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RATINGS: 1827   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle, at RBSG Grand Tasting, July 2006. Id been sitting on a rating of Dark Lord done mainly from the sludge at the bottom of the bottle for a couple of years and had been looking for an opportunity to rate it properly since. And now I find myself at a late stage of the tasting, sitting with almost full bottles of Dark Lord, Speedway Stout and Apis Jadwiga Mead in front of me that nobody is clamouring for. Beer tasting can be tough but someones gotta do it. Theres not really any point in trying to add too much to waht others have said about this beer. Its a huge beast. Inky black. Imbued with chocolate, coffee, burnt malt and deep, rich fruit. Theres also a strong hop presence that makes it perhaps a teensy weensy bit harsh. And the alcohol did give me a bit of an afterburn. But these are minor quibbles. I do have to say that I marginally preferred the Speedway Stout that I sampled at the same time but I couldnt really articulate too clearly why.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 2005. Black, evil, obscenely thick pour. Aroma is deep dark fruit barely noticeable because of the roasty espresso, alcohol and bitter chocolates. Molasses wouldnt taste this thick in a side by side. Monstrous flavor becomes really agressive above cellar temperature. Extremely well made IS.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (6306) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
22 oz bottle, 2005 vintage, via TChrome. Pours as black as sin with absolutely no light penetration at all. Great creamy chocolate brown head with amazing retention. Minimal thin lacing. Aroma is thick and intense. Huge roast and chocolate base with lots of espresso, chalk, alcohol, yeast, iron, and light notes of tar. Flavor is roasted and burnt malt with tons of espresso and bitter chocolate. Quite bitter and a little astringent, but it really works with this beer. Absolutely no alcohol apparency. Finishes with a little soy, tar, and licorice. Mouthfeel is monstrously full bodied with a thick velvety texture. The carbonation is so soft and well rounded it enrobes the tongue like a blanket and coats the cheeks leaving a long lingering finish. I must say, I was trying to be critical of this beer, but this was just simply awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 06 Bottle at Bill and Steinys. This bottle pours way too thick. I didnt measure it, but the FG must be 1.035+. Its like molasses. The aroma is simply amazing, wow. Ill get more detailed after reviewing my notes, but I remember this being a great brew, and definitely one of the better non-barrel aged imperial stouts Ive ever had.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2006
Bottled (Thanx to Engelsmann). Wow! This is amazing. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. So very very well balanced. I could really get addicted to this - in fact - I think I am - dammit!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 I recently had the opportunity to have a vertical of all three bottled versions of this beer. A 2004, 2005, and 2006!! 2004-->Easily the best of the bunch. Would get a 5 but I kinda wanted to average the score from my impressions of all 3 vintages. This beers certainly lived up to the hype of the "sludge" and it had the consistency of a milkshake...I swear it was like crude oil. It had aromas of chocolate, cherries, molasses, toffee, coffee, and so much more. The taste was so sweet and thick with all sorts of flavors coming through, and the alcohol was present but far from overbearing. There was also little to know carbonation to speak of. 2005-->This was probably the least favorite of the bunch. It would have probably received a 4 maybe 4.1. It was very bitter, astringent, alcohol smells mixed in with the other good flavors that were able to shine through. That really took away from it. There was a lot more carbonation in this one as well. The bitterness also came through in the taste of this one. It was good...BUT a far stretch from the 2004, or from being the top rated stout that it is. 2006-->I have had this one before with out rating, and never smelled the "green apples" everyone talked about, but after having both previous vintages before this one I have to say that I really could smell it. It was overpowering but it was present. There was a lot of carbonation in this one as well...just about as much as the 2005. There were some nice roasted flavors that were coming through on this one with a nice sweetness that balanced out the bitter roastedness. I would probably give this a 4.4 or 4.5. It was a damn good beer and I enjoyed it more than the 2005. Alright...that is enough banter from me for now

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - 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 its 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 its 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Re-rate based upon a 2008 bottle that someone shared at Pauls 1st Hoboken gathering: Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Great aroma- Chocolate, roast, coffee, light vanilla. Taste is very roasty and coffee driven, with alot of chocolate and molasses. Body while incredibly full, is almost too thick for me- its literally like drinking motor oil. While its a great beer not sure it is worth all the hype it gets.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2005 bottle. Black pour with a small, dense, lasting, tan head. Powerful roasted coffee bean nose. Some oxidation in the aroma leading to a grape jelly/soy sauce/bbq sauce like quality. Flavor is big coffee, molasses, brown sugar, coccoa, and some alcohol. FULL body with a notable alcohol warming.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2006 bottle at the Fort Wayne tasting - Pours deep black with a thin, tan head. It has a wonderful roasted aroma with lots of coffee evident and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is, of course, absolutely huge with intense roast malts, coffee, chocolate, and more. Its very full bodied and is definitely a slow sipper. The huge flavor and body support the 13% abv very well, so it goes down smooth and warming with some bitterness at the end. Remarkable beer. Thanks to Thedm and Hotstuff for sharing this one.


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