RATINGS: 1836   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 17/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2006
2005 Bottle from a trade with jimmack (thanks!). Pours thick and dark, served slighly chilled to get the sensory effect as it warms up. First sip, huge roasty cocoa /coffee with hints of citrus. Extremely thick, coated my tongue instantly, I knew what to expect but it was much heavier than anticipated. Lots of flavors melding together midway through. Dark fruit, whiskey, coffee, and a touch of citrus. I did not get a strong alcohol presence through the entire experience, quite impressive at 13%! Truly a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 Re-rate: 2006 vintage, had at the Nashville tasting. Smells of port, bourbon, wood, alcohol and sausage. Full as all hell in the mouth and smooth, flavor is mostly roasty and hoppy. The chewy presence of this beer actually seems to *produce* phlegm. A hard candy sweetness pervades the whole thing. The sausage that I smelled peeks through every once in a while on the flavor too.
8/4/8/4/16 = 4.0

Original rating: 2005 vintage, poured from bomber into Duvel tulip (first tasting) and a pint (second tasting). Bought at Hyde Park Binnys, Chicago. Opaquest black ever with a reddish-brown head that is both fizzy and foamy; head has great retention, leaves a beautifully sticky lacing and produces a very thick and deep arc of racing that takes forever to get back to the surface, belying the Lords thickness. Smells strongly of buttered bread and coffee, with dust and mustiness overlay. Full as all hell and syrupy in texture, it coats the tongue like an enamel; personally, I think its a bit too syrupy. If Karo came in chocolate, this would be exactly like it, with some grenadine thrown in for an accent. Roasty and dry finish is bitter at first, gets sweet and fruity, then tangy (kind of like fruity, but also evocative of sourdough bread). Finish is long. I wish I could have had the patience to hold one of these bottles for a while. Im guessing with the body this thing has, it could survive the Apocalypse.
8/5/8/4/17 = 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - APR 9, 2006
Aroma of chocolate and roast malt. Appears black with brown at the edges, and with a thick brown head that dissipates. Flavor of chocolate and roast coffee, with some hop bitterness in the finish. Palate is thick and velvety. Overall, this is a truly outstanding brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2006
Deep and wide chocolate cake and mocha aroma,blacker than black color, smooth creamy fudge chocolate cake with coffee, vanilla and oak overtones. All that going on, but I wouldnt describe it as overly complex. What makes it special is the high intensity fullness of the taste that is presented, and how the rich full palate hangs around, even as most others start letting the bitterness take over. Thanks to a special guardian angel of mine for this bottle. It was great , wonderful and I just dont see room for improvement,hence a 5 rating. And what could be better for rating # 500

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2006
Pours out like a dark Muddy, syrupy concoction, with a wonderful carmel color head. Excellent lacing. Smell of coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate. My mouth felt creamy, like having eggnog at Christmas. I could taste sweet chocolate, coffee, hints of vanila, raspberry, malt, honey, carmel and smoke flavor. Tons of flavor in every sip. You can taste a hint of alcohol but thats it. This is the #1 imperial stout in my book. My second #5 rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2006
Girnormous thanks and cudos to Crosling for hooking me up with (and sharing!) a bottle of the 2005 batch. The usual 22 ounce bomber, set out from cellaring and allowed to warm to about 55 degrees. Poured into St. Bernie tulip goblets, not light passes through this monster. Vigorous pour yielded a brown (with yellow edges?) large reverse cascading head that clung to the glass like molasses. Smell of espresso, dark chocolate, burned cherry syrup, prunes, figs, and malted malt. Incredible: I just wanted to go on inhaling this aroma! Taste is huge and chewy and tongue wrestlingly thick: this is like Yeti on steroid. Intensely decadent dark chocolate espresso malt with prunes and caramel and malt on malted-chocolate-covered-cherries. Took most of an hour to savour this: as it warmed, everything gets more intense, especially the chocolate. Mouthfeel is the richest of any beer Ive ever had: simply decadently smooth and mouth-fillingly round. You want to swirl this stuff, not swallow it. Drinkability is the only thing that hold this back. Wierd thing is that all the intensely enormous voluptuousness of the flavors and mouthfeel completely mask the 13.0%. Perilously drinkable. A note: reserved the bottom half-inch to consume by itself. The 2005, unlike the 2004, doesnt have a lot of sludge at the bottom. However, there was a lot of flavor: that last half-inch was like the rest of the bottle concentrated into two small mouthfulls -- absolutely over the top. Overall, a freakishly amazing brew, and I can see why people are after this with abandon. Thanks again to Crosling for the sharing! Astonishing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 100th rating, bottle courtesy of alaskaiscold, and this is a orange wax 2005 if Im not mistaken. I havent rated anything on here for about a week in anticipation of this bad boy...time to see if it was worth the wait. Pours absolutely pitch black with a creamy toasty, brown head and I usually dont comment on the lacing...but this has some pretty damn nice lacing. The aroma is pretty potent...licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon,smoke, vanilla, dark fruits, and oak...lots of oak. The nose of this beer has a lot going on, almost serving as a warning for those who dont like huge beers, because that is exactly what it is. The flavor is even bigger with all of these things coming to mind: rasin, dark cherries, bakers chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, bourbon, caramelized sugar, vanilla, oak, and alcohol...a bit sweet a times and bit bit too much alcohol in the finish. This beer is very rich, velvety over the tounge, a bit clumpy at times but nothing that really takes away too much. The finish is very sweet/sour...a slight bitterness after a huge blast of sugary sweet fruit. I will admit that I was expecting something a bit less sweet, but Im always impressed with beers that are this complex. Also, while the presence of alcohol can be easily found, this stuff is hitting me harder than I wouldve expected...basically tastes like a 9% beer with the power of 13%... Ill be sure to share my next bottle with friends...good friends that is. After having every bottled vintage, I feel confident this is the best of the bunch. No other stout has matched its viscous quality, and when fresh, the hops looming inside add a amazing touch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
waldowin (6) - Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2006 does not count
Pours a molasses-thick black. No light gets through, even at the sides. A thick, dense dark brown head forms quickly, and fades to a capper that just stays around for days. Smells toasty and roasted, with hints of coffee and roast. Tastes extremely complex, with an aftertaste that changes and fades for ages. Tip of the tongue is cashews and dark chocolate. Pushes back to cherries, grapefruits, and citrus, as the hops and sweeter flavors slam through. Aftertaste is again of dark chocolates, biscuits, and cherries, taking ages to fade. Alcohol hides very well, and just warms your throat at the very end. Mouthfeel is thick, bubbly, and chewy. Pretty big, and gets ludicrously massive as it warms. Leaves a nice bitter toasty feel in the mouth. This stuff is silky smooth, and very tasty. Watch that ABV! I could drink it all night, a real shame its so hard to find. Now I definitely need to grab one and age it for a while, see how it holds up. A HUGE thanks to Jetsbeer for shooting one my way! Only better beer Ive ever had was a 2-year old Stone RIS. My money says this stuff would be even better with a year or two on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Huge thanks to EBoats for bringing this beauty to Tampa, and to Degarth for holding it for 2 weeks and not drinking it. Orange waxed bottle. I was so excited to try this. Pours a thick oily pitch black, huge awesome looking mocha head, and leaves great lacing. Aroma is some bourbon, dark chocolate, espresso, and sweet alcohol. Flavors are espresso bigtime, coffee, dark chocolate, amazingly smooth and creamy, dark fruits, more creamy espresso, slight black licorice, espresso stays the whole time. The more it warms it seems to get sweeter, its a sweet alcohol espresso flavor. Very drinkable beer the alcohol is hardly there and its damn smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Bottle thanks to Hezron as a bonus beer in my first RB trade. Unfortunately, I dont think that I have the vacabulary yet to do this justice. Interestingly, when I first poured, smelled and tasted, it didnt really do much for me. I mean, it was a solid beer, but I didnt see where it came in as #1. Either as it warmed or oxidized (I started at around 55 degrees), though, it really came alive. Again, I dont really have the words to describe all that this was, but it was a unique experience. Unlike the other "big" imperial stouts Ive had (Speedway, Expedition, Stone, DFH, Mephisopheles, Siberian Night, etc), this one was really balanced. Not just bitter/malty balanced, but across the board. Most of the other ISs are wonderful, but really hit you over the head with something: alcohol, sweetness, smokiness, fruits, coffee, etc. The Dark Lord, though, especially as it progressed, contained all of these elements in a wonderful dance that I can only describe as unique. I wish I had better words to communicate my experience. While it doesnt have any significant attention grabbing attribute, its such a well engineered total experience that I was, at the end of the glass if not the start, blown away.

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