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.
ReeceG (52) - Iowa, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 orange wax bottle. was very eager to try this beer, had an immediate smell of molasses and dark fruit. when tasteing i picked up caramel, plums, raisens and cherries. quite frankly this was a truely unique stout ( almost like a blend between a stout and a quad) but when compared to others on the market it doesnt quite measure up to me. i have a 2014 and am going to let it sit 4 years to see if it balances out a bit. but although it didnt reach the hype it was still a fantastic beer and worth trying
Homer321 (1808) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Beechner Blind Beer Bash. 2014 bottle. Nose is a ton of fruit. Like crazy amounts of fruit, some tart cherry. Light chocolate and roast. Taste is like a thick cherry liquer. I’m not sure if this is all a factor of being fresh or if something in the recipe has changed. I’ve had 3 older bottles, three or four years or older and found the beer to be way less fruity and more well balanced. This one is fruity dominant and lacks almost all coffee components. weird.
Gskelton (13) - Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark, smells amazing. Incredibly smooth for the alcohol content. Great after taste.
Pfeezor (6) - - JUL 14, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet, coffee, cola. Pours a thick dark syrup-y carbonated goodness. Drank at Ravinia with good friends and other craft beer assholes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dresden (809) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and thick pour, slight sour on the first taste with a bit of a sour soy sauce .very sweet sugary stuff.maybe a big over the top but better than I had been led to believe.
Lectvay (112) - 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 (330) - - 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 ’09 batch has more coffee flavors up front. The ’04 was thick and chewy and amazingly smooth. Alcohol flavors virtually non-existent in the ’04,’05,’06 batches. ’07 and ’08 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. ’09 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 (1028) - 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 (2774) - 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 (545) - 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