brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is viscous and black with just a bit of tan foam around the edge of the glass.
S: A definite oak and bourbon presence to the nose without the intense sweetness Dark Lord usually has. Certainly some sweet chocolate and vanilla with a bit of dark fruits.
T: The oak aging gives this one a bit of a tannic character and some bitterness that the original does not exhibit. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors are quite strong but still allow the chocolate, roast, licorice, and dark fruits to show.
M: The body is thick and chewy with a low, smooth carbonation.
D: I like this one much better than Dark Lord. The oak aging here has helped to balance the beer out and mitigate the overwhelming sweetness.
Theis (14943) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at CBC 2013 - in the break - Thanks a lot to Madsberg. Pitch black - nice brown head. Coconut, vanilla, nice mellow bourbon, powerfull malty sweetness, soy, burned malts, fruity, raisins, licorice, candy notes, texture is oiley, coffee, ryebread, dark fruits... ... and a lot more. Light to medium carbonation. Very complex.
Oakes (14841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This sample was a Heaven Hill. Very dark. Smells like cat kibble. Bleh. Tastes rich, whiskeyish, balanced with super roasty character and lots of sweet malts. Intense.
jtclockwork (13270) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Etched glass. Thanks Jacob - Pours black no head - Nose/taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and sweet chocolate - full body.
argo0 (12856) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, vintage 2012, thanks GT2. Minimal brown head that wholly dissipates, atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some Bourbon, raisin. Taste is sweet, chococaramel, some Bourbon, raisin. Sticky full body, alcohol well contained.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours a murky deep mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of light smoke, roasted malt, wood, bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit notes. Flavor has loads of malt (caramel, roasted), chocolate, oak, coffee, bourbon, and brown sugar. Excellent!
mcberko (12418) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma brings out the bourbon barrels upfront, some slight vanilla notes, some subtle chocolate notes. Flavour is insanely complex, with big dark fruits especially raisins – shitloads of them, complex bourbon notes, and slight vanilla. Incredibly rich and complex, with no hint of the 15% ABV. The barrels don’t destroy the base Dark Lord at all, but rather build and re-direct this into a new beast. A special treat this is. Great beer. If you’re lucky enough to try this, you’re in for a treat, but the hype is surely responsible for this beer’s average.
Benzai (12365) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2015 Sampled while at Borefts 2012, huge thanks to Belgbeergeek! [Bottle #175/489, 2011 Vintage] Very dark brown to black color, small light brown head. Smell dark malts, roasted malts, dark candi sugar, sweetness, bourbon, moccha. Taste malts, lightly roasty, clearly bourbon, again some moccha, warming alcohol, a bit sweetish. Thick, syrupy texture, full body, medium to full carbonation. 9-4-9-5-18 (4.5). -- Re-rate October 24th 2015. Not nearly as good this time, way too much sugar and sweetness to be as good as I remembered it. Had to downrate it a little. Still nice, not great.
Scopey (11546) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (#5 of 688, 2012 vintage) thanks to jackl, consume at THE stouts tasting - part 1. Rating #2600. It pours very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toasted coconut, bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, light charcoal and some alcohol warmth. The taste is rich, sticky sweetness, caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, chocolate brownie, gateaux, bourbon, brown sugar, dark cherry with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Viscous, rich and oily. Pretty smooth actually. Nice flavour, but too sweet and cloying for my liking.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2015 2012 vintage, bottle #687/888, courtesy of GT2. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, oak and whisky. The taste is roasted malts, raisin, vanilla, chocolate and toasted malts. Light bodied... just kidding. Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice.