hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 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 (9829) - 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.
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL red wax 2012 thanks to generous trader on BA. My 4000th rate on this site and moving up to the ranks with legends like Dakine. Pours tepid muddy brune with small beige bubbles. Nose is richer, thicker bourbon, rich hazelnut, amaretto, marzipan. Very nice aroma. Taste is sticky, big ass maple, spicier. Thick and rich. Not metallic or thin like other DL variants. I’ll probably never be a fan but this is the best variant.
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mcberko (9345) - 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.
crossovert (9207) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2014 The standard BA dark lord might be the best because it is like dark lord that has mellowed and had an infusion of some oak and vanilla flavors that tone it down.
Scopey (9033) - 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.
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DLD’11, looks like this years was the 2010 version aged for a year in Heaven Hill barrels., according to the tap site. Thick black pour, thin to no tan head. Aroma was boozy, with notes of bourbon, coffee, dark fruit and some slight chocolate. Taste has notes of hot bourbon, booze, with notes of vanilla and chocolate, some sweet dark fruit and some roast. Pretty good, definitely too hot at this point and would benefit from some age.
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2012 Summer Session. Marked directly on the bottle as #520/688. Black syrupy pour, so thick it truly does look like 50,000-mile motor oil! Aroma is intense and sets my mouth watering: fresh tiramisu, chocolate, bourbon. Sticky, thick, hearty palate that is densely flavoured to reflect the nose: fresh tiramisu, bourbon-toffee sauce, hot fudge, vanilla, woody and earthy undercurrents. Boozy and warming, but smooth as silk. I wondered whether this would be worthy of the hype or whether it is inflated by rarity. It is worthy of its accolades and deserving of its status. Just an exceptional treat.
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First beer of the day at Dark Lord Day. Totally lucked our way into the pub and grabbed the two special versions and a couch. And there remained for two and a half happy hours working our way through the taplist before venturing into the madness that were the throngs outside. Poured a deep dark oily jet black with a thin tan head, though mostly only visible with faint agitation. Not so much bourbon as vanilla on the nose, chocolate and light coffee. Chewy dark fruit and big chewy tannins. This was so very, very good. Worked out that I liked this one better and my friend liked the vanilla, so once we’d tried both, it made sharing very easy. Chocolate and cherries, toffee. A bit warm on the finish, light vanilla notes. Huge dry oak lingers around long afterward. Very good.
BMan1113VR (7904) - 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!