MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had this two years in a row in a plastic cup pour. I took some brief notes this year, so here it goes - a lot of this will be complementary to my review of Dark Lord (when I finally get around to reviewing the regular variety). Some of this text is borrowed from my Vanilla-bean review, where appropriate.
A - Think quick-dissolving mocha foam, nice ring of lace, pitch black with a hint of red at the edges. It’s about all I expect from a 13% RIS.
S - Oak-barrel, but not the stupid amount I experienced in oak-aged Behemoth. There’s also a touch of vanilla and almond that I get from most good barrel-aged brews, plus the cadre of "regular" Dark Lord smells. It’s different from regular Dark Lord, but not a huge improvement.
T - I found the oak-aging to simplify the taste of Dark Lord in a way that wasn’t altogether positive. The oak-aging really brings out the booziness and heat and smooths out a lot of the really interesting flavors from the regular Dark Lord. It’s still pretty delicious, but just slightly acerbic.
M - Thick, near milk-shake consistency, with tons of residual stickiness, and low carbonation. This is the way RISes should be down - other brewer’s take note.
D - This is a mild step in the wrong direction - takes the least drinkable elements of Dark Lord and amplifies them a little bit. It’s hot, palate-beating, and not really much more interesting than the regular variety. Worth trying, but not worth waiting hours in line to try.
markextrae (3713) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at north vs south tasting. Batch 2015, bottle 452 of 603. Poured deep dark black with a small beige ring on the Side. Nose is intense sweet, light toasted malts, marshmallows, sweet apples, oak, bourbon, slight vanilla. Taste is intense sweet, sticky molasses, syrup, bourbon, sweet chocolate fudge, and Dried sweet fruits. Very sticky and full bodied mouthfeel. Light bourbon heat finish. Very sweet and intense. Finally, amazing brew to try
RobertDale (5334) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 2015 bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, barrel, and coffee. Beyond delicious.
knickskicks (1143) - - JUN 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2016 bottle. Black pour. Nose is booze, dark fruits, chocolate, some marshmallow. Taste is booze, raisins, marshmallow, very sweet. Sticky medium mouthfeel.
Jokestereo (302) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a small lime of tanned head. Aroma; Borubon, soy sauce, resins, oak, vanilla, and caramel. Taste; Sweet, borubon, vanilla, resins, oak, caramel, som soy sauce and molasses
_angst_ (4466) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of milsem. Pours viscous black with a creamy dark mocha head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissiapting. Smell is malty and tiny fruity with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, dates, ketjap manis, roasted coconut, moist soil and plenty of bourbon alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet, slightly bitter, tiny salty, malty and tiny fruity. Mouthfeel is viscous, syrupy, round, very tiny astringent, slightly boozy and full bodied. Finish is heavy sweet and tiny bitter with syrupy chocolate malts, dark dried fruits and bourbon. Decent but way way way too sweet.
rlgk (18087) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Wailin Whales in Linus apartment 160528. Opaque black beer with a small beige/brownish head. Fruity bourbon aroma, figs, raisins caramel, fades, milk chocolate, some caramel. Sweet chocolate and raisin flavor, figs, fades, prune notes, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, warming alcohol, woody, whisky, some licorice. Hugely sweet but also really nice.
linusb (799) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Deep dark brown with a thin light brown lacing. N: Soy sauce, bourbon, vanilla, oak T: Melass, vanilla, bourbon O: Very sweet but a nice nose and flavour to it! Nice!
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is much better than a regular DL. The barrel flavor just keeps everything in balance. Regular DL is a sweet mess compared with this whale. Plus the barrel flavor just tastes amazing. It’s still very sweet but drinkable. Had more than half of bottle for myself, and I could drink this like water.
hackobock (3419) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 28, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2015, received in a trade with craftbeer1over, thanks!
Black oily liquid with a tiny brown head. Aroma is very sweet malty and boozy with lots of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, some prunes, figs, milk chocolate, coffee, light roast. Taste is very sweet with caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, some burnt dark sugar, milk chocolate and some bitter dark chocolate notes, coffee. Warming bourbon alcohol in the finish. Full bodied, oily texture, almost flat.
Good but very sweet...
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Simply amazing, pulling together everything that can make this style great. Thick and creamy as can be, with incredible balance and length. Tons of dark chocolate and cocoa mingle with the evident but not overpowering bourbon notes, picking up subtle hints of soy, molasses, oak, caramel that melt through the pillow-soft finish. Incredible, tasted on draft at 2016 Dark Lord Day and was the highlight of my day.