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.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Eyedrinkale...Black with a minimal tan head. Rich roasted and malty with some coffee, anise and chocolate all well blended. Alcohol is everpresent but not overpowering. Smooth as silk and ooooh so tasty.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 I was told later that Eyedrinkale is the fellow responsible for treating some of us to this great brew at the Dark Lord party at 3 Floyds. I thank you very much, sir. Black with a wisp of a tan head, it’s got an aroma of rich roasted malts, some coffee, chocolate, licorice, and warming alcohol. Very smooth in the mouth, the aroma carries through in the flavor, the malts getting bigger and the alcohol getting more warming. Very nice drink. Thanks again.
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1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ap: Ultra dark mahogany. Offwhite head. So-so lacing.
Ar: Dark pitted fruits, oak, dark chocolate, hint of roasted coffee. Slight hint of sourness.
F: Oaken coffee, prunes, chocolate. Very smooth. Not too stong. Very well balanced. Don’t notice the alcohol.
P: Slight acedic/vinegaryness. Sweetness hits on the backend. Medium full mouthfeel.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely wonderful example of the style. And what a perfect day...I received my allotment of two cases of 3Floyds Dark Lord, sat down at the brewery to enjoy...and a complete stranger wandered over to our table and offered several samples of this difficult to find Imperial. Complex roasted malt sweetness, bitter finish, almost sparkling mouthfeel, roasted chocolate, well hidden alcohol presence, burned espresso, nuttiness. Just so good. Thanks beer stranger!
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up at the post office, chilled and drank immediately. 2005 bomber...pours a deep dark brown, almost all black with a nice dark beige medium sized head. Tons of choco-coffee roasted malts in the nose...very nice indeed. More of the same plus some dark fruitiness, vanilla, and nice hop notes add to a good balance in the flavor. A little more carbonated than expected..mixes well with the full mouthfeel along with the sense of an alcohol presence. Nice and bitter in the end. Well done---a very tasty IS. Big thanks to Rastacourere for this jewel.
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle (bomber).
Head is initially average sized, fizzy, dark brown, fully diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested), bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, coffee, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough, earth), with a light note of vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Fairly nice, but fizzy, overly bitter, and has a pretty standard aroma. I love Phil’s brewing, but this one still needs some work. No idea how this got on the Top 50.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Brewtopia ’05. This was all I heard it would be. Dark and inviting. dark head. Aroma of all the dark stuff, roasted chocolate malts and caramel. Coffee. Sweet at first then the bitter came out. Really nice stuff here.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Brewtopia (ugh). Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, sweet cream, pine, orange, alcohol...this one has it all. Wonderfully black beer with a dense, brown, creamy head. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Nice combination of roasty and hoppy bitterness. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation and some (appropriate) alcohol. The bottom line is: every bit as good as advertised...And I poured my own sample, so, yippee! I should have consumed much, much more of this!