WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours a lovely opaque black with a tan head. Has a very sweet raisin aroma. Goes down smooth with a clean sweet taste. kazin (619) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2015
Bottle shared with friends at a tasting. Strong aroma of Brandy barrels, taste is as with the other variants, strong on sweetness, chocolate, vanilla, raisins, and everything in between budznsudz (584) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Black pour with very little head if any. Damn this smells complex as hell. Vinous dark chocolate, raisins, figs, exotic cocoa, and pixie dust make up the nose. The flavor is really tickling my fancy. Chocolate covered marshmallow bathed in sweet brandy and dark matter. I’m pretty sure this is charged with gamma rays to boot. All nonsense aside, this beer is absolutely killer. phaleslu (10673) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle from Dark Lord Day 2011, numbered 282/392. Tried alongside 2006-2011 Dark Lord as well as the other three barrel variants on my bachelor party weekend, Friday night tasting. Looks like the rest of the DL on the table- dark, opaque near-black in the middle, more of an amber-cola-brown color on the edges, minimal brown bubbles for head. Great brandy character on the nose of this one, and a lot of it. The booze of the brandy sits in the nostrils, and there is a lot of accompanying fruitiness- berries, plums especially- with oak, caramel, chocolate, molasses, tannins. The flavor is a cut above the nose, with a good deal of brandy without the boozy heat of the nose, plus more fruits, oak, caramel, toasted sugar, molasses, coffee beans, and chocolate. Full-bodied, with a rich, smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. This one delivered most closely to what I expected of the four Dark Lord barrel variants, and that’s not a bad thing at all. Re-Rate: Bottle 375/433, tried about 13 months after I tried it the first time. This one has improved with age. Bumping it a point. jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks a lot Peter! Pours black like oil with a no head. Aroma is all brandy with hints of apple and vanilla. Flavor is brandy, but not overwhelming. You still are able to pick up hints of chocolate, oak and fruits. Full bodied with low carbonation. Very good beer overall.