Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 On tap at DLD 2008; courtesy of csbosox. Pours jet black and oily with just the tiniest ring of brown bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. On the nose are bourbon barrel notes of oak and vanilla over sweet roasted malt, chocolate and light alcohol. Full bodied and chewy with a warm alcohol heat that actually "burns" on your lips. The flavor is a nice blend of light vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt with a dry, woody finish. While this is quite tasty, I’d have to say that I actually prefer the standard version of Dark Lord to this one. It’s just a tad hotter than I would like. torsoman75 (4) - Broadview Heights, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008 does not count
Tried this at Dark Lord Days. Impressive. However, the recent release already tastes better and hasn’t aged much. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
On tap at DLD. Pours inky black with out any head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, tobacco. Palate is ultra ful bodied to the point of being chewy, mild carbonation, finished velvety smooth and bitter. This is one massive brew, with a whole host of flavors and sensations going on. Magnificent! kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
Draft @ 3F. Pours an incredibly dark, murky dark chocolate color; mostly headless; very thick, oily, and viscous. Very sweet barrel character in the aroma; sticky dried dark fruits, fruit leather; less chocolate than just intense, gooey fruitiness and viscous caramel. Awesome. Lightly carbonated; ridiculously chewy, dried dark fruits, warming caramel and fruit leather; a touch of alcohol coming through; just incredibly viscous and heavy and velvety on the palate. Awesome. That’s two awesomes. Now three. Chocolate and coffee notes come through in the finish; some bread and toastiness. I drank more than a few of these. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Drank out of a plastic glass at DLD. How classy. I was just hoping it wasn’t going to burn through the glass. So, much hype with this beer, makes it hard to rate, but here I go nonetheless. Poured black (duh), aroma is molasses and bourbon. Taste is much the same, big and sweet, heavenly mouthfeel, more of a wall of taste than anything, hard to pick the flavor apart brick by brick. This beer is rediculous, flavor and all, but I enjoyed it.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
sampled on dark lord day 2008. brown color, almost no head, slight lacing. chocolate, coffee and bourbon in the nose. creamy, sweet extremely smooth flavors. full bodied. outside of the hint of whiskey, i didn’t catch any alcohol, but it’s got to be there. then again, it was late in the day and i might not have recognized alcohol if it hit me in the head with a wet towel.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
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Draft @ DLD 08: This is as black as Pinhead’s soul and about as relentless and abusing. MASSIVE oak and bourbon nose but surprisingly did not cover up the other subtleties...dark fruits, vanilla, dark malts, tobacco and coffee. Contrary to some of the other reviews, I believe this to be very well balanced as far as the oak/bourbon goes...didn’t seem too cloyingly sweet and was unbelievably drinkable. The thickest brew I’ve ever had and the best. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
Poured as black as humanly possibly. Aroma was of burnt coffee and alot of whiskey. Flavor was very smooth, but the complexities of the regular DL were covered up by the whiskey. sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
DLD 2008. 1200th rating to be entered... what a coincidence! Pours black with no head. Flows very thick. Sweet, lots of bourbon. Some vanilla and lots of alcohol. Very good. tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 Had the 2008 on tap Dark Lord Day 2008 at the brewery. Thick as molasses, pours straight black but no head. Left thick brown film on the glass as you swirled it. The smell was almost nothing but bourbon. The smells underneath were very good vanilla and some dried fruit if you could find them under the bourbon. Flavor was almost one deminsional: Bourbon. At first you picked up very sweet sugar and some vanilla masked with bourbon but within seconds your whole palate tasted bourbon and the taste lingered longer than anything i’ve ever had. The mouthfeel was wonderful, almost like syrup or a melted milkshake, very sticky. If you got this on your hands it was like pancake syrup. Overall, nice experience, but way too much bourbon, i wanted to taste beer.