Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day 2014. Pours a motor oil. Light brown head. Good carb. Raspberry jam, cocoa, soy on nose. Taste is a blast of sweet dark fruit, baker’s chocolate, some toffee notes. Bit of coffee as it washes out. Palate: syrupy and filmy. This stuff stayed in my mouth all day, affecting the flavor of everything from the other beers I tried to the toothpaste I used that night. Too sweet. Stop making sugar bomb stouts, 3F!!
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014. On tap at DLD, then later from the bottle. No real head or lace (like all BADLs) but it does stain my glass a la Huna.
Brandy barrels accent the delicious BADL base perfectly, imparting a fruity character which adds significant depth to the overall profile. Barrel really shines. Sticky, viscous, awesome.
Vastly superior to the 2011 Brandy DL in every way.
rxeight (2157) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2015 On tap at DLD 2014. This was amazing stuff. Dark lord is a beer that is perfect for the barrel and this is no exception. Sweet slightly boozy. I love darklord and this was an amazing improvement on it.
Update to add the 2011 version. 11/22/14. Bottle 95/392. Perfect mix of sweet smooth brandy, chocolate and dark roast. This was a lot better than the fresh version which was hotter and boozier.
2015 (2 yr Portuguese) never had something like this before. Insanely sweet Raisin bomb. Not nearly as boozy as the 14 brandy was fresh, which completely surprised me. Very smooth.
WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a lovely opaque black with a tan head. Has a very sweet raisin aroma. Goes down smooth with a clean sweet taste.
orangesol (986) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
*Moving my old review over here*
Thanks to Norm? for sharing this one with us at the first Voodoo Barrel Room release. Bottle #304/392 reviewed from what little notes I took.
A - Pours black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small spots of lace down most of the glass. Stains the glass brown after its all gone.
S - Smells of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, oak, dark roasted malt and fruity brandy. Smells like regular dark lord with a shot of brandy poured into it.
T - Starts off with the strong sugary sweetness - mainly chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, molasses and caramel - quickly being joined by the brandy barrel, oak and booze burn. Finish is still really sweet with some mild heat, lingering long after the finish. More put together than the nose would imply.
M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Smoother feel than I thought it would have but that sweetness just makes it hard to drink more than a few ounces at a time.
O - A nice rift on the regular Dark Lord. It still has all of the base flavors and the added barrel treatment helps to round out the rough edges. If the sweetness could die down a bit I think this one would be really solid, as it stands it is just a really nice beer.
ICEatALAMO (1211) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 24. The pour is dark. The aroma is of mild brandy, still a lot of sweetness. The taste is very nice, the brandy sweetens and milds it at the same time.
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mikem409 (1950) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the metro D tasting. Pours dark brown black almost no head. Sweet prune and plum aroma. Barrel and sweet sugar nice.
alexsdad06 (7749) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with the group (1/1/2013). Pours black in color with a small, fine tan head. Viscous and sticks to the glass. The aroma has a big, sweet chocolate brownie burst with cocoa, brandy, and some dark fruit. The flavor has much of the same; decadent chocolate, brandy, barrel and dark fruits notes with a smooth, viscous mouth feel. The ba dark lords are still quite a treat even if the base is not these days.
hallinghansen (2519) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Sean9689, thanks buddy. Cracked open to celebrate my exam (got an A/10 in the Danish system) Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is brandy, coffee, chocolate, roast, molasses, oak. Flavour is chocolate, roasted malt, brandy, oak, wood. Very complex. Smooth and delicious. Awesome.
gEUS (1615) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle during a vertical 2004-2012 line-up of all DLs, during a beer tasting weekend - in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Notes include main characteristics in aroma and flavour components.
2012 Bourbon BA DL - bottle 197/685 - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, some chocolate. 3.8/5
2012 Boubon Vanilla DL - bottle 921/934 - chocolate, vanilla, sherry... Aroma makes one think of a vanilla scented cancle (no shit). 3/5
2012 Cognac Vanilla DL - bottle 409/534 - green coffee beans, green paprica, spicy notes. No Cognac scent at all. 3/5
2012 Cognac De Muerte DL - bottle 203/817 - cacao, pepper and peppers scent. Taste is very hot due to the peppers but take away most of the taste - pity (not as balanced as for example the Hunahpu) 3.3/5
2011 PVW Bourbon BA DL - bottle 261/484 - thanks Jeffo! - lots of bourbon, but beautifully embedded in the whole aroma palet. The first DL I really dig. Vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Best of the vertical. 4.2/5
2011 Brandy BA DL - bottle 185(?)/312(?) - a sour pinch to the basic DL character, cherries. 3.2/5
2011 Brandy Vanilla DL - bottle 403/433 - loooots of chocolate. 3.1/5