Hair6a11 (1415) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Vintage (This one was for Carlos) : Pour is murky dark, with a modest khaki head here that has light retention. Well - Finally. Right out of the gate, dominant vanilla on the nose. That’s not a bad thing, obviously. Now, it moves to more obvious notes of caramel, cake, booze, but I get only feint barrel treatment here. Either way - quite nice. Now - what I noticed immediately is that the mouth feel was tapered off from my memory of recent dark lord vintages. That’s not a bad thing either - I’m impressed beyond words on how this one developed in the barrel(s), whatever it is they utilize. Sticky cake, caramel, umami, to brown sugars, moving to heavy vanilla notes once again - I get feint bourbon treatment at best - In fact it’s hardly noticeable and I suppose that’s one element of disappointment. However - everything else , from the roast / coffee, chocolate, caramel, earthy barrel notes, and ridiculous vanilla meshes into this wonderful experience
maxodom (39) - - DEC 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Going from memory, 2012 vintage consumed in late 2013. Thick and viscous, like motor oil, you can really smell and taste the vanilla. Very sweet with the alcohol very hidden. The best stout ive had to date.
mnmike (1054) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small pour from a generous soul at Darkness Day 2014 that cracked a bottle. Very sweet and hard to detect much vanilla. Glad I tried it, but there are other whales I’d rather chase next time.
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from bomber into a big ol' snifter. Thin head that dissipates quickly. A terrific aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coconut (I'm guessing from the vanilla but if came through as coconut), and some soy sauce. Mouthfeel is excellent. Beer is slightly syrupy but also has a pleasant thinness to it. Nice and oily. Flavor is very sweet. Bourbon barrel is supremely integrated and even throughout. Vanilla is more subtle than expected and only contributes on the back end. You really only notice it if you look for it, but when you find it, it's quite nice. This is a mature, sophisticated beer with many element expertly weaves together. However, the sweetness is just too much for me. Best to be had in small quantities.
Ataraxia (410) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 vintage, opened 11/14/2014.
Very dark brown, almost black, and opaque with a thin brown head. Fairly complex aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, espresso, toffee, and vanilla. All of those components subtly blend together. The sweetness arrives in layers and manages to remain in control without being overbearing. Very smooth and viscous; full-bodied and the right amount of carb for the job. Finishes bittersweet with more vanilla than expected, but only moderately boozy.
k0mpsa (1541) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at mikkeller bar. Black color, small brown head. Aroma is perfectly roasted, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste is mix of roasty, bourbon, vanilla, full body, smooth. It’s rich and long, vanilla notes.
Zekada (375) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Mikkeller, black sensation. Smell has heavy vanilla tones and some chocolate. Pours black with a small beige head. Taste is massive vanilla, some chocolates and a little coffee. Has an oily thick feeling in the mouth, very nice. Overall a real blockbuster. Really good and enjoyable
Zakoon (146) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught @ Mikkeller bar Viktoriagade, Black Sensation event. Aroma is awesome, tons of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and brown sugar. Flavour is sweet but nicely balanced. Full bodied, so thick that it I could chew it. Finish is sweet but well balanced, this is incredible. I’m glad that I’ve tried it several times. Still my favorite.
Sarlacc83 (1165) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle traded from agold. Much appreciated. A lot, as it turns out. 727/876 I believe.
Admission: I fully expected this to be underwhelming as all get out. Dark Lord is an underattenuated mess, and adjuncts shouldn’t be able to change that fact. Shouldn’t....but does.
A: Pure black color with a mocha head. Legs.
N: Marshmallow, vanilla, melted caramel candies, cocoa, soy sauce, whiskey, oak, and espresso.
T: Very sweet, and yet, not cloying. Somehow. Tons of vanilla.
M: Treacly, heavy oily body. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: This doesn’t feel like it was brewed by Three Floyds. I am clearly not a fan, so I guess it’s pretty undeniable that this is amazing.
Sledutah (5652) - Utah, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Blue waxed 2014 bottle (727 of 876) shared by Luke at the Portland tasting
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey. Tastes of dark malts, caramel, vanilla and some sweetness
Very good, the best beer of the tasting.