masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Drank out of a plastic glass at DLD. How classy. I was just hoping it wasnít going to burn through the glass. So, much hype with this beer, makes it hard to rate, but here I go nonetheless. Poured black (duh), aroma is molasses and bourbon. Taste is much the same, big and sweet, heavenly mouthfeel, more of a wall of taste than anything, hard to pick the flavor apart brick by brick. This beer is rediculous, flavor and all, but I enjoyed it.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
sampled on dark lord day 2008. brown color, almost no head, slight lacing. chocolate, coffee and bourbon in the nose. creamy, sweet extremely smooth flavors. full bodied. outside of the hint of whiskey, i didnít catch any alcohol, but itís got to be there. then again, it was late in the day and i might not have recognized alcohol if it hit me in the head with a wet towel.
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bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft @ DLD 08: This is as black as Pinheadís soul and about as relentless and abusing. MASSIVE oak and bourbon nose but surprisingly did not cover up the other subtleties...dark fruits, vanilla, dark malts, tobacco and coffee. Contrary to some of the other reviews, I believe this to be very well balanced as far as the oak/bourbon goes...didnít seem too cloyingly sweet and was unbelievably drinkable. The thickest brew Iíve ever had and the best.
Beerman6686 (6037) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured as black as humanly possibly. Aroma was of burnt coffee and alot of whiskey. Flavor was very smooth, but the complexities of the regular DL were covered up by the whiskey.
sunevdj (3819) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
DLD 2008. 1200th rating to be entered... what a coincidence! Pours black with no head. Flows very thick. Sweet, lots of bourbon. Some vanilla and lots of alcohol. Very good.
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 Had the 2008 on tap Dark Lord Day 2008 at the brewery. Thick as molasses, pours straight black but no head. Left thick brown film on the glass as you swirled it. The smell was almost nothing but bourbon. The smells underneath were very good vanilla and some dried fruit if you could find them under the bourbon. Flavor was almost one deminsional: Bourbon. At first you picked up very sweet sugar and some vanilla masked with bourbon but within seconds your whole palate tasted bourbon and the taste lingered longer than anything iíve ever had. The mouthfeel was wonderful, almost like syrup or a melted milkshake, very sticky. If you got this on your hands it was like pancake syrup. Overall, nice experience, but way too much bourbon, i wanted to taste beer.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at DLD 08. Extremely black with no head. Swirling leaves the plastic cup stained brown. Thick looking. Bourbon is the first thing apparent in the aroma. The bourbon definitely overpowers the other aromas but it is not overdone, the aroma is still quite pleasant. Same old Dark Lord smell underneath if you focus on it. Very balanced smell. Taste is an explosion of sticky sweetness and mouth coating goo. The bourbon is immediately apparent then the chewy, chocolatey malts finish. Perhaps the longest finish of any beer Iíve ever had. I was licking my gums for minutes tasting this stuff. Obscenely full bodied. I donít know how but this seemed like the thickest DL Iíve yet encountered. The flavor is a little over the top. The sweetness of the bourbon combines with the already sweet beer to become a little much. I kept envisioning drinking corn syrup and the texture doesnít help eliminate this image. The bourbon flavor also kind of overpowered any of the subtleties of the regular (yes, there are some subtleties) and made the beer less complex. All in all this was quite incredible but the drinkability is certainly very low. I had to share my little cup. I am very glad to have gotten to try this but I prefer the regular version.
CP (124) - USA - APR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like regular Dark Lord better than the oak aged. This seems to be true for any beer I try that is oak aged. I either canít tell a big difference or it just adds alcohol flavor. For me the it doesnít add much to it other than that. Itís still good, but I just prefer the regular or vanilla bean.
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 07 on tap DLD08.
Quite similar to its younger brother. Strong oak and some vanilla character adds a bit of complexity to aroma and flavor.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DLD 08. Great beer but not the best of the dark lords. I like the aging but I donít think it adds as much character as the vanilla version