‘09, ‘10, ‘11 vintages of Three Floyd’s Dark Lord. Reactions to come….
So I’ve thought about it for a couple days and have come to the conclusion that I am not a fan of the Russian Imperial Stout. Personally it’s just not my cup of tea, or perhaps my palate has not evolved to the point of actually liking it.
That being said, I do have to say I really appreciate the beer. We tasted 3 vintages, 2009-2011, and while there was some common thread between them, they were all very very different. The ‘09 was very sweet and syrupy, while the ‘10 had a significant bite to it, and finally the ‘11 portrayed more of the coffee taste (Intelligentsia by the way, which I’m told is good coffee, because I don’t drink coffee). All in all I’d say it was definitely a good experience, but I probably won’t be drinking it again.
What I would like to do is visit the annual Dark Lord Day festival next time. After you purchase your ticket you are granted entry and the right to buy some Dark Lord. What is really interesting and very cool is that people come from all over with rare and home brews to trade for Dark Lord and its former iterations, sometimes fetching high prices for the right to taste these exceptionally unique beers.
Dark Lord hails from Three Floyd’s Brewery in Munster Indiana. The brewery started in 1996, and since then has become one of the best members of the craft brewing community. They have a seriously diverse variety of both regular and seasonal beers that will run your taste buds through the gustatory gauntlet.
If you do get the chance to drive down to Munster, you should definitely check out their small yet awesome brewpub. Hidden in an industrial park, and often packed to the brim, there is nothing better than tasting a beer in the place that it comes from (They have some pretty delicious food too). Trust me, having some Stella Artois in Leuven or Straffe Hendrik in Brugge creates a totally different experience. That may be a bit of a stretch, since it’s way cooler to go to Belgium, but after living there I never miss a chance to mention it.
When all is said and done, if you want to try a very complex beer with flavor that evolves uniquely as it ages, Dark Lord is a pretty awesome experience and will destroy your narrow preconceptions of what lives in the realm of beer.