Darklord Day 2017

Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by Beanblossom, Oct 13, 2016.

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  1. Ohiou84

    Ohiou84 Initiate (132) May 6, 2014 Ohio

    I believe, the list of variants and bands came out on April 22 -- eight days before DLD.
     
  2. TheKlevin

    TheKlevin Disciple (300) Aug 6, 2014 Michigan
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    Variant list isn't usually until day before or day of, I'm not holding my breath...
     
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  3. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Savant (928) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    The big FU will be when they announce there are no variants this year and everyone will get two 2016 DLs instead...
     
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  4. Ohiou84

    Ohiou84 Initiate (132) May 6, 2014 Ohio

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  5. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

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  6. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

    Time to take my chill pill. Argh...the wait...
     
  7. kreg02

    kreg02 Disciple (364) Nov 19, 2012 Illinois
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    Ha, I did the same thing... I was like wtf is Sauternes? Madeira? Will I like this?
     
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  8. texasalec

    texasalec Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2013 Texas

    We already know Amon Amarth and Goatwhore are going to be there. This is enough information to keep me happy until 6:00 am on May 13th.
     
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  9. Dactrius

    Dactrius Poo-Bah (1,638) Apr 23, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I'm just happy that they announce the variants more than 24 hours before the event now. Expecting it already just seems crazy to me.

    That said, I'm in D, so who knows if it's even relevant for me. My time might be better spent reviewing my cellar and verifying just how many DL bottles I have of each year so I can make an informed decision when that's all I have left to choose from.
     
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  10. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (315) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    This would be a fun poll: how many bottles of regular DL are in your cellar right now?

    I'm assuming I'm on the low end because I'm new, I have 2 from '15.
     
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  11. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,428) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    0 of the regular myself.
     
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  12. Jangoon24

    Jangoon24 Disciple (335) Jul 25, 2015 Illinois
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    My personal preference for opening Dark Lord right in the "sweet spot" is 5 years - so I always have a 5-year vertical (currently '12-'16) to open one every year. I'll be opening and enjoying the 2012 bottle when we get closer to the event!
     
  13. toolbrew

    toolbrew Defender (638) Feb 26, 2008 Indiana
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    9 total ranging from 2011-2016...drank a 2012 last weekend and sweetness remains...
     
  14. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (8,547) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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  15. gibson584

    gibson584 Initiate (114) Dec 11, 2010 Kentucky
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    We did inventory for our group that's been going regularly the past several years. I had 19 bottles ranging from 2010-2016 just at my house alone.
     
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  16. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Illinois

    0. Only worth going for the share and to hopefully score a hanjee to trade.
     
  17. Beanblossom

    Beanblossom Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2015 Indiana

    Yep, I looked most of those up and created a spreadsheet and ranked what I thought would be available for group D. I was hoping the BA would last, but I don't think it did. I remember stumbling in there with a buddy who was shitfaced. He had no clue what was going on. We made it out with Trump and Pump. On the way back to the gas station on the corner (waiting for a ride), he stumbled and dropped two of his regulars. He tackled me and I immediately dropped my bottled in the grass to avoid breakage on the sidewalk. His bottle of trump fell out as well, but I was able to catch it.
     
  18. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

    I'm cellaring one each of 2014, 2015, and 2016.
     
  19. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

    Ninja style.
     
  20. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Savant (928) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    The Dark Lord Fortune #69,000

    Beware those that seek to trade Handjees with you or thou could endeth up with Tired Hands...
     
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  21. Warren2621

    Warren2621 Zealot (582) Sep 26, 2014 Indiana

    If Dark Lord hit distro at $24.99 how long would it sit on shelves?
     
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  22. Narthax

    Narthax Crusader (754) Mar 23, 2014 Texas
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    Earlier this year, opened a full vertical (04-16). Now have 1-2012, 3-2013, 2-2014, 2-2015, 4-2016.

    I agree with the 5-6 year age range as the sweet spot.
     
  23. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (8,547) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    I'd say maybe a couple weeks on the less trafficked shelves in Chicago (if there is such a thing).

    Anywhere else, it would not sit at all.
     
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  24. Narthax

    Narthax Crusader (754) Mar 23, 2014 Texas
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    Its like how many licks to the center of a tootsie pop. The world may never know.
     
  25. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (315) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    There are a ton of casual craft beer people that would grab it immediately. Most of my beer friends don't chase releases, so it still gets a solid reaction when I bring one.

    Now after a year or two, the hype would probably die a bit. Not all of those people will chase it again.
     
  26. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (8,547) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    Only after a year or two, for a once a year release? People still gobble up things like Hopslam and KBS pretty nearly instantaneously, even though plenty of breweries, local and national, are putting tons of similar or better beers of the same style on shelves or on tap every day.
     
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  27. croush

    croush Champion (800) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    He's too busy posting in the Chicagoland NE IPA thread!
     
  28. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

    LMFAO! I just clicked on his name and it said he was viewing that thread 9 minutes ago.
     
  29. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (315) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    Fair point, though I'm assuming FFF's normal distribution footprint. I would also say that Dark Lord is a bit more, let's say, "divisive" than those beers.
     
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  30. Dactrius

    Dactrius Poo-Bah (1,638) Apr 23, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I checked my cellar spreadsheet, 15 regular DL bottles total from 2012 on. Only one bottle of 2012 & 2014 so I guess I'm hoping for those (or older, not that I think there is a chance of that).
     
  31. Runofthedill

    Runofthedill Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2014 Ohio

    You dont want anything pre 2012 is what ive heard
     
  32. kodt

    kodt Defender (631) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    Some pre 2012 bottles are fine, but it depends on how they were stored and they may be a bit of a gamble.

    2012 itself is one of the worst IMO.
     
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  33. Jplachy

    Jplachy Devotee (429) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    I had a 2011 late last year and it was incredible. Easily the best non-variant DL I've ever had.
     
  34. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Savant (928) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    The Dark Lord Fortune #72,345

    There is no such thing as bad Dark Lord, only bad people.
     
  35. JJ_17

    JJ_17 Initiate (188) Apr 22, 2014 Indiana
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    I have managed to hold back at least one bottle from each year I have attended. '14 was my first year and you could still buy vintages that year. I have a '12 - '16 vert and will be in attendance this year. Last year I was group D and got '16 De Muerte which I thought was solid. I was a bit unsure of some of the wine barrel variants as well. I guess we will see how far the variants go this year.
     
  36. prg

    prg Initiate (47) Apr 13, 2016 Indiana

    As a group E guy this year, I just hope they don't hold strictly to their word: "2 bottles of vintage DL once the variants run out."
    If cardamom is forced on me rather than two bottles of last years DL, I will not be a happy camper.
     
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  37. FFFjunkie

    FFFjunkie Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2014 Illinois

    Group E as well...and IF Cardamom is my only choice than I'll drink that MOFO like a champ!
     
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  38. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (382) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    I have zero dark lords in the cellar. I'm not a big fan of the regular beer and always trade it away. I basically built up my vintage Bourbon county collection by trading a bottle for a sizer of BCS every year it was in 12oz bottles.

    I do give my buddy a bottle every year though, and I think we've only cracked one bottle. Right now he's got one bottle of 2012-16 (soon to be 17)
     
  39. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

    Current Dark Lord Day weather forecast:
    Sat. May 13, 2017
    69/47 F*
    Clouds giving way to some sun.
     
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  40. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,428) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    I will be shocked if it's not torrential downpours.
     
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