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RATINGS: 1651   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Very very dark motor-oil brown with no translucence. The aroma blends potent tones of grape, chocolate, fig, cherry, and molasses. The flavor has an overwhelmingly rich distinction of molasses, chocolate/vanilla, grape, alcohol, and raspberry. The palate is insanely complex and perhaps as full-bodied as you can get. Overall, this is the quintessential "knock-out" beer...WOW, my first beer tasted to deserve a perfect score...I’m ready for bed...Special thanks to BBB63 for this opportunity and Eric for helping my ratings!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2004
This stuff almost pours like dirty motor oil.Very dark and you can almost see the heavy feel it’s going to impart upon ya.malty aroma with a nice fruit side and a decent chocolate side to it.More smells then this over powered nose can handle.Very nice malt coffee taste with plenty of fruit tones and a mild chocolate coming through.Whoa,this brew really sneaks up on you if your not paying attention.More beer then i am worthy of,but i had to take Jcalbre advice and finally try it for myself.Very drinkable brew with only light hints of it’s real power.The ABV.while be definatley present is fairly decently hidden by all the other flavors and aroma’s.No wonder this brew is so sought after.It definately makes me wish i had a case of this brew for ageing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 wow.... dark and thick while pouring, not thick like say most russian imoerial stouts, but thick like maple syrup or motor-oil... I HAVE seen motor oil thinner than this.... damn. the nose is thick with molasses, and maple... oh my god tha flavor hits in waves... strongly sweet, progressing to a deeper sweetness with a nice bitterness... id say dark fruits, but that would be a defintie underrepresentation of this particular flavor... this stuff is more like a wine than a beer. very nice. it has everything...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 (22oz bottle) Pours a dark-brown head and a opaque body. VERY oily. Vinous nose with alcohol and prunes. Flavour is SO thick. Oily, strong coffee and a creamy finish. A good detection of its 13% alcohol with a chocolate malt flavour. Excellent beer. Thanks Raindog for the opportunity to try this...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CyclistSarah (15) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Tastey, thick creamy body goes down well with a good aftertaste to be enjoyed for a while.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Bottled version. This is a 2-part rating, the first dealing with the beer before the "yeast" pour, the second after.

Aroma is massively rich, sweet and fruity, notes of semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, grapefruit, plum, earth, pine, red grape, molasses, honey, roasty malt, vanilla, etc. etc. Thick black color with an oily sheen on the surface and a very slight dark brown head. Flavor is like a melted chocolate bar mixed with heavy cream, turkish coffee, dirt, dark, vaguely sweet fruits, more molasses and dark honey, faint nuttiness and bitterness; finishes extremely long, moderately bitter and curiously dry. Body is beyond full, this is pretty much the thickest carbonated beverage imaginable, like stout concentrate (just add water!).

Now, on to what happened when I poured out the yeast-like substance that completely infused the last 8oz. (about 1/3) of the bottle.

Pouring the gelatinous sediment just ruined the beer. It now smells like chocolate and moldy oranges. Appearance is now like something dredged out of a sewer or waste treatment plant, or 20W50 motor oil that hasn’t been changed for about 15,000 city miles. It was a struggle to even put the glass to my lips at this point, and when I took a sip I instantly regretted it. Flavor and texture are now that of old coffee grounds and talcum powder mixed into overdone pudding. Good God, what is this stuff?? It’s sure as hell not like any yeast/sediment I’ve ever seen...not powdery, not grey, but semi-liquid, thixotropic, pervasive in the extreme. It leaves a texture on the tongue that is beyond grainy and thick; absolutely disgusting. Dumping it down the drain made me feel briefly guilty for committing a crime against the environment.

Anyway, my numerical score for this beer is an average of before and after. Before sediment pour, actually quite intriguing and delicious. After, a horrible, horrible mistake that should not be inflicted upon any seeker of good beer. Just what the hell happened here?!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2004
Black with compact dark brown head. Aroma of alcohol and dark fruits. Sweet flavour of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. The finish is hoppy, dry and bitter. Full bodied. The last 10cL. in the bottle is extremely thick. Thanks Jeppe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14315) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 2010-06-19, vintage 2009, 8-4-7-4-15=38
It pours oily black, thick, with a minimal brownish head. Aroma of roasted malt, but also phenol, strong, very medicinal. Thick body, it has strong flavor, mix of caramel, roasted malt, tar, traces of liquorice and coffee; later, there is the alcohol that starts appearing; enough sugars. Strong bitterness. The final is based on rosted malts, sweet and bitter at the same time. Powerful, but not impressive.

2010-05-05, draught at Mikkeller Bar, opening night, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Dense black; virtually no head, just a thin collar. Aroma of chocolate, cookies, light cinnamon. Thick body (less than the bottle), oily mouthfeel, chocolate flavor, some alcohol. A bit too much, without being enough.

2007-09-21, Stockholm Beer Festival, afterfestival at Per’s, 8-4-10-5-18=45
Black color; creamy head, not persistent. The aroma is very phenolic, and of course sweet caramel, liquorice, some coffee, alcohol, leather. Totally thick mouthfeel, a bit oily, sweet, bitter, with a perfect combination of caramel and chocolate and hints of roasted malt; more liquorice at the end. Warming. Powerful Ambrosia.

2004-04-23, 8-4-9-4-17=42
Cloudy dark brown color, green hue; no head. All the classic flavor components of North America Imperial Stouts, but quite well mixed together; anyway, the thickest beer I ever had. Not complex, a lot of sweetness; pleasant also because less bitter and aggressive than others. Thanks Jeppe (Bierkönig) for sharing this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29107) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2004
The aroma is powerful of coffee, chocolate, wood, and alcohol. The color is pitch-black and it has a brown head though disappearing. The flavor is very sweet with complex notes of malt (especially roasted), coffee, and bitter chocolate. It ends on a rather good bitterness -both from the malt and the hops. A very good beer. Thanks to Jeppe (Bierkönig) for sharing this very special beer with me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Bottle pours black and viscous with a small brown head and some brown spots of lace. The aroma is of dark, carmelized fruits, slow roasted to perfection with a hard candy shell. The flavor is raisins, espresso, citrus, dried apricot, Ghirardelli Raspberry and Chocolate bars, and mollasses. The palate, well, it is rich. Overall, this is fantastic. Thanks Slikwily!

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