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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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Dark Lord aged specially in Pappy Van Winkel 23 Year bourbon barrels.

First available at Dark Lord Day 2011


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Big thanks to my buddy beerchugger for opening his pappy! Very nice tasting a night of huge beers, one to remember. Pours black with no head as I swirl it clings and hangs onto my glass with some promising lacing. Smell is off the hook with coffee, chocolate, bourbon (oh Yeah), molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, tobacco, leather and licorice. Taste is much of the same chocolate, coffee, molasses, bourbon, dates, raisins, vanilla, tobacco and licorice. This beer coats and sticks to the palate nicely. Finish is bourbon and sweet but very well balanced. This was a special beer and a great night!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2011
(Courtesy of daknole!). Pours dark brown with red hue. Aroma has oak, bourbon, taste is sweet with buttery caramel and bourbon. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth finish. This beer is unreal!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Pappy Van Winkle Bottle - Pours black with little to no head. Loads of chocolate and vanilla on the nose with caramel, oak, bourbon, toffee, cinnamon, dates, raisins, and booze. Smooth and creamy on the the tongue with rich brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla that leads to a heavier fruity quality of dates and raisins. This quickly turns to heavy chocolate, toffee, caramel, and the finish is sweet with a touch of spice and heat from a nice warming effect as the beer finishes.
Earlier Rating: 5/4/2011 Total Score: 4.8
Pappy Van Winkle Bottle - Pours black with little to no head. Loads of chocolate and vanilla on the nose with caramel, oak, bourbon, toffee, cinnamon, dates, raisins, and booze. Smooth and creamy on the the tongue with rich brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla that leads to a heavier fruity quality of dates and raisins. This quickly turns to heavy chocolate, toffee, caramel, and the finish is sweet with a touch of spice and heat from a nice warming effect as the beer finishes.

On tap at DLD 2011. Pours black as pitch with a thin creme head. Incredible aroma of vanilla and bourbon, char, oak, chocolate and coffee. The aroma is simply unbelievable! Other complex aromas of tobacco, molasses, smoke, burnt dates, raisins, licorice, and caramel. Thick, heavy, oily mouthfeel really coats the palate well. This beer is so full of flavor. The vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate are so pronounced, rich and heavy. The coffee notes really come through strong and wonderfully with more of a soft roast flavor rather than a bitter roast. Molasses and licorice couple together to add the complexity. The finish is long and rich, heavy with coffee and dark cocoa. The vanilla really sings in this most amazing of all brews! Best beer Iíve ever had, no question. This completely lives up to all the hype!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Huge thanks to phaleslu for sharing this gem! Tasted 7/8/11. 22oz bomber. Bottle #186/484. Pours pitch black with a trace ring of head. Creamy and rounded aromas with a mild vanilla note. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Good alcohol note in the olfactory. Full bodied and the barrel aging is nicely melded. Very creamy with the oak notes really apparent and adding another dimension to the palate. Great use of the barrel; it adds to the overall palate, but also to the alcohol nuance. Truly awesome!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
8-5-11 Huge thanks to Brian for sharing the Pappy. The pappy version is much smoother than their regular oaked version. It has so much more rounded bourbon flavors in my opinion. Great brown sugar bourbon aroma and flavor that is real smooth all the way around. Outstanding beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle shared by Phaleslu. Pours like motor oil. Little to no head on this beer. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, oak and a bit of roasted malts. Flavor is much the same, but pretty heavy on the bourbon. Beer is pretty hot still. Could use a little bit of aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
a russianed imperialed stout. a big one at that. thanks to phaleslu for sharing this over his big bachelor party weekend. have a fondness for oak aged DL on tap. just a big explosive bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate meal explosion. enjoy my 4 oz a year quite a bit. excited to try this pappy version. enjoy 15-year pappy bottle quite a bit. never had the 23. anyways, this was my favorite of the 4 barrel treatments by a fair margin. DL isnít a finesse beer, obviously, but the other treatments seemed to lack focus. in this case, barrel lended some pleasant bourbon, heat, vanilla, oak, fruity twang notes. much like you might expect. anyways. it was good. and my original notes are now in the trash. why is this its own listing now and not before? alum- this your fault?

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phaleslu (9254) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged edition, bottled, numbered 186/484. Pours an opaque, deep, dark brown without any carbonation or head to speak of in the appearance. Looks like Dark Lord. Aroma pops with nice bourbon with some heat, vanilla, oak, coffee and roasted malts, dark and bakerís chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. Doesnít have the peat character I picked up on in the Oak version on tap at DLD. Flavor brings the same slate of notes, smooth and warm. There is definitely a bit of heat on this and Iíd probably give it another 6 months or so if I had another one, but that doesnít keep it from shining. Incredible bourbon barrel notes that enhance one of the better years of Dark Lord. Boozy, sweet, rich, and smooth. Simply amazing stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
A: The beer pours thick and black, not much head on it. Sort of like regular Dark Lord. S: Lots of bourbon and vanilla with an intense sweetness that only Dark Lord can achieve. Brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, and dark fruits with a hint of nuts and maple syrup. T: Like the nose, intensely sweet with all sorts of different sugar notes: molasses, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and maple syrup. Thereís lots of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla, too with plenty of dark fruit. M: Thick, syrupy, and lowly carbonated. O: The bourbon helps to take off the edge of the Dark Lord. Pretty good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Aged 2011 bottle thanks to someone at Woodshop 6! Glad to finally try this. Pitch black pour, glass coating, with a small tan head that fades. Really viscous stuff! Huge, rich bourbon aroma, coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, maple. A bit of an alcohol tinge. Light dark fruits, tons of chocolate. Flavors are also amazing. Coconut, vanilla, bourbon, cotton candi, brown sugar, chocolate and alcohol. Decadent. Boozy, warming, viscous with low carbonation. A real treat! Quite a bit better than the regular last two releases of Dark Lord. Very solid.


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