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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 05 vintage: Thanks to footbalm for sending this to me awhile back. Pour is black, deep and dark with a frothy brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey, rich, and slightly boozey. Very creamy and full palate--one of the best Ive experienced. Taste is lots of chocolate syrup with a bitter kick in the end. You definitely get some of the alcohol, but not as much as you might expect. Incredible beer.

Update for new ratings: This brew has become a shell of itself. The ridiculous amount of raw sugar you taste ruins the experience. The 2008 was average to above average, but 07 and 09 are horrible. I enjoyed 05 as well--but many did not (green apples...). 06 was not good at all either. I dont see these improving with age--but well have to see. Right now I wouldnt drink a bottle of 07 or 09 if you gave it to me. Overall score changed to reflect all vintages.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 22 oz. 2006 bottle from trade with Dubbercody. Thanks Jamie! Pours a dark rick black color with a monsterous brown head that disappears shortly afterwards. Lacing is minimal with a thick oil like body. Aromalof roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is of roasted hops, dark chocolate and some vanilla extract with the alcohol being very well hidden. A nicely balanced, well made beer. (corrected typos 9-7-07)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 06 22oz bomber-A dark black with a nice brown head that dissipated quickly into a small ring. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, malt and chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee, and it hides the alcohol very nicely. Great tasting stout. 07 22oz bomber-Aroma of maple syrup, waxy crayon, and slight alcohol on a dark black body with no head whatsover. Taste of roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. A great stout with no perceivable alcohol taste. 08 22oz bomber-Pours pitch black with a big tan head. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, and chocolate. Taste of the same as it poured like oil. Great. 09 blind taste test @ BeerandBlues2 9/22/09-Pours black with a small head. Aroma of roasted malt and alcohol. Taste of alcohol and sweetness. This full bodied brew did not have the same viscosity as the 08 and seemed a bit thin. 22oz bottle 10 Vintage- 41 in Snifter-Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweetness and alcohol. Taste of malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and slight alcohol. I like this better than the 09.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 2006 Bottle: Thanks to Brigadier and Capt Cougar for getting us some botles. What is left to be said... Sweet Roasted Coffee Beans mixed with a milky rich sweet chocolate flavor that tickles the tounge. Surprisingly, there absolutely no burn. Unbelievably smooth for 13%. Taste was compariable to Bells Expedition, but Im giving DL the edge for hiding the alcohol a little better and for a slightly more complex taste with a little more of the roasted coffee tones (must be that starbucks kicking in). Also has a slightly more milky taste than BES. Low/medium carbonation with a small super thick caramel colored frothy head.... this brew is in a class of its own...

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 22 oz bottle via footbalm(thanks eric!). 2006 bottle. Pours syrupy thick black with a large tan head. Aroma has notes of licorice, anise, chocolate and fruity esters. Tastes like it smells. Starts sweet and ends sweet with some bittersweet roasted chocolate/mocha in the finish. I even detect some hops underneath the roastiness. After the first couple drinks and even the first glass shared with a friend... i was dissappointed and thought it was too sweet and cloying, but after a few sips of the 2nd glass....it is actually quite near perfectly balanced. The roastiness complements the sweetness perfectly. The alcohol is there, but i would not have guessed 13%.....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
WOW!!! The best imperial stout...period. 2006 offering that I had the pleasure of getting one bottle. Huge coffee and piney aroma. First sip was cautious with the 13% alcohol, but pleasantly surprised at very little burn. Very thick. Flavor of coffee and roasted hops lays gently on the tongue waiting for the next sip. Mellows as it warms at mid glass becoming sweet. If you are able to be lucky enough to have one, enjoy the best an imperial can be

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Overly roasted earthy and vegetative with big tobacco overtones. Astringent malt character with far too much residual sugar for me. The mouthfeel is dominated by the alcohol which is also perceptible on the nose. An overly sweet molasses ridden mess of a beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (10072) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
(650 ml bottle) Pitch black like the heart of George W. Bush. Redish brown bubbly head. Smokey burnt vinous salty sweet scent, also alcohol. Huge smooth mouthfeel. Burnt and raissin, thick sweet taste. The flavor is less complex than the smell. Sticky thick after mouthfeel. Burnt aftertaste. Low to medium bitterness. Its big in most aspects, but in this bigger isnt better. I wouldnt rank it that high among the worlds best beers.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle 2006 53F Snifter. Huge aroma tons of piney hops, and dark rich malts, lots of chocolate and sweet molasses. Pours very dark black and very opaque, with a decent head that slowly appears, the lacing is very nice and the head fades moderately. Big taste, tons of coffee, good sweetness but not overwhelming, plenty of warm melted chocolate, and only a light notes of bitter hops, mostly dominated by malts. Pretty damn good. Nicely balanced with bitter malts, sweet malts and balancing hops, that keep the finish crisp. While not a quaffer it is still quite easily drinkable. A good full mouthfeel, with plenty of carbonation, very well done and nicely balanced maybe a touch more carbonation and it would be perfect. My favorite Impy stout to date.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2006
From a bottled cellared for a few years. Poors a beautiful dark brown with mounatins of thick tan foam. Aroma of dark chocolate, anise and something kind of sweet, maybe raisins. Mouthfeel on the first sip (still decent head) like a good milkshake. Tastes of baking chocolate, coffee, and a nice batch of hoppy bitterness. Absolutely delicious. Wish I had this first when I came back from China. It would have made up for the four years of Chinese lager.


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