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RATINGS: 1652   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


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
The highly anticipated EVIL ONE himself. Thanks jimmack04 for this "suprise". After trying subtley to lure me to his house after he traded this from EddieG(i thank him as well), i sensed something was up and searched around ratebeer only to piece the clues together and foil the suprise. I asked jim on the phone if he got hold of a DARK LORD,and he admitted the truth. From then until the time i arrived at his house there was a permanently fixed smile of anticipation on my face. Ok, while chewing my way through this monstrosity of a beer, i have to say that its not just a good beer. It is an amazing beer experience. Aroma first hits me as some soy, then sweet. Nothing special, im a bit worried. Then i take a sip. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bitersweet chocolate, mollasses, figs, cherries, vanilla. Obviously it is the palate that really makes this special. Milkshake like consistency. Coats my tongue, throat, tonsils, TEETH. Custardy. Probobly could not finish a bottle myself without a stomach ache. But if i had the chance id probobly try. Awesome experience. Needed a nap after this one.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Re-Rate: 05’ Bottle. Pours a pitch black, nice sized brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee and a little molasses. Flavor is BIG full of the above mentioned, along with vanilla, and a little hop kick at the end. Palate is so smooth, goes down like a champ. This is incredible.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Rating # 300, thanks to EddieG! Finally get to try this elusive devil. Pours black as all hell, with a thin light brown head which reminds one of espresso. Vinous aroma of soy, molasses, dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. Damn, this is interesting! Flavor is molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate and some hops. As intriguing as the aroma and flavors are, the most incredible thing about this beer is the body. It is thicker and richer than I could have imagined. It coats your mouth, tongue and throat like Pepto Bismol, albeit extremely delicious Pepto! I couldn’t see myself drinking this all by myself, it’s just too much. That said, I definitely want more!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
2003 version. Pitch black with a dark moka head. Vinous aroma with porto notes, with figs and prunes, and alcohol. Thick creamy mouthfeel, almost buttery. Lots of coffee and chocolate with sweet vanilla. Alcohol burn with finish. Stewed prunes as beer warms up. Excellent beer but overkill . Drank some after opening (3 weeks) and you should have seen the gunk! Overkill. Enjoyed with Capflu in May 2004.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jgb9348 (4652) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Pitch black, fully opaque with a thinnish brown head that lasts quite a while. Strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee, strong dark chocolate and so much more that I cannot even begin to list. Super full-bodied-Syrupy; Strong dark chocolate tastes are the largest up front, followed by roasted malt, chocolate pudding and a coffee bitterness that rides a long time. Overall, an amazing beer-truy a stand-alone imperial stout, but was great to try for the first time! I sampled this 65 cL bottle at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 I sure I won’t be adding anything new with this review, but here it goes. Pours dark brown/black, with a small tan head. Aromas include vanilla, red wine, chocolate, wood, and dark fruit. Body is the thickest I’ve ever experienced, but it is so pleasant and creamy. Your mouth becomes coated. Flavors are molasses, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, wood, and coffee. so really, very much like the aroma. There is some bitterness at the end. Incredibly unique and enjoyable. Worth every bit of the hype.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 2004: Poured viscous black with almost no head...smell was alcohol, chocolate, coffee, oak...tasted absolutely heavenly...first sweetness with vanilla molasses, a touch of alcohol...then came the bittersweet chocolate and coffee...the mouthfeel was OUTSTANDING...velvety smooth and thick...the taste on the back of the tongue was JUST LIKE heavy cream flavor...amazing amazing amazing...

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2158) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Beautiful nose- heavy alcohol, but very inviting. Little bit of burnt wood in there too. Very dark (Duh!) with great lace and legs. No head. First taste is very burnt. A little ashy.VERY full mouthfeel. Almost like cream. Definitely some vanilla and molasses. Alcohol hides itself fairly well until it hits your head.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
This beer poured a blood red concoction w/ brown highlights and it coated my glass! Very plum and raisin sweetness w/ sour ferm fruit. Chocolate and coffee, plums and raisins, light molasses sweet. Very dense and creamy, and full bodied. Thank you Dr. Bill!!!!

3.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
To be totally honest, I was overly excited to try this beer. When I got that red wax sealed cap off the smell immediately said "wow," this might be great. The appearence was jet black; thicker than any other beer I have ever seen and with more sediment than I had ever seen in a beer. The flavor was good, but the beer was just too thick and the deep layer of sludge at the bottom of the bottle adds to the grittiness/thickness of the mouthfeel. The finish actually made me craze something thinner to wash the beer down as this beer was literally like drinking motor oil with it thickness. From other reviews, I can respect this beer, but it doesn’t suit me in that sense. Rather, I am very glad I was able to experience it, but not know that hype sometimes has alot to do with ratings rather than honest, unbiased reviews. Give it try, maybe your review will be better than mine.


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