2010 Dark Lord – Three Floyds
russian imperial stout
50 IBU APPEARANCE: Poured a devilish black oil slick color. My snifter produced little to no head, the teku pour produced a small khaki colored head that settled into a nice halo. Head has stuck around with some spotted lacing, that is slow dancing down the glass. AROMA: Instantly hit with black licorice and molasses. Reminiscent of bourbon county brand stout on the bouquet. Smells of rich dark chocolates and deep dark fruits, currants, plums and ripe plump raisins. Faint aroma of coffee beans hiding under the layers. Smells sweet and boozy at the same time, such an inviting aroma.
TASTE: I just made a deal with the devil, sold my soul for a bottle of beer! Amazing, chocolate covered cherries, floating on a bed of sweet malts. Intense flourishes of burnt caramelized fruits with a toasted nuttiness. The chocolate and sweetness gives way to nice warming alcohol heat that finishes with a nice port wine like flavors. If i had this in a blind taste, I would bet the house this was a barrel aged beer. I’m a huge fan of vanilla and this delivers an immense slap to the taste buds of Madagascar vanilla beans. Delicious!
MOUTHFEEL: For a hard pour that produced almost no head I was expecting a almost lazy flat beer.I was wrong, prickly hidden carbonation that expands into a wonderful creaminess with each sip. Nice burn from the high abv with a dry lingering finish that leaves the flavors hanging around for an eternity in my mouth. OVERALL: As far as a Russian imperial stout goes, this gargantuan beer is the best I’ve had to date. The layers upon layers on both nose and pallet seem to be ever evolving. The sweetness is forefront without being cloying, the alcohol is present without being overbearing. All around an amazing beer for the style and amazing beer in general. The Dark Lord has risen!
APPEARANCE: Pours a clear burnt orange copper color. With slightly muddy brown rim variation and an Intense dark yellow center to the beer. Small but dense khaki colored head, that really left some interesting lacing patterns down my glass.
AROMA: Unlike most IPA’s I have been drinking as of late, this one starts off very strong in the sweet malt profile. Warm fresh out of the oven sugar cookies laced with toffee and caramel. Lemon zest, tropical citrus profile with a tinge of mint in there as well. Lots of leaf floral hop aromas that round out the back end.
TASTE: Just what I was expecting after the the nose, honey spread on toast. A bit on the sweet side of the ipa style. Very malt forward, the malts set the stage for the hops to dance on. Middle of the beer has some wonderful bright tropical fruits, before ending with a bitter grapefruit and piney medley.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium sticky body paired with an aggressive medium plus carbonation.Oily, creamy and very enjoyable on the mouthfeel aspect.
OVERALL: I respect this ipa for not following in the paths of others and really trying to be unique. I do feel the candied malt sweetness is a bit overpowering. If the caramel and toffee were toned just a bit I think the hops would really get a chance to dance on the stage that is Hop Drop N Roll and add a much needed balance to the beer.