How quick Dark Lord Day seems to come and go. The only part of it that seems to take forever is waiting for it the next year. Some consider Dark Lord, the beer, one of the finer Russian Imperial Stouts out there, while others consider it a sugary mess of an interpretation. No matter what side of the fence you are on, Dark Lord Day is an even to behold for American craft beer.
Dark Lord by Three Floyds Brewing Company is released each April. It is a highly sought after beer in the beer geek world because of the high praise it receives, the rarity of the beer, and the overall craziness of Dark Lord Day itself.
I have had the privilege to try a couple of different vintages of these beer with the 2009 being shared by Tim, a beer geek that I met while waiting in line for my turn to scratch (and lose) and pick up my allotment of four beers. I have also had the 2010 vintage. I will have to say that beer number 151: Dark Lord 2009, is much better than the 2010 version. Obviously 2009 had two years of age on it, while 2010 was less than a year old when I had it. It was mellow, not cloying, and actually easy drinking for such a big beer. It was surprisingly carbonated for a two year old beer but this did not take away from the appreciation of the beer. Enjoy!
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