McKnizzle69 (89) - Machesney Park, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2006
2006 Vintage: This beer has so much going on. Very Complex. Pitch black in color with red orange rim in glass. Slight lacing with heavy legs once brought to room temperature. Flavor is amazing can’t really explain: Caramel, coffee, char, dark chocolate, black licorice. This is defiantly a top 50 beer for a reason. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS ONE!!!! Thanks to TannerTavern boys for the sample. jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2006
2006 Vintage. Pours deep black with a fantastic creamy, tan head that last. Aroma is full of complexities--burnt caramel, cherries, plums and roast. Flavor carries these same complexities...surprising how strong the cherry is. Missing the roasted barley flavor that is typical for this style...could almost be described as a monster porter instead of a RIS. Very hot in the finish...so much so that it detracts from the rest of the beer. Overall, a very good RIS that needs significant time aging to mellow into a truely great beer. I look forward to coming back to this one in the next couple of years to see how it’s changed. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 4, 2006
2005 vintage. Pitch black with a dark brown head. Deep, roasty nose - very complex - bitter chocolate, smooth coffee, roasty malts, some molasses and just a hint of vanilla. Thick, oily, satin body. Flavor is intensely bitter. Espresso flavors, bitter chocolate. Bitter baking cocoa in the dry finish. Very, very good but not my favorite. I hope to get another and lay it down. OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Immy is my hero, not only was he able to score a 2005 bottle, but he also shared it. Thanks Immy. Now down to business. Poured from the bomber black with a thick dark brown head that subsided into great lacing. Aromas of coffee, molasses, vanilla, and roasted malts with just a hint of alcohol. Flavor WOW talk about complex. Trying to pull every flavor out was difficult. First to hit was a bitter coffee with a dark chocolate bitter. Following that was the sweetness of molasses then the hops come along and wake your senses back up. All of this is followed up with a touch of alcohol as it goes down. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Thanks to BBB6 for providing the 2004 and 2005 version...My rating is a composite of all three years scores.
I’ll echo the used motor oil analogy for colour, with a fairly small but tight and well formed head of toatsed brown. Very aromoatic with lots of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and a somewhat pronounced hop aroma. The beer was pretty thick with a big hint of molasses, a bit of vanilla, some coffee roastyness and chocolate. There is certianly a large hop bill in this and it tasted pretty green, piney resin like hops mostly.
Midnight black colour that was poured to form only a ring of dense tan foam. Full of chocolate, molasses, some vanilla, maybe a hint of cerry in there as well. I wasn’t able to detect any hops in the aroma, and was somewhat surprised when that bitter resin like hops hit my palate. They felt a bit too pronounced to me, especially for a year of aging. I wonder how ’hot’ this beer was fresh. A great stout base, but too much grassy, piney hops in this one.
I just stuck my nose in my little plastic cup for what felt like hours. It was so deeply enriching I didn’t want it to end. High-end bakers chocolate and thick molasses dominated. I had one of the first pours off of this one and it had a decent amount of sediemnt in it. This beer was so thick, sticky, and creamy that it coated my entire cup and would not settle back into the bottom of the glass. Heavenly! The flavour was so complex and full. I’m honestly not sure where to begin describing it.
adrian910ss (2596) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAY 1, 2006
2006 gold waxed top 22 oz bomber. FINALLY GOT SOME OF THIS, after trying for 3 long years to get it !!! Drove up to Munster,Indiana from PA with a friend for Dark Lord Day just to get this. Pours a pitch black oily color with a thick creamy brownish beige head. Aroma is full of rich dark chocolate,dark sweet cherries,molasses,fine malts, and sweetened whipped butter. Flavor is extremely complex and as rich and thick as an imperial stout can get. A perfect blend of dark rich chocolate,expresso, marashino cherries,malts,plums and currants. Leaves an aftertaste of slightly burnt molasses. As good as it gets !!! A SUPERB DRINKING EXPERIENCE !!! SonOfSlam (2) - USA - APR 29, 2006 does not count
First review, and for what a beer. 2006 batch, gold wax seal. Motor oil is a aged analogy, but that’s what it poured like, deep black, with a good head. Spicy aroma with espresso, and more than a hint of.. Red apples(??). Heavy on the tounge, but not syrupy. Taste hits like a truck, very complex and rich. A little sharp, which I expect will mellow over time. Finish lingers on, like a pleasant memory. A fantastic beer, now. Give it a year to mellow, and it will be spectacular. gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Big thanks to Immy for reeling this one in! Red wax bomber. Pours midnight black, with a rich thick coffee head. Nose is vinous and coffee. Flavor is bitter and intense. Vinous, coco, espresso are in full effect. Palate is smooth, thick with a sweetness that lingers. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Ar 9, Ap 4, Fl 8, Pa 4, Ov 18.
Tasting at Immy’s. Tasted an orange wax’d one this time. This time a more balanced flavor of coffee and chocolate, espresso dark and heavenly rich. Raising the bar a couple of notches. Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2006
2005 Bottle from a trade with jimmack (thanks!). Pours thick and dark, served slighly chilled to get the sensory effect as it warms up.
First sip, huge roasty cocoa /coffee with hints of citrus. Extremely thick, coated my tongue instantly, I knew what to expect but it was much heavier than anticipated.
Lots of flavors melding together midway through. Dark fruit, whiskey, coffee, and a touch of citrus. I did not get a strong alcohol presence through the entire experience, quite impressive at 13%!
Truly a great beer. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 Re-rate: 2006 vintage, had at the Nashville tasting. Smells of port, bourbon, wood, alcohol and sausage. Full as all hell in the mouth and smooth, flavor is mostly roasty and hoppy. The chewy presence of this beer actually seems to *produce* phlegm. A hard candy sweetness pervades the whole thing. The sausage that I smelled peeks through every once in a while on the flavor too.
8/4/8/4/16 = 4.0
Original rating: 2005 vintage, poured from bomber into Duvel tulip (first tasting) and a pint (second tasting). Bought at Hyde Park Binny’s, Chicago. Opaquest black ever with a reddish-brown head that is both fizzy and foamy; head has great retention, leaves a beautifully sticky lacing and produces a very thick and deep arc of racing that takes forever to get back to the surface, belying the Lord’s thickness. Smells strongly of buttered bread and coffee, with dust and mustiness overlay. Full as all hell and syrupy in texture, it coats the tongue like an enamel; personally, I think it’s a bit too syrupy. If Karo came in chocolate, this would be exactly like it, with some grenadine thrown in for an accent. Roasty and dry finish is bitter at first, gets sweet and fruity, then tangy (kind of like fruity, but also evocative of sourdough bread). Finish is long. I wish I could have had the patience to hold one of these bottles for a while. I’m guessing with the body this thing has, it could survive the Apocalypse.
8/5/8/4/17 = 4.2