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RATINGS: 1756   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mentor (2) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2005 does not count
Thick pour and thick mouthfeel, yet it feels like tiny bits of foul roasted grain on my tongue. Smell is caramel, roast, chocolate, and alcohol. Tastes potently choclate and roast that only a hint of alcohol and black patent sour penetrate. This beer is not good, don’t believe the hype.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2005
Huge thanks Denton (Jokes) for this out of this world Imperial stout. Ultra dark brown-black color with the most creamy froth ever seen. The head is like a Sabalione made with the blachest expresso coffee you can imagine. The color of the foam is intens warm brown and the concistency is super creamy. Mega complex aroma, it is nobel sweetish, has touches of Irish Coffee (made with Blackbush), nice hints of sweet tar, burned caramel, the blackend crust of sweet raisin bread, agorn sirup, corn-flowers, flower-pollen, cinnamon stick, burned edges of a hand made tarte tattin, crème brullée and fresh vanilla, cofit d’orange black chocolate and loads of herbs like sage, laurell leaf, mint and an outstanding selection of hops. The taste is super smooth. It is sweet without being sweet, it is super roasted without being over burned and it has this outstanding fruity part well coutered by the fine refreshing herbs and hops. First there is a sweet super concentrated coffee boost, then the creamy vanilla and fortified wine accenst are comming forward. Hints of Orange marmalade, Malaga wine and touches of a Dr Parcé Banyuls Hors d’age are giving this beer a complex elegance. later the well integrated herbal touches brings some extra refreshment in this most exelent stout brew. The high alcohol is super integrated and the afthertaste is rich, complex and herbal refreshing. Is this the ultimat Imperial Stout? Yes, to me it is.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Rating #500 - 22oz 2005 bottle - Pours the darkest black I have ever seen. Not one bit of light dares to penetrate this motor oil thick brew. A dark mocha head graces it then drops back to a film that laces the sides of the snifter like a milkshake in layers. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, plums, and a bit of bourbon. Flavor is smoky, almost burnt, coffee, molasses, chocolate and a touch of vanilla, a nice citrus hop finish makes this a delight on the tongue. The mouthfeel is quite heavy and thick. It coats the inside of your mouth like a sticky chocolate milkshake and is oh so smooth to drink. Not one bit of the alcohol can be found except for the warmth at the end of the sip. Absolutely decadent and beautiful. If there ever was a perfect beer this really has to be it.. I don’t know really what to take points away from this for so I’m just going to give it my perfect 5. A masterpiece and very worthy of it’s spot in the ratings!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
900th rating. Very nice roasty nose, notes of brandy, quite sweet. Jet black body, small ruby tint, small tan head. Sweet and roasty flavor, lots of brandy. Good stuff. Thanks Rene for sharing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 Updated 10/30/05. Sampled the 04 and the 05 side by side yesterday. The 04 is killer stuff, so viscous and dense. The 05 was good, but not nearly as intense an experience as the 04. Perhaps both the ageing and unfiltering made a difference. Regardless, my score is going up. Original Rating 8/8/05 Bottle 4/05 courtesy of Edward. The first time I sampled this was in a blind tasting during one of the Champaign-Urbana beer club meetings. I have to say I was impressed, but not at all overwhelmed. Ironically, of the Imperial Stouts we sampled that night, I found myself most drawn to the 2005 Founders. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, brown sugar, and dark spices made this a great beer, but imho, not worthy of its current status on ratebeer. Perhaps the unfiltered 04 version merited the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Here it is. Direct from the brewery and sitting in my 55 degree fridge for 3 months. It is finaly time to sample the Dark Lord. It pours a thick black with shimmers of deep red and a huge creamy brown head with tiny uniform bubbles which continue to emerge from the blackness, building an expanding head. The aroma is sharp and powerful. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Smokey with a strong dark fruityness and a hint of alcohol. Deep coffee and chocolate malts also bring with them an expected sweetness from a beer of this strength. The malts flow effortlessly into a wonderful sharp citrus hop and both malt and hop linger in equal portions. There is only a hint of alcohol, which is quite a task for a beer of this strength. The feel is full bodied, both sweet and bitter and a stronger grapefruit hop feel and flavor emerges as it warms up. It’s amazing how clean and calm a beer of this size is. It is neither overpowering with malt nor hop or for that matter alcohol. It’s tremendous that is is so calm yet has such great complexity at the same time. It’s hard to understand how such bold flavors can emerge, without any overpowering the others. I was unsure what to expect because of the hype, but this beer is worth every penny and accolade that has been thrown upon it. My highest rated beer yet. Bravo Three Floyds. Bravo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (Bottle 65 cl) Black, almost opaque with a dark brown head. Pronounced roasted malt and a distinct alcohol. Lovely full-bodied, extremely raisiny - all sorts of dried fruit and chocolate before a hot and alcoholic finish. Delicious indeed. 170705 and 070907

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crockett (1039) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
Pours a black tar. Tight sticky dark brown head. Aroma and flavour are completely intertwined. Chocolate espresso, chocolate mousse cake. Dirty tar and mediciney hops. Vanilla. Heavy pudding. So bloody tastey. Not over-hyped in the slightest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2005
Pitch black body with a light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with both coffee and chocolate notes. Coffee bitter flavor with a nice sweet touch from dark fruit and chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 bottle 2005. pours a thick black thin dark brown head dissipates quickly aroma is a bit of a let down not very strong. coffee dominates followed by molasses some dark chocolate. taste is molasses then coffee then port wine. the mouth feel is smooth and creamy kind of sticky and then gives way to dry and bitter. very good and the best label i have ever seen. huge thanks to foot balm for this one. rerate. this is a 04’ bottle recieved in trade with captain cougar. damn this is awsome. much thicker than the 05’ and the coffee has mellowed out alot. aroma is dark cherry chocolate coffee taste is like a much stronger version of bells expedition. wow this is truly a great beer.

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