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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 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1288) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle shared by "Sarlacc83". Colour...black, plain and simple. Though there is a thin tan head. Nose....marshmallows roasting on an open fire...vanilla beans nipping at your nose! Palate...unctuous, immensely sweet and n feeling the burn from the booze! This elixir is brimming with intense sweetness and oaky, boozy goodness. The vanilla is extraordinary and IT takes the stage with tremendous valour and and bravery. I’m content.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (2926) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle: 2012 batch. Black, dense, thick, looks like used up motor oil sitting in the glass. Even has that sheen on top, as there’s basically no head that forms at all. Slick. Smells like you soaked an old oak barrel stave in bourbon, rolled it in brown sugar, stuck a ton of marshmallows all along it, toasted it well over a fire, dipped it in chocolate, then topped everything off with a powerful vanilla drizzle. Aaaaand the taste is the same. Seriously. Huge notes of marshmallow fluff, Crème brûlée, rich vanilla beans, super-sweet baker’s chocolate, modestly creamy coffee, semi-burnt brown sugar, light molasses, well integrated woodiness from start to finish & a strong back-bone of booziness that you’d never guess was 14% ABV. A touch of dark fruit. Sweet... VERY sweet. But in the best kind of way. It’s delicious, really. Finishes with lingering notes of brown sugar, vanilla beans, wood, & Mallow Cups. Huge, sticky-icky body, coating the palate entirely. Taking down an entire bottle would be tiresome, but goddamn if this beer isn’t delicious as all hell.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fitwitchik (387) - USA - OCT 27, 2014
Poured at Darkness 14 bottle share. COMPLETE surprise from guy we met at airport also flying in to camp at the event. Aroma was vanilla booze dark fruit. Flavor is most distinct barrel aged sweetness. Sugared vanilla toffee raisins that popped my eyes open. Fabulous consistency. Feel privileged I was sought out to share this brew. Beautifully aged. Makes me certainly want to sit on my 14 golden ticket Bourbon Vanilla Bean a couple more years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkwood04 (4422) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Rating 4000! 750ml bottle in a teku. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon and oak, chocolate and coffee and roasted malts, some caramel sweetness, and some light dough. Flavor the same with a great blend. Thick texture. Obviously a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
I can’t stand regular DL, but this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Huge nose and flavor with all the influences you would expect. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, etc. Thanks to jhenry04 and cloudskipper for sharing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2014 Bottle at home with friends. 2012 Vintage. Pour is pitch black with a small tan head and sticky lacing. Rich vanilla, dark cocoa, coconut, caramelized sugar, some toffee, raisins, and rich coffee in the aroma. Taste is still very vanilla forward, milk chocolate, lactose, some roast, espresso, raisins, and a touch of figs with a semi bitter finish. Has held up beautifully. Well-balanced, not too sweet and highly drinkable. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9698) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle @ Stephen’s whale slaying. Thanks to Eric and Stephen! Pours a deep black appearance with a thin brown head. Somewhat spicy, coconut, vanilla, big birthday cake nose with some dark chocolate and cocoa. Pretty gooey mouth feel. Big gooey dark chocolate, caramel, coconut flavor. Some notes of dark grape and plum. Not heat. Pretty high sweetness. Tasty but I prefer Abraxas or BCS. Thanks for sharing, guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (1072) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours black with no head. Aroma is big bold smooth roasted malt, big complex bourbon that is smooth and perfectly blended,vanilla is present but not that big of a plus in the aroma. Taste is huge bold malt backbone, nice bourbon melted with huge smooth roasted malt, big vanilla that is interesting and really brings a new level of complexity to the beer. Beautiful beer, very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (5022) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2014
300th Imperial Stout Rating. 2013 Bottle thanks to Brad opened on my bday! Pours black with medium tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a strong vanilla, toasted marshmellow, bourbon, wood. Really nice thick mouthfeel with strong marshmellow cream and vanilla extract, nice roast, sugary, strong sweetness, hides alcohol extremely well with lingering bitter finish. Wow, really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daje (2611) - NORWAY - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, july 25th 2014. Another white whale down! And this one lives up to the expectations. Fully black body with a creamy light brown head. Aroma starting roasty, chocolate, along comes vanilla, wood, sweet bourbon tones, minimal alcohol notes. Body is thick and creamy, light carbonation, strong complex vanilla and roasted malt taste, bourbon, dark chocolate, hazelnuts. Totally awesome and about no alcohol taste at all. Dark malt bitterness playing with the hops, leaving an extreme yet balanced sweet and bitter coffe/bourbon/vanilla aftertaste. I thought the regular Dark Lord was awesome, this one just raised the bar several steps! 4.8 is a damn high score coming from me, but if this doesn’t deserve it what will ever do? 

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