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.
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just tons of molasses, coffee, malt, brown sugar and a bit of dark chocolate plus vanilla blended together in a bottle. Very sweet. Great mouthfeel. A fresh bottle is boozy and messy. It definitely improves after a couple years of aging. Anyway, awesome stout.
mariuspoenari (1105) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Thick and rich flavor, with notes of caramel, cocoa, chocolate and vanilla. Very well balanced, though leaning a bit towards the sweet side. Definitely a world class stout.
Guruhso (332) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Mikkeller Bar. Malty; Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, dried fruits, melasse. The flavours starts heavy sweet but finish light bitter. Light alcoholic with roasted notes. The body is full and the texture is oily. Soft carbonation. Heavy and complex. Great
jookos (5033) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, RED
black. Malty coffee beansdark chocolate. Intense flavour. Semi sweet, soft sweet soy. Malty porridge. Soft smooth. Really nice. Intense, sort of drinkable still.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
llkc (1303) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
duft: sød dadler rosin mørk sukker.
smag: sød lidt rosin tung og fyldig. chokolade kakao vanilje sødme meget sød og varm eftersmag
Beerhunter111 (14807) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBC2016. Schwarze Farbe, mittelgroße bräunliche Schaumkrone. Süß röstmalzig, Lakritze, Sirup. Geschmack sehr süß, Vanille, bourbon, Lakritze.
ej (1193) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ CBC -16. jet black with a dense dark tanned head. rich roasty aroma with burnt sugars and molasses. leather and liqorice. taste is very sweet, chocolate, roasted malts and just abit of well hidden alcohol. Full body with a thick mouthfee. soft co2.
Hermod (5875) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@ CBC 2016 day 2. Pours black with a thick brown head. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder, plummy notes. Flavor has sweetness, roastedness, licorice, spicy notes, syrup. Overly sweet. Balanced.
alkolord (348) - - MAY 12, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2016, from tap, Tiefschwarz, fast Sirup, leichter brauner Schaum, schokoladige röstaromen in der Nase, mild im antrunk, relativ spritzig, cremig, sehr schokoladiger Geschmack, süß, massig, lecker, Alkohol gut verpackt, nur leichte bittere im Abgang
Gerbeer (2930) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap At Mikkeller Bar. Pours black with short tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, creamy coffee, vanilla, and sugary roasted malts. Flavors of sweetened dark chocolate, sugary coffee, and sweet molasses. Sweet and sticky. A bit messy but still very nice.