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RATINGS: 1609   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
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Dark muddy brown with a small, but creamy kahki colored head. Raisins, plums, dates, dark chocolate and the slightest hint of hops highlight the aroma. Figs plums, rasins are all apart of the flavor. Bitter roasted chocolate as well. Mouth feel is unlike anything I have ever had. An imperial stout milkshake! Lovely warming finish. This stuff is unreal. Thanks to jcapriotti for sending me 2 bottles of this nectar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Wow. This one really delivered. It is probably the most flavourful beer that I have, and ever will taste. I didn't really notice too much in the aroma, just a malty chocolate. As for the appearance, it is dark. A very thick dark black colour. A creamy reddish/tan head sits upon the top. Flavor is extremely complex and will require many tastings to explain fully. As for now, I will describe the flavor as a rich, extra creamy, chocolate. Also has hints of sugar and dark roasted coffe. There is a little blast of alcohol in the finish. Texture is very thick, oily, and as creamy as a beer can get. Thoroughly coats the mouth and throat. Makes my mouth feel wonderful. The flavor stayed with me for a long time after it was finished. Everything about this beer is terrific. Superb. Very bold and not for the weak hearted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
Rich coffee aroma is joined by a duo of peat and smoke. Chocolate truffle is the colour of this elixer, which exhibits a tiny, almost dusty cappuccino head. Panda liquorice, chicory, strong coffee, and chocolate are the flavours I most detected. As full bodied a brew as can possibly be. Incredibly complex. Chewy, glorious mouthfeel, oily, creamy, salty, blessedly bitter. Absolutely Magnificent!! Many, many Thanks to frielock!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 2004. Pours a thick, dark, chocolate brown, head almost the same color as the body, a good amount of yeast. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. The aroma was great, although a little lighter. The fattest, chewiest body Iíve ever come across by far. Like drinking pudding. Flavor was delicious: chocolate creme, vanilla, roasty malt, some underlying hops, and a little bit of alcohol to say "donít f%#$@ with this." I canít believe I wasnít let down by this. Totally deserving of the praise it gets. Excellent. 8/4/10/5/19 2005 bottle: far dryer, heavier on the roast which throws of the balance from the big chocolate cream. Not as full of a body either, although the 2004 was like drinking pudding. Didnít blow me a way like before, although still a solid beer. 8/4/8/4/16 This would be somewhat of an average of the two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 2008-08-15. Pitch black with a modest brown head. (4+) Aroma is a touch muted, chocolate and sweet malt. (7+) Flavour is super rich and sweet but simple. Rich sweet malt core. (7+) Smooth medium bodied palate. Solid but just not as awesome as past vintages. 8/4/8/4/16 - 4.0 2008 Vintage, Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

"Isnít that Paul Reuben???" - Blankboy.

Vintage 2004 2008-05-17. Black syrupy body with a modest dark khaki head. Sweet aroma, interesting fruity notes, light roast, sweet malt. (7+) Sweet malty foundation in the flavour with a lot of hop and roast bitterness. Light fruit/raisin notes. (7+) Think syrupy palate is full bodied but less rich than my memory of it. Admittedly it IS 4 years old, and I probably remember it being thicker than it was! I think it has reached the point where it is starting to go downhill, but is still lovely on its own merits. Many thanks to Frylock for the chance to have a second look from the same trade! 8/4/8/4/16-17 - 4.1 At Rudolfís, shared by Frylock

Vintage 2004/5 (Pink Wax) Black body with a small but thick brown chocolate milk coloured head. Lightly acidic malt dominates the aroma, with hints of raisins and other dark fruits. Mild alcohol presence and a light something I cannot place. Flavour has a lot of moderate lightly acidic roast malt throughout. A dry but not chalky cocoa finish makes sure to paint your mouth on the way down, with a slowly diminishing refrain. Full oily palate is quite nice. (4+) but still lacks that thick yogurt like body that I remember from my first sampling. Whether or not that first taste was as full bodied and smooth as I remember is another question. Thanks for sharing Paul, this is always a rare treat! 7-8/4/8-9/4+/17-18 - 4.4

Vintage 2005 RBSG 2005. Dark oily black body with a chocolate coloured head coats the glass. Aroma of mild acidity roast and dark chocolate. Dark roasty bitterness and some bitter chocolate, much more bitterness than expected. Full bodied palate yet still significantly thin compared to the 2004 I sampled. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7

Original Rating Bottle. 2004 Vintage Rated March 2004 at my apartment Beer Christening. Good chocolate coloured head sits proudly but does not linger long upon its throne of a thick viscous body that smoothly caresses its way across the palate. Frequent fleeting visits of mildly roasty bitter chocolate and occasionally the smallest clue that belies the alcoholic content of this fabulous beer. Layers of complexity in the flavour seem to reach out and taunt me with the fact that I will not soon have a chance to sample them again, before leaving me to ponder the brown film left across my glass. Part of me had hoped that a trip through Ontario might lessen the Dark Lordís power but he has brought me into his fold and I am a true believer. Many thanks to his disciple Frylock for spreading the Gospel of the Dark Lord to the Northern reaches of Toronto. 8/5/9/5/20 - 4.7

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Thick, muddy dark brown w/ creamy brown head. Intense aroma of dark chocolate, figs, molasses, & vanilla accented w/ some smokey, roasty notes. Unbelievably thick, creamy, buttery feel--exceptional. Rich complex flavour of chocolate, espresso, molasses, cream, butter, vanilla, roast, smoke & oak. Remarkably the hops is quite subtle & accents the flavour perfectly. Finish is long (I can almost still taste it). Exceptional.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 2004 bottling: Sampled at 61 deg F.
Deep dark black color, completely opaque, with a brown head (forms from the top - downward...weird.) It coated my glass with a thick, tan film...like smearing motor oil on glass. The aroma was very strong...raspberries, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, burnt bread, and a slight alcohol tone. The flavor was extremely sweet...raspeberries, cherries, vanilla, molasses, burnt bread,bitter chocolate, and a slight hint of citrusy hops. The feel was as thick and creamy as I could ever imagine in a beer...very oily...heavily coating my tongue and mouth.

Everything about this beer lived up to my year+ long fantasy. It is an incredible experience...one that I will never forget. This is absolutely the best beer I've seen/smelled/tasted/felt!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Extremely thick black color with a reverse cascading brown head. Wonderful rich molasses, vanilla, roasted malt and slight alcohol aroma. Very sweet molasses, vanilla roasted malt, raspberry, citrus hops and dark fruit flavors. This is the thickest beer ever! It feels like a creamy, velvety smooth truffle. Deliciously chewey. I have no choice but to give this a perfect score!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 The bottle is just awesome, crowned with deep red wax and sporting a Todd McFarlane/Spawn-esque label. The beer pours like black velvet with thick milk chocolate mousse for a head. Aroma is powerful dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, vanilla and herbal notes reminicent of Jagermeister. So intimidating Iím almost afraid to taste it. The opening is tingly and a bit tart then malts roll across the tongue in thick velvety waves. Finish is dry with just a hint of alcohol. Dangerously drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. Simply a killer beer well worth all the praise. Thanks for sharing BrooklynBoy.------&# Release: All that I said above still applies. While removing the sediment was good on one hand, I think a touch of the character went with it. Iím also worried that it wonít age as well. Also, the orange wax doesnít look as good...Complaints aside, this is still probably the best beer in the world.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Pours a thick black without much more than a trace of head. It looks as omninous once poured as it did hiding behind that scary label. The aroma is quite complex, lots of scents detected, most noteably: Leather, licorice, chocolate, raisins, coffee, half-way dried roses, and maybe a hint of alcohol. Very complex flavor, I can't quite sort it all out. It's very heavy on the dried fruits and chocolate. Coffee notes are present throughout but seem to play just underneath the threshold. Slightly smoky finish. More notes can be deciphered but I can't find names for them all, besides whatever I did call them would sound something like "'x' crossed with 'y' with a hint of 'z'." All the flavors combine synergistacally(sp?) combine to form liquid poetry in my mouth. This beer is like a whore that is trying to get with every tastebud in my mouth that it can! The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and creamy without being offensive in any way. Drinkability is out of this world for a beer of this magnitude. I can't think of a beer with this abv that is this well hidden. The beer is infinitely interesting so boredom is no worry. Like I said before this beer is like intercourse for your tastebuds!

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