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RATINGS: 329   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.


HighWine's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daje (2185) - NORWAY - AUG 18, 2014
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? 

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yuna (4) - Glendive, Montana, USA - AUG 14, 2014 does not count
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8195) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3225) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at goulét brewery bus tour. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, vanilla aromas. Vanilla, chocolate, marshmallow.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2014
(Bottle) thick and black, creamy tan edge bubbles. Nose is complex, bourbon, slight umami, vanilla, rum raisins, marshmallow, fairly fruity and very complex, Quite decadent. Taste of rich raisin, rum, vanilla, milk chocolate, cinnamon, french toast, body is thick, no alcohol present at all, super sweet and amazing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (3315) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2014
On tap at CBC 2014. Black with mocca head. Aroma and taste is very sweet, sticky, roasted, syrup, sugar, molasses, wood, vanilla, bourbon with a long sweet and boozy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (2867) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014 - yellow session. Aroma is huge rich dark choc, vanilla booze and some hot alcohols, but it is in balance. Thick black caramel coloured pour with a fleeting tan head. Viscous. Flavour is sweet complex sugars, figs, jammy. Viscoud/ smooth on the tongue, lovely palate. Very smooth for the abv. Huge depth of flavour. Jammy fruits, vanilla. ’Big deeply lovely’ to borrow a turn of phrase.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (2859) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2014
23-MAY-2014, draft @Mikkeller Bar, courtesy of The Balde One:-) Black with low Brown head. Aroma is Vanilla, Bourbon, molasses, roast. Taste is the same - huge. Full body, soft carbonation, giant sweetness. Crazy beer. I love it.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2014
2014 Pours black/dark red, minimal tan head Smell oily earthy vanilla, light bourbon, lots of red fruit, bit of soy Taste super sweet vanilla, toasted marshmellow, way better than the smell Thick, medium body Very little is wrong with this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dfonorow (1394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2014
2014 variety on tap at DLD 2014. Pour is black with a small mocha colored head that turns into a ring quickly. Aroma is very sweet - marshmellows, vanilla extract, chocolate, dark fruit, wood, and bourbon. Flavor is similar with more roast and bitterness added in to help balance out the sweetness. If you are a fan of desert beer, than this is the king of them. Great.


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