SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank at Three Floydís Brewing Company during the 2007 Dark Lord Day: Black as night it had a slight brown head that left some nice brown lacing. The nose was huge and filled with expresso, chocolate and porty overtones. In the mouth it was the most dense, thick, syrupy, oily beer I have every tasted. While the alcohol lever is high (15%) and you know it is there, it is never hot. The flavors from the nose burst into the palate covering every nook and cranny. This is an intese freak of a beer that one can only drink in small quantities. However credit needs to be given as it is balanced which is not an easy feat for something this size.
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle kindly shared by Steve. Pours opaque black with a small beige head. Nose is booze, strong soy, roast, bourbon. Wasnít impressed with the aroma but the flavor improved as it warmed up - sweet, malt, alcohol, dark fruits, bourbon, with a definite dark lord taste on the back end. Better than expected considering we were worried itíd be infected.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 . The same thick motor oil texture and pitch black color of Dark Lord. The same aroma and flavor of Dark Lord, but with bourbon. While not as bad as a lot of bourbon beers, everything I love about Dark Lord still takes a backseat in this one to the bourbon. Delicious in its own right, and very warming.
Re-Rate: The 08 version (at 09 DLD) was simply incredible. Much more subtle than previous years. The wood and vanilla come through much better. Traces of tobacco and a nice earthiness all around. Damn this is great.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What can I say that hasnít been said? I spent about 30 mins at least sipping my 6oz. It poured a slick oily black with a dark thick head. Aroma was chocolate and bourbon mixed with coffee and caramel. Flavor was bourbon chocolate truffle. A nice bite toward the finish lets you know thereís a lot happening in there. Overall I canít argue against it.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at 2007 DLD. Thick, rich and smooth. Almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, malt and smoke. Immediately taste the flavors of dark chocolate, bourbon and oak. Perfectly balanced. Extremely easy to drink. Nice semi sweet finish. Incredible brew!
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. 2013. At tailgate. Aroma is heavy dried fruit and some bourbon vanilla and malt. Taste is vanilla, dried fruit, and again heavy plum. Silky smooth. Really great texture to this beer.
-- rated with beerbasher
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at DLD 2010. Iím not sure why it took me so long to record this rating, but it works well for my 300th. This was a very nice imp stout, but it gets no where near the quality and depth of the vanilla bean version. Hard to say to what it is about those vanilla beans. On the aroma, notes of strong bourbon, sweet vanilla, rich chocolate candy bars, mixed powdery wafer malts, and a wonderful nutty caramel. It definitely intrigues you from the start. The appearance of this is basically identical to the vanilla bean version so Iíll copy and paste that description: "Zero head from the pour. Black. A dark wood colored outer ring with some small stagnant carbonation bubbles. As thick as it gets, and rather mysterious looking." The palate here is slightly harsher than the other two versions. Thick and creamy, but much more boozy. To describe the taste, its like sweet vanilla chocolate cake, cream on the top, consumed with a big glass of bourbon/whiskey. Bold. Thatís another way to describe it. Overall, this to me was simpler complexity wise than the other two, but still a big and tasty brew.
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap GTMW - Poured pitch oily black with small tan head.
Aroma - chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, oak and some coffee. Really amazing scent, very intoxicating!!!
Flavor - the initial taste is coconut bourbon along with some oak, rich chocolate and hint of coffee. Probably one of the best beers at this festival!!!
Palate - Heavy almost syrup like mouthfeel with little carbonation. Finish is somewhat sweet with slight alcohol burn. Great aftertaste of chocolate and rum!!
Overall - I prefer this over regular DL but is realy close to the Vanilla Bean. I will have to make it for DLD and try this again!
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pitch black and as dence as a Hooters waitress this beer packs a significant punch, albeit one dimensional. Bourbon and oak are present and not overbearing as I feared but the complexity seems to be limited to the barrel aged attributes and the original stout qualities become to muted. Solid beer but indistinguishable from other barrel aged stouts.