olio (6393) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65 cl bottle (orange wax, 2013 vintage) @ Mikkeller Bar. Bottle #262/726
Pours pitch black color with a minimal beige head. Lots of molasses and syrup on the nose, port wine is very distinct here, some cocoa, chocolate and wood. Flavor is very complex, lots of sweet molasses, brown sugar, dark ripe fruit notes and port, some wooden notes with subtle vanilla and faint licorice. Alcohol it’s at bay behind all three sweetness, and the sweetness is quite expected with port in the play. All in all a very tasty slow sipper.
laiti (5899) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014
65 cl bottle vintage 2013 @ Mikkeller Bar. Bottle 262/726.
Paid with tonn’s sedel by lusikka
Aroma has sweet porto tones, ripe fruits, some oak and imperial stout elements in the background - some roastiness can be detected. Flavour has lots of porto, mellow oak tones and some alcohol. Sweet cocoa and dark chocolates typical to DL are in the background also on the flavour side. A porto with no sharp alcohol and stronger body with smoothness added, but still not overwhelmingly sweet. In other words: a porto with its typical problems fixed! Starts to get more IS tones at the end of the glass: rye pudding occurs.
tiong (3933) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660ml bottle @ Three Floyds Bar, Copenhagen
Bottle #262/732 - Pours pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma has massive amounts of port notes, roastiness, sticky syrup, wood and oaky. Taste is extremely heavy and quite sweet with loads of port, vinous notes, wood, oak and massive amounts of molasses. Finish is sticky sweet, smooth, heavy, vinous and woody with loads of port notes and molasses. Quite massive and heavy beer.
rlgk (11344) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Ken and a few other beergeeks, pre-CBC 2014. Pitch black beer with a nice lasting beige/brownish head. Lovely port aroma, vanilla, caramel, raisins, prunes, licorice, coffee beans, cocoa powder, milky notes. Port flavor, woody, raisins, dades, prunes, licorice, chocolate, nuts, vinous, warming alcohol, ash notes, some caramel and vanilla. Fullbodied and with alcohol well hidden. Wonderful beer, really glad I got to try it.
Theis (13755) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Mielcke&Hurtigkarl. Pitch black - no head. Grapes. High malts. Light bitterness. Earthy notes. Ryebread. Dark grapes. Lots of wood. Burnd sugar. Oak. Vanilla. Bitterness. Rubber. Molasses.....
Inbreak (2323) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
26.02.2014, 0,65l bottle (2013) sampled @ MAD Beer Brewing release @ Mielcke & Hurtigkarl:
No head, just some bubbles. Aroma is slightly sweet, dark malts, dark fruits, grass, oak, dark sugar, caramel, vanilla, hints of oak. Taste is sweet, dark malts, dark fruits, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, grass, dark sugar, toffee. Medium bitterness, slightly dry syrupy mouthfeel. Nice.
Duntoyou (104) - Kr.sand, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. Dried fruits. Nuts. Alchohol. Big beer. Big palate. Really appreciated to taste this..
kazin (199) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of the other Dark Lord variants. Amazing mouthfeel, taste is full of molasses, dried fruits, vanilla, and caramel
rxeight (1463) - Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Faux-bab. Jet black pour slight tan head. Dark lord levels of sweetness, maybe more. Strong dark red wine comes through but really balances it out. More dark fruit, but this really helped the base 12 that was in there. Super thick. Good stuff.
HonkeyBra (3480) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a sludgy jet black with a large tan head. Aroma of molasses, strong sweetness, lots of wine and port notes. Plums, raisins, oak, sweet dessert wine. Touches of cherry and sherry notes. Mild chocolate and dusty barrel notes. Pretty interesting. Flavor is sweet and boozy, with a semblance of bitter wine barrel notes, some tannins. I get some salt and liquid smoke notes as well. Full bodied, lingering finish that is salty and earthy. I wouldn’t want to drink a whole bottle of this. But, the glass I had was pretty interesting.