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RATINGS: 392   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is viscous and black with just a bit of tan foam around the edge of the glass. S: A definite oak and bourbon presence to the nose without the intense sweetness Dark Lord usually has. Certainly some sweet chocolate and vanilla with a bit of dark fruits. T: The oak aging gives this one a bit of a tannic character and some bitterness that the original does not exhibit. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors are quite strong but still allow the chocolate, roast, licorice, and dark fruits to show. M: The body is thick and chewy with a low, smooth carbonation. D: I like this one much better than Dark Lord. The oak aging here has helped to balance the beer out and mitigate the overwhelming sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13961) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
This sample was a Heaven Hill. Very dark. Smells like cat kibble. Bleh. Tastes rich, whiskeyish, balanced with super roasty character and lots of sweet malts. Intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12509) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
22oz bottle, vintage 2012, thanks GT2. Minimal brown head that wholly dissipates, atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some Bourbon, raisin. Taste is sweet, chococaramel, some Bourbon, raisin. Sticky full body, alcohol well contained.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
(Draught) Pours a murky deep mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of light smoke, roasted malt, wood, bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit notes. Flavor has loads of malt (caramel, roasted), chocolate, oak, coffee, bourbon, and brown sugar. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle. Etched glass. Thanks Jacob - Pours black no head - Nose/taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and sweet chocolate - full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (11359) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2015 Sampled while at Borefts 2012, huge thanks to Belgbeergeek! [Bottle #175/489, 2011 Vintage] Very dark brown to black color, small light brown head. Smell dark malts, roasted malts, dark candi sugar, sweetness, bourbon, moccha. Taste malts, lightly roasty, clearly bourbon, again some moccha, warming alcohol, a bit sweetish. Thick, syrupy texture, full body, medium to full carbonation. 9-4-9-5-18 (4.5). -- Re-rate October 24th 2015. Not nearly as good this time, way too much sugar and sweetness to be as good as I remembered it. Had to downrate it a little. Still nice, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2015 2012 vintage, bottle #687/888, courtesy of GT2. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, oak and whisky. The taste is roasted malts, raisin, vanilla, chocolate and toasted malts. Light bodied... just kidding. Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2013
Bottled. Huge thx to rfraga7 for trading this my topwant for several years. Pitch black coloured. Dense dark brown head. Aroma: Cocoa, roast, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some coffee, molasses, brown sugar, vague liqourice. Flavour: Vanilla, chocolate, cofeee, cocoa, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar. Heavenly smooth and easy to drink. Full bodied. Ends smoothly roasted bitter. Wow. Need some more of this.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (10569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
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.

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