madvike (3044) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ GTMW ’09 - Pours black with a small tan head. Smells sweet, with vanilla, a little roast, and just a little booze. Taste is smooth, much smoother than the boozy pour of regular Dark Lord we got. There’s raisins in there, bourbon, light roast, vanilla, and some decent hops on the finish. Smooth, syrupy, and excellent.
zizzybalubba (1559) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at GTMW 2009. This is the one I waited in line for 30 minutes in order try. It was certainly worth the wait. It’s everything you would expect it to be. Pours black with virtually no head. Some dark fruity notes in the aroma with only a hint of vanilla. Flavor is of vanilla infused with a dark, chocolatey, bourbony (is that an adjective?), Imperial Stout. Also, as expected, some alcohol burn but nothing overpowering. It’s really quite incredible.
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at GTMW 2009
After a reminder of how amazing BA Dark Lord is I was able to finally get a pour of this fantastic gem. It immediately fell into second place - I like the complexity of the regular BA version ever so slightly but this is also one of the most well rounded and rich beers out there. It makes me want to go to Dark Lord Day not to get bottles but simply to get another pint of this.
Aroma / Appearance - Vanilla mixes in well with the smoke and chocolate to form a nose that is over the top. Just a hair ever so slightly below its barrel aged counterpart this is still as close to perfection as you can get.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was rich and coated every corner of the tongue and throat as I made my way back for a few sours to cap off the festival. Vanilla, cigar ash, chocolate, and malt form a dangerous sipping beer. The alcohol is warm on the back of the throat but not so much that I would not ask for a second pour given the chance. This is what happens when you take an excellent beer and age it right.
SHANER4 (483) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
tap at taste of the midwest - Poured black with small brown head.
Aroma - Just wonderful sweet vanilla scent along with smokiness and rich chocolate.
Flavor - Amazing rich vanilla taste, sweet chocolate syrup and smokey charred wood flavor.
Palate - very heavy mouthfeel with little carbonation. Finish is smooth and has nice alcohol burn.
Overall - Outstanding beer!!! I prefer this over regular Dark Lord, has a better overall taste. This is more of a desert beer for sipping!
Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Pours black with a brown head which leaves some nice lacing, once gone. Smells amazing...VANILLA...lots of it! Some malts and milk chocolate in there as well. Tastes exactly like DL + vanilla which is a wonderful combo! Mouthfeel is perfect, an awesome beer to swirl around and savor. I would go for this again and again (I did so @ DLD)...awesome/epic beer! My #1 RIS.
adrian910ss (2399) - 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 (3124) - 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 (7133) - 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.