DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Bottle, at the Dark Lord Release Party, 3 Floyds. So Iím first to get to a computer after sampling the 2005 vintage. Thanks to Cornfield, Rayboy01 and others who went in with me to buy and split a bottle so I didnít have to crack into my one purchase. So. Over the top, or overhyped? Well, it pours with a big nose of coffee and toffee and molasses, thatís for sure. Stuff is like a thin maple syrup. I got a few minutes of entertainment just tilting the glass back and forth to see the beer filter back down through its head. Taste is not as "extreme" as, say, the DFH WWS. Just big on malts. Kind of drips over the tongue, and leaves a coating on the glass like shellac. Once Iíve made some room in the glass, I can get a brandy snifter effect. So how should I react to this? Itís a really excellent beer, and I should actually give it ups for NOT trying to blow me away. Is it "5" worthy? Guess Iíll have to go with the rating Iíve got for now, then decide again when my new bottle has aged a while.
Lectvay (109) - 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 (293) - - 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 í09 batch has more coffee flavors up front. The í04 was thick and chewy and amazingly smooth. Alcohol flavors virtually non-existent in the í04,í05,í06 batches. í07 and í08 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. í09 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 (995) - 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 (2734) - 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 (541) - 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
jbruner (2136) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle thanks to trade with boamr. Pours a thick black with nice ring of tan brown head that leaves little to no lace; impressed there is still carbonation. Aroma is burnt sugar, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, booze, and honey. Taste goes straight to chocolate with a nice molasses and bitter coffee back end. Amazing how well this has held up, would love to try it fresh to compare.
BeerViking (2293) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 2010, oily brown-black, aromas of tobacco, leather, gravy. Palate has earth, toffee, gravy, old leather. Touches of molasses, date and sultana. Dry and dusty texture yet syrupy too.
jcnielsen (1985) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a black color with white head. Roasty, deep burnt,
markextrae (878) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 white wax bottle. shared with 2 other friend. poured viscous dark black with a never lasting caramel head. long alcohol lacing on the side of the glass. dark roasted malts, caramel, pot, cherries, some dark chocolate, dark fruits, big long lasting sugar palate. soy sauce, big alcohol notice. thick mouthfeel, I donít get at these high ratings, way to over hyped. itís a beer you need to try once you get into craft beer. and when you try it itís a big let down!
teemoney (12) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2014 2014 bottle. Poured from bomber into pint glass. Black in color, little brown head. Not overwhelming aroma. Super sweet. Almost syrupy mouth feel. A little booze flavor, as well as malt and coffee. Really thick and heavy, a whole bomber is a lot to drink. Pretty tasty. Side note: awesome label.