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RATINGS: 369   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.37   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3725) - 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 (510) - 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 (1735) - 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.

   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 ’06: 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 don’t 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 (4397) - 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 (5479) - 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 I’d 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!

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