Scopey (9372) - 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 (17632) - 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 (3726) - 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.
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 (9382) - 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 (10830) - San Diego, California, 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 (4281) - 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 (2139) - 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 (16407) - 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 (3498) - 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.