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RATINGS: 1648   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4461) - 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 (14294) - 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 (29081) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
black as black gets, dark brown head. smoky, caramel, coffee, chocolate and sponge toffee aroma. I've never had a beer with a smoother or richer mouthfeel. flavour hold bitter chocolate and espresso melding witht the hops and sweet malted milk notes. finish has a balancing raisiny tartness. I didn't want to like this beer as much as I did, but oh man is it every good!. there's no denying it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 Thank you Scott (austinpowers) for going through so much to get me this rare beer and sending it all the way to Denmark!

My first observation when the beer is poured is a very thick almost oil-like consistency and a tar black body with a nice brown head - definately worth a 5 for appearance. A dark and strong aroma hits instantly with obvious notes of dark malts, chocolate, smoke, coffee, spices and some citrus. But also a quite strong and penetrating alcohol note - actually too strong for my liking and in my opinion too evident for a beer this caliber!!
After taking the first sip I feel the heaviest tasting beer flowing down my throat and into my stomach creating a warm feeling inside! If such a thing as beer concentrate exist this must be it! The flavor is strong and spicy - dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, espresso and smoke with an underlying sourness and plenty of hops in the finish. Very extreme!
All in all a very special beer experience. It's a good stout but in my opinion a little too thick and cloying and not as complex as I could have hoped for! Not as good as Speedway Stout that I tasted later the same evening and Victory Storm King I had a while ago! And definately not a TOP 3 beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2004
Release 2004

What the hell can I say about this magnificent creation that hasn’t already been said? This was to be my 6000th beer, but I decided to take it to Papago and as we often bring special beers to sample, this was my choice.

The beer as it slowly oozes out of the 22 ounce brown bottle pours as thick as molasses in January in Maine, it literally makes a glugging sound as it excavates itself from its container. Onyx in color, the head a deep chocolate brown that is creamy as whipped chocolate icing and portly in size, the lace a coat of brown to obscure the glass. Nose is rich bitter sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, sweet malt, a treat for both the olfactory and ocular senses, a beer you must sniff to understand its complexity, start is thick and chewy, ambrosial and the top as full as any beer I’ve ever tasted. Finish is pleasing in its acidity, hops are powerful in their spiciness, the alcohol quite noticeable and the rich sweet chocolate and burnt coffee flavors continue to the parched desert dry aftertaste, also a quite noticeable tummy warming sensation, “Just one fantastic beer”, but a word of warning not meant for the weak of palate or people not into strong over the top beers, so if you fall into these categories and you have a “Dark Lord” sitting around, send it to me immediately if not sooner. lol

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