Ataraxia (410) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark fruit, leather, earth, tobacco, cocoa powder, oak, and slight umami. Light sweetness with a woody vinous follow through. Lively, full bodied, but not too heavy. Reminiscent of Darkness.
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with minimal head. Very faint aroma with only vanilla coming through. Taste is a little carbonated with a smokey finish in the palate. Very good and smooth palate. Smoke, coffee and a hint of chocolate.
thomas15 (689) - USA - JUL 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of chocolate coffee roasted malt, bourbon vanilla. Some dark fruit but barely. Appears the darkest brown, little to no head. Spotty lacing is spotty. Taste is char, chocolate, some coffee only slight roast. Delicious.
baraciisch (2220) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour with tan head... Aroma of ethanol, dark chocolate, roasted malts... Flavor is dark chocolate, prunes, dark fruits, coffee... Espresso and bitter chocolate on finish, almost peppery finish... Amazing
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craftycarl21 (2290) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, big thanks to Greg for sharing! Gorgeous rich black velvet pour, dense brown head. Nose and flavor are really impressive considering the age this one has on it; coffee from the Mikkeller offering still shines through, but then the aging prowess of the other 3 components comes to the fore. The sweetness of the Dark Lord holds, with chocolate ganache and vanilla, but it’s tempered by the roasty bitterness of Darkness and a drop of dark fruit from the de Struise brew on the finish. Complex and luscious. Yeah, I’d drink it again.
wchesser (1352) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
’14 B-day tasting party. From an old trade. Thick, deep black-darker and more viscous than the ’11 Dark Lord I had side-by-side. Going off memory of the other beers, felt like this showcased mostly Darkness. Noticeably less sweet than the Dark Lord. Burnt malts, dark cocoa on the nose, some booze. Slightly astringent, bit ashy, but still good dark chocolate flavors and prune as well. All in tasting preferred the DL slightly.
bookman10 (716) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one in storage for awhile. Pours a dark, oily black with minimal, tan head. Complex aromas--some dark fruit (plum? prune?), chocolate, coffee, more than a little alcohol/booziness. Flavors include all of those, along with nuttiness and some leather. Quite noticeable alcohol taste. Smooth on the palate, but with a bitter finish. Glad I got to try one of these.
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 Baker’s chocolate, deep roastyness, alcohol on the back end, warming as it descends. Decent, but lacks depth and complexity.
djd07 (5177) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours very dark brown with medium beige head. The aroma is strong chocolate, roast, caramel, oak, and smoke. Medium mouthfeel with rich chocolate, sweet roast, caramel, light booze. Very impressive.
beerbaaron (1552) - Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with floated. Nice light brown head. Very chocolatey. Caramel, Some dark fruity. Hops mostly dissipated. Roasty. Slick. Sticky. Lighter full body. Sweet, but not too sweet. Alcohol nicely hidden. Opulent.. Really good.