ineedbeer (881) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottles of 2010 and 2011 side by side.
Aroma is rather licorice forward with nice dark chocolate and roast notes. The 2011 has much richer chocolate notes. Hints of alcohol. Moderate amount of oxidation in the 2010 bottle with cardboard being most prevalent, but also some dried fruits like raisin.
Both bottles poured black with dark brown hues. Moderate sized, mocha head with nice retention.
Flavor has moderate roast notes with a nice large chocolate flavor. 2010 bottle had moderate dark fruit and some oxidation which the 2011 bottle did not have. Light alcohol and oak notes, but not much bourbon character. Hints of honey.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, the 2010 bottle had faded quite a bit but 2011 was still drinking nicely. Really rich chocolate flavors and aromas with light honey character. Rating is for the 2011 bottle.
tricyclist (833) - Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Snifter pour of darkness with little to no head. Aroma was typical of a smooth imperial stout, plenty of roasted malt and caramel. Barrel presence seems to have fallen off a bit. Super drinkable though, caramel and some vanilla with a mild boo ones that doesn’t overpower. Mild oaky bourbon presence. Enjoyable for sure
HourGlass13 (128) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with a tan head. This beer is big and bold! Aroma is malty and rich with a hint of vanilla. The taste is chocolate, molasses, raisins, and oak. You can taste the alcohol in this one for sure. Very unique beer.
hayduke (3464) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darren the proprietor of the Local Beer Bar pulled this out while we were doing a tasting of Dark Lord 2014 which I brought back from DLD 2014. Pour was rich almost black with a thin tan head and light lacing. Nose is very rich with roast malts, some coconut, oak, vanilla, earth, coffee and chocolate mixed with ripe fruit. Body is bold, and the mouth feel shows booze. The flavor is a very rich chocolate malts base, with molasses, raisins, with the aforementioned vanilla and coconut. The finish is full of oak and goes on forever. Remarkable beer.
dmac (4200) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade a long time ago shared a couple weeks back with the usual crowd. Poured a medium to thicker density super dark brown with an average sized foamy beige head. Aroma of oxidation(maybe I sat on this too long), chocolate pudding skins, bourbon, vanilla, dark toast, old raisins, chocolate cake batter and pennies. Medium full body, average carbonation, boozy and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, booze, chocolate muffins, bourbon and dark fruits. Good but passed it’s prime, my bad on that though.
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Josh. Thanks man!!! Pour is deep brown, black with a small tan head and decent lacing. Big coconut, roasty, oaky, caramelized sugar, vanilla, light soy, earthy, toasted malt, and coffee in the aroma. Taste is rich dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, vanilla, butterscotch, toasted espresso, bourbon, and oak with a rich roasty finish. Thick/syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really nice blend and a real treat to try. Something I could drink all year.
Ed5388 (2235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber (2011) shared by dmac! Thanks bro! Pours a thick oily looking black color with a small foamy dark mocha head. Aroma of roasted stale coffee beans, sweet caramel, strong boozy bourbon, chocolate, oak, and butter. Taste of roasted coffee, rich caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Slightly oxidized, but still really solid.
TXBadger (1510) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown almost black color with tan head. Cocoa, whiskey, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. More whiskey notes on the finish.
Experiment_Ale (1043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At my place with Taylor, Matt, and Jake. Pours black with a circle of grey lacing. Aroma is phenomenal complex bourbon, great booze notes, fuck yeah, smooth malty very soft savory notes. Taste is tasty bourbon booze, dark roasted malt. The booze is a little over powering, but is very very nice beer.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had to try this on my Birthday, at 11am!
A: Plenty of pfft on the cap removal. Pours a black, intense ale. Thick in appearance, little to no head formation. Little lacing. Good looker.
S: Wow, beautiful! Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, honey, darkened malts, praline, molasses, marzipan. Absolutely outstanding.
T: A hint warm initially, but then the plums, dark fruits, bourbon barrels. The cocoa starts to come out here and remains now with excellent resonance. The beer is so complex. Now I have to get more. Shit.
M: Thick, chewy, velvety with high viscous body and low to medium carbonation. Slicks my mouth and adheres to my palate. Exceptional.
D: This beer blows me away. I haven’t had any of the beer from the breweries involved, but if this is their only release, then so be it! Make more!
Serving type: bottle