Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 much thanks to enniskillen for this brew!!!!after much anticipation,i get to be in the presence of the dark lord.we sat his majesty in my snifter glassand he poured out just like used motor oil.i even got a bit of a dark brown head with mine.i put the glass to my nose and the dark lord gave me a complex blend of cherries,beef jerkey,roasted malts,and coffee.now its time for the first sip.i was so excited even the butterflies in my stomach were thirsty......
WOW!the major thing i noticed was that the palate changed for over 10 seconds,and then left a coating in my mouth untll the next sip.cherries,blackend malts,coffe,smoke,toffee,and a bit of alcohol rounded out the palate.(if i could give the palate a 10,i would.)
my eyes were lit up,my palate was exhuasted,and my teeth were coated.if i could describe this beer in one word,it would be......BLACK!
2005 BOTTLE RATED ON JAN. 1 2006....
poured black as night with a small brown head.aroma was a mix of cookies,roasted malts,coffee and alcohol.flavor was a complex mix of brownies,cookies,coffee,chocolate,and alcohol.mouthfeel was super thick and the palte was amazing.COMMENTS AFTER THE BOTTLE WAS FINISHED ON JAN. 1 2006.i was happy that this bottle had no sludge as the 2004 did.although i liked the flavor of the 2004 a bit better.the 2005 was more bitter and i could not detect the molasses in this years batch.mouthfeel was a little lighter as well.
2006 BOTTLE RATED ON JULY 5TH.BY WAY OF 1FASTSTI:again the body was super black with a very small dark brown head.aroma was a nice mix of chocolate brownies,brown sugar,molasses,and maybe a hint of coffee?the flavor came on a rush of over ten seconds and really changed over this period.chocolate,coffee,brownies,figs,raisons,purp grapes,and a tiny alcohol finish all sent my tounge into a tailspin.the mouthfeel was super thick and as i said,the palate was awsome.although after a few sips it did get a little sweet,and the alcohol became a little overbearing.id say the 2005 is a little better than the 2006. i think the 06 could use some aging.(2007 BOTTLE SAMPLED ON SEPT. 03 2007)as usual its black as black can be.although i didnt get much head from this years batch.the aroma is sweet and sticky dark fruits,roasted malts,smoke,and dark chocolate.the flavor is even more complex than the aroma.i get dark fruits,coffee,chocolate,molasses,símores,smoke,roa malts,slightly lighter fruits like green apples,brown sugar,etc.its so complex its hard to really pick out everything.although at the same time it seems likes it a bit smoother than the 06 or 05.this ranks right up with the 04 version for sure.well once again as i sip on this it just becomes to sweet.im gonna cork up the bottle and try and drink the rest tomorrow.(2008 BOTTLE RATED ON 5-22-08)thick,black,and nasty in appearance.(as expected.)small dark brown head with some legs on her.the aroma is roasted malts,dark fruit,alcohol,coffee,molasses,chocolate,and metal.the flavor is much of the same with the sweetness from the molasses really sticking out.pretty damn good stuff,but still a bit over-hyped.(re-rate)well im about halfway through the 08 bottle and as with the others.its just getting to sticky sweet.i think the rating needs to be lowered again.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The highly anticipated EVIL ONE himself. Thanks jimmack04 for this "suprise". After trying subtley to lure me to his house after he traded this from EddieG(i thank him as well), i sensed something was up and searched around ratebeer only to piece the clues together and foil the suprise. I asked jim on the phone if he got hold of a DARK LORD,and he admitted the truth. From then until the time i arrived at his house there was a permanently fixed smile of anticipation on my face.
Ok, while chewing my way through this monstrosity of a beer, i have to say that its not just a good beer. It is an amazing beer experience. Aroma first hits me as some soy, then sweet. Nothing special, im a bit worried. Then i take a sip. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, bitersweet chocolate, mollasses, figs, cherries, vanilla. Obviously it is the palate that really makes this special. Milkshake like consistency. Coats my tongue, throat, tonsils, TEETH. Custardy. Probobly could not finish a bottle myself without a stomach ache. But if i had the chance id probobly try. Awesome experience. Needed a nap after this one.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Re-Rate: 05í Bottle. Pours a pitch black, nice sized brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee and a little molasses. Flavor is BIG full of the above mentioned, along with vanilla, and a little hop kick at the end. Palate is so smooth, goes down like a champ. This is incredible.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating # 300, thanks to EddieG! Finally get to try this elusive devil. Pours black
as all hell, with a thin light brown head which reminds one of espresso. Vinous aroma of soy, molasses, dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. Damn, this is interesting! Flavor is molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate and some hops.
As intriguing as the aroma and flavors are, the most incredible thing about this beer is the body. It is thicker and richer than I could have imagined. It coats your mouth, tongue and throat like Pepto Bismol, albeit extremely delicious Pepto!
I couldnít see myself drinking this all by myself, itís just too much. That said, I definitely want more!
Lubiere (9085) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 version. Pitch black with a dark moka head. Vinous aroma with porto notes, with figs and prunes, and alcohol. Thick creamy mouthfeel, almost buttery. Lots of coffee and chocolate with sweet vanilla. Alcohol burn with finish. Stewed prunes as beer warms up. Excellent beer but overkill . Drank some after opening (3 weeks) and you should have seen the gunk! Overkill. Enjoyed with Capflu in May 2004.
jgb9348 (4296) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pitch black, fully opaque with a thinnish brown head that lasts quite a while. Strong aroma of roasted malt, coffee, strong dark chocolate and so much more that I cannot even begin to list. Super full-bodied-Syrupy; Strong dark chocolate tastes are the largest up front, followed by roasted malt, chocolate pudding and a coffee bitterness that rides a long time. Overall, an amazing beer-truy a stand-alone imperial stout, but was great to try for the first time! I sampled this 65 cL bottle at the November RB party at Founderís in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.
zathrus13 (1666) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 I sure I wonít be adding anything new with this review, but here it goes. Pours dark brown/black, with a small tan head. Aromas include vanilla, red wine, chocolate, wood, and dark fruit.
Body is the thickest Iíve ever experienced, but it is so pleasant and creamy. Your mouth becomes coated. Flavors are molasses, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, wood, and coffee. so really, very much like the aroma. There is some bitterness at the end. Incredibly unique and enjoyable. Worth every bit of the hype.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 2004: Poured viscous black with almost no head...smell was alcohol, chocolate, coffee, oak...tasted absolutely heavenly...first sweetness with vanilla molasses, a touch of alcohol...then came the bittersweet chocolate and coffee...the mouthfeel was OUTSTANDING...velvety smooth and thick...the taste on the back of the tongue was JUST LIKE heavy cream flavor...amazing amazing amazing...
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful nose- heavy alcohol, but very inviting. Little bit of burnt wood in there too. Very dark (Duh!) with great lace and legs. No head. First taste is very burnt. A little ashy.VERY full mouthfeel. Almost like cream. Definitely some vanilla and molasses. Alcohol hides itself fairly well until it hits your head.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer poured a blood red concoction w/ brown highlights and it coated my glass! Very plum and raisin sweetness w/ sour ferm fruit. Chocolate and coffee, plums and raisins, light molasses sweet. Very dense and creamy, and full bodied. Thank you Dr. Bill!!!!