HonkeyBra (3264) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Draft at DLD 09. Black, sludgy pour. Aroma of dark lord mixed with vanilla. Very tasty flavor. The vanilla adds a new twist to the amazing dark lord flavor. Absolutely awesome.
SrSilligoose (3223) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 rating 300 . draft at dld. Vanilla version of dark lord. I prefer dark lord regular and oak aged. chocolate, coffee. sweet. but this was tasty. A lot of vanilla, might overpower some of the other flavors, but tasty nonetheless.
cgarvieuk (14025) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 plastic cup hampton hotel DLD 09, thick still deepest black,sweet roast loads of vanilla, rich sweet roast malts with quite a lot of spirit burn,huge ammount of vanilla, little smokey, and quite a bit of bourbon? bit too vanilla toffee heavy 3.8 ... Hand bottle at home ... deep motor oil black ... nice smooth deep roast nose... quite sweet ... lots of vanilla but well balanced with the malts ... defintly seems like a little bourbon but far less than the Oak aged 3.7
bulldogp04 (19) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow ! What an amazing beer. Try and imagine the best bottle of Dark Lord you have ever had.....and then add a nice layer of vanilla complexity. Pours pitch black, with aromas of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and vanilla. Tastes amazingly balanced for a beer that has so much going on in the way of caramel, roasted malt, and a slight bit of hops and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is perfect for a Russian Imperial Stout...thick and viscous. Hands down, one of the best beers I have ever had !
beernbourbon (1286) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2011 My favorite beer that I have ever tasted. Just amazing. Pour is incredible black with tiny tiny brown head. Aroma is vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, bourbon, molasses and awesomeness. Flavor is true to nose and lingers forever. Wow! I love this beer. Re-tried at DLD 2011 - It’s still a 5.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
chcocolate. bacon. hops. vanilla. oak. lil smoke. bourbon. so smooth. maybe perfect.
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
had this DLD 08’. pours super black. almost like an oil black. aroma of coffee and vanilla.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
had this on DLD 08 @ The FFF pub..I think I was the 5th person through the door when it opened...This one was the main target on my list even though I had the Bourbon Barrel and the Vanilla at the same time just so I didnt half to wait for the attention to come my way again..
The Vanilla was very present up front and was noticeable immediately from the first sip. There was a thick mouth feel,very thick almost the consistency of drinking thick pear juice..Pitch black ,over due motor oil change black with a small dark tan quickly dissipated almost non existent head..The taste was awesome to say the least..I have never had anything like it and probably never will again. Surprisingly easy to drink ,but this one is a sipper for sure, just goes down leaving you wanting another. I did notice the pours coming from the bar were getting a little bigger as other cups and glassware came out..They started with 4-5oz pours and quickly started going to 6-8oz pours so I grabbed 2 to go for my buddies in line outside and shared with them
Might as well forget about putting this one on your want list it was a 1 barrel thing on that day and is gone..It was $6 a pour and if I had a bottle and the $ I could have probably filled a growler..But my $ was spoken for from the bottled Dark Lord..Long live the mid evil madness!
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee, oak, chocolate, bourbon, and roastiness. Flavor of vanilla, toffee, roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, and molasses. Yummy!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much Much better. Draft at the Great Taste at the posted time. You had to look at the little cardboard sign above in the tent Joel :)! Much the same as the regular version but the vanilla beans added a great counterbalance to the sweetness of the regular Dark Lord. Mouthfeel was a bit thicker on this one which I found enjoyable.