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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnmike (1047) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Small pour from a generous soul at Darkness Day 2014 that cracked a bottle. Very sweet and hard to detect much vanilla. Glad I tried it, but there are other whales I’d rather chase next time.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beardaxe (266) - - DEC 6, 2014
Poured from bomber into a big ol' snifter. Thin head that dissipates quickly. A terrific aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coconut (I'm guessing from the vanilla but if came through as coconut), and some soy sauce. Mouthfeel is excellent. Beer is slightly syrupy but also has a pleasant thinness to it. Nice and oily. Flavor is very sweet. Bourbon barrel is supremely integrated and even throughout. Vanilla is more subtle than expected and only contributes on the back end. You really only notice it if you look for it, but when you find it, it's quite nice. This is a mature, sophisticated beer with many element expertly weaves together. However, the sweetness is just too much for me. Best to be had in small quantities.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ataraxia (389) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2014
2012 vintage, opened 11/14/2014. Very dark brown, almost black, and opaque with a thin brown head. Fairly complex aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, espresso, toffee, and vanilla. All of those components subtly blend together. The sweetness arrives in layers and manages to remain in control without being overbearing. Very smooth and viscous; full-bodied and the right amount of carb for the job. Finishes bittersweet with more vanilla than expected, but only moderately boozy.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
k0mpsa (1366) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Tap at mikkeller bar. Black color, small brown head. Aroma is perfectly roasted, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste is mix of roasty, bourbon, vanilla, full body, smooth. It’s rich and long, vanilla notes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zekada (269) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Draught at Mikkeller, black sensation. Smell has heavy vanilla tones and some chocolate. Pours black with a small beige head. Taste is massive vanilla, some chocolates and a little coffee. Has an oily thick feeling in the mouth, very nice. Overall a real blockbuster. Really good and enjoyable

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zakoon (87) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2014
Draught @ Mikkeller bar Viktoriagade, Black Sensation event. Aroma is awesome, tons of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and brown sugar. Flavour is sweet but nicely balanced. Full bodied, so thick that it I could chew it. Finish is sweet but well balanced, this is incredible. I’m glad that I’ve tried it several times. Still my favorite.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sarlacc83 (950) - Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle traded from agold. Much appreciated. A lot, as it turns out. 727/876 I believe. Admission: I fully expected this to be underwhelming as all get out. Dark Lord is an underattenuated mess, and adjuncts shouldn’t be able to change that fact. Shouldn’t....but does. A: Pure black color with a mocha head. Legs. N: Marshmallow, vanilla, melted caramel candies, cocoa, soy sauce, whiskey, oak, and espresso. T: Very sweet, and yet, not cloying. Somehow. Tons of vanilla. M: Treacly, heavy oily body. Alcohol is well hidden. O: This doesn’t feel like it was brewed by Three Floyds. I am clearly not a fan, so I guess it’s pretty undeniable that this is amazing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Blue waxed 2014 bottle (727 of 876) shared by Luke at the Portland tasting
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey. Tastes of dark malts, caramel, vanilla and some sweetness
Very good, the best beer of the tasting.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to Luke. Stole the show! Pours a pitch black color with a small beige head. A massive waft of super sweet marshmallows, vanilla, bourbon. The flavor is decadent, massive but it works: super sweet vanilla coffee, dark fruit, super viscous body, more marshmallow, boozy heat. Just lovely. So big and yet a soft sort of drink, I could drink a bomber alone. Awesome treat.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1244) - 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.


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