legion242 (2323) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful nose- heavy alcohol, but very inviting. Little bit of burnt wood in there too. Very dark (Duh!) with great lace and legs. No head. First taste is very burnt. A little ashy.VERY full mouthfeel. Almost like cream. Definitely some vanilla and molasses. Alcohol hides itself fairly well until it hits your head.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer poured a blood red concoction w/ brown highlights and it coated my glass! Very plum and raisin sweetness w/ sour ferm fruit. Chocolate and coffee, plums and raisins, light molasses sweet. Very dense and creamy, and full bodied. Thank you Dr. Bill!!!!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
To be totally honest, I was overly excited to try this beer. When I got that red wax sealed cap off the smell immediately said "wow," this might be great. The appearence was jet black; thicker than any other beer I have ever seen and with more sediment than I had ever seen in a beer. The flavor was good, but the beer was just too thick and the deep layer of sludge at the bottom of the bottle adds to the grittiness/thickness of the mouthfeel. The finish actually made me craze something thinner to wash the beer down as this beer was literally like drinking motor oil with it thickness. From other reviews, I can respect this beer, but it doesnít suit me in that sense. Rather, I am very glad I was able to experience it, but not know that hype sometimes has alot to do with ratings rather than honest, unbiased reviews. Give it try, maybe your review will be better than mine.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This came in a menacing looking 22oz bomber that was dipped in red wax to give the appearance of being sealed in blood. A cartoon picture of the dark lord is on the label as well to add to the overall Dark Lord theme. Looking like the used oil at jiffy lube this stuff pours out as thick as I have ever seen. It is pitch black almost verging on sucking in all surrounding. The head starts impressively before falling into a cap of bubbles and leaving not lacing but a film over any portion of the glass that it comes in contact with. Aroma is of chocolate covered berries, molasses and roasted malts. The flavor is tremendous standing out much more than the scent with chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruits blending for a complex palette experience. A slight coffee bitter aftertaste is also present as well as a slightly sour taste as it warmed. Mouthfeel is ridiculous I have had nothing as thick as this ever and it is amazing. It coats the entire mouth and sits heavy on the tongue, very nice. Drinkability is also excellent there is no sign of the 13% anywhere in this monster. The thickness is the only thing that slowed me down while drinking it. Impressive in all ways I highly recommend this to anyone, hopefully I can come across more bottles of this in the future.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle - fairly subtle malty sweet, roasty nose. Black as night. No head to speak of. About the consistency of Pepto-Bismol, but soft. Malty sweet. Dark fruits some coffee. Deep. Unbelievably smooth, especially at 13%. Beautiful beer. Hey, Mark Romero - ya got another? Thanks, Buddy!
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
No head, dark body of very thick density in appearance. Fruits, roasted, crystal grains, caramel, alcohol and many other pleasing aromatic components. In my mouth, balanced toward the sweetness with hints of caramel but also roasted flavors. Thick feeling, very warming! Full bodied (liquorous, very thick). Wow! A thing to remember for good! Thanks god for that true masterpiece but thanks also MartinT for making this marvelous experience happen! Sampled at MartinTís place with other RateBeerians for the "Montrealís Voyager Par Les Papillesí first tasting session".
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Original Rating (2004 vintage, 8-3-10-4-18=4.4): Subtle and complex aroma emerges more and more as it warms - vanila, chocolate, floral hops, sweet, malty, fruity, nutty, mildly roasty... Opaque, dark brown and still, heavy, dark and viscous with nice legs that coat the glass but no head whatsoever. Sweet honey, molasses and marzipan flavours with subtle insinuations of orange-pine-grapefruit citrus hops. Alternates back and forth between sweetness and intense roasted malts. Thick, syrupy body is just shy of being cloying. Alcohol never apparent - this Dark Lord has nice manners. Certainly a beer to be shared, abeer to be contemplated, a beer to be enjoyed, respected and even celebrated. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, Lubiere, MartinT, Rastacouere and SimonB.
Rerate (2005 vintage, 7-4-7-4-14=3.6): Very roasty aroma with green, leafy hops. Alcohol is very present. Opaque dark brown with deep brown head that recedes to a lasting cover. Linear flavour is sweet up front followed by a big roasted malt character that leaves a lasting bitterness in the mouth. Bitterness seems to obscure any chocolate, malt, or fruity character. Thick, rich mouthfeel is very sticky and syrupy in texture woth no carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere for Martinís íBachelor Partyí!
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a pitch black color with no head. The first thing that surprises me about this beer is the low intensity aroma, I tought I would have huge roasted malts in the nostrils but all I could detect was some alcohol, a bit of a deception but other elements will largely make up for it. Powerfull, mind blowing flavor of roasted malt ,alcohol, hops and a sweetness I canít put my finger on. That was nice, then the palate, oh my god !! this beer has a huge, humongous, monstrous body, with a viscous motor oil-like texture and soft carbonation. There is only one word to describe this beer : cochon (Tm MartinT) !!
Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 No sludge bottle. No head to cover this tar black oil body. Who cares about head anyway, letís not bother with such futile details. Restrained aroma, hypothesis that the huge body keeps it from expressing, but itís still lacking in the department. You have to fight to get a not so exciting vinous alcohol nose, though you would never expect 13%. Slight fruity hints when warming, mild cocoa, even milder roastiness. Who cares about aroma anyway? Letís not bother with such futile details. There it comes, the palate baby, the mouthfeel! Heavy, oily, thicker than syrup, fuller than 35% cream, neglectable carbo is just fitting perfectly with that beast. Chocolate cream. Easily the thickest beer in the universe as I imagine it. Taste comprises of extreme molasses. Big honey/maple sweetness. Excessive sweetness in fact, this never aimed to be balance and it isnít. It remains rather sustained and with nice subtle nuance for a 13% beer with no in your face flavours, it just wants to be heavy. Well contained hoppiness (flower, herbs, grapefruit), chocolatey. It doesnít taste fully fermented ultimately, but again, this has to be an effect from the mouthfeel. It just tastes incredibly sweet and without much of the fruitiness Iíd like in an impy. Cloying finish, unique. 1 yr certainly did it good because as it is now, it tastes like malt syrup mixed with molasses. Extremely challenging and pleasant beer to try, but in small quantities. A beer to share, a beer to be scared of, a beer to admire. Congratz to the people at FFF for their adventurous nature and thanks to raindog (what happened to him?) for the bottle.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at Marinaro500ís gathering. God bless the kind soul who brought two bottles of this joy. It is big and bad!!! Thick, chewey, with so many damn elements going on it is overwhelming. Worth the hype!!!