justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 Vintage, bottle 428/711
Split with my friend Keith who attended DLD with me this year. Served in a FFF mini-snifter. Reviewed from notes.
A- Upon pouring, a mocha head quickly appears and dies down within 30 seconds, leaving a ring of foam around the rim of the glass. The color is opaque black, thick like motor oil.
S- The first thing I can smell is a very strong bourbon barrel presence, but it is quickly joined by vanilla, coffee, and a sweet molasses like aroma. Excellent aroma, it definitely invites you to take a drink.
T- I don’t think it would be possible to use any more descriptors for this beer. Black cherries, prunes, vanilla, followed by some tobacco and caramel with bourbon strong on the finish. There is a lingering sweetness that is very familiar from regular dark lord on the back end, and surprisingly little to no alcohol bite, even with the bourbon flavor being so apparent. There is no detectable hop bitterness.
M- Silky smooth, yet very thick at the same time. This is definitely a sipper, but it is very easy to drink. Low-medium carbonation is right on for the style. The flavors linger and change over the incredibly long finish, definitely over a minute later I can still taste the beer.
O- This is a very enjoyable, incredibly complex beer. I’m glad I hadn’t drank anything before this, because it was such a pleasure to really get into this beer and enjoy the full range of flavors you can get from it. The bourbon is there on the nose and finish, but the vanilla really outshines it, at least in my opinion. I’m sure that will die down with time, although I think this is simply amazing as it is right now. It was an honor to drink this beer, so very glad I was able to score one this year!
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick black body with a brown frothy head. Intense vanilla and bourbon aroma with a multy layered malt foundation barley balancing the vanilla sweetness. Flavor is as huge, if not even more massive than the already promising aroma with nice coffe roasted notes creating balance within the extreme. A special sipping experience indeed, though only for that special occasion (sweet, sweet, sweet.)
Fred82 (2091) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber at a tasting. Bottle shared by Tom10101.
Appearance : Dark black with very small head.
Aroma : Rich spicy woody vanilla. Big vanilla taste. This screams bourbon BA. Syrupy. Light chocolate.
Taste : Roasted malt with big vanilla bourbon. Finish is a bit sweet with light alcohol. Lots of bourbon notes and vanilla. Light nutty notes.
Overall : Big and bold. A bit less sweetness that the regular version I think. Very heavy on the bourbon (probably accentuated by the vanilla beans). A bit too much bourbon for my taste. Quite tasty and all but lacks a bit of balance in my opinion. Still a great beer and I would certainly not say no to another sip of this.
ICEatALAMO (849) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 550. The pour is same as the others. The aroma is strong vanilla. The taste is nice and smooth, heavy vanilla. Slight bourbon, mellows it nicely.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JulienHuxley (2422) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared by Tom10101, marci ben. Oily, not quite black pour (quite red surprisingly enough) with small blotches of foam. Very bourbony aroma (sweet, vanilla-like, not woody), light vanilla notes, oak. Taste is sweet, rich coffee, vanilla, bourbon, the base beer is pretty unrecognizable. Palate is silky, just a tad flat but approriate for the style. Delicious.
Minderbinder (1535) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 22oz 
Pours very dark brown/black with low beige head. Red reflects. Aroma is of alcohol, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, fruits (including dark ones), bourbon. Taste is of roasted malt, fruits, caramel, sugar, vanilla, alcohol, bourbon. Palate: Full bodied, syrupy texture. Overall: Not cloying. Very complex. A pretty good sipper. Classy, warming. Lots of alcohol, but not to the point of dirtyness. Port-like.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Tommy for finding us this one. Pour is dark brown with very little brown head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, booze, oak, chocolate. Taste is pretty without being cloying, very boozy, very complex. Body is a bit thin for such a big beer. Overall, a bit disapointed by this one, still it was very good but not as much as the hype was telling.
tom10101 (2094) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22 oz). 2012 vintage. Thanks to pantanap and POTABLE83! Reddish black with a low beige head and no lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, bourbon, fudge, hazelnut, caramel, boozy notes... really intense. Taste is heavily sweet (not cloying though) with vanilla, fudge, bourbon, caramel, hazelnut, wood, boozy notes and a warming finish. Full bodied, but not thick (thinner than I thought it would be). Sirupy mouthfeel. Really complex and intense. There’s still a ton of vanilla in there despite being 1+ year old. A tad too hot, but I felt it was less than 14% abv. The balance is average. Really good beer, but probably not worth the hype. GI Rare was way better than this (more complex, smoother, more drinkable).
burg326 (3086) - Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle poured dark black with aromas of warm bourbon, vanilla, and fudge. Flavors follow suit with some sweetness in the aftertaste. A great beer overall fudgy aftertaste.
ryanfolty (1737) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
July 3, 2013 - bottle shared by Joe. This will be rating 1492 for me, the year that Columbus discovered America. Fitting since this beer marks my discovery of something that is at the same level as Goose Island’s BCS Rare. Yes, what I thought was my one and only 5.0 rating now has a companion. How can I say this is as good as Rare? Well after drinking, my wife and I say to Joe that it is one of the best beers we have ever had, but not sure it is better than Rare. What does Joe go and do, yes he pulls a Rare out of his cellar and we do a blind impromptu tasting!!! I admit on this day the Vanilla DL was better than the Rare (I was able to choose each correctly), but the Rare did not taste quite as good as when I had it initially. I can’t thank Joe enough for his generosity on this night. I guess I will put some actual beer comments in now. Of course this was a black pour with tan head. The aroma and taste were magical blends of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Each one in perfect harmony that created an other worldly experience. 2012 vintage, bottle 408 of 934.