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RATINGS: 1692   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

broozer81's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
It turned Vader to the darkside. The instant you pour it into your glass and take your first smell is the moment when youíll finally appreciate its lure, pure happiness in a glass, an intellectual beverage to say the least. Youíre nose is bombarded with waves of pungent aromas, sweet dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and most eloquent of all is its rich dark fruits, cherries, dates, raisins, a port wine like undertone that would make the Trappist Monks of Belgium rise their glass in approval. Taking your first sip is now inevitable as the lure of Dark Lordís demonic character comes to life, although caution is advised as youíre approaching the point of no return. You raise your glass to your lips only to be led deep into a dark abyss as it shows you all phases of the moon at once. The viscous mouth-feel leads to a masterful gustation of vibrant flavors, as ancient Belgium meets new age America. Intelligently well put together, Dark Lordís well balanced nature gives it a sophisticated character that stands alone among other craft beers. Youíre enticed by an astonishing array of dark fruits, sweet chocolate, caramel, coffee, and molasses all so perfectly blended that they seem to be orchestrating a symphony in your mouth. Sip after sip the draw brings you deeper and deeper into its sinister domain. Dark indeed youíve become, as you franticly savor every taste that passes through your lips, each sip inversely superior to the previous.From the disturbing creature on its label to the different colored wax that seals each yearís bottle; Dark Lord has risen from the deadly hollows of the underworld to become a mythological figure in the world of craft beer. So does it defy description? Without a doubt. Is it demonic and evil? Well, cellar a bottle long enough and you may very well find out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (900) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle í13, tasted side by side with Huna and Darkness. Pitch black with a tan head. Nose is sweet, vanilla and milk chocolate. Taste is sugary, syrup, oily, vanilla, milk chocolate and some caramel. A bit too sweet and cloying but still solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheArgoPirate (83) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (124) - 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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sudomorph (771) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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