GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
DLD 09 draft. Same deep black pour as the other DL stouts and tan head with the aroma of vanilla being more prominent than the roasted malt, chocolate, wood and bourbon. The taste was well blended so that nothing was overbearing the other. A great tasting brew.
Headbanger (3306) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Draft DLD ’09-Poured pitch black with a small tan head and an aroma of vanilla, bourbon,chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste was mainly vanilla with all the other flavors in the aroma coming throuhg. Alchol well hidden on this full bodied brew. This IMO is far better than the regular DL. Great brew.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at DLD 09 thanks to that badass woman who snagged me a cup from the brewpub. Pours a deep black with a small tan head. Aroma is of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, and oak. Taste is huge on the vanilla, but luckily it tastes like actual vanilla, and not extract. There is also lots of oak, roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. The vanilla and oak flavors lingers on long after each sip. The alcohol is well hidden, especially for being 14%. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. With how thick it was, all the alcohol, and huge vanilla flavors I found it insane how drinkable this beer was. Fantastic.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured draft at DLD ’09 (Munster, IN) and graciously shared by BeerBunker. This brew killed it this year, in my opinion. Best of the 3. Poured a thick viscous black with brown edges, nice tannish head that laces some. Aromas are potent, throwing oak and vanilla prominently, roasted malts, and a pleasant creaminess with the regular coffee and chocolate fare. A lot going on. Taste is similar, complex and enjoyable, full bodied and amazing. Sweet, yet bitter with light roast and not cloying. Sounds like they found just the right amount of beans for the barrel over the last year. Some light bourbon and oan, vanilla beans sweeten and make very pleasant. Takes away the edge, so to speak. This is amazing. Finishes full, a bit bitter, with lingering sweetness. A work of art and my favorite beer from DLD ’09. Cheers!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at DLD. Dark black pour with a thin head of dark tan foam. A stonger note of vanilla and oak were present in the aroma. The flavor had even layers of chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Simply delicious! The mouthfeel was actually a bit nicer than the regular DL. Not quite a viscous and thick, but much easier to sip. Velvety smooth. Great beer!
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at DLD ’09. Holy wow this is amazing. The vanilla around the edges just smoothes out the whole beer, and makes it just that much tastier.
HonkeyBra (3384) - 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.
SrSilliGose (3257) - 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 (14319) - 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 (20) - 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 !