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RATINGS: 1652   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2062) - 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)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maarten1993 (274) - - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosbouw (1134) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Bijna zwarte kleur met een goede bruine kraag. Ruikt koffie, vanille, beetje crème. Smaakt bitterzoet, vanille, crème. Bittere afdronk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (1402) - ’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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stoutnick (456) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (269) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle at Mikkeller bar (original). Pours Black as the night. Head is fluffy and nut Brown. Aroma is almost barrel aged. Lots of chocolate, Rye bread, vanilla. Taste is sweeter than i recall. Raisins, dades, caramel. Not too burned. and very smooth! Very mellow in general, and not those aggressive and over burned notes, you often get in this kind of abv. Extremely smooth, soft and swallowable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (99) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2014 Bottled @ Mikkeller, Viktoriagade shared with two great friends. Pours pitch black with a medium creamy haze head. Smells of rye bread, sweet dark fruits and slight coffee. Tastes really sweet. Dates and other sweet dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
starcross (60) - Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2014
Surprisingly sweet and smooth for the ABV. Slightly toasty with a roasted marshmallow note. Got at DLD 14. Great event. Don't understand some of the bitching about it. Well organized for such a massive crowd in a small area ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cernjoh (107) - Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2014
I have had the opportunity to try all years of Dark Lord from 2009 to present and each is slightly different. For 2014 the wax is Blue. I did not get to try this on tap but am drinking it poured from a bottle into a Three Floyd Teku glass. Aroma for 2014 is alcohol, brown sugar, and some dark fruit. Appearance is as always dark like old motor oil. When poured into the glass there was virtually no head, just a slight tan ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. When swirled in the glass I was able to produce a nice 1/2 finger tan head which disappears in about 45 seconds. Taste is sweet. If you don’t like sweet you will not like this. In the flavor I definitely pick up some smoke, brown sugar, maple, some prune/raisens, and alcohol. Palate is good but was slightly thin, however as it warmed it seemed more viscous and similar to previous years. Carbonation is there but relatively laid back. Overall a very good sweet beer on par with a sweet Reislings sweetness. Not my favorite year, though this is a very fresh (drank day after DL day) bottle. We will see how this does in the years to come. I found this most enjoyable at 65°F.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (2025) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. 2011 yellow wax seal

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