fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 isn’t 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?
phaleslu (6657) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 baker’s chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. Doesn’t 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 I’d probably give it another 6 months or so if I had another one, but that doesn’t 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.
brokensail (11226) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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. There’s 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.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
daknole (9401) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yes, it’s own rating! Talk about delicious!! Thanks to a great FL friend for this! Black pour, brown head. Tons of vanilla, coconut, bourbon, cocoa, raisins. Flavor is rich and sweet. Boozy, thick. Rather awesome...so much better than the regular version!
nickd717 (3562) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally its own listing! Big thanks for nerd for this tick. Very dark brown in color with minimal dark tan head. The aroma on this is awesome. Like Bourbon County Rare with great bourbon barrels backing up an excellent assertive base stout. Big chocolate notes and a touch of cinnamon and spice. The flavor is also phenomenal. Maybe not as seamlessly integrated as Rare, but damn good. Dark and milk chocolate, cinnamon, roast, molasses, Pappy, oak, and dark fruit, date and prune. Full on the mouthfeel with very low carbonation and an extremely slick feel. Up there with the Brandy versions, if not better.
Ratman197 (10062) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle poured a translucent dark brown early black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, pepper, mollasses, vanilla, oak, maple, dark chocolate and dried fruit. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, maple, vanilla, mollasses, dark chocolate,dried fruit and light licorice with a smooth warming lingering bourbon finish. Enjoyed with a snifter of 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle!
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
review # 2500...I’ve had the 4 horizontals twice nice, thanks to Sean and Nerd for each... both times I rated this the 2nd of the 4 behind the brandy vanilla... this is really smooth, bourbon hidden excellently, great fudge brown notes... this is great and worth trying