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RATINGS: 1609   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


Jonathan3584's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
2005 Bomber. Thanks to Oak for an awesome tasting. This guy was involved in a three-way competition at a tasting I went to yesterday. Dark Lord butted heads with Stone RIS and Alesmith Speedway and came out victorious. The pour is opaque obsidian black. I cant tell if there are any particulates or sediment in my glass at all simply because light cant penetrate far enough in to reflect off of them. The head is almost as dark as the beer -- a deep sepia with some reverse-flow bubbling. The carbonation pushed the center of the head up so much that the bubbles on the outside appeared to be flowing down. Once the head dissipated (fairly quickly due to alcohol), I could get a better concept of the aroma. It was initially dark, dried fruits -- cherries and raisins -- followed by an espresso smell melded with chocolate and roasted malts. Hop profile is hard to get to, but theres something earthy going on. Theres a little molasses there, too, but not overpoweringly so. The palate was amazing. It falls somewhere between heavy cream and crude oil. Its viscous and thick, but not to the point that it sticks around too long after you swallow it. The flavor is immense as well -- tons of roasted malt with a some coffee in the finish. Exceptionally well balanced, maintaining its sweetness through the finish without becoming cloying. Dried fruits are still there, but take on the roasty quality of the malt, unlike in the aroma. Molasses and vanilla are much less notable than in the aroma, giving way to a chocolaty sweetness instead. The finish is amazingly clean for as huge a beer as it is. Simply mind-blowing.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (342) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
At big Seths 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperTiti33 (342) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
Noir aux reflets rougeâtres. Presqu'aucun collet. Très riche. Légèrement aqueuse. Fine effervescence. Sucré. Mélasse. Vanillé. Bien balancé. Ne fait vraiment pas son pourcentage. Chocolat. Légèrement torréfié. Café vanille/ au lait. Fruité framboise. Baie. Prune. Banane. Truffe au chocolat. Un peu de réglisse. Raisin sec. Finale légèrement amère avc beaucoup de sucre. Très complexe. J'aime beaucoup.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Itsme_timd (4) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2014 does not count
2013 Vintage Pours dark and thick. Boozy and sweet aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Nondescript booziness, dark malt and turbinado sugar on the palate. Overall unimpressive IMO. I dont get where the hype comes from on this one.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (2986) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
FINALLY GOT TO SAMPLE THIS!!! Green wax, at the 2014 HMOG in Decatur, GA. Pours a deep coffee brown with a nice tan head. Aroma has notes of roast malt, quality coffee and raisins. Somewhat sweet flavor has notes of good coffee, chocolate, raisin and toffee. Mouthfeel is viscous and fizzy, leaving a very pleasing finish. A real treat to get a snort of this legend.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimsal27 (164) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle 2012. Wow am I disappointed. Was really looking forward to trying this beer but didnt live up to hype. Aroma of soy sauce, molasses. Taste follows nose. Huge molasses Sweetness. No hop presence. Really Really sweet. Disappointing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
esox (969) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2014
Bottled. Black beer, lacy tan head. Licorice and soy sauce nose, some alcohol, thick caramel, grains, roasted barley notes. Port wine berries, woody notes and chocolate increase after a few whiffs. Full of dried fruits, green hop notes, some earthy notes. Very complex. Sweet and heavy flavor, raisins, wood, leading into a slightly tingling bitter finish with hints of ash and tobacco. Alcohol is very well hidden, some warmth remains. Extremely full-bodied, port vinous body. Balance is amazing for such a strong beer.Bottled. Black beer, lacy tan head. Licorice and soy sauce nose, some alcohol, thick caramel, roasted barley notes. Port wine berries, woody notes and chocolate increase after a few whiffs. Full of dried fruits, green hop notes, some earthy notes. Very complex. Sweet and heavy flavor, raisins, wood, leading into a slightly tingling bitter finish with hints of ash and tobacco. Alcohol is very well hidden, some warmth remains. Extremely full-bodied, port vinous body. Balance is amazing for such a strong beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnmike (991) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2013 bottle. Good but not blown away. Too sweet for me and Id like some more alternate flavors - but it still is a great stout.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
rood (23) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2014
Thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sharing this one. (Do I have to thank you for this Im wondering ;-) ) If you want to smell & taste alcohol, molasses, sugar; this is your beer. Sugar all over the place. Boring & untasty. Overhyped American beer. Actually, imho this is not beer. Thoughts when I see ratings above 10/20 for this one: 1) Beer has to have some presence of malts & hops. 2) Somebody think of the children. Price/quality ratio: below par.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Clownoisseur (137) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
2013 bottle. Aroma is extremely sweet, lots of dark fruits, raisin, molasses, more unfermented sugars, coffee and booze. Pours a dark chocolate color with a thin mocha colored head. Taste is unbalanced. Way too much sugar in these last few vintages. Soy sauce. Roasted coffee...hints of chocolate, dark fruits....and booze. Finish has a slight bitterness to it, but it ends up with, still, too much sweetness. Very thick, syrupy, sticky mouthfeel. Not sure what has become of this beer, but it is not even close to one of my favorite Imperial Stouts anymore. Sloppy beer. And, I am a huge Three Floyds fan who keeps wanting to love this beer.


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