RATINGS: 1832   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Dark Lord is a demonic Russian-Style Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. (2017 version)

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
Black speckled wax = 2016
Green wax = 2017

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 OK, on to the Dark Lord. I had heard so many things about this one that I almost shit when I hear they had an aged growler of it for us at the RateBeer Summer Gathering 2003. It poured a small head of dark brown fine to large sized bubbles. It has a mild coffee molasses aroma. The body of this brew is something to behold. It is dark, thick and I mean thick! 70,000 mile old motor oil thick and black as a black hole in space. It has a very strong coffee flavor that was suprisingly smooth initially then finished with a lingering burning sensation from the alcohol. It is definately in a class of its own! Truely a masterpiece! All hail the Dark Lord! 2006 Release Rerate: This bottled brew from the brewery at the release party poured a head of foamy finely sized dark brown colored bubbles that was mostly lasting and left behind an opaque black colored body and a very good oily lacing. The mild aroma was malty with chocolate coffee hop and dark malt notes. The mildly vinous mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong mild vinous hop dark malt aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of hops dark malt chocolate and coffee. Delicious and one I would certainly love to buy again. All hail the Dark Lord!

MaltoseChalice13 (23) - Somerset, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2018
I've had this multiple times. Not fully sold on the base beer. Very sweet and teriyaki like. Feel like I should be pouring this on my chinese food.

andrewje41 (4768) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2018
22 oz bottle poured, enjoyed during a blind barrel aged beers tasting. Always gotta throw in a beer that isn't barrel aged to see if it can be identified by the group. Why not make it a Dark Lord? To be honest, my novice beer mind never even looked into whether Dark Lord is barrel aged as a regular beer. Novice here. Doesn't matter though, the beer is good. A seriously huge thanks to prufrockstar for the bottle. One of the finest folks I've had the pleasure of meeting on this site. Cheers to you, my friend! Green sparkling wax, so a 2017 I'd have to assume. No indication for me during the blind that this was a non barrel aged entry. I picked up plenty of bourbon notes. I suppose you don't need a barrel to have bourbon notes come through. Either that or you just need to be enjoying great beers in a blind tasting, expecting it. Dense, near black pour. Rich chocolate forward nose. Sweet for sure, but it's not enough to turn me off of it. Has a vanilla like creaminess to it. Reminded me of a dessert stout, so revealing this bottle was quite a surprise. Toasty malt, cinnamon, coffee. Quite bitter in the end as well. The first time I tried Dark Lord was with Tcon down at a little pizza restaurant in Seattle several years ago. The owner had pulled one out of the cellar to enjoy with some friends and wouldn't stop talking about it. After a couple questions from a couple of beer lovers that had only wished to have tried it, she mentioned that she had about a quarter bottle left, but that it had been sitting for hours and hours. Didn't care. Was good under those conditions. Even better in a fine setting like this tasting. A really enjoyable beer for sure. Hope this isn't my last experience with it. Thanks again, Chris!

sseb69 (2039) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2018
Bouteille Blue Wax. Couleur noire comme la nuit sans étoile, opaque, mousse brune foncée. Texture épaisse en la versant. Arôme de mélasse, café, sucre caramélisé. À la limite sauce hoisin. En bouche, c'est énorme, c'est soyeux, huileux, corpulent, sucré. Notes de toffee, mélasse, vanille, un peu de café noir. C'est puissant et rond. Une grosse bière. C'est exeptionnel.

ljthiessen (1552) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 30, 2018
I've had Dark Lord a few times, including several variants. Over the years I've come to find it excessively sweet and having a strange teriyaki / soy sauce note that puts me off. It's a huge, rich bomb of an imperial stout, but far too sweet and some weird stuff going on. Perhaps with some years of age I will enjoy it once again.

sjogro (5403) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2018 Bottle at home massive thanks to Maakun. Burgundy wax/2015. Black with no head. Oh boy. So sweet. Pancake syrup. Honeydipped rye bread. Cinnamon, roasted paprika, bell pepper, maple syrup. Massive chocolate, toffee, chocotoff experience, light tobacco. Fluffy yet syruppy mouthfeel, black candyfloss. So sweet and smooth. Quite deep and strong bitter. Slight moldy, truffle-like plottwist. Alcohol trying to punch me but can’t get through the syruppy cobwebs of caramel jizz hanging over it. Nice. Full bodied and soft carbonation. Tripping balls at a Belgian waffle stand. Pretty sweet. SATAN SATAN SATAN HAIL TO THE DARK LORD!

Maakun (7101) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2018
Bottle shared 2015 vintage. Black with short lasting light brown head. Coffee, thick molasses, pancake syrup (the Dutch kind), alcohol, toffee, light spices, thick sweet toffee malts, palm sugar sauce, lots of black plums, vanilla, leather. Very very sweet and some bitterness. Full thick creamy sugary body. Like drinking some kind of liquid sugar. But yeah it’s pretty good!

MiliM (2) - - JAN 17, 2018 does not count
Very good beer but a bit too well bechave. Aromat could be a bit better. And some claw in taste will do nicely

Malin_aiisa (1268) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle from mikkeller bottle shop 2015 Dark black, small brown head Aroma of smoked ham dark syrup. Tar Taste dark syrup sweet, tar Fizzy, Quite bio exam. Nice aged feel. Vanilla. Very nice with dessert a New Year’s Eve

fkoolen (1445) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2017 Bottle at home, 2015 ed. Pitch black, really thick pour, beige creamy head. Intense (!) sweet roasted malty nose with sweetened espresso, cacao, marzipan, vanilla, candied figs, red fruits, boozy. Aftertaste lingers long and sweet. Biggest body ever, low carbonation, velvety soft and oily mouthfeel.

pjotrapostou (432) - POLAND - NOV 6, 2017
2016: Bardzo słodkie, sporo syropu klonowego, nawet nieco cukrowe. Wyraźne nuty waniliowe, bardzo gęste i oleiste, alkoholu prawie nie czuć. Dobre piwo, ale przez tak dużą słodycz trochę jednowymiarowe - oczekiwania były nieco większe.

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