin for a 15% stout, would describe as medium body.

O - Disappointed with this beer. I just don't get how overpowering sweetness translates into a world class beer. The ageing potential is there, and I would put down for 10 years or so before drinking

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of ronricorossi
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage with white wax

A: Dark black body... moderate brown head quickly receded to a nice ring with some skim... very little lacing... looks intense

S: Massive roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and molasses... heavy presence of booze

M: Surprisingly delicate... lots of flavors going on but none of them bash into each other... smooth transitions between the roasted malts and coffee to the somewhat bittersweet chocolate and rich molasses... again, there is no mistaking the 13% ABV on this behemoth.

M: Tingly carbonation, just enough without becoming slightly fizzy... medium heavy body but the finish is short and sweet...

D: Very deserving of the attention it receives

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4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yellow wax aka 2011, wish i had a vintage next to to compare but i can tell already this is too young for this beer.

appearance - black as night. slight mocha head. good retention and lacing.

smell - lots of sugar, coffee, cream, roasted malts, toffee, molasses

taste - much of the same with some salt, syrupy

mouthfeel - minor cloying, salty, sugary and just odd

age will do this fellow terrific i believe, however fresh is eh

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4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013. Really sweet stout. Fruity finish with dates and raisins.

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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Robertdoesbeer for this bottle

2006 vintage

A - this stout pours Black Hole black, with a half finger thick dark brown head, that fizzes and is darker around the edge of the glass

S - smells like a dark red wine with chocolate hints, dark fruit aromas like figs, the aroma is so thick and rich its overpowering, i cannot smell any hops at all

T - damn, this is a complex stout, ok, here we go, warming dark red wine flavors up front, these melt away into dark chocolate and slight coffee flavors associated with high quality imperial stouts, and the finish is a combination of these chocolate flavors and dark fruit flavors normally associated with barleywines, the aftertaste is rich and poignant, a strong bitter coffee flavor, this beer may make me move to Indiana

M - this is a thicker than thick beer, closer to syrupy than thick, its smooth and warming, and this is very palatable especially for such a high ABV, extremely impressed

D - again, drinkability is very high, a rich thick warm taste, smooth and palatable especially for such a high ABV, that ABV is the only drawback in the drinkability

the hype surrounding this brew is immeasurable, and it not only lived up to it but surpassed it as well, a quality brew with complex flavors, thanks again to Robertdoesbeer, never would've gotten my hands on any without him

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-oily blackish brown with a thin light tan head that disappears

S-burnt dark roasted chocolate malts. definitely smells woody. i smell the port wine aroma as well. its a strong scent. really rare and great.

T-comes in thick like dark chocolate syrup with a sweetness that's extremely drinkable. it just slides down your throat so easily leaving so many flavors behind. the dark roasted cocoa and coffee beans are very evident. the tastes are of high quality. there's a thick oily bitterness that's very appreciated.

M-very thick with low carbonation and an oily finish

O-a bomber can be finished by one's self. it is a great stout, very very drinkable. the ABV could never be guessed to be so high. it goes down almost in a quaffable ease. this is an extreme beer though that everyone needs to try.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -29.7%

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

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4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of antoines15
2.46/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2011 bottle shared with J Bird and SB. Pours dark and thick and looks pretty good at this point. Unfortunately, it goes downhill from there. The smell doesn't really bring anything of note to the table. Taste is obnoxiously sweet, no coffee flavors at all, no flavor of any kind, just a sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick, not too sticky, but the sweetness is all I can think about. Overall I was not impressed with this version. I liked it on tap at the release party but it has only gotten worse from there. I'm not sure if this is legal but I poured out about half of my glass. The Cardinals just hit a walk-off home-run to take game 6. OMG, what a game!

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