daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Super dark brown pour, thanks to the Palm Beach crew! Flavors of sweet and sugary port with some super sugary raisins, maybe the coffee is noticeable? No its not. Cloying...makes a kick ass milkshake! seriously.
hopscotch (10609) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Hazy dark-brown pour with a small, fragile, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma and flavor are reminiscent of a sweet tawny or crusted port with a mild chocolate component and faint acidity. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and trace carbonation. Deeply sweet aftertaste. Well, an under-attenuated, sweet base beer aged in a barrel that once held a sweet fortified wine = really fucking sweet result. Downright cloying Ė and my favorite style of beer is Scotch ale. Overall, not a flawed beer. Especially if they were aiming for SWEET in 2013ís version of Dark Lord. Thereís no way I could drink a whole bottle of this by myself - something Iíve gladly done every year since 2004.
djd07 (10018) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Russell. Pours black with medium tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is dark fruit, vinous, wood, roast. Thick mouth, chewy, roast, vinous, chocolate, wood, molasses, very sweet, boozy finish, very good.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with local raters. Very dark brown color. Near-black. Good thin brown head. Loose bits of lace. Roasty, dark chocolate aroma. Some dark fruit. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Kind of chewy, but a dry finish. Liquid leaves some syrupy film on the glass, pretty cool. Some earthy hops noticeable. Good bigger bitter taste, much less cloying sweet than the base Dark Lord. Light to moderate sweet still, but itís nice. Some vinous notes in the finish, light hint of vanilla. Impressively sippable for 15%, only a little warmth. Very tasty, big complex imperial stout. A bit sweet still, but itís not a problem for me (like it was in the regular Dark Lord)
phaleslu (9380) - 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 TheAlumís 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 Loineshawnís wedding and my rating wonít change. This is very rich, layered Port, chocolate, molasses, and roast notes. Loads of dark fruits. Solid, interesting treatment.
olio (9281) - 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 itís 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.
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottles shared by DrSilverworm and b3shine. Pours dark cola brown/black with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet, dark fruit, chocolate, port, wood, caramel and light coffee. The flavor has a big sweet character, port, molasses, chocolate, wood, caramel, smooth and doesnít really show the 15%, but big flavor nonetheless. I have liked the barrel aging has been better in the past.
tderoeck (8127) - 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!
b3shine (8109) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle to taster at Dark Lord Day; BIG thanks to whoever shared this! Looks good; a fairly viscous dark cola with beige lacing. Smells good too; sweet, dark, and malty; you get a little of the port barrel treatment in there. Tastes like it smells; you get a robust port influence with excellent balance between the barrel and the base. Good on the palate. Great stuff!
laiti (8069) - 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 tonnís 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.