Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2017 MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve had this two years in a row in a plastic cup pour. I took some brief notes this year, so here it goes - a lot of this will be complementary to my review of Dark Lord (when I finally get around to reviewing the regular variety). Some of this text is borrowed from my Vanilla-bean review, where appropriate.
A - Think quick-dissolving mocha foam, nice ring of lace, pitch black with a hint of red at the edges. It’s about all I expect from a 13% RIS.
S - Oak-barrel, but not the stupid amount I experienced in oak-aged Behemoth. There’s also a touch of vanilla and almond that I get from most good barrel-aged brews, plus the cadre of "regular" Dark Lord smells. It’s different from regular Dark Lord, but not a huge improvement.
T - I found the oak-aging to simplify the taste of Dark Lord in a way that wasn’t altogether positive. The oak-aging really brings out the booziness and heat and smooths out a lot of the really interesting flavors from the regular Dark Lord. It’s still pretty delicious, but just slightly acerbic.
M - Thick, near milk-shake consistency, with tons of residual stickiness, and low carbonation. This is the way RISes should be down - other brewer’s take note.
D - This is a mild step in the wrong direction - takes the least drinkable elements of Dark Lord and amplifies them a little bit. It’s hot, palate-beating, and not really much more interesting than the regular variety. Worth trying, but not worth waiting hours in line to try.
So glad I opened this one with some good friends. Fudgey chocolatey goodness. A bit on the sweet side but it was enjoyable nonetheless. dzudohonor (335) - POLAND - AUG 18, 2017
PAKK 2017 - Jeden z degustatorów niezadowolony z potężnie wyklejającej słodyczy ocenił na 3.7. Absolutny #teamcukrzyca, w aromacie migdały, orzechy włoskie, na drugim planie tytoń, miód, praliny, wanilina i burbon. W smaku ulepek, brownie z orzechami włoskimi, przypomina likier bailey’s. Ocena łączona 4.5 NightHawk91 (96) - POLAND - AUG 16, 2017
2015. Soy sauce makes the aroma pretty weak. A subtle bourbon barrel. ALMOST too sweet. No alcohol. Drinkable and in my taste but a bit simple. faroeviking (11331) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Botella. Late Fall Monster Tasting. (note is funny enough hard to read)...Black. Sweet dark roasty malty aroma, vanilla, wood, chocolate, dark fruits. Flavour: heavily sweet, roasty malt, dark fruits, chocolate, alcohol. Rando7 (787) - Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Bottle pours black viscous with cocoa colored head. Aroma roast, malts, dark fruit, bourbon. Flavor all the above plus some licorice and molasses. Great thick and smooth mouth feel. Finish some soy sauce and licorice with alcohol burn.
sjogro (4998) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2016
Really is better as it warms. Very good but the base beer (Dark Lord) is no longer unique and there are a lot of good beers out there that can compete with it.
Sampled from bottle at deanso’s courtesy of kermis, happy birthday! Vintage 2012. Big sweet roasted chocolate malts, big but oh so soft bourbon, vanilla, sticky dark toffee, dark fudge, sticky dates, the dark lord has the depth of charcoal black and the softness of red velvet bedsheets. Big sweet, light bitter. Full body, low carbonation. Goosebumps, from the taste or the amount of sugar gushing into my vains. Can’t feel my face. djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2016
2005 Woodford Reserve gold wax growler thanks to Brian. Pours black with no head. The aroma is strong bourbon, wood, very little oxidation. Medium body, very smooth, little oxidation, light barrel, held up very well. thediceman666 (23) - - OCT 14, 2016
2013 bottle shared with a few friends pours bitch black and thick, excellent aroma of soy and dark chocolate and sweet dart fruit. markextrae (4579) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle at north vs south tasting. Batch 2015, bottle 452 of 603. Poured deep dark black with a small beige ring on the Side. Nose is intense sweet, light toasted malts, marshmallows, sweet apples, oak, bourbon, slight vanilla. Taste is intense sweet, sticky molasses, syrup, bourbon, sweet chocolate fudge, and Dried sweet fruits. Very sticky and full bodied mouthfeel. Light bourbon heat finish. Very sweet and intense. Finally, amazing brew to try RobertDale (6976) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Shared 2015 bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, barrel, and coffee. Beyond delicious.