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RATINGS: 377   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.

MasterSki's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Iíve had this two years in a row in a plastic cup pour. I took some brief notes this year, so here it goes - a lot of this will be complementary to my review of Dark Lord (when I finally get around to reviewing the regular variety). Some of this text is borrowed from my Vanilla-bean review, where appropriate. A - Think quick-dissolving mocha foam, nice ring of lace, pitch black with a hint of red at the edges. Itís about all I expect from a 13% RIS. S - Oak-barrel, but not the stupid amount I experienced in oak-aged Behemoth. Thereís also a touch of vanilla and almond that I get from most good barrel-aged brews, plus the cadre of "regular" Dark Lord smells. Itís different from regular Dark Lord, but not a huge improvement. T - I found the oak-aging to simplify the taste of Dark Lord in a way that wasnít altogether positive. The oak-aging really brings out the booziness and heat and smooths out a lot of the really interesting flavors from the regular Dark Lord. Itís still pretty delicious, but just slightly acerbic. M - Thick, near milk-shake consistency, with tons of residual stickiness, and low carbonation. This is the way RISes should be down - other brewerís take note. D - This is a mild step in the wrong direction - takes the least drinkable elements of Dark Lord and amplifies them a little bit. Itís hot, palate-beating, and not really much more interesting than the regular variety. Worth trying, but not worth waiting hours in line to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
koleminer20 (1259) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2015
From notes. Enjoyed at the Great Taste of the Midwest on August 08. The pour is used motor oil with a dark brown ring of head and a viscous glass color changing clinginess. The aroma is big chocolate malts and bourbon. A lot of oakiness and vanilla. Heavy soy comes through on the end, especially as it warms. The flavor is good, but itís dominated by soy sauce. There is a nice malt and chocolate with a great bourbon coming through. Oak and vanilla are delicious but the soy sauce is a touch off putting. The mouth feel is thick and viscous with a heavy soft carbonation. The soy sauce dominates. Lingeringly thick and chewy with a completely controlling soy sauce again on the way out. Could be amazing, but the soy just wonít let it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (729) - New York, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle tasting at jtclockworks..jet black almost no head..aroma of bourbon,molasses,coffee,vanilla, ..tastes of bourbon,coffee,licorice,molasses..bit disappointi

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (529) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2015 Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest. Aroma is bourbon barrel, roasted malt, vanilla amazing. Appearance is black, thick, brown head. Taste is sweet, soy, barrel, vanilla, chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, great carbonation, oily and wonderful. Overall, this one is quite disappointing for the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (365) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2015 bottle. Bottle #454 of 603. Viscous black body. Small khaki head. Thin collar. Aroma is very nutty. Dark chocolate. Not much distinct bourbon. Lots of sugar. Not quite soy sauce, but itís close to that. Outrageously sweet taste. Caramel. Dark chocolate. I get some bourbon here, but itís still not a standout flavor. That pseudo-soy-sauce flavor sneaks in into the finish. Heavy and sweet. Medium low carbonation and tingly carbonation. This just isnít pleasant to drink. Absurdly sweet. Quite a struggle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11248) - , 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (5088) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, toffee and caramel aromas. Sweet sugar bomb, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon and oak tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Did not live upto the hype. Not bad but this came with a lot of hype and it did not come through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2902) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2015
2015 bottle. 414 of 603. Thanks Couch! Aromas are chocolate syrup, light cooked vegetable, vanilla beans. Also seems like cognac aged more than bourbon. Tastes very smooth. Loads of chocolate syrup, sweet booze and vanilla. Light oak too. Thin to medium body. Very good but considering how highly rated this is, itís slightly disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Homer321 (2897) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle. Boozy dominant nose with some light pepper and licorice. Slight hint of a smaller bottle count. Light coffee. Slightly more hearty and beefy in taste. Very solid. Very light coffee. Overall a yummy beer but vanilla seems a bit smoother.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (976) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle to glass. Bottle 342 of 688. Pours black with tan head, very similar to bourbon vanilla. Taste is sweet, sticky, thick, yum. Super thick and good, previous rate was better, but the website cleared, shit. Itís really good and really strong, I need an insulin shot.

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