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 youíll finally appreciate its lure, pure happiness in a glass, an intellectual beverage to say the least. Youíre 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 Lordís demonic character comes to life, although caution is advised as youíre 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 Lordís well balanced nature gives it a sophisticated character that stands alone among other craft beers. Youíre 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 youíve 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 yearís 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.
LearninBeer (409) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009; The aroma is malt, coffee, figs, vanilla and roasty. Pours Black with basically no head. The taste is bitter. The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. OK Wow this is really good! The years havenít hurt it any, in fact probably helped. Lots of flavor no alcohol. Glad I have more of this aging!
drdisque (606) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a shared 2014 bomber in a taster glass. Flavor is sweet, slightly chocolatey, malty, slightly fruity, moderate alcohol burn. Quite good and well balanced. Donít understand the hype, but good.
olsvammel (3803) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at a big tasting (NŲrprovning 2015). We tried the 2008, 2009 and 2010 versions. The 2010 was the best so I used the score from that beer. The 2008 and 2009 was much sweeter then the 2010. 2008 was the most roasted. Dark malty and nutty smell with some roasted sugar. Sweet taste with roasted sugar, dark malts, roasted sugar. Awsome beer!
GlasgowTAD (283) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received from elyts_dlo, cheers! Pours a deep motor-oil black with a slight brown head. Aroma is vanilla and cocoa. Taste is vanilla, milk chocolate and slight cloying caramel. Full bodied with a silky texture.
bursprak (931) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle í13, tasted side by side with Huna and Darkness. Pitch black with a tan head. Nose is sweet, vanilla and milk chocolate. Taste is sugary, syrup, oily, vanilla, milk chocolate and some caramel. A bit too sweet and cloying but still solid!
TheArgoPirate (86) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 version on draft at Dark Lord Day 2014. Dark, mostly opaque brown with bet limited khaki head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, and coffee. Very sticky though somewhat thin for an RIS. Taste is vanilla, light coffee and oyster sauce. Very good
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deekyn (1311) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- bam. Pours a syrupy deep cola brown with thin ring of medium khaki head and no lacing. S- just mince meat, rhubarb and soy sauce. Some middling chocolate and figs. A little charcoal, and soil. M- full body with a strong oily character. T- so cloying. Chocolate covered cherries, port, Terry's milk chocolate orange, vinegar tang and lemon. Raisins, grasses and a meatiness in the middle. Ending is dry and efficient with some lingering plastic chocolate candies, toffee, molasses, caramel and hops.
jc1762 (133) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Blue wax 2014 poured into a taster glass. No head despite a very aggressive pour. Seems to be black, oil, and light bodied.
The nose shows mostly soy sauce and very faint hints of sweet malts.
The palate on this is where it begins. Itís probably the most oily and slick bodied stout Iíve ever tried. Very full bodied and smooth. The 15% alcohol is definitely apparently as it gives it a lot of heat akin to chili. There is a raisin/port wine-like sweetness and ends on a strong coffee/espresso note of bitterness. A lot of people complain about the sweetness but if you chill it well, itíll numb your tongue enough not to notice. Personally, I donít find it cloying at all. This has to be tried at least once!
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013. Finally got to try this. Nose is of dark fruit, like chocolate, a bit of anise and sherry notes. Taste is much the same but itís a bit too sweet. Perhaps better when fresh. Meh.
maxodom (34) - - JAN 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2012 vintage. Had alongside a german chocolate cake, which I would highly recommend. Deep chocolate flavor, thick viscous pour, great nose. Worth all the hype.