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.
Cam_Dynamite (82) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blue wax bottle from mikkeller shop. Pours a heavy black with tan head. Nose is loaded with fruit, coffee, bourbon. Very thick sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and finishes very sweet. My only knock is it’s just a bit too sweet for me. Cracker beer and if you get the chance it’s a great beer to share with a mate or two (I chose not to share)
VastActiv (3714) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150501. Colour is black with very small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, some bourbon, coffee, hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
vjohans (368) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@yellow cbc 2015
wood, vanilla, full body, mid bitterness. extemly sweet. overly sweet.
jhgrantjr (449) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
May 8, 2015 - shared a bottle of 2011 Dark Lord. This ones been aging for four years. Pours a deep black, very thick, small brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla, molasses. Taste is very sweet, not boozy at all. Creamy finish. More sweet than I expected...I can see why the barrel aged stuff is higher. But this is still a phenomenal beer. Glad to finally try one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lukasmh (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap cbc15. Pours a beautiful all black thick with one finger everlasting crazy head. Aroma is sweet, roasty malts, dark fruits, fruity, vanilla and milk chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, barley, malt, brown sugar, vanilla loads of chocolate and some toffee. Subtle sweet bacon in there! Sweet berries, dates. No presence of ABV, full body.
martin00sr (1458) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @CBC15. Black with brown head. Roasted malt and syrupy booze aroma. Flavour is syrupy sweet with licorice and coffee. Thick and sticky, just the way I like it.
MrOrla (447) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thx you friendly Americans at CBC 2015. Black with low Brown head. Alcochol. Sweet(Very Sweet) Roast, chocolate, cocoa, licorie Carbonation is low. Alcochol. Sweet, Full body. I did expect more
StoutHead (840) - DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black and roasty. Sweet and full body with a taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and a bit of vanilla. I’ve now had this one 3-4 times over the past year and there’s not doubt it’s really good. Grossly overrated but a solid beer nevertheless. I’ve rated it slightly under the vanilla version but I may have rated that one a bit too high though.
jesperhammer (3368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
01-MAY-2015, draft @yellow session @CBC15.
Black with low Brown head.
Roast, chocolate, cocoa. Carbonation is more lively than I expected. Some alcochol. Sweet, very full body. This is wonderfull.
jbuskirk (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Few awesome things have a perfect run. The 2012 version of Dark Lord is known as the least successful vintages in Three Floyds’ awesome lineup. Perfect or not, though, this is still motherlovin’ Dark Lord. Having the chance to drink one is an amazing experience, no matter the year. It poured pitch black and virtually headless. Aroma was very fruity with cherry, apple, and syrup. Flavor has a lot of sweetness, and yes, sad to say that apple juice flavor dominates the whole thing. However, there were some touches of cream and toasted dark fruit. Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth. While I definitely want to try a better vintage, having the "worst" Dark Lord is akin to listening to the "worst" Beatles album. It’s still enjoyable and better than a hell of lot else of what’s out there.