LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Strong Ale Festival 2011
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thick tan cap.
Aroma. Chocolate,tart funk, caramel, coffe and dust.
Taste: Roasty notes,sweet milk chocolate, cooked hops,caramel and table sugar.
Mouthfeel. Full bodied. Not nearly as goopy as Dark Lord or Darkness, thicker than Beek Geek and Black Albert.
Overall: I like it better than Dark Lord, Darkness and Black Albert, but I took away tastes of Darkness and DarkLord that I donít care for. Not as sugary, but still too much for me.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at the 15th San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The appearance is a rich dark black with a medium rich ruby brown head. The aromas have a ton of roasted malts, hops, coffee, and bitter-sweet chocolate. The flavors are a full malty profile with a few different roast levels. Dry dark roast coffee, a good piny hop flavor, and some tasty chocolate. A good full mouth with a moderate amount of creaminess. This beer is very tasty but it doesnít overly improve on any of the inputted beer blends so there really isnít any value added. Still a great beer and extra stoked that it made it out to a beer fest in San Diego.
peteinSD (1394) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2011 On tap at PP Carlsbad Strong Ale. Black pour with a thin, light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing as the beer edges its way down the glass. Aroma is light chocolate, a bit of roast, and subtle coffee. Taste is an interesting combination of dry oat, bitter hops, dark chocolate, maybe some raisin sweetness, and lingering hop bitterness. The beer geek breakfast seems to carry the day in terms of aroma/taste. A bit disjointed in both aroma and taste but it all works together fairly well in the end. Worth a try.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Jim for this bottle.
Pours lighter than I was expecting - dark, dark brown with a big thick tan head that recedes really slowly and leaves sheets of lacing.
Aroma is dry and very roasty with lots of heavily roasted malts and cocoa powder. There is also a little bit of green hop character from the Darkness presumably. Also a hint of smoke and licorice as well.
Taste starts with an initial citrus hop kick which is swept away by a smoky roasted malt character. As it warms, it get better with some chocolate coming out. The finish is dry, roasty and slightly bitter.
The mouthfeel is the highlight for me as the Dark Lord really shines, making it full bodied, smooth and thick on the palate.
This is a solid beer though Iím not sure all the parts really come together as a whole for me. Very good, but not great.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle with yellow wax from StoutFest shared with Ceebs25. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and very creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing throughout. Aroma is fairly hoppy and piney up front before a good amount of dry roasts and some char join in. More and more molasses comes out as this warms with some chocolate and toffee. I get a few dark fruits in there as well as more grapefruit from the hops. Flavor is really nice. Lots of piney hops up front with some toffee and a good amount of cherry dark fruits. Molasses and really rich dark cocoas in the middle before the roasts, coffee, and slight char come out at the end as well as a good amount of grapefruit hops and dark fruit cherries that really dry this out and give it a moderate bitterness. Very lengthy aftertaste following a pretty full, very smooth body and a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very impressive stout and definitely my kind of beer. I can pick up a little from each beer, so thatís pretty cool. Well hopped with a really nice, dry roast and char while offering a solid malt balance. Expensive and hyped, but really nice.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Bottle. Rating from 11-26-12. 8,4,8,4,18. Aroma has huge notes of citrus and piney hops, with espresso, molasses, smoke, oak, peat and roasted malts. Holy hotness! This beer is really hoppy for an impy. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass with a small light tan head that left OK lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very hoppy impy that will turn into quite an exquisite beer in about a year or a year and a half. Have another on the way and canít wait till next year!
Aroma has notes of chocolate, stale coffee, bourbon, molasses, with some faded hops and nice dark dried fruits. Very dark brown that sits black in the sniffer and left very good lace. Nice average mocha tan head. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with a nice chocolaty finish. Overall a much better brew compared to the original. The palate and taste is extremely good and the appearance is great for an Impy. The only knock is the stale coffee aroma but I really loved this one with a year of age on it.
Rustyham (1731) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very sweet, today and a little smoky. This is very hot but not caustic. Alcohol is slow to emerge, this had a milky smoothness.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle... black beer, dark tan head, only leaves a ring, but good looking beer overall... in the nose I get a lot of the foreign stout components, danish char, some coffee, in an interesting hop presence as well, ironically the only beer I donít get is the dark lord, but the other three come through nicely... tastes very ashy, a bit of coffee, sweeter backbone, again the danish/euro ash of a typical stout comes through, a bit too charred for me, but a very solid stout
zathrus13 (1721) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Tim. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, hops, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavor is hops, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, roasted malt, and licorice. Body is on the heavy side, with a long, slightly bitter finish.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle purchased the day of the release... Pours a mostly opaque dark cola hue, reddish brown at the edges, and topped with a thin wispy light beige head... Aroma of chocolate, roast, dark fruit, honey - mostly sweet and sacharine and almost syrupy even in the nose. Somewhat messy and unrefined... Flavors donít deviate much from the aroma with brown sugar, molasses, a lighter cocoa note, slightly roasted, honey. Basically a wide gamut of flavors that donít mesh all that well with another. Syrupy body and overly sweet. Donít count myself as a fan.