HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Map Room 20th Anniversary Party. Served very cold in a mini nonic water glass. Appears to be an 8 ounce pour. Very still in the glass, no head. Dark chocolate brown color. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, and faint bourbon. Taste is sweet up front thin brown sugar in the middle and then boozy and coffee-like on the finish. Very smooth and not nearly as hot and chewey as I had expected bits blended together very well. The vanilla bean is fagrant and shows up at end, too. As anticipated, the flavors are becoming more prominent as the glass warms. So well blended, this is tasty.
Christian (11391) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
CBC 2014. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, sweet candy, vanilla and bourbon. Very sweet flavour dominated by licorice and vanilla, with a roasted finish. Very thick and sticky
olr1984 (1179) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 750ml bottle pours a dark oil black with a small khaki head. big bourbon and vanilla taste, almost like a bourbon soaked marshmallow. gets very sweet as it warms.
DesertDevil (582) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber (many thanks, dustbunny, for opening this gem). A super-heavy dark chocolate tone dominates the aroma and is joined by sweet vanilla, boozy bourbon, cocoa buttercream frosting, a slight touch of phenols (wet campfire), and a balsamic whisper. Pours very dark brown with nearly no head. The taste is wonderfully smooth and layered, with rich vanilla, decedent chocolate, toffee, hot booze, caramel, and a slightly earthy bitterness. The flavors complement each other perfectly. Beyond smooth texture (almost slick); very hot and dry finish. A whale that exceeds the hype; I like it even better than the port barrel version, which recently wowed me.
SlovakSniper (3433) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2013. Bouteille 104 de 711. Quelle chance! Merci à qui de droit pour l’hospitalité!! Belle robe ténébreuse avec son délicat col de mousse. Au nez, un gâteau au chocolat, des guimauves et de la vanille de Madagascar. C’est quand même quelque chose! En bouche, une armada vanillée! Dommage que cette sensation totalitaire écrase toutes les autres saveurs. Ça manque de raffinement… En bouche, un liquide assez épais qui finit par se coller aux commissures de mes lèvres. En finale, une fondue de vanille rôtie comme une grosse guimauve sortie juste à temps des flammes d’un feu de camp arrosé par un bourbon caramélisé.
Jool (194) - - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 vintage. Bouteille 104/711. Noire opaque avec mousse légère. Nez intense sur la vanille, la guimauve, une pointe de fruits rouges. En bouche: sirupeux et dense: mélange entre gâteau aux fruits et foret noire avec overdose de cerises confites. Côté aigre presque acide: compote de canneberges. Finale collante. Debalancee.
SudsMcDuff (6326) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
played him like a daaamn fiddle! .. . cool i get to try this, never had a dark lord variant .. . dark brown black .. getting lots of marshmallow .. still very warm .. . you have a birthmark on your butt that’s in the shape of a honda key.
palbert (1) - - JAN 8, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at 2014 DLD. Absolutely incredible and most likely the best beer I’ve ever had.
cbfobes (2601) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 2014 GTMW, thanks to csteele for actually waiting in line for this one, I’m pretty sure it was over 30 minutes long, not worth it, pretty sure I ticked another 10-15 beers in that time, anyway. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head and a little bit of sticky lacing in the glass, the aroma is very sweet, tons of vanilla with a good kick of bourbon though and oak as well, the flavor is, you guessed it, sweet on the front end with lots of vanilla and has a fairly boozy finish, not all that enjoyable on an 85 degree outside after you’ve been drinking for 4 hours already, but still not all that bad.
kathouse (1169) - Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2014 bottle 373/876. I seriously considered holding onto this, but it’s my New Year present to myself. A heavy blanket of chocolate and vanilla will keep you warm at night. This thick sipper is a pleasure to drink and just smell. Can be dessert by itself or compliment your favorites. Fabulous....simply fabulous.
Hair6a11 (1394) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 Vintage (This one was for Carlos) : Pour is murky dark, with a modest khaki head here that has light retention. Well - Finally. Right out of the gate, dominant vanilla on the nose. That’s not a bad thing, obviously. Now, it moves to more obvious notes of caramel, cake, booze, but I get only feint barrel treatment here. Either way - quite nice. Now - what I noticed immediately is that the mouth feel was tapered off from my memory of recent dark lord vintages. That’s not a bad thing either - I’m impressed beyond words on how this one developed in the barrel(s), whatever it is they utilize. Sticky cake, caramel, umami, to brown sugars, moving to heavy vanilla notes once again - I get feint bourbon treatment at best - In fact it’s hardly noticeable and I suppose that’s one element of disappointment. However - everything else , from the roast / coffee, chocolate, caramel, earthy barrel notes, and ridiculous vanilla meshes into this wonderful experience