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RATINGS: 1722   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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A Demonic Imperial Russian stout brewed with Dark Matter Coffee 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
Burgundy wax = 2015


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5
   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cam_Dynamite (82) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2015
Blue wax bottle from mikkeller shop. Pours a heavy black with tan head. Nose is loaded with fruit, coffee, bourbon. Very thick sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and finishes very sweet. My only knock is itís just a bit too sweet for me. Cracker beer and if you get the chance itís a great beer to share with a mate or two (I chose not to share)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VastActiv (3714) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150501. Colour is black with very small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, some bourbon, coffee, hints of chocolate and roasted malts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vjohans (368) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2015
@yellow cbc 2015 wood, vanilla, full body, mid bitterness. extemly sweet. overly sweet.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhgrantjr (449) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2015
May 8, 2015 - shared a bottle of 2011 Dark Lord. This ones been aging for four years. Pours a deep black, very thick, small brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla, molasses. Taste is very sweet, not boozy at all. Creamy finish. More sweet than I expected...I can see why the barrel aged stuff is higher. But this is still a phenomenal beer. Glad to finally try one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukasmh (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
Tap cbc15. Pours a beautiful all black thick with one finger everlasting crazy head. Aroma is sweet, roasty malts, dark fruits, fruity, vanilla and milk chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, barley, malt, brown sugar, vanilla loads of chocolate and some toffee. Subtle sweet bacon in there! Sweet berries, dates. No presence of ABV, full body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (1458) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
Tap @CBC15. Black with brown head. Roasted malt and syrupy booze aroma. Flavour is syrupy sweet with licorice and coffee. Thick and sticky, just the way I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (447) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
Thx you friendly Americans at CBC 2015. Black with low Brown head. Alcochol. Sweet(Very Sweet) Roast, chocolate, cocoa, licorie Carbonation is low. Alcochol. Sweet, Full body. I did expect more

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
StoutHead (840) - DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
Black and roasty. Sweet and full body with a taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and a bit of vanilla. Iíve now had this one 3-4 times over the past year and thereís not doubt itís really good. Grossly overrated but a solid beer nevertheless. Iíve rated it slightly under the vanilla version but I may have rated that one a bit too high though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (3368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
01-MAY-2015, draft @yellow session @CBC15. Black with low Brown head. Roast, chocolate, cocoa. Carbonation is more lively than I expected. Some alcochol. Sweet, very full body. This is wonderfull.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbuskirk (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Few awesome things have a perfect run. The 2012 version of Dark Lord is known as the least successful vintages in Three Floydsí awesome lineup. Perfect or not, though, this is still motherloviní Dark Lord. Having the chance to drink one is an amazing experience, no matter the year. It poured pitch black and virtually headless. Aroma was very fruity with cherry, apple, and syrup. Flavor has a lot of sweetness, and yes, sad to say that apple juice flavor dominates the whole thing. However, there were some touches of cream and toasted dark fruit. Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth. While I definitely want to try a better vintage, having the "worst" Dark Lord is akin to listening to the "worst" Beatles album. Itís still enjoyable and better than a hell of lot else of whatís out there.


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