WanderinCelt87 (197) - 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.
kazin (463) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with friends at a tasting. Strong aroma of Brandy barrels, taste is as with the other variants, strong on sweetness, chocolate, vanilla, raisins, and everything in between
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.
phaleslu (9296) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle from Dark Lord Day 2011, numbered 282/392. Tried alongside 2006-2011 Dark Lord as well as the other three barrel variants on my bachelor party weekend, Friday night tasting. Looks like the rest of the DL on the table- dark, opaque near-black in the middle, more of an amber-cola-brown color on the edges, minimal brown bubbles for head. Great brandy character on the nose of this one, and a lot of it. The booze of the brandy sits in the nostrils, and there is a lot of accompanying fruitiness- berries, plums especially- with oak, caramel, chocolate, molasses, tannins. The flavor is a cut above the nose, with a good deal of brandy without the boozy heat of the nose, plus more fruits, oak, caramel, toasted sugar, molasses, coffee beans, and chocolate. Full-bodied, with a rich, smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. This one delivered most closely to what I expected of the four Dark Lord barrel variants, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Re-Rate: Bottle 375/433, tried about 13 months after I tried it the first time. This one has improved with age. Bumping it a point.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks a lot Peter! Pours black like oil with a no head. Aroma is all brandy with hints of apple and vanilla. Flavor is brandy, but not overwhelming. You still are able to pick up hints of chocolate, oak and fruits. Full bodied with low carbonation. Very good beer overall.
hallinghansen (2815) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Sean9689, thanks buddy. Cracked open to celebrate my exam (got an A/10 in the Danish system) Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is brandy, coffee, chocolate, roast, molasses, oak. Flavour is chocolate, roasted malt, brandy, oak, wood. Very complex. Smooth and delicious. Awesome.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours clear and nearly black with a small, beige head. The aroma is vinous and fruity with lots of blackstrap molasses, burnt malt, pouch tobacco, charcoal and mocha goodness. Full-bodied, sticky and thick with moderate carbonation. The luxuriant flavor offers layers of sweet caramel, dark chocolate and brown sugar nestled upon a buttery pecan praline foundation. Finishes caramely and coffee-candy sweet. Big-time thanks go out to 50belair for sharing this rare, magnificent treatment of an already outstanding beer!
ljthiessen (1079) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, sampled at Surly's Darkness Day eve. Wow, this is incredible. Very sweet, very smooth with soft carbonation. Lots of brandy character, fruity, cherry notes. Absolutely phenomenal.
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Sean9689 for completing this vertical for us. What an epic ticking that was. Very dark brown in color, but actually a little translucent. No head. Great rich chocolate aroma, milk and dark, with brandy fairly prominent and some dark fruits. Huge intense complex flavor, enormous sweet chocolate, roast, coffee, brandy, oak, dark cherries, dates and prunes. Not too sweet. Full-bodied with almost no carbonation and a smooth slick mouthfeel. Not boozy at all. Damn this is a great beer.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Again, Huge thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Tasted 7/8/11. 22oz bomber. Bottle #282/392. Pours pitch black with a trace ring of head. More of a creamy and earthy aroma than the Pappy version. Almost milky? Full bodied with a more apparent fruity nuance. Nice and sweet with a decent burn. There’s a lot of dark berry flavors to go with the sugary sweetness of the residual brandy. Sticky, cloying and very viscous. Very well blended.