adrian910ss (2377) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
# 1300. 2008 Vanilla Bean Dark Lord on draft at the brewpub at 2009 Dark Lord Day. Pours a pitch black with a small light brown cream head. Beautiful aroma of vanilla on top of all of the Dark Lord aromas. Taste of creamy rich vanilla bean on top of all of the Dark Lord flavors. Simply amazing !!! I can honestly say that this was the most enjoyable beer I have had to date. Perfect all around !!!!
shigadeyo (3092) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
4/25/2009: 3F Three Floyds Vanilla Bean Barrel Aged Dark Lord is thick, sticky and black. It just sticks to the plastic glass and has pretty much stained it! This beer has a really sweet aroma with rich caramel maltiness underneath TONS of real vanilla. The flavor is very much like the aroma. It is very sweet with caramel, vanilla, and a pretty high level of alcohol and just a hint of bourbon. It has a mellow and milky texture and goes down smooth, but sticks to everything else. Overall, this beer is really, really good, but almost too sweet.
Draught at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating #103 for this beer.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest (8/9/08): Pours a viscous opaque oily black with a thin-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of rich sweet dark caramel and vanilla with some fresh oaky notes. Body starts extremely thick and viscous with good dark caramel maltiness, rich raisiny complexity, and a slightly drier full vanilla and dark chocolate finish. A great dessert beer.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 The pour is rich and black with some nice brown head, just as you’d expect from Dark Lord. I get mostly vanilla and coconut with just a bit of coffee in the nose. I get more bourbon in the flavor than anything. Full and rich body as usual. Dry roasted finish.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
100th rating of this beer. Nose is coffee and cocoa. Color is dark brown with red hints. Flavor is sweet with soy-sauce peeking out. Not as much of the coffee/cocoa in the mouth. Sweet, but not too much vanilla sweet. Good, but not world-beater.
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle. Pours an opaque black color with no head. The aroma was of mocha and milk chocolate. The taste was simple and subdued, with roasted coffee, chocolate, biter-sweet dark chocolate and black walnuts. The mouthfeel was full, smooth and malty with fair carbonation. Overall: Just a trace of vanilla, and a very mellowed-out character. Good, but not great.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flavors of roasted malt and chocolate. I did taste the vanilla and wasn’t overly impressed. It didn’t have that big barrel aged taste I expected. It was good.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee-check, Roastiness-Check, Sweet Malt-Check, Vanilla-Nope. I get no vanilla in this vanilla Dark Lord. I also dont get any barrell aging. Not to say this wasn’t a good beer, but not great.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apparently this was a hand-bottled sample which poured with no head as expected but also not as black as expected as it peaked a brownish color near the thin edges. Nose showed a bit of vanilla but mostly concentrated towards coffee accents. Flavors were big and bitter, lots of dark malty notes and tons of coffee, but vanilla was nowhere to be found. More I drank, the more roasty the flavors became and the more coffee grind notes came about...but vanilla? Nowhere...no chocolate, no fruit, no stuff i long for in complex strong stouts.
JaBier (5066) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at DLD ’09. I was actually in line for Canadian Breakfast when they told me they hadn’t tapped it yet, so I "settled" for this one. Black pour with a medium tan head. Creamy vanilla aroma with some chocolate and coffee. Chocolate flavor with more of that creamy vanilla and a nice coffee finish. Very enjoyable.