AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at DLD.
Served dark as night with only a slight ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Smell is absolutley luxurious. Deep roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon are the front runners. This is a big beer, no doubt, the alcohol is there and warming.
This beer is mellowed a bit by the oak aging. Not the brute that the DL bottle is. This is a great beer, but not huge and robust as say a GI BCS.
The guys at FFF have taken barrel aging to a whole níother level. Other brewers could take notes from them.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2011 Draught at 3F at Dark Lord Day. Pours pitch black with an orange-brown head and intense lacing. The aroma is unbelievably appetizing. Molasses and bourbon dominate, but there are plenty of espresso and smoke notes as well, some dark honey, and maybe chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is intense molasses, espresso, and roasted nuts. Bourbon barrel char comes through, but it has to work to compete with all the other strong flavors. Tons of earthy hops, earth in general (peat?), and super-smooth whisky come out in the finish, which leaves an aftertaste that doesnít ever seem to go away. A nice vanilla smoothness rounds off the edges. Itís very impressive that all these strong, potentially overwhelming flavors can be brought together so harmoniously. While there is nothing subtle about this beer, the balance is dead on. Smooth, rich, great beer.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAY 1, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was my first time DLD and it was amazing. The aroma on this was incredible. It had an beautiful balance bourbon, wood ester, vanilla, chocolate, expresso, black currant, some cherries, and a smooth roundness i cannot describe. Taste is just the same, balanced, full and oily. It has a finish length you would expect from a great scotch or cognac. Flat out awesome stuff and absolutely lives up to the hype.
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at DLD. This was incredible and is my first 10 overall for flavor. Aroma had some vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and rich malts. The flavor is indescribable. I need to come to DLD again just to be able to try this beer again.Tied at the top.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at 2007 DLD. Thick, rich and smooth. Almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, malt and smoke. Immediately taste the flavors of dark chocolate, bourbon and oak. Perfectly balanced. Extremely easy to drink. Nice semi sweet finish. Incredible brew!
drewbeerme (3886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 on tap at DLD, 2006 vintage. pours pitch black with tan head. nose of caramel, toffee, coconut, bourbon, wood, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruits. an amazing nose for sure. flavor had lots of coconut, dark chocolate, molasses, charred wood, bourbon, and dark fruits. this was so big, complex, and very balanced. this vintage was even more impressive than last years.4.6.
2007 vintage. í07 was an extremely sweet vintage of DL so the oak aged version turned out too sweet as well. lots of honey and molasses and bourbon. flavor is huge and over the top sweet honey, molasses, and chocolate. extremely full mouth feel especially for a barrel aged beer and no alcohol was hidden. itís just too sweet to drink a lot of. a few ounces is perfect but its one intense, sticky sweet BA imperial stout. delicious and I wish I could have some of this more than a few times a year..4.2.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
DLD. 2007. (#100)Rating from memory. Of course it is good. the aging is directly apparrant. very oaky, very thick, and very black. it stains the plastic cup I was given it in(which is the only negative, that it came in a plastic cup, oh and no growlers)... this beer you have to be there to experience, it is not just the beer but the ambiance, oak aged Dark Lord, on Dark Lord Day, and it ainít available any other time..... yeah that makes it that much better... good stuff, fun....
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft in a glass at DLD í07. Perfect pitch black appearance. Complex bubbling head. Smellís all coffee and chocolate with a sizeable wood contribution. Perfect body. Perfect, a little tart. The balance rules. This is a 5 for palate. Overrate the hell out of it....... I wish my notes were a little better. I do remember thinking it was a much better beer than the DL I had a few years ago, which was unbelievably thick. The balance was really great here and the beer was a seamless production. Probably the finest FFF beer Iíve ever had in terms of craft. As far as vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol goes, nothing stuck out but they were all there. It is exactly what I wanted it to be. as barrel aged RIS go, this is better than GI BCS and founders KBS, and at the level of oaked yeti.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2010 DLD 2007 Rating:
This is as close to a perfect beer as I have ever had.
Dense, rich mouthfeel. Disturbingly black and near still appearance. The bourbon really comes out in this beer and so does the oak. Dark cherry and chocolate with a ton of coffee. This is definitely the best experience I have had with beer. 10.5.10.5.20
DLD 2008 I had a glass and I was too congested to taste much.
DLD 2009 I had a glass and I didnít bother to rate it.
After having multiple bottles, the 2007 is still one of the best beers I have ever had, but the others just arenít quite up to that level. My rating reflects that, I hope.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap @ DLD í07.Lots of big chocolate and a really nice mix of bourbon in the aroma.Poured motor oil black with a very thin light tan head.A ton of huge flavors.Big coffee,lots of chocolate and a ton of bourbon.Mouthfeel was about as full as I have ever had in a beer.Finishes with a ton of coffee,chocolate and a huge alcohol/bourbon burn.