Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of mscudder
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of linnymtu
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of hiphopj5
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of csustar001
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KAP1356
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another review from notes that fell through the cracks. Consumed 5/18/2010. Big thanks to BigbROB for trading for this. Poured a 2010 Vintage into a Weyerbacher tulip to celebrate my 25th birthday...

A - How dark can a beer get? This dark. Completely black hole, opaque with no chance for light to even think about getting through this thick brew. There is a thick creamy looking one finger dark khaki colored head that forms and quickly recedes to a collar of the same color.

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee, some sweetness too. Getting fruits as well; dates, raisins, prunes, and some slight cherry. Getting some chocolate too at the end of the nose as well as some alcohol. Really rich.

T - TONS of dark roasted malts with coffee and a sweet cream-like taste. Prunes, raisins and dates. Theres a slight tartness to it too that is almost vinous. Big alcohol hit as well.

M - This is what I want. Incredibly thick and full bodied. Coats every single inch of the palate and then some. Some slight alcohol burn but that's no surprise. Just an amazing velvet feeling beer.

D - Very pleasing and absolutely worth tracking down. Not sure if I agree with ALL of the hype, but after trying it, I certainly am a believer as to its ranking. I will definitely be seeking out more of this gem and hope to make it to a Darklord Day in the near future.

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Photo of dwoolley1
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Was able to get a pour of this one at a mini bottle share. Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle with the neck dipped in yellow wax, indicating that this is 2011 vintage. Poured into a small old fashioned glass.

Appearance - Pouring aggressively to coax out a presumably waning head from the three years of cellaring, I'm able to get just a little bit of ecru colored foam that quickly disappears, leaving nothing but inky black motor oil and a slim ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Rich and full of roasted malt, cacao nibs, and faint notes of fresh coffee beans. It seems like the time has allowed the coffee notes to fade, as it's all but impossible to detect at this point. In addition to the more prototypical stout aromas, there are some elements that remind me more of a great Belgian quad, with some notes of dark fruit and port wine.

Taste - The initial foray onto my tastebuds seems more savory than expected, with some faint notes of balsamic and figs to go alongside the charred malts and black strap molasses. The coffee is pretty much gone at this point, but some sweeter notes of f vanilla and carmelized sugar still remain. The finish is very rich and savory, like an aged port wine, much like the nose hinted.

Mouthfeel - Viscous and full bodied, with low carbonation and a semisweet finish.

Overall, a really tasty beer. Would love to know how this one tastes fresh, with the inclusion of coffee, but I can't really complain, because I can't help but feel that the coffee would overcome what has become a subtly complex beer, with lots of sweet and savory notes over the course of the glass. Very happy to have been able to try it, but given how limited it is, not sure I'll go out of my way to seek it out again.

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Photo of M1A2
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 ari32
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of boogerisu
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of scootny
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a stellar RIS. A thick brown head forms atop a black viscous fluid. Retention is nice and the lacing is sticky, very good looking.

Smell is sweet chocolate and caramel malts. Roasted dark grains and coffee. An undercurrent of dark fruits from raisins and prunes to figs and dates. There is a touch of chocolate cherries as well. Burnt sugar and molasses swirl in and out, bringing notes of sweet alcohol.

Taste is chocolate, espresso, and charred sugar. The chocolate cherries really come through now. The thick and full feeling allow the flavors to hang on your tongue for luscious amounts of time. Burnt sugary molasses and charred caramel flow in a viscous fashion. Dark bready malts peep through here and there and blend with the sweet alcohol. Bittering is low and mellow. Just enough to dry the finish and leave a touch of charcoal and toasted buttered molasses bread.

Drinkabiity is criminal for a beer of this strength. Maybe I should give it a five.

Just superb. The taste of this beer would rate a 5.5 if I could.

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Photo of Booner818
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zimm
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of AmitC
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of McAndrew
2.32/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

SOY SAUCE in a bottle. Molasses was very heavy just awful

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Photo of cfrances33
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Yeti1979
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ttylicki
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blakaeris
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours completely opaque, absolute black. Tan head is modest and dissipates quickly to a thick ring and soapy sheen.

Aroma is smokey dark grain, along with a generous oatmeal stout like sweetness. Strong notes of anise, coffee, and alcohol.

Taste has a milk like sweetness initially. Excellent chocolate, dark fruit, and anise flavor. Smokey dark grain, and earthy bitterness then takes over. Very rich and thick. Finish is quite bitter with a lingering liquor like alcohol burn. As this one warms the strong roasted dark grains really make an impression.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and silky smooth.

A rich and complex brew. Alcohol is certainly present, but appears mild when compared to the high ABV. Flavor profile changes as you drink this one. Initially the sweetness stands out. However, as you continue to drink the strong roasted character, dark fruit, and alcohol seem to get more intense. Certainly a brew that any stout lover needs to try.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 4,273 ratings.
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