Marsiblursi (3054) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 (Bottle thanks to Rickgordon for a sample of this beer - and an even bigger thanks to Hopscotch for a whole 2006 for my self at last but not least a thanks to JCapriotti for sending me a 04) 2006: Pours darker than a 14 year old girls secret poems. Smokey, great roasted tones, glue-ish, a bit phenolic, dark chocolate/cocoa, coffee aroma with liquorice and some soy. Notes of madeira and plums.Salty and peppery. Tiny, tiny tones of green apples but it´s not a problem. Extremely wonderful mouthfeel with a good balance between the oily and the burned. Leaves a lingering oilyness on your palate. Very roasted, salty and peppery flavour. Brown sugar and molasses. Dark roasted coffee. Tar in bout the nose and taste. Dry cocoa and orange peel in the aftertaste. Bitter and fiery. Freaking big body. 2004, we love you JCapriotti. Pours so black-hole-black that Marsi got sucked into the glass, leaving Blursi behind. Vinous, soy like and roasted aroma which spreads in the whole room with tones of dark fruits such as plums, figs and raisins. Undertones smokey liquorice, cocoa, coffee beans, vanilla, molasses and raspberries. Fantastic medium sweet flavour with molasses, chocolate, soy, liquorice, vanilla, light tar and honey. Oily, smooth and velvetly mouthfeel with a complex, lingering aftertaste with soft tones cocoa, sweet liquorise and molasses. Light soft bitterness with tiny tones of hops. Full, unique body. This is just fantastic. And now to the sludge: it´s like very bitter chocolate mousse with some molasses, and yes it’s very, very muddy but surprisingly smooth mouthfeel wise. I love this and if Marsi would still be alive she would had loved it to.
McBeer (12) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very nice beer, I agree with most of the posts from others. I can not wait until the next DL day.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had a bomber of the 2006.Aroma is great.Alot of chocolate,coffee,and a nice hint of alcohol.Pours very dark with a big creamy tan head.Flavor is big chocolate,coffee,and roasted malts.Very smooth with little burn in the finish.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed a sample of the ’06 vintage at Tasting in the Woods, Part Duex. This beer pours to a ink black color, with tall, rocky, tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with lots of big aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, molasses, and peppery alcohol. The palate is slick and oily on the tongue, with tremedous flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, fig, molasses, and roasty espresso. This beer finishes with more of those robust and intense flavors, then ends with a soothing, warming, peppery, alcohol burn that lingers. Dark Lord lives up to the hype. Clearly this is one of the most impressive Imperial Stouts on the market today.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 ’05 vintage: Thanks to footbalm for sending this to me awhile back. Pour is black, deep and dark with a frothy brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey, rich, and slightly boozey. Very creamy and full palate--one of the best I’ve experienced. Taste is lots of chocolate syrup with a bitter kick in the end. You definitely get some of the alcohol, but not as much as you might expect. Incredible beer.
Update for new ratings: This brew has become a shell of itself. The ridiculous amount of raw sugar you taste ruins the experience. The 2008 was average to above average, but 07 and 09 are horrible. I enjoyed 05 as well--but many did not (green apples...). 06 was not good at all either. I don’t see these improving with age--but we’ll have to see. Right now I wouldn’t drink a bottle of 07 or 09 if you gave it to me. Overall score changed to reflect all vintages.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 22 oz. 2006 bottle from trade with Dubbercody. Thanks Jamie! Pours a dark rick black color with a monsterous brown head that disappears shortly afterwards. Lacing is minimal with a thick oil like body. Aromalof roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is of roasted hops, dark chocolate and some vanilla extract with the alcohol being very well hidden. A nicely balanced, well made beer.
(corrected typos 9-7-07)
Headbanger (3536) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 ’06 22oz bomber-A dark black with a nice brown head that dissipated quickly into a small ring. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, malt and chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee, and it hides the alcohol very nicely. Great tasting stout.
’07 22oz bomber-Aroma of maple syrup, waxy crayon, and slight alcohol on a dark black body with no head whatsover. Taste of roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. A great stout with no perceivable alcohol taste.
’08 22oz bomber-Pours pitch black with a big tan head. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, and chocolate. Taste of the same as it poured like oil. Great.
’09 blind taste test @ BeerandBlues2 9/22/09-Pours black with a small head. Aroma of roasted malt and alcohol. Taste of alcohol and sweetness. This full bodied brew did not have the same viscosity as the ’08 and seemed a bit thin.
22oz bottle ’10 Vintage- 41° in Snifter-Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweetness and alcohol. Taste of malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and slight alcohol. I like this better than the ’09.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 2006 Bottle: Thanks to Brigadier and Capt Cougar for getting us some botles. What is left to be said... Sweet Roasted Coffee Beans mixed with a milky rich sweet chocolate flavor that tickles the tounge. Surprisingly, there absolutely no burn. Unbelievably smooth for 13%. Taste was compariable to Bells Expedition, but I’m giving DL the edge for hiding the alcohol a little better and for a slightly more complex taste with a little more of the roasted coffee tones (must be that starbucks kicking in). Also has a slightly more milky taste than BES. Low/medium carbonation with a small super thick caramel colored frothy head.... this brew is in a class of its own...
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 22 oz bottle via footbalm(thanks eric!). 2006 bottle. Pours syrupy thick black with a large tan head. Aroma has notes of licorice, anise, chocolate and fruity esters. Tastes like it smells. Starts sweet and ends sweet with some bittersweet roasted chocolate/mocha in the finish. I even detect some hops underneath the roastiness. After the first couple drinks and even the first glass shared with a friend... i was dissappointed and thought it was too sweet and cloying, but after a few sips of the 2nd glass....it is actually quite near perfectly balanced. The roastiness complements the sweetness perfectly. The alcohol is there, but i would not have guessed 13%.....
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!!! The best imperial stout...period. 2006 offering that I had the pleasure of getting one bottle. Huge coffee and piney aroma. First sip was cautious with the 13% alcohol, but pleasantly surprised at very little burn. Very thick. Flavor of coffee and roasted hops lays gently on the tongue waiting for the next sip. Mellows as it warms at mid glass becoming sweet. If you are able to be lucky enough to have one, enjoy the best an imperial can be