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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Thanks to Facto for this bottle. Pours dark brown/black, with a very small tan head. Aromas are bourbon, chocloate, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Flavors are bourbon, oak, dark fruit, chocolate, malt, and coffee, with a little bitterness. Carbonation is a low. This is a top notch beer, but a bit too much bourbon takes away some of the ínormalí Dark Lord flavors that make it great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Pours black with tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, burnt cherry, oak and slight alcohol. Taste lasts forever. Chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, coffee. Amazingly sweet and deliciously bitter. Velety ans smooth. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2006
On tap at DL day í06: Pours a very viscous motor oil opaque with a nice, thin-lacing dark tan head. Rich, sweet, toasty complex dark caramel aroma has lots of dark fruity and chocolate bourbon oaky balance. Body starts incredibly full, thick, and viscous with lots of sweet sticky dark caramel and chocolate malts. Hints of vanilla and plenty of bourbon oaky balance and complexity. Finishes sticky, sweet and lingering with some warmth, dark chocolate, and coffee. Barrel-aged just the right amount of time. I think this is officially my new favorite beer of all time, but I donít know if I could drink more than 12oz of it at one sitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Pour is opaque black with almost no head...tight tiny bubbles drift to the top of the snifter...smell is sweet with vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, cocoa,...lots of bourbon...taste is very sweet with vanilla, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, more bourbon, vanilla, alcohol...finish is sticky and sweet...this is damn good...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Sampled at 3F on Dark Lord Day. Small tan head that mostly diminished with lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a black hue. Nose was bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some dark fruits. Flavor was dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and thick. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Huge thanks to Springslicker (and Facto) for the opportunity to sample this. Pours black and totally opaque. First whiff is prunes, cognac, and vanilla, with an underlying presence of dark chocolate and strong coffee. Smooth, rich palate. Dark choclate is the most noticeable flavor at first, with hints of coffee, then blending into vanilla and bourbon flavors, then a surprisingly winey finish. As it warms, notes of raisin and prune emerge, and the bourbon becomes a bigger player in the flavor. Very tasty, very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 11, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Suppose I should finally put my rating in. Sampled at the brewpub on DL Day. Served in a small maybe 5.5oz plastic cup. Color was an obvious pitch black, almost nothing getting through. Head was a small dark brown one Iíd expect on a nice cup of coffee. Aroma is huge chocolate and coffee, then come the bourbon, molasses and caramel/vanilla things. Flavor is like a dark chocolate stout milkshake. Thick and filling. Bourbon adds a bite to a smooth and well made imperial stout. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpringsLicker (3236) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Thanks to MrFacto for taking all the S*T that he got for being generous enough to send this to a few folks who couldnít make it to FFF. On top of that, he only asked that I send him some good homebrews for the trade! One of the better barrel beers that Iíve had. I donít give out perfect scores, and the only detractor was that a small fleeting head would have fit the style better. Undoubtedly this was from the re-bottle so figure my appearance score upwards in your head if you choose to. Black, oily and coating the glass as itís swirled. Rich alcoholic yet restrained bourbon aroma. Notes of licorice and raisins come easily. This is one that can be enjoyed for the aroma alone. I donít like bourbon, but there is plenty of good Imperial Stout aroma so that the bourbon doesnít take this one over. Thick, sweet, smooth and very well balanced by roasty bitterness. Again, very well done and one of the better attempts to meld a Big Imperial Stout and a barrel that Iíve had. Thanks Matt for the chance to share and try this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Draft @ 3F on DL06: This beer lives up to the hype. Poured thick and black with a perfectly creamy brown head. The aroma had a strong but just the right amount of bourbon mixed with dark chocolate, dark fruit and dark roast. This is the Dark Lord. The flavor was very nice. Vanilla, chocolate and bourbon with coffee and fruit underneath. This was full bodied and creamy. Nice and warming on a damp day. The pour had run over the sides of the glass and it was so thick and sticky that my skin was stuck to the glass. I could have let go and it never would have left my hand. When the glass was empty I sadly had to pry it from my fingers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Poured old motor oil black with a small brown lace. Sweet oak, bourbon, and dark bakerís chocolate on the nose. The flavors were sweet bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate with an oaky undertone and a little bit of cough drop coming through in the finish. Everything seemed to meld together really well until the cough drop thing. Still a very good beer overall. Since I couldnít give the palate a 6 I had to bump up the overall to make up for it.

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