mds (2201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. wow, five top 50ís in a row, RBSG is the place to be. pitch black body with a medium sized mocha head. roasty chocolate aroma, notes of raisins and dark fruits. humungous roasted malt flavour, raisins, espresso, and chocolate. lots of warm alcohol. very palatable - silky smooth. This really is a huge beer and I think itís worth the hype...awesome.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 17, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Here we go. The much anticipated Dark Lord. Overpriced right from the get go. The beast pours pitch black in itís thick, syrupy pour. A good sized brown head graced the top of this beer after the pour. Aroma was hoppy, chocolate and coffee all perfectly blended into one. The mouthfeel on this beer was out of this world. Soft and full in your entire mouth. The taste had a tad bit of alcohol twinge to it. But, the other flavors were fantastic. Coffee, hops, chocolate, smokiness, it is all there. This beer is close to perfect, but WAY overpriced.
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:chocolate and alcohol....
Appearance:Dark,good tan head....
Flavor:Alcohol,big roasted flavor,coffee...
Very good beer but i think is a litle bit over rated.....
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2004) for rating #1200: Viscous pour, black in color, very black, thin dark brown head, who cares about the rest... HOLY CRAP this is black!   Big aroma of heavily roasted malts, lots of sweetened soy, mixed with chocolate, coffee, a whole lotta raisins, vanilla, and almonds... CHRIST, what isnít in this beer.   Heavy soy base, quite sweet, totally syrupy, molasses, burnt malts, and very raisiny.   Damn this is BIG.   Big bodied, VERY viscous mouthfeel.   Towards the end it becomes a bit cloying, but perhaps I shoulda just kept myself to only an 8oz serving instead of the whole bottle.   Speaking of which, the bottom 2 or 3 inches was complete sludge, WOW!   Long lingering finish of sweet soy, raisins, and molasses.   Seems slightly vinous as well.   Gotta give a big thanks to DavidP for sending me this last year.
DYCSoccer17 (3302) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Bottle RBSG. Aroma is malty, roasty, chocolatey with some roasts. It has a mild plastic-like aroma as well. Inky, opaque black color with a nice brown lacing. EXTREMELY roasty. Holy crap, this is roasted and toasted. There is some bitterness with coffee/cocoa flavor thatís very aggressive. Some hoppiness to finish. This beer is a bit dry for me. I am kind of disappointed. This is a very nice beer, but just doesnít seem to be the #2 overall beer IMO. I thought the Thirsty Dog stout I had blew this one away.
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. Pitch black colour with a frothy tan head. Coffee, chocolate, fruity, toffee, raisin, and even some light citrus in the aroma. Raisin, chocolate, caramel, roasty, grapefruit, and fruity flavours. No sign of alcohol. Very full bodied, thick, rich, and smooth.
GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Mine had orange wax on it. This beer is perfect in almost every way. I can die happy now. This beer starts good and finishes with a long array of flavors. Coffee came out the strongest, but chocolate, malt, some hops, caramel, and so many other flavors combined into this amazing beer.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím really not that impressed, its big (so much sludge) and milk chocolatey, everything is really just burried in the size of it.
pinkzambia (1436) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks to Indiana_Red on this one that a rookie like myself is enjoying such a highly rated beer for my 25th rating! It pays that I married his cousin! In this brew there are big time aromas of coffee/espresso and charcoal. It is thick and oily with a lively carbonation. Three words come to my mind: sugary, sticky and creamy. If you like imperial stouts - this is one of the best!
IndianaRed (2339) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Bottle No.500 Pours a thick oily black. Head was a large tan foamy layer that probly was perturbated by an overly agressive pour. Similar to the DFH and Expedition Maybe let it warm up too much. The aroma was not as strong as I expected but a very nice, dark roasted, molassas, coffee and tootsie roll ensemble was teh scene. Flavors were similar but more of the classic roasted, charcoal almost fireplace taste. the palate was rich and smooth but the fairly hugh carbonation interfered a bit. Seemed to be well balanced and spliting this 3 ways with pinkzambia and Buck Dich was just fine.
An excelent brew that a years worth of self inflicted hype slightly over shadowed I will be sure to revisit this in a few months when I hit my cellar for another.