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RATINGS: 1668   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 15% ABV
Blue wax - 2014 - 15% ABV


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2005 Iíve waited a while for my turn with this one....thanks Eyedrinkale! Let me first state Iím so glad this lived up to the hype. The color is pitch-black and it has a brown head which disappeared over the time I was busy smelling....the wonderful aroma....strong, powerful nose of coffee, chocolate, plums, raisins, wood, molasses, soy, and alcohol. Definitely a lot going on here. The flavor is very sweet with complex notes of dark roasty malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, softly carbonated....tongue coating. It ends with a nice dry hop bitterness chasing some kind of dark fruits. Complete from beginning to end...and boy was I sad to see that bottle end. It had everything I want in my ale, especially my impy stouts. I couldíve done without the 3 inch layer of sludge on the bottom, but it was a small price to pay.... Iíll have this again someday!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Finally I got to try this one thanks to eyedrinkale. To call this black would be an understatement. Black hole would be more appropriate as it seemed to suck light in. A tan head that left oily sheeting down the glass. Dark malts, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, coffee aroma. So much aroma it almost hurt the nose. The tastes were coffees, chocolate, sweetness, hops, carmel, and some hints of vanilla. Wow, this was tasty, sipped on this for a long time just to make sure I got all that I could out of it. Syrupy mouth coating thickness that coats the inside of your very being, well not really, but it was still think as all get out. If not for the almost undrinkable hop paste at the bottom of the bottle this would have been perfect.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Thanks JPDIPSO. This is a good Imperial Stout. Tons of Malt, and bitter sweet chocolate flavor. Finishes thick, chewy, and rich.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4819) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 Excellent aroma of sweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee and fruit. Pours a very thick motor oil black with a tan head that is more of a ring than a head. This beer starts thick and then begins to look like a smoothie the deeper you go into the bottle. Very malty up front with lot of chocolate and fruit. Finishes more on the coffee side with a light alcohol burn that is only there for the first few sips and then dissapears. The closer you get to the bottom, the thicker or more hoppier it gets. Need to drink this side by side with Speedway. Many many thanks to Eyedrinkale for this one!!!!!!!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Red Wax- Aroma is chocolate, rasberries, cherries, molasses, and butterscotch. Taste is extremely complex and changing over 15 seconds after a sip... chocolate, cherries, caramel. Really an amazing beer, but something I would only want like 6 oz of in a sitting. Re-Rate Silver Wax- Oily black, no head. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, mollases, dark chocolate, old coffee. Taste is licorice, light alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Body is thick, and filling. Still a wonderful beer, but not quite what I remember the original bottled batch. White Wax- Oily black, very light mocha carbonation. Taste still not as dominate as red wax but seems to be getting closer. Still roasty, and smooth with chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 much thanks to enniskillen for this brew!!!!after much anticipation,i get to be in the presence of the dark lord.we sat his majesty in my snifter glassand he poured out just like used motor oil.i even got a bit of a dark brown head with mine.i put the glass to my nose and the dark lord gave me a complex blend of cherries,beef jerkey,roasted malts,and coffee.now its time for the first sip.i was so excited even the butterflies in my stomach were thirsty...... WOW!the major thing i noticed was that the palate changed for over 10 seconds,and then left a coating in my mouth untll the next sip.cherries,blackend malts,coffe,smoke,toffee,and a bit of alcohol rounded out the palate.(if i could give the palate a 10,i would.) my eyes were lit up,my palate was exhuasted,and my teeth were coated.if i could describe this beer in one word,it would be......BLACK! 2005 BOTTLE RATED ON JAN. 1 2006.... poured black as night with a small brown head.aroma was a mix of cookies,roasted malts,coffee and alcohol.flavor was a complex mix of brownies,cookies,coffee,chocolate,and alcohol.mouthfeel was super thick and the palte was amazing.COMMENTS AFTER THE BOTTLE WAS FINISHED ON JAN. 1 2006.i was happy that this bottle had no sludge as the 2004 did.although i liked the flavor of the 2004 a bit better.the 2005 was more bitter and i could not detect the molasses in this years batch.mouthfeel was a little lighter as well. 2006 BOTTLE RATED ON JULY 5TH.BY WAY OF 1FASTSTI:again the body was super black with a very small dark brown head.aroma was a nice mix of chocolate brownies,brown sugar,molasses,and maybe a hint of coffee?the flavor came on a rush of over ten seconds and really changed over this period.chocolate,coffee,brownies,figs,raisons,purp grapes,and a tiny alcohol finish all sent my tounge into a tailspin.the mouthfeel was super thick and as i said,the palate was awsome.although after a few sips it did get a little sweet,and the alcohol became a little overbearing.id say the 2005 is a little better than the 2006. i think the 06 could use some aging.(2007 BOTTLE SAMPLED ON SEPT. 03 2007)as usual its black as black can be.although i didnt get much head from this years batch.the aroma is sweet and sticky dark fruits,roasted malts,smoke,and dark chocolate.the flavor is even more complex than the aroma.i get dark fruits,coffee,chocolate,molasses,símores,smoke,roa malts,slightly lighter fruits like green apples,brown sugar,etc.its so complex its hard to really pick out everything.although at the same time it seems likes it a bit smoother than the 06 or 05.this ranks right up with the 04 version for sure.well once again as i sip on this it just becomes to sweet.im gonna cork up the bottle and try and drink the rest tomorrow.(2008 BOTTLE RATED ON 5-22-08)thick,black,and nasty in appearance.(as expected.)small dark brown head with some legs on her.the aroma is roasted malts,dark fruit,alcohol,coffee,molasses,chocolate,and metal.the flavor is much of the same with the sweetness from the molasses really sticking out.pretty damn good stuff,but still a bit over-hyped.(re-rate)well im about halfway through the 08 bottle and as with the others.its just getting to sticky sweet.i think the rating needs to be lowered again.

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: 05í 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 couldnít see myself drinking this all by myself, itís 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 (9998) - 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.


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