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RATINGS: 2098   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A fine companion to end a meal or relax in front of the hearth with, this robust ale will cellar well for years. Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley this stout is extremely smooth, complex and rich in body. We recommend serving at cellar temperature. Sit back and enjoy its richness and complexity, youre about to drink the ultimate winter warmer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (6326) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Pours a thick, motor oil black with a slight purple tinge...nose is strong coffee/chocolate...Flavour is a blast of the same...palong with a burnt, ash element. More hops towards the bottom, very little trace of the 10.5 ABV. Quite bitter, label claims 90 IBU...sweetness gather up towards the end, but never displaces the bitter. A very good brew, not exactly my favourite thus far, but spectacular hits to the senses.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AWISLguy (2715) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle from Sendiks in Brookfield. Pours syrupy looking thick opaque black with brown 1 inch head. Nice lacing. Aroma has bakers chocolate, roasted coffee beans, creme de cacao, anise, and very sweet cocoa. Taste brings bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, a nice hop grassiness, some nuttiness, a hint of soy sauce and alcohol. Syrupy and thick. Finishes quite bitter and somewhat sweet - a strong bakers chocolate residue - with some length. This is a really good, really tasty brew!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Tap at Waldos. Black with a creamy tan head. Roasted grain milk chocolate and drip coffee aroma and taste with a thick sticky palate and a burnt grain finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (10959) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate, coffee malt and light ash aroma. Opaque black-brown color with small head. Creamy chocolate/coffee malt and moderately bitter herbal/ashy flavor. Nice - hops come through nicely.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (4023) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Tasted the 2006, 2011 & 2012. They poured a pitch black color with a dark tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The taste was like the aroma, as it warms, and all the alcohol flavors become prominent. The best was the 2011 followed by the 2006. Excellent Imperial Stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle. Roasted, coffee malt aroma and a syrup like black pour, little to no head, carbo loaded fill that settled to a pitch black appearance. The smooth palate was expectedly thick, but I was surprised with the smoothness, an almost creaminess about the texture. The taste held coffe, malt, smokey dark chocolate notes, and a bitter alcohol aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Thanks be to Brian at True Vine! It took some self control to let the jewel warm up a bit but it is well worth the wait. Espresso color while pouring with just a hint of caramel colored head. The head will last if you swirl it some in a snifter. Smokey vanilla and cane syrup nose that gets better and better with some warmth. Semi sweet dark chocolate, rich coffee, deep burnt caramel, outside brown smoked pork, and a nice balance of bitterness from the judicious use of hops are all in abundance here. Quite possibly the finest mouthfeel of any beer Ive tried. The finish is a little dry and long lasting. Founders accomplishment in the area of Stouts makes me wonder if Dark Lord is really worth all the hoopla.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2012
12oz bottle, bottled 12/22/11. Black color, nice brown head that fades a bit. Great ring of lace. Lighter, very crisp carbonation. Dry texture. Really roasty taste, some bitterness. That roastiness is awesome, it lasts long through the aftertaste, and has just a little bite (but its a nice assertiveness). Really big, chewy body. Aroma is big orasted malts, some bitter-sweet dark chocolate, good hops. Great stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackflag321 (661) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2012
1-year old bottle. Smooth, dark pour; as dark as can be and not be black. Luscious, slight cocoa head that dissipates quickly but comes back around edge of glass when the glass is swirled. Coffee, chocolate hints are more subtle than when freshly bottled. Great mouthfeel and aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (5300) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 Dans le spectre des Impriales stouts, je la placerais exactement entre la Expedition pour lventail de saveurs et la Ten Fidy pour la prsence en bouche. Un peu moins de tabac et de cuir que la Expedition et lgrement moins de mlasse que la Ten Fidy. Le caf et le chocolat se marie galement parfaitement et consomme leur union jusque dans la puissante amertume.


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