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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.37   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davvey (6) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2006 does not count
Truly a king among Imperial Stouts. Tried it at Great Tast of the Midwest.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
On tap at Great Taste of the Midwest into my DL-worthy mini snifter. Pour initially consisted of turbulent beige foam, evolving to a most beautiful viscous black pool with a well-retained (expecially for such a huge stout) cap of dense beige head. The nose on this was pure Heaven... deep, dark, and remarkably evil Heaven... rich espresso, baker’s chocolate, vanilla, oaky woodiness, sweet bourbon sugars, and wisps of dried cherry skins... couldn’t have asked for any more. The flavor was carried by rich and expertly-blended dark malts (the aforementioned baker’s chocolate and burnt espresso, prunes, figs, and cherries), older oak, sweet vanilla, and hints of bourbon. Fiendishly smooth on the palate with waves of its underlying power accenting during the drink and warming through the finish. Compared with DLD reviews, the heat seemed to mellow out, which made this even better! Much obliged to the Floyds for the opportunity!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Served on-tap @ the Dark Lord Release Party. Pours a thick, syrupy black..the head is modest and a dark caramel color. Aroma is heavy coffee, oak, vanilla, and chocolate, with some alcohol creeping out as well. There’s definitely an oaky, bourbon kick to it, but the bitter chocolate and roasted coffee flavors still take the stage similar to the bottled Dark Lord. Amazingly balanced between the bold hop character and the array of tastes..just fantastic. Mouthfeel is expectedly thick, and very coating..yet smooth as velvet. Remains remarkably easy to drink for a beer of this magnitude. Felt privileged to try this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Draft: Browned ebony. Tight and creamy caramel foam. Deeply toasted oak, vanilla fudge, marshmallow, and caramelized sugar aroma. Nasal searing bourbon and perfumey tannins. Body is colossal. Oily and viscous. Carbonation is overly prickly, though, and a hindrance to the body’s sensuous viscosity. Chewy onset of fudge is tempered by tingly tannins and a vibrant toasted oak dryness. Clings to the lips and seals them shut after a single sip. Charred malts steadily heighten and interact with the underlying oaky echoes while ink doused plums and molasses saturate the palate. Bourbon is prominent throughout and the alcohol weighs heavily on the palate as the flavors progress. Consequently, the pronounced char goes by the wayside. Rich java never loses its strength, however. Finishes continually tingly with tannins and a burnt caramel backdrop accompanied by a mere glimpse of roasty dryness. Rather redundant in terms of the molasses and overt fruitiness. That, coupled with the prickly carbonation and the fact that the bourbon and alcohol overshadow the nuances and a large portion of the malt goodness, leaves something to be desired. A nice treat to have on a special occasion, but not much more than that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
on tap at DLD ’06, pour was amazing looking. oily black color and consistency, tight layer of chocolate brown head that faded but left a ring around the inside of the glass ( i transferred mine from the plastic cup they gave it to us in to my glass snifter) bourbon and burnt malts dominate the front end of the flavor, and a very sweet milk chocolate taste comes in late to balance things out. i thought the chocolate was more pronouced than the regular DL, and enjoyed that fact considerable. The bourbon was there, no doubting it, but it didnt overwhelm every other flavor like some of the other BB aged beers i had that weekend. the body was beyond thick, it was so viscous and chewy that i think a stirring straw could have stood up straight in the middle. i managed to drink 2 cups of this, and dont think i could have handled any more, its one of those beers that is very very good, but there is too much of a good thing if this were bottled.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3742) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2006
On tap at Dark Lord Day ’06, in one of the glass sample glasses. Very Black beer with a brown, creamy foam head that tasted like coffee ice cream float when slurped. It left sheets of clingy lace. The nose was of barrel, strong bourbon, butter and coffee. I just loved the head. Very thick mouthfeel that bordered on viscous, like a whipped creamy liquid. Your fingers get sticky on the outside of the glass. This must be sipped. Flavors of dark dusty chocolate, bourbon barrel, vanilla and coffee. This is almost too thick to drink comfortably. I found this to be a well balanced BA beer, not the bourbon bomb that others seemed to have. Incredible liquid, but only as a treat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
screigh (511) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Sampled on DL Day 2006!!! I have to give it 100%, come on...year old...oak aged Dark Lord??? Much more intense than I coould have imagined. Almost like bourbon. I was amazed that when the glass was empty the coating hung on like it was maple syrup. One great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2006 On tap on Dark Lord Day. I was lucky to have quite a bit of this that afternoon. I was worried that after tasting so many brews, that my palate would be destroyed by the time the doors opened. A bunch of water and some bread helped out alot though. I was lucky enough to get a sample before they started serving it in plastic cups. Anywho, aroma is fan-f*@#$ing-tastic. Loads of bitter chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon and hints of fruit. PERFECT. There was little to no head, just a faint swirl of carbonation at the center of the glass. I was surprised to find that the beer almost seemed a tad thinner than the regular Dark Lord, which would mean that it is still thicker than anything you’ve had. The flavor is very surprising. The aging really mellows out all the complexities that Dark Lord is so well known for. But don’t let that make you think that this isn’t a phenomenal brew. The flavor is still wonderfully complex. An abundance of bittersweet chocolates, dark caramels, fruits, vanilla, molasses, and finally bourbon followed by a nice hoppy bitterness and somewhat port-like sweet finish. This brew is fantastic. I’d love to be able to get more, maybe next year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1736) - 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 ’normal’ 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.

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