DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008
Rum, coffee bean and dark chocolate aroma. Fantastic, smooth flavor. Berries, chocolate, the chocolatey side of coffee, vanilla and sweet brown cane sugar underneath. This stuff is fantastic considering how new it is.
<h5>’04 Bottling. - 7 4 10 5 20</h5>
Opaque black body, short-lived thin brown head.
Quite viscous, foam and liquid cling to the side of the glass when swirled.
I’m not getting much aroma, some fruity bittering hops, and burnt coffee with chocolate and molasses.
It’s hard to see because of the dark color, but there’s a lot of dusty yeast particles floating around.
Big big flavor and mouthfeel.
The first half of the flavor features intense chocolate roast, vinous flavors and a cane sugar sweetness.
Finishes with coffee bitterness, which seems to be a combination of malt and the Floyds’ usual hopping flavors.
Decadently creamy mouthfeel, one its strongest points.
A very enjoyable beer - I’ve had others with big flavors but they were always unpleasantly heavy on the alcohol.
I can’t taste ANY alcohol in this beer, which I greatly appreciate.
Black body with a long-lasting tan head which after it settles down leaves a uniform coating on the glass.
Overall it has a sweet aroma of cream and chocolate, leafy hops, a touch of rum alcohol too.
There’s an extravaganza of malt in the flavor; barleywine-esq dark fruited malts (cherries, plum) along with rich french press coffee and dark chocolate. In the roasty, sweet finish that classic Floyd’s hop character comes through.
This stuff coats botht the inside of your glass and mouth, but not in that grainy way last year’s batch did. It’s just hugely rich, that’s all.
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 wow! sealed by wax. wooh. what is perfect? i don't know. it's just sticky on the lips yet not in the mouth, heavy heavy thick... this is something thick. it's a milkshake? well, try this. read the commercial description.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Unacceptable bottling and murky/strong yeasty grainy flavor = lower score. Come on, guys. Do it right! ~~Cask. First impressions were: "its like sludge" and "not a session beer." Black as night, strong as love and thick as thieves. Barely enough hops to make it drinkable. Lingering sticky, heavy finsh. Sweetness of molasses, stewed plums and amped-up espresso. Alcohol evident but never overpowering.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Maproom: Truly opaque with a very good creamy tan head and insane lace. The aroma hints of figs, burnt chocolate malts, leathery and earthy yeast esters, molasses, and espresso. The taste is an extreme heavy handed malt and pungent bitter hops combination. Attacks the palate with brutal effectiveness. Smoky, coffee, and twangy fruit notes as well. The mouthfeel is the thickest I've ever had in a beer, chewy doesn't describe it, would be a six if I could rate it that high. Oh my god (which I repeated like 10 times) when first approaching and tasting this beer. A beer with few equals. YUMMY!
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2012 04 Cask Opaque black with an awesome tan head and lace as well. Aroma fell alittle short, but still found notes of hops, charred and roasted coffee, some dark fruit and warming alcohol. Taste hits you like none other, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some alcohol here as well. Thick, chewy, HUGE mouthfeel. Made your lips just stick to the glass! How awesome.
04 Bottled... Still had the same nice body, on the top half of the bottle. The bottom half was down right putrid, not deserving of a 3.
05 Bottled... Certainly has lost the body that the 04 once had, but the entire bottle tasted pretty darn good. Worthy of a 4. My overall rating still reflects the pre-bottling cask Mar 04.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque black colour.
Malty and fruity aroma with tones of soy sauce and grains.
Coffee flavour with lots of alcohol and a roundness in the palate that is well worth mentioning
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewery: They dug some of this out for the RateBeer summer party and I'm glad that they did. Black color, Molasses, smokey coffee/chocolate aroma. This is a beer that I could spend all day sniffing. Stick chewy palate, sweet all the way through. This velvety motor oil is amazing, I can still taste it a week later.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge smoky sweet luscious aroma. A bit of roast and loads of dark fruit, some piney hops. Body is succulent, loads of dark fruit, molassesy as well. So much more subtle than I expected. A velevet hammer.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2003 Okay - ahem, since a few folks out there are not quite in tune with my deadpan style of humour, I shall submit a very sober-minded review of the Dark Lord, removing all hint of sarcasm from my notes. Black w/ dark brown head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, wood, light coffee, peach and wonderfully extracted malts. Rich palate - huge malts bludgeon the tongue with pleasure. Long, dry, chewy, toffeeish. Wonderful stuff this is. For once, and American hype-brew that is fully worthy of the attention slathered upon it.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(RBSG2003): My first perfect score, and with good reason -- this is an amazing beer! Pitch black body with small brown head. Aroma is rich, plum/raisin, malty, moderately sweet, some anise. Taste is BIG! Dark fruit, sweet, rich, chococoffee. WOW! Finish is chococoffee, dark fruity with alcohol warming.