Darklord Day 2017

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  1. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (314) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    I literally had one Untappd checkin last year just to get one at the venue. I couldn't keep up with everything offered, and the rain didn't help. I also didn't want to spend the whole day on my phone. I remember a decent number somehow, but some are lost to history.

    One in particular annoys me. Someone in the north line gave me a pour right when my guest called me from the south line. I made a hasty exit to go find him without drinking my sample. I finally drank it when I got there and whatever it was tasted fantastic. I had never heard of it before, have no idea where it was from, and don't have any tasting notes. It was way too late to go find the guy again, but whoever you are, thanks!
     
  2. atkins666

    atkins666 Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2015 Indiana

    Oddly enough, i remembered all 26 beers i tasted last year. 23 the year before that.

    When you stretch out that amount of drinking over that long of a day, for some reason I can remember everything. The one thing I couldn't remember back in '15 though was where I put my housekeys after I scratched off my golden ticket. I searched all over the grounds for them.

    Lo and behold, they were still in the brewery. Where I scratched my ticket and got pissed after I got a loser for the third year in a row.
     
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  3. Krucifictorius

    Krucifictorius Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2016 Ohio

    70 pages down...30 more to go. #RoadTo100
     
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  4. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    Yes you can bring a chain wallet, they don't give a shit. They're just making sure people aren't bringing in open alcohol, over size bags and machetes like the one @DoomBlasterBerry plans on bringing.
     
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  5. jkwuc89

    jkwuc89 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Ohio

    I just went through my Untappd check-ins from last year. Some pretty amazing stuff in there. Notables:

    Surly Todd The Axe Man: Someone brought a mini keg of this to the bottle share

    Bruery Bois - Barrel Aged Strong Ale

    3 Floyds Quaanto - Triple IPA

    Central Waters Black Gold 2015

    Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine

    18th Street Bitches Bank

    Anchorage A Deal with the Devil

    Bruery Mocha Wednesday

    JW Lees Harvest Ale matured in Lagavulin Whisky Casks
     
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  6. DoomBlasterBerry

    DoomBlasterBerry Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2011 Wisconsin

    Not planning on bringing one, just a comment on how poorly they check bags. There was one year they stopped letting us bring in beers after a certain time, so i put a bag of pretzels over my bottles and they glanced and let me in.
     
  7. NicholasL

    NicholasL Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2015 Illinois

    As I'm coming to the realization that I most likely will not get a decent variant being in C this year, what are the opinions of best vintage years?
     
  8. MasterPenguins

    MasterPenguins Initiate (0) May 16, 2014 Indiana

    I am also in C, and I am willing to try any variant over picking vintages. With that being said 2011 seems to be a favorite of a lot of people. I had a 2011 a year ago, and it was great. I would avoid 2012, but that is just me.
     
  9. EamonTheGreat

    EamonTheGreat Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2014 Indiana

    2012 is the worst Dark Lord ever. Any other year you're fine. 2011 and 2013 are my favorites.
     
  10. jkwuc89

    jkwuc89 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Ohio

    What makes 2012 something to avoid?
     
  11. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (8,479) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    2012
     
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  12. NicholasL

    NicholasL Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2015 Illinois

    Yeah, it's been far too long since I've had DL.... maybe ten years. Just wanted to get a heads up from those that aren't ignorant about the vintages and avoid the possibility of getting a crap one at that (if it comes down to it).
     
  13. core42

    core42 Zealot (531) May 5, 2010 Michigan
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    I may be optimistic but I'm in C also & I don't think vintages will be the best option until maybe D & into E
     
  14. MasterPenguins

    MasterPenguins Initiate (0) May 16, 2014 Indiana

    These are my thoughts as well. If I was in D or E I would be thinking about vintages I would want, but in C I feel like there will definitely be something I want.
     
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  15. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

    I'm really thinking there will be variants into group D. I'm also thinking the variants will be fewer and more solid this year. If I was in a later group last year I'd rather have had the ability to choose two vintage Dark Lord.
     
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  16. NicholasL

    NicholasL Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2015 Illinois

    Guess it will be a crap shoot at this point? See what variants make it into C and beyond and go from there.
     
  17. MasterPenguins

    MasterPenguins Initiate (0) May 16, 2014 Indiana

    Really hoping this is the case! It would be great if they just made a lot of 3 or 4 solid variants! I agree last year would've stunk to be in D or E. Luckly I was in the very front of B and still had good choices.
     
  18. Coel

    Coel Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Last year my brother and I were group E. We ended up with Temeculan 3000 and Quit Hitting Yourself. Haven't opened either yet, debating on bringing one of them with us for a line share.
     
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  19. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (314) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    Unless it's a pretty terrible variant list, I would think you still have a decent chance of getting plain old bourbon in at least the first half of Group C. That's a safe and solid pick. You'll have a better idea once the list comes out.
     
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  20. Coel

    Coel Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I think it really depends on how many vanilla variants there are. if we have two it will definitely skew group A completely. With Group B looking for any bourbon barrel or or double barrel (not wine) variants. Group C getting cherry or the like etc
     
  21. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (314) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    I don't think it's just vanilla or DB that is high-priority. Any interesting one-offs will push bourbon back a bit as well. I'm pretty sure Ronaldo ran out before bourbon, although part of that was a low bottle count. That was in a weird barrel too. Something like coconut or coffee or cherry is probably at least a push with bourbon for demand, meaning one or more of them lasts a bit longer.
     
  22. Coel

    Coel Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Exactly what I was getting at, I am a group A this year but going to stand in the everybody line real early to spend the day with both of my brothers and dad. we got two group A and two group B, but the point is for us to go together. Im just going to go from the entrance line right into the bottle line knowing I can still get something fun.
     
  23. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (382) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    The last 2 years, this strategy got you in much faster and earlier than going to the north gate, which was reccomended for group A. The north gate has been a giant cluster fuck for whatever reason. I'm not doing it again, even if I am able to snag a group A pub ticket.
     
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  24. Coel

    Coel Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Good to know!! Thanks
     
  25. here4thebeer11

    here4thebeer11 Initiate (0) May 30, 2015 Indiana

    Have they said anything about fixing this? This is the first yea we managed to get A tickets, and don't know what line to do. We have always done South and had pretty good luck.
     
  26. Heisenbrew

    Heisenbrew Initiate (151) Aug 21, 2016 Missouri
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    Yeah, I've never been to DLD and got group A, but it sounds like the south enterance is the better one so I don't know what to do.
     
  27. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,411) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    My guess is that many people that lined up at the north gate last year and encountered that clusterfuck will now migrate to the south gate in order to avoid it, and north gate will move smoother as a result. But that's just a guess. I still plan on lining up at the north gate. Last year I showed up just before 6:30 A.M. and was ~150th or so in line. Got in pretty quickly, went right into group A line and was out of the brewery with my allotment, eating tacos before there was anyone in any of the food lines. I plan on doing same this year, except will be lining up an hour earlier to account for the earlier start time. The bottle share is awesome last year just motivated me even more to show up earlier. Was a great time.
     
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  28. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (382) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    I'm going to South Gate for the simple reason that the north gate is the line that's visable from the industrial park entrance.

    Every shuttle, bus, Uber, etc will drop people off by the north gate and people be just see a Line and get in it.

    I'm going south all the way.
     
  29. YoungLad

    YoungLad Initiate (133) Apr 27, 2009 Indiana

    I'm tunneling in from the eastern border, to a secret door beneath the band stage.

    Shhhh....
     
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  30. JohnnyHopps

    JohnnyHopps Poo-Bah (2,486) Jun 15, 2010 Indiana
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    Are you planning your entry when James Taylor is playing his dld set?
     
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  31. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

    Happy Easter Dark Lord friends.
    I'm hoping to see tickets getting mailed out this week. If that's the case shouldn't we also see the band schedule and food/festival details posted?
     
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  32. kodt

    kodt Defender (625) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    It's by far the most cloyingly sweet one.
     
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  33. jkwuc89

    jkwuc89 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2009 Ohio

    Happy Easter
    Seconding the Happy Easter to everyone. Hope you all have the opportunity to spend the day with family and friends with a good beer or two.
     
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  34. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (8,479) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    There is no place for such things as this in the Dark Lord Day thread for shit's sake. :stuck_out_tongue:

    Now, to right the ship:

    666!
     
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  35. macewank

    macewank Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    Well the good news is we're about 2 weeks out from the original date so the weather reports should be getting a bit more accurate.

    April 29: 69, cloudy, strong thunderstorms possible.
    May 13: 68 mostly cloudy
     
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  36. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    Agreed. Fuck Easter!
     
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  37. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

    All of the years I've been going to DLD and the tickets were always in a friend's name so I never got the welcome package. If I remember what I was told correctly the tickets come with the festival map and the sheet that has the schedule, band schedule, food and other info on it.
     
  38. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    Negative. It doesn't come with shit.
     
  39. Dactrius

    Dactrius Poo-Bah (1,612) Apr 23, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Ronaldo definitely ran out before bourbon last year since Ronaldo was out when I got my Bourbon. I'm pretty sure some people will also base their pick on what has the lowest bottle count. If they're all similar counts it won't matter, but if one is really low that seems to make it a top pick for some people.
     
  40. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (314) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    Yeah, last year I just got my tickets and lanyards in a padded mailer.
     
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