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RATINGS: 1683   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (15310) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 2010-06-19, vintage 2009, 8-4-7-4-15=38
It pours oily black, thick, with a minimal brownish head. Aroma of roasted malt, but also phenol, strong, very medicinal. Thick body, it has strong flavor, mix of caramel, roasted malt, tar, traces of liquorice and coffee; later, there is the alcohol that starts appearing; enough sugars. Strong bitterness. The final is based on rosted malts, sweet and bitter at the same time. Powerful, but not impressive.

2010-05-05, draught at Mikkeller Bar, opening night, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Dense black; virtually no head, just a thin collar. Aroma of chocolate, cookies, light cinnamon. Thick body (less than the bottle), oily mouthfeel, chocolate flavor, some alcohol. A bit too much, without being enough.

2007-09-21, Stockholm Beer Festival, afterfestival at Perís, 8-4-10-5-18=45
Black color; creamy head, not persistent. The aroma is very phenolic, and of course sweet caramel, liquorice, some coffee, alcohol, leather. Totally thick mouthfeel, a bit oily, sweet, bitter, with a perfect combination of caramel and chocolate and hints of roasted malt; more liquorice at the end. Warming. Powerful Ambrosia.

2004-04-23, 8-4-9-4-17=42
Cloudy dark brown color, green hue; no head. All the classic flavor components of North America Imperial Stouts, but quite well mixed together; anyway, the thickest beer I ever had. Not complex, a lot of sweetness; pleasant also because less bitter and aggressive than others. Thanks Jeppe (BierkŲnig) for sharing this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4616) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 (22oz bottle) Pours a dark-brown head and a opaque body. VERY oily. Vinous nose with alcohol and prunes. Flavour is SO thick. Oily, strong coffee and a creamy finish. A good detection of its 13% alcohol with a chocolate malt flavour. Excellent beer. Thanks Raindog for the opportunity to try this...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Bottle scored and shared by Silphium (happy 600!)Aroma is hazelnut, licorice, teryaki sauce, alcohol and malt. The flavor is that of scorched malts that fall just shy of burnt, very black columbian shade grown coffee and malt sugars that I find a bit too sweet. The beer pours so black and sinful that the room actually dims. However the three inches of sludge at the bottom of the bottle occupies a good 5 onces of this $15 beer and can easily ruin the whole bottle if you donít stop pouring at the first hint of cloudiness. This beer leaves an aftertaste of chewed up asprin on the tongue and a off-ish soy sauce tang. Dark Lord carries a lot of expectations that I donít feel were realized. The sludge was a definate negative, the burnt flavors and the foul palate were too strong to deem this one of the great beer wonders of the world, but it is very good imperial. Given the hype, the dark lord wears no clothes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2757) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Bottle, Good nose, Malt city, Chocolate, coffee, molasses,prunes, Raisin, a little soy sauce, hint of sherry. Brownish black color, no light goes through.No head, but I did pour slow. Bittersweet, flavors, Dark roast coffee, chocolate, molassses. Thick body, creamy syrupy mouthfeel, dry bitter finish. Very tasty. This one is for the Red Sox.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 much thanks to enniskillen for this brew!!!!after much anticipation,i get to be in the presence of the dark lord.we sat his majesty in my snifter glassand he poured out just like used motor oil.i even got a bit of a dark brown head with mine.i put the glass to my nose and the dark lord gave me a complex blend of cherries,beef jerkey,roasted malts,and coffee.now its time for the first sip.i was so excited even the butterflies in my stomach were thirsty...... WOW!the major thing i noticed was that the palate changed for over 10 seconds,and then left a coating in my mouth untll the next sip.cherries,blackend malts,coffe,smoke,toffee,and a bit of alcohol rounded out the palate.(if i could give the palate a 10,i would.) my eyes were lit up,my palate was exhuasted,and my teeth were coated.if i could describe this beer in one word,it would be......BLACK! 2005 BOTTLE RATED ON JAN. 1 2006.... poured black as night with a small brown head.aroma was a mix of cookies,roasted malts,coffee and alcohol.flavor was a complex mix of brownies,cookies,coffee,chocolate,and alcohol.mouthfeel was super thick and the palte was amazing.COMMENTS AFTER THE BOTTLE WAS FINISHED ON JAN. 1 2006.i was happy that this bottle had no sludge as the 2004 did.although i liked the flavor of the 2004 a bit better.the 2005 was more bitter and i could not detect the molasses in this years batch.mouthfeel was a little lighter as well. 2006 BOTTLE RATED ON JULY 5TH.BY WAY OF 1FASTSTI:again the body was super black with a very small dark brown head.aroma was a nice mix of chocolate brownies,brown sugar,molasses,and maybe a hint of coffee?the flavor came on a rush of over ten seconds and really changed over this period.chocolate,coffee,brownies,figs,raisons,purp grapes,and a tiny alcohol finish all sent my tounge into a tailspin.the mouthfeel was super thick and as i said,the palate was awsome.although after a few sips it did get a little sweet,and the alcohol became a little overbearing.id say the 2005 is a little better than the 2006. i think the 06 could use some aging.(2007 BOTTLE SAMPLED ON SEPT. 03 2007)as usual its black as black can be.although i didnt get much head from this years batch.the aroma is sweet and sticky dark fruits,roasted malts,smoke,and dark chocolate.the flavor is even more complex than the aroma.i get dark fruits,coffee,chocolate,molasses,símores,smoke,roa malts,slightly lighter fruits like green apples,brown sugar,etc.its so complex its hard to really pick out everything.although at the same time it seems likes it a bit smoother than the 06 or 05.this ranks right up with the 04 version for sure.well once again as i sip on this it just becomes to sweet.im gonna cork up the bottle and try and drink the rest tomorrow.(2008 BOTTLE RATED ON 5-22-08)thick,black,and nasty in appearance.(as expected.)small dark brown head with some legs on her.the aroma is roasted malts,dark fruit,alcohol,coffee,molasses,chocolate,and metal.the flavor is much of the same with the sweetness from the molasses really sticking out.pretty damn good stuff,but still a bit over-hyped.(re-rate)well im about halfway through the 08 bottle and as with the others.its just getting to sticky sweet.i think the rating needs to be lowered again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - SEP 11, 2005
22oz bomber from Torrence Liquors in Calumet City IL. Folks have PMíd me to ask if they still have it in stock. The answer is no, they got cleaned out on Sept 3rd.
Upon pouring, a massive dark tan head of tightly packed bubbles forms atop the sinister black body from which no light can escape. A good deal of foam stays to the end. Aroma of roasted dry grain, slight hint of metal and some alcohol. Very strong, bitter deep-roasted malt & bitter hops dominates the flavor. Not much sweetness at all, though a touch eventually shows up as it warms. Alcohol is well-hidden. Dry roast dominates lingering aftertaste. Slightly oily palate and tingly carbonation on the tongue. Yeh, this is good, but IMO not worth the hype and DEFINITELY not worth the $18/bottle asking price. Glad I got a second bottle anyway -- it made for good trade bait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13799) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Bottle. Beautiful, powerful chocolate aroma. Thick black appearance. This is SO thick, thicker than hot chocolate. Flavour is a lot like chocolate mousse, only more bitter. Quite bitter aftertaste. Very nice, but it does get a bit much. 8 3 7 3 14

2006 bottle. Nice coffee aroma. Black colour, thick-flowing. Very powerful flavour, strong salty liquorice and English liquorice. Sweet coffee, creamy aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel. 8 4 8 3 17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 2006 version. Big thanks to notalush for bringing this to the gathering at CL. This beer is huge. Motor oil jet black pour, with a thick lasting brown head which becomes lacing. This is the first beer I ever saw to change the hue of the glass that itís poured in. The aroma is enormous choclateyness, peppery pumpernickel, (cucumberish?), tart fruityness, herbal notes, vanilla extract and too much else. Just get your hands on it to try and identify all the aromas. Viscous, thick and sweet. And itís more balanced than expected. Gritty chocolateyness, subtle tart fruityness, herbal notes (maybe sage), peppery, big roasty mocha middle, prolonged smooth kilned notes, molasses, vanilla oakeyness, pumpernickel like dryness and a long beautiful mocha dry finish which balances the sweeter flavors in the earlier flavor profile. Quite a beer experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 26, 2007
2007 bottle @ thewolf tasting. Great label! Pours pitch black engine oil with a small light brown head. Aroma is a smoky and fishy (hering), with lots of roasted malt, tar, alcohol, chocolate and liquorice. Thick sticky oily mouthfeel. Very roasty siruppy flavour with dark bitter chocolate, tar, wood, bitter hops, smoke and lots of sweetness. One heck of sweet engine oil roasty brew, which fill you up. Too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2007
#400.Finally cracked the bottle I received in trade a while back. Had side by side with a bottle of Darkness, Big Eddy and an 06 Expedition. this one is all about tons of malt with little hop presence. Lots of plum, sweetness on the pallate. Seems more like a dessert beer to me, as this was the sweetest RIS i have had. This was actually my least favorite in the taste test, still good, but expected a bit more due to all the good ratings.

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