pepsican (1395) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
great taste. Black pour with a small tan head. Vanilla and chocolate dominated the aroma. Flavor was vanilla, coffee, toffee, caramel and maple syrup. Viscous, syrupy sweet. 3 oz was plenty but man was it good.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Didnít put pen to paper all that much this year at the Taste, but I figured Iíd be insane not to rate this one. Draft. Dark, melted milk chocolate, toasted vanilla bean, wet, and slightly charred wood on the nose. I thought the vanilla would be more prevalent, but the insane amount of chewy malt and wet wood overpowered most of the vanilla. Pours the standard DL looking thick, sticky, oily jet black with no head. Flavor is chock full of loads and loads of sticky, chewy, thick chocolate. Just a hint of vanilla. Heavy tannic wood presence. Just like drinking chocolate/vanilla pudding with a metallic and tannic wood finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
GTMW ’08. Poured an opaque black color. The head was brown with an orange-ish tint. Attractive aroma of chocolate truffle, subdued bourbon, light soy, and a dash of vanilla. Sweet, full bodied, and oily. Rich melange of flavors including the likes of caramel sauce, bourbon, vanilla, and baking chocolate. Some graham cracker flavor came out in the finish. Delicious in small doses. Would make a nice aperitif. Although I might try it, a full pint glass would probably be a bit much for me.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Taste 2008. A highlight of the day, especially since I missed DL Day this year. I’m continually impressed by the beers FFF pulls out at the Great Taste. Stellar lineup again this year. One finds this beer first and foremost to be chewy; the viscosity blows away just about anythign else I’ve had. Then the vanilla and Intelligentsia coffee shine through with semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa powder, butter, and vanilla. Excellent stuff, finishing somewhat on the sweet side.
1FastSTi (3219) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black body with a thin tan head. Viscous body. The aroma is sweet vanilla and dark chocolate. Complex vanilla and subtle oak. Very good. Sweet and rich thick palate. The vanilla also adds a rich complexity and rounds out Dark Lord. Super good!
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour, thick tan head and thick lace. Rich barrel’d aroma lots of bourbon lots of vanilla a bit acidic. Great flavor depth chocolates lots of vanilla bourbon oak, coffee.. very nice beer.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ DLD. Pretty much the same as the oaked dark lord at least appearance wise. The vanilla character came out on the nose and a bit too much in the flavor giving a bit much in the sweetness department. Body is similar, finish is of course, sweeter.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at DLD ’08. Heavy, thick - reminds me of ’04 darklord.....well, almost. Quite a bit of vanilla. Very sweet as well. Mouthfeel was huge on this with notes of the "normal" Dark Lord tastes of intense bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The extreme vanilla notes do give the impression of increased sweetness. However, taken in small doses, I thought this was a great sipping beer.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at DLD ’08. Pours a chalky dark brown color with zilch for a head. Aroma is huge vanilla, chocolate, oak. Flavor is again huge vanilla, almost chocolate milk-like, some roast, dark chocolate, light oak. Palate is full bodied, mild to non-existent carbonation, finished, super sweet and heavy. Vanilla seemed to be a bit much, sticky-icky sweet, over-the-top. Glad I got to try it but not one of my favorites.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2008
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at DLD ’08. Nearly black with a smallish head. The aroma is pretty darn close to the oak, in fact it was hard to tell them apart, but this one had a little more vanilla. Smells good, really good. The body was thick as all get out, it was tempered a bit by the oak, but the vanilla actually blew the pretense that this is anything close to a balanced beer. The vanilla reminded me of the woeful lack of attenuation and this beer was a sticky sweet mess that I could hardly drink. The flavor was vanilla dominated and it accentuated the high residual sugars, there was the rest of the typical DL flavors, but the vanilla was the straw that broke the camels back. Thankfully for several people sitting by me, I could not drink more than a few sips of this before I sat it down and went to something else.