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 (1584) - 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 (2738) - 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.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared this with Hopdog and TomDecapolis. Wow. Dark black/brown body with a brown frothy head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Creamy smooth body with coffee, cherry and burned malts in a well balanced and full flavor. Alcohol adds a nice warming touch to an excellent imperial stout.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yep, yet another perfect rating for DL. Iíve tended to be skeptical of the hype that quite a few beers out there have but this one came through completely (unlike Westy 12).
Bomber. Poured into a snifter an absolutely opaque black with a massive dark chesnut head. Just looking at the pour you knew the body was going to be incredible. Aroma hit you with the molasses but not unfavorably so. The nose progressed into coffee, chocolate and roasted malt with sweet caramel and toffee lingering around. I got a bit of oakiness out of it though it may be from the vanilla that is used in this beer. Flavor destroys your palate. It had everything going on that was in the aroma, and yet a decent ester profile (cherries and dark dried fruits) managed its way through the massive roasted malt and chocolate and coffee flavor. Hops were minimal in the flavor, but there was definitely adequate hop bitterness to balance this beast. At 13%, I was surprised that the sweetness was fairly moderate, but given all that was going on in this beer, I guess everything was in correct balance. I got no alcohol in this at all though my sample size was small, Iím sure I would have felt it more had I consumed the whole bomber, but in the flavor, none was found. Mouthfeel was perfectly smooth with a complementing amount of carbonation. Full bodied and syrupy, but far from ísludgyí as the previous years DL was described. Wow....
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2005 Bomber. Thanks to Oak for an awesome tasting. This guy was involved in a three-way competition at a tasting I went to yesterday. Dark Lord butted heads with Stone RIS and Alesmith Speedway and came out victorious. The pour is opaque obsidian black. I canít tell if there are any particulates or sediment in my glass at all simply because light canít penetrate far enough in to reflect off of them. The head is almost as dark as the beer -- a deep sepia with some reverse-flow bubbling. The carbonation pushed the center of the head up so much that the bubbles on the outside appeared to be flowing down. Once the head dissipated (fairly quickly due to alcohol), I could get a better concept of the aroma. It was initially dark, dried fruits -- cherries and raisins -- followed by an espresso smell melded with chocolate and roasted malts. Hop profile is hard to get to, but thereís something earthy going on. Thereís a little molasses there, too, but not overpoweringly so. The palate was amazing. It falls somewhere between heavy cream and crude oil. Itís viscous and thick, but not to the point that it sticks around too long after you swallow it. The flavor is immense as well -- tons of roasted malt with a some coffee in the finish. Exceptionally well balanced, maintaining its sweetness through the finish without becoming cloying. Dried fruits are still there, but take on the roasty quality of the malt, unlike in the aroma. Molasses and vanilla are much less notable than in the aroma, giving way to a chocolaty sweetness instead. The finish is amazingly clean for as huge a beer as it is. Simply mind-blowing.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Props to hopdog for sharing this bomber. Poured black with a dark tan head that stuck around and laced the glass nicely. Very smooth and creamy. Coffee in the finish. A step above Victory Stormking (my previous top Imperial Stout). Can taste the alcohol a bit in the finish. I need to get my hands on some more of these, but I may have to move out of PA to do that. Bottle art is the best I have come across.
Just had a 2006 bottle and my numbers stay the same. What an amazing beer. Aroma and flavor full of coffee, vanilla, molasses, roasty goodness, hints of smoke, dark fruits, so smooth and creamy. Almost tempted to go 10-10 on Aroma/Flavor.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
í05 vintage acquired in trades with atpayne & beerhandy (thanks!). Poured a dark as night black with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of stronger coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, some dark fruits, and molasses. Very light alcohol in the finish. Tastes came through and got better as I drank more. A burnt roasty quality and dark cherries came out. Smooth and creamy body. I have an í04 vintage and Iím curious to how this one tastes.
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 doesnít 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 canít disappoint after those aromas, and doesnít in the least. Sweet and roasty, coffee, toast, rich dark fruits, maple syrup. Mouthfeel is full coating velvet. Like others have stated, Iíve read the hype and wanted to experiance this on my own, lives up to its rank in my opinion without a doubt.