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RATINGS: 1743   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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A Demonic Imperial Russian stout brewed with Dark Matter Coffee 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 15% ABV
Blue wax = 2014 - 15% ABV
Burgundy wax = 2015


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermakefat (3) - PAW PAW, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
too thick but the flavor is very nice. i have actually converted my car to run off this shit.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2005
a gift AND treasure received from Silphium.....an imperial doesnt get better than this....black syrupy appearance with medium brownish-red head....aroma of caramels, chocolate, vanilla, nuts, molasses....a roasted masterpiece of a flavor, with coffee, chocolate, heavy in molasses, cream, a touch of cherry and bitter hops....WOW....all of this to go along with a perfect creamy, syrupy palate.....if this was made by the dark lord, then i must bid farewell to my church-going experiences....THANKS TO SILPHIUM

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Rating #1000. 2004 Bottle: Almost 2 years old. When originally sampled, this poured like an imperial milkshake, however, it has changed a lot over the past two years. Beer pours black with a nice thick dark, red tinged, tan colored head. Aroma is very rich with molasses, coffee, lots of dark chocolate, some yeast, alcohol and vanilla. Flavor is also very rich. This is totally a desert beer, because drinking this beer is very similar to consuming a chocolate cake. Big rich chocolate flavors, with some roastiness, liquor infused cherries, no hoppiness left to be found in this almost two year old sample, but that is OK. Thickest, most tounge coating, wonderful heavy palate ever. Rated the day before Thanksgiving, USA. Thank you Rate Beer, Nick Floyd, DFW Raters, all of the brewers who are hopping their beers to high heaven. Thanks be to God for His mercy. Bottom of the bottle is more like a remember, sludgy and brimming with yeast and hops. At this point, only the final two inches of the bottle is wasted. I donít believe there will ever be another batch like this one, and I donít know how I am ever going to bring myself to open my last bottle.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2005
This wonderful brew was supplied to me by npdempse. What great stuff. A new favorite for sure. I knew it from the first sip. Super Super dark. No light getting through this sucker. Dark Brown head that faded to a ring and continued to leave decent lacing. Aromas of cherry, molassas, chocolate and coffee. Flavors were outstanding with more molassas, dark currant, and roasted roastiness. Perfect hops on the finish to make the best beer I have ever had. Great Stuff. Thanks again Nick!!!!!!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 2004 edition. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of cherries, rasberries, coffee, caramel, chocolate and fruity. Taste is very complex and almost overwhelming with almost too many tastes to describe. I can see why this one is a top 50 beer. Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Finish lasts a while with some decadent chocolate elements lingering long after the final sip.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Rating #200. Bomber from Ughsmash. So, I was able to converge my 200th rating with the biggest NFL game of the year. Perfect time for a Dark Lord.

When it comes to Impy stouts and aroma, DFHWWS is the benchmark. DL comes close. A lot going on in the nose (cherry, toffee, some metal when cold, caramel, some nuttiness, and even some cooked veggies) Great bredth in the aroma, but the depth isnít there. Maybe Iím nitpicking. When this is cold, the mouthfeel is very roasty. Let me correct myself. Very roasty. Also some metal, licorice, chocolate, coffee, molasses and a few nuts. The finish is very nicely bitter (from the coffee) and dry. Once you get to the second glass and second half of the bottle, it really starts to become chocolate cake ... a chocolate cake with a fudgey, evil, satanic filling. By the end of the bottle, it starts to get a little too sweet. Go figure. Thank you, Jason!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2005
22 oz. bomber courtesy of goldtwins. This beer (my 369th) marks my one year anniversary on RateBeer. An oily, jet-black pour with a HUGE and creamy chestnut head that leaves rows of lacing. I noticed a good bit of syrupy sludge remaining in the bottle after I had poured the beer out. The incredibly rich aroma features plenty of molasses, vanilla beans, coffee and chocolate. Hints of plums and dark cherries in there too. Thick, chewy and syrupy all the way. So unbelievably roasty and chocolate cake-ishly rich! Sweet chocolately malts start off and transition to an equally sweet, molasses middle. Finishes with some powerful hops that linger. Vanilla, cream, cocoa and hints of cherries are present throughout. Burnt toasty tastes poke their head out at the end and become a little overwhelming. Otherwise, this is one of the most drinkable big beers Iíve ever encountered. The alcohol is deceptively well-hidden. The Dark Lord punished me by the end of the bottle. A great way to celebrate my RateBeer anniversary!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2005
The pour is black with a deep tan head. Aroma is malt, alcohol, coffee, plums, molasses, hints of caramel. Complex. In the mouth it delivers more of the same, with hop bitterness and more apparent coffee and molasses notes. A great Russian Imperial, although I find myself less of a fan of this style as I age. Glad I was able to sample this top-rated beer with alaskanwarren. Thanks, Herzon!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Mmm...... wow.When you pour this beer you realize you didnít know what inky black really meant. And Iíve certainly never seen a head as dark and oily brown as this before. The aroma is so roasty and so mysterious.... wow. Hints of plum, coffee and molasses abound through that carbon roast that just eminates from the glass. Tasting it is much more of the same. Assaulted with the roasts, but balanced by the other flavors of more plum, coffee and caramel. And whatís that? Hops? Sure enough. Plenty there once you start looking for it. The way it just coats the glass with itís oily residue, you wonder - did I just put that in my body? yessir my friend. And you thank yourself for the opportunity. And thanks Hezron too, for the bottle. Yum.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
neillio (4) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2005 does not count
this beer is definetly IT. So strong and roasty its a bit scary. This beer made me think less of other stouts i once thought were special. Three Floydís knew what they were doing and did not hold back(as usual). Iím not surprised they would make such a fine brew but i was surprised by the price. Unfortunatly its worth every penny...


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