lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
DLD 2008. Thanks to BillVanE for sharing the taster he managed to get by unknown means ;) The brewpub ran out yesterday and he came up to me smiling ear to ear. Everything you know the reg. Dark Lord is but amped up obviously. If they could get Christmas in a keg, it would be right here.
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to joey and random guy in line for tastings of this. Black as night, no head. Aroma was heavy on the molasses and bourbon. Huge bourbon intro with chocolate, molasses, and alcohol. Finishes very boozy, syrupy. A bit over the top for me, not very drinkable. I had a 4 oz glass and it was a bit too much. Still one of the most flavorful and unique beers I’ve come across.
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at the Dark Lord Day 08. Pours a creamy and thick, opaque dark chocolate malt colored brown brew with no head. Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, a touch of black licorice, and some deep citrus hops. Taste is thick, smooth and creamy with an over the top alcohol kick that really compliments the dark chocolate, bourbon and molasses flavors. Finish is just as smooth and its flavor continues after the finish. I was fortunate to get three 10-oz glasses of this which made the 5-hour wait in line for the regular Dark Lord Imperial Stout worth the wait. Also received word that this sold out in less than one hour.
DWestrick (522) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap - oak aged 2007 had at DLD08 - excellent and met my expectations and then some - personally, i can’t tell the difference between this and the bottle but I’m fairly inexperienced. Loved it!
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 On tap at DLD 2008. 2007 DL: Yummy yummy stuff! Mellow and yet full of the right flavors. No tannins, just a mellower flavor of the DLS in the bottle. Pours a very syrupy black with almost no head. Very sweet and molasses-like in flavor.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 On tap at Dark Lord Day 08. This is an oak aged version of the 07 batch. Pours a thick black color with a tan head. Has a nice aroma of oak and chocolate. Has complex flavors from bourbon, oak, chocoalte, licorice, and a candy molasses. These flavors blend well together and has a smooth alcohol finish. Nice brew.
Update: 8-5-11 Huge thanks to Brian for sharing the Pappy. Funny this is lumped in with all bourbon variants. So why does bourbon county rare get its own? Makes no sense. The pappy version is much smoother than their regular oaked version. It has so much more rounded bourbon flavors in my opinion. Great brown sugar bourbon aroma and flavor that is real smooth all the way around. Outstanding beer.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at DLD ’08. Poured a thick used motor oil opaque black/brown with a thin mocha head. Not so much lace, but a thick oily residue was left clinging to the sides of the cup. The aroma was robust and full of strong coffee and chocolate with a hint of detectable bourbon. Same for the flavor. The bourbon was not overpowering or intense, it just added another layer of complexity. The mouthfeel did not suffer from the barrel-aging. It was thick and sticky as ever. A great beer, but I still prefer my Dark Lord without the bourbon.
BuckeyeSammy (574) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Rating number 200!! Cant think of a better beer to rate for this occasion. Motor oil, this was absolutely halerious to see come out of the draft. Too thick for words. More of a chocolate milk then a beer. Balence was key for me. Ornge brown head and lacing. Unreal appearence. Caramel, coffee mocha aroma. Complex taste, 6 out of 5 for palate. Speechless after first taste. What a beer..
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
from the barel, DLD ’08. Big. Huge. Thick. After having had Parabola, I was stunned how bit this one is. Big and thick, leaving an iodine film on the plastic cup. Just phenomenal. A big beer with a ton of flavors that didn’t clash, which is rare. Awesome.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had this beer last year before I started rating on ratebeer.com, and I was just waiting to have it again so I could rate it. Noting was more amazing then when I was standing in line (forever) and my girlfriend came back with three different versions of Dark Lord and the Bourbon Black Sun Stout. It was exactly like I remembered it. Pours a motor oil black with a very thin tan head that disappears. Nice bourbon flavor and it just adds to the flavor that makes Dark Lord the beer that it is. I did stand in line for about 4 hours today for the DL...I wish they bottled this as well.