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RATINGS: 381   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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3.9
   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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (228) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed 3/9/2013. On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a taster. Jet black. No head. Small island of foam. Smells ofvVanilla and bourbon. Bit surprise. Lots of sweet malts. Some traditional Dark Lord soy sauce. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. No real barrel character beyond the bourbon flavor. Lots of bourbon and vanilla though. Lots of fudgy chocolate. Big soy sauce flavor and booze hinder it. Boozy but very tasty. Low in carbonation and huge in body. Itís over the top, but the bourbon and vanilla mask what I donít like about Dark Lord. Itís delicious only because of adjuncts.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jacobrm (39) - - JUL 23, 2015
Holy shit!!! I have no words..... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1432) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 14, 2015
backlog.draft. Pitch black, small head. Waited a long time for this. Aroma is huge vanilla, cocoa, small tiny hint of bourbon. Mouthfeel is velvety, creamy, incredibly sweet. Very tasty but extremely sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beechner224 (938) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Bottleshare thanks to homer for #899. Bottle 537 of 934. Pour is black, tan head. Aroma is super sugary, strong, mild bourbon, more sugar, vanilla in the sweetness, but not super present. Taste is much more mild than I expected. But after a few sips, I get the waing in the chest. It really does taste like a marshmallow.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Homer321 (2768) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle. Nose is aggressively boozy with a moderate to firm marshmallow. Some heat in the nose. Pitch black pour. Small brown head. Some diabetes underneath the nose. Residual sugar dominates. Taste is velvet smooth elixir of the gods. A harmonious blend of alcohol and cake frosting. Warming in finish but is always smooth. Wowsers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12750) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2015
Keg at the 4th Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Session 4, 02/05/2015. Black with a dirty tan swirl. Nose is rich roast, chocolate, vanilla, toffee fudge, bourbon tunes. Taste comprises rich dark fruit, vanilla essence, sweet licks, muscavado sugar, chocolate souffle, sherry notes, bourbon barrel. Medium + body, oily complection, sweet close. Decent enough impy but as with other DLís to sweet for me, needs some more bitterness/charring to balance out.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2392) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2015
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2015, Green session. Dark brown body with a small light brown head. Roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, oak, vanilla pod, maple syrup, light alcohol. Iím very glad that I have a bottle in my cellar, so I can taste more than the 2-3 cl they poured at CBC.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Dark brown-black body, thin tan lacing, traces of lacing. Rich brownie, fudge, caramel, vanilla, light boozy bourbon, cream, and light earth. Full bodied with silky carbonation, a ton of residual sweetness, and a lingering finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3972) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 Bottle shared by Mike, pours sticky brown black color with small head. Notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, syrup, and molasses. Pretty sticky and sweet. Aroma is awesome but maybe a touch too rich with Bourbon. Residual sugars left behind in mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6308) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle at bills courtesy of Mike. Pours a deep brown body with bright tan lacing. Mouthfeel is aggressive and sweet with notes of melted fudge brownie, tons of sugar and marshmallow. Vanilla syrup and candy. Not a ton of bourbon actually. Too sweet, but still a delightful punch to the face.


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