GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Birreria Paradiso. Thatís right bitches- I didnít have to drive all the way to BFE Munster to try this. JK- I love the Floyd brothers. Got to meet Barnaby and the Jinxproof Tatoo crew. Pretty awesome.
Obviously this beer is an insane rarity that I am greatly privileged to have tried. Actually I had two entire snifters full of the stuff. I will say this- the nose is outstanding, the body is ultra-thick, but the taste is a little sweet, a little unilateral on the dark chocolate.
It pours a light consuming black hole of used motor oil with a short lived red mocha head that is a blip on the radar but still manages to leave spotty lace. Held up to the light this gets some neon red going on around the edges. This beer is so thick and alcoholic that is leaves legs for christís sake on the snifter edges. Aroma is insane: buttery, spicy Woodford Reserve bourbon, spicy oak, vanilla, chocolate milkshake, coconut, marshmallows/símores, a touch of green apple oxidation. Taste such rich, buttery solid bricks of dark chocolate, espresso ice cream, raspberry dark chocolate, some cherry syrup. Viscous, oily mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping beer. Very good.
kappldav123 (5279) - GERMANY - MAY 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer in the glass looks wonderful: deep black, oily, small brownish head. Wonderful vanilla-aroma, quite sweet. Starts malty and strong, deep, modest dry and alcoholic. Massive vanilla notes appear in the finish and match perfectly with the warming alcoholic malty notes. Goes down soft as velvet, warming, very drinkable for its strength. A wonderful beer. Good to have tried this.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks for sharing, Brad! Oil black, no head. Rich French vanilla-kailua milk shake aromas ride swirls of crŤme brulee, molasses, and touches of chocolate-coffee. Big sweet roasty vanilla bean and chocolate cream flavors are prevalent from start to finish. Room temperature brings out further mocha coffee-like tones. Full bodied, slick and smooth, sweet vanilla roast finish. UnbelievableÖ
brokensail (12002) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is pitch black with a nice viscosity to it and some minimal tan head.
S: A really well done vanilla aroma--not overwhelming and fake, but a nice sweetness to go along with the chocolate, roast, mild coffee, and dark fruits.
T: Once again, the vanilla is really perfectly done and works seamlessly with the base imperial stout. A strong (dark) chocolate flavor with roasted malt, a hint of molasses, and some figs and raisins.
M: A full bodied beer with a really smooth, creamy, feel on the tongue and a low carbonation.
D: I wish this was what Dark Lord always tasted like. Really a nice, nice beer.
Slipstream (2126) - USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another big thank you to Adrian, for all the effort he put in to obtain a small sample of this Dark Lord Day-only gem. Aroma of vanilla cake and toffee. Tastes a bit too much like vanilla extract, but it was still superb. I could taste whiskey cake, grains, sharp hops, rye. It coats the mouth like velour - there is no other beer that has the thickness and texture of Dark Lord! Very powerful, sharp, and potent stuff - it is hard to think of something that compares with it. Adrian says that the little bit he had probably oxidized a little, and that it was even better when he first sampled it. Wow.
phaleslu (7041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Draft sample at Dark Lord Day 2010. I was crestfallen a little earlier when I had heard that the Vanilla Dark Lord was gone; my only goal of the day besides getting my bottles and having fun with my pals was to try this. Then someone nearby pointed out a guy who had a little bit left. It was good timing because I had my Kate the Great bottle cracked open to share, so I ran over and bullied the guy into trading a pour for a pour. He instead gave me what was left in the glass (maybe 2-3 ounces) and said he couldnít finish it and didnít care for any KTG. Fine by me! Granted, the bottom of his plastic cup sample wasnít ideal, but still a fantastic beer emerged. Dark, opaque brown, with remnants of a brown head. Big vanilla notes on top of the Dark Lordís coffee, milk and dark chocolate, dark fruits, earthy notes, and molasses. Iím an absolute sucker for vanilla aromas but the flavor doesnít always match the sweet goodness; this was the case here, though not by a ton. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, rich, sticky mouthfeel. I thought the sweet vanilla detracted a little bit from the normal (and very sweet) Dark Lord, whereas the oak version adds a special element to it. Donít get me wrong, this is amazing and needs to be tried; it just doesnít match the others. Re-Rate: Downgrading this a little bit after trying 347/934 of the 2012 series, the most sober Iíve been when I tried it. It had a very sweet candy note on the nose above vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, molasses, and bourbon. Flavor of chocolate-covered cherries, vanilla, oak, caramel, and molasses. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel. Great, but not as good as I remembered.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served on tap at the FFF brewpub on DLD. First beer of the day. I was fortunate enough to get a seat at the bar to sample the 2 big one-offs. The vanilla bean poured a midnight black with glowing ruby edges. There was no real head (This were being pre-poured so any head that was there had not lasted.) Aromas ooze out of the glass with rich vanilla beams, rich roasted malts, chard barrel, Italian roast coffee, figs, prunes. etc, etc... The flavors are as wonderfully complex. Loads of rich roasted malts with a suitcase full of amazing flavors notes including a solid dose of vanilla bean, oak barrels, mocha, chocolate covered raisins, light notes of cigar. The mouth is obviously full bodied, rich and velvety but doesnít have any over powering alcohol burn like the oak aged. A true treat and worth the trip from SoCal.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I got to taste a couple of sample pours while standing in line at DLD thanks to the friendly folks in Columbus who were able to get a couple of full cups out of the brewpub. Re-poured into a 4 ounce tasting glass.
Milky off black color. Beer still had a thin brown collar around the rim.
Tons of Vanilla, boozy alcohol and very sweet syrupy aromas. I took a couple of whiffs of this -- very pleasant on the nose. This tasted like a frozen ice cream drink with creme de cacao (such as a Brandy Alexander) that had melted.
Very thick and rich, low carbonation. Mouthfeel was very much like melted milkshake -- certainly interesting but not what I want in a beer. Very chalky, chocolate finish. I realize drinkability is not the same as availability, but how drinkable can a beer be thatís only available at one place for about 45 minutes a year, and then only in 3 ounce pours? I consider this a gimmicky beer -- if it were more readily available it would be something you would want to try once, but then move on to something that taste more like beer than a vanilla milkshake.
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Woody coffee vanilla aroma. Dark brown head does not stay around long. Smooth vanilla coffee flavor with hints of chocolate. Finish is mostly clean but with some alcohol burn. Hardly any alcohol in the flavor. Full bodied and creamy. Decent lacing, some carbonation. This beer is incredible.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this one on tap @ DLD.
Oily black with a small dark drown head. The aroma of vanilla really came through for me with a flavor to match. This beer is just absolutely HUGE. Vanilla vanilla vanilla, with some boozy sweetness throughout. I loved it, and Iím very glad I got to try it, but it was so sweet Iím not sure how much I could really drink in one sitting. That being said - it was great and I would definitely drink more if the opportunity ever arises again...