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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Had on tap at Dark Lord Day 2009. A: Very dark, nearing black, with a small dark tan head. S: Very similar to regular Dark Lord, but not with an overpowering--in a very, very good way--scent of vanilla. T: Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. Wow. Tastes of vanilla cake, brown sugar, hints of chocolate. Dark malts galore as hints of coffee and sweetness make their way through. M: Unbelievably smooth. Little carbonation and sublimely creamy. Again, only modest hints of the presumably-high abv. D: Simply put, this is by far the best damn beer that I have ever had. Hats off to Three Floyds for taking one of the best beers in the world and making it exponentially better. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 04-28-2009

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guntlipz (19) - Portland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
DLD. Diabetes in a plastic cup! Wow I loved every minute of it. Bottle this Nick!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2010 (Bottle, Thanks StFun!) Pours thick and black with almost no head, just some dark brown bubbles. The aroma holds sweet and yummy vanilla up front. Chocolate, molasses, fudge, subtle dark fruits like figs and prunes, light sweet liquorice, fresh and sticky pipe-tobacco and mild oak wood. Reminds me bit of chocolate and vanilla sponge cake or vanilla pudding. Light alcohol warmth in both the aroma and flavour. The flavour is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tones of chocolate (both milk and bitter dark), vanilla, marshmallows, cream, dark fruits and molasses. The barrel and hops makes the finish harsh but at the same time saves it from being cloying. The mouthfeel is thick, oily and smooth with almost no carbonation. Resinous, earthy and almost herbal afterbitterness. Lingering and numbing finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Handbottle, courtesy juiceisloose. 2009 brew released in 2010. As expected, the pour yields an abyss-like black body with glints of mahogany at the outer edges. Though there’s very little head, the dense, oily liquid leaves a thick, lingering staining effect on the glass. It looks simply menacing. The nose is as rich and decadent as anything I’ve ever encountered in my culinary experience. Lush notes of chocolate syrup, vanilla sponge cake, toasted marshmallows, and crème brûlée are sweet, smooth, and very dessert-like. The bourbon is hardly detectable, having seemingly been drowned out by the intense vanilla. Flavors are just as over-the-top. Insanely sweet chocolate and vanilla-marshmallow dominate, with virtually none of the Dark Lord roast showing. The barrel comes through a little more than it does on the nose, but remains tertiary to the chocolate and sweet, scorched sugars. In typical fashion, the mouthfeel is round, oily, and viscous, coating the mouth fully and leaving behind a lip smacking film. Overall, this beer is tasty as hell.....in small doses.....when you’re in the mood for dessert. Hedonistically, it ranks way up there. However, it’s not something I’d ever contemplate drinking more than a few ounces of. Ahhhh....the great conundrum of rating beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5145) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Thanks to gunhaver for the share. This is more of what I expect from a Dark Lord beer! Pours dark lord brown with a thin tan head. Nose is lots of vanilla. Vanilla extract, vanilla beans, vanilla icing, brownie mix, fudge, chocolate syrup, booze, as well as hershey bar and creme brulee. Flavor is similar manners of vanilla: icing, extract, sugar, chocolate, some booze, and lingering chocolate vanilla into the finish. This beer is astounding. Sticky flavors, but very sweet and pretty balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I will take it for what the beer contains and the yellow stains on my glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2010
DLD ’08. Black body with a tiny tan head. Big sweet chocolate and vanilla nose, lots of molasses as well to mix with the boozyness. Very, very sweet, cloyingly so, moderately bitter, lots of chocolate, prune juice, vanilla and molasses. Full body is chewy and sticky, finish is warm. Couldn’t finish this stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Draft. Pours black with a tan head. Flavor is vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, heaven. It doesn’t get any better than this. In fact, I would probably drink this every morning for breakfast if it wasn’t 14%. Just to note, I had drink an entire snifter of this in 10 minutes due to WMATA’s terrible hours. Best chug of my life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Finally found my notes for DLD and getting these in to review! Draft. Poured into a plastic cup which I then put in my Founders KBS tulip glass. Poured straight black with a slight dark tan head. The initial aroma is the vanilla followed by a sublte sweetness and dark malts. The taste is amazing IMO. The vanilla is so smooth in this one. Dark chocolate notes as well. Love to see it bottled

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (20929) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Tap at Birrerria Paradiso in Georgetown. Very, very black, no head, no lacing. Aroma of vanilla, oak, cocoa, cinnamon, cloves. Taste is luscious chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. A winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Tap at Birreria Paradiso. That’s right bitches- I didn’t have to drive all the way to BFE Munster to try this. JK- I love the Floyd brothers. Got to meet Barnaby and the Jinxproof Tatoo crew. Pretty awesome.

Obviously this beer is an insane rarity that I am greatly privileged to have tried. Actually I had two entire snifters full of the stuff. I will say this- the nose is outstanding, the body is ultra-thick, but the taste is a little sweet, a little unilateral on the dark chocolate.

It pours a light consuming black hole of used motor oil with a short lived red mocha head that is a blip on the radar but still manages to leave spotty lace. Held up to the light this gets some neon red going on around the edges. This beer is so thick and alcoholic that is leaves legs for christ’s sake on the snifter edges. Aroma is insane: buttery, spicy Woodford Reserve bourbon, spicy oak, vanilla, chocolate milkshake, coconut, marshmallows/s’mores, a touch of green apple oxidation. Taste such rich, buttery solid bricks of dark chocolate, espresso ice cream, raspberry dark chocolate, some cherry syrup. Viscous, oily mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping beer. Very good.

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