spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Had a bomber of the 2006.Aroma is great.Alot of chocolate,coffee,and a nice hint of alcohol.Pours very dark with a big creamy tan head.Flavor is big chocolate,coffee,and roasted malts.Very smooth with little burn in the finish. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Enjoyed a sample of the ’06 vintage at Tasting in the Woods, Part Duex. This beer pours to a ink black color, with tall, rocky, tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with lots of big aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, molasses, and peppery alcohol. The palate is slick and oily on the tongue, with tremedous flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, fig, molasses, and roasty espresso. This beer finishes with more of those robust and intense flavors, then ends with a soothing, warming, peppery, alcohol burn that lingers. Dark Lord lives up to the hype. Clearly this is one of the most impressive Imperial Stouts on the market today. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 ’05 vintage: Thanks to footbalm for sending this to me awhile back. Pour is black, deep and dark with a frothy brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey, rich, and slightly boozey. Very creamy and full palate--one of the best I’ve experienced. Taste is lots of chocolate syrup with a bitter kick in the end. You definitely get some of the alcohol, but not as much as you might expect. Incredible beer.JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Update for new ratings: This brew has become a shell of itself. The ridiculous amount of raw sugar you taste ruins the experience. The 2008 was average to above average, but 07 and 09 are horrible. I enjoyed 05 as well--but many did not (green apples...). 06 was not good at all either. I don’t see these improving with age--but we’ll have to see. Right now I wouldn’t drink a bottle of 07 or 09 if you gave it to me. Overall score changed to reflect all vintages.
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 22 oz. 2006 bottle from trade with Dubbercody. Thanks Jamie! Pours a dark rick black color with a monsterous brown head that disappears shortly afterwards. Lacing is minimal with a thick oil like body. Aromalof roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is of roasted hops, dark chocolate and some vanilla extract with the alcohol being very well hidden. A nicely balanced, well made beer.
(corrected typos 9-7-07) Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 ’06 22oz bomber-A dark black with a nice brown head that dissipated quickly into a small ring. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, malt and chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee, and it hides the alcohol very nicely. Great tasting stout.
’07 22oz bomber-Aroma of maple syrup, waxy crayon, and slight alcohol on a dark black body with no head whatsover. Taste of roasted malt, coffee, and molasses. A great stout with no perceivable alcohol taste.
’08 22oz bomber-Pours pitch black with a big tan head. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, and chocolate. Taste of the same as it poured like oil. Great.
’09 blind taste test @ BeerandBlues2 9/22/09-Pours black with a small head. Aroma of roasted malt and alcohol. Taste of alcohol and sweetness. This full bodied brew did not have the same viscosity as the ’08 and seemed a bit thin.
22oz bottle ’10 Vintage- 41° in Snifter-Pours a pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweetness and alcohol. Taste of malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and slight alcohol. I like this better than the ’09.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 2006 Bottle: Thanks to Brigadier and Capt Cougar for getting us some botles. What is left to be said... Sweet Roasted Coffee Beans mixed with a milky rich sweet chocolate flavor that tickles the tounge. Surprisingly, there absolutely no burn. Unbelievably smooth for 13%. Taste was compariable to Bells Expedition, but I’m giving DL the edge for hiding the alcohol a little better and for a slightly more complex taste with a little more of the roasted coffee tones (must be that starbucks kicking in). Also has a slightly more milky taste than BES. Low/medium carbonation with a small super thick caramel colored frothy head.... this brew is in a class of its own...
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 22 oz bottle via footbalm(thanks eric!). 2006 bottle. Pours syrupy thick black with a large tan head. Aroma has notes of licorice, anise, chocolate and fruity esters. Tastes like it smells. Starts sweet and ends sweet with some bittersweet roasted chocolate/mocha in the finish. I even detect some hops underneath the roastiness. After the first couple drinks and even the first glass shared with a friend... i was dissappointed and thought it was too sweet and cloying, but after a few sips of the 2nd glass....it is actually quite near perfectly balanced. The roastiness complements the sweetness perfectly. The alcohol is there, but i would not have guessed 13%..... CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2006
WOW!!! The best imperial stout...period. 2006 offering that I had the pleasure of getting one bottle. Huge coffee and piney aroma. First sip was cautious with the 13% alcohol, but pleasantly surprised at very little burn. Very thick. Flavor of coffee and roasted hops lays gently on the tongue waiting for the next sip. Mellows as it warms at mid glass becoming sweet. If you are able to be lucky enough to have one, enjoy the best an imperial can be aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 22, 2008 Overly roasted earthy and vegetative with big tobacco overtones. Astringent malt character with far too much residual sugar for me. The mouthfeel is dominated by the alcohol which is also perceptible on the nose. An overly sweet molasses ridden mess of a beer. gnoff (10859) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
(650 ml bottle) Pitch black like the heart of George W. Bush. Redish brown bubbly head. Smokey burnt vinous salty sweet scent, also alcohol. Huge smooth mouthfeel. Burnt and raissin, thick sweet taste. The flavor is less complex than the smell. Sticky thick after mouthfeel. Burnt aftertaste. Low to medium bitterness. It’s big in most aspects, but in this bigger isn’t better. I wouldn’t rank it that high among the worlds best beers.