TAR (2518) - 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 (3615) - 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 (482) - 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.
zathrus13 (1728) - 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 ’normal’ 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 (7133) - 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 ’06: 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 don’t 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 (4356) - 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.