50belair (2489) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 Bottle. Let me begin by saying that this year’s base beer is an uber sweet mess. It’s sad to see Dark Lord continue it’s downward spiral from the great heights it achieved in the ’04 to ’08 years. So this car wreck just adds another layer of sweetness from the port. Also noted is the fact that the head is now almost a mocha color....
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
20/VI/13 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel - 2013 vintage - bottle # 631/726 (2013-570)Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear purple brown beer, no head. Aroma: spicy, alcohol, wood, port notes are clearly present, lots of sweetness and caramel. MF: little carbon, full body, bit syrupy texture. Taste: sweet start, sugary, port, some forest fruit candy, chocolate, caramel, alcohol is noticeable. Aftertaste: sugary, caramel, mead / honey, sourish touch, alcohol burning in the throat, bit woody, tannins, little bitter, dark chocolate, pretty darn complex beer!
JefVerstraete (1592) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very complex beer. Flat, no carbonation. Dark brown, nose of port, very sweet. Fruity with notes of dark fruit and raisins.
PriorL (1989) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2013. 75cl bottle. Big thx BoBoChamp!
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam.
NOSE: port, red wine, fruits, wood, light chocolate note, molasses.
TASTE: Very dens and smooth drinking! The sweetness from the regular Dark Lord is almost gone! Though, this bottle has been standing open for several days, maybe it had an effect on it, but a good one! This beer blows away the regular version for me completely, very smooth, alcoholic finish, very vinous taste. Wood and fruit. Amazing beer!
Leepe_steven (158) - Lede, BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque black and viscous. Aroma is sweetness, vinous, some port notes. Taste is sweet, vinous, a bit woody, raisins, full body, low carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet. Thx to BoBoChamp for sharing
kraddel (3624) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
rating no 7 , on a BA dark lord? as a belgian boy who just turned 21 last month ? aauwtch, that has GOT to hgurt, america! :p payback time for all the beers like spuyten , we’ll never be able to see ? :p
made very possible by the one and only bobochamp/ ignace from hopduvel ghent ! thnx dude !
pours dark brown, close to black. no foam, smell is somewhat boozy, sweet. taste is pretty weird. is this the right time to commit i’ve never drank port? lol
very sweet, sugary, but not as pure overkill-sugary as the regular dark lord.
bit boozy, slightly apple-ish notes. 1 of the better DL variants
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl, Vintage 2013 (Orange wax), Bottle 631/726 (no mention of ABV), as ’Dark Lord Port Barrel Aged ’, new exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, sweet/roasted and slightly vinous/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!
AdamJackson (2880) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick fudge and no head
Cherry and raisin on the nose. Sweet brownie as well
Nice sweetness. Lots of fruit. Chocolate espresso and cocoa beans. Cherry and vanilla. Coconuts and finally a hint of oak.
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at esbls. I brought this. Black with a tan ring. So rich looking. Had this after the moscatel version. A little soy in this that brings this beer down a little. Port wine is noted and adds some interesting character. This is very sweet. Very good, too.
phaleslu (6837) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 750 ml bottle shared by TheAlum’s friend Dave at DLD 2013- thanks a ton, Dave! Pours a deep, dark, opaque motor oil midnight brown with a tan ring for a head. Looks like Dark Lord. Brown sugar, fudge, caramel, vanilla, coffee, cocoa, chocolate chip cookie dough, and subtle port wine throughout- brought a unique element. Full-bodied, with a thick, viscous mouthfeel and low carbonation. This one worked. Not my favorite DL variant but not my least favorite, either. Re-Rate, 7/27/13: The bottle number on mine is pretty smudged- 674, maybe? Anyway, I opened one at Loineshawn’s wedding and my rating won’t change. This is very rich, layered Port, chocolate, molasses, and roast notes. Loads of dark fruits. Solid, interesting treatment.