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 suna’va’bitch 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.
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 (5570) - 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 (3344) - 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 (780) - 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 (6699) - 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.