beastiefan2k (4179) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 400th rater. Thanks TBC2. 06 bottle with gold wax. Shared with gotmos and 2 friends (for whom it was described as number 2). Poured into a large snifter, poured a great black - no translucence and the edges are slightly blood red. A beautiful almost brown small head that quickly becomes a great lacing. Aroma is strong - raisin-y chocolate, some alcohol - but nicely balanced. Taste is weaker than I like with lots of bitterness. Really bark-y. Mouthfeel is just average. After taste is toasty bitterness. Really a beautiful beer. 8/5/7/3/16 gotmos (11) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Had a 2007 bottle (gray wax) with about a year on it, shared by some BA folks. This has been my favorite version of Dark Lord. It is way sweeter and thicker than any other. Lots of licorice with molasses, bitterness is hidden behind the layers of adjuncts. It really added to the mouthfeel that I though was lacking in the other versions. It had crazy legs. After I finished my sample, I poured water into my glass and had a copper colored beer. 8/4/8/4/16
Beer #3 of 13 in blind tasting.
This was the first time I have ever had this beer blind and the results were surprising. 2013 bottle, almost a year old . Comes off as a big beer. I thought it might be barrel aged but in hindsight just big and boozy. Lots of alcohol. Lots of autolysis (soy sauce) on the nose. Flavor has reduced negative aspects. 6/3/7/3/14.
In the aggregate, this was the worst scoring beer, strongly below the average (0.78 of a standard deviation below).
Final score is aggregate of all ratings.
Thanks to Beastiefan for this one. A delightful black with a halo of head. Aroma is weak alcohol and coffee. Flavor is well balanced with delicous toffee and molasses. Low bitterness and a decieving lack of alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and tart. Very enjoyable. skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 22 oz bottle into a 2 oz Snifter glass (thanks to glkaiser!!!!!). Pours a ridiculous dark as the sky at night black with a darker tanned thin head. The aroma brings out a thick and dark coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and alcoholic bursting nose. The taste of this one is so overly intense, it’s beautiful. A huge, thick, and syrupy molasses coated chocolate coffee bean tossed around with hops and dark malts is what came to mind. All the while the 13% ABV bites at the tongue throughout the taste. This is the definition of full bodied! After the finish, the taste lingers for quite some time as your mouth has just been coasted with madness. I can’t wait until I can try this again! Thanks again JEFF! weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Thanks to kmpitz2 for this ’05 version...
Appears a pitch black with a dark tan, 3 finger head that slowly fades out. Spots of lace are left all around the glass.
Smell is of chocolate, toffee, citrusy hops, anise, coffee, oatmeal, maple syrupy/molasses and whiskey-ish...very complex and addictive.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Great mix of the aromas with a rich, tobacco like flavor mixed in to the mix of the wonderful aromas.
Mouthfeel is of rich syrup, full bodied, maple and malt sugars that stick to the palate with a remarkable hoppiness that is trying to come through this malt billed monster.
I enjoyed this so much. It’s very rich and syrupy with sugar abound! Excellent work. Notch another one up for the Americans. alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - AUG 6, 2006
I wrongly had a BA Speedway and then a Dreadnaught before ending the night with one of these. Its an incredible brew, but it stood way behinde the Speedway. Sent by Drewbeerme, Pours oil black with no head. Tastes of expresso, vanilla, raisins and brown sugar. Hard alcohol is hardly noticable, a tad too sweet and harsh, not so smooth as the Speedway. Finishes roasty and slight bittersweet. A very well made stout, and probably beter than the regular speedway.
Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 Bottle from Footbalm. Black as night sludge that is super thick and smells pretty damn good. Very tiny head. Looks wonderful, tastes amazing. So much chocolate and coffee going on. Not something I care to have all the time, but still very very good and deserving of all the hype. I hope to get one of these again in the future, although I will be sure not taste it after something like the BA Speedway (like i did tonight), because the Dark Lord doesn’t hold a candle to it. Bartzilla (624) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 From bottle courtesy of Naven at the monthly Death Metal Beer Tasting Social Mixer at my house. If you’re in San Diego, this is a highly recommended way to meet fellow alcoholics and drink rare ales while listening to only the finest of grindcore and regurgitated tunes. Anyway, this stuff glugs out of the bottle like molasses. Pretty good sign right there that you’re looking at a world of problems tomorrow. It’s black, leaves brown lacing and could drop a grizzly bear in it’s tracks. Tastes great. Really really heavy chocolate flavors. You don’t realize this is 13% until you pee in the tub later on that night. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2006 Columbus gathering beer#12. Brought by Sliffy. This wasnt exactly the 100th beer but I am rating it as it was. Aroma was of luscious chocolate, coffee, and molasses. This was very thick and rich almost like a choclate syrup. So glad i was able to try this for a 100th beer. Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Thick dark chocolate, caramel colored head. Very full bodied, with a bitter, roasted flavor. Love it. Had this at Immy’s tasting. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2006
bottle. thanks glkaiser. I’ve been holding off on this for a special occassion. My buddy got a new and better job so the time has come.
dark black/maple pour with tan thin bubbled head. nice oak barrel, molasses, coffee and alcohol aroma. very rich. great molasses. roasted aftertaste. alcohol bite is very present. vanilla and mild coffee. oak barrel on the palate.