shrubber85 (5977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Earthy ancho pepper, chocolate malt and cognac aroma. Oily black with no head. Sweet dark chocolate and vanilla initially followed by a crescendo of chili pepper flavor. Warmth lingers for a long time and increases with each drink. Glorious - worth ever penny.
Patrickctenchi (1700) - columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: 366 of 817
Pours black with a slight purple cast....tan ring.
Scent is pepper-spiced-chocolate.....strong.
Flavour is a flash fire of chocolate and an insane chile rush inside a cocoon of smooth cognac.
If it was featured in a movie it would be depicted as having an otherworldly glow at the bottom of the snifter...it has.....presence.
And it doesn’t give up it’s burn, either.....
It just keeps coming at you relentlessly.
At the end of the bottle, you’re hot,amazed, spent and genuinely sad it’s over.
An absolutely stunning beer.
queenholly (1857) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Sweet rich chocolate, earthy / smoky chili pepper, and prune (as it warmed) aroma. Opaque black with a creamy tan ring. Swirling it in the glass it was thick, sticky and syrupy. Big sweet chocolate and earthy chili flavor, some light vanilla. The chili burn was perfect, creating a warm rosy glow in the mouth that slowly built as I continued to sip, but never became more than was pleasant. The chocolate flavor reminded me a bit of chocolate covered cherries, without actually tasting like cherry, probably a result of the cognac barrel aging. Full creamy, smooth, sticky body, with a pleasant burning warmth. I was fortunate to be able to taste this side by side with the Vanilla Bean Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord, and decided that the Muerte is the beer closest to perfection that I’ve ever tasted. I’m not prone to gushing, but I had to make an exception this time.
FunkyBrewster (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with small mocha head. Aroma has a lot of the classic notes, coffee chocolate, maple, espresso, caramel, some pepper. Flavor is of course more dominant in the pepper with the classic dark lord coming behind it, showing with the cocoa and espresso. Full body and a soft carb. A good variation
womencantsail (6902) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly black with no head or carbonation. Intense chili and spiciness to the aroma. Not much in the way of cognac aroma. Very green and mildly earthy. There is a bit of booze and vanilla. The flavor has a rather strong spiciness to it. Tons of chili pepper flavor, earthiness, mild roasted malt flavor, and sweet brandy. The usual sweetness of Dark Lord is tempered a bit.
Pawola22 (3107) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from DLD ’12. #431/817. Pours a pitch black body with a finger-width, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is huge. Tons of chocolate, peppers with some heat, and a nice woody cognac. Some molasses, vanilla, a good amount of raisins and dates, and some coffee. Flavor starts with a bit of a pepper burn on the lips with lots of sweet chocolate and some molasses. Big cognac and wood comes on before the peppers really bring the heat. Lots of raisins and dates with a light vanilla before some roasts and coffee come in all while the peppers continue to grow. Despite the big heat, the huge malt sweetness keeps the peppers balanced. Finishes with a big molasses kick, lots of chocolate, slightly sharp cognac and wood, some coffee and roasts, and plenty of peppers. Heat lingers in a rich and sweet malty aftertaste that lingers for quite awhile. Breathing out is reminiscent of how it feels after eating a whole hot pepper, but without the pain and need for water. Full, oily body with a light carbonation. Overall, a really cool version of this beer. I can tell the base DL is very young and sweet, but it balances the screaming heat from the peppers excellently. Drink this now and enjoy the peppers and cognac barrel flavors while they’re at their most intense. Awesome.
misterbeer (308) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok So I love pepper beer! And except for the almost non existent head this was beer was really really great! Tastes of chocolate, wood, vanilla and a medium spiced pepper.
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle. Bottle 101/817. Black pour with a coffee colored head. Aroma of chocolate with the burn of chillies. Notes of cognac, booze, fruit, boozy fruitiness. There are some mild notes of coffee, cherries. Flavor is sweet chocolate and heat from the peppers. The chillies burn your lips a bit. Strong, boozy sweetness from the cognac. Notes of grapes, coffee, chocolate. I keep coming back to the heat on this beer. Much more impressive that the previous de muerte DL. Thick, oily palate with heat in the finish. This is the truth. Easily one of the best barrel aged varient if not the best barrel aged varient of Dark Lord I’ve ever had. Stunning.
kbutler1 (1260) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Funny as we were doing a blind taste taste and it happened the 2 they we were doing side by side ended up being Dark Lord 2012 and this beer. Pours a dark, thick brown color with minimal head. As you swirl it, the beer leaves a tan color around the glass, it coats well. The aroma is pretty fantastic. Dark fruit notes, molasses, and a slight spice. The taste is a little too sweet for me upfront with the same flavors as teh aroma; molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruit BUT THEN the heat starts to build and a strong warming sensation starts in the back of your throat. The chili peppers add a nice compelxity to this beer. Very happy to try it and suprised that I like it as much as I do given I am not a big chili beer fan. Heavy mouthfeel.
Strykzone (3816) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had the pleasure to share some of this after Dark Lord Day back at the Hampton. Thanks Diceman (I think). As expected this pours a beautiful angry black. Not as much head as DL of a few years ago. So much going on in the aroma. This is based on DL and I won’t describe that part of it.
This was the derivitive I was anticipating the least and ended up liking it a lot. The pepper did not seem to be needed and I feared it would detract. It did not. The pepper was back ended and gave the DL flavors time to be savored before arriving. And then it was not at all over powering. Kind of jalapena pepper, perhaps?
The cognac was also a concern and, again, it was delightful. So smooth, vanilla, wood, and just delicious. This beer was not only a super winner but was a delightful surprise.