Over the past month I have travelled across Scandinavia, Belgium and the Netherlands. During a 3 day stop in the Danish capital Copenhagen for the Copenhagen Beer Festival or Ølfest I made a pilgrimage to Mikkeller bar on Viktoriagade. The world renowned bar set in an old cellar through a pair of black wooden doors is a mecca for beer nerds the world over. Taking a look at their 20 or so tap list I noticed the worlds most wantes beer Dark Lord from Munster, Indiana and had to have it. Despite the 100 Danish Kroner price tag I nervously ordered the famous elixir.
Dark Lord pours a completely oily black with a thin tight dark tan head that dies instantly to a purely black top. The glass has a solid amount of boozy and oily legs results of the 15% alcohol percentage. The first sniff I take from the glass has a heavy robust roast filled aroma full of espresso and vanilla notes. A small hint of booze on the aroma is rather subtle compared to the huge robust smoky and rosted malts. Dark Lord is a bit sweet and syrupy on my first sip with big French roast espresso and dark chocolate. A hint of smoky earthen malts with a subtle oaky vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is syrupy abd ultra full bodied with a dessert like flavour. The finish has a bit of alcohol warmth to cap of the unbelievable flavour. Dark Lord is one of the most incredibly complex and easy sipping big beers I’ve ever had the ability to taste.
Price: $18/ 10 oz