Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Obviously pours very dark with a nice brown head. Aromas and flavors of coffee,caramel, and chocolate dominate in this thick very good beer.
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black color, with a lite brown head. aroma had thick scent of molasses and cherries. pretty darn good.
walleye (1082) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
well I thought it was time to rate this beer got a couple in trades from 2 differant R.B.s 06 version. poured a like old black oil that hasmít been changed for 20,000 miles(my favorite color) with a big brown head that didnít last, but left a small amount of lacing. aroma, molasses comes out strong, than got dark sweet cherries that are at their prime, vanilla,, brown sugar, roasted malts and some dark fruits. flavor dark fruits marinated in alcohol, raisins, some chocolate, as the beer warms in my glass it get sweeter a starting to get a slight bitterness to it. not to bad
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Rerate (2007 Vintage)
Pour is no head, then it slowly appears, only to then again disappear into nothingness; blackened. This demon has flavors of caramel, molasses, coffee, vanilla, licorice, and port. This lives up to the hype. Maintains the score of last years vintage. I bumped up the Aroma score one, but deducted one point off of palate, due to the thick sludge towards the end of the bottle, which was just too itimidating for me to handle.
Original Rating (2006 Vintage):
I enjoyed this beauty thanks to El Gaucho who nabbed me a bomber from Dark Lord Days 2006. First wax bottle so I had to do some peeling before I could crack open this beauty. Pours black with an almost orange colored head. The head, by the way, starts out thick and fluffy, but quickly disappears. All thatís left is what can be described as an algae film on a black opaque pond. Strong vanilla, cherry, raisin, and soy meet the senses. One taste and I can also detect some fairly strong coffee, molasses, and dark fruit notes. A strong hoppy finish rounds this one of a kind brew out. Can detect the higher ABV, although itís not overwhelming. Very good, and bordering on perfection. Drank this as I was watching Francisco Liriano have a great outing for the MN Twins (over the Angels). Now if their relievers can nail up the coffin it will be a very satisfying night! (Oh yeah, in return I was able to nab 4 tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest for my friend Winston, so everything worked out great!)
Total Score: 4.7
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
First of all, I would like to thank Eric (tannertavernboys) for making the trek to Dark Lord Day and bringing me back a few of these gems! Obviously a 22oz bottle. Gold wax that was impeding my attempt to open the damn bottle! It poured a deep pitch black. Tan spotted head. On the nose I got notes of coffee, caramel figs, a woody musty note, cinnamon, vanilla and bitter chocolate. The palate was smooth and oily slick. Nice and dry. The flavors were much akin to the aromas. Strong coffee and caramel. Port and sherry notes. Anise and spices. Notable alcohol burn. Syrupy. So smooth, so good!
screigh (533) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sampled the 2005 while at DL Day 2006. I donít know what to say beyond what has already been said. Amazing beer. It actually caught me off guard. Much more intense than I even imagined. I thought it could not live up to the hype but it more than did. I have 2 bottles of 2006 cellared, canít wait!
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 2004 bottle. Opened bottle on Christmas Eve, one year after receiving it as a Christmas gift from SpudClampDawg. Midnight black pour with little or no head. Motor oil sheen on the sides of the tulip as you swirl it to release aromas of chocolate, licorice, molasses, orange, caramel, new leather, plum, vanilla and alcohol ó a nose that changes in subtle ways as the beer warms. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet in the front of the mouth, but turns moderately bitter in the finish ó unlike the 06 version that stayed heavily sweet throughout. Still, some sugars do linger through the finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Long finish. Layers of complexity in both aroma and flavor and much better balance of sweet and bitter in the 04 version.
2006 bottle. The appearance of Dark Lord is inviting and near perfect. Jet black with a deep brown head of tight-bubbles. Swirling it around the glass, the beer sticks to the sides giving off a translucent sheen in the light. The aroma reveals something new with every sniff ó molassis, brown sugar, fruits, apple, peppery alcohol. What is missing in the aroma is also missing in the flavor ó roasted malts. Instead, every sip is sweet with plum, banana, sugar and molassis until bittering hops kick in at the end of the swallow. The roasted, burnt malts with a note of licorice are missing. The palate is smooth, thick and chewy. The finish is moderate to long and leaves you with a lightly bitter sensation. If this were a sweet stout, outstanding .... but itís not. Itís nonetheless quite an enjoyable experience even if this yearís batch doesnít live up to the reputation of previous years.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
So close to perfection. Pours syrupy and black (insert bad poetic analogy here). Head is rather thin and begins to swirl to the edge of the glass faster than I expected, oh yeah the head is a reddish brown. Nose and aroma are the best part of this powerhouse of a brew. Stick your nose in and get a bitch slap of coffee, burnt dark chocolate some mild fruits like plum maybe, and a dash of bitter dirt smell ( translates better than it sounds). Optically this beer is a sneek, and betrays the juggernaut that attacks your sense of smell and taste. The flavor is a bit of a mystery to me and here is why:
First sip: A rush of revolting sweet malts.
Second sip: The same followed by a thunderfuck body slam of bitterness, and this pretty much repeats throughout. Flavors include sweet malts, bitter chocolates, coffee, some wierd fruit, and the most important soul crushing bitterness that only a stout can provide. So all gushing and attempts to be the wordy beer dork aside, the bottom line is pawn anything you have to just to taste this beer. Otherwise go get some expedition and come close.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 2004 bottle:Cameronís 1st birthday and Christmas eve couldnít have been a more perfect time to enjoy this monster. Pours a viscous oil can black with no apparent head. A strange gold film lines the glass, not lace really, but kind of like sludge residue. The aroma is leathery with lots of fudge, madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, plum and alcohol. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel with velvetty smooth carbonation. Not as sweet as the 07 version, this bottle still leaves lots of residual sugars on the tongue. As it continues to warm, this becomes a milkshake and coats my tongue and mouth. Complex isnít a complex enough word to describe the complexity of this beer. Haha - Jenn drank the sludge.
9, 4, 8, 4, 18 = 4.3
2006 bottle: So check this out. Kind of Blue on vinyl spinning in the backgroud. Discussion around the table on how availability effects ratings. And the Dark Lord sits and waits. Thick, syrupy and dark as midnight on a moonless prairie night. The mocha brown head insanely hugs the sides of the tulip with each swirl of the glass. The first sniff is roasty, deep and tempting. But wait, what is that lingering note of apple friutiness hanging above the great chocolate, roasted monster of a nose. Hmm, odd and out of place. Shaking head and moving on, the body is thick, almost viscous, but somehow not cloying. More sweet chocolate, straight cane sugar at times. Really sweet, with no alcohol presence - quite strange for such a high octane brew. The chocolate is brownie like in sweetness, and lasts long through the finish. The apple/fruity note continues to battle the roasted body, throwing things out of whack. Some bitterness finally moves in and balances the insane sweetness and helps quell the fuitiness. This is defintely good, but just a preview of what it could be (or has been in the past). Iíve waited so long for this, so I hate to leave it at this, but "maybe next year"? Oh Dark Lord, why hath though forsaken me?
6, 4, 8, 3, 16 = 3.7
Dorwart (2465) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got to the BIG BOY for my 1000th rating. Been waiting for a long time for this one. Very large and insanely dense head of very fine bubbles. I poured and then I watched for a full minute or more as the brew and head separated from itself. A thing of beauty. I almost dont want to drink it because it looks so good. Head lasts for a lifetime. Dark brown in color. Heavenly aroma arises from thethick sheet of head that has become one with the glass. Rich and meaty with loads of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of anise, molasses, raisins and brown sugar. Surprisingly very little coffee in the aroma. Color is jet black. No mistaking this one for a Impy stout. Ok, here goes. WOW. Big roastyness in there. Just as complex as the aroma. This time the coffee shows up big time. And a big alcohol warming. Thick and chewy in the mouth yet goes down like silk. This is a dinner in a bottle. Many have mentioned that it looks like used motor oil. I would not doubt it that you could put this into your car. Hell, the car would probably thank you. Loads of roastyness, oatmeal and molasses. Little sweet. Finish is thick and coating and glides down effortlessly. Then the small fire in your stomach starts up and you can feel the 13% heat. This is not a brew for the feint of heart. Wow, you bastards in Indiana are some lucky SOBís. Kudos to FFF for making and bottling this kick ass brew.