budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour with very little head if any. Damn this smells complex as hell. Vinous dark chocolate, raisins, figs, exotic cocoa, and pixie dust make up the nose. The flavor is really tickling my fancy. Chocolate covered marshmallow bathed in sweet brandy and dark matter. I’m pretty sure this is charged with gamma rays to boot. All nonsense aside, this beer is absolutely killer.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 2014 bottle, 500/608. Pours black. with a brown head. Aroma is brandy, coffee, malt, molasses, raisins, and dark fruit. Flavor is brandy, malt, molasses, and dark fruit. Very sweet....glad I like sweet beers. Body is very heavy and thick. Long, sweet finish.
crossovert (10891) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2014
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
750ml yellow waxed bottle. 2011 vintage. Oxidized cardboard a.i.d.s. diabeetus stout.
vtafro (6238) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, light brandy, chocolate, and other dark malt aromas. Chocolate, roasted sweet malt tones, alcohol, raisins, other dark tones.
kermis (9839) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 Bottle cracked with the Beer Temple guys in Amsterdam, side by side with 2014 DL. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of cookies, vinous aspects, dark fruits, soy, raisins, brandy and barrel coming through, fudge, chocolate. Flavour is heavy sweet, but not so cloying as the plain. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with boozy alcohol warmth in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day 2014. Pours a motor oil. Light brown head. Good carb. Raspberry jam, cocoa, soy on nose. Taste is a blast of sweet dark fruit, baker’s chocolate, some toffee notes. Bit of coffee as it washes out. Palate: syrupy and filmy. This stuff stayed in my mouth all day, affecting the flavor of everything from the other beers I tried to the toothpaste I used that night. Too sweet. Stop making sugar bomb stouts, 3F!!
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014. On tap at DLD, then later from the bottle. No real head or lace (like all BADLs) but it does stain my glass a la Huna.
Brandy barrels accent the delicious BADL base perfectly, imparting a fruity character which adds significant depth to the overall profile. Barrel really shines. Sticky, viscous, awesome.
Vastly superior to the 2011 Brandy DL in every way.
rxeight (2390) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2015 On tap at DLD 2014. This was amazing stuff. Dark lord is a beer that is perfect for the barrel and this is no exception. Sweet slightly boozy. I love darklord and this was an amazing improvement on it.
Update to add the 2011 version. 11/22/14. Bottle 95/392. Perfect mix of sweet smooth brandy, chocolate and dark roast. This was a lot better than the fresh version which was hotter and boozier.
2015 (2 yr Portuguese) never had something like this before. Insanely sweet Raisin bomb. Not nearly as boozy as the 14 brandy was fresh, which completely surprised me. Very smooth.
WanderinCelt87 (196) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a lovely opaque black with a tan head. Has a very sweet raisin aroma. Goes down smooth with a clean sweet taste.
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
*Moving my old review over here*
Thanks to Norm? for sharing this one with us at the first Voodoo Barrel Room release. Bottle #304/392 reviewed from what little notes I took.
A - Pours black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small spots of lace down most of the glass. Stains the glass brown after its all gone.
S - Smells of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, oak, dark roasted malt and fruity brandy. Smells like regular dark lord with a shot of brandy poured into it.
T - Starts off with the strong sugary sweetness - mainly chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, molasses and caramel - quickly being joined by the brandy barrel, oak and booze burn. Finish is still really sweet with some mild heat, lingering long after the finish. More put together than the nose would imply.
M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Smoother feel than I thought it would have but that sweetness just makes it hard to drink more than a few ounces at a time.
O - A nice rift on the regular Dark Lord. It still has all of the base flavors and the added barrel treatment helps to round out the rough edges. If the sweetness could die down a bit I think this one would be really solid, as it stands it is just a really nice beer.