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RATINGS: 1749   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   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

Jonathan3584's rating

   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 canít tell if there are any particulates or sediment in my glass at all simply because light canít 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 thereís something earthy going on. Thereís a little molasses there, too, but not overpoweringly so. The palate was amazing. It falls somewhere between heavy cream and crude oil. Itís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonini (31) - porto alegre, BRAZIL - AUG 31, 2015
incrivel cerveja. muito doce numa garraga de 750 ml.compartilhada com amigos dificil toma la sozinho. incrivey

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fritz123 (1360) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle shared awhile ago. Poured into a small snifter. Deep brown, nearly black with a tan head. The aroma was solid with dark chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, vanilla beans, oak barrel and bourbon. The taste was sweet milk chocolate, carnation sweet milks, vanilla beans, chocolate chip cookie dough, and dark plums. Mostly balanced but it was very sweet and boozie. Not exactly smooth. Full body and chewy. I donít get the hype but it is very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Paigeturner (98) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Huge beer al around. Big roasty malty aroma. Some subdued hops. Vanilla and licorice and alcohol all big and balanced. Thick rich mouthfeel. A sipper for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (423) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2015 Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest. 2015 vintage. Aroma is sweet, very sweet malt with vanilla and chocolate. Appearance is black, thick, brown head. Taste is sweet malt, licorice, vanilla, soy, booze, great. Mouthfeel is thick, oily, great carbonation. Overall, finally got to try it and, while I donít understand the hype, it was good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4282) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2015
2010 Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown. Aroma is dark fruit, booze, vanilla, rich chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is extremely smooth chocolate with dark vinious fruit, barrel character, and light vanilla. Medium/full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Block (1756) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2015
This is the 2014 vintage. Black pour with almost no head. What head exists is a brown. The aroma is potent with alcohol, charred meat, smoke, coffee. The flavor is remarkably smooth. Iím really surprised how sweet this beer is. Itís much more drinkable than I was expecting. It packs a punch. It has a soy sauce and teriyaki vibe. Almost no aftertaste which is also surprising. It dies really quickly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (283) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed 11/25/2011. 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Standard stout appearance. Jet black. The small head is actually surprising, considering the ABV. The sugars are damn near visible as it streaks down the glass. Intense aromas. Coffee, chocolate, booze. The booze actually smells great, despite that itís practically burning my nose. Fruity aromas as well. Not as roasty as I would expect. Tingly alcohol throughout the taste. Incredibly sweet. Coffee flavors and chocolate malts through the middle. Slightly bitter in the finish and an alcohol burn that lasts for a few moments. Itís a pretty complex flavor, but itís immensely sweet. Pretty well carbonated for a 15% stout. Pretty boozy, too, though. And the sweetness just makes it so hard to drink. Small quantities is the most I can muster with this thing. My views on this beer have changed dramatically since originally trying it. It is what it is. Too sweet for me, but itís something I would have enjoyed in my novice drinking years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
schmuckweizen (10) - Miami Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2015
2008/Black Wax. From notes in 2010: Strong aromas of roast, bitter chocolate, coffee and toffee. Black, almost jet color and tan head that dissipated to lacing rather quickly. Flavor is right in stride with that aroma! Holy Hell!!! What an amazing impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (1320) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 28, 2015
2014 Vintage. Dulceață enormă de ciocolată dar și nite aciditate de stafide acre.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShivanDragon (2339) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2015
@Camping Ratebeer 2015, Blauwe wax editie. schenkt zwart met kaki kraag en goede plakkerige rand achterlatend. Aroma van gebrande en geroosterde mout, vanille, chocolade, koffie, siroop. Smaken zijn werkelijk enorm dik/romig, vanille, chocolade, volmoutig, zoethout, alcohol, zacht/romig, dik, donkere fruiten. enorm dik en zoet maar wel complex en lekker ! puur genietbier voor over de gehele avond...

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