jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Chuck for letting me sample this so early in my beer rating career.
Head looks like chocolate ice cream. Dark tan and very thick stays around. Black color. Pours like 10w30 motor oil. Tingles on the palate. Very strong and bitter. Caramel, thick malty taste. Think espresso beans in chocolate all ground up. Very full-bodied.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 2007 vintage Wow! This beer is back to itís former glory. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a thin dark tan head. The aroma is phenomenal. Strong notes of rhubarb and strawberry laced dark chocolate and coffee. The palate is the first thing that hits. Rich and full bodied, creamy, pudding. Holy cow! Back to the 2004 quality. The flavor is chocolate, rich and fully complex. Coffee, yeasty pudding, chocolate, light rhubarb. 9, 5, 9, 5, 18 = 4.6
Chuck opened one to share on a condition that I share one of mine with him. Thanks Chuck! First of all, if the appearance could be a 6, thatíd be fine by me. Thick, permanent brown head thatís like chocolate mousse atop a thick motor oil black body. We wonder what candlepower would be necessary to shine through this. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, molasses. The flavor is very roasted. Coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, espresso, grass hops hide under the big malts. The palate is ultra thick, lingering, alcohol, good carbonation. 9/5/8/4/18 = 4.4
Resampled on 8/20/05 with my brother. I upped the flavor 1 notch. Also, the alcohol is covered up a bit more than when first sampled. 9/5/9/4/18 = 4.5
Sampled a 2004 red-waxed bottle per Todd, the non rater beer guy. THANKS! This version is MUCH better. Although, the scores are very similar, its so different and MUCH, MUCH better. FFF, bring back the original version! The beer has a full mouthfeel and is VERY thick and viscous. I even drank the sediment it was so good. The beer has a gorgeous head atop a dark black body. It is a tan/dark brown head with excellent retention and lacing, even in the 30+ oz challis we poured it into. The flavor is the richest, maltiest, most chocolate laced beer ever. The palate is VERY viscous and coating. Better and more mellow than the 2005 version. I did dock a point on the aroma, but that was likely due to the glass size. 8/5/10/5/18 = 4.6
frankenkitty (1961) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Cornfield for getting me some of this from the DL Release Party.
"What the hellís a íreverse cascading head?í " I asked myself, unknowingly pouring a-little-too-high in the glass. I was then forced to helplessly watch a small head transmogrify exponentially over the rim like an 8th-grade Science Fair project. "OK... got it." This beer poured black and viscous with one of the darkest heads Iíve ever seen. Incredible lace made me shudder as it faced me with a skeletal grin, like a deathís head moth (<a href=http://www.workinlate.com/images/beer/DarkLor for Image). Incredible potency in its aromas of burnt, strong coffee. Flavor hit the tongue with a chocolate sweetness, then transformed into a thick, bitter monster. Full bodied; silky yet glutinous. Three Cheers for Three Floyds!
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sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Weak on the nose, yet that is all I have to say this beer is lacking, too noticable alcohol. nice molassas and vanilla. Huge mouthfeel, and richness of taste! I NEED MORE!!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2005 Stare into this glass... just stare into the ebony whirlpool...what is it that roils just there under the surface? Where? What do you mean where? ...Why canít you see it?... Just there...it was...it WAS right there! Dear God! Itís gone! Or am I feverish...is it my head that spins or the room...? I stagger, clutching at the rim, scrawny fingers slipping, and then...Iím reeling headlong into that terrible black maw that yawns to receive me... Suddenly I canít breathe! Which way is up, for godís sake? I suck desperately for air, for one last pathetic bit of life...But why do I struggle so...why do I try so fearfully to hold on...why donít I... just...let...go...? And so, just like that, I do. I relax...relinquish my terror...and simply let go...letting loose of my vise-like grip on this dubious claim that I have, that we all have, on this make-shift mortal coil... And now?...Now I live here...with the Lord of the Dark...in his domain and in his dominion...now and forever!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 2006 bomber, consumed August 2006.
Black ink spills forth, pouring slightly thinner than previous vintages and cascading into the snifter with muddy edges and a sparsely populated, dark tan sawdust head. Aroma ejects outright evil matter. Chocolate port, scorched anise, plum pudding caramelized to the cusp of cinder, blackberry puree with dark chocolate seeping into the porous matter, and boozy blackened caramel. Pervasive oil seeps in, planting flavors of stark espresso with a profoundly rich French pressed bitterness. Black currant, meet blackberry jam. Now dance. Oozing black plums in a boozed out pool of melted Ghirardelli squares, Irish cream and Godiva liquor. Dark chocolate fornicates with liquidized turtle candies - what once was chunky chocolates is now a thick, steady stream. Oily weight and triple batched espresso transcend mouth feelings and flavors. Black patent tangos with coffee and overcompensates slightly, but itís "black" thatís the foundational treatise of the beer and you canít alter that rebellious nature. Flame licked plum sauce captures the finish on scorched crŤme brŻlťe, oozing down the tongue flanks in its final hour.
2005 bomber, consumed May 2005.
Thickest pour known to man. A deep, dark, impenetrable mass. Heavy, dense, formidable lacing on the sides of the snifter, worthy of its own exhibit at the Louvre. Aroma is molasses, cherries, burnt rubber, mocha and blackberry jam. Robust and full-bodied in flavor. Vibrant coffee strikes fast and hard, then transitions to a deliciously roasted chocolate covered espresso bean. Strikingly bitter. Everything is in perfect harmony. Life is really f*ckiní good right now. Coats the palate like wax, with a little spiciness trapped underneath that glossy layer. Great, dense, heavy. Nectar of the gods. Canít taste the ABV but youíre feeling pretty good early on. Finish is roasted, no, charred almonds. By all means, one of the finest beers Iíve ever had.
2004 bomber, consumed with friends, April 2006.
Oh hell yeah.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 2005 bottle: Aroma of dark, burnt coffee, licorice, chocolate. All of that with an earthy twist to it. Some noticable alcohol. Full roasted coffee flavor that just lasts and lasts and lasts... Initally sweet but then it has this musty and bitter finish. Full, thick palate. Yummy. 2004 bottle sampled at 2005 release party. Thanks for sharing! It was the last brew in my New Belgium worthy before dropping it on the pavement. Luckily I didnít drop the case of 2005 Dark Lord I was carrying.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 brown frothy head, impenetrable brown color. nutty, rich aroma, the flavor is a bit too sweet, with coffe, licorice, malt (a very complex brew). but this brew grows on you the more you drink (and we drank several at the dark lord party). the afterbite is very pleasingly bitter, and it sticks with you for a while. overall, an enjoyment.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 From the bottle (one of a few), enjoyed at the Dark Lord Release Party, Three Floyds. (And a round of applause to Nick Floyd and the other 3F folk for handling the massive RateBeerian invasion so well!) Over hyped? Too extreme? How about... this is a great beer. It pours out black with a substantial brown head that does some fun lacing as you drink. (Of course, it got more fun the more DL that I drank.) The aroma is rich with coffee and sweet malts and roasted malts and molasses with traces of licorice and vanilla and alcohol and a brief hit of the hops... and it got more complex as it warmed. This demonic stout is huge with malt, subtle on the coffee, big on a well-melded mixture of flavors. The finish is bittersweet, both in the dry aftertaste and in the realization that youíve just emptied the glass. (Forunately, there is still more to be had!) An excellent vintage.
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DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Bottle, at the Dark Lord Release Party, 3 Floyds. So Iím first to get to a computer after sampling the 2005 vintage. Thanks to Cornfield, Rayboy01 and others who went in with me to buy and split a bottle so I didnít have to crack into my one purchase. So. Over the top, or overhyped? Well, it pours with a big nose of coffee and toffee and molasses, thatís for sure. Stuff is like a thin maple syrup. I got a few minutes of entertainment just tilting the glass back and forth to see the beer filter back down through its head. Taste is not as "extreme" as, say, the DFH WWS. Just big on malts. Kind of drips over the tongue, and leaves a coating on the glass like shellac. Once Iíve made some room in the glass, I can get a brandy snifter effect. So how should I react to this? Itís a really excellent beer, and I should actually give it ups for NOT trying to blow me away. Is it "5" worthy? Guess Iíll have to go with the rating Iíve got for now, then decide again when my new bottle has aged a while.