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RATINGS: 1805   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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
Burgundy wax = 2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ahuth (296) - - MAY 3, 2016
Bottled 2016. Pours dark black. Has a huge taste. Crazy caramel and chocolate taste. Small coffee taste. This beer is super sweet fresh. Holy moly it’s sweet. Awesome stout. Needs a little age on it to mature the complexity in which I know this beer has.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3624) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Shared 2016 bomber with sparkled, charcoal wax covering the cap, courtesy of "Fn" Cramer, poured to snifters displaying a clear, ruby highlighted, darkest brown color, with a modest layer of brownish tan head froth that left a clingy coating of leggy & foamy spots on the glass. The nose was mocha notes, caramel & treacle sweetness, a touch of vanilla, dark fruit, some vinous nature, and ready alcohol. The taste was similar notes, medium+ bodied, sticky & syrupy textured, with low carbonation, a touch of tartness, obvious booze, and a presence that was too sweet, and a bit thinner than I remember to be totally enjoyable for me. Needed more hop bite as some past offerings. Participated in many DL tastings, verticals, and attended a number of mind numbing DL days in the past, so maybe this wasn’t the year to finally break down and review this iconic brew?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KennethArd (442) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2016
2015 edition. Aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa & coffee, spiced by the high alcohol. Black with low dark brown head. Lightly sweet & spicy taste. Full bodied, oily texture & soft carbonation. Very smooth & very long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1773) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2016
2014 bottle. Thick and sludgy black liquid topped with a thin brown covering of foam. Nose of fudge brownies, BBQ sauce, smoke and molasses. Maybe some faint hops too? Taste is definitely quite sweet but not as much as I’d feared. Rich and thick mouthfeel. There isn’t really enough going on for me. Expected some more from it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (1286) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Merci à Philippe pour le partage de cette bouteille que tu m’as généreusement gardé à ma demande! Vintage 2015. Un liquide noir et sirupeux n’offrant pour toute décoration, qu’un filme huileux et stagnant. Une telle présentation ne me surprend guère. Un nez où les arômes sont subtils. Disons les choses sans détour: ça ne sent pas grand chose. Contre mes attentes, aucune note de fumée ou de malts grillés. Des fruits noirs confits pour seuls arômes. De la datte arrosée d’une touche de mélasse, sans plus. Avant de plonger, je fais tournoyer le liquide quelques temps dans mon verre avec l’espoir d’en faire ressortir un profil aromatique plus complexe mais en vain. Tout ce que je récolte est un verre beurré et sali par un liquide qui y est resté collé. Je goûte. Du sucre. Ai-je mal goûté? Je goûte encore. Encore du sucre. ’’Mais quel sucre?’’ me demandais-je, question de m’occuper tant l’esprit que les sens en attendant impatiemment la prochaine bouteille. ’’De la cassonade et du sucre de canne!’’me répondais-je intérieurement, déçu d’avoir si rapidement épuisé mon capital intérêt. C’est avec les lèvres bien collées que j’allai rincer mon verre, déçu mais reconnaissant envers mon généreux hôte qui partagea ma déception.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2576) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Syrupy sweet and touch of soy sauce. Super sticky sweet like a barley wine, raisiny with touch of roast character. Not what I expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerNerdMalmo (18) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2016
We had an evening of darkness devouring the 2011, 2014 and 2015 (all waxed in demon blood). I’m surprised how delicate and easy to drink they are. The base is red wine with a hint of raisin in the darkness. Not at all the "in yo face!" that one would expect from a dark lord, but rather smooth and sophisticated. The 2011 won being the smoothest and most unordinary but the 2015 was possibly a bit better then the 2014. I never before experienced alcohol this well hidden. -- Instagram Beer.Nerd.Malmo

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
varanid99 (1000) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2016
Thick black pour with a thin but crema like head. roasty, smoky, coffee, maybe a little licorice. Taste is a big oily sweet bomb. Molasses, roast, coffee, chocolate and a little licorice and vanilla. No alcohol hit, it is just beautifully balanced. Worth the pursuit of a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pepinis (98) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 21, 2016
Tachada de la lista. Gran resultado y no lo tenía fácil, el mito era muy grande... Amor de un día pero que deja huella. Era una 2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1808) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2015
22oz bottle of 2014 release. Viscous and silky smooth texture. Raisins and plums. Overly sweet.

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