patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle at the Fort Wayne tasting - Pours deep black with a thin, tan head. It has a wonderful roasted aroma with lots of coffee evident and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is, of course, absolutely huge with intense roast malts, coffee, chocolate, and more. It’s very full bodied and is definitely a slow sipper. The huge flavor and body support the 13% abv very well, so it goes down smooth and warming with some bitterness at the end. Remarkable beer. Thanks to Thedm and Hotstuff for sharing this one.
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 2006 Bottle provided by Firemoose15 via trade. Really appreciate someone hooking me up with my first "rare" brew. Thanks again, bro. Thick, flowing blacker than black liquid love with a brownish-yellow head. Beautiful lacing and was truly enjoyable to view. Nose is full of character: dark fruits come first, followed by mollasses, sugar, espresso chocolate cream, roasted malt. Flavor is equally complex. Very well balanced at 13%. Palate is thick and luscious as the apperance suggested. Hops hit the tongue sensors towards the end of the gulp and blend in really well with the other bold resonating flavors. Held on to this beer for almost 2 months without drinking it. Now I need to find another one, or ten. Solid brew, dudes.
2007 bottle courtesy of Footbalm shared with OldGrowth on 10/2/2007. Thanks Eric. Didn’t take notes on this one, but I will say that I did not find it as overwhelming as the 2006. I know everyone keeps saying that this years is better than last, but maybe it was the hype that made me rate this so highly last year. I didnt taste any of freshly cut green apples in the 2006 and I wasn’t as impressed by the 2007 as I was the 2006. The appearance was just as great, but everything else seemed a step back from my first experiences. Still an awesome beer that I will continue to seek out, but I think I like speedway more overall. 958417
Updated score is an average of my two full bottles experiences.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to CaptainCougar for scoring this one for me at this year’s Dark Lord Day. Perfect black body with a very thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, mollasses, heavy malts. Taste is great and while a bit more complex, in many respects it’s, very similar to the Stone Russian Imperial Stout. A very nice and smooth chocolate and coffee ending. A great beer to have, but if you want something almost as good, go with Stone.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber that mysteriously (miraculously?) showed up in a blind tasting courtesy of glkaiser. Easily the class of the tasting. I wanted to hang onto this one and savor the sips before moving on to the next beer in the tasting. Four beers later I found out what we had. Damn! Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head. Huge amounts of molasses in the nose, along with nuts and coffee. Full, oily body with light carbonation. Molasses-sweet taste with a huge taste of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. Espresso-bitter finish. Thanks G!
after4ever (6731) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber; courtesy the totally shocking generosity of GLKaiser. Humongous sweet and boozy nose. Smells like a screwdriver mixed with chocolate pancake syrup instead of orange juice. Breakfast of champions. Thick molasses, chocolate, and caramel flavors--chewy and sticky. Gentle cherry notes at the finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to JHop for this one. #1000 baby! A few things need to be said first though. Right before I opened the bottle, the only thing going through my mind was "Sauron, the Dark Lord..." from that Elf woman’s voice in LOTR. (I’m an idiot) The other thing is that there have been many top 50 stouts that have let me down including Speedway, Stone RIS, WWS, and Thirsty Dog. As you can see, this wasn’t one of them. Very black pour (not sure about darkest ever but definitely in the running) with a small to moderate dark tan head. Lacing fell apart later but started off good. Aroma is a load of everything. Chocolate, coffee, roast, a plethora of dark and dried fruits from raisins to currants, vanilla, licorice, wood, and some hops as well. The flavor is slick and oily. The finish brings some alcoholic and malty sweetness, but there’s enough bitterness here to keep it interesting. Despite all the big flavors, this was very balanced. One of the few impy stouts out there that managed to be big and balanced. Lived up to the hype and I didn’t think it would. Initially started off as a good beer, but as the bottle emptied the vanilla and coffee combined made for a suberb imperial stout.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2007 Rerate. Here is Dark Lord 04.
Black colour. Low brown head. Light, gentle aroma with vineous tones, soy-sauce and smoke. Silky mouthfeel, yet thick and chewy. Cocoa in flavour, late licorice and Dark Belgian Chocolate. Underneath is a vineous tone plus soy-sauce nuance. A very complex, flexible beer, since flavour come back and forth. The sludge, which we tasted afterwards was indeed heavy.
Last rating of the 06 bottle gave 8/5/8/5/15
[Bottled. Thanks Kramer.]
Jet black colour. Brownish head. Big aroma from smoke, glue and alcohol. Bit phenolic. Light licoricy in the background. And plum. Thick thick fiery mouthfeel. Motoroil with a toast touch. Hard to sense the details in this thickness. Big beer! Too big? Extremely thick mouthfeel, and oily with traces of cocoa and plum. The finish is super long and lasting, and leaves the palate oily. Good bitterness as well, that also lasts.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy, and hanks to the very generoue Philip! Thanks my friend! 05 Bottle/Orange wax- I’ve been sitting on this one for about 8 months now, and I felt it was time to treat myself. Pours a pitch black oily abyss with a frothed cap of mocha evil. Lots of spotty lace and dusting. Enormous coffee/coffee bean/double espresso aroma with some dark rum, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, burboun, and american hops.Big big bad deep rooted espresso flavours are accompanied by lots of dark chocolate, woodsy earthy booziness, vanilla extract, dark rum, and lots of bittering hops. FInishes HUGE, dry as the desert, chalky, and assertive. I like it. Once again, thank you so much Phil for saving this, and trading it to me last year. I appreciate the opportunity!
Marsiblursi (3063) - 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.