kbudd19 (247) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle shared amongst friends, thanks to Bry and Tommy for sending me this! Pour is thick motor oil sludge with nice tan head, the aroma is big, lots of sweetness, chocolate, sherry, plumb and so on. Taste is a bit off putting at first as there is so much sticky sweetness. I warmed up to it after getting used to the taste, brown sugar, plumb, chocolate, and virtually no heat from this 15% ABV monster. Very decadent, and bottle to share and enjoy with friends. Tasty stuff.
PriorL (892) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with yellow wax (2011).
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: tobacco, sweet, grapes, smoked, coffee, chocolate, fruity.
TASTE: sweet, bitter aftertaste, roasted coffee, bourbon, little sourness, very fruity, coulis, red fruits, red wine like.
But, not living up to the hype in my opinion...
NeoHippie2 (627) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 bottle. Pours used motor oil black both in color and pretty close to consistency. Some tan head but not a great deal. Low carbonation. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, molasses, dark fruits, and brown sugar. Big flavor with the cocoa and molasses coming through initially with the roasted malt character. So much going on. Finish is warm and long-lasting. Definitely a slow sipper but absolutely magnificent. This beer deserves all of the hype that surrounds it without a doubt. One of the best imperial stouts I have ever had
kimjongill (203) - - JUL 27, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2013 from bottle. Great malty aroma of chocolate and caramel. Black pour with light brown head. Tastes sweet, with no apparent hop flavors intruding. Plenty of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Nice and thick on the palate. Great beer.
leaparsons (7492) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 2006 Bottle. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are coffee with berries and marzipan alcohol. Light smoke with dark chocolate and medicinal notes. Molasses with soy and traces of seawater. Creamy oak barrel with hints of vanilla. Flavours are sweet berries and raisins with dates and other plummy fruits. Earthy with roast coffee and earthy notes. Smooth as hell with chocolate and marzipan and warming alcohol. Very easy to drink for itís strength. Amazing. Cheers to Brigadier for the share.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared with timfoolery. Great russian imperial stout with fitting name! Lives up to the hype.
pablothirteen (38) - - JUL 15, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rich, frothy and delicious. Yeah it was that good. 2012 edition, red wax. Aged over a year, drank on 7/14/2013.
starsandseas (1) - GUAM - JUL 11, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I am reviewing the Black wax 2008 vintage cellared for 4 years.
I put this bottle away after purchasing it at Dark Lord Day 2008. It had moved with me across the world to the tiny U.S. territory of Guam. I knew there would be very slim pickings, so I brought it along. This review may be the furthest from the point of origin for Dark Lord ever written.
Two friends of mine had graciously opened thier home for a get together of workers from the University Of Guamís Marine Lab, where my wife works and attends school. I decided this would be the perfect chance to share a beer they would never have a chance to try, and I didnít realize it at the time, but the day was Dark Lord Day in the states too! A miracle day!
The beer dissappointed me on itís official release. There was no head, it had a bitter acrid metallic taste and smelled sort of like bitter Soy Sauce.
Well, after 4 years of aging the difference was amazing. The room temperature beer poured black with a chocolate head 2 inches tall! The head very slowly dissolved leaving a thick viscuous lacing behind. The Stout had lost itís acrid smell and taste, and picked up the rich nose of chocolate, robust coffee, raisins, dark fruits and pepper. And the taste? Now this is how Dark Lord is supposed to taste! It burst instantly on the tongue with a strong smooth flavor of chocolate and coffee, which slowly dissolved into the complex blend of raisins, fruits and cofee, finishing with a throat tickling dry scratchy pepper, coffee and a chocolate aftertaste that happily lingered on the tounge seemingly indefinately. This was a revelation to me of how good a fine beer can taste if allowed to mature properly. It was as if the original brew was a bunch of complicated parts thrown into an empty garage and untouched 4years later emerged as a Rolls Royce. Dark Lord aged is now my favorite beer of all times. A lofty thing indeed considering I have been experiencing hundreds of different fine imports and craft brews since 1982.
umich03jm (1306) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #1000! Thought I would celebrate with a top rated Imperial Stout. Been wanting to try this for a while. 2012 red wax bomber from trade with Dfonorow. Pours near pitch black with almost no head. Looks a little oily. Very sweet aroma of vanilla, molasses, raisins, soy sauce, light espresso, chocolate, and booze. Taste is very sweet as well with almost no bitterness. The flavors are great but absolutely no sweet/bitter balance. All of the aromas come through nicely, especially the vanilla, molasses and raisins. Gets boozier as it gets warmer but no indication of 15% abv at all. Tastes like it could be 8%. Medium to thick body, oily and syrupy mouthfeel. This could be top notch if there was some bitterness to balance the extreme sweetness here. Might like to try a fresh one some day to see if any hops show up as well. Overall, a really good imperial stout but nowhere near my favorites in this style.
Theydon_Bois (5266) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Bottle, acquired by trade, split at the pre stag tasting in the íSham, 20/06/13.
Pitch black with a dirty tan head that dissipates to a film.
Nose is roast malt, booze, treacle, burnt sugar, molasses, dark fruit - over cooked too much roast and raw booze.
Taste comprises a big roast bite, bitter chocolate, sweet sugars, tar, molasses, treacle, syrup.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alocohol and boozey heat.
Decent enough Impy but didnít have a great nose for me - a little harsh, classic overhype but one Iíd happily try again.