At last, the day came. I've submitted my first paper last night. It was time to celebrate, and what better way to celebrate than with one of the finest beers in the world. The Dark Lord, from Three Floyds, is currently #11 on the Beer Advocate list of top beers in the world. It's extremely hard to find, and I graciously had a bottle shipped to me by Chicago Ry.
The beer manages to have a head despite the extremely high alcohol contenst (13% ABV). The head doesn't hang out long, though. It is, of course, jet black.
The aroma is mostly hazelnut and coffee with a hint of vanilla. The flavor is very toasty. The taste of very darkly toasted bread is much more prominent in this beer than in most imperial stouts I've had. It has a decent floral hop character to it, too. It doesn't taste as dry and strongly hopped as, say, Victory's Storm King, but in a beer this heavy, much heavier and thicker than the aforementioned Storm King, it's hard for hops to dominate. As the beer warms up, I get a little more chocolate and fig along with a mild dark cherry flavor in the sweetness. Thankfully, that cherry is not of cough syrup. It's hard to objectively say that this was the best imperial stout I've ever had. I briefly considered using this at my double-blind imperial stout taste test, but then I was like, **** that, I'm drinking this myself. Anyway, this is an excellent, excellent beer. Easy