Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, amber body with a huge, off-white head. Big, sweet nose that is malty and subtley bitter. Berries, apricot, caramel, whole grains, some light citrus and maybe a touch of pine. The body is smooth and creamy, not too thick, but substantial. Fairly sweet elements to start, dominated by caramel and fresh baked bread. The finish shows a substantial hop bitterness that is unique for Three Floyds, at least in terms of hop variety. More balance and subtle character than most Floyds beers, but tasty, regardless.
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dollar per oz. serving at the Dark Lord release bash. Back porch wood sealant color with light beige head. Nice hoppy piney aroma. Simple bitter hoppy taste with a little carmel malt underneath. Solid IPA, but not even in the same class as 3Fís Dreadnaught (or Alpha King for that matter). Not a bad effort, but certainly not a unique beer to search out.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale brown body with small beige head. Straight from the tap at Three Floyds. Hoppy nose with citrus tones. Nothing exceptional. 3F certainly has better. Medium body, thin texture. Some caramel in with the citrus hops. Not a bad beer but certainly not one that should cost as much as it did. Odd, that. But it was a decent drink.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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And Iíve got more hits than Sadaharu Oh
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Date women on T.V. with the help of Chuck Woolery.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at 3Fís. Amber color with a small head. Taste is mostly malty with some English yeasts. Iím not a fan of English style IPAís and this stuff is no better than anything Iíve tasted so far. Six freakin bux for a six ounce pour costed out to be more than Dark Lord. Something is REALLY wrong with that.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ the DarkLord release, 2005: Basic looking IPA. Hoppy aroma with underlying lemony notes. Oily body with light malt profile and lots of hops. Snappy finish with more lemon rind notes. Blisteringly bitter and clean. Though this may be too much info for most, This led to some REALLY hoppy burps for about an hour and a half on my ride to Chicago!
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 This was pretty cool, had it on tap at the brewery. The nose is mostly hops and grass. The taste is just about the same with lots of like grapefruit that fades pretty quckly. I liked this quite a bit, not too complex but still very pleasant. Update 7/6/2009, bottle purchased from Samís Wine and Spirits in Downerís Grove. Still pretty good, stands up well. Very pleasant and quite the kick even from the bottle.
BBB63 (6393) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Hazy golden hue with small lasting head and good lace. The aroma has notes of floral, grassy, and piney hops with some bready malts and pineapple esters. The taste starts crisp and lightly piney upfront with some fruity berry notes. Earthy and bitter on finish. The feel is lively and sharp, metallic finish. Solid EPA with the Floyds twist.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark orange with little carbonation and head. Smells grapefruitty and floral. The flavor was strange to me, it almost tasted medicinal with funky bitterness/hop flavor. This is definitely a different offering from 3F, but I prefer there other PA renditions.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
looks like tea, not much head. mild hop aroma. there is a nice bite initially to the flavor, but it turns sweetish, with a sweet aftertaste. a bit of a disappointment. i might say a íbitterí disappointment, but no one would understand my play on words. iím not sure i do, either.