RATINGS: 1839   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (4047) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4057) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 2006 Bottle provided by Firemoose15 via trade. Really appreciate someone hooking me up with my first "rare" brew. Thanks again, bro. Thick, flowing blacker than black liquid love with a brownish-yellow head. Beautiful lacing and was truly enjoyable to view. Nose is full of character: dark fruits come first, followed by mollasses, sugar, espresso chocolate cream, roasted malt. Flavor is equally complex. Very well balanced at 13%. Palate is thick and luscious as the apperance suggested. Hops hit the tongue sensors towards the end of the gulp and blend in really well with the other bold resonating flavors. Held on to this beer for almost 2 months without drinking it. Now I need to find another one, or ten. Solid brew, dudes. 2007 bottle courtesy of Footbalm shared with OldGrowth on 10/2/2007. Thanks Eric. Didnt take notes on this one, but I will say that I did not find it as overwhelming as the 2006. I know everyone keeps saying that this years is better than last, but maybe it was the hype that made me rate this so highly last year. I didnt taste any of freshly cut green apples in the 2006 and I wasnt as impressed by the 2007 as I was the 2006. The appearance was just as great, but everything else seemed a step back from my first experiences. Still an awesome beer that I will continue to seek out, but I think I like speedway more overall. 958417 Updated score is an average of my two full bottles experiences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Huge thanks to CaptainCougar for scoring this one for me at this years Dark Lord Day. Perfect black body with a very thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, mollasses, heavy malts. Taste is great and while a bit more complex, in many respects its, very similar to the Stone Russian Imperial Stout. A very nice and smooth chocolate and coffee ending. A great beer to have, but if you want something almost as good, go with Stone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bomber that mysteriously (miraculously?) showed up in a blind tasting courtesy of glkaiser. Easily the class of the tasting. I wanted to hang onto this one and savor the sips before moving on to the next beer in the tasting. Four beers later I found out what we had. Damn! Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head. Huge amounts of molasses in the nose, along with nuts and coffee. Full, oily body with light carbonation. Molasses-sweet taste with a huge taste of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Espresso-bitter finish. Thanks G!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
after4ever (8019) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bomber; courtesy the totally shocking generosity of GLKaiser. Humongous sweet and boozy nose. Smells like a screwdriver mixed with chocolate pancake syrup instead of orange juice. Breakfast of champions. Thick molasses, chocolate, and caramel flavors--chewy and sticky. Gentle cherry notes at the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2704) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2017 Thanks to JHop for this one. #1000 baby! A few things need to be said first though. Right before I opened the bottle, the only thing going through my mind was "Sauron, the Dark Lord..." from that Elf womans voice in LOTR. (Im an idiot) The other thing is that there have been many top 50 stouts that have let me down including Speedway, Stone RIS, WWS, and Thirsty Dog. As you can see, this wasnt one of them. Very black pour (not sure about darkest ever but definitely in the running) with a small to moderate dark tan head. Lacing fell apart later but started off good. Aroma is a load of everything. Chocolate, coffee, roast, a plethora of dark and dried fruits from raisins to currants, vanilla, licorice, wood, and some hops as well. The flavor is slick and oily. The finish brings some alcoholic and malty sweetness, but theres enough bitterness here to keep it interesting. Despite all the big flavors, this was very balanced. One of the few impy stouts out there that managed to be big and balanced. Lived up to the hype and I didnt think it would. Initially started off as a good beer, but as the bottle emptied the vanilla and coffee combined made for a suberb imperial stout. 2017 input: this isnt as much as a rerate as to tell more to the story. The day I had this I was also socially pressured into having cake with my team as it was a secretarys last day. TLDR: send me a new bottle to erase this awful memory. So I traded for this beer years ago, drank it, loved it. Glorious, please send me another. At the time I played Halo 2 and logged on to play multiplayer with friends. Within 10 minutes I feel horrible, I have to vomit and maybe more. I AFK from the game briefly and vomit, its awful. I return to the game, start shooting kids and within another 5 minutes the vomiting sensation is back. Once again I walk away from my Xbox and vomit. Once again - awful! Come back again, figure Im good at this point despite being behind in score. Another 5 minutes pass and I realize that whatever this is, Halo 2 will not be a priority anymore tonight. Hit the bathroom up again, vomit, diarrhea, I want to die. At this stage of the evening, Dark Lord is not good, but it cant be Dark Lord - right? This is approximately 8pm. For the next 8 hours, I rotate between trying to vomit and excrete. After several hours, theres nothing left from either end. Despite being in the shape of my life, I was exhausted - If I had a gun near me I would have pulled the trigger because nothing could be worse. For hours I rotated between sweating and chills. By 3-4am I pass out from exhaustion. If you look at my original rating, this all happened right before Thanksgiving. Hell, I had the beer the day before. I missed TG dinner and basically laid in bed all day recovering. When I went back to work on Monday I made a comment like, "You wouldnt believe my weekend" and half the staff asked if I vomited all weekend like they did. The cake that I didnt want and was pressured to consume was the culprit the entire time, not a beer ironically named Dark Lord.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rickgordon (3870) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2007 Rerate. Here is Dark Lord 04.
Black colour. Low brown head. Light, gentle aroma with vineous tones, soy-sauce and smoke. Silky mouthfeel, yet thick and chewy. Cocoa in flavour, late licorice and Dark Belgian Chocolate. Underneath is a vineous tone plus soy-sauce nuance. A very complex, flexible beer, since flavour come back and forth. The sludge, which we tasted afterwards was indeed heavy. Last rating of the 06 bottle gave 8/5/8/5/15 [Bottled. Thanks Kramer.] Jet black colour. Brownish head. Big aroma from smoke, glue and alcohol. Bit phenolic. Light licoricy in the background. And plum. Thick thick fiery mouthfeel. Motoroil with a toast touch. Hard to sense the details in this thickness. Big beer! Too big? Extremely thick mouthfeel, and oily with traces of cocoa and plum. The finish is super long and lasting, and leaves the palate oily. Good bitterness as well, that also lasts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle courtesy, and hanks to the very generoue Philip! Thanks my friend! 05 Bottle/Orange wax- Ive been sitting on this one for about 8 months now, and I felt it was time to treat myself. Pours a pitch black oily abyss with a frothed cap of mocha evil. Lots of spotty lace and dusting. Enormous coffee/coffee bean/double espresso aroma with some dark rum, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, burboun, and american hops.Big big bad deep rooted espresso flavours are accompanied by lots of dark chocolate, woodsy earthy booziness, vanilla extract, dark rum, and lots of bittering hops. FInishes HUGE, dry as the desert, chalky, and assertive. I like it. Once again, thank you so much Phil for saving this, and trading it to me last year. I appreciate the opportunity!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 (Bottle thanks to Rickgordon for a sample of this beer - and an even bigger thanks to Hopscotch for a whole 2006 for my self at last but not least a thanks to JCapriotti for sending me a 04) 2006: Pours darker than a 14 year old girls secret poems. Smokey, great roasted tones, glue-ish, a bit phenolic, dark chocolate/cocoa, coffee aroma with liquorice and some soy. Notes of madeira and plums.Salty and peppery. Tiny, tiny tones of green apples but its not a problem. Extremely wonderful mouthfeel with a good balance between the oily and the burned. Leaves a lingering oilyness on your palate. Very roasted, salty and peppery flavour. Brown sugar and molasses. Dark roasted coffee. Tar in bout the nose and taste. Dry cocoa and orange peel in the aftertaste. Bitter and fiery. Freaking big body. 2004, we love you JCapriotti. Pours so black-hole-black that Marsi got sucked into the glass, leaving Blursi behind. Vinous, soy like and roasted aroma which spreads in the whole room with tones of dark fruits such as plums, figs and raisins. Undertones smokey liquorice, cocoa, coffee beans, vanilla, molasses and raspberries. Fantastic medium sweet flavour with molasses, chocolate, soy, liquorice, vanilla, light tar and honey. Oily, smooth and velvetly mouthfeel with a complex, lingering aftertaste with soft tones cocoa, sweet liquorise and molasses. Light soft bitterness with tiny tones of hops. Full, unique body. This is just fantastic. And now to the sludge: its like very bitter chocolate mousse with some molasses, and yes its very, very muddy but surprisingly smooth mouthfeel wise. I love this and if Marsi would still be alive she would had loved it to.

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