This is a pretty special review for two reasons: 1) Jay http://youtube.com/jjrudy41 joins me for the first time in a few months and 2) we're reviewing what is often considered the second-best beer in the world. It's true, Three Floyds Dark Lord is kind of like the Westvleteren 12 of the USA. It's only brewed once a year and the only way to get it is to go to the brewery and wait in line on a certain Saturday in April.
Be sure to check out Jay's version of this review on his channel when he posts it as a video response to this.
4.2AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Split a 2010 vintage with a friend, about 6 months old.
Appearance: Dark as night, with just a hint of ruby red at the edges. Small, brown, frothy head (regenerates with a vigourous swirl of the glass).
Aroma: similar to red wine with sour grape notes; some dark chocolate as well; some rich syrup-like scents (honey, molasses).
Taste: Two flavors in one: red wine taste up front; bittersweet dark chocolate on the finish. Very rich. As it warms more fruity flavors open up: cherry, plum, molasses. Alcohol presence noticeable and somewhat distracts from the palette.
Mouthfeel: Typical stout consistency, but not as thick as I was expecting. Chocolate bitterness lingers + sour grapeness. I want a glass of milk afterwards!
Drinkability: For a 15% ABV beer it drinks like something about half the potency. Definitely an alcoholic presence but it’s a gentle warmth - not a burn.
Overall: A really good RIS and a really good beer. Not quite second-best-beer-on-the-planet good, but good nevertheless (great, actually).