edwardbass (833) - Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Oh my! A great stout. A bit too sweet for my taste, but itís certainly easy to appreciate something fairly rare and the reputation is deserved. Very yummy, but Iím not sure Iím enough of a fan to make the trek to Dark Lord Day...thankfully some of my friends ARE willing to do that and to share one every once in a while :) tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2011
Bottle; bomber, 2009 edition, shared @ The Kernel Brewery with Evin; Reakt, Scopey
Juet black opaque appearance; nice mocha-lacing, aroma is tar, cocolate, oak, wood, vanilla, smoke, blackcurrant, taste is velvety chocolate, oak, black currant, sour cherry, oil, wild berries, lemon, sweet sugar, vanilla,
This is also another beer Iíve had which is highly rated yet sickly-soy source rich; balance is ok but Iíve had better, drinkability for the abv is extremely high. A good brew but WAY over-hyped. Iím happy to have tried this but donít get the hype. mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2011
2010 bomber shared with mattyb83. Pours motor oil black with a small fluffy head after an aggressive pour. Big aroma consisting of strong coffee and molasses, some roasted malt, and some booze present. Based on the intensity of the aroma, I definitely was expecting more from the flavor. A somewhat oily mouthfeel compliments the sweetness of the malt. Some over ripened dark fruit, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and molasses dominate the senses on the palate, yet there still is a stong booze presence that distracts from the rest of the beer. Still a very solid impy, yet it lacks a little balance. jredmond (8201) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 Bottles shared with Pat, Andrew, Dallas and Bobby. Tasted 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and then finished with the barrel aged. 2011: It pours a deep black body with some lacing. Aroma is like a perfected version of KBS - with dark chocolate, magnificent dark coffee roast, and lots of sweet molasses notes. Mouthfeel is nice, with notes of sweet maple and molasses dominating, tobacco, coffee roast, marshmallows. Although a bit too sweet. Iíd give the 2011 year a 4.5. On to the 2010: the sweet notes in the aroma are much more subdued, with much more roasty coffee flavors coming out. The flavor is leaning towards the chocolate side now , with the sweet notes definitely still present ( a still a bit too much) but now with some great cherry flavors bleeding through. Also, still a strong maple presence. The 2010 sits at around a 4.6 for me. The 2009 boasts a much stronger transition towards the chocolate notes with the sweetness definitely mellowing out with age. Now the beer really comes to focus - see this at a 4.7. The 2008 bottle was by far the best, proving either the DL improves drastically with age, or there were some serious recipe alterations after year 08. The 2008 is a near perfect imperial stout - 4.8. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2011
2010 Bottle shared GT2, thank you kindly sir. Pour is black with a tan head, leaves decent lacing and poor retention. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, rumcake, hazelnut, roasty notes. Flavor is excellent, chocolate, blackstrap rum, vanilla, a touch of cherries and hazelnut. Palate is oily, creamy, with some bourbon. This is truly a dessert beer, but a good one at that.
Rasmus40 (20300) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011
Vintage 2009. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is very sweet, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with lots of alcohol. Full bodied, oily and sticky. Too sweet and too much alcohol. Unbalanced. Disappointing but still a very good beer. 250511 chrisv10 (17270) - DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle from 2009 @ Mikkeller. Black with small dark brown head. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vinous, liquorice, dark fruit, sweet and notes of alcohol. kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2015 2011 Bottle shared with friends (thanks Dick!). Pitch Black pour with no ahead. Sweet aroma with prunes, raisins and coffee. The flavour is sticky sweet caramel with dark roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and plums. The 15% alcohol is certainly noticable in the warmth of the finish.
Re-assessed rating for 2010 bottle shared at Beer Temple on 11 April 2012. Maybe itís the extra year on it, but it was more enjoyable than the fresh 2011 bottle. Increased ratings for taste and overall. Canít wait to try an older vintage some day..
2009 vintage shared at Mikkeller bar on 10 May 2012. Noticeable difference on this one was a lot more raisin in the flavour. Amazing as always.
2012 vintage shared towards the end of Borefts 2012. Expected it to be young and not at itís best but the flavours were truly astounding. A lot more fruity than past vintages. RuneStumo (2652) - Haugesund, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2011
15.10.2011. 0,65l Bottle. White wa x =2009. Thanks Palme for writing that down!, it does not show on my photo! Dark brown or black without head. Aroma and flavours of dark roasted malts. Dry bitterness and very rich body. Very complex and good beer! EdKing (2574) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 Bottle of the 2009, white wax seal, Craftheads, Shibuya, Tokyo. Colour is dark dark brown with burgundy edges. No Head. Nose is red wine, earthy, port fortified wine, touch of bourbon, but mainly red wine aroma. Taste is red wine, like a fine burgundy, but with more of an alcoholic kick and thereís a bitter earthiness, malty chocolate and some wood fire smokiness. Yes, and the molasses. Not getting much of the coffee although maybe itís in the bitterness. About three sips in, despite drinking most of the evening I felt a distinct alcoholic fug go up my neck and into my brain. Like when drinking something strong like whiskey. Itís a sipper this one. Is it a beer though? Iíve never really had a beer like this in my life. Would I want to drink this every week? The answer to that is ínot reallyí. And therein lies the conundrum. Itís sophisticated, complex and possible subblime for a couple of mouthfuls, but itís not really a beer. Itís more like a glass of fortified liquor to be drunk as an aperitif. And for that reason Iíll never rate it as highly as some, because I donít crave it like I do other simpler beers.