NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 A dazzling display of strong espresso coffee with a nice estery fruit contribution of raisin and prunes. The beer was pitch black with a low well lasting head which lasted to lace the gulden draak chalice the beer was served in. The flavor was strong espresso coffee, chocolate, milky and dark, with a fruity presence that hinted of dark dried cherries. Some alcohol presence was notable in the flavor, but overall it was restrained. The body was full, but not viscous, and had a creamy texture on the palate. A darn nice beer, some alcohol throughout, but mostly smooth and devoid of harshness. A dangerous brew at 10% ABV and being that smooth. Pint at Flying Saucer in Charlotte.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Foolish of me to only buy 3 growlers. Dark Khaki head forms and holds a rich lace down the side of the glass. Aromas of black strap molassas, espresso, and cacao powder all over the nose with just a kiss of roasted fig. The entry is a flood of sweet and roasted malts that balance themselves quite nicely. A light hop bitterness can be found, but overall this seductive, earthy, chocolate dances through. Doesnít finish too sweet or too harshly. I really canít get over this velvety mouthfeel, creamy and slick. The slight oilyness of the beer really helps the outfit match. Sad this wonít be around forever.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Jake for his incredible generosity! Iím really greatful for the opportunity to even try this.
Number 183 of 600. Vintage 2009.
Pours a bit lighter than I was expecting for an imperial stout of this caliber. Beautiful head however quickly made me forget the previous. Quite a bit of hop aroma wafting up from my snifter. Had to dig quite a bit to find some bits of chocolate. Really pretty shocked at the amount of IBUís, but I guess itís a requirement considering the ABV and balance needed. Plus, this is a pretty young bottle.
Really surprised at the flavour. Right off the bat my palate is hit with a huge amount of tannins, acidity and bitterness from the hops. A small amount of chocolate makes its appearance after this initial wave, but only for a brief moment. After this second surge, a light amount of fusels take over followed by some additional acidity. The palate finishes dry with little lingering character. After the bottle has a chance to breath for awhile, the cocoa comes through a little clearer as does the molasses.
I guess I could chaulk some of this up to the fresh nature of this bottle. There were some raw notes in here, but overall I question how well this might actually age and if the acidity and tannins would mellow all that much over time to a point that the flavour is enhanced. Either way, if you have a bottle I would certainly hold onto it for a good year and try it at that point. Overall, I gotta say Iím perplexed at the hype this receives and really wonder if itís just a variation in the batch or something else.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really good brew. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Flavor of the same, just well-balanced and enjoyable.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted @ the 4/17/2010 ratebeer gathering. Poured a pitch black with very creamy tan head which left a good lacing on the glass. Aroma is an all too familar mixture of chocolate and coffee. Taste is a mixture of chocolate and toffee, with darkger richer chocolate lingering on the aftertaste. There are also some hints of dark fruit and molasses here but I think the chocolate overpowers them on the palate. The meidum/heavy body of this beer makes this an enjoyable meal of an imperial stout.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark as night with a light brown head. The nose is dark roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is bittersweet chocoate and dark roast coffee. A slight sweetness with a touch of toffee. Finishes with a nice sweet bitterness that lasts.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 sampled at Darklord day 07 from growler. Black as night with aromas of delicious chocolate. Flavor is of dark bitter chocolate. Not cloyingly sweet like may imperial stouts. Nice big mouthfeel. Very wonderful stuff.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 271/500 - Pours pitch black with a 1/8 inch caramel colored head. Super heavy lacing clings to the glass. Aroma of deep roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. First sip Ė the coffee really dominates with the chocolate coming through next followed by the rich malts. There are hints of vanilla and licorice. The whole thing really works as all the flavors blend beautifully together. Complex but not as complex nor as thick bodied as Dark Lord. Non the less, this is World Class
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 release. Pours a viscous pitch black with a fluffy brown head. Toooons of dark fruit including sweet plum and dates, really nice toasty malt, smooth milky chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Super rich chocolate on the taste, roasty huge coffee notes, milky caramel, leather, roasty malt, raisins, and a hint of dark cherries. Even better than I remember it being a year ago. Super smooth chocolate notes, strong coffee, and just super drinkable. Iíll have to revisit a fresh bottle soon when itís released again.
biggsbowler (249) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles - Pours a very dark brown. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and anise. The taste is a bitter, dark chocolate plus coffee and some dark fruit. The body is a little thin. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.