toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee-check, Roastiness-Check, Sweet Malt-Check, Vanilla-Nope. I get no vanilla in this vanilla Dark Lord. I also dont get any barrell aging. Not to say this wasn’t a good beer, but not great.
jkwood04 (4036) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
AgentSteve (1627) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
adnielsen (9284) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Experiment_Ale (1033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
daje (2556) - NORWAY - AUG 18, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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?
Yuna (4) - Glendive, Montana, USA - AUG 14, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is perfection in the palate, except that it’s similar to drinking a chocolate, vanilla cake. It goes down smooth, but it’s very syrupy....thick to drink....similar to the thickness of drinking whole milk.
jtclockwork (8595) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Etched glass. Goulet’s tasting. Pours black oil brown head. Nose/taste of bourbon, brownie, vanilla bean, oak, dark fruit and roast chocolate. Full bodied.
vtafro (3567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, vanilla aromas. Vanilla, chocolate, marshmallow.