Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 I tasted this in a blind tasting last Sunday and it came out # 10, out of 19 different Imperials. I noticed my score was fairly low considering the norm, so that, on top of the fact that I didnít take notes at the blind tasting, Pdee and I cracked a bomber tonight and shared it. Perfect appearence for an Imperial, inky black, with a huge, creamy and fat head, which appears muddy brown in color. The aroma is fairly subtle, with coffee bean and mocha hints, a slight note of chocolate and sharp, resinous aroma hops. Flavors begin with sharp anise notes, which lead into light grape and vanilla flavors, followed by a slightly chocolatey and coffee malt finish. Yet it remains flooded with aroma and flavor hops, particularly on the finish, which delivers a bitter and citrusy finish, and completely manhandles the assumingly great malt finish. At first the mouthfeel was a bit fizzy but it tamed and settled and eventually ended up being quite nice. I usually love Southampton, but definately not this one.
8 Month old bottle: The agressive, crude hoppiness of the initial batch has tamed substancially, both in the aroma and the flavor, yielding a balanced hop character right now, whereas the original batch was way over the top. Opaque black color, with a full, light brown head. After the aroma hops subside, a rich malitiness overwhems the senses, with a coffee ground, fudge character, with hints of charred fruits. Still hints of hops in the aroma, albeit light. Flavor has improved in a shocking manner, revealing the magic that the agressive hop rate concealed. An array of gummy, charred fruits and chocolate blanket, while the finish leads into a lightly alcoholic and lightly bitter hop finish. This really had molded into a classy drink. I look forward to seeing further improvement, but, unfortunately, my original fresh bottle rating still stands. 8/4/9/4/17
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Bottle. Great aroma of vanilla and hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Color is opaque with a thin brown head. Taste is big vanilla, sweetness, chocolate. Perfect finish is long, hoppy, delicious. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety. This is pretty much what I look for in an IS- I feel the hops and the mouthfeel were spot on. Had it in a blind tasting and though it was DMís Imperial. Wow. Easily one of my all time favorite imperial stouts.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Pours a dark black with a tan head. Nice lacing throughout the experience. Smells of roasted malt with slight elements of honey, coffee and chocolate present. Taste is of gourmet fresh coffee beans, dark high end french cooking chocolate, caramel, raisins, and a touch of berries. Very thick mouthfeel and an excellent finish. Definitely one of my favorite local beers.
sloth (2600) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to EDA for the trade! Poured a medium sized brown head, fair retention and lacing. Very black brew. Nose is light roast and lightly chocolatey. Medium body, tingly carbonation. Light chocolat and roast flavors, coffe notes opening up as it warms. Medium sweet malts make up the finsh. A surprisingly tame Imperial Stout. Thin bodied for the style and really just light flavored. Nice enough beer, but a Top 50 beer? Not really.
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My mind recalls Eyedrinkale giving a sip of this to Nick Floyd as they stood next to a palate of Dark Lord... Thatís how serious the beer was in Munster that day.
As Brooklynboy said, it stole the show. The blackest beer Iíve ever seen. Great chocolate, coffee aroma. And the taste perfectly balanced and amazingly complex. Chocolate, some coffee, a refined sweetness. Definately some vanilla in there. Thick mouthfeel, but it keeps that great flavor with you. I canít wait to get a bottle of this! While Dark Lord is in a class of itself, this one defines the style.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I could write "Oh My God!!!" over and over for a rating. Thatís the reaction. This stuff was awesome. In my opinion, it stole the day away from Dark Lord. Hey Mike (Eyedrinkale), thanks a bunch for this elixir. Magical. Black as midnight with a frothy brown head. Nose was espresso, roasted malt, unsweetened Dutch chocolate, hints of vanilla, anise. Very complex and multidimensional. Full bodied, thick, smooth, robust, caresses the tongue and romances the tastebuds. The flavor was of quality coffee/chocolate with notes of other flavors dancing around them and surprising the tongue at different times. Just an awesome drink. BIG THANKS, MIKE!!!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Eyedrinkale at the DL party.This sunaívaíbitch was one of the darkest beers I have ever seen.Nose is strong roasted malts and expresso,and what could be bitter chocolate.The first sip and you want to just swirl this baby on your tongue and not swallow it.Heavenly.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks be to Eyedrinkale for sharing this rare treat with us at the three floyds darklord release gathering. It was great. I only had a small sample of this thing which makes it difficult to fully elaborate on its characteristics but it didnt take much to realize that this is one great beer. Dark in color with a thin whiteish-tan head. THe nose is very full coffee bean nose with just a bit of malted notes here and there. THe taste was strong. Like it tasted like the size of the sample was much larger than it atuyally was. Same, malts coffee and just a tad of vanilla or some other kind of fruit. Very cool, what a great experience. Thanks!
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown hue, nice head. sweet coffe aroma, with a whiff of licorice? a thick, bitter brew, with strong coffee highlights. fills the mouth nicely. but a touch sweet for me. thanks to eyedrinkale for sharing his brew at the dark lord release party.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Finally got a hold of this one. Beautiful and elegant 22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a great white head a long the side of the glass. Nose has roasted chocolate, coffee, espresso, dark fruits, hops, caramel and wine. Great taste with a lot of wine on the palate. A wonderful rich vanilla comes through in the taste. The bitterness works beautifully here. This was an absolute pleasure to try.