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.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Great Taste of the Midwest into my DL-worthy mini snifter. Pour initially consisted of turbulent beige foam, evolving to a most beautiful viscous black pool with a well-retained (expecially for such a huge stout) cap of dense beige head. The nose on this was pure Heaven... deep, dark, and remarkably evil Heaven... rich espresso, baker’s chocolate, vanilla, oaky woodiness, sweet bourbon sugars, and wisps of dried cherry skins... couldn’t have asked for any more. The flavor was carried by rich and expertly-blended dark malts (the aforementioned baker’s chocolate and burnt espresso, prunes, figs, and cherries), older oak, sweet vanilla, and hints of bourbon. Fiendishly smooth on the palate with waves of its underlying power accenting during the drink and warming through the finish. Compared with DLD reviews, the heat seemed to mellow out, which made this even better! Much obliged to the Floyds for the opportunity!
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served on-tap @ the Dark Lord Release Party.
Pours a thick, syrupy black..the head is modest and a dark caramel color. Aroma is heavy coffee, oak, vanilla, and chocolate, with some alcohol creeping out as well. There’s definitely an oaky, bourbon kick to it, but the bitter chocolate and roasted coffee flavors still take the stage similar to the bottled Dark Lord. Amazingly balanced between the bold hop character and the array of tastes..just fantastic. Mouthfeel is expectedly thick, and very coating..yet smooth as velvet. Remains remarkably easy to drink for a beer of this magnitude.
Felt privileged to try this one.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: Browned ebony. Tight and creamy caramel foam. Deeply toasted oak, vanilla fudge, marshmallow, and caramelized sugar aroma. Nasal searing bourbon and perfumey tannins. Body is colossal. Oily and viscous. Carbonation is overly prickly, though, and a hindrance to the body’s sensuous viscosity. Chewy onset of fudge is tempered by tingly tannins and a vibrant toasted oak dryness. Clings to the lips and seals them shut after a single sip. Charred malts steadily heighten and interact with the underlying oaky echoes while ink doused plums and molasses saturate the palate. Bourbon is prominent throughout and the alcohol weighs heavily on the palate as the flavors progress. Consequently, the pronounced char goes by the wayside. Rich java never loses its strength, however. Finishes continually tingly with tannins and a burnt caramel backdrop accompanied by a mere glimpse of roasty dryness. Rather redundant in terms of the molasses and overt fruitiness. That, coupled with the prickly carbonation and the fact that the bourbon and alcohol overshadow the nuances and a large portion of the malt goodness, leaves something to be desired. A nice treat to have on a special occasion, but not much more than that.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at DLD ’06, pour was amazing looking. oily black color and consistency, tight layer of chocolate brown head that faded but left a ring around the inside of the glass ( i transferred mine from the plastic cup they gave it to us in to my glass snifter) bourbon and burnt malts dominate the front end of the flavor, and a very sweet milk chocolate taste comes in late to balance things out. i thought the chocolate was more pronouced than the regular DL, and enjoyed that fact considerable. The bourbon was there, no doubting it, but it didnt overwhelm every other flavor like some of the other BB aged beers i had that weekend. the body was beyond thick, it was so viscous and chewy that i think a stirring straw could have stood up straight in the middle. i managed to drink 2 cups of this, and dont think i could have handled any more, its one of those beers that is very very good, but there is too much of a good thing if this were bottled.
jsquire (3297) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day ’06, in one of the glass sample glasses. Very Black beer with a brown, creamy foam head that tasted like coffee ice cream float when slurped. It left sheets of clingy lace. The nose was of barrel, strong bourbon, butter and coffee. I just loved the head. Very thick mouthfeel that bordered on viscous, like a whipped creamy liquid. Your fingers get sticky on the outside of the glass. This must be sipped. Flavors of dark dusty chocolate, bourbon barrel, vanilla and coffee. This is almost too thick to drink comfortably. I found this to be a well balanced BA beer, not the bourbon bomb that others seemed to have. Incredible liquid, but only as a treat.
screigh (418) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled on DL Day 2006!!! I have to give it 100%, come on...year old...oak aged Dark Lord??? Much more intense than I coould have imagined. Almost like bourbon. I was amazed that when the glass was empty the coating hung on like it was maple syrup. One great beer.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 On tap on Dark Lord Day. I was lucky to have quite a bit of this that afternoon. I was worried that after tasting so many brews, that my palate would be destroyed by the time the doors opened. A bunch of water and some bread helped out alot though. I was lucky enough to get a sample before they started serving it in plastic cups. Anywho, aroma is fan-f*@#$ing-tastic. Loads of bitter chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon and hints of fruit. PERFECT. There was little to no head, just a faint swirl of carbonation at the center of the glass. I was surprised to find that the beer almost seemed a tad thinner than the regular Dark Lord, which would mean that it is still thicker than anything you’ve had. The flavor is very surprising. The aging really mellows out all the complexities that Dark Lord is so well known for. But don’t let that make you think that this isn’t a phenomenal brew. The flavor is still wonderfully complex. An abundance of bittersweet chocolates, dark caramels, fruits, vanilla, molasses, and finally bourbon followed by a nice hoppy bitterness and somewhat port-like sweet finish. This brew is fantastic. I’d love to be able to get more, maybe next year.