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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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34 (3498) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1163) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Nip hand bottle, courtesy a great RB trading friend. 2009 vintage released at 2010 DLD. This one pours an impenetrable black body with hints of mahogany at the edges and topped by as minimal head of film. The dense, oily body leaves sheeting stains on the glass. It looks like it means business. The nose is super rich and decadently sweet, more so than anything else I have smelled in a beer. Rich chocolate cake, syrup, vanilla bean, and toasted marshmallows come across, smooth, sweet, and just like a nice dessert. The bourbon and oak barely come through as the intense vanilla dominates everything. The flavors are just as huge with rich, dark chocolate and toasted vanilla marshmallows come across in a símores like fashion. The barrel comes through a bit more with soft whiskey and oak adding depth, but very little roast to balance out the intense sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick, oily, and round and coats everything inside the mouth. Minimal carbonation as expected and a lingering toasted vanilla finish. Really decadent and great tasting beer in smaller doses. The nip bottle was more than enough for 2 of us. Still a great beer, and one that I am really glad to have tried.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Had on tap at Dark Lord Day 2009. A: Very dark, nearing black, with a small dark tan head. S: Very similar to regular Dark Lord, but not with an overpowering--in a very, very good way--scent of vanilla. T: Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. Wow. Tastes of vanilla cake, brown sugar, hints of chocolate. Dark malts galore as hints of coffee and sweetness make their way through. M: Unbelievably smooth. Little carbonation and sublimely creamy. Again, only modest hints of the presumably-high abv. D: Simply put, this is by far the best damn beer that I have ever had. Hats off to Three Floyds for taking one of the best beers in the world and making it exponentially better. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 04-28-2009

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guntlipz (19) - Portland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
DLD. Diabetes in a plastic cup! Wow I loved every minute of it. Bottle this Nick!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3063) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2010 (Bottle, Thanks StFun!) Pours thick and black with almost no head, just some dark brown bubbles. The aroma holds sweet and yummy vanilla up front. Chocolate, molasses, fudge, subtle dark fruits like figs and prunes, light sweet liquorice, fresh and sticky pipe-tobacco and mild oak wood. Reminds me bit of chocolate and vanilla sponge cake or vanilla pudding. Light alcohol warmth in both the aroma and flavour. The flavour is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tones of chocolate (both milk and bitter dark), vanilla, marshmallows, cream, dark fruits and molasses. The barrel and hops makes the finish harsh but at the same time saves it from being cloying. The mouthfeel is thick, oily and smooth with almost no carbonation. Resinous, earthy and almost herbal afterbitterness. Lingering and numbing finish. Full bodied.

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