JorisPPattyn (8430) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black beer, fluffy big head, colour not estimable due to light circumstances. Sweet, alcoholic, and vanilla, and a nose of - well, tasters around keep saying roasted marshmallows, so I cannot think of anything else. Sweet, zoete drop , and a flavour that I finally can name: guimauves , which translates into English as... marshmallows, but are in reality sugar covered violet-flowers, a French sweets delicacy. Backthroat the spirit/brandy lurks. Well, a íbití slick, a íbití viscous, and I would say quite well bodied... Guimauves, and, even despite its excessive sweetness, quite attractive. Iím surprised Iím not getting more vanilla, but then, the tasting contained a LOT of vanilla. Many thanks to Evan & Matt!
phaleslu (7536) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dark Lord Day 2011. Numbered 44/433. How does this one have 30 ratings already and the Brandy has only 6? Iím thinking a few of these are under the wrong ívanillaí. Anyway, we opened this alongside 2006-2011 Dark Lord as well as the three other barrel variations on the Friday night of my bachelor party weekend. Looks like the other Dark Lords and barrel variants, a deep, opaque near-black in the center and deep amber-brown on the edges. Probably looks lighter than if we had full glasses because so many people were trying these. The aroma explodes with vanilla, with some oak, earth, caramel, coffee, brandy, and chocolate behind it. Pretty much the same thing was going on in the flavor, with tons of vanilla on top of the brandy, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted brown sugar, earth, oak, molasses, and caramel. Full-bodied, with a smooth, sweet mouthfeel and low carbonation. Enough brandy in the background to keep this from being too clumsy but there was too much vanilla in this for me. I do like vanilla but would have been more interested in it if it had more balance. Ranked 4 of 4 of the barrel DL variants in my mind. Still, as you can see by my numbers I enjoyed this a lot.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #327/433. Big thanks to Kan for contributing this one. Consumed at Seanís 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia snifter.
Pours a deep black color. Thick body and a thin mocha-colored head. Few spots of lacing and a thin collar. The nose brings forward a beautiful combination of brandy and vanilla with loads of dark chocolate and sweet malt flowing beneath it. Mild oak there as well. The regular Brandy version had a nice nose, but the vanilla takes it to another level.
Just like with the nose, the vanilla really takes this beer to a completely different level from the Brandy version. Strong notes of vanilla and an accompanying creaminess. Lots of chocolate and a good dosing of brandy. Somewhat hot, though for 15% itís certainly not bad. Lots of sweetness and the vanilla plays quite well with that. Full-bodied and quite viscous with low carbonation. By far the best of the bunch as far as I was concerned.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-29-2011
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour. Vanilla brandy roasty malty chocolate woody very pleasant aroma. Good filling mouthfeel indeed. Sweet flavour, lots of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, brandy, vanilla, wood and liqourice.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. Thanks to hallinghansen for obtaining and sfhodense for sharing this rarity. Pours a pitch black beer with no head. The aroma is malt, sweetness, chocolate, wood and brandy. The flavor follows the nose with additional vanilla. The palate is sweetness. Overall a fantastic beer with great complexity and balance. [Rating #2200]
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Seanís 30th Birthday Party. Awesome. Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, thicker with a decent darker brown head that dies to a thicker ring, laces well. Thicker and darker edges than the others. Aromas are a healthy vanilla bean essence, roast, toast, sweet toffee, and chocolate. Mellow oak, the Brandy sweetens but doesnít get any acidic apple in it. Really inviting, amazing. Initial is full on body, but lighter on the palate than expected. Healthy mellow smooth vanilla covers some roast and the typical sweet toffee and caramel. Some toast, cocoa, coffee. Smooth and sweet from the vanilla, the wet oak and a touch of heat grows with light spirit, a touch of brandy. This seems a bit more tame than just straight Vanilla Bean Dark Lord, and I really dig it. Smooth, complex, but sweet. A touch of heat cuts through, with wet oak, decadent desserty. Some french toast. Really interesting. If you donít like the sweetness, it might not be you, but I really liked it and found it to be the best treatment (aside from PvW).
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 Thanks to Kan for this, bottle 327 of 433.... Dark black with a light tan head, shiny black looks like dl... Nose is unreal, smooth real true vanilla, best vanilla note ever, a touch of vanilla, but not much, smells like a really sweet sugar cookie... The taste is super molasses and vanilla, really candyish, a bit too sweet to crush a hole bottle but alcohol is hidden really well
oh6gdx (22543) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #13000. Testtubesample received from Sir Fonefan! (Thanks a huge lot!!!). Black colour, no head. Aroma is vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, some liquorice, mild alcohol and some fruity notes and mild spirits as well. Flavour is quite much in a marvellous balance. Pure love!
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
289/433. Aroma is booze, vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate. Pours jet black, thick. Taste is all brandy, wood, vanilla and chocolate/coffee. Super viscous. Full bodied and incredible. Super smooth....alcohol is nowhere to be detected in the taste. Soft carbonation. Most flavor Iíve ever encountered in a beer.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Pours black and opaque with a small brownish head. Distinct vanilla aroma, a little wood. At first very sticky bordering cloying but if patient things blend nicely together. Quite rich-bodied, carbonation being a little low, what appears sticky in the nose now turns into the most delicious Belgian pralines and truffles with some warming alcohol in the finish - never boozy though. A small "bite" of heaven. Wauw, just wauw. 250511