ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - 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 (3853) - 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 (3076) - 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 (1206) - 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 (3880) - 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.