punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Dark Lord Day ’10. Pours as dark as dark can be with a tiny bit of loose brown bubbles and lots of brown coating the glass as it swirls. Massive dark fruit notes, chocolate and a little coffee. This is much more smoothed out than fresh Dark Lord usually is. There’s none of the harshness or green apple, more like a 1-2 year old bottle. The vanilla beans really come through and taste distinctly fresh. There oxidation like soy sauce at the end and it’s a touch cloying but otherwise a truly amazing beer. The body is incredibly smooth and full with low carbonation.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow 6 ounce pour at DLD -black pour -dark brown head-aroma and taste of coffee beans,vanilla, syrup,-super sweet sugary smooth booze finish-Awesome
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a surprising treat on Dark Lord day. Walked into the warehouse, just kind of checking things out. And I see an extremely short line for drafts. Turns out, Vanilla bean was on the other end. I didn’t take notes. Vanilla was a pretty dominant character here. Along with the extremities of the base. I didn’t savor it as much as I guess I should have. There was tons of great beer. And this was just another one in the mix. Glad to put it under my belt.
Maddog (399) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at DLD! Oh my goodness, what an amazing beer. The pour was very thick, headless, opaque black with huge aromas of maple syrup and roasted malts. The flavor was very complex with layers of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, molasses, maple syrup, oak and whole lot of alcohol power. One of the very best beers that I have ever had.
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Chuck for letting me try this. The vanilla is so hot and overpowering that it was really just damn good. Tobacco, burnt malt and about 36 other flavors made this one very tasty...and not that my ratings reflect it because I dont know, but I think the Oak aged was the best of the three dark lords.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at Dark Lord Day 2010, out of a wee plastic cup instead of the recommended snifter. This was incredibly thick beer. More like molasses or a milkshake than beer, really. Without a doubt, the thickest brew I’ve ever tasted. Get it yet? It’s freakin’ THICK!
The nose was very nice. The vanilla comes through, here, but it is well complemented by the roast and chocolate flavors, as well as a fair smack-in-the-face from the alcohol.
Flavor was huge and bold. Perhaps too much so? The vanilla is very big in the flavor, perhaps to a fault. Not bad, of course. Just too much vanilla, in my opinion. Then again, I"m not the biggest vanilla fan. On a positive note, the use of real vanilla bean, rather than an extract or something else, really does make a difference, as the quality of the vanilla is notable.
Overall, a very big, very good beer. For those who enjoy vanilla more than I, this could very well be paradise. For me, it was a nice new way to try the Dark Lord.
Theis (13761) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2014 Handbottle at Papsø 23-Apr-2010 - Thanks. Pitch black - brown edges. Vanilla, cocoa, oily, burned, chcolate, coffee, well balanced, dark chocolate, light sweetness, licorice. What a fantastic aroma - very nice....ReRate: Bottle at Mielcke&Hurtigkarl. Pitch black - no head.
Licorice. Bourbon. Sweetness. High malty. Coconut. Oiley. Thick body. Barrel. Wooden. Vanilla. Isbåd. Very nice....
AndyReynolds (905) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 2010 on tap. Aroma is vanilla, burnt malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and boubon. Notes of oak, hops, and sweet malts stand out. Intense. Mouth feel is creamy and chewey at the same time. Flavor really brings out the vanilla. Awesome.
Labonix (19) - Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drinking this at darklord day. The aroma is a sweet vanilla right away followed by chocolate. When tasting right away I taste the vanilla and cocoa fowllowed by another sweetness possibly molasse. This is a big beer it has a nice throat burn to it. Upon second thought maybe a little too much burn but its still a very enjoyable beer. This beer has a nice thick feeling in the mouth.
joergen (21310) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottled from tap, at Papsø.
Pitch black coloured with a small beige head.
Roasted aroma of caramel and dark chocolate with notes of liquorice.
Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, dark chocolate and liquorice.
Sweet and roasted finish.