I really enjoyed all of the Dark Lords I had up to 2010, including the vintages that several beer friends said "sucked." 2011 was a bit too sweet for me, and I had hoped it would cool off more... It didn't. It's not horrible, but honestly, and this sucks to say... There are half a dozen year round stouts that are better, and far cheaper. 2012 Dark Lord is crazy. It doesn't even make sense to me. It tastes like a dessert topping. So we're clear, that's not a good thing. And the Red wax barrel aged stuff I've had has been more of the same. It's a huge bummer. I don't taste anything resembling green apple or young beer... It's boozy as hell... Could be that the yeast did all it could, and there are still a ton of fermentables... But in all likelihood this product is what they aimed for. A total mess. It's especially awkward considering I don't want to buy any if this year's tastes like 2012... But I dug 2010 enough... Bah.