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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.36   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10130) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Re-rate of the 2011 Pappy Van Winkle version is much the same. Some nuances differ, but they’re minor at most.

Draft... DLD ’06...This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Great retention. The woodsy nose is of big bourbon, oak and light vanilla. Heavy bourbon, chocolate, light molasses, coffee and several other "dark" things in the flavor. Full-bodied and super creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes rich, boozy and very drying. Hot, but superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Poured a dark black with reddish/brown edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, chocolate, roast and dark fruits, Tastes of wood, stronger bourbon, vanilla, roast, chocolate, brown sugar, espresso, and molasses. Medium alcohol finish. I do like bourbon so I enjoyed the bourbon quality to this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (9633) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (9545) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2014 The standard BA dark lord might be the best because it is like dark lord that has mellowed and had an infusion of some oak and vanilla flavors that tone it down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9408) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
750mL red wax 2012 thanks to generous trader on BA. My 4000th rate on this site and moving up to the ranks with legends like Dakine. Pours tepid muddy brune with small beige bubbles. Nose is richer, thicker bourbon, rich hazelnut, amaretto, marzipan. Very nice aroma. Taste is sticky, big ass maple, spicier. Thick and rich. Not metallic or thin like other DL variants. I’ll probably never be a fan but this is the best variant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9381) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLD’11, looks like this years was the 2010 version aged for a year in Heaven Hill barrels., according to the tap site. Thick black pour, thin to no tan head. Aroma was boozy, with notes of bourbon, coffee, dark fruit and some slight chocolate. Taste has notes of hot bourbon, booze, with notes of vanilla and chocolate, some sweet dark fruit and some roast. Pretty good, definitely too hot at this point and would benefit from some age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ferris (8081) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DuffMan (8044) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2012 Summer Session. Marked directly on the bottle as #520/688. Black syrupy pour, so thick it truly does look like 50,000-mile motor oil! Aroma is intense and sets my mouth watering: fresh tiramisu, chocolate, bourbon. Sticky, thick, hearty palate that is densely flavoured to reflect the nose: fresh tiramisu, bourbon-toffee sauce, hot fudge, vanilla, woody and earthy undercurrents. Boozy and warming, but smooth as silk. I wondered whether this would be worthy of the hype or whether it is inflated by rarity. It is worthy of its accolades and deserving of its status. Just an exceptional treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
First beer of the day at Dark Lord Day. Totally lucked our way into the pub and grabbed the two special versions and a couch. And there remained for two and a half happy hours working our way through the taplist before venturing into the madness that were the throngs outside. Poured a deep dark oily jet black with a thin tan head, though mostly only visible with faint agitation. Not so much bourbon as vanilla on the nose, chocolate and light coffee. Chewy dark fruit and big chewy tannins. This was so very, very good. Worked out that I liked this one better and my friend liked the vanilla, so once we’d tried both, it made sharing very easy. Chocolate and cherries, toffee. A bit warm on the finish, light vanilla notes. Huge dry oak lingers around long afterward. Very good.

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