kazin (169) - 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
PriorL (1149) - 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!
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a excellent version of Darklord,sweet yet mellow in the finish with nice hints of vanilla and chocolate.It is drinking real good right now and should be enjoyed b everyone who has a chance to try.CHEERS!
AdamJackson (1995) - Lyme, 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.
rxeight (977) - 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.
Duntoyou (86) - 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..
phaleslu (5723) - 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.
Strykzone (4401) - 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.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by my good childhood friend Dave. Pours a rich bkackish hue, dark, rich and ominous hues, some brownish glowing edges, opaque blackish middle with some touches of ruby over midnight essence. Aromas throw distinct port/red wine influence, oak, and vanilla. Red wine, mellow spirit and heat is lighter than expected. Wine barrel, vanilla, and toffee. Some coffee, roast, vanilla, cocoa. Flavor bursts as you enter this one, big roasty and toasty malt base meets caramel, vanilla, some vinous character and good barrel presence. Port, red grapes, and vanilla. Wet oak, some gentle heat, chocolate, cookies, caramelization. Certainly a bit sticky in the middle. Backend is toasty, vanilla, and oak, a bit sweet. Some vanilla, toffee, vanilla, and red wine. Port is sweeter, more vinous and prominent in the middle. Finish is toasty, sweet, and sticky. Roasty malts, coffee and chocolate. Some dryness and oak character returns as we round it out. Chocolate chip cookies. Pretty nice beer. Port barrel seems to have done some very cool things to this beer. A whole mish-mosh of exploding flavors. Obviously some people could be turned off by this quickly, but I really thought this worked. Especially when compared to some other big brooding beers out there.
tderoeck (4012) - 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!