ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nose is cake batter with 9000x too much vanilla and massive molasses. Disgustingly sweet, molasses and vanilla overload. Chewy sugar. Gross. This rare beer was certainly remembered.
GT2 (8455) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL yellow wax #200/422 thanks to Travlr. Clear, deep, dark cola pour with a quickly diminishing tan head. Really sharp vanilla nose with roasted figs. Taste is vanilla extract atop a cleaner, tangy body that is not as oily or messy as the normal Brandy which was sticky, earthy/soil heavy. Rich rich vanilla bean oil. Very one dimensional but nice. Spicy, tangy palate. A little red wine vinous with an easy to enjoy palate. The best of the BA Dark Lord variants...but it’s Dark Lord unfortunately.
BeerandBlues2 (9704) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 200/432 shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is vanilla, oak and brandy, dark fruity esters, chocolate and roast malt, light coffee. Flavor is malt dominant, light brandy and oak, light hops, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and light carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3562) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle (200/432). Pours opaque black with a trace of fizzy, tan head; short retention and no lacing. Aroma is vanilla, brandy, dark fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light oak. Flavor is heavy malt with supporting dark fruit esters; heavy vanilla throughout with light brandy; dry, semi-sweet finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Gene! Black pour with a thin beige ring. Massive vinous sweetness and vanilla bean lead to vanilla extract, milk chocolate, and raisin. Medium to full body with a sweet oily finish.
Travlr (11932) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 200/422 courtesy of me, thanks! Dark maroon color, large brown head. Aroma of a cool Madagascar breeze, smooth chocolate syrup. Taste of dark roasted coffee with vanilla and chocolate in it. Nice.
sunevdj (3176) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black. Smells of vanilla. Sweet with lots of candi. Also vanilla and Hershey milk chocolate and sweet liquorish. Some notes of alcohol and residual sugars. Soft carbonation. Very full bodied… Slightly cloying. Soft carbonation.
harrisoni (13745) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 170 of 433. Shared by the amazing guys from Three Floyds at Deca brewery with Urbain from Struise. I only came by chance on this day. I had my sister’s car, work was dull, I was getting low on stocks of Orval, so I thought I’d pop over to Belgium. Black as hell. Lasting tan head. Brandy fresh raisins, vanilla and strong dark choc on aroma. Touch of alcohol heat on the nose. Choc on initial flavour. Wow that’s pretty special. Some heat in mouth. Bit of smooth choc on the swallow. A touch too boozy for me. Some milk coffee flavour. Great vanilla flavour on the burp. Funny, I thought the Struise Double Black I drank after this tasted less boozy even if it was 26% ABV.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served alongside the other variants and consumed out of a Dark Lord snifter. Nice. This was another favorite of mine, edged out slightly by the bourbon barrel one. This one was great though.
Beer was black, thin lazy, low retention head, low carbonation.
Hello!!! VANILLA!!! Mild booze.
Beer is like liquid creme brulee, sweet, thick, sticky, coating your entire mouth, sweet sweet sweet, the vanilla is huge in this one, really sticks out, if you like sweet vanilla flavors you’ll love this one.
Serving type: bottle
railcat1 (687) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance is a rich oily black with a medium rich ruby brown head. The aromas seem to ooze with a wonderful Vanilla aroma. Some great additions from the brandy as well. The entry is really full of the vanilla bean that comes through very clean, in the mid palate you pick up the massive amounts of malts and grain. The finish is sweet brandy all the way with just a touch of oak. As you drink it the brandy takes over more and more. Yum. This makes it feel more after dinner desert beer to me but there is nothing wrong with that. Excellent beer. CHEERS!