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100
style
RATINGS: 1833   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2510) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 Bottle of the 2009, white wax seal, Craftheads, Shibuya, Tokyo. Colour is dark dark brown with burgundy edges. No Head. Nose is red wine, earthy, port fortified wine, touch of bourbon, but mainly red wine aroma. Taste is red wine, like a fine burgundy, but with more of an alcoholic kick and theres a bitter earthiness, malty chocolate and some wood fire smokiness. Yes, and the molasses. Not getting much of the coffee although maybe its in the bitterness. About three sips in, despite drinking most of the evening I felt a distinct alcoholic fug go up my neck and into my brain. Like when drinking something strong like whiskey. Its a sipper this one. Is it a beer though? Ive never really had a beer like this in my life. Would I want to drink this every week? The answer to that is not really. And therein lies the conundrum. Its sophisticated, complex and possible subblime for a couple of mouthfuls, but its not really a beer. Its more like a glass of fortified liquor to be drunk as an aperitif. And for that reason Ill never rate it as highly as some, because I dont crave it like I do other simpler beers.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (5769) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle thx to benzai. 2011 version. Pitch black opague colour with an off-white head thats quickly gone. Smells roasty, alcohol, coffee, hops. Tastes roasty, coffee, vanilla, sweet, liquorice, dark chocolate. Full body, warming, perfect carbo.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2012
My first dark lord, sent by pantanap? Thanks Kan! Green waxed bottle. Pours black with about a half inch tan head, a little watery on the pour, almost no lacing just a few little spots. The nose is sweet, caramel, burnt sugar, rasion, some rum and dark fruit maybe plum. The flavor is also sweet, dark fruit, vanilla, booze, burnt candy sugar, some almost Belgian like spice. Very interesting. The body is silky smooth, the carbonation is suprisingly high. Interesting brew.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (3407) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2012
2011 bottle Pours opaque brown with little to no head. Aroma is nutty, malty, rich, and mollasses. Taste is exceedingly sweet for my tastes with absolutely no roasty "stout" characteristics. This is a barley wine to me. Its not black, its not roasty, its very low carb. Its a very good barleywine though.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Pure molasses in aroma and flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden. Soooooo sweet. Good. Very unique flavor.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Have had multiple vintages a few times and finally deciding to rate. Pours thick oily jet black, with some mocha head that dissipates. This beers got legs! Aroma is of rich burnt coffee, with a lot of sweet milk chocolate to complement; also hints of pine. See differences in vintages below. Flavor is rich alcoholic burning cough syrup sweetness, then a bitter chocolate finish. Very light carb, thick oily mouthfeel. Overall a fantastic beer but there are huge differences between vintages. Here are general notes between vinatages: 2007 - Smooths down quite a bit and you get a huge dominant mocha flavor 2008 - VERY huge fruit aromas and flavors. This has currants, cherries and chocolate covered raisins 2009 - Definitely very hot, some licorice and tobbaco flavors as well 2012 - tons of molasses and burnt sugar, hints of coffee Serving type: bottle

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
A long time want for me. Trade with totoropanda @ BA. S: Alcohol, burnt sweetness, toffee, and molasses. A: Black with brown lacing. T: Upfront sweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of bitterswetness from the molasses. M: thick, low carbonation. O: Really got to enjoy really sweet beers to enjoy this one as the sweetness can become overpowering. I enjoyed this one and I couldnt believe how damn well the alcohol is hidden,

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13517) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2012
2012 Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with medium creamy beige head lasting awhile leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a strong raisin malt and caramel. Thick mouthfeel with a sweet malt chocolate, molasses, and sweet finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering, a very good Imperial stout from Three Floyds.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (6015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2013
This is a pile of chocolate piece of heaven. So big. Can't even put this on the grid. So big

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3777) - New York, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Poured at the epic AZ crews driveway tasting curtesy of dcschiller I am pretty sure. Its been embarrassing being on this site for so many years and not having ever tasted this. This was 2011 version pours jet black with huge nose of bourbon and molasses. tastes of chocolate, bourbon, molasses, coffee, woody, light vanilla, soy sauce, resin, and licorice. probably too sweet for my normal palate but today it worked just fine.


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