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RATINGS: 1647   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (356) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is amazingly complex, roasted malts, nutty, oats, brown sugar. Flavor is instantly sweet, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, light roasted notes, not overly coffee. Creamy body with a long lingering nutty sweetness and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Very excellent stout! But maybe a bit over hyped.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mad_Ferret (622) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
Backlog. 2009 Vintage bottle @ Mikkeller Bar, CBC12.
App: Pitch black and syrupy with a short dissipating brown head.
Aroma: Soy, molasses, dark chocolate and some minth.
Taste: Very sweet, dark chocolate, muscovado sugar, coffee, soy.
Palate: Sticky smooth and thick mouthfeel. Almost no carbonation, but that might be cause the bottle had been standing for a while.
Overall: Thick like snot and very powerful and sweet. Still it has some balance. Need to try it more properly.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerardgathier (266) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer 2011

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (3027) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Serving: 750 ml. bottle via trade. 2011 vintage. It pours a murky black with a small, dark brown head. Nice notes of coffee and vanilla in the nose. Rich, dark malt on the tongue. On the sweet side, but not cloyingly so. Notes of mocha, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of earth. Thick and viscous stuff, but very smooth. Overall impression: A great imperial stout that lives up to the hype. I’ve heard people say they are too sweet, but this bottle wasn’t and had enough alcohol dryness on the end to keep it from being cloying. I would seek this out again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACD (618) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 5, 2014
2013 bottle at Mikkeller CPH. Black pour, tan frothy head - viscous looking. Sweet chocolate, light vanilla and some sweet caramel on the nose. Taste gives big coffee and sweet chocolate, lots of brown sugar, spices, sweet vanilla pod. Full bodied. Sweet cocoa finish with a touch of booze. Sweeter than I’d hoped for - class brew, but surprisingly sugary.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (1985) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Had the 2011. Great imperial stout with some nice notes of coffee and vanilla. I truly enjoyed it, but it doesn’t live up to the hype. (although that is nearly impossible of course)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maarten1993 (268) - - MAY 4, 2014
Sampled @ Zeebra 2014. My first beer of the festival (recommended by Thijs). Very sweet. Agreed with Evan that the aftertaste is weird, which is a shame. Nice bournon, black beer, still.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosbouw (1062) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Bijna zwarte kleur met een goede bruine kraag. Ruikt koffie, vanille, beetje crème. Smaakt bitterzoet, vanille, crème. Bittere afdronk.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (1336) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
2011 bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a good tan to brown head. Smells rye, vanilla, chocolate. Tastes pretty sweet, rye, chocolate with a gopd astringent finish. Thick body, low carbo and a sticky oily texture.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stoutnick (444) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2014
2013 DL on tap at DLD 2014. Looks crazy good - viscous and brown foam. Aroma is soy sauce and some mild raisin. Taste is overbearing malt sugar totally destroying any dark fruits. It’s like cordial on the palate - syrupy and sweet. Not overly likeable this one honestly. Finish is syrupy. Overall, the small pour was enough with this one. Not a big fan.


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