brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes on 2012-07-28: Woah, spicyness ahead! Bottle 76/817.
Lemme make something clear right off the bat: spiciness is *not* a flavor. Itís a sensation, and itís often overused to mask bad (or bland) flavors by lazy/incompetent chefs. When used properly, it augments the existing flavors to enhance the overall experience. We cook at home with habanero peppers almost every week because they are delicious; the spiciness they impart is merely a bonus we happen to enjoy. If you canít stomach intense heat like that (which is often a physical -- not mental -- limitation), do not drink Cognac De Muerte anytime soon. :)
Anyway, ancho chiles jump out in the aroma as green peppers and sweetness melt into the booze. Taste is dominated by chiles though, with relentless heat burning the back of my throat after each sip. Yikes, that is hot! Hard to notice the roast and cognac-y, fruity sweetness when the chiles overpower everything like this. Even for a guy with an above-average tolerance for spicy food, this is a little too hot after every sip. The heat distracts you from appreciating the delicious imperial stout underneath, and that stout is quite good.
If you have a bottle of Cognac De Muerte, sit on it for another ~6 months; the spiciness should subside dramatically by then. Still, I actually really like this beer, and thatís truly surprising to me because although I love peppers in savory foods, I typically despise them in beers, desserts, and other sweet dishes. And thatís a testament to how good the barrel-aged RIS underneath is.
Would love to revisit this in 6 months.
MrHangover (4020) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, many thanks to kermis for opening this. Bottle #472/817. Pours a pitch black, headless beer with the aroma of peppers, molasses, chocolate, red fruits, oak and roast. One of the most complex aromaís Iíve ever had. Amazing. Flavour is a whole other story. Chiliís dominate the palate, giving it a burning sensation on the mouthfeel. Behind the peppers is slight sweetness and cloying stickyness. Virtually no carbonation. Very nice brew, extreme. The peppers making it more extreme, but not better...
allesmetkaas (170) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared from kermis. Pours black with a minimal head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, stewed dark fruits. Lovely spicy chilly burn, not a beer to down, rather slowly enjoy
kermis (11256) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2016 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 (9213) - 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 (5384) - 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 (3543) - 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 Hunahpuís. FFF brings an aggressive, bold, one of a kind brew best savored in small quantities, while Hunahpuís 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 (8207) - 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 youíll love this for sure.
gEUS (1637) - 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 (11424) - 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 isnít spicy hot though, the oak adds a tannic wood character that nicely accents the spice.