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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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.


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
appgrad22 (29) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2013
Imagine banana fosters with caramel and chocolate ice cream on top. Then you might come close to understanding what this beer is. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Tastes like sexy vanilla, then dropping into raisins for a moment, then cacao and hops. Superbly balanced. Reasonably sweet at first then dropping into bitter chocolate and even more bitter and dryer hops.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
berlinmany (224) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Has a very heavy mouthfeel and is very thick and syrupy. Smells very sweet with a touch of oak and alcohol. Tastes overly sweet. Has way too much molasses and vanilla flavors. It overpowers the whole experience. Has some complex flavors including coffee, wood, roasted malts, and has a nice smooth finish with an alcohol touch like the other Dark Lord beers. Only issue with this one is its too sweet upfront. And has on some sips too much molasses/vanilla sweetness that overpower an otherwise beer that could be more balanced with its other complex flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
On Tap.. just had the pleasure of having this at Three Floyds Brew Pub. Pours black with creamy beige head. Thick molasses like, dark malt...Big Vanilla Bean nose....OMG so smooth complex long lasting on the palate,well worth the wait.This Imperial Stout ...is... A number 1

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppybeerlover (163) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
On Tap.. just had the pleasure of having this at Three Floyds Brew Pub. Pours black with creamy beige head. Thick molasses like, dark malt...Big Vanilla Bean nose....OMG so smooth complex long lasting on the palate,well worth the wait.This Imperial Stout ...is... A number 1

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
Just tried the Vanilla Oak Aged DL, and holy crap, iíve never had a beer that i thought was worthy of a perfect rating until now. This has the consistency of molasses, the aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and the darkest malts. And tastes like the most viscous complex, and complete imperial stout i had ever exposed my tastebuds to. Perfect 5, my only regret is that they ran out before i could make it home and back with a few sanitized bottles and my bottle capper to save a few.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkwood04 (4031) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentSteve (1627) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
I canít 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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2757) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9247) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle @ Stephenís 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (1033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
At Stephenís 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.


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