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RATINGS: 1700   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gad905 (198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
2011 vintage bottle shared at RichTheVillanís, 27/11/13. Pours black, tan head recedes. Huge sweet nose of booze, roast, stone fruit, chocolate and dark sugar. Tastes sweet with notes of cherry, vanilla, roast malt, some coffee and chocolate. Extremely sweet, too much so for me. Complex stout, no doubt, but if itís still that sweet after 2 years will it ever dry out?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Desverger (2937) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
Sample from Bottle - black pour with thin beige head. Roasted malty aroma and taste, some lovely sweet notes, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, wow this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1223) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2014
22oz bottles all vintages pour a oily dark black with almost zero head. All are extremely sweet with the following differences in each vintage 2009- soy sauce 2010- vanilla 2011- chocolate 2012- dark cherries 2013- coffee 2014- very sweet malt and molasses

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (214) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2011 bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Strong chocolate and sweet smell. Taste slight smoke with sweet toffee and caramel. Really easy to drink. Amazing beer!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JefVerstraete (1883) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 Bottle from a trade. Many thanks artmcd8! Vintage 2014. Oily syrupy texture. Black, almost no foam. Aroma of sweet molasses, sweet brown chocolate, sticky toffee pudding, caramel and vanilla. Very sweet, boozy and sticky. This is not a good stout. Overly sweet without complexity. Impossible to drink a lot of this, so with the rest of the bottle we made a cake, which was very good with Dark Lord as ingredient.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NateH10s (22) - - OCT 20, 2014
Orange wax 2013, bottle into glass A - dark black with thick brown head A - sweet, chocolate, molasses, fruit bread T - Very sweet delicious stout, some coffee and chocolate, vanilla, red fruits P - smooth, not very complex O - delicious liquid dessert, a little sweeter than I like but still quite amazing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eduardovl (1019) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2014 600ml bottle served in a snifter glass. Iíve bought this one at one of my last visits to California, in 2010. This is the 2010 Edition which can be recognized by the green wax on the bottle neck. A: Pours a black color forming a small and bubbled tan head. Low retention and only few lacings left in the glass S: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits and wood. Excellent! Licorice and vanilla to compose. A bit boozy in the end T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, oak, licorice, vanilla and dark fruits. Cherry notes. Complex. Maybe a bit too sweet and too booze in the end M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Low carbonation. Smooth with a bittersweet and roasted and woody aftertaste O: Great drinkability. A masterpiece. Worth the three years that Iíve wait to drink it [ BA Review @ 7/24/2013 ]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stuu666 (5540) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2014
Various bottles at Craigís - 07, 09, 11, thank you! Coffee, chocolate, liquorice, sweet and rich. 2011 slightly edged the other 2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4428) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2014
22oz bottle ( 2013) in a teku. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee, light vanilla, some molasses, and some dough. Flavor the same with a lot of dark malts and coffee and chocolate. Smooth, thick texture. A really good beer - not getting too much soy sauce like a lot of people said, and the alcohol was well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6546) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"09 release...obviously pours jet black, with a better than expected (but quickly disappating) dark brown head. the aroma is a little on the sweet side, but way complex. chocolate soaked cherries, wood, molasses, brown sugar. some alcohol present too. body is thick and smooth, but not cloying. feel is awesome...coating and warming at the same time, without being hot. like a toned down World Wide. flavor is awesome. lots of the same qualities of the aroma, but they work better in the flavor. a little charred flavor as well. very wine/port like. overall, an awesome beer. worth the price and hype? yes and no...probably more no. Not when World Wide is similar (though not the same) at about $8 a bottle, and other great RISs are out there for way way less. Glad we tried it the once. MAYBE iíll revisit an aged bottle in the future. 11/11 - 2009-2010-2011 vertical: 2010 was amazing, maybe even a 4.7, while the aroma was just a touch behind on the newer 2011 (though the cofee presence was more obvious and very nice), and the 2009, while still great, is just starting to fade a little and become excessively sweet...but only when in comparison to the nearly perfect 2010 batch."

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