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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.

This listing is specifically for Bourbon Vanilla Bean Dark Lord. NOT Brandy.

IlanMan's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2009
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2009. Pour was again dark and robust with aromas of chocolate, roast, caramel, prunes, and a nicely blended vanilla. The flavor was just a little sweeter from the vanilla making the roasted overtones mellow just a little. Again, a real complex brew that I liked a little more than the original. Quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3738) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2016
Sample, 2014 vintage, gift from a stranger, during Dark Lord Day, trip with Philippe Boutin, Luc Bourbonnière and Ian Guénard, savoured on April 30 2016; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, vanilla, chocolate, burnt barley; mouth: roasted barley, vanilla, chocolate, burnt barley, finale in vanilla with presence of roasted barley, full body, average carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, syrupy texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, millésime 2014, cadeau d’un étranger, durant Dark Lord Day, voyage avec Philippe Boutin, Luc Bourbonnière et Ian Guénard, savourée le 30 avril 2016; œil : noire, opaque pas de mousse pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, vanille, chocolat, orge brûlée; bouche : orge torréfiée, vanille, chocolat, orge brûlée, finale en vanille avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture sirupeuse, bel équilibre; en résumé : très bon

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Draft at RB Best Fest 16: Didn’t think I would ever get a chance to try this one, even at the event it was a secret as to when it would go on. Sure enough as soon as they tapped it the line was a mile long. I was lucky to finally get this walz harpoon’d off my wants list. Poured a deep motor oil from my car black with a brown head. Aroma was super vanilla with a rich and booziness to it. Taste is amazing vanilla mixed with caramel and rich malts, just enough big booze to keep it from being sweet mess. The best Dark Lord I have tried since the ’07 and by far exceeded that!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (312) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle thanks to Marshall. Pours pitch black with no head. Single note thick mouthfeel soy sauce chocolate vanilla. High sweetness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ciocanelu (1324) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 3, 2016
2016 vintage. Pitch black color with mocha head. Aroma is really complex with smooth bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate and dark cherries. Taste starts really sweet at first with molasses and chocolate malt but smooths out towards the finish, even delivering a slight bitter and roasty flavor. Really heavy body with soft carbonation. Much better than last year’s version, now I get the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnicolaescu (1980) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 24, 2016
Shared BOTTLE. Inky black. Super rich molasses and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, no sugary sweetness of the plan Dark Lord. Strong but not over the top vanilla oak. The finish has some alcohol heat, dark fruit blending into the malts. The ultimate desert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2016
ok ok ok, this one was good, the barrel aging was excellent, tons of brownie batter and great vanilla flavors. Im a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PMgep (249) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
Sample at CBC. Thick aroma of vanilla. Also lots of it in the taste. Good but could tone down the vanilla a bit

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tstamba (735) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2016
DLD taster... Thank you kind stranger... 2014 vintage. A dark elixir, unbelievable aroma. So smooth subtle and delicious... Lives up to the hype... A holy grail of RIS beers. Fantastic!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head. Aroma of rich black chocolates notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes. Taste is a fantastic mix of rich black chocolate notes with some vanilla notes, some residuals sugar notes and some nice bourbon notes that smooth out any rough edges from this beer. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation and alcohol is not overly apparent. Fantastic complex mix while still keeping an excellent level of drinkability.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
2014 vintage. Extremely sweet, and this sweetness gets somewhat unpleasant after drinking too much. By too much I mean about 15oz. The flavor is completely out of balance. This lack of balance is usually a huge minus, but in this case, not necessarily. Loads of vanilla, bourbon, molasses, coffee, marshmallow, brown sugar, chocolate, and syrup in a bottle! Holy hell. Flavor is not overly complex, mouthfeel is thick, and the marshmallow flavor lingers on for a long long time. The flavor develops as the beer warms up. Guys, let this beer chill for at least a couple hours. I don’t know if this beer is "the best stout ever" but it surely is unique and worth trying.

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