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Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Port Barrel Aged)
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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in Port barrels.

Available at Dark Lord Day 2013


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (12758) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2014
Bottle at Mielcke&Hurtigkarl. Pitch black - no head. Grapes. High malts. Light bitterness. Earthy notes. Ryebread. Dark grapes. Lots of wood. Burnd sugar. Oak. Vanilla. Bitterness. Rubber. Molasses.....

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Super dark brown pour, thanks to the Palm Beach crew! Flavors of sweet and sugary port with some super sugary raisins, maybe the coffee is noticeable? No its not. Cloying...makes a kick ass milkshake! seriously.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Liquid diabetes, some extra liquid diabetes flavoring added to it. Boooooooooooooooooooze.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (5869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 750 ml bottle shared by TheAlum’s friend Dave at DLD 2013- thanks a ton, Dave! Pours a deep, dark, opaque motor oil midnight brown with a tan ring for a head. Looks like Dark Lord. Brown sugar, fudge, caramel, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, chocolate chip cookie dough, and subtle port wine throughout- brought a unique element. Full-bodied, with a thick, viscous mouthfeel and low carbonation. This one worked. Not my favorite DL variant but not my least favorite, either. Re-Rate, 7/27/13: The bottle number on mine is pretty smudged- 674, maybe? Anyway, I opened one at Loineshawn’s wedding and my rating won’t change. This is very rich, layered Port, chocolate, molasses, and roast notes. Loads of dark fruits. Solid, interesting treatment.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by my good childhood friend Dave. Pours a rich bkackish hue, dark, rich and ominous hues, some brownish glowing edges, opaque blackish middle with some touches of ruby over midnight essence. Aromas throw distinct port/red wine influence, oak, and vanilla. Red wine, mellow spirit and heat is lighter than expected. Wine barrel, vanilla, and toffee. Some coffee, roast, vanilla, cocoa. Flavor bursts as you enter this one, big roasty and toasty malt base meets caramel, vanilla, some vinous character and good barrel presence. Port, red grapes, and vanilla. Wet oak, some gentle heat, chocolate, cookies, caramelization. Certainly a bit sticky in the middle. Backend is toasty, vanilla, and oak, a bit sweet. Some vanilla, toffee, vanilla, and red wine. Port is sweeter, more vinous and prominent in the middle. Finish is toasty, sweet, and sticky. Roasty malts, coffee and chocolate. Some dryness and oak character returns as we round it out. Chocolate chip cookies. Pretty nice beer. Port barrel seems to have done some very cool things to this beer. A whole mish-mosh of exploding flavors. Obviously some people could be turned off by this quickly, but I really thought this worked. Especially when compared to some other big brooding beers out there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5111) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2013
75cl, Vintage 2013 (Orange wax), Bottle 631/726 (no mention of ABV), as ’Dark Lord Port Barrel Aged ’, new exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, sweet/roasted and slightly vinous/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle, shared with local raters. Very dark brown color. Near-black. Good thin brown head. Loose bits of lace. Roasty, dark chocolate aroma. Some dark fruit. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Kind of chewy, but a dry finish. Liquid leaves some syrupy film on the glass, pretty cool. Some earthy hops noticeable. Good bigger bitter taste, much less cloying sweet than the base Dark Lord. Light to moderate sweet still, but it’s nice. Some vinous notes in the finish, light hint of vanilla. Impressively sippable for 15%, only a little warmth. Very tasty, big complex imperial stout. A bit sweet still, but it’s not a problem for me (like it was in the regular Dark Lord)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (4531) - Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
750 ml bottles shared by DrSilverworm and b3shine. Pours dark cola brown/black with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet, dark fruit, chocolate, port, wood, caramel and light coffee. The flavor has a big sweet character, port, molasses, chocolate, wood, caramel, smooth and doesn’t really show the 15%, but big flavor nonetheless. I have liked the barrel aging has been better in the past.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Sampled at esbls. I brought this. Black with a tan ring. So rich looking. Had this after the moscatel version. A little soy in this that brings this beer down a little. Port wine is noted and adds some interesting character. This is very sweet. Very good, too.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (4433) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
750 ml bottle to taster at Dark Lord Day; BIG thanks to whoever shared this! Looks good; a fairly viscous dark cola with beige lacing. Smells good too; sweet, dark, and malty; you get a little of the port barrel treatment in there. Tastes like it smells; you get a robust port influence with excellent balance between the barrel and the base. Good on the palate. Great stuff!


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