jedadiahcombs (41) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2006
Many thanks to X-Ray who hooked us up with this bottle. ’06 vintage poured midnite black with a thin orangish-brown head, which quickly dissipated. Aromas of smokey malt, hops, chocolate, and coffee. Very heavy and satisfying mouthfeel. A taste explosion with the bitterness of hops as well as sweet malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Gentle warming as it slides down the esophogas until coming to rest comfortingly in the stomach. This is the top of the mountain boys, just a shame its so hard to come by. HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Bottle (650ml - we think 2004 vintage?). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - blankboy’s bottle - BIG THANK YOU FOR SHARING. Thick black pour, large lasting creamy brown head - lovely. Ahhhhh ... nutty deep roast aroma, tons of bitter hops, strong Turkish coffee, molasses, sour cherry, chocolate, prunes/plums - even cream and I swear mushrooms. Taste - very bitter - hops and alcohol - coffee grounds, dark fruit, yeast, lactose - has a long, ever-changing bitter linger, quite fruity and malty in the finish. Thick, on the flat side, sticky, acidic, complex - wow! I want more. Thanks again to blankboy for sharing! brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2006
22oz bottle, 2005. Procured at “From the Vine” and enjoyed with the Beyer family in the Outer Banks. Pours big, opaque and oily with no head (brown-black). The aroma is strong with coffee though a toffee aroma manages to sneak through (somewhat sweet). There is also burnt malt and if you really stretch your imagination you can detect some fruit deep down in the aroma (though I may have been trying too hard). The flavor is big and overpowering. Coffee and toffee immediately and predominately. The are also some notes of dark fruit, tobacco, wood, and alcohol (but more present in the mouth feel really) that is somewhat wine or port like at times. Wonderfully creamy and full body. Really enjoyable but I think I will prefer this in another year or two. henrikb (1264) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
2005 vintage tasted blind at Sk8vikings amazing Porter/Stout tasting - Black body, with a very dark head; Deeep, but could be more complex: lots of very warm sugar, caramel, full very soft licorice; Incredibly full body, very soft, sugar soft carbonation and not to much of it; Into very long, way bitter harsh finish: hazelnuts, licorice but also a very little oxidization. GREAT BEER! mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
It’s too dark, for one. The head is little and brown which is pretty remarkable considering the massive amount of alcohol in this—but what’s really on display here is the darkness. Think about the time before you were born and that’s Dark Lord.
We’re raised to appreciate two kinds of goodness in the worlds of taste and of smell. There’s the natural and the artificial. Cherry Jolly Ranchers taste good, and so do real cherries, even if they don’t taste anything alike. This is a combination of the best natural, earthen, fruity, and grainy smells you’ve ever come across, along with the best unnatural, chemical smells. The thing is that these smells are natural, just so intense as to defy nature. Kids don’t know the smells of unprocessed molasses, burnt grain, or wood smoke. This would seem like a medicine chest mixed with a cookie jar mixed with a walk in a field—one whiff could scar a kid for life.
Too much complexity. On the very tip of the tongue it tastes like a dark wine, then it gets bittersweet, like fire roasted grain, browning apples, and molasses, then it gets regular sweet, like half-dark chocolate and a café mocha, and then it gets a little zippy, like Belgian alcohol and yeast. That’s—that’s like you’re falling down a hill of flavor and then you climb it back up again, from the valley of the alcohol, into the sweet, and then into the bittersweet, and then into the wine. Giving this to a child would be like giving them a bar of acid and taking them to Disneyland. Nothing would ever make them feel happy again, ever.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Obviously pours very dark with a nice brown head. Aromas and flavors of coffee,caramel, and chocolate dominate in this thick very good beer. FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Jet black color, with a lite brown head. aroma had thick scent of molasses and cherries. pretty darn good. walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2006
well I thought it was time to rate this beer got a couple in trades from 2 differant R.B.s 06 version. poured a like old black oil that hasm’t been changed for 20,000 miles(my favorite color) with a big brown head that didn’t last, but left a small amount of lacing. aroma, molasses comes out strong, than got dark sweet cherries that are at their prime, vanilla,, brown sugar, roasted malts and some dark fruits. flavor dark fruits marinated in alcohol, raisins, some chocolate, as the beer warms in my glass it get sweeter a starting to get a slight bitterness to it. not to bad tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Rerate (2007 Vintage) sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Pour is no head, then it slowly appears, only to then again disappear into nothingness; blackened. This demon has flavors of caramel, molasses, coffee, vanilla, licorice, and port. This lives up to the hype. Maintains the score of last years vintage. I bumped up the Aroma score one, but deducted one point off of palate, due to the thick sludge towards the end of the bottle, which was just too itimidating for me to handle.
Original Rating (2006 Vintage):
I enjoyed this beauty thanks to El Gaucho who nabbed me a bomber from Dark Lord Days 2006. First wax bottle so I had to do some peeling before I could crack open this beauty. Pours black with an almost orange colored head. The head, by the way, starts out thick and fluffy, but quickly disappears. All that’s left is what can be described as an algae film on a black opaque pond. Strong vanilla, cherry, raisin, and soy meet the senses. One taste and I can also detect some fairly strong coffee, molasses, and dark fruit notes. A strong hoppy finish rounds this one of a kind brew out. Can detect the higher ABV, although it’s not overwhelming. Very good, and bordering on perfection. Drank this as I was watching Francisco Liriano have a great outing for the MN Twins (over the Angels). Now if their relievers can nail up the coffin it will be a very satisfying night! (Oh yeah, in return I was able to nab 4 tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest for my friend Winston, so everything worked out great!)
Total Score: 4.7
First of all, I would like to thank Eric (tannertavernboys) for making the trek to Dark Lord Day and bringing me back a few of these gems! Obviously a 22oz bottle. Gold wax that was impeding my attempt to open the damn bottle! It poured a deep pitch black. Tan spotted head. On the nose I got notes of coffee, caramel figs, a woody musty note, cinnamon, vanilla and bitter chocolate. The palate was smooth and oily slick. Nice and dry. The flavors were much akin to the aromas. Strong coffee and caramel. Port and sherry notes. Anise and spices. Notable alcohol burn. Syrupy. So smooth, so good!