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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (257) - 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 (69) - 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 (47) - 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 (93) - 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 donít 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 65įF.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (1956) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boiseís Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. 2011 yellow wax seal

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
Excellent imperial stout. Super sweet with a nice caramel finish. Smooth for as much alcohol is in there. Had at dark lord days ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
2013 Bottle shared by Prufrockstar April 2014.

9 years waiting to try this beer, and finally it happens. Thank you! Now let me preface this by saying it was a tough night to shine -- DL was sandwiched between Dark Horizon 1st ed. and Prairie Bomb. Pours black with red highlights, abundant carbonation Dark Horizon. Aroma of soy sauce and dark grain. Very sweet, a bit cloying. Iím thinking Southern Tier here. Toothpaste, even, early. Prufrockstar says "marshmallow" and heís got it nailed. Mrs. Prufrock comes back into the room a few minutes later, tries, it, and says exactly the same thing: "marshmallow". Itís a nicely toasted marshmallow, but in the end itís too sweet for the style and certainly too sweet for the Metal label. We only drank about half the bottle between the three of us before moving on. I can see how this blew minds in 2005 but itís a whole different world out there today.

tl;dr summary: Marshmallow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garlic_of_Doom (394) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
2012 bottle from Justin, thanks a lot!
Pours dark brown with red hues, hardly any head or bubbles. Miso/Soy/Umami, lots of sweetness, toffee, sugary malt, balsamic vinegar in aroma. Taste has chocolate, port wine, dates, coconut, loads of sugary sweetness, peppery notes, some alcohol. Full body, low carbonation, sticky mouth feel. Short after taste.
Shared with 3 people and we had a hard time getting it all down. too much sugary sweetness. And I thought that Surly Darkness was sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
2013 bottle opened in Apr-14. Pours black, no head, lots of booze around the edge of the glass. Aroma is raisin/prune, molasses. Taste is dark fruits, molasses, honey, brown sugar, caramel. Not picking up any coffee notes but some vanilla is present. Quite good. Looking forward to the rest of the vertical I have assembled to see how this ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
At big Sethís going away party on 11/2/2013; was an awesome day! White wax, 2009. Pours motor oil black with small head. Armoa is big thing smooth fig and burnt malt. The burnt malt is smooth though and the notes are really well rounded and complex. Taste is beautiful roasted fig, some nice caramel sweetness, smooth burnt malt, very complex maltiness. The beer is absolutely fantastic. I love this shit. Just lay them down for 6 years and they are phenomenal.

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