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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.36/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Dark Lord aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels including Woodford Reserve and Heaven Hill.

This listing is specifically for Bourbon barrel aged variants of Dark Lord. NOT Brandy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4770) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Black, soulless body with a thin, dark tan head. Everything the original Dark Lord is, both in aroma and taste, but now given a hearty soak in bourbon -- something I highly recommend. Strong bourbony accents blend in well with the other strong flavors. Thick, somewhat sticky body with almost nil carbonation. Enjoyed at this year’s DLD, it really helped take the edge off standing around for hours upon hours in a line.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Draught, DLD ’08. Pours dark and rich like the original Dark Lord but with almost no head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and malt. Great depth of flavor that coates the palate. Oak aging tamed, some may even say to the point of hiding the overall intensity of the original Dark Lord, but it did add great woody and bourbon flavors. The oaked version provides a much different experience and well worth a wait in line if given the opportunity.(Thanks to the guy in the Goose Island Jersey for giving me a pour).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Draught, Dark Lord Day 2008. Original Dark Lord is a 5.0 beer for me, a 1 year barrel aged version just takes it to another level. Has the smoothness, intensity, layers of flavor and incredible body of Dark Lord, with additions of whiskey, charred oak, vanilla and coconut.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4-26-08 tap into plastic cup at DLD ’08
Thick black oily pour with no head. Smell is whiskey, oak, grass, and mocha. Flavor is thick and heavy dark bourbon. First few drinks are hard to handle - but then your body adjusts and falls in love. Finish is thick and oily. No real carbonation - but it works here. Not exactly the easiest to throw back - but worth every second.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
In short: A heavily barrel port-wine disguised as a beer
How: 2 x 6oz sample at Dark-Lord-Day 2008
The look: Black body with not head
In long: Bourbon is overwhelming and kills all the complexity that the regular Dark Lord has. Gone are the rich fruity flavours, chocolate and all. All I was left with was some kind of lifeless port wine with a shot of expresso. Very flat carbonation. Alcohol more apparent than in the regular Dark Lord. One hour later I even got myself a second 6oz sample thinking there was something wrong with my first sample. Nope, same simple brutal “beer” (and I use the term “beer” very loosely). This is yet another case of rarity creates make-believe quality. So let me be the first to say “The Oak Aged Dark Lord is all hype”. Let me also be the first to say “Groozaboniac slumperknoker truziamphonic”.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Tried at DLD. Smooth and sweet, yet has a nice crisp kmini hop bite in the the end. Oak is nice and drawn out, but not overplayed. I’d like to try this again when a little more sober.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2008
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 . The same thick motor oil texture and pitch black color of Dark Lord. The same aroma and flavor of Dark Lord, but with bourbon. While not as bad as a lot of bourbon beers, everything I love about Dark Lord still takes a backseat in this one to the bourbon. Delicious in its own right, and very warming. Re-Rate: The 08 version (at 09 DLD) was simply incredible. Much more subtle than previous years. The wood and vanilla come through much better. Traces of tobacco and a nice earthiness all around. Damn this is great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Draft at DLD08. Jet black with no head and thick as oil. Perfect. Nice sweet aroma. The oak seems to tone down and smooth out the taste. Most think the oaked is better, but I think its hard to top the original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Draft at DLD. A Jet black pour with no head whatsoever. This beer stinks of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Flavor is just that and IMO better then DL for just that. Etoh is easily detectable but thats perfect for what it is. Obvious flavor of chocolate, coffe, and bourbon. Its thick and viscous as hell like the unoaked DL, but that oaked bourbon makes this beer simply better. WOW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Having been to DLD for the first time, I was able to try this wonderful brew. It smells like chocolate, malt, and bourbon. Mmmmm. It pours to what I dream of with an imperial stout. The oak age adds so many subtlies of flavor to this beer. I taste vanilla, chocolate, coffee, malt, bourbon, expresso, and a small bit of brewed happiness. The flavor was as good as I’ve had in an imperial stout. Many are overpowering in taste but this is just where I want it. It leaves my mouth coated in it’s chocolatey ice cream flavor that makes everything else taste like it, which is awesome. I was highly impressed with this one day brew. This alone was worth drying to Munster from Cincinnati.

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