Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2005 Bomber. Thanks to Oak for an awesome tasting. This guy was involved in a three-way competition at a tasting I went to yesterday. Dark Lord butted heads with Stone RIS and Alesmith Speedway and came out victorious. The pour is opaque obsidian black. I can’t tell if there are any particulates or sediment in my glass at all simply because light can’t penetrate far enough in to reflect off of them. The head is almost as dark as the beer -- a deep sepia with some reverse-flow bubbling. The carbonation pushed the center of the head up so much that the bubbles on the outside appeared to be flowing down. Once the head dissipated (fairly quickly due to alcohol), I could get a better concept of the aroma. It was initially dark, dried fruits -- cherries and raisins -- followed by an espresso smell melded with chocolate and roasted malts. Hop profile is hard to get to, but there’s something earthy going on. There’s a little molasses there, too, but not overpoweringly so. The palate was amazing. It falls somewhere between heavy cream and crude oil. It’s viscous and thick, but not to the point that it sticks around too long after you swallow it. The flavor is immense as well -- tons of roasted malt with a some coffee in the finish. Exceptionally well balanced, maintaining its sweetness through the finish without becoming cloying. Dried fruits are still there, but take on the roasty quality of the malt, unlike in the aroma. Molasses and vanilla are much less notable than in the aroma, giving way to a chocolaty sweetness instead. The finish is amazingly clean for as huge a beer as it is. Simply mind-blowing.
ReeceG (52) - Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 orange wax bottle. was very eager to try this beer, had an immediate smell of molasses and dark fruit. when tasteing i picked up caramel, plums, raisens and cherries. quite frankly this was a truely unique stout ( almost like a blend between a stout and a quad) but when compared to others on the market it doesnt quite measure up to me. i have a 2014 and am going to let it sit 4 years to see if it balances out a bit. but although it didnt reach the hype it was still a fantastic beer and worth trying
Homer321 (1810) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Beechner Blind Beer Bash. 2014 bottle. Nose is a ton of fruit. Like crazy amounts of fruit, some tart cherry. Light chocolate and roast. Taste is like a thick cherry liquer. I’m not sure if this is all a factor of being fresh or if something in the recipe has changed. I’ve had 3 older bottles, three or four years or older and found the beer to be way less fruity and more well balanced. This one is fruity dominant and lacks almost all coffee components. weird.
Gskelton (13) - Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark, smells amazing. Incredibly smooth for the alcohol content. Great after taste.
Pfeezor (10) - - JUL 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet, coffee, cola. Pours a thick dark syrup-y carbonated goodness. Drank at Ravinia with good friends and other craft beer assholes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dresden (814) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and thick pour, slight sour on the first taste with a bit of a sour soy sauce .very sweet sugary stuff.maybe a big over the top but better than I had been led to believe.
Lectvay (115) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried a 2011 and a 2012. Quite similar, not much seemed to have changed in that year. Both delicious. Dark, thick, very roasty aroma. Taste is strong, boozy, a little spicy. Coffee is there but not overt, at least at this age.
RussianDragon (339) - - JUL 7, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottles of the following vintages: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. These are notes from the mind-blowing Dark Lord Vertical tasting hosted by Huhzubendah on January 23, 2010. This vertical was only a small part of a much larger tasting that went late into the night. A huge thanks to Matt for setting this up this overwhelming event!
Pours a pitch black with a dark brown foamy, sticky, lasting head. Aroma is full: roasted malts dominate, with coffee, chocolate, and a general sweetness. Flavor is unbelievable: smooth with more chocolate complexity and bitterness. The ’09 batch has more coffee flavors up front. The ’04 was thick and chewy and amazingly smooth. Alcohol flavors virtually non-existent in the ’04,’05,’06 batches. ’07 and ’08 had a slightly thinner feel and taste than the other batches. Finish is long and complex, with a continually developing taste. The sweetness was done very well, and more subdued in the earlier vintages. Mouthfeel is mouth-coating and seeps into your palate - chewy and delicious. ’09 was the most carbonated, as it was the most recent, and was bolder than earlier vintages. Always an event to have this world class beer.
From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord vertical tasting)
gendv138 (1046) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room thanks to Adam. 2014 release. Black with tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel. Tastes of dark fruit, raisins, roast, chocolate, caramel. Full body with a dry finish. Nice.
Beersiveknown (2791) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Shrubber 85, cheers! Shared at #EBBC14 (25ml pours)
2010 vintage (green wax)
Thick rich dark brown black with minimal grey-brown lacing. No carbonation, viscous, unctuous, chocolate, coffee, touch of vanilla, tonnes of treacle, molasses, mouth coating, warming. Gloopy, roasty
koleminer20 (553) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally! Rating number 500. 2014 blue wax bottle. Thanks Ben (SourNrare)! The pour is a viscous oily black with a finger of dark khaki, maybe brown, head. There is not any lace present. The aroma is really good and complex. The molasses is really up front with a strong roast and malt presence. There is just a hint of coffee, as well as an extremely light booziness, but overall, it is just great! The flavor is pretty sweet, but very good. There is a nice caramel or toffee sweetness and a great roastiness. I am not picking up on much else, but it is very good and there is just a hint of chocolate on the end. The mouthfeel is perfect. Thick and oily, almost like a syrup, minimal carbonation but it coats extraordinarily well. The mouth feel is light and sweet, almost like a caramel-ish note and lingering. Beautiful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone