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RATINGS: 1647   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5898) - 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 (4291) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (1010) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2007 bottle, silver wax, reviewed from notes taken 05/11/2011. Pitch black pour, viscous, with little head that fades quickly, leaving a slick glaze. Aroma of rich milk chocolate, coffee and toffee. Taste is smooth, sweet chocolate, hint of vanilla, rounded with roast and coffee bitterness. Smooth and creamy, not much carbonation, no alcohol presence. A bit sweet, but still very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1704) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle, about a year old. Pours black, some spotty tan head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar with molasses, chocolate and toffee. Flavor is similarly sweet, almost too much so. My mouth feels very sticky. Weird type of aftertaste, not sure what it is. Good beer but not as good as I was hoping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (2414) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Sampled at DLD 2013. It poured a deep brown color with a tan head. The aroma was mostly of cinnamon and liquorice. The taste was sweet, like a cinnamon toothpick. There was a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pentaz (1214) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2013
Draught @ Mikkeller, Viktoriagade. Pours near black with a frothy light brown tiny head. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, sweet licorice, raisin, burnt malt, vanilla, soft coffee and dark fruit. Taste is heavy sweet and near medium bitter. Body is medium+, texture is thick and syrupy, carbonation is soft. Finishes sweet with molasses and roasted bitter malt and and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1301) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2013 2011 yellow wax. Thanks Tommy! Pours a thick black with a 2 finger brown head. Super strong aromas of molasses, some roast, some alcohol. First sip reveals heavy residual sugar, no coffee notes at all, no hop notes. Slightly bitter from the roast, but this is mostly a sugar bomb. Lots of chewy molasses. Some sweet apple. Not as good as I thought it was going to be. UPDATE: Also had a 2009. More mature and more enjoyable but nothing significantly different to my inept palette.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (3189) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2013
On tap @CBC13. Aroma is powerful and sweet; dark sugar, caramel, licorice and cocoa. Taste is super sweet, caramel, ash, coffee, syrup, chocolate. Hides the alcohol well. Decent, but the hype is insane...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (1964) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2013
My first impression was quite negative due to circumstance. I was assisting AndyReynolds with his brewing outside on one of the hottest days in a while, smoking a strong cigar and tasting various strong beers. Between the heat, the smell of the brewing process, the cigar smoke and the tipsiness, my body screamed switch to water and then Andy says, "here try this beer; itís one of my favorites..." I try it and went inside to cool off and switched to water. Now, I can rate it: bomber (2013) - pours dark brown with coffee cream head and deceptively large head with great lacing. Nose is milk chocolate. Flavor adds brown sugar, booze and roast. well balanced but ends very sweet. does not live up to the hype. metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (1766) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Rating #1000! Thought I would celebrate with a top rated Imperial Stout. Been wanting to try this for a while. 2012 red wax bomber from trade with Dfonorow. Pours near pitch black with almost no head. Looks a little oily. Very sweet aroma of vanilla, molasses, raisins, soy sauce, light espresso, chocolate, and booze. Taste is very sweet as well with almost no bitterness. The flavors are great but absolutely no sweet/bitter balance. All of the aromas come through nicely, especially the vanilla, molasses and raisins. Gets boozier as it gets warmer but no indication of 15% abv at all. Tastes like it could be 8%. Medium to thick body, oily and syrupy mouthfeel. This could be top notch if there was some bitterness to balance the extreme sweetness here. Might like to try a fresh one some day to see if any hops show up as well. Overall, a really good imperial stout but nowhere near my favorites in this style.

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