HonkeyBra (3058) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a bottle at the Three Floyds XV anniversary. Amazing luck that I finally got to try this. Big, black, oily pour with a small tan head. Aroma of strong brandy on the nose, along with chocolate, sweet dark fruits. The brandy barrel brings even more sweetness on the nose than is really desirable. Some notes of booze and oak try to round things out a bit, but itís a wave of bright, sweet, hot brandy and dark lord. Flavor is not as sweet as the nose leads you to believe. Flavor of brandy, chocolate, booze and oak. Some chocolate covered cherries. Full body, nice carbonation. Really well put together even though Iím not the biggest fan of brandy barrel aging. Possibly my second favorite (Pappy being the first) of the Dark Lord variants.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Again, Huge thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Tasted 7/8/11. 22oz bomber. Bottle #282/392. Pours pitch black with a trace ring of head. More of a creamy and earthy aroma than the Pappy version. Almost milky? Full bodied with a more apparent fruity nuance. Nice and sweet with a decent burn. Thereís a lot of dark berry flavors to go with the sugary sweetness of the residual brandy. Sticky, cloying and very viscous. Very well blended.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Sean9689 for completing this vertical for us. What an epic ticking that was. Very dark brown in color, but actually a little translucent. No head. Great rich chocolate aroma, milk and dark, with brandy fairly prominent and some dark fruits. Huge intense complex flavor, enormous sweet chocolate, roast, coffee, brandy, oak, dark cherries, dates and prunes. Not too sweet. Full-bodied with almost no carbonation and a smooth slick mouthfeel. Not boozy at all. Damn this is a great beer.
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel aged darklord quadfecta.
First up is brandy darklord with vanilla beans. 650ml bottle numbered ... Pours a thicker viscosy deep dark silky tar pour and crowned with a thin film of light beige head that quickly retreats towards the edges... Sweet brandy and vanilla in the nose, almost Overdone on the sweetness level. Not overly assertive from a barrel perspective. A touch a little aggressive on the vanilla but Iím a fan of it in my beer. .. Flavors are much of the same smoothe charred sweet choclate goodness well meshed and combined with vanilla and a following boozy brandy note. Smooth somewhat lighter in body with a lighter level of carbonation that turns up in the end. Quote boozy in the finish at first but settles down. Quite nice but not at an overwhelming level.
Next up is brandy which pours similar to the rest with more substance in the head leavin more and receding less... Semi-sweet brandy nature and nit as assertive as the vanilla bean. Still adequately present but def held in check. Still pretty solid... Big sweet and brandy filled goodness with a nice boozy appeal to it. Some dark fruitcake flavor sensibility with some hardcore brandy that goes down quite nicely.
Body holds up to the strong sweet assertive nature. Light carbonation overall. This, i believe, would have scored better had we tried this one before the vanilla as the former was just too big of a beer that may have not allowed the nuances of this one to shine as much as it normally would.
Muerte up third with quite the dame appearance as the rest. Deeper black stouty pour with lesser intense edges with more of a reddish hue... Aroma is coconut upfront and a lighter subdued spicy undertone... Flavors are again on the sweeter side hot from a boozy perspective.
Up last is the pvw. Not the ideal order for all these but I digress...
Same appearance with much less presence of a head than the rest....
Aroma is solid straigt up smooth bourbon and soft coconut. Similar to rare. Canít say much about the barrel as most know about it already...
Flavors smooth lighter bodied but the barrel provides such great flavor with a nice soft boozy note along with your standard
beernbourbon (1247) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle graciously shared by Peter, thanks again man! Pour is as expected; deep black with a thin rim of tan. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, light fruity sweetness, light orange, and a very light alcohol burn. Flavor is initially sweet roasted malt, brown sugar, and then a light alcohol burn with a long lingering finish with notes of deep sweet purple plum, hints of orange peel, and a light berry note. A little sweet, but still delicious. Maybe the only version that I noticed the alcohol in. Still well hidden though.
AllHatDavidson (10) - Davidson, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like black motor oil. What else would you expect from anything related to Dark Lord? A nice dark tan head rises up and falls fairly quickly, leaving behind a few legs. Thin collar throughout. The nose carries a fairly hefty amount of brandy as well as a decent amount of accompanying booze. Lots of sweetness and chocolate plus some coffee. This smells exactly like youíd imagine Dark Lord with Brandy would. Well-integrated, though not mind blowing. The flavor is better than the smell, though still not world class. The brandy takes a prominent role, and the taste isnít quite as boozy as the nose was. Chocolate and some dark fruits are there as well as some slight coffee. Full and thick feel with a nice brandy presence in the finish. Low carbonation. Really a nice beer that comes together well.
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks a lot Peter! Pours black like oil with a no head. Aroma is all brandy with hints of apple and vanilla. Flavor is brandy, but not overwhelming. You still are able to pick up hints of chocolate, oak and fruits. Full bodied with low carbonation. Very good beer overall.
MadIndian (2265) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Auction winner. Why all the low rates?
This is the Dark Lord with brandy. Excellent chocolate, roast and brandy aroma. Nice Coffee, chocolate, oak and molasses taste. All wrapped up with a dominant brandy finish and hints of dark fruit. I like the regular Dark Lord better, but this rocks!
SrSilligoose (3089) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
big thanks to phaleslu for sharing this beer with a bunch of drunks. potent, sweet cherry kissed chocolate. most forward taste, to me at least, was medicinal cherry cough syrup. complex, but not necessarily in a good one, as the punches of sweet apple brandy, medicinal fruit, roast, chocolate, and dough come off as a bit muddled and messy. low drinkability. not exactly my cup of tea. but still exciting to try. vastly preferred muerte and pappy to the brandy treatments, but my rating appears to be somewhat of an outlier.
phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Bottle from Dark Lord Day 2011, numbered 282/392. Tried alongside 2006-2011 Dark Lord as well as the other three barrel variants on my bachelor party weekend, Friday night tasting. Looks like the rest of the DL on the table- dark, opaque near-black in the middle, more of an amber-cola-brown color on the edges, minimal brown bubbles for head. Great brandy character on the nose of this one, and a lot of it. The booze of the brandy sits in the nostrils, and there is a lot of accompanying fruitiness- berries, plums especially- with oak, caramel, chocolate, molasses, tannins. The flavor is a cut above the nose, with a good deal of brandy without the boozy heat of the nose, plus more fruits, oak, caramel, toasted sugar, molasses, coffee beans, and chocolate. Full-bodied, with a rich, smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. This one delivered most closely to what I expected of the four Dark Lord barrel variants, and thatís not a bad thing at all. Re-Rate: Bottle 375/433, tried about 13 months after I tried it the first time. This one has improved with age. Bumping it a point.