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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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2012
I nearly loathe regular Dark Lord. I donít know what it is about this barrel treatment but it completely changes the beer for me. It mutates from a sweet, sticky mess to a complex, aromatic, balanced bombshell of a beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 12, 2011
Old notes from DLD 08. This beer was great, but only a little better than the 08 darklord. Aroma and appearance were hurt by plastic cups. Similar to the standard darklord expect a hair more boozey...noticeable bourbon.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - MAY 4, 2015
What a great beer. The barrel lends great flavors to this beer. Hints of vanilla, chocolate, big sweetness and bourbon flavors. Wow. First drank: DLD 2015 Vintage: 2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2009
Sampled at Dark Lord Day 09. Stood in line outside before sales opened and got my free sample. It would appear that among the reviews that the beer was actually better inside than outside. Not sure why, but this was overwhelmed with the bourbon and oak flavors. It did not seem as complex as the 2007 Dark Lord I had in May of last year. Pretty, but overall, not that impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clownoisseur (389) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle 381/420. Pours jet black, minimal mocha colored head. Very little lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and booze. Taste is a little more brash than I was expecting. Big notes of the coffee/chocolate upfront, as the nose would suggest. But, I get some of that soy sauce flavor over the middle here that I did not taste in the Vanilla Bean variant. A bit off-putting, but itís appearance is short-lived. The dark fruits...raisin, plum...come through bringing some sweetness before the roasted nut/oak/bourbon dominate the finish. The syrup/molasses not only encompass some flavor here, but the mouthfeel as well. Very sticky. Pretty darn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
Not as good as the vanilla-bean aged and by nature of how thick and hard to consume in any appreciable quantities, Iíd even say itís not as good as the original, but itís an interesting twist on the original to be sure. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (370) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
750ml bottle enjoyed @ Dangerous Bottleshares - WLZBRZ edition. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma is raisins, prunes, plums, vanilla, caramel, molasses and some bourbon - but not enough, a hint of roasted malt. Flavour is sweet, almost overly sweet and light bitterness. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is sweet and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Pours black with a very light tan head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee and dark fruits. Taste is chocolate, dark fruits and booze. This is an awesome beer, but could use a little bit more age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2008
On tap at 2007 Great Taste: Wow, this is deathly alcoholic. Diverse rang of tastes, from charred wood to charred grain and all the way to charred chocolate-covered pretzels. Rich, thick, black.

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