Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was smooth and velvety with some of the greatest complexities between Currants, licorice, and other spices.
Jerre (3032) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A gift. Dark colour. too thick but the flavor is very nice. i have actually converted my car to run off this shit. Iím not a great fan off it.
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 2005 bottle. One year old. The pour is quite thick. The head is very thin but very dark tan and there are legs on the glass. The aroma is has the delicious vanilla character that is very attractive. Sticky on the lips but not overly sweet. Flavor is dark chocolate, bitter and creamy. This beer is very well done. Delicious and creamy. However, I just donít see why people would fly across the country to buy this at Dark Lord day. More power to those that do it, but its just not for me. Iíll buy local.
2005 bottle aged 5 years. Dark tan head. Rich dark chocolate flavors are still there. Also some light coffee. The finish a little thinner than I remember and a touch alcoholic. But its aging gracefully.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at RBSG 2006 grand tasting. in bottle. a wicked beer. dark brown. Makes you fall forward when you inhale it. a true disrupter of gravity.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 2005 vintage: RBSG 06.Black with slight reddish tint and a tan head, lasting cover. The aroma is burnt, roast, chocolates, coffee and molasses. The flavor is molasses, dark chocolates, lots of bitter coffee and slighty earthy. Medium/full body with a sweet, bitter finish. 8/4/7/3/15
2006 vintage: Some apple in the nose, very rough in the flavor and mouth. Not up to par with the í05. 7/4/7/3/14
beastiefan2k (3324) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 400th rater. Thanks TBC2. 06 bottle with gold wax. Shared with gotmos and 2 friends (for whom it was described as number 2). Poured into a large snifter, poured a great black - no translucence and the edges are slightly blood red. A beautiful almost brown small head that quickly becomes a great lacing. Aroma is strong - raisin-y chocolate, some alcohol - but nicely balanced. Taste is weaker than I like with lots of bitterness. Really bark-y. Mouthfeel is just average. After taste is toasty bitterness. Really a beautiful beer. 8/5/7/3/16
Had a 2007 bottle (gray wax) with about a year on it, shared by some BA folks. This has been my favorite version of Dark Lord. It is way sweeter and thicker than any other. Lots of licorice with molasses, bitterness is hidden behind the layers of adjuncts. It really added to the mouthfeel that I though was lacking in the other versions. It had crazy legs. After I finished my sample, I poured water into my glass and had a copper colored beer. 8/4/8/4/16
Beer #3 of 13 in blind tasting.
This was the first time I have ever had this beer blind and the results were surprising. 2013 bottle, almost a year old . Comes off as a big beer. I thought it might be barrel aged but in hindsight just big and boozy. Lots of alcohol. Lots of autolysis (soy sauce) on the nose. Flavor has reduced negative aspects. 6/3/7/3/14.
In the aggregate, this was the worst scoring beer, strongly below the average (0.78 of a standard deviation below).
Final score is aggregate of all ratings.
gotmos (11) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Beastiefan for this one. A delightful black with a halo of head. Aroma is weak alcohol and coffee. Flavor is well balanced with delicous toffee and molasses. Low bitterness and a decieving lack of alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and tart. Very enjoyable.
skoisirius (1904) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 22 oz bottle into a 2 oz Snifter glass (thanks to glkaiser!!!!!). Pours a ridiculous dark as the sky at night black with a darker tanned thin head. The aroma brings out a thick and dark coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and alcoholic bursting nose. The taste of this one is so overly intense, itís beautiful. A huge, thick, and syrupy molasses coated chocolate coffee bean tossed around with hops and dark malts is what came to mind. All the while the 13% ABV bites at the tongue throughout the taste. This is the definition of full bodied! After the finish, the taste lingers for quite some time as your mouth has just been coasted with madness. I canít wait until I can try this again! Thanks again JEFF!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kmpitz2 for this í05 version...
Appears a pitch black with a dark tan, 3 finger head that slowly fades out. Spots of lace are left all around the glass.
Smell is of chocolate, toffee, citrusy hops, anise, coffee, oatmeal, maple syrupy/molasses and whiskey-ish...very complex and addictive.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Great mix of the aromas with a rich, tobacco like flavor mixed in to the mix of the wonderful aromas.
Mouthfeel is of rich syrup, full bodied, maple and malt sugars that stick to the palate with a remarkable hoppiness that is trying to come through this malt billed monster.
I enjoyed this so much. Itís very rich and syrupy with sugar abound! Excellent work. Notch another one up for the Americans.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - AUG 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I wrongly had a BA Speedway and then a Dreadnaught before ending the night with one of these. Its an incredible brew, but it stood way behinde the Speedway. Sent by Drewbeerme, Pours oil black with no head. Tastes of expresso, vanilla, raisins and brown sugar. Hard alcohol is hardly noticable, a tad too sweet and harsh, not so smooth as the Speedway. Finishes roasty and slight bittersweet. A very well made stout, and probably beter than the regular speedway.