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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2008
DLD í08: On tap at DLD: Pours a thick black with a tan head. Aroma, oak, vanilla, some bourbon, chocolate, boozy. Flavor, lots of sweet vanilla notes, sugars, chocolate, some roasted bitterness coming through towards the end, some boozy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Pour is black with almost no head...smell is just strongly vanilla...taste is faint faint faintly roasty with just lots of vanilla....wonderful thick viscous mouthfeel...seems a little one sided to me, but interesting none the less...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Enjoyed on DLD 08 out of plastic cups that were stained with this thick viscious brew. Black and thick with a beige head. It doesnít get much thicker than this. Rich strong delicious nose. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon roast. The rich chocolates have a slight undertone of dried fruits and a touch of oak. Thick sticky palate. Rich chocoalte flavors where the dark fruits show themselves a little more. Brown sugar, dark chocolate, raisins, dark fruit, and vanilla. The beer coats my mouth and the rich bittersweet chocolates stay around after I swallow. Really sweet but excellent. 9/5/9/5/17 = 4.5

DLD10. Van syrup nose pure. Thick body alcohol huge bitterness. Lots of booze in the finish. Not as sticky as previously 8/4/8/4/15 Too much booze vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2008
On draft at the brewpub, on DLD í08; courtesy of csbosox. Pours jet black with virtually no head and an oily surface. The aroma is of big vanilla bean and moderate bourbon up front with chocolate, roast and alcohol behind. Full-bodied and chewy with a syrupy sweet finish and some alcohol warming in your chest. Sweet, roasted, chocolaty malt dances with a nice mellowing vanilla note that ties everything together. Again, itís quite "warming" but in a great way. This is a very nice variation on the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lb4lb (2216) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Poured into a plastic cup at DLD. Pitch black again, and a rich smell of vanilla and chocolate and sweet malt. Fresh scraped vanilla bean flavor in this one. Creamy, chocolately decadent flavor. Very light carbonation, but enough. Like dessert in a cup, but still somewhat balanced. Less soy sauce like character in this one, which I liked. My favorite version of DL.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopscotch (8541) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 Draft... DLD Ď08... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. The aroma is a splendid intermingling of warm bourbon, luxurious vanilla, dark chocolate, light molasses and tobacco. Ultra full-bodied and velvety with a mineral oil mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor provides hearty gobs of sticky-sweet chocolate, vanilla and bourbon with a calming bitterness and woodsy undertone. The lengthy finish is rich, bittersweet and smooth. Even better than the original and oak barrel aged versions of Dark Lord!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
Had a bunch of this at DLD because, besides my glass, a number of generous folk didnít want me to miss it, so I thankfully drank some more. Very thick dark brown (in bright sunlight) body with a few stray bubbles in lieu of a head, this had an aroma of dark-doughed chocolate chip cookies with a generous splashing of vanilla extract, dark roasted malt & barley, anise, oak, alcohol, dark dried fruit, and hard nuts. Very creamy in the mouth. The flavor was thicker than the nose and chewy with tastes echoed from same. Tasty, sweet, complex - - - It gave me the urge to chase it with a strong Stout.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexanderj (3268) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2008
Draft obviously; very dark in color, not much head. Aroma and flavor were both complex and balanced. Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, alcohol, vanilla and dark fruit. Solid palate; alcohol well hidden. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
Draft @ 3F. Pours an intensely dark chocolate color; viscous and thick appearance like its siblings; medium brown head with excellent, fine-bubbled lacing (much greater head formation that either of the others); a beautiful pour. Intense dried dark fruits and sweet vanilla and gooey chocolate in the aroma; sweet, viscous, and very pleasant. Full, viscous mouthfeel: tons of dried dark fruits, toasty vanilla, oily chocolate and coffee. Intense, smooth, generous beer; a softer, sweeter version of the original and the barrel-aged; essentially dessert. Lengthy finish, showing boozy dried fruits, coffee, and chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
Well, this was my first experience with dark lord. Poured black with no head. Smelled delicious, warm and inviting like fresh baked cookies, caramel and roast. Taste was guilt at first, like I was eating my dessert before my meal, chocolate, honey, caramel. This was as smooth as smooth can get. Yeah, itís sweet, but itís outstanding in small quantities.

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