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RATINGS: 1700   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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


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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (139) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 17, 2015
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2014 bottle. Pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma is sweet and light roasted malt, molasses, raisins, hint of cherries, coffee, some alcohol. Flavour is very sweet balancing just on the edge too overly sweet. Full bodied, oily texture. Very soft carbonation. Finish is complex and well balanced sweetness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
McCarty23 (51) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Poured very dark black, with a two finger brown head that receded to a quarter inch thick foam, great lacing. Aroma was coffee, dark roast malt and licorice. The dark roast malts really stood forward in the flavor, with some coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy smooth - very nice. Overall, TF hardly ever disappoints, and this beer is no exception.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (560) - GREECE - APR 6, 2015
750ml bottle, v2014, at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of skullgeorge. Black color with beige head. Aroma is malty, roasted, quite fruity - dark dried fruits and chocolate, brandy-like alcohol, caramel and light vanilla. Heavy sweet and light bitter taste, chocolate and fruity like aroma. Full sticky body with flat to to soft carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zman77 (1) - - MAR 31, 2015 does not count
It's been more than a few years since last having a taste. It's heavy molasses hung on the back of my tongue. Initially, I was not blown away but the more I sipped the more I wanted. Would have loved to have tried it cellared for a year or 2. Now if only I could trade for a bottle...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (411) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2015
2009; The aroma is malt, coffee, figs, vanilla and roasty. Pours Black with basically no head. The taste is bitter. The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. OK Wow this is really good! The years haven’t hurt it any, in fact probably helped. Lots of flavor no alcohol. Glad I have more of this aging!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (609) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2015
From a shared 2014 bomber in a taster glass. Flavor is sweet, slightly chocolatey, malty, slightly fruity, moderate alcohol burn. Quite good and well balanced. Don’t understand the hype, but good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
olsvammel (3835) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at a big tasting (Nörprovning 2015). We tried the 2008, 2009 and 2010 versions. The 2010 was the best so I used the score from that beer. The 2008 and 2009 was much sweeter then the 2010. 2008 was the most roasted. Dark malty and nutty smell with some roasted sugar. Sweet taste with roasted sugar, dark malts, roasted sugar. Awsome beer!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (325) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle received from elyts_dlo, cheers! Pours a deep motor-oil black with a slight brown head. Aroma is vanilla and cocoa. Taste is vanilla, milk chocolate and slight cloying caramel. Full bodied with a silky texture.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (979) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle ’13, tasted side by side with Huna and Darkness. Pitch black with a tan head. Nose is sweet, vanilla and milk chocolate. Taste is sugary, syrup, oily, vanilla, milk chocolate and some caramel. A bit too sweet and cloying but still solid!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheArgoPirate (88) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2015
2013 version on draft at Dark Lord Day 2014. Dark, mostly opaque brown with bet limited khaki head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, and coffee. Very sticky though somewhat thin for an RIS. Taste is vanilla, light coffee and oyster sauce. Very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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