alohaC (12) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle. Ah, the venerable Dark Lord. Glugs out of the bottle with the darkness and viscosity of motor oil that hasnít been changed in 30k miles. An inch high whipped mocha head rises to the surface and sets up in the glass, clinging to it with an oily, almost bacon greasy ring. Damn, this is some crazy looking stuff. Aroma isnít over the top, but Iím definitely picking up some big roasty malts, bittersweet chocolate and molasses . The coffee seems to hit more in the taste, along with some caramelized raisins, vanilla and rich maple syrup/molasses. Thereís definitely a lot going on here. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and full bodied without next to zero hotness. An impressive stout for sure. Does it live up to the hype? Partially. But I think you can pick up some other impy stouts with 90% of the quality/characteristics of this one for far less $ and difficulty. Nevertheless, the Dark Lord is worthy of at least a pedestal next to the throne.
JefVerstraete (1458) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks artmcd8! Vintage 2014. Oily syrupy texture. Black, almost no foam. Aroma of sweet molasses, sweet brown chocolate, sticky toffee pudding, caramel and vanilla. Very sweet, boozy and sticky. This is not a good stout. Overly sweet without complexity. Impossible to drink a lot of this, so with the rest of the bottle we made a cake, which was very good with Dark Lord as ingredient.
NateH10s (19) - - OCT 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange wax 2013, bottle into glass
A - dark black with thick brown head
A - sweet, chocolate, molasses, fruit bread
T - Very sweet delicious stout, some coffee and chocolate, vanilla, red fruits
P - smooth, not very complex
O - delicious liquid dessert, a little sweeter than I like but still quite amazing
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
We get to 3 Floyds and there is Dark Lord on tap. What an amazing Imperial Stout. Iíve called a beer thick before. Itís all water after this sucker. It pours like a black hole out of the tap with huge, thick awesome dark brown head. It also coats the glass the like a syrup. If you like thick, dark, full roasted, malty Imperial Stouts, you must try this one. I havenít had anything that closely resembles it.
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
600ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
Iíve bought this one at one of my last visits to California, in 2010. This is the 2010 Edition which can be recognized by the green wax on the bottle neck.
A: Pours a black color forming a small and bubbled tan head. Low retention and only few lacings left in the glass
S: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits and wood. Excellent! Licorice and vanilla to compose. A bit boozy in the end
T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, oak, licorice, vanilla and dark fruits. Cherry notes. Complex. Maybe a bit too sweet and too booze in the end
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Low carbonation. Smooth with a bittersweet and roasted and woody aftertaste
O: Great drinkability. A masterpiece. Worth the three years that Iíve wait to drink it
[ BA Review @ 7/24/2013 ]
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Various bottles at Craigís - 07, 09, 11, thank you! Coffee, chocolate, liquorice, sweet and rich. 2011 slightly edged the other 2.
jkwood04 (4036) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle ( 2013) in a teku. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee, light vanilla, some molasses, and some dough. Flavor the same with a lot of dark malts and coffee and chocolate. Smooth, thick texture. A really good beer - not getting too much soy sauce like a lot of people said, and the alcohol was well hidden.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"09 release...obviously pours jet black, with a better than expected (but quickly disappating) dark brown head. the aroma is a little on the sweet side, but way complex. chocolate soaked cherries, wood, molasses, brown sugar. some alcohol present too. body is thick and smooth, but not cloying. feel is awesome...coating and warming at the same time, without being hot. like a toned down World Wide. flavor is awesome. lots of the same qualities of the aroma, but they work better in the flavor. a little charred flavor as well. very wine/port like. overall, an awesome beer. worth the price and hype? yes and no...probably more no. Not when World Wide is similar (though not the same) at about $8 a bottle, and other great RISs are out there for way way less. Glad we tried it the once. MAYBE iíll revisit an aged bottle in the future. 11/11 - 2009-2010-2011 vertical: 2010 was amazing, maybe even a 4.7, while the aroma was just a touch behind on the newer 2011 (though the cofee presence was more obvious and very nice), and the 2009, while still great, is just starting to fade a little and become excessively sweet...but only when in comparison to the nearly perfect 2010 batch."
EyeAmBaldman (270) - Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 version. Pours black with very little head. Aroma is of dark fruits, roasted malt. Taste is strong but nice. There?s a bit of a saccharin taste at first with some dark fruits. Not as good as Bona Fide but darn good.
CpyNPrnT (386) - Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasting of 2012 edition. Aroma of soy sauce and molasses, taste is soy sauce, molasses, chocolate, coffee, sweet and very sticky, alcohol hidden extremely well, no head, no carbonation, motor oil pour. Glad to have tried but not worth the hype in my opinion.
nsquishee (606) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet molasses, booze, and coffee. Pours dark and thick without much head. Very viscous mouthfeel. Hugely sweet with flavors of molasses, oak, licorice, coffee, and light hops. Very sweet, but very good. Probably awesome with vanilla ice cream.