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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ryanfolty (1780) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2013
July 3, 2013 - bottle shared by Joe. This will be rating 1492 for me, the year that Columbus discovered America. Fitting since this beer marks my discovery of something that is at the same level as Goose Islandís BCS Rare. Yes, what I thought was my one and only 5.0 rating now has a companion. How can I say this is as good as Rare? Well after drinking, my wife and I say to Joe that it is one of the best beers we have ever had, but not sure it is better than Rare. What does Joe go and do, yes he pulls a Rare out of his cellar and we do a blind impromptu tasting!!! I admit on this day the Vanilla DL was better than the Rare (I was able to choose each correctly), but the Rare did not taste quite as good as when I had it initially. I canít thank Joe enough for his generosity on this night. I guess I will put some actual beer comments in now. Of course this was a black pour with tan head. The aroma and taste were magical blends of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Each one in perfect harmony that created an other worldly experience. 2012 vintage, bottle 408 of 934.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (5082) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, dark dried fruit, oak, vanilla and bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Pours like cocoa. No head Huge nose. Loads of candy corn butterscotch licorice vanilla and espresso. Tingling sensation. Huge body. Holy shit. This is kilos upon kilos of vanilla beans. This must have been expensive to make. Boozy and roasted chocolate. Insane vanilla and milk chocolate with marshmallow fluff. This is a special beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Tap @ CBC 2013. Black, thick pour with a small tan head. Menacing appearance. The nose is toasted shredded coconut. Sweet marshmallow smore. Plenty of sugar, dark chocolate. Burnt caramel. The taste is very sweet. Vanilla-accented marshmallow smores. This and the brandy variant would definitely appeal to marshmallow enthusiasts. Milk chocolate, a bit of charred grain. Hot woody bourbon on the finish. Very oily and viscous. Thick. A real sipper indeed. Overall, quite good, though certainly not my favorite of the variants. Still, this was great to try without having to trade an arm and a leg for it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Opaque black with a tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, vanilla, bourbon, marshmallow, cocoa, bourbon, and alcohol. Taste of roast, smoke, vanilla, char, dark fruits, coconut, dark chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Phillies08Champs (661) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
2012 bottle from Brent at Damicoís. Pours dark brown with little head. nose is chocolate cake, coconut, dark chocolate, black forrest cake and candy corn. taste is bourbon, brandy, chocolate cake, caramel mild coffee. finish is clean and smooth. I just had a shot of bourbon with God.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Damico (2353) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Pours thick, dark, and unclear blackish without really much of a head. The aroma is incredible, sweet vanilla marshmallow candy, wow! The flavor brings sweet vanilla beans and some smooth oaky booze that goes down easy some how for the high ABV! There is some coconut from the barrel and beans as well, so nice. The body is thick, but not too oily or overbearing. Wow, awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Tap, 040513. Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and vanilla. Flavor with coffee, liqourice and caramel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 04.05.2013, tap @ CBC:
After the regular one beeing the biggest disappointment ever the day before, this one could only be better. Still very flat, but at least there is a hint of there beeing a head at all. Aroma is sweet, slightly rich, dark malts, vanilla, dark sugar, chocolate, caramel, coffee, cocoa. Tast is still very sweet, but far away from the sugar bomb from the day before. Dark malts, alcohol, vanilla, oak, dark sugar, cocoa, caramel, coffee. Longlasting bitterness, very dry mouthfeel. Itís a lot better than the regular one, but still itís not even close to competing with Founders KBS for instance. And Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vanilla is out of this world compared to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2013
Draft. A black beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, roasted malt, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, alcohol, roasted malt, and soy sauce, leading to a dry finish.

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