Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2004 Striking resemblance to motor oil as it pours. Tan, big-bubbled head thins out quickly, which was expected. I gave the excessive sediment a couple of months to settle, which accumulated to about three inches deep. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy and heavy, not unlike a melted milkshake. Huge molasses sweetness exudes and lingers on the lips. Aromatic and sharp roasty flavors stomp it out a little, with hop bitterness finishing the job. Notes of sherry and whiskey with a warming alcohol sensation. Cornucopia of other flavors as well, such as prunes, dark chocolate, coffee and wood. Much more complex than these words though; I’m finding it hard to come up with words to describe some of the flavors. Overall, it’s an incredible beer ... but its thickness and sediment is a little much. Wasn’t able to down the whole bottle alone (too heavy and too sweet).
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The highlight of my trips back to Iowa to visit the wife’s family is tastings with hey_kevin. In the past, I’ve gotten to sample my first tastes of Jadwiga, Dreadnaught, and Poseidon, and now he gives me Dark Lord. He’s a wonderful human being, in case anyone’s wondering. Dark, deep black, lovely oily head. Great nose, rich and strong. Lots of molasses and strong roasts plus some interestingly meaty smoke. Also, to steal heemer77’s comment, some wild mushrooms. Lovely, glorious flavor. Sweet at first, then a bit of subtle berry flavors before it comes up with a massive blast of hops and a full molasses flavor. Finish is beyond perfect, literally tasted good 10 minutes after drinking it, just sat there and allowed the great flavor to roll around my mouth. Wowzers, wowzers, and yet even more wowzers.
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 Alright, I came back to rate the 2007 version after sitting on it a few months, thanks for picking it up iowaherkeye! This once incredible brew is back to form, probably as good as ’04. 2006 rating follows. Ok, I am lowering my rating of this slightly. The last few vintages are a shadow of the 04. Still an excellent, beer, though. New tasting of the 2005 vintage. I stand by most of my previous notes. However, the aroma is a little more muted. Also, the taste is massive with chocolate and bourbon. A little unbalanced, as I notice more hops in this one. I think this would be incredible after a few years of cellaring. I have to start by saying that hey_kevin is a god!! Had this with him and milkmandan. Thanks. The Dark Lord came out to play and exceeded my expectations, by a mile. This is what all other stouts wish they were. First of all, it sticks to the side of the glass as if it were syrup. Dark as a black hole with abosolutely no chance of light penetrating this. The aroma is amazingly complex. There are strong earthy notes of oak and mushrooms. There are also sweet notes of grapes and molasses. As great a pleasure to drink as it is to smell. This has a very creamy, thick mouthfeel with flavors that linger. The beginning of each drink is sweet with vanilla and is followed by a hoppy, slight dryness. There is a finish of oak, coffee and a sweet smoked jerky. Notes of butterscotch also come through. I have tasted my new highest rated beer!
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 18, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very very dark motor-oil brown with no translucence. The aroma blends potent tones of grape, chocolate, fig, cherry, and molasses. The flavor has an overwhelmingly rich distinction of molasses, chocolate/vanilla, grape, alcohol, and raspberry. The palate is insanely complex and perhaps as full-bodied as you can get. Overall, this is the quintessential "knock-out" beer...WOW, my first beer tasted to deserve a perfect score...I’m ready for bed...Special thanks to BBB63 for this opportunity and Eric for helping my ratings!!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This stuff almost pours like dirty motor oil.Very dark and you can almost see the heavy feel it’s going to impart upon ya.malty aroma with a nice fruit side and a decent chocolate side to it.More smells then this over powered nose can handle.Very nice malt coffee taste with plenty of fruit tones and a mild chocolate coming through.Whoa,this brew really sneaks up on you if your not paying attention.More beer then i am worthy of,but i had to take Jcalbre advice and finally try it for myself.Very drinkable brew with only light hints of it’s real power.The ABV.while be definatley present is fairly decently hidden by all the other flavors and aroma’s.No wonder this brew is so sought after.It definately makes me wish i had a case of this brew for ageing.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 wow.... dark and thick while pouring, not thick like say most russian imoerial stouts, but thick like maple syrup or motor-oil... I HAVE seen motor oil thinner than this.... damn. the nose is thick with molasses, and maple... oh my god tha flavor hits in waves... strongly sweet, progressing to a deeper sweetness with a nice bitterness... id say dark fruits, but that would be a defintie underrepresentation of this particular flavor... this stuff is more like a wine than a beer. very nice. it has everything...
CapFlu (4910) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 (22oz bottle) Pours a dark-brown head and a opaque body. VERY oily. Vinous nose with alcohol and prunes. Flavour is SO thick. Oily, strong coffee and a creamy finish. A good detection of its 13% alcohol with a chocolate malt flavour. Excellent beer. Thanks Raindog for the opportunity to try this...
CyclistSarah (15) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastey, thick creamy body goes down well with a good aftertaste to be enjoyed for a while.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled version. This is a 2-part rating, the first dealing with the beer before the "yeast" pour, the second after.
Aroma is massively rich, sweet and fruity, notes of semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, grapefruit, plum, earth, pine, red grape, molasses, honey, roasty malt, vanilla, etc. etc. Thick black color with an oily sheen on the surface and a very slight dark brown head. Flavor is like a melted chocolate bar mixed with heavy cream, turkish coffee, dirt, dark, vaguely sweet fruits, more molasses and dark honey, faint nuttiness and bitterness; finishes extremely long, moderately bitter and curiously dry. Body is beyond full, this is pretty much the thickest carbonated beverage imaginable, like stout concentrate (just add water!).
Now, on to what happened when I poured out the yeast-like substance that completely infused the last 8oz. (about 1/3) of the bottle.
Pouring the gelatinous sediment just ruined the beer. It now smells like chocolate and moldy oranges. Appearance is now like something dredged out of a sewer or waste treatment plant, or 20W50 motor oil that hasn’t been changed for about 15,000 city miles. It was a struggle to even put the glass to my lips at this point, and when I took a sip I instantly regretted it. Flavor and texture are now that of old coffee grounds and talcum powder mixed into overdone pudding. Good God, what is this stuff?? It’s sure as hell not like any yeast/sediment I’ve ever seen...not powdery, not grey, but semi-liquid, thixotropic, pervasive in the extreme. It leaves a texture on the tongue that is beyond grainy and thick; absolutely disgusting. Dumping it down the drain made me feel briefly guilty for committing a crime against the environment.
Anyway, my numerical score for this beer is an average of before and after. Before sediment pour, actually quite intriguing and delicious. After, a horrible, horrible mistake that should not be inflicted upon any seeker of good beer. Just what the hell happened here?!
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with compact dark brown head. Aroma of alcohol and dark fruits. Sweet flavour of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. The finish is hoppy, dry and bitter. Full bodied. The last 10cL. in the bottle is extremely thick. Thanks Jeppe.