jcr (2155) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep brown body with a tall, tan, mostly lasting head. Very inviting. The light aroma is roasty with notes of burnt malts and chocolate. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Full body with a chewy texture. The hops are much more evident in the flavor than in the aroma being both bitter and leaving a citrusy taste. This is not a complex beer, but it is tasty enough. It drinks more like a hopped-up stout than an American strong ale.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle: Pours with a black core and deepish brown highlight. A nice, thin mocha head caps the nice appearance. The aroma comes off a bit flat for me, flat and one-dimensional. Notes of baker’s chocolate and toast aren’t punctuated by much hoppiness. Both seem stale. Thick, chewy body bodes well for the beer. The body is much more hoppy, with the punchy Magnum working off the sweet chocolate and caramel notes. Roasty malts ride in the background adding some additional depth. Good.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 0z bottle.this appropriately named "black" ale has a dark opaque color with tawny edges. nose is molasses, chocolate, and brownie batter. smooth silky mouthfeel is quite rich and a tad viscous, but it lacks depth. all the flavors are upfront, nothing hiding in the back. much more hop bitterness than expected. finish is heavier than i like, and sticks to your mouth and tongue. too sticky on the palate, but a solid winter brew.
smith4498 (2980) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cola brown with tan head. Roasty aroma with some chocolate. Toasted malt and alcoholic flavors with some coffee and nutty tastes. Bitter finish. Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation.
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is very toasted with molasses, chocolate, coffee, and hops. The appearance is dark brown with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with both a burnt and bitter taste. The palate is smooth. Overall this is full bodied with both texture and alcohol but astringent and not altogether that tasty.
Palidor19 (2917) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
while drinking it at room tempreture, the aroma of strong chocalte maltrs come through, very bitter but in a good way. flavor is very strong yet, the alcohol comes through nicely.
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance – Pours a dark amber and becomes a thick dark brown color with hints of amber around the edges. A thick, rocky 1 and a quarter finger head forms that is a magnificent tan color, like cappuccino.
Smell – This smells like a porter; very roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. There is also a little bit of a hop presence to this coming up in the rear, just a little.
Taste – Wow, pretty good! A lot of the roasted flavors come through with a blast of slightly hidden tropical fruits. The coffee makes a pretty strong presence as well, but more in a mocha fashion.
Mouthfeel – Nice and thick, this feels like a thick porter through and through.
Drinkability – This is damn tasty, I wouldn’t mind drinking a couple of these! The flavors meld together well and make for an awesome experience.
Dogbrick (7567) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is a dark coffee color with a medium and foamy beige head that dissipates slowly. Thick strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee along with notes of bitter chocolate. Medium, dry body with flavors of roasted malt, coffee and spiced hops. Chocolate notes show up at times here too. The finish is roasty and mildly bitter chocolate and hops with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown / mahogany with a sudsy tan creamy head. The aroma has thick dark caramel malt, milk chocolate, roasty bitter malt, light coffee and cream. Medium / thick body with a small touch of roughness and semi-smooth carbonation. The flavor starts with very roasty malt, some char, some green apple and milk chocolate notes. The finish brings in some hop bitterness as well. Decent beer.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during Dark Lord Day 2009 at table 1 from 12-oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some nice lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts and a touch of yeast. Taste is full bodied, flavors of toasted dark malt, a hint of coffee, some alcohol presence, roasted nuts and a hint of black licorice. Finish is semi-sweet with a dark pitted fruit and toasted dark malt aftertaste. Nice alcohol warmth.