Poll: Which Dark Lord vintage is the best?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by BreakingBad, Sep 28, 2012.

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What Dark Lord Vintage do you enjoy best

  1. 2006

    4.1%
  2. 2007

    3.3%
  3. 2008

    28.5%
  4. 2009

    13.0%
  5. 2010

    12.2%
  6. 2011

    15.4%
  7. 2012

    3.3%
  8. None, the stuff is undrinkable

    17.9%
  9. This poll is pointless because FFF is just going to do whatever the hell they want

    13.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
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  1. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    This beer is pretty polarizing and somewhat controversial with DLD and everything. I'm just curious what the majority of BA's think. From everyone I've talked to, they have said that 08 is the best I just want to see if that is true. Sorry if you think this thread is stupid or overdone or anything but I'm still new here and want to see what everyone thinks.
     
  2. SteelersX

    SteelersX Aspirant (276) Jan 30, 2011 New York
    Trader

    Why leave off 2004 and 2005?

    I had a 2005 a month ago and it was great (by Dark Lord standards).
    I would have chose 2005 but my second would be 2007!
     
  3. HugePrnceFan1999

    HugePrnceFan1999 Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2011 Indiana

    Vanilla Brandy 2011 or Cognac Muerte 2012.
     
  4. mojiboo02

    mojiboo02 Initiate (0) Sep 27, 2012 Illinois

    I'll let you know on 10/28!
     
  5. deadonhisfeet

    deadonhisfeet Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2011 Kentucky

    I've never had it, but man is it a polarizing beer. It's early, but ``2008'' and ``The stuff is Undrinkable'' are neck-and-neck.
     
  6. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    sorry I didn't include those because I didn't know if enough people tried those vintages!
     
  7. bootlegger1929

    bootlegger1929 Initiate (0) Jul 17, 2010 Illinois

    I've only had one vintage. 2010 almost 8 months ago. Loved it. Want more.
     
  8. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    wow I was not expecting that many votes for 2009! that was the one I hear the most complaints about!
     
  9. Gonzoillini

    Gonzoillini Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2008 Illinois

    2008 was my favorite vintage fresh, mildly aged, and with about 3 years on it. However, the last two bottles I've had of 08 were sub par (compared to the same beer with less age).

    2011 is by far my favorite vintage at the moment. It was perfect at release, drinking great now, and I hope well for the next few years.

    It seems that about 3 years of age is all that Dark Lord can take and still improve. I hope 2012 follows the same course...

    Cheers!
     
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  10. 4DAloveofSTOUT

    4DAloveofSTOUT Poo-Bah (3,430) Nov 28, 2008 Illinois
    Society Trader

    Had a bottle of 2008 Dark Lord the night before FOBAB last year and that beer made me a believer in Dark Lord. Every other year that I have drank; I've hated on it to be honest. I have drank 2009 through 2012 fresh. 2010 was good fresh, but didnt like 2010 with a year on it. 3 Floyds got too "big" with Dark Lord Day and they just want to roll around in money from mass producing dark lord instead of focusing on quality of the beer. With that said the older vintages are much better beer before Dark Lord got really hyped.
     
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  11. Ahappyhiker2

    Ahappyhiker2 Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2013 New Jersey

    2008 was amazing. I had DL fresh in 2012 and the 2008 blew it away.
     
  12. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (591) Mar 27, 2007 Minnesota

    I have had 08 to 12, and 08 crushes all of the rest I've had. 08 is the only one I liked
     
  13. mdfb79

    mdfb79 Poo-Bah (5,742) Jan 11, 2010 New York
    Society

    It all depends on when you drink/drank them. A lot of people didn't like 2009 and 2010 when they came out, but I actually think they've both improved a lot over time, and think the 2010 is drinking great right now. 2007 was great few years ago, but now is a quarter sludge. 2008 was fantastic a few years ago. 2011 was not very good fresh, but I haven't tried it since right around DLD that year.

    It also depends on what you like in a stout. 2009 was crazy sweet and had a lot of dark fruits which turned a lot of people off. 2010 has a lot more roasted notes and chocolate.

    From my experiences, I'd rank them in the following order (ranking each at the best I've had it, so at differing times):

    2008
    2007
    2010
    2009
    2012
    2011
     
  14. pmoney

    pmoney Crusader (778) Apr 15, 2011 Illinois

    2013 fresh wasn't half bad! Certainly better than the last few years fresh IMO.
     
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  15. 1noa

    1noa Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2011 Virginia

    Few months back my tasting group did '06-'12. I think '08 was consensus for us at #1.
     
  16. kmello69

    kmello69 Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2011 Texas

    Just did a 6 year vertical of 2007-2012 about a month ago, and 2008 was the CLEAR winner (and not just by me, but most of those doing the tasting agreed)
     
  17. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri

    2011 was yellow wax, is that right?
     
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  18. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri

    i thought the soy sauce was starting to show too much, but good
     
  19. ncaudle

    ncaudle Initiate (0) May 28, 2010 Virginia

    yes
     
  20. kmello69

    kmello69 Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2011 Texas

    Left to right is 2007-2012, for wax reference

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