DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2008
Sample at DLD 08. Extremely black with no head. Swirling leaves the plastic cup stained brown. Thick looking. Bourbon is the first thing apparent in the aroma. The bourbon definitely overpowers the other aromas but it is not overdone, the aroma is still quite pleasant. Same old Dark Lord smell underneath if you focus on it. Very balanced smell. Taste is an explosion of sticky sweetness and mouth coating goo. The bourbon is immediately apparent then the chewy, chocolatey malts finish. Perhaps the longest finish of any beer I’ve ever had. I was licking my gums for minutes tasting this stuff. Obscenely full bodied. I don’t know how but this seemed like the thickest DL I’ve yet encountered. The flavor is a little over the top. The sweetness of the bourbon combines with the already sweet beer to become a little much. I kept envisioning drinking corn syrup and the texture doesn’t help eliminate this image. The bourbon flavor also kind of overpowered any of the subtleties of the regular (yes, there are some subtleties) and made the beer less complex. All in all this was quite incredible but the drinkability is certainly very low. I had to share my little cup. I am very glad to have gotten to try this but I prefer the regular version. CP (124) - USA - APR 28, 2008
I like regular Dark Lord better than the oak aged. This seems to be true for any beer I try that is oak aged. I either can’t tell a big difference or it just adds alcohol flavor. For me the it doesn’t add much to it other than that. It’s still good, but I just prefer the regular or vanilla bean. couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2008
Vintage 07 on tap DLD08.
Quite similar to its younger brother. Strong oak and some vanilla character adds a bit of complexity to aroma and flavor. damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
DLD 08. Great beer but not the best of the dark lords. I like the aging but I don’t think it adds as much character as the vanilla version DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2008
I have to admit that I’ve fallen head over heels for the bourbon-aged craze, I dig the bourbon flavor and I really dig the Dark Lord... together they are absolutely amazing. Some beers don’t really stand up to the challenge, the bourbon can get a little overwhelming, but the DL is rich enough that the bourbon flavors just work their way into the beer and create something so amazing.... While I agree that it is not a "sit on the back porch and drink a couple with your BBQ" beer, it is worth one of my few perfect 5.0’s for being the hands-down most delicious mouthful of anything I’ve ever had.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Tried this one after the Vanilla DL, and it seemed different in a few ways. 1-it didn’t seem quite as thick, though it may have been an optical dillusion. 2- had a very distinct bourbon aroma and flavor. 3- you could tell the alcohol was in this one as compared to the regualr DL and Vanilla DL. Overall, it was great, but I was MUCH happier that I got a few cups of the Vanilla DL. Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2008
On tap at DLD’08. Glad to get some. I heard the ran out. Lots of molasses and bourbon in the nose. Taste is sweet and loaded with bourbon. Very black with no head. Very drinkable. lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2008
DLD 2008. Thanks to BillVanE for sharing the taster he managed to get by unknown means ;) The brewpub ran out yesterday and he came up to me smiling ear to ear. Everything you know the reg. Dark Lord is but amped up obviously. If they could get Christmas in a keg, it would be right here. DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2008
Thanks to joey and random guy in line for tastings of this. Black as night, no head. Aroma was heavy on the molasses and bourbon. Huge bourbon intro with chocolate, molasses, and alcohol. Finishes very boozy, syrupy. A bit over the top for me, not very drinkable. I had a 4 oz glass and it was a bit too much. Still one of the most flavorful and unique beers I’ve come across. Skyview (6034) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2008
On draught at the Dark Lord Day 08. Pours a creamy and thick, opaque dark chocolate malt colored brown brew with no head. Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, a touch of black licorice, and some deep citrus hops. Taste is thick, smooth and creamy with an over the top alcohol kick that really compliments the dark chocolate, bourbon and molasses flavors. Finish is just as smooth and its flavor continues after the finish. I was fortunate to get three 10-oz glasses of this which made the 5-hour wait in line for the regular Dark Lord Imperial Stout worth the wait. Also received word that this sold out in less than one hour.