firstsip (590) - Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 on tap. Black. Nice tan head. Great sweet chocolate, coffee nose. Full creamy body. Tastes of dark chocolate with a mild coffee profile and the slightest note of dry hopping to balance it out. Very solid.
Petkus331 (329) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2015 on tap. Aroma of brownie batter. Appears like coffee with caramel foam and lace. Tastes very sweet of milk chocolate and biiter coffee grounds. Mellow fizziness. Overall, needs to be aged 1-2 years, but very good.
queenholly (3371) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 bottle shared with my Girls Pint Out chapter. I’ve had this every year since 2009, and I somehow forgot to rate it. Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and vanilla aroma. Black, viscous with a small tan head. Dark fruit, , molasses, coffee, chocolate, anise, roasty malt, and vanilla flavor. Full silky body, soft carbonation. Very rich and complex. I drank some in 2010, and it cellared beautifully. It’s much smoother and the flavors have melded and become more complex.
aleigator (398) - GERMANY - APR 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark lord ’11 vintage
Many thanks to Kevin for providing the bottle.
Pours a viscous, black color, with a decent, fizzy head.
Exhibits an intriguing nose between bakers chocolate, molasses, toffee, toasted malts and marmelade among a warming alcohol presence. The chocolate aromas are incredible rich on the nose, with all other flavors illustrating it, and chocolate being easily the most dominant ingedient of the beer. The aromas promise a sweeter, complex beer, leaning on toffee, caramel, dried fruits and cane sugar, against charred malts and cold, black coffee.
The beer provides an incredible smooth mouthfeel, revealing its intriguing depth.
Tastes of milk chocolate and earthy toffee, both flavors building the luscious foundation of the beer. Cold pressed coffee acts as a counterpart to the sweeter ingedients, effectivly supported by charred malts and a note of tobacco. On top of that settles a decadent amount of molasses, coating up the other flavors of the beer. During the finish a warm alcohol burn supports the sweet chocolate, providing a rich taste of alcoholic, glazed and earthy pralines.
The beer reveals an incredible depth of flavors, which convince, based on the interplay between chocolate and cold coffee, accompanied by carbonized, earthy malts, setting the balance of the brew. The beer ends just the way it started - sweet, while its middlepart lends a huge amount of bitterness and dryness to the taste, handling its sweeter aspects in a very convincing way, while dried fruits act as a hot peak to the taste. It drinks dangerously easy, no alcohol is detectable at any stage.
Zakoon (187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home, 2014 bottle. Pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma is sweet and light roasted malt, molasses, raisins, hint of cherries, coffee, some alcohol. Flavour is very sweet balancing just on the edge too overly sweet. Full bodied, oily texture. Very soft carbonation. Finish is complex and well balanced sweetness.
McCarty23 (53) - Vista, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured very dark black, with a two finger brown head that receded to a quarter inch thick foam, great lacing. Aroma was coffee, dark roast malt and licorice. The dark roast malts really stood forward in the flavor, with some coffee, dark fruits, and alcohol. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy smooth - very nice. Overall, TF hardly ever disappoints, and this beer is no exception.
rouhlas (777) - GREECE - APR 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, v2014, at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of skullgeorge. Black color with beige head. Aroma is malty, roasted, quite fruity - dark dried fruits and chocolate, brandy-like alcohol, caramel and light vanilla. Heavy sweet and light bitter taste, chocolate and fruity like aroma. Full sticky body with flat to to soft carbonation.
Zman77 (1) - - MAR 31, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
It's been more than a few years since last having a taste. It's heavy molasses hung on the back of my tongue. Initially, I was not blown away but the more I sipped the more I wanted. Would have loved to have tried it cellared for a year or 2. Now if only I could trade for a bottle...
LearninBeer (417) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009; The aroma is malt, coffee, figs, vanilla and roasty. Pours Black with basically no head. The taste is bitter. The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. OK Wow this is really good! The years haven’t hurt it any, in fact probably helped. Lots of flavor no alcohol. Glad I have more of this aging!
drdisque (621) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a shared 2014 bomber in a taster glass. Flavor is sweet, slightly chocolatey, malty, slightly fruity, moderate alcohol burn. Quite good and well balanced. Don’t understand the hype, but good.