anders37 (15299) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty peppery chili aroma with woody cognac hints. Roasted malty chocolate spicy hot chili flavor with woody hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate and spicy chili woody finish.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super black pour with no head. Smoked chili peppers, dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, and a hint of the barrel. Flavor is sweet with fudge, molasses, burnt sugar. Then the peppers come to the party! Smokey pepper flavor with decent heat cuts the sweetness and takes this beer to the next level. The heat lingers for a while after each sip. Super full body with nearly no carbonation. This was my favorite of the 2012 DL variations. The peppers were done perfectly!
Tmoney99 (9974) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a reddish black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt, pepper, dark fruit and sugar aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt, pepper, dark fruit flavor with a heavy dark bittersweet and small pepper bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is standout beer.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, raisin, cognac and a bit of chili pepper. Malty and chocolatey flavor with raisin and molasses character before an intensely warm chili pepper finish. Lovely aroma, even with hints of chili, but it ruined the flavor.
VsXsV (1826) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber shared at RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting by NoSignsOfPain. Thanks! Liquid is black and quite viscous with just a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma is very much smoked chilies but also some deep chocolate, raw sugars, coffee and maybe just a hint of the cognac barrel. Taste is heavily sweet (as usual with the DL), but also quite hot (not GFK hot) with really nice notes of deep, roasted chilies. Full bodied with low carbonation. Enjoyed this quite a lot, but I’m a chili lover.
yespr (29417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma is peppery and fruity, dark roasted malty. Spiced, herbal and dark roasted malty. Dense dark chocolate. Smooth roasted malty finish. Spiced, chili and dark roasted malty. Smooth and dark malty. Dense chocolate and chili.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… 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 (7710) - Carlsbad, 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 (1122) - 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 (8329) - 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.