badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Pours pure black with probably the darkest colored head I’ve seen, brownish red almost. Head retention is amazing and has incredible lacing. Aroma has molasses, licorice, cherries, chocolate, and a little roastiness. Sweet malt and molasses greet my tongue first, yielding a cornucopia of sweet delicious flavors. Many of the things noted in the nose are also present in the taste, but just even more condensed and with some roastiness in the finish; it’s so good! Mouthfeel is super thick, very full bodied with low carbonation; perfect for an imperial stout. Incredible beer, I really hope they continue to make this. Dark Lord, watch out!
Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2007
12oz bottle coutesy of Skyview.
jagad5 (95) - - APR 1, 2014
Where to begin. Well the pour was like the oil was left in a car for 50,000 miles. Dark tan milk shake head that left some spotted lacing on top of pint glass.
Aroma was roasty, sweetness hit the nose at times. Chocolate and barley and grainy oats freshly havested..
Chocolate sweetness at first with a cherry licoice flavor that followed. Texure was thick and the tobbacco, molaces and fermented baraley grains hit from middle to end along with to with some chocolate still present.
Smoked roasted grain dryness left for aftertaste with a sweet coco also present.
Quality sipping brew thanks Bob.
I can’t give anything a perfect score but this was close. Poured from a bottle. So dark I can’t see the other side of the glass. Strong enough to help me relax and enjoy my evening. jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Can a beer reach perfection? This one comes as close as any I have tasted. Black nectar folds into the glass, thick and creamy, crowned with a one finger thick frock of light brown froth. Nose is molasses, caramel and malt. Very rich and creamy on the palate. Taste is rich, full and sweet, packed with molasses, brown sugar, caramel and chocolate. Cloyingly sweet on the finish, the 9.5% ABV warms the throat on the way down. This beer is a banquet unto itself and needs no accompainment, although it paired well with popcorn on my initial tasting. iStout (14) - - FEB 3, 2014
Good quality dry Imperial Stout !---
Has more hops than my favorite Imperial Stouts like Founders Imperial, AleSmith Speedway, Thirsty Dod’s Siberian Night or Bell’s Expedition,
On tap at Legends Spors Bar in Green, Ohio...
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2007
This is a really good Impy. Pours thick, viscous black from the bottle, with a medium brown head. Lots of lacing on each of the two I had, with strong coffee, cocoa, and something almost fruity in the nose. Flavor is impressive, especially when you consider Leinie’s doesn’t make anything even remotely like this beer. Strong smoky coffee and cocoa, with some tiny hints of fruit and alcohol, but not too much. Like was said below, this is the closest I’ve tasted to a sessionable Imperial Stout. gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle, courtesy Ughsmash. Pours pitch black, with a huge, dark caramel colored fluffy, marshmallow-like head. Very prominent and thick lacing. Looks mouth-watering. Aroma has a giant wave of roasted chocolate, with caramel and molasses oozing afterwards. A trace of vanilla tops things off. Flavors are very rich. Smooth malty character. Overflowing and drippy chocolateness. Roasted qualities finish each sip. Caramel, licorice, brown sugar....complex and delicious. Full-bodied and very soft and extremely drinkable. Velvety tender mouthfeel. TheGuy (920) - Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 Bottle thanks to skyview and another darklord day trade thanks bro, Pours pitch black with a burnt sienna colored head aromas abound from the pour, letting you know that this is going to be good aromas of chocolate, and viniila at first wiff followed by caramel,molasses and dark roasted malts lots of malts taste is sweet of chocolates ,vanilla,coffee and malts all of which are mellowed by the hop presenece. this my friends is one damn good beer ,very thick and slick,smooth and creamy this is as close to a darklord as it gets >>> updated >>> on the new 2010 version is a bit of a let down but i think with time the hop presence will fade and as the beer matures it will round itself out well at least I’m hoping so I’m going to cellar the rest for periodic checks I truely hope that this doesn’t let me down then as it did fresh
bpreo (2943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Ohhh, such a nice Russian Imperial Stout. Strong, but not dominating. Tastes like, tastes like something familiar anyways.