505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice aroma, malty, coffee, moderate hops. Pours nice and dark, with a small light brown head. Taste is absolutely absurd. So good. Vinous, dark fruits, coffee, roasty, with a wonderful alcoholic finish. Very well balanced. Full Body. One of the greatest beers ever? I think so!
mybrainhurts (396) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, full dark pour, coating the glass with liquid perfection. Dense and creamy brownish head (although the high alcohol content kills this quickly). Itís short life is beautiful. Alcoholic nose and very peppery. Bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee and spicy alcohol. A beast, powerful and strong. I like this brew. A great offering from Bells!
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Bottle, thanks zeswaft. Dark dark dark. Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, hops... Really nice, not hugely complex, but awesome. Super dry, hops are amazing. Drink it warm, but not to warm, or youíll get way too much of the alcohol. Marvelous. Rerate: this beer IS complex. Cherries all over the aroma, and really good chocolate. Iím bumping up my rating on flavor of this from 8 to 9 and palate from 4 to 5.
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Pours a black, caramel color. Smells like chocolate, and a little bit of coffee. Tastes very sweet and chocolate and coffee, with a bitter mocha finish. Fantastic, warming beer. One of my favorites. Even better than non-oak-aged Dark Lord.
Blind tasting results, WTF was I thinking. Not nearly as good as Dark Lord, but still amazing.
Post Blind Tasting
Aroma is sweet and soy. Some molasses, chocolate, sweet.
Damn, this is better than DL.
Not nearly as viscous. More attenuated, subtle, well-crafted.
Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Slick, slightly bitter, no astringency, but some spiciness.
Hops are still present after a year of bottling.
Fuck, this is pretty damn near perfect.
I can’t think of a better crafted imperial stout. Taste-wise, there might be a few that are slightly better, but this beer is so consistently good that I have to give it a perfect score.
milewide (2198) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black and thick. Tons of roasted malt and chocolate flavor. I donít catch much hops. A bit sweet for me.
dwyerpg (6013) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells very strong, probably because it is. Itís like jet ink or darker in color. This is so thick itís like a full meal; something for the fasting monks to chew on, if they had it back then. no. 64.
rayg1 (593) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty fricking outstanding, has this with ross. Thanks a bunch. Almost a year old, this stuff is awesome. Pours thick and black out of the bottle with a small but bubbly brown head. Aroma is very much coffee and a bit of bitter chocolate. The taste is what seals the deal on this one, a thick awesome nutty/roasted flavor with more coffee and chocolate and hops! Flavor is strong but well balanced and not overpowering one of those strong flavors you keep wanting more of. Man I really hope this stuff makes it down to North Carolina.
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 (601) - 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.