badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
FestDecBeet (412) - - MAY 4, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Clownoisseur (389) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Zakoon (370) - 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.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.