ekoerper (549) - Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: coffee, lots of fruit - raisin, plum, figs, grapes, some chocolate, hints of brandy, touch of alcohol. Pours black, little head or lacing. Flavor is sweet, some chocolate and coffee, dark sugars, grapes, raisins and figs, fruit notes almost mask the barrel character. Full body, low-medium carbonation, sticky on the palate. Decent.
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big sugary molasses and dark fruit bomb, nose is rather dull. Lots of raisin all the way through, astringent finish.
oteyj (2114) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks GT! Black pour with a beige veneer. Big vinous dark fruit and caramel lead to pure raisin and fig. Extremely sweet. Im not sure a vinous barrel compliments an already massively vinous beer as well as bourbon. Medium to full body with low carbonation and a smacking sweet finish.
GT2 (5659) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL yellow wax #43/392. Thanks to a generous trader on BA. Pours a deeper, clear cola. Diminishing, beige head. Decent retention. Nose is messy- soil and grape soda with heavy sugar. Taste is very rich. quite sweet, with tanginess in the back end with some soil/earth. Very long, stickier, sweet palate with some dirty earth and grape drank. Doesn’t have any of the nice characters from the De Muerte. And no nice bourbon nose like the De Muerte and PVW. Very sweet. Long, dirty finish.
sonnycheeba (1907) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle (43/392). Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is brandy, dark fruit, roasted malt, earthy notes, dark chocolate, and oak. Flavor is heavy malt with supporting dark fruit esters and brandy undertones throughout; dry finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 43/392 courtesy of GT2, thanks! Dark maroon color, scant brown head. Aroma of very subtle brandy, vanilla, smooth milk chocolate, port wine. Taste is raisins, dates, vanilla, dessert liqueur. Very nice.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 43/392 shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is brandy, dark fruity esters, chocolate and roast malt, oak, earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, oak and brandy, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with nice viscosity. Minimal head formation and carbonation. Intense aroma of brandy and graham cracker sweetness. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate, too. Maybe some marshmallow on the palate along with the graham cracker. A bit of a S’more thing going on. Quite a bit of brandy and booze as well as a bit of vanilla. Intensely sweet, but I like it.
cpetrone84 (959) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
opaque black, thin bubbly brown head. The nose has a mix of sweet brandy, salted meat, chocolate, and a touch of Bo. The taste is overly sweet of brandy, loads of milk chocolate and vanilla, notes of heat with an off sweaty flavor in back. Full bodied, heavy and oily. The flavor is so sweet and struggles next to the rare.
LtDan (1676) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown with susdy brown ring of bubbles.
Aroma: Brandy, caramel, smoke, chocolate.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate, sugar, brandy, wood, black pepper. A boozy/coffee finish.
Mouthfeel: Thick but less thick than original Dark Lord, with and with less carbonation.
Overall: I like this, but I like the Brandy + Vanilla Bean variant better.