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RATINGS: 1680   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 15% ABV
Blue wax - 2014 - 15% ABV


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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JefVerstraete (1454) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks artmcd8! Vintage 2014. Oily syrupy texture. Black, almost no foam. Aroma of sweet molasses, sweet brown chocolate, sticky toffee pudding, caramel and vanilla. Very sweet, boozy and sticky. This is not a good stout. Overly sweet without complexity. Impossible to drink a lot of this, so with the rest of the bottle we made a cake, which was very good with Dark Lord as ingredient.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NateH10s (18) - - OCT 20, 2014
Orange wax 2013, bottle into glass A - dark black with thick brown head A - sweet, chocolate, molasses, fruit bread T - Very sweet delicious stout, some coffee and chocolate, vanilla, red fruits P - smooth, not very complex O - delicious liquid dessert, a little sweeter than I like but still quite amazing

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
We get to 3 Floyds and there is Dark Lord on tap. What an amazing Imperial Stout. Iíve called a beer thick before. Itís all water after this sucker. It pours like a black hole out of the tap with huge, thick awesome dark brown head. It also coats the glass the like a syrup. If you like thick, dark, full roasted, malty Imperial Stouts, you must try this one. I havenít had anything that closely resembles it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
600ml bottle served in a snifter glass. Iíve bought this one at one of my last visits to California, in 2010. This is the 2010 Edition which can be recognized by the green wax on the bottle neck. A: Pours a black color forming a small and bubbled tan head. Low retention and only few lacings left in the glass S: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits and wood. Excellent! Licorice and vanilla to compose. A bit boozy in the end T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, oak, licorice, vanilla and dark fruits. Cherry notes. Complex. Maybe a bit too sweet and too booze in the end M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Low carbonation. Smooth with a bittersweet and roasted and woody aftertaste O: Great drinkability. A masterpiece. Worth the three years that Iíve wait to drink it [ BA Review @ 7/24/2013 ]

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
We get to 3 Floyds and there is Dark Lord on tap. What an amazing Imperial Stout. Iíve called a beer thick before. Itís all water after this sucker. It pours like a black hole out of the tap with huge, thick awesome dark brown head. It also coats the glass the like a syrup. If you like thick, dark, full roasted, malty Imperial Stouts, you must try this one. I havenít had anything that closely resembles it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
liquid chocolate mixed with toffe ,oozing black treacle flavor a Russian Imperial wet dream!!Glory to stouts in the highest!

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
liquid chocolate mixed with toffe ,oozing black treacle flavor a Russian Imperial wet dream!!Glory to stouts in the highest!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2014
Various bottles at Craigís - 07, 09, 11, thank you! Coffee, chocolate, liquorice, sweet and rich. 2011 slightly edged the other 2.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4032) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2014
22oz bottle ( 2013) in a teku. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee, light vanilla, some molasses, and some dough. Flavor the same with a lot of dark malts and coffee and chocolate. Smooth, thick texture. A really good beer - not getting too much soy sauce like a lot of people said, and the alcohol was well hidden.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"09 release...obviously pours jet black, with a better than expected (but quickly disappating) dark brown head. the aroma is a little on the sweet side, but way complex. chocolate soaked cherries, wood, molasses, brown sugar. some alcohol present too. body is thick and smooth, but not cloying. feel is awesome...coating and warming at the same time, without being hot. like a toned down World Wide. flavor is awesome. lots of the same qualities of the aroma, but they work better in the flavor. a little charred flavor as well. very wine/port like. overall, an awesome beer. worth the price and hype? yes and no...probably more no. Not when World Wide is similar (though not the same) at about $8 a bottle, and other great RISs are out there for way way less. Glad we tried it the once. MAYBE iíll revisit an aged bottle in the future. 11/11 - 2009-2010-2011 vertical: 2010 was amazing, maybe even a 4.7, while the aroma was just a touch behind on the newer 2011 (though the cofee presence was more obvious and very nice), and the 2009, while still great, is just starting to fade a little and become excessively sweet...but only when in comparison to the nearly perfect 2010 batch."


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