kermis (3730) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared. Pours near black with no head. Chillis come out strong in the aroma, with overripe dark fruits, roast, chocolate, molasses. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter. The chillis come out strong, burning my lips, tongue and throat, really intense! Full bodied with flat carbonation.
deanso (4153) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 Sample courtesy of and shared with kermis. Big thanks.
No head. Clear black pour. Chilli aroma. Hit spicy chilli taste. Some raisins.
burg326 (2770) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle poured a dark black color with aromas of peppers, cognac, fudge and some light earth. Flavors follow suit sweet aftertaste followed by some peppers.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with Paul and Matt the other night just because.
The beer is black with a tiny beige head that rapidly fades to nil. A very oily and viscous appearance, as is typical of Dark Lord.
The aroma brings only a light helping of the spicy peppers. Most of the scent is the big and bold Dark Lord. Roast, chocolate, alcohol.
The flavor is a surprise uppercut from the chiles. Whoa. Spicy heat sears the palate. Much different in nature than Cigar City Hunahpu’s. FFF brings an aggressive, bold, one of a kind brew best savored in small quantities, while Hunahpu’s offers more elegance, balance, and drinkability.
Along with the chile heat are the familiar flavors of Dark Lord. Cognac adds character, depth, complexity. I am a big fan of cognac imperial stouts, and would really like to try the cognac variant minus the chiles. The feel is rich, thick, palate coating. Alcohol warmth lingers in the finish.
Overall, a very interesting brew and a lot of fun to share with a couple of good buddies who appreciate this sort of thing.
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Woodshed 2.0. Bottle share courtesy of dak. It pours with a deep dark body, where the legs stain the glass, supporting really no head at all. The aroma offers up earthy and spicy and chili nuanced dark roasted malts as well as molasses and chocolate. Nice! The taste is rich nectar like sweetness that gets into chocolate fudge, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, sweet molasses and some chocolate brownie. Wow! Then big hot burning spicy chili hits and rolls into the finish with plenty of spiciness and heat right into the after taste. All the way at the end of the sip it just burns and burns with chili heat. Hard to believe the big rich base allows for so much heat to take over midway and into the finish. Overall this is a bit too much heat to enjoy the experience. If you like hot you’ll love this for sure.
gEUS (791) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from bottle during a vertical 2004-2012 line-up of all DLs, during a beer tasting weekend - in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Notes include main characteristics in aroma and flavour components.
2012 Bourbon BA DL - bottle 197/685 - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, some chocolate. 3.8/5
2012 Boubon Vanilla DL - bottle 921/934 - chocolate, vanilla, sherry... Aroma makes one think of a vanilla scented cancle (no shit). 3/5
2012 Cognac Vanilla DL - bottle 409/534 - green coffee beans, green paprica, spicy notes. No Cognac scent at all. 3/5
2012 Cognac De Muerte DL - bottle 203/817 - cacao, pepper and peppers scent. Taste is very hot due to the peppers but take away most of the taste - pity (not as balanced as for example the Hunahpu) 3.3/5
2011 PVW Bourbon BA DL - bottle 261/484 - thanks Jeffo! - lots of bourbon, but beautifully embedded in the whole aroma palet. The first DL I really dig. Vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Best of the vertical. 4.2/5
2011 Brandy BA DL - bottle 185(?)/312(?) - a sour pinch to the basic DL character, cherries. 3.2/5
2011 Brandy Vanilla DL - bottle 403/433 - loooots of chocolate. 3.1/5
crossovert (5692) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
HAs a nice litte guajillo spice to it, it isn’t spicy hot though, the oak adds a tannic wood character that nicely accents the spice.
BOLTZ7555 (2602) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Last bottle of the night for me shared by dak @ Woodshed 2.0! Onyx pour with a mocha head. The chili pepper is a bit overpowering but brings an interesting dynamic. Brownie batter, fudge, chocolate cake, and mace! Coats, burns your lips, and sets your esophagus on fire! Good if you like that kind of thing!
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
rating 1,000 very very very big thanks to b3shine (beau). pours black with tan head that is gone instantly. pepper and boozy sweet aroma. taste is spicy chocolate oranges from the cognac, oaky boozy very sweet!
ryanfolty (1676) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 16, 2013 - bottle via trade with the Alum. Aroma was a delicious cognac, some sweetness with some crazy hot peppers and veggies. Taste hmmm well it starts out nice and sweet, but quickly overpowered by the heat from the peppers. Not the hottest I have ever had, but too much heat to be very enjoyable. Tone down the heat a bit and this would be dynamite. Bottle 594 / 817.