wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on draft at DLD2011, my friend Ben brought me a sample from inside the brewpub. Pours a murky oily black. By the time it got to me, there was no head whatsoever, but with agitation, it forms a thin collar of tan lace. The nose is dominated by vanilla bean, but there are also dark chocolate, lightly bitter coffee and molasses aromas as well. On the palate, this beer is cloyingly sweet with tons of vanilla and chocolate syrup. The coffee is more or less completely lost, but there is still a bit of the molasses, and just a hint of cinnamon spice, but vanilla is undoubtedly the strongest flavor, however. The body is super full and sticky with very light carbonation, and a long sweet vanilla and lightly spiced cinnamon finish. Overall, this beer tastes awesome, but due to the cloying nature, it would be difficult to drink much more than the small sample that I was given.
tkrjukoff (4172) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apr 30 @ DLD, courtesy of bnutz. Great vanilla aroma on top of the regular. Alcohol, pungeant, acidy, alcohol, chcolate flavor. Nice medium palate. Finishes with great vanila and burning alcohol aftertaste.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at DLD. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is all vanilla with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is vanilla, bitter chocolate and a little bit of booze. Probably my top beer of DLD
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
DLDí11. Finally got to try this, and boy did it live up to the hype. Oily black pour, thin espresso tan head. Aroma is thick of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roast, some nice candied dark fruit, touch of the barrel in there. Taste is perfect, and not overly sweet like I thought it might be. Big notes of vanilla up front, but the coffee and bitter bakerís chocolate compliment it perfectly, some other sweet dark fruits in there finishing roasty and bitter, with a perfectly mouth coating body without being too oily. Doesnít get much better!
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2011 On tap at DLD. I thought this and the Heaven Hill on tap were very similar. This poured black with a nice heavy brown head. One whiff and youíll never believe your nose. In fact, the aroma is completely other-worldly. Heavy vanilla with a strong bourbon back bone, coffee, sweet caramel, molasses, licorice, chocolate cake, and deeper more cocoa aroma. There are so many layers of complexity, itís incredible. The beer is almost soft and velvety yet entirely enveloping of the palate. Full flavors of bourbon and vanilla unequivocally dominate both the nose and the palate. Underneath are wonderful complexities of moist chocolate cake, roasted coffee - but not bitter roast. Molasses, caramel, licorice, even tobacco and oak. Yet dark fruits like raisins and plums, maybe some dates just really make this incredible. Thick, oily, and heavy. What a beer!
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Every once in a while I look around and think, "I am seriously drinking this?" Last night was like that for about 6 hours. Thanks ___, for this, you know who you are.
Served side by side with DL 2009 and Oak aged DL 2010. Served in a tulip. Beer is about as youíd expect a DL to look but this version had no head or lacing. The beer left some legs on the glass, pitch black, even at the corners. Beer coats the glass as I swirl. Super thick and pitch black. Amazing.
This beer has the most obvious aroma of any beer Iíve had in a long long time. STRONG vanilla, like baking vanilla. Some chocolate, strong, complex aroma.
Mouthfeel on this beer is huge and thick but the sweetness of the vanilla (super sweet) makes it seem lighter some how. This is an aggressively awesome beer -- my favorite out of the three by a lot. It tastes like a vanilla cake...or flan...or some kind of dessert with fudge and vanilla. I couldnít drink much of it without my insulin spiking but I canít wait for DL day 2011.
Serving type: growler
jrallen34 (3496) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had this on tap at dld. Thanks to Mario for getting in for us all... The look is nothing of note, black nice tan head...This beer is all about the aroma and the taste. Tons of awesome vanilla on the nose a little light coffee. The taste just brings the vanilla to the whole new level. Super sweet tons of awesome vanilla that is really nicely balanced. This is the best vanilla Iíve ever had. Only wish I could have more of this.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
holy, crap! just found my notes on this one scratched on the back cover of my notebook from DLD í09 that I havenít seen in almost 2 years, haha. and wow were my notes profound..."fuck! itís like regular Dark Lord dipped in diabetes! awesome! just...too...sweet! that about sums it up, i think. great in very, very small amounts.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6.3oz. handbottle with another huge thanks to StFun! Pours blacks with a slight center forming head of loose and large bubbles and settles to a thin ring. Aroma is not quite and complex or intense as the OADL, but very rich and lovely with vanilla bean, chocolate, oak, caramel and some dried dark fruits. Flavor is definitely on the sweeter side, with more rich vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, dried dark fruits, caramel and oak. Toes the line nicely between sweet and a sticky mess. Minimal carbonation with a nice smooth and almost syrupy mouthfeel. Another nice dessert beer sipper, and great stuff but would take the OADL over this any day. Thanks again Josh. much appreciated!
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
200th rating that should have been completed ages ago. Rating is too much work. Anyway, this treat was courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a thick syrupy, muddy brown colour. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, and tootsie rolls. Flavour of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, malt, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Lovely stuff.