LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at DLD ’07. Huge beer!!! Thick as oil and black as night...no light coming through this one. Great nose of bourbon, chocolates, woody, and burnt malts. This is easily one of my favorite BA imperial stouts. I freaking loved this stuff, and had several glasses of it throughout the day. The alcohol was present but it not really distracting from the beer at all. There was also little to no head to speak of with this beer. After having both this and BA speedway this past weekend I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy this one way more because of its ability to be so big and bold. I loved it!! The BA speedway was great as well and as weird as it may seem...it was almost too balanced. How is that even possible???
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 tap @ DLD ’07...rating from memory....a thick black beast with a prominent and lasting tan head....aroma: bourbony with a strong chocolate component...taste: vanilla, dark fruit, and def. more of that bourbon withsome well-added woodiness. sweet and chocolatey and went down really nice with a full mouthfeel......one of the best i’ve ever had.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On Tap at DLD 07 - Pours black and beautiful with a large tan head that stays well. Good bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla, as well as some oak in the aroma. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, and some vanilla, bourbon and hops at the finish. Amazing how the barrel enhances this beer. This is really really beautiful!
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Got this treat while waiting in line on DL release day....I was paying $6/cup to drink this while waiting 2 hours in line to buy $15/bottle beer....and I drove several hours to do it! And everything was so good I can’t wait to do it again!
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Rating #666. 2006 GTMW. Black, opaque body with large, tan head that is long lasting. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and molases. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, molases, burnt with a touch of citrus. Full bodied, soft and creamy.
thedm (5002) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew from from the brewery on Dark Lord Release Day poured a medium sized head of foam with a frothy top, fine to medium sized very dark brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind an opaque dark black colored body with no visible carbonation. The strong bourbon aroma was hoppy malty and did I mention bourbon? The thick malty mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong malty bourbon flavored aftertaste. The sweet vinous flavor contained notes of bourbon and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly love to have again. All Hail The Dark Lord for he shall return!
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Lord Day 2006, draft. Deep black with a creamy tan head. Aroma has lots of complexity, roast, bourbon, oak, coffee. Flavor is just as complex....very smooth, nice mix of flavors. Full body, creamy. Overall, fantastic RIS....significantly better than the 2006. Oak not only adds complexity, but smooths out the beer. Excellent.
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
When every one lined up to get their bottles, I headed straight to the bar to get a little low-ball of a terrific beer.
This beer came a mirrored obsidian with a small collar of tan and copper head. There were also a few mysterious wisps of head swirling about the surface.
Smelled of gentle fruity bourbon, dark creamy chocolate, maple syrup, chocolate pudding and a warm, aromatic alcohol that hid behind the bourbon and an oak dryness. As it warmed, the alcohol became very (overly?) prominent, but carried with it a sweet vanilla.
Tasted of pasty, rich chocolate pudding that took root in my tongue and turned it brown (seriously, I checked). Through this floated an electric tingly sting of flowing woody bourbon, fresh cut oak and a Jagermeister-like herbiness. I also got some sweet marachino cherry and creamy oak burps! Never had a stout do that before! Sadly, the alcohol was hot to the point of becoming distracting.
The mouth feel was heavy as hell with a thick creamy viscosity added by a micro-fine carbonation giving this the feel of pudding. Where’s my spoon!
This one’s just a trip. The alcohol was a little much and could stand to be aged for a while. Hopefully, FFF has a keg of this sitting somewhere waiting to be cracked in a year or so. A cool version of this would be off the charts!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black deep ruby highlights- with the head consisting of just an oily film. Oak barrel, bourbon, vanilla, earthy and dirty with some yeastiness, intense chocolate and roasted malts with hints of coffee and a bit of alcohol towards the end. Chewy and sweet with tons of caramel flavor and raw sugary sweetness, fruity, bourbon, oak, light on the chocolate and coffee. Very full and thick mouthfeel, chewy and syrupy. Sticky finish with some intense alcohol. Overall it is a bit hot and all the flavors become a bit muddled, but still complex and a very nice beer.
davvey (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Truly a king among Imperial Stouts. Tried it at Great Tast of the Midwest.