jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks Peter! Pours black almost like motor oil with no head. Aroma has some spicy notes that are balanced out by the bourbon, coffee, dark fruits, vanilla and caramel. The flavor is bourbon, coffee, dark fruits, caramel and molasses with a spicy finish. I really like this beer. Full bodied with low carbonation.
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, I am so stoked to try this. Thanks my friend! Blackish pour. Aroma is wow, vanilla, chocolate, light pepper notes, toffee, maybe hints of coffee. Flavor is sweet, chocolate fudge, vanilla,red pepper notes, coffee, bourbon. Damn thit shit is great.
phaleslu (6842) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via big-time nutso trade- thanks again, Adam! Bottle 51/165. Tried alongside the Pappy, Brandy, Brandy Vanilla, and 2006-2011 Dark Lord at the epic Friday night tasting at my place on my bachelor party weekend. Since this was the one barrel Dark Lord I needed to still get, I’m making it my 2500th rating. That, and this one vastly exceeded expectations. Pours a deep, dark opaque brown, black in the middle, with a minimal amount of brown bubbles for the head. The aroma presents some spicy, peppery notes, but those take a major back seat to the incredibly balanced barrel notes- bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits all present, too. The flavor brings more of the same in perfect harmony. The peppers here show up later, with some spice and lingering heat on the palate. Still, there isn’t enough to top the barrel notes and underlying Dark Lord character. The coffee and pepper complement each other well, and there is sweetness of the vanilla, caramel, molasses, cocoa, and dark fruits.
Nice full body on this despite spending some time in the barrels. Pretty low carbonation and a smooth, rich, robust, and sweet mouthfeel before a bit of peppery heat late. Like I said, this one greatly exceeded expectations, as I thought it’d be my least favorite of the four. That’s not the case at all. Awesome barrel treatment to the Dark Lord.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasted 7/8/11. 22oz bomber. #51/165. Thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Pours dark and pitch with a trace tan head. Aromas of earthy, vegetal notes with a smokey malt aspect. Burnt marshmallows and a good dose of peppers. Full bodied and hot with a big palate. Odd, yet surprisingly rounded. The peppers and the heat are apparent, but they blend decently with the barrel aging. Good heat, good body and nicely blended. It got the silver from the series.
kraddel (3624) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2013 thnx to bobochamp !
pours brown/black , no foam. smell is coockies, in some way ..
spicy ( peppers ) in the first sip, sambalm-ish spicy in the next. waaw! chilyyyyyy! the heat gets cooled down by the bourbon ( wich makes this version actualky better than the cognac, even to me ! ) its more drinkable, and complex. its superheat, than buttery - soft due to the bourbon. than again peppers in aftertaste. dark lord-sweetness ( = all the taste you get in dl ) is always in the back , less prominant, but very ’there’ ) i cant believe i actualy like a dark lord-variant this much !
rerate/ edit . above was after first glass. i actualy had 3 gfasses ( of the same bottle, closed pretty darn good in between times ) . the older it gets ( opened ) or is it the more i get ’used ’ to it , this keeps getting better. 4,3 uprate to 4,6 . its just damn good, and keeps surprising. unlike dark lord. ( one sip and i have had enough) . a sipper for sure, but a DAMN fine one !
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks brian for opening this. Aroma is very sweet, lots of suragry 12 darklord plus a bit of bourbon. Taste is sweet and spicy, not as much heat as ive heard. Sweet carmel and peppers, chocolate. Better than i expected it to be. Bourbon is there but not as strong as the peppers or sweetness.
jmgreenuk (4986) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Three Floyd’s tap takeover @ Milkeller Viktoriagade. Poured an oily dark mahogany with a thin whispy tan head. The aroma is rich malt, molasses, vinous. The flavour is strong sweet with a smooth chilli pepper spice oily chocolate palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation. Just loved everything about this beer. Nice and spicy but not overpowering. Leaves a lovely warm feeling in your mouth long after you finished drinking it.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
5/26 - My goodness this was a fine fine beer. Fine enough for me to post a rating for the first time in years on RateBeer!
Of course it’s black and oily with essentially no head. It’s hard to say if there was any carbonation - I think there was some, but the perhaps that was an alcoholic sparkle!
There was no alcoholic burn or unpleasant presence, much to my later chagrin.
The aroma was beeaaautiful! Chocolate and baked cherry, bourbon, and prune and coffee and peppers all in one!
The taste was similar, layers of malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon sweetness, fruits, and gorgeously balanced with the spiciness of the chili, which was warming and flavorful but not domineering at all.
Very round thick mouthfeel.
I was surprised that I decided to open it for as lowly an event as my birthday, but I did, and it was wonderful. And I got sick with glory.
BeerandBlues2 (10093) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 23/165 shared by noodleuser. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy brown head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is bourbon, chili, subdued alcohol, oak, vinous, dark fruity esters, chocolate, coffee and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, lightly sour dark fruit, vinous, oaks, bourbon, chili pepper and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and light carbonation.
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Catching up on RBAG 2014 notes backlog... Bottle, shared by kbudd-- thanks Kevin! Same high viscosity pour as the regular Dark Lord. The base palate is packed with dark residual sugars and heavy malts, sticky bourbon sweetness, and a really fantastic vegetal peppery character that leaves moderate heat deep in the throat long into the finish. This is the King of all chilli beers. Awesome!