sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
And again, Huge thanks to phaleslu for sharing this delicious brew! Tasted 7/8/11. 22oz bomber. Bottle #44/433. Pours pitch black with a trace ring of head. There’s a huge vanilla note in the nose with a subtle cola nuance to go along with it. Awesome nose!!! Full bodied, rich, thick, sticky, cloying and amazing! A great cream soda sweetness offset by the ample alcohol burn. Nice tingling effervescence. So good! The vanilla amps up the brandy aspect and compiles the sweetness of the brew. Sticky finish and so good! The combination of the brandy barrel and the vanilla really adds to the already amazing base imperial stout! This was by far my favorite of the bunch! Truly black gold!
ICEatALAMO (873) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 204. The pour is same as others. The aroma is amazing, a lot of marshmallow and a lot of sweetness. The taste is all marshmallow, so good.
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gEUS (894) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from bottle during a vertical 2004-2012 line-up of all DLs, during a beer tasting weekend - in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Notes include main characteristics in aroma and flavour components.
2012 Bourbon BA DL - bottle 197/685 - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, some chocolate. 3.8/5
2012 Boubon Vanilla DL - bottle 921/934 - chocolate, vanilla, sherry... Aroma makes one think of a vanilla scented cancle (no shit). 3/5
2012 Cognac Vanilla DL - bottle 409/534 - green coffee beans, green paprica, spicy notes. No Cognac scent at all. 3/5
2012 Cognac De Muerte DL - bottle 203/817 - cacao, pepper and peppers scent. Taste is very hot due to the peppers but take away most of the taste - pity (not as balanced as for example the Hunahpu) 3.3/5
2011 PVW Bourbon BA DL - bottle 261/484 - thanks Jeffo! - lots of bourbon, but beautifully embedded in the whole aroma palet. The first DL I really dig. Vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Best of the vertical. 4.2/5
2011 Brandy BA DL - bottle 185(?)/312(?) - a sour pinch to the basic DL character, cherries. 3.2/5
2011 Brandy Vanilla DL - bottle 403/433 - loooots of chocolate. 3.1/5
alexsdad06 (4545) - Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with the group. Pours black in color with a small, fine tan head. Viscous and sticks to the glass. The aroma has a big, sweet chocolate brownie burst with cocoa, brandy, vanilla bean and some dark fruit. The flavor has much of the same; decadent chocolate, brandy, barrel and vanilla notes with a smooth, viscous mouth feel. The ba dark lords are still quite a treat even if the base is not these days.
Godofthecellar (597) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle generously shared by grumpyoldtroll, thanks again Mike, you went 2x2 on the night
Bottled poured what could have been mistaken for motor oil with a slight espresso head and no lacing.. The smell of this beer is overwhelmingly marshmallow, mixed with the booziness of brandy, simply amazing scent.
The taste reminds me of being around a camp fire making smores. Mix of marshmallow, chocolate malt, vanilla and roasted malt.
This beer is sweet on your palate, but incredibly balanced with the brandy and vanilla bean.
I cant decide whether Brandy Vanilla, or Apple Brandy Huna go down as my favorite stout of all time....
jackl (3867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The Crazy Belgian Tasting. The pour’s deep brown with no head. Thick, intimidating appearance. The nose is very sweet. Plenty of almond and bakewell tart. Marzipan. Chocolate dipped fruits and mild booze. The taste is slightly burned brownie. Chocolate shake. Nice tangy fruit accents with more nutty almond sweetness. Hints of vanilla. Full, viscous as all hell. Overall, pretty damn excellent. One of the best of the variants.
mikem409 (1462) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks alexasdad! pours thick black with minimal head. big chocolate sweet aroma. taste like a glass of chocolate brownies
b3shine (4451) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml to snifter (BIG thanks to alexsdad06). Looks great; a viscous black with thin light beige lacing. Smells excellent; cocoa, vanilla, and booze, similar to chocolate brownies. Tastes like it smells with a flawless mouthfeel. This is phenomenal!
Tmoney99 (10098) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt, vanilla and woody alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted vanilla sweet flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
DrSilverworm (5038) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle, 364/433. shared by alexsdad06. Dark brown color. Minimal off-white head. Mike’s comment is spot-on: smells like Count Chocula. Delicious flavor. Big cocoa, vanilla, yeah brownie, cake batter, cereal flavors. Sweet and boozy taste, a light bite. Great vanilla fruity chocolate aftertate. Long aftertaste. Delicious. 9 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 18
BoBoChamp (5125) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl, Vintage 2011 (Yellow wax), Bottle 277/433 (no mention of ABV), as ’Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord with Vanilla Beans’, recently retired exclusive American brew, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!