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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (955) - 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (4872) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
On tap at RateBeer Best. It pours dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is full with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. Massively sweet to the point of being sugary. The flavor is the same with a good dose of chocolate and vanilla. The alcohol notes are strong, but it serves this kind of beer well by cutting the huge sweetness. Very thick bodied and somewhat port-like. It goes down warming and satisfying. One of the sweeter beers at this festival, but it was ultimately very fun stuff to drink. Hardly any roasted malt or bitterness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (5556) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Draft sample at 2015 RateBeer Best festival. This may have had the largest lines of the day. At one point right after tapping it was 45 minutes. I decided not to wait, but about an hour later they were still pouring with 5 minute waits, so I got myself a couple of samples. Pours is inky black with a very small dark brown head and minimal lacing. Aroma is over the top marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Its like a desert topping. Flavor is light bitter, fully sweet, hella marshmallow again. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. This is pretty grate in small doses. Holy hell.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Sweet vanilla aroma with caramel/toffee and bourbon. Bourbon and vanilla flavor with light chocolate and rich malt. Fuller bodied. Vanilla and bourbon linger with toffee, light marshmallow, and rich malt.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Had this from the bottle a few years back and again at rbwg festival. pours out with oil black topped with a small tan head. nose is crazy sweetness vanilla marshmallow fluff bourbon barrel roast malts rich chocolate wow. Taste is more of the heavy sweetness vanilla roast malts bourbon barrel roast this was great.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oRos (1466) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2016
On tap at ratebeer beerfest 2016. Pours syrup thick an black. Aroma is vanilla oak and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts lots of vanilla, marshmallows and bourbon. Amazing beer. And best of show at the festival

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (8280) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2016
At Ratebeer Best. Pours near black with a modest tan head and a chocolate and vanilla aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with some chocolate, vanilla and marshmallow. The bourbon accentuates the vanilla, making this a delightful version of DL.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bhensonb (13209) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Tap at RBBest2016. Pours black with a tan rim. Aroma of vanilla; chocolate; dark treacle. Very full bodied. Flavor is really smooth brown sugar/dark treacle/vanilla. Not dry, mildly bitter. To f..king die for.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boisebeerguy (153) - boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2016
On tap at rbwg. Finally a dark lord I like. Heavy vanilla in nose. Thick marshmallow and stout taste. This coats your mouth heavy lingers for awhile.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2906) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2016
75cl bottle. APPEARANCE : pitch black beer. Almost no head. NOSE : vanilla, chocolate, molasses. TASTE : lots of alcohol, molasses, mocha, vanilla. Overwhelming taste

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
This is probably the best of the DL variants. Big flavors of the bourbon barrels with that strong vanilla flavor that balances out the heat of the bourbon. Dark and strong tasting but not overwhelming to the palate. A must try. Cheers!


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