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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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.



4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009
Name: Oak Aged Dark Lord
Date: April 29, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: solid black, lasting thin fine brown head
Aroma: complex aroma
Body: thick body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, strong bourbon character, lots of oak, thick and sweet

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***4

Name: Oak Aged Dark Lord
Date: April 28, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: black, wispy brown head, drippy lace
Aroma: huge sweet chocolate and hot bourbon aroma with roasted intertwined with hops
Body: thick sticky body
Flavor: thick dry dark chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon and vanilla sweetness, touch of ripe dark fruits, creamy coffee comes along after a while, stains the glass brown

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***4

Name: Oak Aged Dark Lord
Date: April 25, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Tasting, DLD
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma, vanilla, caramel candy
Body: huge creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon and vanilla, light roasted, oak adds the balance, lots of candy character, a touch of hot fumey alcohol

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***4

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Was pitch black in color with a brown head that retained very well and managed to leave some lacing behind. Nice aromas of vanilla and bourbon, with oak coming into play as well. There was also some roastiness, but the vanilla and bourbon seemed to be the strongest. Taste is a blending of vanilla, maple syrup, bourbon, wood, with a finish of some coffee and bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick and very smooth, the bourbon seems to almost lighten it up just a tad, however. Carbonation was on the lower side of medium. Great beer, and probably even more enjoyed in the winter months by a fire, but this sample was enjoyed out in the sun at DLD. If you are desperate to find out what this beer is like, buy a Bourbon County Stout. BCS is 99% of what this beer is, IMO.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Draft @ GTMW. Tall pour, 4+ oz. Black color, cappicino head. Aroma is dark roasted malt, oak, dark fruit, vanilla, very complex nose. Initial taste is cream, oak, roast, alcohol, and dark fruits followed by a huge tannic oak flavor, alcohol, and bitterness that cleans the beer up. Lingering alcohol. Finishes completely dry.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Tap at Great Taste. Dark black color. Smell of bourbon, malt, chocolate, oak, dark fruit and malt. Bourbon and oak have the greatest smell. Taste of bourbon, malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla, minor coffee, plums and burnt caramel. Could also some alcohol, but from what I could taste, it was well masked. Very nice and I liked it better than the Surly BB Darkness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
After a day of drinking so many mind numbingly incredible barrel-aged beers this was the only one to rise above them all and stand victorious in my opinion. Take a base of one of the most brilliant imperial stouts and do a masterful job of bourbon-barrel aging. The bourbon doesn’t overpower, but rather compliments. Layer upon layer of complexities slowly reveal themselves from the first sip to minutes after the final drops have left your palate. The brilliance lies in the fact that each flavour component does not outshine the other. Hops stand up to balance out the malt backbone. The bourbon makes an appearance to lend a hand complimenting the oily viscosity on the palate. The finish is left with vanilla, oak and a residual stickiness that allows one to enjoy the experience well after the fact.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Looks like the original DL.....but that’s where it all ends. Love that thick syrupy pour....smallish dark brown head. Extremely inviting. Love the aroma...whiskey, choco-malt, very inviting. The flavor takes up where the original DL leaves off....warm, alcoholic, with a ton of chocolate and woody flavors. What a treat. Super full mouthfeel....great stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
On tap @ DL day. Oh hail our Dark Lord - the only thing missing was King Diamond being played really loud. Thick and oily - very powerfull flavour as well as aroma. Notes of dark berries and fruit. Chocolate, and coffee - wood and just generally pure EVIL.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2007
DL day after a 1 hr wait. That was damn well worth it. A black/brown pour that looks like chocolate syrup with a nice small head of dark brown foam. An aroma of oaked bourbon chocolate just like mom used to make:0 A sweet chocolate flavor without the ton of bitter I expected. Chocolate dominates the flavor. The abv is almost not detectable. Just the slightest bit of warmth for me. A very good solid all over mouthfeel just enough carbonation to feel. I would describe the carbonation as soft. A most excellent beer. Second best thing besides seeing and meeting a ton of good people at DL day. Wow what a beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shigadeyo (3296) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Rating #666...

Date: 4/28/2007
Event: DarkLord Day 2007
Location: Three Floyds Brewing Co. Brewpub
Serving: 6 oz (?) draught sample in a plastic cup.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: BOURBON, sweet anise, chicory, slight oakiness, alcohol... I can’t wait to try this stuff!
Appearance: BLACK, no head at all. Thick and syrupy. It looks like it would stick to anything and is doing a pretty good job coating the entire inside of the cup!
Flavor: WOW! Instense and complex all the way... Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, chicory/coffee, anise, vanilla, wood, a hint of smoke. Mild bitterness level. The finish has a very dark chocolate flavor and is a bit more dry than expected, but still wonderful and it helps to balance out the initial sweetness.
Palate: FULL bodied. It is as thick as it looks with an oily texture that really does cling to everything. Needless to say, it coats the mouth nicely for a lingering flavor and long-lasting enjoyment.
Overall: AMAZING! Truly phenomenal and well worth the drive, standing in line, and the cost! This is a MUST try for all beer aficionados!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Thanks to Mouse for buying my sample so I didn’t have to wait in a crowded line! This stuff is awesome. Black body with a decent head. The aroma is massive--tons of chocolate, sugar, vanilla, mollasses and coffee. Huge thick and creamy mouthfeel. Not as much bourbon in the aroma as I had expected. The taste is big as well. All the flavors are foreshadowed by the aroma perfectly. I love the balance here--and the barrel aging doesn’t ruin the already great taste of Dark Lord--but enhances it. Holdenn is right, I should have taken as many samples of this as I could have gotten my hands on. Great beer!


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