CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at DL day ’06: Pours a very viscous motor oil opaque with a nice, thin-lacing dark tan head. Rich, sweet, toasty complex dark caramel aroma has lots of dark fruity and chocolate bourbon oaky balance. Body starts incredibly full, thick, and viscous with lots of sweet sticky dark caramel and chocolate malts. Hints of vanilla and plenty of bourbon oaky balance and complexity. Finishes sticky, sweet and lingering with some warmth, dark chocolate, and coffee. Barrel-aged just the right amount of time. I think this is officially my new favorite beer of all time, but I don’t know if I could drink more than 12oz of it at one sitting.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage, bottle #687/888, courtesy of GT2. Huge thanks for the opportunity to try this! 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.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, 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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Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Great Taste of the Midwest into my DL-worthy mini snifter. Pour initially consisted of turbulent beige foam, evolving to a most beautiful viscous black pool with a well-retained (expecially for such a huge stout) cap of dense beige head. The nose on this was pure Heaven... deep, dark, and remarkably evil Heaven... rich espresso, baker’s chocolate, vanilla, oaky woodiness, sweet bourbon sugars, and wisps of dried cherry skins... couldn’t have asked for any more. The flavor was carried by rich and expertly-blended dark malts (the aforementioned baker’s chocolate and burnt espresso, prunes, figs, and cherries), older oak, sweet vanilla, and hints of bourbon. Fiendishly smooth on the palate with waves of its underlying power accenting during the drink and warming through the finish. Compared with DLD reviews, the heat seemed to mellow out, which made this even better! Much obliged to the Floyds for the opportunity!
j12601 (6403) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to Gunhaver for sharing this. You ROCK! Pours viscous sludgy void like ooze with no head. The aroma is . . . WHAT?? Hold on a minute, that can’t be right. OK another draw, CRIPES!! I’m glad I’m sitting down because this would have buckled my knees. There are deep rich barrel extracted vanilla notes everywhere. What the hell? Beyond the crazy rich vanilla are chewy smelling notes of caramel covered oak, thick sweet malts, dark chocolate and some crusty roastiness as well as very little evidence of the huge ABV. I guess I have to taste this. If this was all I had for the night I’d just nurse the aroma for hours. Wow. The taste is rich chewy creamy malts, caramel, decadent vanilla ice cream sprinkled with vanilla and syrup covered oak to go along with light notes of booze. It ends with the sense of rich fudge brownie spread over aged oak. Just frikin’ amazing. I really can’t even tell there’s much alcohol in this. How’d they do that?
Plovmand (6026) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Cecil Late Fall Monster tasting. Bottle 678/688. My no. 6000 rating. Thx sean. Pours opaque black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is vanilla, roasted malt, sweet caramel, oak and chocolate. The flavor is heavy roasted with notes of sweet bourbon, oak, chocolate, light coffee and some ripe fruit.
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Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A heavily barrel port-wine disguised as a beer
How: 2 x 6oz sample at Dark-Lord-Day 2008
The look: Black body with not head
In long: Bourbon is overwhelming and kills all the complexity that the regular Dark Lord has. Gone are the rich fruity flavours, chocolate and all. All I was left with was some kind of lifeless port wine with a shot of expresso. Very flat carbonation. Alcohol more apparent than in the regular Dark Lord. One hour later I even got myself a second 6oz sample thinking there was something wrong with my first sample. Nope, same simple brutal “beer” (and I use the term “beer” very loosely). This is yet another case of rarity creates make-believe quality. So let me be the first to say “The Oak Aged Dark Lord is all hype”. Let me also be the first to say “Groozaboniac slumperknoker truziamphonic”.
DuffMan (5791) - 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.
Benzai (5753) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.