Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Epic tasting ending with Dark Lord 2012 vintage
Thanks to woodjjacct for sharing this one!
Appearance: Black as night with no head formation. Swirling does create a one finger head but it does dissapate quickly. Absolutly no light penetration at all even when held up to light. Your typical RIS in appearance.
Smell: Big time molasses notes with the dark fruits taking a center stage. Sweet very sweet with alcohol soaked figs. Some dark maybe blackberries evident and some tobacco notes. Leather is also noted at the tail end.
Taste: This is one enormous beer! Very, very sweet with alcohol soaked dark fruit jumping out at me. Molasses and brown sugar very evident and the sweetness lingers forever. I feel as though the beer has literally stuck to my teeth, gums, and tongue. A trip to the dentist tomorrow may be needed. The sweet sticky feel just does not leave at all. It is very chewy at the same time. No alcohol to speak of.
Mouthfeel: This is very creamy and no carbonation and so so palate covering that its hard to believe. It covers all of my mouth and lips to the point that it is cloying.
Overall: This was an enjoyable experience but wow what a sugar bomb! If you don’t have a buddy or two to share with you may by in trouble IMO
maxodom (17) - - JAN 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2012 vintage. Had alongside a german chocolate cake, which I would highly recommend. Deep chocolate flavor, thick viscous pour, great nose. Worth all the hype.
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
redwax 2010---Not too complex, oily, a lot of (portish) sweetness, chocolate, liquorice, alcoholic, light roasted and no bitterness anymore.
sudomorph (741) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle. Enjoyed 12/31/14. Pours like oil with nearly no lasting head. Aroma has awesome, slightly sweet notes of caramel, roasted malts, mild dark fruits, chocolate, nuts, and a slight creamyness. Taste is sweet with roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and sweet cherries. Full body with a low carbonation. Creamy smooth texture with nearly no carbonation and no trace of alcohol. Overall awesome.
TheGoldenChalice (18) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from 22oz red waxed ’12 bottle. Served in Teku.
Aroma -- sweet cherry, oak-like aroma unlike other Imperial Stouts I’ve encountered. Rightfully so, the aroma of this beer, unlike many other world-class beers, is one of the most unique attributes of this beer. It should be admired for its magnificence.
Appearance -- possesses the consistency of an oil well: abysmal, hellish, beyond the cusp of foreboding darkness.
Taste -- true full-bodied, pleasantly deep, Imperial Stout that engulfs your palate and pushes you to the limit, Ross. Booziness has died down, still 15%+, nonetheless.. Subtle burnt char-like, smokiness after you have had many sips. I would not consider the beer smokey, though, by any means (i.e., I have a hard time appreciating smokiness in beer; the smokiness that is present in DL ’12 is enjoyable for any IRS lover).
Palate -- encourages your palate to step its game up and appreciate the uniqueness of this remarkable concoction.
Overall -- Dark Lord is not the greatest Imperial Stout ever made; nonetheless, it surely stands in a category of its own: pure damnation, emboldening me to set my own substantial precedent. Merry Christmas, Ratebeer lovers.
AskForJenny (1027) - Ontario, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2011 batch consumed 10 Aug 14 - Gift bottle from Eric K: Breakfast in the infield of Watkins Glen. Luscious, viscous pour, wisp of a head. The palate twists and turns befit the road course setting. Nothing I’d change.
VertBaconStrips (2106) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ok, so i just noticed now that i never reviewed this even though i drank an entire bottle out of the bottle myself at the very very end of RBSG 2010. Most of this got crushed as me and some other drunks stumbled towards the hotel from the Grand Tasting venue across from Founders. Drinking on the street was never better. I should have wrapped it up in a brown paper bag. Beer was blackish but maybe that had to do with the lack of real good street lights. You know it was fucking tasty as all get out but I became more focused on not being found in a dumpster in the morning. Staying awake for the next 30 hours didn’t turn out to be the best idea I’ve had but those automatic flushing toilets in the Chicago airport made it all worthwhile.
kkleu357 (388) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle. Thick motor oil black pour. Heavy black licorice smell. Very sweet plum tasting. Wow is there a lot of flavor. Lots of fruity taste and sweet licorice taste.
gad905 (182) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 vintage bottle shared at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Pours black, tan head recedes. Huge sweet nose of booze, roast, stone fruit, chocolate and dark sugar. Tastes sweet with notes of cherry, vanilla, roast malt, some coffee and chocolate. Extremely sweet, too much so for me. Complex stout, no doubt, but if it’s still that sweet after 2 years will it ever dry out?
Desverger (2530) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from Bottle - black pour with thin beige head. Roasted malty aroma and taste, some lovely sweet notes, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, wow this is good.
olr1984 (1162) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottles all vintages pour a oily dark black with almost zero head. All are extremely sweet with the following differences in each vintage
2009- soy sauce
2012- dark cherries
2014- very sweet malt and molasses