For fans of one of 3 Floyds Brewery’s most popular imperial stouts, Dark Lord Day is like Christmas in May.
That is because today is the day the Munster, Ind.-based brewery is releasing Dark Lord 2017, a 15 percent Russian imperial stout sold in 22-ounce bottles that is brewed with coffee, Indian sugar and Mexican vanilla. The stout was first brewed in 2002, but was not packaged in bottles until 2004, with the first Dark Lord Day taking place in 2005.
Each $180 ticket gives attendees:
- Entrance to the festival grounds
- 4 bottles of 2017 Dark Lord Imperial Stout
- 1 bottle of a rare Dark Lord variant OR two vintage bottles of Dark Lord Imperial Stout
- 1 commemorative tote bag
However, unlike in previous years when the multiple sought-after Dark Lord variants were first come, first serve, this year’s allocations will be pre-packed, meaning the variants that attendees get will be completely random. In addition, the total quantities of each variant will be divided evenly among each group, A-E.
There will be seven different Dark Lord variants this year:
- ChemTrailMix — Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon and pink peppercorns
- Ronaldo — Dark Lord aged in Muscat barrels with tart Michigan cherries
- Dark Lord De Muerte — Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels with guajillo peppers
- Marshmallow Handjee — Bourbon barrel aged Dark Lord with vanilla beans
- Bourbon barrel-aged Dark Lord — Dark Lord aged in bourbon barrels
- Dia Oscuro — Dark Lord aged in ardbeg barrels
- French Vanilla Militia — Dark Lord Aged in Muscat Barrels with Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs and Coffee
Attendees will be able to choose between getting one of the barrel-aged variants or two bottles of vintage Dark Lord from 2014, 2015, or 2016.