Scopey (3246) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (#5 of 688, 2012 vintage) thanks to jackl, consume at THE stouts tasting - part 1. Rating #2600. It pours very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toasted coconut, bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, light charcoal and some alcohol warmth. The taste is rich, sticky sweetness, caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, chocolate brownie, gateaux, bourbon, brown sugar, dark cherry with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Viscous, rich and oily. Pretty smooth actually. Nice flavour, but too sweet and cloying for my liking.
baggio (293) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Once again thanks to Dsgolovin for hooking me up with this rare brew.
Apperance: Dark, dark, brown with a light brown head.
Aroma: Bourbon, Chocolate, Alcohol, Syrup.
Taste: Bourbon, Soy, Chocolate, Syrup, Coffee and a hint of alcohol.
Palate: Quite drinkable albeit being on the sweet side. Plenty of carbonation.
This was so much better than the normal Dark Lord. It didn’t feel as cloying and sweet.
kraddel (851) - deurne, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
epic thanx and respect to bobochamps for trading me this one !
splited it at home ( as part of my 2 day - during doomsday-drink ( some pretty insane stuff, just becouse why not ! ) with 77 ships ( and another guy, dont know if he’s on rb)
it pours black , no visual foam
the smell is bourbon, sweetness ( damn even sweeter than the basebeer)
taste is ... sweetness ( sugary from the dark lord) bourbon ( damn much of it ! ) vanilla, caramel, syrupy comes to mind, even though i dont think this is very thick in substance, its just very heavy in the stomach ( to me that it, maybe i shouldnt have drank this after so many other goodies)
the alcohol is definetly there, but not TOO much. carbo is very low ( gotta love that) overall a very sweet, maximized bourbon taste kind of beer. not realy my thing ( as expected ) yet i stil REALY wanted to try this ( the fuzz thats going on, and lets face it, i can no longer denie i like to hunt a whale now and than :p ) it kinda lives up to my expectations, but its also nothing more than that.
i would like to thank bobochamp very very much for this beer , i otherwise would have been searching for god knows how long. and now i dont have to give up 3 testikles for it !
hope this makes a good doomsday/holiday gift eugene !
77ships (2159) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
BIG THX. TO KRADDEL FOR THIS ONE. Killed about half of a 75 cl. bottle / 2012 Vintage. This is hopefully the last beer, I will feel a real need to try – this time around it has proven to be my favorite RIS so far & one of the finer beers. I truly absolute, adore this beer, seriously. Honestly if I didn’t have the idea that a 5/5 beer should be more or less commonly available, I would be tempted to rate this 5/5 & I would be right to do so. For the very, very few who care, I did try this again & if that is not your thing so be it, it is what it is, if it is a bad thing to do so be it, God will punish me … I doubt that the brewers care even in the least bit. Bottle nr. 217/688. Pours a dark brown mocha black (first time, I probably describe the actual colour of a beer as opposed to the head as mocha), the head itself doesn’t exist & it is forgiven. Smell is incredible thick, solid syrupy molasses bourbon, thick dark fruits & brown sugar, huge wood vanilla, thick sludgy caramel, sticky huge bourbon, milk chocolate, very sweet creamy coffee, thick pure chocolate brownies, rum cake,… ridiculous, bloody brilliant. Taste is thick sticky molasses, pure chocolate brownies, rum cake, huge bourbon, incredible amounts of wood vanilla which is basically the great thing about bourbon, I am still astonish as to just how much wood vanilla fine bourbon can have on its own, it is a flavour I never fully picked up or got the description until I tried decent bourbon, thick syrup, even more huge bourbon, very thick syrupy dark fruits, creamy milk chocolate, very creamy, dark fruit syrup, toffee, plums, sweet, sweetness covers the huge alcohol, towards the end I did feel the alcohol burn my throat, I still didn’t taste it, if you really warm up the beer, you can smell some alcohol. If you take a Big sip, you get some light bitter roasted malts in the back, otherwise just this uniform brilliant sweetness. Very silky, smooth, creamy syrupy mouthfeel with pretty much no carbonation. People can say what the like about these huge boozy sweet RIS being rated so highly & I do really, really understand them most of the time but this is simply divine. The taste is very uniform, sweet combo of the previously mentioned flavors. Now this is a rare beer I really wish I could easily get hold of, unavailability is the only downside. Hype or whatever, didn’t expect this to be so brilliant the first time around & second time, getting a nicer, lovelier portion it just proves itself again. Usually RIS, I dig them always less the second time around. THX.
BoBoChamp (4186) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl, Vintage 2012 (Red wax), Bottle 217/688 (no mention of ABV), as ’Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord ’, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, very sweet/roasted and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!
mcberko (4056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma brings out the bourbon barrels upfront, some slight vanilla notes, some subtle chocolate notes. Flavour is insanely complex, with big dark fruits especially raisins – shitloads of them, complex bourbon notes, and slight vanilla. Incredibly rich and complex, with no hint of the 15% ABV. The barrels don’t destroy the base Dark Lord at all, but rather build and re-direct this into a new beast. A special treat this is. Great beer. If you’re lucky enough to try this, you’re in for a treat, but the hype is surely responsible for this beer’s average.
Ferris (494) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, if you don’t like it stay away from this beer. You can smell it and taste it throughout. Pours like syrup, no head to speak of and a rich body that clings to your palate. Toffee, molasses, smoke, chocolate and bourbon. Lives up to the hype.
wsantana (3) - Hialeah, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The zenith of a time most enjoyed yet seldom had. Able to make friends in a single bound! The last straw in a day I will never forget and I night I dare not remember.
Phil (175) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
damn near one of my all time favourite beers - rich, dark, viscous - almosts tasted like a espresso with a hit of bourbon.
fortunate to try this with friends, in Munster, Indiana.
Treebs (733) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review # 450
I shared this bad boy at the Star Wars tasting. 750 ml waxed bottle, 567/688, served in a Deschutes tulip.
A: Pours a dark black color, viscous like motor oil. A nice ring mocha foam is left over after the pour. As it recedes and swishes around there is some nice legs and splotchy lace left behind.
A: Bourbon up front with some dark fruits. smooth oak, some caramel, milk chocolate sweetness and nice toasted malts.
T: Nice barrel presence right away. Smooth bourbon, smoked oak, caramel and light vanilla. Sweet chocolate, some fudge and roasted malts. Toasted marshmallow as well. Very well integrated.
M: Thick and chewy. Medium to low carbonation. So smooth and it goes down with some slight heat.
O: This is drinking really, really well right now. No harsh booze and the barrel is just integrated very well. My personal favorite of the day.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-11-2012