4. Three Floyds Dark Lord
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Alcohol by volume: 15%
This is about more than the beer. Each year in April, Dark Lord Day floods Munster, Ind., with bands, beer lovers and bundles of cash.
Folks looking to buy a bottle of Three Floyds' trademark imperial stout pay $15 just for a ticket that allows them to do so. If they're from out of town, they kick in another $110 to $150 a night for a hotel room. When they finally get to buy some original-recipe Dark Lord, Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord, Vanilla Bean Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord, Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord and Cognac Barrel Aged Dark Lord de Muerte, it costs them $50 per wax-sealed bottle.This year, on April 27, the chosen few will get their hands on the coffee-, vanilla- and sugar-laced concoction. Is it worth it? Given that the event's popularity has only increased since the 2004 vintage, there are a lot of dedicated drinkers who think so.
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