hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 Bottle. Had this one last month in celebration of our (thedm and I) 2nd wedding anniversary. small tan fizzy head that mostly diminished with poor lacing, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a dark brown hue. Nose was sweet, cherries, port, alcohol, burnt, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, some licorice, and very nice indeed. Flavor was vinuous, burnt, coffee, chocolate, thick like motor oil, vanilla, and some hops. Mouthfeel was very, very smooth. Medium-full body.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 Saved this one for rating #100. I am very excited to be able to try this beer. Bottle - 2006. Pours a very thick dark black color. As black as used motor oil. Absolutely no light is going through this. On top is a very nice tan head. Definitely pours like a masterpiece beer. Aroma is full of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, licorice, and spices. A wonderful aroma. Flavor is very complex, I can taste many different flavors off the first sip. Chocolate, vanilla, molasses, hops, coffee, and raisins are primarilly hitting my tastebuds. This beer is incredibly smooth especially with the igh alcohol content. The alcohol is masked incredibly well. This beer is simply remarkable!
marcus (9011) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From trade with 1FastSTi. This black ale poured with a modest brown head, eliciting a very malty aroma. This ale is almost thick enough to eat with a spoon. The flavor is intense and complex, with notes of treacle, currants, chocolate, licorice, coffee and god knows what else. I really enjoyed this one - Thanks Blake.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via trade with footbalm. Jet black with reddish hue. No head. The smell is incredible. Chocolate, coffee,vanilla, molasesss,and brown sugar. Thick,sticky,and smooth. The taste was the same as the aroma. This is the best stout Iíve ever had. Thanks Eric!!
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 (3166) - 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 (2076) - 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 (3499) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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.