DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, almost no tan head. Smells of used cheap coffee grounds, alcohol, watered down bourbon and slightly vegetal. Tastes of paper bag, dark fruit juice , again bad coffee, a little vanilla, some nuts, and an oaky finish. Slightly hoppy, nothing to be ecstatic about. Not much alcohol in taste, but burns going down. Mouth feel is pretty good. I’ve had a couple of bottles, one was kinda watery, one was a little thicker.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Draft at founders. Phenominal as i remember it when i had it in July 07 at founders old location. Black Beer, tan head, diminished coffee and moderate amount of bourbon. Amazing. Bottle version is much less impressive though.
Drinking this again, right now. I love this beer!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle - drank this side by side with the regular version; the KBS comes off much darker (if possible) in the pour with darker brown head; bourbon is obvious and overpowers the chocolate and coffee aromas from the BS; more roasted malts and nuts come out though; you can feel the bourbon as it warms the back of your throat and it drinks very smooth; I miss the chocolaty flavors and texture of the BS and maybe just a little much on the bourbon for my palate; the KBS does have a thicker and more chewy texture with an even drier finish; as with the BS, the KBS keeps getting better and better through the glass and I’m glad I have a few more to enjoy over time (thanks to TMC!!)
patrick767 (3689) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sampled at DLD, thanks to the West Virginia crew that traveled 11 hours to bring me beer... err, to get Dark Lord that is - Pours black with a thin tan head. The aroma is of dark roast malt, coffee, and lots of bourbon. Bourbon and coffee take front and center in the flavor, especially the bourbon. If there’s any flaw it may be that they went just a touch heavy on the bourbon, but it’s really freaking good anyway. Full bodied and still very drinkable for a big, high abv beer, I really enjoyed it.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to brentfeesh. Pours ink black with small dark tan head. The aroma is unapologetic bourbon at first, enough to burn my sinuses; after a few sniffs I then get strong coffee and fudge notes, with some weaker undertones of vanilla, raisin, and tobacco. The flavor is strong oak, bourbon, and coffee. Not subtle at all. There is a little bit of raisin and plum fruitiness, and then the same cigar tobacco note I got in the nose. A little bit of vanilla peeks through with a little bit of piney bitterness toward the end, and the finish is of bitter chocolate. Over the top, but very good.
Lothore (574) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a nice black color letting no light pass through with a small, mocha head.
S- Smell has a whole lot going on. Strong coffee, bourbon notes, a sort of syrupy sweetness, roasted malt.
T- Starts off with sweet dark fruit notes and moves into a strong but balanced bourbon taste which lightens into coffee that lasts quite a while.
M- Thick and creamy with appropriate carbonation.
D- This is a sipper but honestly it is the best of the style that I have experienced. I don’t put much stock in Imperial stouts but if you are going to try one, this is the one to try.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Awesome. Black as night with a mouthfeel that is viscous and thick. Aroma of bourbon and expresso. Taste of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.
Headbanger (3426) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle(courtesy of Hopscotch)-Pitch black body with a nice small tan head and an aroma of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and slight vanilla. Taste begins with vanilla then bourbon and follows with some chocolate and slight alcohol. This full bodied brew is very well balanced. Great tasting. Awesome.
bigtaster (645) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery out of snifter. This beauty pours black tar with minuscule oak brown head. Lacing at each sip. Aroma with plethora of scents including coffee, whiskey, chocolate, some vanilla. Chewy milk chocolate mixed with bourbon undertones creates a unique invigorating sensation for the palate. The thick balanced brew is a wonderful experience.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A gift from CMUBEERMAN. Andrew, you totally rock!
Pours tar, tan head. Aroma is pretty intense: malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, pine. Flavor is similar and creamy. Pretty amazing and very well blended for the alcohol content. Aliendan says, "It doesn’t make you feel like you will to sink to the bottom of the ocean" as is the case with many imperial stouts. This is an excellent beer and my highest rated so far. This is pretty damn smooth and well, pretty.