thedm (4997) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 OK, on to the Dark Lord. I had heard so many things about this one that I almost shit when I hear they had an aged growler of it for us at the RateBeer Summer Gathering 2003. It poured a small head of dark brown fine to large sized bubbles. It has a mild coffee molasses aroma. The body of this brew is something to behold. It is dark, thick and I mean thick! 70,000 mile old motor oil thick and black as a black hole in space. It has a very strong coffee flavor that was suprisingly smooth initially then finished with a lingering burning sensation from the alcohol. It is definately in a class of its own! Truely a masterpiece! All hail the Dark Lord!
2006 Release Rerate:
This bottled brew from the brewery at the release party poured a head of foamy finely sized dark brown colored bubbles that was mostly lasting and left behind an opaque black colored body and a very good oily lacing. The mild aroma was malty with chocolate coffee hop and dark malt notes. The mildly vinous mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong mild vinous hop dark malt aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of hops dark malt chocolate and coffee. Delicious and one I would certainly love to buy again. All hail the Dark Lord!
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark dark black. Aroma and flavor are full of coffee, malt and a strong sense of alcohol. A great mix of whatever is in there. Definitely a top 10 beer.
BeerMonkey (11) - Lansing, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Dark Lord definitely lives up to its name. It is thick, syrupy, and a perfect dessert drink or night cap. Brandy beware, the night belongs to my sweet Dark Lord.
omhper (20326) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from growler, thanks hopsrus!!
Thick like oil, black as coal. No head, of course. Chocolate and fruit aroma. Raisiny huge maltiness, you nearly need a knife to cut it. Soft mouthfeel and a syrupy sweetness. Extremely complex. Rich, wonderfully flavourful and with the typical 3 Floyds softness, but on the sweet side for me.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 ’05 Bottle. The best of three vintages IMHO. Burnt, viscous, vinious, deep earth tones and tobacco. This beer is the best of the previous two vintages. The head adn mouthfeel are perfect. Not over-the-top but well proportioned. They have finally perfected this monster.
Dogbrick (8902) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deepest gratitude to T.A.R. for this wicked beer, bottled from growler. This beer pours like it comes from the Land of Shadow itself. I expected to see the Eye of Mordor appear over the freshly poured glass. Completely black as Doom with a very thin dark beige head. Aroma is not subtle, it is mostly coffee, malt and alcohol. The flavor doesn't bother tip-toeing around either. Warming alcohol flavor gets progressively stronger as it warms, but never snuffs out the other flavors of cocoa, coffee, surprisingly sweet malt, and raisins. There are enough hops in the finish to keep it from being too much. This beer is utterly perfect in every respect.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Today I dive into the enigma that is the Dark Lord. 12oz. bottled from a growler. Pours very thick and black with almost no head. As I sit here a head does grow apon the beer as it waits patiently. A fine yellow tan froth is a good description. Just to see exactly how "Dark" this beer really is, I plugged in a 500 watt Halogen work light and held the beer in front of it in a clear Chimay chalice. Not a drop of light could be seen though it! Now thats DARK! . To me, the aroma of this is definately coffee, vanilla and molasses just as the commercial description says. I also have to say that it has a slight Salami smell. No its not my glass! I do not get a chocolate aroma from this brew. Sipping this beer, I must admit it is thicker than any beer I have yet tried, similar in consistency to half and half. Big sweet malt taste, with nuts and butter on the back end. Very creamy and velvety on the palate. The flavor has gotten a little grape note as it warmed a few degrees. A wonderful beer that is like no other. It does not have the Aroma or the Complexity of a Wesvleteren 12, but hey they just started making this and Iam sure it is only going to get better!
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big roasted chocolate aroma. Flavor of bittersweet chocolate comes through in the body, and there is no way you would guess this is 13%. The vanilla comes through ever so slightly in the finish. A true classic.
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Growler. The nose is a little flat but still good. You can't pass light through it. The flavor is strong, with heavy coffee, a little vanilla, and some maple flavors. Very strong, with high alcohol finish. I marked it a little low based on the high coffee which just isn't me but a great overall beer. Very happy to have made my buddy drive out of his way to get it.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 bottled from a growler. This poured super super thick and super super dark leaving no room for anything but blackness..no head at all..the aroma was kalamata olive, chocolate, dark plum, and burnt things and a mesmorizing alcohol heatedness that warms your nostrils..low carbination..maybe lost in flight..super thick and creamy mouthfeel almost like having melted chocolate in your mouth without burning yourself..now the flavor is where this beer blossoms..chocolatey, coffeeish, vanilla, fruit juice, more chocolate, some tangy oranges dipped in double black chocolate...chocolate covered cherries..smoother than any other beer i have ever had..like a throat filled with cashmere.. the alcohol is completely hidden in the taste..now i know how a car feels when it gets an oil change..mmmm..and a dessertish sweet ending...I want to take another sip but my lips are stuck together..THank you HopsRUs..Points deducted for the bottled version being much less enjoyable than the bottled draft version.