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RATINGS: 333   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
200th rating that should have been completed ages ago. Rating is too much work. Anyway, this treat was courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a thick syrupy, muddy brown colour. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, and tootsie rolls. Flavour of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, malt, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Lovely stuff.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2701) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle at home with friends. 2012 Vintage. Pour is pitch black with a small tan head and sticky lacing. Rich vanilla, dark cocoa, coconut, caramelized sugar, some toffee, raisins, and rich coffee in the aroma. Taste is still very vanilla forward, milk chocolate, lacto, some roast, espresso, raisins, and a touch of figs with a semi bitter finish. Has held up beautifully. Well-balanced, not too sweet and highly drinkable. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9134) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle @ Stephen’s whale slaying. Thanks to Eric and Stephen! Pours a deep black appearance with a thin brown head. Somewhat spicy, coconut, vanilla, big birthday cake nose with some dark chocolate and cocoa. Pretty gooey mouth feel. Big gooey dark chocolate, caramel, coconut flavor. Some notes of dark grape and plum. Not heat. Pretty high sweetness. Tasty but I prefer Abraxas or BCS. Thanks for sharing, guys.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Experiment_Ale (1021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2014
At Stephen’s 2nd annual Great American Beer Festival Tasting on 10/1/14. Pours black with no head. Aroma is big bold smooth roasted malt, big complex bourbon that is smooth and perfectly blended,vanilla is present but not that big of a plus in the aroma. Taste is huge bold malt backbone, nice bourbon melted with huge smooth roasted malt, big vanilla that is interesting and really brings a new level of complexity to the beer. Beautiful beer, very nice.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (3646) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2014
300th Imperial Stout Rating. 2013 Bottle thanks to Brad opened on my bday! Pours black with medium tan head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a strong vanilla, toasted marshmellow, bourbon, wood. Really nice thick mouthfeel with strong marshmellow cream and vanilla extract, nice roast, sugary, strong sweetness, hides alcohol extremely well with lingering bitter finish. Wow, really enjoyed this one.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daje (2467) - 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 (8491) - , 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 (3489) - 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 (5555) - 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 (3369) - 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.


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