beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 Number ratings from 05 bottle at Nooga, but my comments include thoughts from other 05 bottles I have sampled. Black opaque pour. Huge toffee and roasty slightly-burnt coffe aroma. More of the same for flavor - lots of roasted coffee and toffee. Dark fruit flavors, like raisins and prunes come out when the beer is not too cold. Thick big bodied and creamy.
Rerate - additional notes and scores integrated from a blind stout tasting.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Bottle, bomber: Before I can even discuss this beer I have to comment on the bottle art first. The picture shown looks good but doesn’t do justice, this is a bottle that should be on display in your home once its finished. Poured an opaque black, thick, with a diminishing tan head which holds on the surface. Aromas are big and plentiful, the longer you keep your nose over this one, the more you discover, mostly coffee, brown toasted bread, choco-toffee, some dark fruits as well, complex as all hell. Flavor can’t disappoint after those aromas, and doesn’t in the least. Sweet and roasty, coffee, toast, rich dark fruits, maple syrup. Mouthfeel is full coating velvet. Like others have stated, I’ve read the hype and wanted to experiance this on my own, lives up to its rank in my opinion without a doubt.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
VINTAGE 2005. Noire ténébreuse à la faible présence de mousse. Arômes pleinement rôtis présentant aussi une touche de mousse de tourbe. Épaisse à en faire craquer la machoire…Littéralement! Profils de flaveurs initiales très rôties dont la linéarité réussis à décevoir mes énormes et irraisonnables attentes. Puis apparaît brutalement la violente horde de houblon d’une amertume et d’une persistance extrême. L’alcool est bien caché considérant le taux indiqué. Encore une fois, l’amertume excessive et démesurée refuse de nous quitter. Cette version serait apparemment marginalement différente de la dernière. Une expérience marquante et extrêmement intense en sensation mais d’un déséquilibre marqué à mon goût.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was very pleased to finally get to try this after all the hype. Had a very burnt arma and flavor. Nutty and charcoal. like my stout had a barbeque appearance. however, it was pretty saweet, especially out of a coffee cup at 6 AM. had a very creamy feel to it.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 22oz bottle, 05 vintage. Opaque black with big foamy dark beige head. Coffee, caramel, toffee, and a bracing of alcohol in the aroma. Roast malt, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean flavors. Viscous almost to a fault. Mouthfeel is that of a malted milkshake.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. I had great expectations to this beer and they were all fulfilled. Black appearance. Viscid texture. Toffee and coffee dominate the flavour. Finish is presenting you for a great creamy chocolate experience. There are so many different experiences in this brew, it completely overwhelms you. It like a damn good liquid chocolate cake.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Big thanks to robanion. Nose-grape, dark fruits, coffee, fig, and dates. Body is inky black with a ring of bubbles. taste-bitter, grape, lots of dark chocolate, and tannins. Reminds me of the taste of chocolate baking powder. Very dry. The tannins and richness really come out as it warms.
Kevin (2120) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
lets see here, i am told i have a bottle of the dark lord awaiting me thanks to the largess of robanion. i am excited, very excited. then i here that bierkoning has a friend coming into the dallas area and is interested in a few beers to trade, so lump and i decide that we will give up some of our prized beers. i give some that i have not had, as does he. then he tells me, i gave him the dark lord, i think, just for a moment mind you, damn you kristian(sp?), i wanted that beer. then i am reminded that robanion supplied us with 2, so we are good. what follows is the notes of that beer split between lumpy and myself tonight while hanging at his house and watching bad cable tv, thanks for the beer robanion, hope you like the beers chritian(sp?)
strong roasted aroma and more than a bit of alcohol, fruit notes of raspberry, cherry, coffee, lots of coffee. very amarettoish. thick mouthfeel. a rush of flavors come through in this viscous syrup of joy noteably: chocolate, strawberry, mocha, espresso, donuts, and caramel. the finish is wonderful. the alcohol accentuates everything nicely and leaves a chocolate brownie flavor. there is a lingering cherry flavor to go with the warming nature of this beer. this is a great impy, this reminds me of a well made chocolate mallt at the malt shop in anna.simply fantastic. thanks again robanion
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to jables for this beer.
Poured black with a small creamy mocha head. Tilting the snifter allows the beer to coat the sides. Aroma is extremely rich... cocoa, molasses, dark fruits. Sweet, invigorating, wonderful. The first aroma that I honestly can’t think of how to improve upon. The taste is terrific in its own right. Chocolate, dark fruits, a small touch of roasted coffee, with a mild sweetness and a dry finish. I can’t really taste the alcohol, which surprises me. Much more balanced than I expected. A brilliantly crafted beer worthy of the praise bestowed upon it.
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 2005 Bottle @ The Map Room. Poured a deep deep black with a syrupy consistency. Low-profile, but powerfully dense brown head. Aroma had just about everything good that you can put into a beer... coffee, molasses, roasted malts, dark fruits, alcohol. Those flavors and more hit the palate with tremendous force. Subtlety is not the Dark Lord’s style, and I would have been dissapointed if it hadn’t been so thick. Alcohol was well-subdued by the power of the other flavors... aside from a bit of a warming effect going down, and what happens when you decide to stand up again :) Balance was very good. Finish was long and full of coffee and a little bourbon.
2008 bottle thanks to David & Blake. Poured thick, deeper black with a short creamy cap of deep tan head. The aroma picked up heavier dark chocolate, molasses, and vinous notes with heavy pine and almost citrusy hoppage.. rather spicy on the back. The flavor had rich molasses, chocolate, and vanilla with spicy pine and citrusy bitterness.. heavier yet on the back with a warm, but well-balanced finish.. tasty! Thick and viscous on the palate with lots of bitterness and heavy malts.. well-balanced. 8 5 9 5 18