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100
style
RATINGS: 1836   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (10461) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle (at the Dsseldorf Gathering); Dark brown coloured, reddish-brownish small head; sweet-vinous-fruity nose with distinctive traces of liquorice; oily texture, strong bitter-sweet flavour; lingering coffeeish-(bitter)sweet finish. Good and complex and dense.........

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 22oz bomber provided by our host Bartzilla. Beer 12 of the Bartzillas Death Metal Beer Tasting 1/12/2007, consumed with many great beer drinkers including Bartzilla, Naven, as well as Lee creator of Arrogant Bastard. Now like many Ive been really waiting for this beer for a while, and I cannot hope to match most reviews, but this is serious shit. This beer is potent strong and sweet. Coffee, sweetness and smoke, and roastiness all come together to form this fantastic beastlly Imperial Stout, I look forward to having this again with more contemplation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
diabel (1693) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 Disclaimer: Two ratings, points are of the latest one.

Rerate - Bottle at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation 2007, thanks to whoever brought it!
Deep black, muddy body. Refined aroma of liquor, port, very strong malts, ... very nice. Very well balanced and complex flavour of toasted and roasterd malts, dark fruits, chocolate, ... Yummie! 8/4/9/4/18 - May 30th, 2007

Bottle at the Dsseldorf Gathering. Deep, black body. Creamy brown head. Nice looks. Aroma of complex malts, but not heavily complex, only very, very strong malts (and alcohol). Very complex and attracking flavour with a lot of coffee, liquor. 8/4/8/4/17 - Jan 8th, 2007

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Dusseldorf Gathering, Bottled. Yes, this is it! Strong aroma of sweet coffee and moccha. Black, brown head, good lace. Sweet, loads of moccha and licorice, roasted but light bitter. Thick and cloying like motor oil. What a brew! Thank you Saarlander. Re-rate: 2008 vintage, 4.4.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1564) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Dante wrote about the nine circles of hell in his Divine Comedy. I think we need a tenth, just to make the center that much blacker and colder, because theres a new Evil in town. Never have I tasted something more unholy than this liquid Lucifer beer, commonly known as Dark Lord. Uttering its true name in the ancient, lost demonic tongue would cause your head to explode, at best. Every liquid ounce is pure evil, fabricated from the sins of humanity, siphoned off as they commit their vile deed and passed through a thin veil of nightmares, during which it is made into a liquid. After that it is mixed with the tears of orphans and puppies to completely bastardize it. Finally it is approved by litigation lawyers and sent away to be bottled. This stuff is evil even to Evil. It is said Hecates herself deigned to drink it. The three witches of Macbeth all cowered when presented with a glass. Even the Four Horsemen, after they convened on on-the-spot council, declined on the premise that they had very important work to do and could not be bothered. Dark Lord is at once cold and frostbitten, devoid of heart and spirit. Yet it is fuming and raging, belching and cackling sulfurous clouds. It is a manifest imp of the underworld, with its sly and subtle qualities, but also a tyrannical arch-demon thundering and booming with eulogies proclaiming the burning of our mortal plane. The unopened bottle quietly quakes with an unspoken rage, but when the cap comes off only a few wails of regret slip out. The pour is oily and seductive like a snake slithering from a burrow, eyes alight like shining opals. It is black like a heart rotten with gluttony, decrepit and moribund, and still like bog water. A small head materializes with a dull crimson hue before it sinks back into the murky depths like a ghost ship in the fog. The aroma whips and curls out of the glass, grabbing onto the nose like a piercing talon, telling its story of tempting chocolate truffle, peat, raisin, red wine, coco butter, tangy sweet cream, cinnamon, rye, soy sauce and cider. It is enough to be seduced by this intoxicating perfume, but one must remember to resist the temptation. Nobody commits evil while thinking about the consequences, after all. Theres a trick, and this is but one of them. Those with great fortitude and courage tarry forth, imbibing some of the venom. Those who do meet with even darker and bitterer flavors. Chocolate, espresso, coffee peat and teriyaki grimace in the darkness, slinking around the palate with oily texture and even oilier deviousness. By the time the bottle is drained it is probably too late for salvation. The drinker might as well condemn themselves to the heaviest shackles of the underworld, and thats where the sludge comes in. Some say that its the sputum of Satan. Others pontificate that its a mixture of night soil, rotten foliage and crushed black centipedes. Whatever the raw ingredients, the final product is the most concentrate blob of sinful delight available. The Catholic church itself personally denounced the Dark Lord Sludge on account of its potential for spiritual decay. That hardly scratches the surface. No doubt prolonged exposure could result in physical decay as well. A small coating on the tongue of the stuff is enough to induce seizures, sending even the most pious man into a wild dance of panicked yelps and profanity. Every trait, every drop, every sip is a foray into the dark arts, and should be considered as such when sitting down to enjoy it. Beware, and keep a watchful eye the Dark Lord is here and hes something fierce.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 2004 Vintage, Remember Dark Lord is above all an event - youll try your hardest not to blow it out of proportion, youll introduce him quietly hoping not to stir panic - in a way its like Satan showing up for your dinner party. Theres a nefarious aura emanating from his mere presence that simply doesnt make for a smooth apritif. The audacious or foolish might mingle for gossip but dont be fooled by his empathic air, beneath boils a blood so black that its Gorgonian stare will turn you to stone. I fell prey to the allure of this devil, unleashing it upon our impressionable souls like a malicious genie. It slithered from the bottle producing an abyssal orb, darker than the deepest chasms and so dense it was only after a moment in the glass that it mustered the strength to form a thin cinnamon cream, rising from below as Apollyons swarm of locusts. To the nose, chocolate truffles appear in their fullest form combined with a deluge of juicy hops and coffee. Subtle notes define this aroma, emphasizing Armagnac-soaked prunes wrapped in bacon, cherries, nutmeg, apple and coconut, as well as a hint of mint. The mesmerizing notes of alcohol are prominent acting as a puppeteer that dexterously plays fragrances together like marionettes. The liquid slides through your lips like butter, thick as crude oil and just as smooth. The bitterness of dark chocolate appears combined again with light touches of coffee and fig to which the burning spiciness of cayenne pepper and paprika are added. After each swallow a dry but satisfying truffle flavor coats the palate and warms your insides from the gullet to the tips of your fingers.

As if the first pour wasnt adventuresome enough, each subsequent quantity became more brown in color and more thick in texture to the point of yielding the legendary "sludge", which I must report is not a myth. Indeed consequent to the oh-fourness of this brew, shots of sludge turned into an epic struggle to avoid wasting a single drop of the rare ichor. Like melted chocolate, this oozing deposit coated any glass it touched in a thick waxy layer. Its flavor approaches an ultra-concentrated rendering of the beer itself, favoring the dense malts, black pepper and an alcoholic, intensely bitter sensation. Its a barely palatable form of chocolaty sewage that doesnt sit well on the stomach, but if its presence is necessary to the exceptional power of the liquid above (as I understand it is), I suppose its worth trying. When presented with a shot glass full of the sludge, my unsuspecting roommate clamored "What the hell kinda beer is this?!" concisely summing my impressions of Dark Lord. Peculiar, no doubt, Three Floyds masterwork is a newfangled attraction, producing its expected lot of excitement. Worth the trouble? If like me you didnt have to trade in your soul, I would say so.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2007
06 bottle courtesy of Walt!!! Holy shit thank you!!!!! Pours a thick thick lack, with a dark tan head, looks more like some 20-50 oil than beer. Did i mention the smell hit me right once i popped the top??? I smell Coffee, dark chocolate, plum, and almost whats like one of the carmel apple suckers i use to have when i was a kid. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have perfection. Thick like pudding, and feels as if there are 10 thousand angels dancing on my tongue. Just the slightest alcohol burn, but it warms you up REAL nice. Around the beer as it got farther down it left like a dark orange lacing. I cant Wait!!!! and will do whatever i gotta do to have this again. If there was a rating on impression i was left with, i would give it a Zero, because now i have to hope that every beer tastes like this, and i dont think any will get close to makin par. Wow

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 From a 22oz Bottle, 2005 Vintage. Deep black, viscous pour with a well sustaining layer of roasted foam. Black tar. Aromas of honey glazed brisket dance with some hickory smoke and chocolate. Sweet caramels, pineapple, and even some musty scents of charred blue spruce bark. Almost a bit of bourbony caramel characters as well, giving it a bit of a heavy complexity often only found in barrel aged examples of the style. A bit of sweet vanilla mocha rounds out the bouquet. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel that only the dark lord can deliver. Creamy carbonation. A wave of sweet bourbony coffee caramels explode across the tongue, creating a wave of sweet, sticky chocolate liquore. Some rich molasses silky coffee notes coat the tongue and sit there resting gently for awhile. As the sweet flavorful malt notes fade from the palate, a dry roastiness takes over, cooling the tongue, leaving a dry coffee roast to linger. As this slowly fades, another wave of spicy hops lingers on the palate for awhile longer. There is no final smack - it just continues on forever. Marvelous. Thanks, Scott!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 22 Oz Bottle. Flickr(http:[email protected] Crazy nut aroma, with perfumey pine woods, Ecuadorian cocoa powder, and south texan riparian habitat. Earth, grainy and elegant. Entirely enveloping. Fresh southern pit barbeque, slathered with brown sugar and molasses sauces, crisping over smokey coals, creating succulent seared pork ribs. Backs off with some light toasted toffee sugars. Awesome! A literally viscous pour. Ive never seen a beer so syrupy. Rimmed with yellowish-tinged foam and a fringe of mahogany over dark black oil. Flavor is an interesting creamy rich shock of freshly brewed coffee grounds and toasted nut flavors. A lot of complex sugar elements from brown sugar to piloncillo to jaggery. The sweetness sweeps into a biting char crust and lots of oak and toast notes. A little coarse for me, but flavorful and intriguing. It swiftly moves into a cascading rush of primarily piney and resin-like hop quality, with copious saps and tree syrups. The malt mantains a steady balance beneath. Alcohol only lends complexity. Smacks comes together in all unique aspects, with fantastic warm nuttiness and general resin notes. A long, long draw with more barbeque. Lots of burnt and touches of tawny. Overall, its an amazing over-the-top package, with incredibly flavors, building and amazing depth. But, again like Batch 7000 the char is a little overwhelming and with Behemoth, the characters kind of overtake each, creating a lightly muddled sense. Here, the syrup quality is a bit distracting. A true novelty beer, but something to try for its amazing aroma and unique. Thanks Andy, for this awesome opportunity.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chriso (7533) - 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.


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