screigh (398) - 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 youíve had. The flavor is very surprising. The aging really mellows out all the complexities that Dark Lord is so well known for. But donít let that make you think that this isnít 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. Iíd love to be able to get more, maybe next year.
zathrus13 (1661) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Thanks to Facto for this bottle. Pours dark brown/black, with a very small tan head. Aromas are bourbon, chocloate, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Flavors are bourbon, oak, dark fruit, chocolate, malt, and coffee, with a little bitterness. Carbonation is a low. This is a top notch beer, but a bit too much bourbon takes away some of the ínormalí Dark Lord flavors that make it great.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, burnt cherry, oak and slight alcohol. Taste lasts forever. Chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, coffee. Amazingly sweet and deliciously bitter. Velety ans smooth. Excellent.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at DL day í06: Pours a very viscous motor oil opaque with a nice, thin-lacing dark tan head. Rich, sweet, toasty complex dark caramel aroma has lots of dark fruity and chocolate bourbon oaky balance. Body starts incredibly full, thick, and viscous with lots of sweet sticky dark caramel and chocolate malts. Hints of vanilla and plenty of bourbon oaky balance and complexity. Finishes sticky, sweet and lingering with some warmth, dark chocolate, and coffee. Barrel-aged just the right amount of time. I think this is officially my new favorite beer of all time, but I donít know if I could drink more than 12oz of it at one sitting.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is opaque black with almost no head...tight tiny bubbles drift to
the top of the snifter...smell is sweet with vanilla, bourbon,
alcohol, cocoa,...lots of bourbon...taste is very sweet with vanilla,
cocoa, coffee, bourbon, more bourbon, vanilla, alcohol...finish is
sticky and sweet...this is damn good...
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at 3F on Dark Lord Day. Small tan head that mostly diminished with lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a black hue. Nose was bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some dark fruits. Flavor was dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and thick. Smooth mouthfeel.
Suttree (4739) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Springslicker (and Facto) for the opportunity to sample this. Pours black and totally opaque. First whiff is prunes, cognac, and vanilla, with an underlying presence of dark chocolate and strong coffee. Smooth, rich palate. Dark choclate is the most noticeable flavor at first, with hints of coffee, then blending into vanilla and bourbon flavors, then a surprisingly winey finish. As it warms, notes of raisin and prune emerge, and the bourbon becomes a bigger player in the flavor. Very tasty, very impressive.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Suppose I should finally put my rating in. Sampled at the brewpub on DL Day. Served in a small maybe 5.5oz plastic cup. Color was an obvious pitch black, almost nothing getting through. Head was a small dark brown one Iíd expect on a nice cup of coffee. Aroma is huge chocolate and coffee, then come the bourbon, molasses and caramel/vanilla things. Flavor is like a dark chocolate stout milkshake. Thick and filling. Bourbon adds a bite to a smooth and well made imperial stout. Good stuff!
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to MrFacto for taking all the S*T that he got for being generous enough to send this to a few folks who couldnít make it to FFF. On top of that, he only asked that I send him some good homebrews for the trade!
One of the better barrel beers that Iíve had. I donít give out perfect scores, and the only detractor was that a small fleeting head would have fit the style better. Undoubtedly this was from the re-bottle so figure my appearance score upwards in your head if you choose to.
Black, oily and coating the glass as itís swirled.
Rich alcoholic yet restrained bourbon aroma. Notes of licorice and raisins come easily. This is one that can be enjoyed for the aroma alone. I donít like bourbon, but there is plenty of good Imperial Stout aroma so that the bourbon doesnít take this one over.
Thick, sweet, smooth and very well balanced by roasty bitterness. Again, very well done and one of the better attempts to meld a Big Imperial Stout and a barrel that Iíve had. Thanks Matt for the chance to share and try this one!