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RATINGS: 1660   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
í09 Bottle thanks to Dalzale. a lot of cocoa in the aroma. Lighter coffee tones. Flavour has a rough sweetness,cola, chocolate, coffee. A little sweet for my liking. Even after a year in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9014) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle courtesy of kbutler1. Deep black appearance with a fairly small dark brown head. Deep thick chocolate malty nose with light espresso. Very thick consistency thatís somewhat syrupy. Very roasty, dark, mildly chocolate, dark malty flavor. Roasty dark malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (1261) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2011
was able to get just a taste of the 2011, thank you beckman...aroma was good, body was good, taste was of buttery toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee with an alcohol burn on the end. basically in that order. not bad. just dont know if i could drink a bomber of this...very rich...but yet worthy of a taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 24, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 651mL 2010 ed green wax thanks to TheTomG. The pour is a clear cola color- looking sort of deep cola brown with a medium, dense, creamy brown head that requires some major league coaxing to get out. Poured this from about 15 inches above the glass to generate a head. Holding up to the light this is pretty much opaque black though from the pour the SRM doesnít looking quite as inky as BCS or Midnight Sun Berserker or Obliteration VII. No lace remains however making it look similar to BCS. Nose is very nice: lots of old cellar notes that remind me of a really nice barleywine- toffee, raisins, port, wet wood, hazelnut, nutella, muted but very deep and rich hazelnut liquor and rum soaked cherries. Taste up front is heavy on the olives and then settles down to some serious spice with oak and raisins and mint chocolate. Sort of comes across as a cross between an oily stout and a dark barleywine like Bells Batch 6,000. Mouthfeel is oily and soft but the finish is ashy and dryer than I expected. A little bit of sawdust is not helping in the finale. 5/24/2011 8/4/7/4/15=3.8

651mL 2009 ed white wax thanks to bigmmartin. The pour is a deep, clear cola with no head and no lace. No up front is lots of volatile DMS like tomato soup, beef chili, and black pepper. Taste is ashy and dirty with tangy lemon. No good. I actually resealed the bottle with a wine stopper and drank the remaining 2/3 of the bottle the next day. It had substantially improved with no more off-character in the nose. Still poured with soft carbonation but no head and no lace still. Nose is more like the 2010 that opened up: tawny port with spicy ganache. Taste is oily, bitter, and thick like a pretty decent bottle of Bellís Expedition. 3.8 level is about right for the decanted 2009 version. 5/31/2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Candied date, fig and fresh flowers own the aroma with a little sharp soy sauce at the end. Only dark brown with crimson, not the black pit in appearance that I expected. Huge double cream, syrupy mouthfeel that harkens a ruby port. Flavor is unrestrained sweetness that overcomes any background roastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2289) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2011
On tap at GTMW 2011, pours pitch black with a thin brown head and spotty lacing, aroma was pretty awesome for this one, full of dark fruit mixed in with chocolate, the flavor is a little too sweet for me, every version of Dark Lord Iíve tried seems to be overly sweet, pretty darn good but not life changing at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Pour from a bomber 2011 vintage shared with some friends at a tasting. Dark black color and small tan head. Aromas are quite sweet with molasses. In your mouth the beer is full bodied and somewhat heavy and syrupy. The flavor predominant is much like the nose with sweet vanilla, coffee, caramel. The flavors tended to be kind of muddled together. Alcohol was fairly apparent but not over powering. Pretty good beer but would not seek this vintage out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
espenra (869) - Kurland, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2011
75cl bottle. White vax, so 2009 edition. Pitch black colour with no head. Aroma is alcohol, roasted malts and coffee. Flavour is coffee, roasted malts and of course alcohol. Some acidious notes, but this could be the alcohol. Long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6312) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Sample from a 2012 bottle (thanks a ton to the person that shared). Pitch black color, some light brown head. Bit of lace (slides down slowly). Very interesting nose-smell - like some sort of seasoned sea food. Big body, very light carbonation. Dry texture, slightly sticky aftertaste. Molasses aroma is the first thing I notice (maybe thatís what that fishy spice aroma was). Some coffee. Kind of a unique sweet taste. Slight, light bite (alcohol is well hidden, though). Very interesting, but overall, I canít get past the molasses. Would be very interested to try some of the special variants, though. 7 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 15

Re-rate, 5/17/13: 22oz bottle, 2009 vintage, shared by b3shine. Pitch black color. Good thin brown head. Fades quickly to a very minimal ring around the edge, no lace really sticks. A loose clear thick brown sheet on the glass, though. Way less molasses and sweet notes in the fresh í012 I previously sampled, thatís a good start. Huge body. Nice big chewiness. Lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Big roastiness, some light coffee. Actually a really good imperial stout now, my kind of stuff. Night and day difference between aged and fresh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2012
2007(!) bottle @ Mikkeller Bar during CBC week, split with a generous group from Switzerland. The pourís thick, deep brown in color with virtually no head. The nose is hot oatmeal raisin cookies and after-tea liqueur. Notes of deep chocolate, burned malts and coffee rind. This smellís quite spicy and hot for a 5 year-old beer. The taste is burned brown sugar and heavy milk chocolate syrup, port wine and blackberry jam. Big, sugary notes of oatmeal cereal and dark chocolate. Vinous and smoky, too. The texture is very oily, the bodyís quite thick and oaky. This is a very viscous beer. Overall, the 2007 vintage is still drinking actively and a bit hot. I see now why people donít typically recommend drinking young bottles. This beer has such a huge profile that itís hard not to feel a bit let down. Itís not a bad imperial stout by any means, itís pretty nice indeed. It just felt a bit flabby and ungainly at times.

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