crajun (1263) - , Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 12/14 opened a2011 bottle. First aroma was still strong bourbon. No head on pour One of the best palates ever so thick and silky. In end just too hot as it warms. Lowered from 4.1. .....................GREAT RIS; 12 oz rec’d in trade from beerbill (thanks!!). not a fan of the aroma all I got was alcohol - but everything after that was almost perfect - black oily pour with choc beige head (small). 5 on palate - perfect creamy almost chewy thickness. taste was a 9/10 - plenty of roasted stuffs, coffee, slight bitter chocolate - i got no hops but had aged this beer 9 - 12 mos. Will have more!! 02/13 had a fresh (less than 2 mos old) one and did not enjoy nearly as much. Will let the rest age a year at least CBz (1) - - FEB 12, 2012 does not count
Great nose with a slightly sweet aroma. The stuff swirls like motor oil in the glass. Delicious taste with subtle hops, malty sweetness, and overall great balance. rader58 (926) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark black. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, molasses, peat, dried fruit. Flavor is coffee, pine, peat, smoke, vanilla, raisin. A nice earthy and coffee imperial stout with a dry finish. Patrickctenchi (6731) - Cox’s 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. AWISLguy (3327) - 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 baker’s 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 baker’s chocolate residue - with some length. This is a really good, really tasty brew!
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. shrubber85 (11618) - 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. jandd1983 (4604) - 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. 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. reverendj (198) - 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 I’ve 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.