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RATINGS: 1683   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


JLAudio's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2008 bottle. Poured a dark black color. The head was a solid 1 finger and produced little lacing. The motor oil smelled delicious, complex as always. The roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, raisins, molasses, and dark unsweetened chocolate flavors melded and melted in my mouth with the perfect mouthfeel. This is one of the best balanced beers I’ve encountered. Always an A+


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AskForJenny (1024) - 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 (2100) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkleu357 (362) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
2014 bottle. Thick motor oil black pour. Heavy black licorice smell. Very sweet plum tasting. Wow is there a lot of flavor. Lots of fruity taste and sweet licorice taste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gad905 (162) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
2011 vintage bottle shared at RichTheVillanís, 27/11/13. Pours black, tan head recedes. Huge sweet nose of booze, roast, stone fruit, chocolate and dark sugar. Tastes sweet with notes of cherry, vanilla, roast malt, some coffee and chocolate. Extremely sweet, too much so for me. Complex stout, no doubt, but if itís still that sweet after 2 years will it ever dry out?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Desverger (2384) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
Sample from Bottle - black pour with thin beige head. Roasted malty aroma and taste, some lovely sweet notes, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, wow this is good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1138) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2014
22oz bottles all vintages pour a oily dark black with almost zero head. All are extremely sweet with the following differences in each vintage 2009- soy sauce 2010- vanilla 2011- chocolate 2012- dark cherries 2013- coffee 2014- very sweet malt and molasses

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (159) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2011 bottle shared at Darkness day. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Strong chocolate and sweet smell. Taste slight smoke with sweet toffee and caramel. Really easy to drink. Amazing beer!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JefVerstraete (1574) - 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 (22) - - 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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eduardovl (949) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 3, 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 ]


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