brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 Thanks Mike! Smells like liquid s’mores. Marshmallows and chocolate really shine through better than any other stout.
Palate follows the same recipe, adding copious amounts of vanilla to the mix. Very sweet, yet somehow avoids being cloying. Vanilla-chocolate, marshmallow, caramelized boozy aftertaste lingers.
It’s hard to convey how superb the balance of flavors here is. Brandy Vanilla ranks at the very top of its style, boldly leading its peers into new levels of deliciousness. Easily one of the best stouts ever brewed: BVDL defines the term world class.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of brandy, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, molasses, raisins, brandy, and toffee.
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Barrel-Aged Dark Lord tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen.
The beer is near black with a thin, oily beige head.
The aroma offers vanilla, oak, chocolate, roast, booze. Smells fantastic.
The flavor is other worldly. Beyond good. Shockingly delicious. Huge blast of vanilla with sweet, delectable brandy. The flavor far surpasses the aroma. No doubt whatsoever the taste earns a 5 score.
Great feel. The taste is so amazingly fantastic, making it hard to find any fault with the feel. Smooth, bold, teeming with flavor.
World class. My highest recommendation.
craftycarl21 (2205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Gene! Nose holds tons of vanilla bean ice cream, vinous port qualities, and more booze than the other BA Dark Lords. Very vanilla forward still on the tongue, with milk chocolate and plum in there as well. Quite nice.
kazin (180) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Mikkeller Bar 2011-05-26. Powerful nose, and taste that is dominated by the vanilla, licorice, alcohol and a hint of soy sauce.
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours midnight black and still. Aroma is sweet cocoa/molasses-dark malt, brandy, vanilla. Taste is sweet chocolate cherry-dark malt, brandy, vanilla, some alcohol/wood. Occasional, sipping.
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
7th April 2012
ChrisOs Easter Tasting. Opaque black beer, short lived tan head. Light semi dry palate. Amazingly not too boozy! Smells like dark chocolate ice cream. Taste follows the nose. Lovely vanilla dark chocolate malt with a brandy twist. It’s just amazingly light and drinkable. Softish finish with just a little warmth coming through. A real treat for a sweet tooth.
Scopey (6140) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Easter tasting 2012. Number 346 thanks to legend that is madmitch76. It pours jet black, with a quickly dissipating tan head. The nose is chocolate ice-cream, lots of vanilla, coffee liqueur, roasted malt and chocolate gateaux. The taste is caramel, toffee, ice-cream, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol warmth, coffee liqueur, chocolate cake, touch of soy sauce, toasted sesame seed, cherry, brandy, wood and roasted malt, with a sweet, warming finish. Full body, fine, prickly carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. There’s no denying this is very sweet, but it’s very enjoyable in small measures. Definitely a desert beer.
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at chrisOs... bottle 346... huge black ... thinest tan lacing ... huge toffee chocolate roast ... light meaty... boozy nose ... sweet roast ... big vanilla ... dark roast ... soft mellow brandy in the linger
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
nearest black of all, red hints near edge, thinnest cream ring. Nose is brandy with heavy vanilla bean, ultra sweet, considerable cardboard as well. Flavor is ultra vanilla, crushes palate mid, sweetness and almond skin throughout, raisin and burnt sugar finish. Singular, oppressive, overly sweet.