MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2012 dark brown sepia, thin tan ring. Husky meat nose, chocolate, stale oat. Flavor front shows prunes and chocolate, mid is gritty chocolate, , sweet and stinging through the finish, considerable heat through the finish, no character, stinging sugary chocolate and stale oat, bit soy sticking all over lips through finish
drewbeerme (3687) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours black with tan head nose cocoa, brandy , apples. flavors of brandy, cinnamon prune juice and lots of heat on back end. pretty good stuff
BMan1113VR (7420) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to hophead22. Pours with a deep brown to near black hue with minimal signs of carbonation. Very viscous though. Aromas are of fudge, motor oil, iodine and a bit of a musty, vinous brandy note. Lots of chocolate and licorice. Light vanillin. Flavors are vinous, dark fruits, currants, chocolate, earthy, wood and alcohol. Big bodied, viscous and warming. Light carbonation. Sweet. Tasty.
badlizard (5169) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black almost no head. Musty brandy chocolate and plum aroma. Tastes of brandy brown sugar Dark fruit caramel chocolate chewy leather and sweet oak and vanilla.
Hophead22 (2814) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rating #17. Dark black pour. Mild aroma, a little brandy. Big sugary flavor, sweet of course. Tasty. (2039)
HonkeyBra (2506) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a bottle at the Three Floyds XV anniversary. Amazing luck that I finally got to try this. Big, black, oily pour with a small tan head. Aroma of strong brandy on the nose, along with chocolate, sweet dark fruits. The brandy barrel brings even more sweetness on the nose than is really desirable. Some notes of booze and oak try to round things out a bit, but it’s a wave of bright, sweet, hot brandy and dark lord. Flavor is not as sweet as the nose leads you to believe. Flavor of brandy, chocolate, booze and oak. Some chocolate covered cherries. Full body, nice carbonation. Really well put together even though I’m not the biggest fan of brandy barrel aging. Possibly my second favorite (Pappy being the first) of the Dark Lord variants.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Again, Huge thanks to phaleslu for sharing! Tasted 7/8/11. 22oz bomber. Bottle #282/392. Pours pitch black with a trace ring of head. More of a creamy and earthy aroma than the Pappy version. Almost milky? Full bodied with a more apparent fruity nuance. Nice and sweet with a decent burn. There’s a lot of dark berry flavors to go with the sugary sweetness of the residual brandy. Sticky, cloying and very viscous. Very well blended.
nickd717 (3396) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Sean9689 for completing this vertical for us. What an epic ticking that was. Very dark brown in color, but actually a little translucent. No head. Great rich chocolate aroma, milk and dark, with brandy fairly prominent and some dark fruits. Huge intense complex flavor, enormous sweet chocolate, roast, coffee, brandy, oak, dark cherries, dates and prunes. Not too sweet. Full-bodied with almost no carbonation and a smooth slick mouthfeel. Not boozy at all. Damn this is a great beer.
pantanap (3202) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barrel aged darklord quadfecta.
First up is brandy darklord with vanilla beans. 650ml bottle numbered ... Pours a thicker viscosy deep dark silky tar pour and crowned with a thin film of light beige head that quickly retreats towards the edges... Sweet brandy and vanilla in the nose, almost Overdone on the sweetness level. Not overly assertive from a barrel perspective. A touch a little aggressive on the vanilla but I’m a fan of it in my beer. .. Flavors are much of the same smoothe charred sweet choclate goodness well meshed and combined with vanilla and a following boozy brandy note. Smooth somewhat lighter in body with a lighter level of carbonation that turns up in the end. Quote boozy in the finish at first but settles down. Quite nice but not at an overwhelming level.
Next up is brandy which pours similar to the rest with more substance in the head leavin more and receding less... Semi-sweet brandy nature and nit as assertive as the vanilla bean. Still adequately present but def held in check. Still pretty solid... Big sweet and brandy filled goodness with a nice boozy appeal to it. Some dark fruitcake flavor sensibility with some hardcore brandy that goes down quite nicely.
Body holds up to the strong sweet assertive nature. Light carbonation overall. This, i believe, would have scored better had we tried this one before the vanilla as the former was just too big of a beer that may have not allowed the nuances of this one to shine as much as it normally would.
Muerte up third with quite the dame appearance as the rest. Deeper black stouty pour with lesser intense edges with more of a reddish hue... Aroma is coconut upfront and a lighter subdued spicy undertone... Flavors are again on the sweeter side hot from a boozy perspective.
Up last is the pvw. Not the ideal order for all these but I digress...
Same appearance with much less presence of a head than the rest....
Aroma is solid straigt up smooth bourbon and soft coconut. Similar to rare. Can’t say much about the barrel as most know about it already...
Flavors smooth lighter bodied but the barrel provides such great flavor with a nice soft boozy note along with your standard
beernbourbon (1161) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle graciously shared by Peter, thanks again man! Pour is as expected; deep black with a thin rim of tan. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, light fruity sweetness, light orange, and a very light alcohol burn. Flavor is initially sweet roasted malt, brown sugar, and then a light alcohol burn with a long lingering finish with notes of deep sweet purple plum, hints of orange peel, and a light berry note. A little sweet, but still delicious. Maybe the only version that I noticed the alcohol in. Still well hidden though.