Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
chcocolate. bacon. hops. vanilla. oak. lil smoke. bourbon. so smooth. maybe perfect.
TURDFERGUSON (4036) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at RateBeer Best in Santa Rosa. Believe the hype. This was a straight up marshmallow bomb. Tons of vanilla, super thick mouthfeel, light bourbon and barrel. The vanilla takes the forefront. Super rich and delicious. Psyched to finally try this hard to come by beer.
aleigator (640) - GERMANY - FEB 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord ’15 vintage
Pours a brown-black color with a dark brown, small head to it, leaving back sheets of thin lacing atop the surface of the beer. Reveals its decadent viscosity after swirling, by revealing alcohol legs and tiny, dark brown bubbles at the glass.
Intense aromas of fudge, bakers chocolate and burned malts, tied together by a ridiculously rich Bourbon appearance, featuring flowery vanilla, a whiff of cinnamon, apple piths and a ton of scentened oak. Vanilla is easily detectable, while well entangled into the Bourbon, adding a organic, sweet, flowery freshness to the chocolate decadence. Mousse au chocolate, moldy earth, toffee and brownie batter round out this monster on the nose, so far truly a masterpiece, which I actually find hard to compare to the regular Dark Lord.
Has a supersmooth mouthfeel, due to its very low carbonation, next to a silk, omnipresent creaminess, coating the tongue and soothing the pleasantly integrated Bourbon effectivly.
Tastes of a spice soaked, earth coated oakiness, featuring the beers velvet mouthfeel from the start. Develops an enjoyable warmth, as the Bourbon unfolds its spice profile, together with vanilla, licorice, molasses and fudge. Vanilla certainly deserves an additional mentioning as it not only stands out from the Bourbon, but directly blends into the beers smooth cream quality, producing a heavenly, well accentuated sweetness, from which the profound spices benefit big times during the finish. Ends with cinnamon, red apple, fudge, molasses and a long lasting, silk, vanilla coke quality, smoothing out the Bourbon oak entirely.
Wow, what a behemoth of a beer. I guess it would be almost impossible to drink more of a few couple of oz of this, if it wasn’t for the soothing combination of cream and vanilla. This doesn’t turn overly roasty, but fudgy smooth with a ton of sweet chocolate to it, amped up by the spicy Bourbon. The different flavors come beautifully together, while this is still being best enjoyed in small sips, as for its profound sweetness.
Karelbeersindral (39) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vanilla stout shake, what a powerful aroma. Smokey, bubblegum, licorice, the only issue it is a bit hard to drink, otherwise a real treat.
Ferris (10523) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft - Believe all the hype. Vanilla, sweet bourbon, marshmallow and nice sweet roast. Viscous as they all are and incredibly rich on the pallet. Sticky and sweet, but quite tasty.
joeneugs (5269) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at RateBeer Best. It pours dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is full with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. Massively sweet to the point of being sugary. The flavor is the same with a good dose of chocolate and vanilla. The alcohol notes are strong, but it serves this kind of beer well by cutting the huge sweetness. Very thick bodied and somewhat port-like. It goes down warming and satisfying. One of the sweeter beers at this festival, but it was ultimately very fun stuff to drink. Hardly any roasted malt or bitterness.
bytemesis (6001) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 3, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft sample at 2015 RateBeer Best festival. This may have had the largest lines of the day. At one point right after tapping it was 45 minutes. I decided not to wait, but about an hour later they were still pouring with 5 minute waits, so I got myself a couple of samples. Pours is inky black with a very small dark brown head and minimal lacing. Aroma is over the top marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Its like a desert topping. Flavor is light bitter, fully sweet, hella marshmallow again. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. This is pretty grate in small doses. Holy hell.
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Sweet vanilla aroma with caramel/toffee and bourbon. Bourbon and vanilla flavor with light chocolate and rich malt. Fuller bodied. Vanilla and bourbon linger with toffee, light marshmallow, and rich malt.
BuckeyeBoy (4949) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this from the bottle a few years back and again at rbwg festival. pours out with oil black topped with a small tan head. nose is crazy sweetness vanilla marshmallow fluff bourbon barrel roast malts rich chocolate wow. Taste is more of the heavy sweetness vanilla roast malts bourbon barrel roast this was great.
oRos (1498) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at ratebeer beerfest 2016. Pours syrup thick an black. Aroma is vanilla oak and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts lots of vanilla, marshmallows and bourbon. Amazing beer. And best of show at the festival
marcus (8593) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Ratebeer Best. Pours near black with a modest tan head and a chocolate and vanilla aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with some chocolate, vanilla and marshmallow. The bourbon accentuates the vanilla, making this a delightful version of DL.