loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 2004 bottling: Sampled at 61 deg F.BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 6, 2004
Deep dark black color, completely opaque, with a brown head (forms from the top - downward...weird.) It coated my glass with a thick, tan film...like smearing motor oil on glass. The aroma was very strong...raspberries, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, burnt bread, and a slight alcohol tone. The flavor was extremely sweet...raspeberries, cherries, vanilla, molasses, burnt bread,bitter chocolate, and a slight hint of citrusy hops. The feel was as thick and creamy as I could ever imagine in a beer...very oily...heavily coating my tongue and mouth.
Everything about this beer lived up to my year+ long fantasy. It is an incredible experience...one that I will never forget. This is absolutely the best beer I've seen/smelled/tasted/felt!
Rating #1000:Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2004
Opaque muddy black color, oily with tan carbonation & mohogany colored head with no lacing. The bottom 1/3 of the bottle is thick, compacted sediment, the top; liquid luxury. The aroma is...wow! Robust is an understatement! Alcohol, muskat grapes, brown sugar, molasses, maple sugar, sour cherries, vanilla, underlying coffee & roast. Strawberry jelly, some soy sauce, macadamian nuts, honey, sage, teriyaki, light tannins and tons of sweetness. The flavor is very balanced (surprisingly) with a bit of alcohol and a roasty chewiness like raisins and fig mixed with expresso mocha, buckwheat AND fresh hops like a crispy IPA. Finish is very mild for an Imperial Stout of this stature. Smooth but of course the massive body and creamy texture. The tail is oily and full with a note similar to whoppers. Lingering long enough to savor completely. Many thanks to Mike the BBB for this holy (or unholy?) bottle of the lord. Many more thanks to all of you fellow ratebeer people I've talked to and to this site in general for awakening me to quality beer. Here I stand at the peak of my achievments so far and realize how far I've come. Me and the dark lord, hand in hand. Into the land of four digits I come, be warned!
Release 2004hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 18, 2004
What the hell can I say about this magnificent creation that hasn’t already been said? This was to be my 6000th beer, but I decided to take it to Papago and as we often bring special beers to sample, this was my choice.
The beer as it slowly oozes out of the 22 ounce brown bottle pours as thick as molasses in January in Maine, it literally makes a glugging sound as it excavates itself from its container. Onyx in color, the head a deep chocolate brown that is creamy as whipped chocolate icing and portly in size, the lace a coat of brown to obscure the glass. Nose is rich bitter sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, sweet malt, a treat for both the olfactory and ocular senses, a beer you must sniff to understand its complexity, start is thick and chewy, ambrosial and the top as full as any beer I’ve ever tasted. Finish is pleasing in its acidity, hops are powerful in their spiciness, the alcohol quite noticeable and the rich sweet chocolate and burnt coffee flavors continue to the parched desert dry aftertaste, also a quite noticeable tummy warming sensation, “Just one fantastic beer”, but a word of warning not meant for the weak of palate or people not into strong over the top beers, so if you fall into these categories and you have a “Dark Lord” sitting around, send it to me immediately if not sooner. lol
Very very dark motor-oil brown with no translucence. The aroma blends potent tones of grape, chocolate, fig, cherry, and molasses. The flavor has an overwhelmingly rich distinction of molasses, chocolate/vanilla, grape, alcohol, and raspberry. The palate is insanely complex and perhaps as full-bodied as you can get. Overall, this is the quintessential "knock-out" beer...WOW, my first beer tasted to deserve a perfect score...I’m ready for bed...Special thanks to BBB63 for this opportunity and Eric for helping my ratings!! DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
This beer was sampled and shared with Beerguy101, thanks again mitch! This is the first beer I can proudly say IS perfect! This was like dessert in a bottle. It pours a liquid sludge, a total midnight eclipse in a glass. Sloshing the beer around in your snifter only left syrupy sticky malt all over the sides of your glass. There was absolutely no head to speak of, and sloshing the beer around your glass did nothing but create orange bubbles which quickly burst. Now for the aroma. The aroma yielding anything and everything. Aroma’s of wood, alcohol, rubbing alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, molasses, cotton candy, oranges, caramel and some hops. I mean literally...MALT everywhere..you might as well throw the kitchen sink into the aroma as well. You could take a sip and discover something new in the aroma for nearly an hour if you tried. The taste contained heavy caramel malts with candy sugar, vanilla, cotton candy, some orange in the finish, a slight mid-taste hint of hops, and a big snickers bar type mouthfeel. Chunky, thick, sweet and syrupy mouthfeel...ALL MALT. What is astounding is the absolute non-presence of alcohol in this beer. How in the HELL did they hide 13% ABV? This has one of the longest lasting mouthfeels of any beer I’ve ever tried. Some nutty molasses qualities toward the end of the bottle. OH man were there some serious yeasty chunks at the bottom of that bottle. Wonderfully chunky coffee and dessert beer. Sweet, voluptuous and full bodied. By far and large the best beer in the world at the moment.
TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2004 Thanks to JCapriotti for this beer! Pours midnight black with a medium dark brown head. It’s as dark as a starless night. Aroma is coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla and tobacco along with molasses and faint caramel. WOW!!!!! The taste is INCREDIBLE! Strong chocolate and coffee blended with more licorice and vanilla. Taste of molasses and brown sugar. HUGE rich flavors here! There is some strong hints of alcohol as well. The mouthfeel is as thick and chewy as a beer can be. I don’t think I could have possibly guessed it to be this thick and muddy. Some slight alcohol burn going on but it’s a nice warming feel. It’s like drinking watered down alcoholic pudding. Bit on the oily side as well. Finish is bittersweet with dark chocolate and more molasses and coffee. This is a huge beer. Perfect for number 1000 and deserving of the 5 I’m giving it. I only wish I could have this on cask like many of the early ratings were. DocLock (11024) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2004
#1,000!!!!!!!.. HUGE thank you to BBB63 for this one, and I know he’s gonna love my review! Wow, it’s great to get to 1,000, and I picked the perfect beer for this occasion. The beer pours dark black with slight ruby around the edges. The aroma is behemoth, with tons of dark malt, chocoff, black licorice, sherry, slight soy sauce, and fine cognac. The taste.......whoa Nelly let me tell ya ’bout the taste! Super rich on the tongue, with tons of malt, chocoff, dark fruit, black licorice. Very sweet, full-bodied, and complex. When I first tasted this, I said "Holy shit!". This one’s flavor and palate is on par with DFH Worldwide Stout. The palate is the richest, thickest, and firmest of any beer I’ve ever had. I take nothing away from the great stouts, among them Stone RIS, Bell’s Expedition, Central Waters BBS, and Great Divide Yeti among my favorites, but the flavor here is an entire new level....a level I previously thought unapproachable. The alcohol is very well hidden. As for the "sludge", I’ve poured very carefully, am about halfway through my bomber, and I’m telling everyone that I will gladly drink the sludge and ask for more. The Dark Lord will enter your soul, take over your senses, and make you a Satan worshipper! All hail the Dark Lord!!!!!!!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2008 Multiple bottles, multiple vintages. Finally prepared to give this beer a 5.0. The beer has a consistency and thickness like no other beer in the world. Flavors of black cherry, espresso and chocolate. Intense and incredibly flavorful. I will say, it’s not a 5.0 fresh, but is after some time in the bottle. It’s a very special beer, a showcase of brewing skill. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottle at Marinaro500’s gathering. God bless the kind soul who brought two bottles of this joy. It is big and bad!!! Thick, chewey, with so many damn elements going on it is overwhelming. Worth the hype!!! 0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Cafe Mocha anyone(cappuccino + dark chocolate...screw the milk!)? Bottle, shared @ O’Brien’s in SD, courtesy of DSYSOCCER--THANKS!!!! Rich, thick, chocolaty, coffee...smoothe and silky, pitch black, nice sized, dark head...nice lace. I tried this and just went "Wow." Alcohol is hidden incredibly well. Super smoothe. It really tastes like something you could pick up at a coffee shop. Amazing stuff. I lost my notes from that night, but no beer I’ve had really competes with this stuff...in a class of its own for uniqueness--it’s not what you would expect from an imperial stout--and it’s really well done. I didn’t have any "man, they should have..." thoughts.