princesslala (131) - - AUG 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a caramel colored head. It smelled like a wooden chest soaked with chocolate and bourbon. There are some chocolaty, vanilla, honey, and sweet malts that are balanced nicely with the dry oakiness of the barrel and some roastiness. The slickness of the body is rounded out with light carbonation. It was surprisingly mild and not boozy for having a 10% ABV.
Homer321 (4287) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the rotter from a trade. Nose is moderate cocoa and fudge. Light booze and vanilla. Light oxidation. Ok but I feel it would be better fresh. Still very solid
bytemesis (6731) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours clear black, medium tan head, dissipates to a large ring with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, cocoa, vanilla. Flavor is light plus sweet, medium bitter, loads of bourbon. Base beer has faded out unfortunately, leaving a ghost of cocoa behind. Medium body.
Beerman6686 (6329) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a darker brown with a small brown head. Aroma was of light barrel, fudge and oxidation. Flavor was chocolate, light barely and oxidation and light cardboard.
Art (3121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BA tasting. Pours a deep brown black. No head. Not sure of the age of this one but guessing it’s an older version. Slight oxidation, nutty aroma. Barrel is nearly gone. Taste is nutty and sweet. Medium thin body. Light carb.
ineedbeer (1821) - 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 (1125) - 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 (609) - 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 (4930) - 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 (5603) - 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 (3745) - 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.