broozer81 (106) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It turned Vader to the darkside.
The instant you pour it into your glass and take your first smell is the moment when you’ll finally appreciate its lure, pure happiness in a glass, an intellectual beverage to say the least. You’re nose is bombarded with waves of pungent aromas, sweet dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and most eloquent of all is its rich dark fruits, cherries, dates, raisins, a port wine like undertone that would make the Trappist Monks of Belgium rise their glass in approval.
Taking your first sip is now inevitable as the lure of Dark Lord’s demonic character comes to life, although caution is advised as you’re approaching the point of no return. You raise your glass to your lips only to be led deep into a dark abyss as it shows you all phases of the moon at once. The viscous mouth-feel leads to a masterful gustation of vibrant flavors, as ancient Belgium meets new age America. Intelligently well put together, Dark Lord’s well balanced nature gives it a sophisticated character that stands alone among other craft beers. You’re enticed by an astonishing array of dark fruits, sweet chocolate, caramel, coffee, and molasses all so perfectly blended that they seem to be orchestrating a symphony in your mouth. Sip after sip the draw brings you deeper and deeper into its sinister domain. Dark indeed you’ve become, as you franticly savor every taste that passes through your lips, each sip inversely superior to the previous.From the disturbing creature on its label to the different colored wax that seals each year’s bottle; Dark Lord has risen from the deadly hollows of the underworld to become a mythological figure in the world of craft beer. So does it defy description? Without a doubt. Is it demonic and evil? Well, cellar a bottle long enough and you may very well find out.
Garlic_of_Doom (355) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012 bottle from Justin, thanks a lot!
Pours dark brown with red hues, hardly any head or bubbles.
Miso/Soy/Umami, lots of sweetness, toffee, sugary malt, balsamic vinegar in aroma.
Taste has chocolate, port wine, dates, coconut, loads of sugary sweetness, peppery notes, some alcohol.
Full body, low carbonation, sticky mouth feel.
Short after taste.
Shared with 3 people and we had a hard time getting it all down. too much sugary sweetness. And I thought that Surly Darkness was sweet.
jdb288 (343) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle opened in Apr-14. Pours black, no head, lots of booze around the edge of the glass. Aroma is raisin/prune, molasses. Taste is dark fruits, molasses, honey, brown sugar, caramel. Not picking up any coffee notes but some vanilla is present. Quite good. Looking forward to the rest of the vertical I have assembled to see how this ages.
Experiment_Ale (653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At big Seth’s going away party on 11/2/2013; was an awesome day! White wax, 2009. Pours motor oil black with small head. Armoa is big thing smooth fig and burnt malt. The burnt malt is smooth though and the notes are really well rounded and complex. Taste is beautiful roasted fig, some nice caramel sweetness, smooth burnt malt, very complex maltiness. The beer is absolutely fantastic. I love this shit. Just lay them down for 6 years and they are phenomenal.
SuperTiti33 (342) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Noir aux reflets rougeâtres. Presqu'aucun collet. Très riche. Légèrement aqueuse. Fine effervescence. Sucré. Mélasse. Vanillé. Bien balancé. Ne fait vraiment pas son pourcentage. Chocolat. Légèrement torréfié. Café vanille/ au lait. Fruité framboise. Baie. Prune. Banane. Truffe au chocolat. Un peu de réglisse. Raisin sec. Finale légèrement amère avc beaucoup de sucre. Très complexe. J'aime beaucoup.
Itsme_timd (4) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark and thick. Boozy and sweet aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Nondescript booziness, dark malt and turbinado sugar on the palate. Overall unimpressive IMO. I don’t get where the hype comes from on this one.
Cybercat (2989) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
FINALLY GOT TO SAMPLE THIS!!! Green wax, at the 2014 HMOG in Decatur, GA. Pours a deep coffee brown with a nice tan head. Aroma has notes of roast malt, quality coffee and raisins. Somewhat sweet flavor has notes of good coffee, chocolate, raisin and toffee. Mouthfeel is viscous and fizzy, leaving a very pleasing finish. A real treat to get a snort of this legend.
Jimsal27 (164) - New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 2012. Wow am I disappointed. Was really looking forward to trying this beer but didnt live up to hype. Aroma of soy sauce, molasses. Taste follows nose. Huge molasses Sweetness. No hop presence. Really Really sweet. Disappointing.
esox (971) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Black beer, lacy tan head. Licorice and soy sauce nose, some alcohol, thick caramel, grains, roasted barley notes. Port wine berries, woody notes and chocolate increase after a few whiffs. Full of dried fruits, green hop notes, some earthy notes. Very complex. Sweet and heavy flavor, raisins, wood, leading into a slightly tingling bitter finish with hints of ash and tobacco. Alcohol is very well hidden, some warmth remains. Extremely full-bodied, port vinous body. Balance is amazing for such a strong beer.Bottled. Black beer, lacy tan head. Licorice and soy sauce nose, some alcohol, thick caramel, roasted barley notes. Port wine berries, woody notes and chocolate increase after a few whiffs. Full of dried fruits, green hop notes, some earthy notes. Very complex. Sweet and heavy flavor, raisins, wood, leading into a slightly tingling bitter finish with hints of ash and tobacco. Alcohol is very well hidden, some warmth remains. Extremely full-bodied, port vinous body. Balance is amazing for such a strong beer.
mnmike (991) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle. Good but not blown away. Too sweet for me and I’d like some more alternate flavors - but it still is a great stout.
rood (23) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2014
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sharing this one. (Do I have to thank you for this I’m wondering ;-) )
If you want to smell & taste alcohol, molasses, sugar; this is your beer.
Sugar all over the place. Boring & untasty. Overhyped American beer. Actually, imho this is not beer. Thoughts when I see ratings above 10/20 for this one: 1) Beer has to have some presence of malts & hops.
2) Somebody think of the children.
Price/quality ratio: below par.