hopscotch (8217) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
BottleÖ This beer rocks!Ö Midnight black ale with no head. The aroma is dominated by blackstrap molasses, charcoal and chilies. Full-bodied and chewy with tickling carbonation. The flavor is a fantastic array of hot, spicy chilies, mocha, brown sugar, charcoal and caramel. Finishes carbonic and throat-warming. Big-time thanks to 50belair for sharing this gem!
GT2 (5661) - Riverslime, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL red wax 2012 ed thanks to NoSignsOfPain. Now I have rated every variant of Dark Lord ever made and never even set foot inside FFF, let alone wade through the chaos of Dark Lord Day. Fortunately, the final one I have yet to try is also probably my favorite. Seeing that Dark Lord should really be in the American Strong Ale category, as it is very sweet with no hoppiness or even bitterness...and is not black or roasty, I think this and Black Tuesday should be moved to ASA.
The Cognac De Muerte 2012 fixes what the 2011 Bourbon De Muerte failed at, namely, it had no chili pepper flavor whatsoever. Fortunately, the rebrew is chalk full of them. The inky, flat pour gives way to enormous dried ancho and guajillo chilies, major cayenne pepper, curry paste, some Indian sidestreet wafting aromas. Taste is whoooooooo, very spicy. Slap your face hot chilies, cayenne, ancho, raisins. Spicy, savory. Not really capsaicin hot. More Indian curry hot. Overall it is very nice, if only because it stands out and tastes like something rather than being a hot mess of cloying flavors found in its siblings. I was shocked to discover how good this was- really makes the pepper flavors in Cigar City Hunahpu look absent.
JoeTheYounger (1101) - Claremont, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour from bottle shared by some generous folks for the RBSG at The Bruery Warehouse. Poured a dark black pour with a hint of chile in the nose followed by some boozy barrel. Taste was not as sweet as regular DL which is great followed by a nice spice with some booze, vanilla, and dark fruits.
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Great pour at RBSG LA. Nearly black pour. Brown head. Aroma is chili forward, chocolate, molasses and prunes. Flavor is sweet, spicy, ancho peppers, coffee. Well done brew.
KyotoLefty (4735) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At RBSG La 2012. Usually oil-like appearance with legs. Huge peppery aroma with cognac and coffee and chocolate. Foul, burning hot flavor that just goes nowhere. Huge sweetness mangled together with burning peppers. I guess some people dig it. I found it vile.
b3shine (2249) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber to snifter (BIG THANKS to alexsdad06). For a peppered beer, this is fucking amazing!!! Looks good; pitch-black and viscous with low carbonation and really no lacing to speak of. Smells great; peppery and boozy with sweet malt notes. Tastes equally as remarkable with a good mouthfeel. Best peppered beer Iíve ever had! Thanks Brad!!!
madvike (2090) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 623/817 shared by MrPickles at Muckfest III...thanks Andy! - So Iím not a fan of Dark Lord, but I have a morbid curiosity of the variants. Iíve wanted to try one to see if it makes the base beer better. Verdict--yes, but not by much. It pours black as oil, with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is brown sugar--yep, itís Dark Lord--molasses, and sugared-dark bread. Tastes like dark chocolate-covered chilis. The heat builds through the finish, and lasts for awhile on the back of the throat. Lots of brown sugar and molasses again, with a heavy cognac sweetness. The chili does counteract the sweetness slightly, but I still feel like Iíve got diabetes after drinking this sucker.
railcat1 (663) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this right after the regular barreled version and the peppers added so much to this that made it really enjoyable,reminded me of Cigar City Hunupus but a little bit hotter in the finish.This was one of the better versions of barrel aged beers i have had and will let my other bottle age for a year and see what happens.CHEERS!
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at MuckFest 3 - Saturday Edition. Pours a rich thick blackish pour, deep and dark, opaque body offers good thickness. Touches of brown glow and some light on the top and bottom. A small frothy tannish head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are rich cocoa, honey, coffee. Toffee, touches of dark fruit, spice, gentle heat. Kisses of oak, more chocolate, spice, touches of cognac, vanilla, touches of spirit. Gentle oak, dark fruit, coffee. Initial is thicker bodied, a touch thinned with oak, gentle spirit, vanilla. Rich raisin and plum dark fruit element. Some coffee, ancho chiles give touches of heat that grow as a mellow yet firm wave. Middle is sweet toffee, cocoa, some honey, roasty coffee and toast, caramel and thicker malts. Darker, cocoa, heat presence picks up into the middle and backend. Spicy, gentle raisiny dark fruit, cocoa, and spirit pick up into the back. Cognac, oak, chiles. Heat grows, gets a touch heated into the finish and lingers on. The pepper element works for me, hot but not overbearing. A lot of dark fruit, cumbersome sweet sticky and richer thick malts. Not bad. Look forward to trying regular Cognac soon.
50belair (1335) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 Bottle # 272. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Big green pepper aromas. Wow this bad boy is hot. Much better than last yearís version, with all kinds of heat from the chili peppers, coco, bakers chocolate, and dark roasted malts. Fantastic....