pjotrapostou (370) - POLAND - NOV 6, 2017 thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 OK, on to the Dark Lord. I had heard so many things about this one that I almost shit when I hear they had an aged growler of it for us at the RateBeer Summer Gathering 2003. It poured a small head of dark brown fine to large sized bubbles. It has a mild coffee molasses aroma. The body of this brew is something to behold. It is dark, thick and I mean thick! 70,000 mile old motor oil thick and black as a black hole in space. It has a very strong coffee flavor that was suprisingly smooth initially then finished with a lingering burning sensation from the alcohol. It is definately in a class of its own! Truely a masterpiece! All hail the Dark Lord!
2006 Release Rerate:
This bottled brew from the brewery at the release party poured a head of foamy finely sized dark brown colored bubbles that was mostly lasting and left behind an opaque black colored body and a very good oily lacing. The mild aroma was malty with chocolate coffee hop and dark malt notes. The mildly vinous mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a strong mild vinous hop dark malt aftertaste. The strong flavor contained notes of hops dark malt chocolate and coffee. Delicious and one I would certainly love to buy again. All hail the Dark Lord!
2016: Bardzo słodkie, sporo syropu klonowego, nawet nieco cukrowe. Wyraźne nuty waniliowe, bardzo gęste i oleiste, alkoholu prawie nie czuć. Dobre piwo, ale przez tak dużą słodycz trochę jednowymiarowe - oczekiwania były nieco większe. Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 6, 2017
From Mar 2008 czlowiekmotyka (546) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 1, 2017
I got this in a trade with orbitalrOx. Thanks Don!
With a vigorous pour, I get a short lived 1" head of tan foam and no lacing. Color wise, it's a very dark brown/black with some reddish highlights but the first thing I noticed was how thick it looked during the pour. Wow.
The smell is loaded with dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, caramel, cocoa, molasses....will it ever stop? ;^)
The taste pretty much reflects the nose with the addition of a strong port flavour that I didn't really notice in the smell. What I find interesting is that all the flavours seem to take turns taking center stage, not allowing any single one to completely dominate. Sip after sip, sometimes the fruit shines through more, sometimes the Port, sometimes the coffee...you get the idea. lol. The abv is very well hidden because I don't get *any* warming during or after the swallow. I think that's amazing!
Really thick mouthfeel and very lightly carbonated, it finishes mostly with a lean towards chocolate and cocoa so it's a nice pleasant bitterness that I get to enjoy there and in the aftertaste. Very nice RIS and I'm very pleased to have gotten the chance to try it.
Bottom line: Super complex in flavour yet so smooth and easy drinking...hell of a testament to Three Floyds' brewing expertise. Highly recommended!
What more is there to say. Super sweet and dense. Very long melasis like aftertaste. Not that coffee/choclate brew as I thought it would be. Exceptional. 19Michi38 (219) - Cracow, POLAND - OCT 31, 2017
DL2017... Czarne, nieprzejrzyste. Piana brązowa, drobna. W zapachu ogromna ilość mlecznej czekolady i kakao, do tego kawa, wiśnia, lekko wyczuwalny alkohol, lekki sos sojowy, ale nie przeszkadzający. W smaku wiśnia w czekoladzie, kakao, troszkę ciemnych owoców, kawa bardziej pod koniec. Jest kremowo i bardzo oleiście, gęsto. Goryczka niska, wysycenie niskie, posmak mlecznej czekolady i wiśni. creppyiceman (1109) - POLAND - OCT 30, 2017
( bottle 2017 vintage)
neongolden (1860) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2017
Aroma: cherries dipped in chocolate, soy sauce, raisins.
Appearance: pitch black, small dense head.
Taste: sweet, flavour of uber sweet chocolate, chocolate-flavoured milk, cherries, soy sauce and roasted malt.
Palate: full body, creamy texture, low carbonation.
Overall: Lovely milk chocolate-driven stout, perfect creamy body and balance, BA version must be up there with the bests :D
(Tap sample @ CBC 2016 Red Session, Copenhagen) Pours inky black with a tiny head. Aroma is really big overall and has an intense core of burnt sugar, quite heavy on black olive/soy sauce/mushroom/umami quality, dark fruit, ripe figs, roasty malts with a little chocolate. Flavour is again hyper-concentrated and fairly sweet, but not to the extent I expected after trying BA versions. It explodes with notes of black olive, soy sauce, figs, stewed plums, moderate roast to the dark malty core, toasted, definitely some feeling of sugar but not without balance, even a little tang from the olives/fruit. Roast and a bit of alcohol gives a healthy amount of drying to the back end, but the umami quality persists throughout the sip and into the aftertaste. Thick viscous body with very soft carbonation. Not really what I was expecting, as it's huge but not terribly sweet in small portions (would not split a bottle in two!), and the massive umami makes it really different. piwnanuta (262) - Warsaw, POLAND - OCT 17, 2017
Jedno z piwnych marzeń spełnione. Czekolada, wanilia, lekki sos sojowy, team słodyczka. Gęste i oleiste. POEZJA!!! SG111 (2064) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2017
Thanks, Jane! Bomber. 2017 release. Green wax. Pours black, no head. Aroma is soy sauce first and foremost. Then dark roasty malt (very roasty), cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate. Sweetness behind the intensely roasty nose and soy sauce predominance. Flavor is chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malt, sugar, some soy sauce. Wow, that's incredibly sweet as it warms. And very roasty. Some bitterness in that finish. Not bad. I see why some love it and I see why some people say it's a diabetes soy sauce bomb. I enjoy it. Anova167 (386) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - SEP 19, 2017
2011 bottle. Aroma explodes out of the pour of chocolate, coffee, soy sauce. Time has softened the harder edges of flavor with huge but smooth sweet flavor of roasted coffee, mocha, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is full bodied and the finish is amazingly long. Lived up to the hype. Tide (4509) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 9, 2017
Bottle from Mikkeller bottle shop (2014 version). Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, toffee, dried fruits, soy and a bit of leather. Bitter finish with roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, soy, coffee, toffee, dried fruits and caramel. Exquisite imperial stout.