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RATINGS: 1768   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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 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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
varanid99 (832) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pepinis (92) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 21, 2016
Tachada de la lista. Gran resultado y no lo tenŪa fŠcil, el mito era muy grande... Amor de un dŪa pero que deja huella. Era una 2014.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1523) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2015
22oz bottle of 2014 release. Viscous and silky smooth texture. Raisins and plums. Overly sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arnold931 (1108) - Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2015
2011 bottle. So smooth! Pours thick black with no head. Nose is coffee, dark fruit. Taste is similar. Some coffee. Canít get over how smooth this was.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6378) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Rating #6200. Bottleshare for Mr. Mitch Ermatingerís last day in Denver. Deep inky black with a thin rocky light tan head. Lovely sumptuous nose of boozy brownie batter, roasty chocolaty and port wine with coffee malt. Mellow alcohol burn with a thick roasty character, brownie batter with marshmallows, thick biscuity boozy roast malt, mellow dark chocolate and booze finish. Quite thick and monstrous. Big sweetness. Desert like and roasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yorker (1932) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2015
66 cl bottle @ home (2014 vintage). Pours black with a tiny tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, liquorice, and dried fruit - with a bitter and slightly alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (679) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer red wax 2012. Dark chocolate pour with a thin lacey tan head. Aromas of coffee caramel vanilla and chocolate. Taste is sweet and smooth but somewhat flat with a hint of oxidation. Still a great beer but needed to be opened last year.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1814) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Red wax 2012 bomber in honor of the new Star Wars movie. Pours dark brown with a ring of beige. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, dark coffee. Flavors are a bit sweet.., caramel, chocolate, raisin, wet cardboard, coffee. Flat and a bit oxidized. I held this too long.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigda83 (645) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Bottle share, 2015 version, purple wax. I was thinking this would be over-rated, but I was wrong. Really enjoyed it. Poured a deep dark black, medium foamy tan head. Aromas of sweet malts, coffee, vanilla, caramel, chocolate. Flavor had a pepper bite, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roast nuts, and caramel. Very smooth and well-balanced. Full body, thick oily texture, good carbonation, and a very easy finish for such a big beer. I didnít get much alcohol either so that was hidden well. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepatrickman (227) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 17, 2015
2011 vintage. Finally getting a chance to try this. Cheers for the trade, Clint! The mouthfeel lives up to the reputation -- itís so thick and viscous that it feels almost like a tasty beer syrup. The flavor was the real surprise and let down. Lots of caramel malts (and possibly sugar / molasses), but close to no perceptible roasted or chocolate malt. It tastes like a solid barleywine, but it lacks a number important characteristics of a stout.


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