hindan02 (24) - macomb, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a dark almost black color with a nice foamy head almost like a latte thick and creamy the only thing that could ave made it better is if it had a better finish . ths would be great with a slab of ribs or a thick smokey burger
JAXSON (586) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 This is my first rating, so Iím not great at describing the nuances of beer at this point. Though this is a solid stout, it is woefully overrated. The aroma is very nice, with vanilla and some bourbon. The beer is jet black with a small, caramel head. So far, so good! Sadly, it goes downhill. When it hits your tongue it kind of tastes like burnt coffee beans, in an unpleasant way. Although I like the idea, it just does not taste very good. This stout isnít even close to the Dogfish Head WWS, or even Avery Mephistophales. Unfortunately, I bought a whole case of this, and have been giving it to friends pretty generously. It personally leaves me feeling sick, sluggish and tired every time I drink it. Horribly disappointing, basically like drinking a bottle of burnt molasses mixed with metallic coffee bean grounds.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Holy sweet merciful mother of all good things malty, hoppy, carbonated and strong! This is one powerful brew. Iíve only been lucky enough to have two brews with the viscosity that this one has. The other was some english russian imperial stout that was aged 10 years in a small bottle (canít remember the name) Iíd love to try one like DarkLord.....probably will never be lucky enough to get it. Anyway, when people refer to the body like that of "motor oil", this is exactly what theyíre refering to.
Powerful aroma like a small fist jumping up out of my snifter and giving me a bloody nose. A color so black that no light can hope to penetrate it. Flavor that lingers on the tongue 15 minutes after you taste it (yes, I timed it). A fuller body cannot be found with any other beer (maybe perhaps Darklord). Iíve heard that it reaches its true potential only after having aged it for a minimum of two years. I have four lying down awaiting this precious period of time, but donít know how long I can be trusted to leave them be.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2007 Bottle. Iíve had this enough times to really give this a proper rating. Iíve been waiting awhile to try this at various times and feel this may be one beer that really has a perfect balance to it. The only reason why it doesnít get a perfect score is that it has very little head to it. Great aroma. Taste is a perfect balance of chocolate malt and hops. A beer that I always go back to. Cheers.
Batch #7740 - Great aroma and appearance. Tasting too green yet and not quite balanced and smooth. This one will need 6 months for it to show. The mouthfeel was great and I think this one may turn out to be a gem.
Update: March í07 #7740- Tasted really well tonight. I donít know if this was a one time find for the batch or if I was just in the mood for this beer but the hops seemed no to be overpowering and mellowed out quite a bit. Such a sticky aftertaste. My God what a great beer!!!
Batch #7205 Thanks to TomDecapolis for the bottle. Very smooth and subtle. I picked up the aroma of vanilla. Big impact on chocolate here. Nice notes of smokiness here as well. Alcohol is undetected making this too easy to drink. Awesome.
NaturalIce (149) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the best beer iíve ever drank. It pours out real dark, almost looks like oil coming out of the bottle. Very little head, it appears a few seconds after the beer is poured. The aroma is what youíd expect out of an imperial stout; filled with dark chocolate and coffee beans. Full body with a creamy texture and somewhat soft carbonation. Well worth every cent!
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Black as night with a thick dark brown head. Very oily/thick pour. Head slowly wells up giving a cascading effect throughout. Massive strong dark chocolate, molasses, dried fruit and a heavy tarry roastiness. Flavour matches the aroma with heavy oily roastiness, dark and milk chocolates and rich sweet plummy fruit. Thick palate lets milk chocolate sweetness completely coat the mouth. Finishes with loads of sweet plums and raisins and heavy roast helping dry things out a touch. Really heavy, chewy, and rich, but displaying balance throughout as well. Waves of complexity wash through the mouth with each sip. A very stylish Imperial Stout.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
You know, Iíve been reading various reviews for this beer for a long time, and now I finally get to try it. I honestly thought the comments about how dark it is were exaggerating, but man, they are so justified! This beer is noticably darker than Great Divideís Yeti, which seemed tough for me to imagine. Itís also thicker. Anyway, the head on this was huge, but thatís cause I poured way too fast. The head forms very slow, so be carful. Aroma is full-on cocoa, and brownie mix. As time goes by, I notice some pungent herbal hop scent, caramel, something vaguely sour, or even cheesey, and then as the beer is room temperature, raisins and alcohol. Great and strong aroma. Taste follows a similar course, only even more powerful. All kinds of dark chocolate flavors swirling around, and a definite brownie/cakemix taste too. Excellent! I was surprised how well the malt sweetness transitioned into the hop bitterness. The flavors became roastier, the hops were woody bitter, and still herbal. Finish lasted forever too. Basically, there was no fault to this beer at all, I loved every aspect about it. 1 6-pack was all I was allowed to order at the time, but there will be more! So awesome.
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This baby in the glass is blacker than the ace of spades. Smells good, taste good for a stout. Itís kind of heavy but I can live with that. Not something that I would drink everyday. Excellent stout.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to sprinkle for this bottle, holy hell, this sucker poured motor oil black, and i mean black with a thick brown head. aromas of coffee, toffee, roasted marshmellow. this creamy mouthfeel with a pungent roasted flavor, delicious, backed up with copious amounts of hops. great finish that lingered. this was a meal in a snifter. bellís beers donít do to much for me but this one was great.
brauen (25) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 BIG BEER! Very dark almost opaqe color, dark tan head. Smells of roated malts coco and toffee, very hoppy also. Tastes incredible, can be overpowering if you try and drink it in haste. Definatly sit back and enojy this great stout.