chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the few beers I took notes on at Dark Lord Day. 22 ounce bottle served into a 4 oz tasting glass. Dark black and opaque with a think brown head. Malty coffee in the smell. Chocolate malt balls with a bit of an orange and tangerine twang to it. Dark fruits like plums and raisins along with chocolate and vanilla notes. Full bodied, but light and creamy on the tongue. Smooth, nice dry finish. Certainly worth another taste -- would be a nice beer to have after dark or with a chocolate dessert.
mar (4468) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. pitch balck with a deep espresso almost red colored head, coats a glass ridiculously. great on the palate, huge flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, chilis in the end, raisins and so much more going on here.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with brown head. Dark like expedition. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and chiles. That is it. Flavor of chiles, vanilla bean, cocoa, dark chocolate, toffee. Very heavy. Pure desert beer. Thick, chewy, filling.
phaleslu (5195) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 750 ml bottle shared by foppa78 and the KC Beer Saints- thanks again, guys! Pours a motor oil, almost-black, dark brown color with a small brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, and a bit of smoked wood. The flavor follows suit, and I notice the cinnamon is present here, and the berry fruits stand out as well. A lot of chocolaty goodness. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. Re-Rate: 7/27/12. Yeah, this needed a re-rate, and what better occasion than a full vertical and horizontal? We had a 2012 back to a 2010, and even a 2009 that was bottled from a tap at a bar whose name shall remain secret. That one was infected, so I’ll leave it out. The 2010 through 2012 are all doing great. 2010 was the roastiest of the bunch, and the one where the pepper was the most mellowed out. All have notes of roast, dark chocolate, fudge, and pepper, without as much vanilla as I’d remembered. 2011 had by far the most chocolate in it, getting roastier and more peppery as it moved along. 2012 had the most pepper, and was very smooth throughout. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Fantastic imperial stout. One of the greats. Re-Rate: The 2013 version is solid but not what it used to be.
BeerandBlues2 (8490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wowzers! Bottle shared by jbye4334. Pours opaque with a large, dark brown head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, toffee malt, cinnamon, peppers, vanilla, light alcohol, figs, and prunes. I could smell this all night and not get tired of this wonderful aroma. Flavor is chocolate, dark malt, cinnamon, peppers, vanilla, alcohol, fig, raisins, prunes; smooth and velvety. Full body, creamy texture, moderate carbonation. This one lives up to the hype.
misterbeer (308) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber shared DLD-black pour -brown head -aroma and taste of vanilla, roasty, peppers-smooth peppery finish that lingers
GranvilleTim (1403) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at DLD. Thick black pour with a rich dark brown head. Aroma was amazing as well as the taste. Chocolate, cocoa, smoke, coffee, vanilla. You get a bit of the pepper at the end, but nothing overbearing. Definately a beer for anyone to try that likes Impys.
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle tasting at DLD. You’ll have to forgive me for my less than thourough tasting notes... a drunk taster with a destroyed palate does not, a proficient rater, make!
"Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, some smoke... been hearing alot, very good but not amazing." <--- Official tasting notes, probably the longest response to a beer I wrote all day, lol.
This was a darn fine beer, though just a bit overhyped. It was a pleasure to try some from a fellow RBer at DLD after trading my only bottle away for some Nemesis. I’d be happy to get ahold of more!
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 2012 Batch, score stays the same.
Appearance: Pours black,like motor oil with a small cap of tan froth.
Aroma: Vanilla, hot peppers, green bell pepper chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough.
Taste: Bitter Chocolate, burnt roast, cinnamon covered almond, vanilla,oily hot pepper. Finishes more burnt that previous fresh batches.
Mouthfeel: Thick. Full bodied.
Overall: Still in my top 3 favorite beers EVER. I think the pepper was more pronounced than the last two years, when fresh, and seemed a little hot alcohol wise. Drinking very well.
Appearance: Pours an extremely viscous dark brown. Leaves behind an iodine like coating on the glass and virtually no head milliseconds after the pour.
Aroma: Chocolate liqueur,vanilla bean, dark chocolate and cinnamon.
Taste: Canoli, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, cinnamon covered almonds.
Mouthfeel: A little dusty/chalky, very thick with modest carbonation.
Overall: I was amazed by last years batch, and this one topped that.
2010’s Batch, 4.7 10/10 - 5/5-10/10-4/5-18/20=4.7
Appearance: Pours a viscous dark brown with a tan cap of head.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, vanilla, smokey malt and dark fruit.
Taste: Dark cherries, dark chocolate, smoked malt, vanilla and a little bit of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Goopy goodness.
Overall: Amazing and complex. I absolutely love this beer. Better than MZ Imperial Stout by a little bit.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of dmac, thanks Dave! Shared with fordest, toncatcher, some other guy, and the rest of the East County crew. Poured a deep dark abyss black, with a reddish hue at the liquid level. Swirled around the glass created some brownish foam. Oily residue on the glass left behind. Aroma was chocolate, coffee, with hints of licorice, vanilla. First flavor to hit my tongue was coffee, finishing with chocolate, vanilla. I was unable to detect the chilli’s. I think more spice would have been good. A true masterpiece. We all enjoyed this one.