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RATINGS: 1658   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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A Demonic Imperial Russian stout brewed with INTELLIGENTSIA coffee,vanilla, and molasses.

DarkLord is only available once a year at DarkLord Day at the Three Floyds Brewpub.

Vintage guide:

Red wax = 2004
Orange wax = 2005
Gold wax = 2006
Silver wax = 2007
Black wax = 2008
White wax = 2009
Green wax = 2010 - 15% ABV
Yellow wax = 2011 - 15% ABV
Red wax = 2012 - 15% ABV
Orange wax = 2013 - New Label

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtw (1089) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2005
2005 bottle thanks to captaincougar! holy holy crap. this beer oozes out of the bottle leaving a small electric-brown head. i think the room got a little darker when i poured this--light cannot escape the black hole that my glass has become. aroma is milder than i expected but still rich with chocolate, woody tannins, alcohol, even a touch of sweet vanilla and honey. before you can even taste it, the liquid spreads itself over your entire mouth like some sort of sentient cough syrup--then once your tastebuds are surrounded, theyíre assaulted with more chocolate, oak, coffee, sugar, alcohol, some hop bitterness hidden deep away. the finish is....hmm. there isnít really a finish. it kicks your mouth in the ass for as long as it can, and then it kicks you some more. good god i wish i could drink this more often!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2005
A big big one for number 50. Blacker than black, not an overpowering aroma, but nice. Suprisingly smooth, reminds me of Expedition without the bitter and harsh finish to it. A great brew deserving of its rank among the worldís best. Oh yeah and this one has taste for days!!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99 (10544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I was luck and got two bottles at Jungle Jimís in Cincinnati. Black hue with small dark brown head. Aroma was a complex heavy combo of molasses, chocolate and coffee. Full creamy body. Flavor was as complex of heavy sweet and a long solid finish. Clearly has earned this high rating and I am looking forward to bottle two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 Rerate. I let this bottle sit in my fridge for 8 months. It didnít quite taste like the first time. It seemed more mellow. Strong coffee and smokiness. I couldnít really tell any difference between this and an Expedition stout. Both are excellent. This one is just a rip off. Finally, after 3 years of waiting I got my hands on this and, story of my life, it didnít live up to all the hype. Itís good, but no different than any other imperial stout. Black as coal with a strange brown head. Thick as molasses. Overwhelming scent of coffee, and flavor is skewed most specifically to coffee. Doesnít really taste like a beer, more like a coffee milkshake. $16 a bomber is probably the biggest scam Iíve ever experienced. Donít waste your time trying to find this. Iíd rather have an Alpha King. RERATE. had it on cask and it just tasted like alcohol and coffee. together they tasted like apple juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2005
highly sought after, much anticipated. this surely lives up to all the hype. worth every penny. this was one viscous beer. poured a thick black with an impressive brown head. while the aroma was inviting, it wasnt all that special and did not justice to the taste, so at first sip i was pleasantly smacked over the head with flavor, not to mention a chewy mouthful of this imperial coffee stout. the strong bitter black coffee flavor played off of the multitute of other flavors in this perfectly. this could be sipped or gulped, was both delicate and and way over the top at the same time. i am really glad that i got to try this. it is difficult to imagine a better beer than this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 So, after a year of being here, Dark Lord is released again. We didnít make it to the brewery, but we found it at the Binnyís in Hyde Park. Damn glad that we did. Pours a syrup black. Looks like maple syrup with a fluffy brown head. So pretty. I sat smelling it for a while, as it was a little overchilled. Smell had coffee, hairspray, molasses. Actually, the aroma detracted a little bit. I was nowhere near ready for what was next. I took a sip and was taken aback. It was thick, like when an inkpen explodes in your mouth. Easily the thickest beer Iíve ever had. Iíd probably equate it to chocolate syrup. Taste is amazing as well. Lots of coffee, sweetness, molasses. Seems like the only bittering agent in this beer is coffee and it works wonders. Thereís so much going on. This is my new favorite. Had the 2006 batch after the release in 2006, much more muted... 2005 had on 5/10/8: couple years have turned this into a new beer, equally as good and confirming that I wasnít naive when I first had it. Strong and thick, the hops have mellowed out and brought forth more roast. Still amazing and could handle the time like it ainít no thing. 2008 had on 5/9/8: This was different than the 2005. Lots of fruitiness in the nose, peaches and such. Minimal coffee character and reasonably sweet. Of note, there was about 5oz of sludge in the bottom of the bottle that afforded a ton of hop character and roastiness and more astringency than the decanted portion. Awesome awesome beer... 2011 Edition-12/20/11. Bigger and sweeter, not as big of a body as it used to have. More nutmeg notes come through but dry out with roast. Really quite sweet. Will be interested to see how this one ages...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WBC (8) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2005 does not count

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Thanks to Chuck for letting me sample this so early in my beer rating career. Head looks like chocolate ice cream. Dark tan and very thick stays around. Black color. Pours like 10w30 motor oil. Tingles on the palate. Very strong and bitter. Caramel, thick malty taste. Think espresso beans in chocolate all ground up. Very full-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 2007 vintage Wow! This beer is back to itís former glory. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a thin dark tan head. The aroma is phenomenal. Strong notes of rhubarb and strawberry laced dark chocolate and coffee. The palate is the first thing that hits. Rich and full bodied, creamy, pudding. Holy cow! Back to the 2004 quality. The flavor is chocolate, rich and fully complex. Coffee, yeasty pudding, chocolate, light rhubarb. 9, 5, 9, 5, 18 = 4.6
Chuck opened one to share on a condition that I share one of mine with him. Thanks Chuck! First of all, if the appearance could be a 6, thatíd be fine by me. Thick, permanent brown head thatís like chocolate mousse atop a thick motor oil black body. We wonder what candlepower would be necessary to shine through this. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, molasses. The flavor is very roasted. Coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, grass hops hide under the big malts. The palate is ultra thick, lingering, alcohol, good carbonation. 9/5/8/4/18 = 4.4

Resampled on 8/20/05 with my brother. I upped the flavor 1 notch. Also, the alcohol is covered up a bit more than when first sampled. 9/5/9/4/18 = 4.5

Sampled a 2004 red-waxed bottle per Todd, the non rater beer guy. THANKS! This version is MUCH better. Although, the scores are very similar, its so different and MUCH, MUCH better. FFF, bring back the original version! The beer has a full mouthfeel and is VERY thick and viscous. I even drank the sediment it was so good. The beer has a gorgeous head atop a dark black body. It is a tan/dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, even in the 30+ oz challis we poured it into. The flavor is the richest, maltiest, most chocolate laced beer ever. The palate is VERY viscous and coating. Better and more mellow than the 2005 version. I did dock a point on the aroma, but that was likely due to the glass size. 8/5/10/5/18 = 4.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Many thanks to Cornfield for getting me some of this from the DL Release Party.

"What the hellís a íreverse cascading head?í " I asked myself, unknowingly pouring a-little-too-high in the glass. I was then forced to helplessly watch a small head transmogrify exponentially over the rim like an 8th-grade Science Fair project. "OK... got it." This beer poured black and viscous with one of the darkest heads Iíve ever seen. Incredible lace made me shudder as it faced me with a skeletal grin, like a deathís head moth (<a href=http://www.workinlate.com/images/beer/DarkLor for Image). Incredible potency in its aromas of burnt, strong coffee. Flavor hit the tongue with a chocolate sweetness, then transformed into a thick, bitter monster. Full bodied; silky yet glutinous. Three Cheers for Three Floyds!

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