BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Great Taste ’08. Last of the Dark Lords on deck and well worth the wate. Thick and viscous with a brownish black color that reminded me of properly mixed wasabi & soy sauce. Which in my book is just thin enough to prevent you from being able to use a fork to eat it and no thinner. Which is exactly how thick this beer was. Unlike most bourbon aged beers, this one was perfectly balanced. The earthiness of the oak completely took over the beer while the dark lord’s original flavor seems to have muted the bourbon’s typically buscuit-like flavor. Easily the thickest beer I’ve ever drank. BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Forgot to rate this one after Dark Lord Day. Draft in a plastic cup at the brewpub. Poured like motor oil. It looked like pancake syrup, and had the same thickness. Had small brownish ead, that did not dissapate. Instant great taste of bourbon and malts. Delicious lingering taste of coffee and chololate. Alcohol is apparant, and damned delish too. Finishes, with thick sludgy goodness. To sum it up, if you soaked a piece of wood in bourbon and then sucked on it, you’d get the same effect. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Great Taste ’08. 2007, aged for a year. Finally! Pours a thick sludgy viscous, glass coating oil brown, with debris in it! The nose is big sweet sticky Dark Lord, completely going one on one with the oak. Tannins are heavy, but no heavier than the sweet alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, and roast. The mouthfeel is as thick as a solution can be. The flavors are as to be expected, insane. Basically just like I imagined, only with more oak, and not as screwed up as I thought it would be. This is an actual improvement to Dark Lord! Splendid. marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Draft on tap at Taste of the Midwest. Unbelievably thick beer, more like chocolate syrup. Completely opaque and solid. Flavor is rich chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Left my glass looking like it had been dipped in chocolate. Very good. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Oily black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of oak, light toasted coconut, vinous fruits, roasted, bready malt and bakers chocolate. Flavor was rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla notes, sticky caramel, hints of bourbon. Rich/thick body, soft/no carbonation sweet/vinous/woody with a roasty/oaky/sticky-sweet finish. The barrel didn’t tame nor subdue this beast of a beer...really just upped it another level. It also helps that it started with the 07 vintage which was one of my favorite years to begin with. Really goddamn awesome, it gets my first 5.
luckymortal (16) - USA - JUL 31, 2008
If you’re in the mindset of a liqueur and not a "beer" then this is one of the most complex and beautiful drinks you’ll find.
ALl I’ll add is that I actually enjoy drinking the bottled 08 more than the aged 07. But this is an amazing experience. I’ll be retunring every year I can just to get this stuff. LokiLovelace (14) - Piscataway, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2008
I had this at the 2008 Dark Lord Day draft. Un real! Like a slicce of thick rich cake and velvet in liquid form. Not only was it poaque it clung to the sides of the sample glass and I think it actually sucked out some of the light in the room! It was worth the wait just to try it, I liked it even better than the regular which I’m saving bottles of, this is one of the best beers I’ve had. laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2008
this is like drinking motor oil. as if original dark lord weren’t enough to kick your ass they covered it with bourbon. this is just too too much. i get it, but i just can’t drink it. ChainGangGuy (4897) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Black, soulless body with a thin, dark tan head. Everything the original Dark Lord is, both in aroma and taste, but now given a hearty soak in bourbon -- something I highly recommend. Strong bourbony accents blend in well with the other strong flavors. Thick, somewhat sticky body with almost nil carbonation. Enjoyed at this year’s DLD, it really helped take the edge off standing around for hours upon hours in a line. BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Draught, DLD ’08. Pours dark and rich like the original Dark Lord but with almost no head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and malt. Great depth of flavor that coates the palate. Oak aging tamed, some may even say to the point of hiding the overall intensity of the original Dark Lord, but it did add great woody and bourbon flavors. The oaked version provides a much different experience and well worth a wait in line if given the opportunity.(Thanks to the guy in the Goose Island Jersey for giving me a pour).