RATINGS: 1835   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Mmm...... wow.When you pour this beer you realize you didnt know what inky black really meant. And Ive certainly never seen a head as dark and oily brown as this before. The aroma is so roasty and so mysterious.... wow. Hints of plum, coffee and molasses abound through that carbon roast that just eminates from the glass. Tasting it is much more of the same. Assaulted with the roasts, but balanced by the other flavors of more plum, coffee and caramel. And whats that? Hops? Sure enough. Plenty there once you start looking for it. The way it just coats the glass with its oily residue, you wonder - did I just put that in my body? yessir my friend. And you thank yourself for the opportunity. And thanks Hezron too, for the bottle. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
neillio (4) - evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2005 does not count
this beer is definetly IT. So strong and roasty its a bit scary. This beer made me think less of other stouts i once thought were special. Three Floyds knew what they were doing and did not hold back(as usual). Im not surprised they would make such a fine brew but i was surprised by the price. Unfortunatly its worth every penny...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fly (1475) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 what better beer to bid farewell to a Texan whilst reaching the inverted beastly numerology? Couldnt believe Kevin was willing to share. And can think of no other beer that could push aside all other beers tasted through a night with such deft ease. cutting to the end of the sampling, I looked with amazement as rinsing the slightest drop from the glass with water, the whole cup turned deep amber. There is no other. All the talk, all the yammering can turn me against something, but this was it. I really wanted to pepper this with profanity as a means of acheiving what I wasnted to describe, but the beer was ultimately IT.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 My first 5.0 rating on my 50th birthday! What a way to make my debut on the Masters list

2005 bottle. wonderful aroma of vanilla, dark fruit, some coffee, chocolate & caramel. the look is very, very black with ruby highlights, especially in the lace as it chases its way down the side of my snifter. upon the first sip or two a noticable hop bite is present, but after the third sip or so, everything smooths out. flavor is big and bold with all of the aforementioned chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel & dark fruit. in addition the hop bitterness and alcohol shows up in the tail end. very enjoyable. would think this would continue to improve over the next couple of years! thanks rich for sending this one to me about 6 months ago.

sampled the 2004 vintage courtesy of hey_kevin at his Year End gathering, thanks Kevin. this one rates a 5+. I dont care what some of the naysayers have to say about the sludge, this was an incedibly complex and wonderfully smooth drinking experience.

2006 bottle shared with illini08 Christmas day 06. the 8 months since I picked this up at DL day have been kind to this bottle. deliciously thick and smooth with no hint of alcohol. roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, licorice and hints of fruity hops in the background. still the best Imperial Stout around!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2005
2005 bottle. So many people describe this so beautifully that I will make it brief. Insanely complex aroma with citrus, graitfruit, coffee, courant, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Ten plus for the aroma and taste. Definitly worthy of its rank.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2005 Bottle-red wax makes it hard to open. Jet black color with a small dark tan head. Thick-coats the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate fudge, some coffee and alcohol. Flavor starts rich, bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee then a tart bite and a lingering licorice bitter finish. Palate is thick, rich, smooth and creamy. Having said all of that, it is over rated and way over priced IMHO!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Not sure on year, 2004 I believe? from Footbalm, have a 2005 from Odeed Im sitting on. Thanks to both of you. Pours dark opaque black, very oily, huge beige head. Talk about growing legs, this beer coats the glass with the best of them. Lots of vinous notes in aroma, cherry though? Full of sweet chocalate malt, as it warms a burnt/woodsy aroma comes through. Flavor is all over the place, initial sweet malt gets even sweeter through the middle, lots of dark fruit, cherry, slight coffee in the finish. Nice sticky/oily mouthfeel. Very glad my bottle didnt have a huge coffee character to it, although the stromg vinous notes may subtract a little bit. Definately worthy of its rank though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3708) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2005
2004 bottle. A special thanks to richlikebeer for sharing this one! He must have been trying to make up for that beer from Ghana. Hoppy, yeasty aroma with traces of espresso, and vanilla. No head. Syrupy, hoppy thick heavy body chocolatey taste. An amazing brew!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2005
The label and wax are cool, although the wax could get old if this was done on a beer you opened more often. Thanks to Jsquire for this bottle. Beer poured with a very long lasting heavy merangue/milkshake/mocha frappachino head. Half beer, half head with diamonds in the foam seen through the glass. Very strong good roasted coffee bean aroma. Big flavour, a big coffee beer. Big alcohol kick at first sip. Soft marshmallow body. Leaves behind a dusty coating. Not your everyday beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
***A Special thanks to my homie, Richlikebeer, for letting me have the honor of opening this beauty. 2004 bottle. Aroma of espresso,vanilla and chocolate. Poured slowly a deep rich black river with a nice choclately cap. Flavor was great, coffee and molasses mixed perfectly with traces of cherry. Palate was thick and delicious. What an awesome brew.

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