Oakes (11031) - 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.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009
Name: Oak Aged Dark Lord
Date: April 29, 2006
Appearance: solid black, lasting thin fine brown head
Aroma: complex aroma
Body: thick body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, strong bourbon character, lots of oak, thick and sweet
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Name: Oak Aged Dark Lord
Date: April 28, 2007
Appearance: black, wispy brown head, drippy lace
Aroma: huge sweet chocolate and hot bourbon aroma with roasted intertwined with hops
Body: thick sticky body
Flavor: thick dry dark chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon and vanilla sweetness, touch of ripe dark fruits, creamy coffee comes along after a while, stains the glass brown
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Name: Oak Aged Dark Lord
Date: April 25, 2009
Source: Tasting, DLD
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, vanilla, caramel candy
Body: huge creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon and vanilla, light roasted, oak adds the balance, lots of candy character, a touch of hot fumey alcohol
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A gift from the brewer to Greg (through Kiva), who gave him a case for free with the stipulation that he give it away at his bar. Best beer of the night. Dark ruby brown with no head. Aroma of roasted chestnuts and cherry liquer. Flavor of chocolate covered brandied cherries. Amazing.
madsberg (9337) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Huge thx to rfraga7 for trading this my topwant for several years. Pitch black coloured. Dense dark brown head. Aroma: Cocoa, roast, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some coffee, molasses, brown sugar, vague liqourice. Flavour: Vanilla, chocolate, cofeee, cocoa, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar. Heavenly smooth and easy to drink. Full bodied. Ends smoothly roasted bitter. Wow. Need some more of this.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, 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.
Leighton (8750) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #5/688 at The Stout Tasting, London - big, big thanks to Jack for providing THREE Munster beasts. Pours black-brown with a fine beige foam head. Big dark malt nose, dark berries, charred wood. Huge sweet flavor with notes of licorice, prunes, syrupy chocolate, molasses, dark cherries. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm to hot finish with dark sugars, big molasses, rich dark fruits, dates, figs, more sticky chocolate. Pretty outrageous stuff, but in small doses I love it. Delicious.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2011 Re-rate of the 2011 Pappy Van Winkle version is much the same. Some nuances differ, but they’re minor at most.
Draft... DLD ’06...This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Great retention. The woodsy nose is of big bourbon, oak and light vanilla. Heavy bourbon, chocolate, light molasses, coffee and several other "dark" things in the flavor. Full-bodied and super creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes rich, boozy and very drying. Hot, but superb!
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark black with reddish/brown edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, chocolate, roast and dark fruits, Tastes of wood, stronger bourbon, vanilla, roast, chocolate, brown sugar, espresso, and molasses. Medium alcohol finish. I do like bourbon so I enjoyed the bourbon quality to this.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Draft at DL brewpub. And wow. Black wtih a light brown head. Bourbon rules! Chocolate, prunes, coffee, roast, fruit, oak,you name it its there. Flavor is full of roast, chocolate, coffee, cherries, bourbon, oak, and more! WOW!
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at FWIBF. Pours a pitch black hued body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are dark fruit, milk chocolate, bourbon, fudge, dusty, ashy, mineral and a lot of alcohol. Flavors are surprisingly smooth, milk chocolate, barrel, fudge, vanillin and tannin. The barrel character seems to cut into the sweetness. Velvety mouthfeel, creamy, viscous. Insanely good mouthfeel. I was expecting to dislike this, especially on such a hot day. I haven’t liked the sweetness of the newer batches of DL, and have not been wild about the barrel treatments, but this definitely surpassed my expectations. Quite the experience and it was very solid!