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RATINGS: 1691   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheArgoPirate (82) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1304) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
A- bam. Pours a syrupy deep cola brown with thin ring of medium khaki head and no lacing. S- just mince meat, rhubarb and soy sauce. Some middling chocolate and figs. A little charcoal, and soil. M- full body with a strong oily character. T- so cloying. Chocolate covered cherries, port, Terry's milk chocolate orange, vinegar tang and lemon. Raisins, grasses and a meatiness in the middle. Ending is dry and efficient with some lingering plastic chocolate candies, toffee, molasses, caramel and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (121) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 3, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Blue wax 2014 poured into a taster glass. No head despite a very aggressive pour. Seems to be black, oil, and light bodied. The nose shows mostly soy sauce and very faint hints of sweet malts. The palate on this is where it begins. Itís probably the most oily and slick bodied stout Iíve ever tried. Very full bodied and smooth. The 15% alcohol is definitely apparently as it gives it a lot of heat akin to chili. There is a raisin/port wine-like sweetness and ends on a strong coffee/espresso note of bitterness. A lot of people complain about the sweetness but if you chill it well, itíll numb your tongue enough not to notice. Personally, I donít find it cloying at all. This has to be tried at least once!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1140) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2015
2013. Finally got to try this. Nose is of dark fruit, like chocolate, a bit of anise and sherry notes. Taste is much the same but itís a bit too sweet. Perhaps better when fresh. Meh.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxodom (34) - - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle 2012 vintage. Had alongside a german chocolate cake, which I would highly recommend. Deep chocolate flavor, thick viscous pour, great nose. Worth all the hype.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
redwax 2010---Not too complex, oily, a lot of (portish) sweetness, chocolate, liquorice, alcoholic, light roasted and no bitterness anymore.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sudomorph (768) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
2009 bottle. Enjoyed 12/31/14. Pours like oil with nearly no lasting head. Aroma has awesome, slightly sweet notes of caramel, roasted malts, mild dark fruits, chocolate, nuts, and a slight creamyness. Taste is sweet with roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and sweet cherries. Full body with a low carbonation. Creamy smooth texture with nearly no carbonation and no trace of alcohol. Overall awesome.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGoldenChalice (20) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Served from 22oz red waxed í12 bottle. Served in Teku. Aroma -- sweet cherry, oak-like aroma unlike other Imperial Stouts Iíve encountered. Rightfully so, the aroma of this beer, unlike many other world-class beers, is one of the most unique attributes of this beer. It should be admired for its magnificence. Appearance -- possesses the consistency of an oil well: abysmal, hellish, beyond the cusp of foreboding darkness. Taste -- true full-bodied, pleasantly deep, Imperial Stout that engulfs your palate and pushes you to the limit, Ross. Booziness has died down, still 15%+, nonetheless.. Subtle burnt char-like, smokiness after you have had many sips. I would not consider the beer smokey, though, by any means (i.e., I have a hard time appreciating smokiness in beer; the smokiness that is present in DL í12 is enjoyable for any IRS lover). Palate -- encourages your palate to step its game up and appreciate the uniqueness of this remarkable concoction. Overall -- Dark Lord is not the greatest Imperial Stout ever made; nonetheless, it surely stands in a category of its own: pure damnation, emboldening me to set my own substantial precedent. Merry Christmas, Ratebeer lovers.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AskForJenny (1029) - Ontario, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2014
2011 batch consumed 10 Aug 14 - Gift bottle from Eric K: Breakfast in the infield of Watkins Glen. Luscious, viscous pour, wisp of a head. The palate twists and turns befit the road course setting. Nothing Iíd change.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VertBaconStrips (2111) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
ok, so i just noticed now that i never reviewed this even though i drank an entire bottle out of the bottle myself at the very very end of RBSG 2010. Most of this got crushed as me and some other drunks stumbled towards the hotel from the Grand Tasting venue across from Founders. Drinking on the street was never better. I should have wrapped it up in a brown paper bag. Beer was blackish but maybe that had to do with the lack of real good street lights. You know it was fucking tasty as all get out but I became more focused on not being found in a dumpster in the morning. Staying awake for the next 30 hours didnít turn out to be the best idea Iíve had but those automatic flushing toilets in the Chicago airport made it all worthwhile.


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