Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a bunch of this at DLD because, besides my glass, a number of generous folk didnít want me to miss it, so I thankfully drank some more. Very thick dark brown (in bright sunlight) body with a few stray bubbles in lieu of a head, this had an aroma of dark-doughed chocolate chip cookies with a generous splashing of vanilla extract, dark roasted malt & barley, anise, oak, alcohol, dark dried fruit, and hard nuts. Very creamy in the mouth. The flavor was thicker than the nose and chewy with tastes echoed from same. Tasty, sweet, complex - - - It gave me the urge to chase it with a strong Stout.
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alexanderj (3195) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft obviously; very dark in color, not much head. Aroma and flavor were both complex and balanced. Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, alcohol, vanilla and dark fruit. Solid palate; alcohol well hidden. Great beer.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ 3F. Pours an intensely dark chocolate color; viscous and thick appearance like its siblings; medium brown head with excellent, fine-bubbled lacing (much greater head formation that either of the others); a beautiful pour. Intense dried dark fruits and sweet vanilla and gooey chocolate in the aroma; sweet, viscous, and very pleasant. Full, viscous mouthfeel: tons of dried dark fruits, toasty vanilla, oily chocolate and coffee. Intense, smooth, generous beer; a softer, sweeter version of the original and the barrel-aged; essentially dessert. Lengthy finish, showing boozy dried fruits, coffee, and chocolate.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, this was my first experience with dark lord. Poured black with no head. Smelled delicious, warm and inviting like fresh baked cookies, caramel and roast. Taste was guilt at first, like I was eating my dessert before my meal, chocolate, honey, caramel. This was as smooth as smooth can get. Yeah, itís sweet, but itís outstanding in small quantities.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 got a sample on dark lord day 2008. brown color, almost no head, slight lacing. choclate, vanilla, honey in the nose. creamy, sweet extremely smooth flavors. full bodied. didnít catch any alcohol (which is surprising since abv is so high). a relaxing beer to drink in the hot tub, except for the fact that you would immediately sink to the bottom and drown it is so smooth.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
DLD í08. Someone standing in line directly behind me for the brew-pub didnít want to finish this so he let me have the rest of his cup (which was pretty full). Dark muddy color with a beige head. Extremely viscous and syrup-like. Aroma was very sweet - mainly vanilla & molasses. Some underlying oak tannins and coffee, but it was tough to distinguish many complexities because of the overpowering sweetness. Flavor is also very sweet - vanilla bean, molasses, oak, some chocolate and coffee. Very sweet and sticky though. The vanilla bean sweetness was too overdone for my taste and I really think they covered up a lot of the complexity and subtleties that the Oaked DL would offer by itself. Too bad they ran out of the Oaked DL before I could get my hands on a glass. Thanks to the guy in line behind me that let me finish his glass of this beer though!
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 had on tap at DLD í08 a monster not for the faint of heart.thick black and oily in appearence with little carbanation true to its nature a real beast in the stout class. taste sweet of honey,molasess,chocolate vanilla beans and wood,creamy feel on mouth and tounge like a thick shake very extreme and very complex, maybe not for everyone. yeah my first 5
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
had a couple samples of this at DLD í08. thanks to masonjer for getting me one while in line.....poured a viscous and thick deep black pour with a quickly disappearing medium tan head...... a nice mixture of barrel scents and sweet vanilla vapors..... sweet and longlasting smooth vanilla, rich sweet chocolate and an almost perfect palate. coats the mouth with an intense chocolate and vanilla burst that held on for a long withstanding finish... i can understand why some would see this beer as being too sweet and cloying but i dug it.
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
DLD. Looks and flows like brown mud. Very sweet. Aromas of coffee. and hints of port and cigar smoke. Low carbonation. Way too full bodied... kinda of slimy... struggled to finish my cup.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I almost donít want to rate this to avoid having to agree with moejuck. I, too, left half my glass behind. Way too sweet for me, the sugary character of this beer overpowered even the vanilla "flavor". Was expecting better.