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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.

This listing is specifically for Bourbon Vanilla Bean Dark Lord. NOT Brandy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Had on tap at DLD 2011. 2beerornot2beer and I got the last pours on the keg, or so we were told. Regardless after waiting for 3.5 hours in line we were ready to do this up:) A: Jet black, very little carbonation, similar to the regular Dark Lord treatments. S: AWESOME! Huge vanilla notes and some cocoa. I didn’t notice any alcohol in the smell. T: Better than the smell! I was expecting a nuclear vanilla attack but instead go a really sweet balanced marshmallow flavor, it was out of this world! O: This really took me by surprise, I am not a huge fan of the regular Dark Lord beers but this beer really hit home for me, one of the best I have had to date.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Pour is the blackest black with next to no head. Nose is of pure vanilla and bourbon. Taste is so smooth and so delicious I understand why they release it once a year. Words sadly don’t do it justice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3282) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle at Maltzilla’s tasting. Pours black with brown head. The vanilla aroma smacks you in the face! Also some roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is waaay too sweet for me. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2014 Huge thanks to Diego for scoring a very well-kept handbottle of this. That out of the way, I’d like to say that I think this beer symbolizes a lot of what is wrong with certain elements of craft beer today. It smells fucking divine, vanilla beans for miles and miles and some hot cocoa swirled in and a touch of bourbon. But the taste is pure sugar, under-attenuated as all hell and almost impossible to keep down in more than the tiniest sips. There’s extreme, and then there’s over-the-top, and VB DL strikes me as more of the latter. I’m giving it a 3.0 because it would make a great candle wax or Febreeze. On draft at Hunahpu day, this beer was legit really really good. I’ve become a fan.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2011
At DLD 11. Great brew with a nice vanilla addition. wish they made it mroe often

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2011
On draft 4-30-11 at DLD in the brewpub. Pours black as oil with a small amount of tan head around the edge of my glass. Smells sweet like honey, also bourbon, vanilla, licorice, coffee, dried dark fruits, and chocolate really come through nicely. Dark roasted coffee and vanilla fills my mouth and coats the palate. Flavors of bourbon, chocolate, and raisins are also noticeable. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick and oily. The finish of this monster beer is rather smooth and sweet with a subtle roasted coffee bitterness and no noticeable burn from the high abv. This beer for me lives up to all the hype and sets the bar for a ris!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2513) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4206) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
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 you’ll 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, it’s 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
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

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