Tasting: February 14, 2015
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 700
2014 Dark Lord
This beer has been a long time in the making. Not only the four and a half years that its taken to consume seven hundred different beers but laying my hands on a very early must have in this bottle of Dark Lord. Today, there are many flagship stouts that have a targeted release date but one of the first notables that I can recall was Dark Lord Day. Dark Lord Day takes place in April at the Indiana brewery. You must buy a ticket to the event and it allows you the opportunity to buy a limited quantity of this beer. Some randomly selected ticket holders earn the right to purchase some of the barrel-aged variants. While most traders want a king’s ransom for the basic Dark Lord, the variants command ridiculous returns. Me? I’m happy just to have cut back the blue wax off this particular bottle of basic Dark Lord.
My fascination began about ten years ago when we traveled to Chicago to visit family. Knowing I was a beer nerd, a relative asked if we wanted to go to a brewery in Munster or a brew pub in an old train station. Turns out there was festival at the Munster brewery so we went to the train station – which turned out to be Flossmoor Station. Years later, I put two and two together and realized the festival at the brewery in Munster was probably Dark Lord Day.
Dark Lord seems to be a love or hate beer in the beer community. It seems that the hate is an envious hate because everyone seems to want a bottle or a ticket to the festival. These critics say its too sweet and/or too much like soy sauce.
Different color wax each year and the blue wax on this twenty-two ounce indicates 2014. This stout checks in at a massive 15% alcohol by volume. First impressions, rich and syrupy. A rapid swirl in my oversized cognac glass and this opaque stout clings to the side of the glass. Smooth as silk and viscous as hell. Sweet and fruity. Maple syrup, dark fruit of raisin and plums. I get vanilla, mild coffee and chocolate as well. While some elements remind of Bourbon County Brand Stout – Dark Lord is bit more elegant. The massive booziness is amazingly concealed.
Dark Lord gets a solid 97 and I’m glad to have finally crossed this one off my list.
February 14, 2015 is beer # 700 and 163 days since # 600
September 5, 2014 beer # 600 and 300 days since # 500
November 9, 2013 was beer #500 and 340 days since # 400
December 4, 2012 was beer # 400 and 182 days since # 300
June 5, 2012 was beer # 300 and 195 days since # 200
November 23, 2011 was beer # 200 and 134 days since # 100
July 12, 2011 was beer # 100 and 244 days since # 1
November 10 2010, was beer # 1