sarro (126) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared on 12-3-11 by splax23, thanks Adam! Pours a brown hued black with no head. Smell is sweet with some backing notes of vanilla oak, bourbon and coffee. Taste is overly sweet malt and lingering bourbon with some oak. Adding more Pappy 23 helped balance the sweetness out!
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared by someone at DLD 2012 from backlog notes. This pours jet black with no real head to speak of; perhaps a few tan bubbles scattered about. It is so thick that it refuses to leave the sides of the glass. The aroma has the big sweet caramel malt, roast,dark fruits, etc from the base Darklord and adds bourbon, light oak, anise, and hints at the abv. The flavors are intense and include roasted malt, chocolate,coffee, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla,oak, bourbon, and anise. There is a dark chocolate like bitterness battling with the sweetness of the beer. This version is smoother and more refined than the regular bourbon Dark Lord. I don’t know why the barrel aged versions are far superioir in so many cases than the regular beer. Much like BCS Rare in that it improves on the original. Definetly full bodied, with the flavor lingering for quite some time.
rxeight (1891) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
309/484. Light bourbon and roast. Compared to the 2012 I had 6 months ago, most of the bourbon and sweetness died off. Amazing Roasty flavors and super smooth. Some more dark fruit and cane sugar sweetness comes as it warms. Super thick and chewy like a dark lord should be. Tasty, but not the amazement I thought I would be. The brandy vanilla was much better.
Huhzubendah (2996) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2014
Barrel-Aged Dark Lord tasting! Thanks to all the guys in the tasting group who helped make this happen.
The beer is very dark brown with a small beige head. Great aroma with inviting bourbon scents. So subtle, delicate, and smooth. Wow. Effortless to drink. Where is the alcohol?!? I could easily sit in my cabin in the woods with of keg of this and sip the night away. Silky smooth feel. World class beer. One of the best bourbon barrel stouts I have ever had. My highest recommendation.
Serving type: bottle
orangesol (979) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to Justin and Awat for helping to make this one happen. Popped at a random tuesday tasting.
A - Pours jet black with a finger tall head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of fudgey brownies, super smooth bourbon, dash of vanilla extract, tobacco, toffee, dark fruits, and some smokey dark malts. The bourbon has just wrapped itself into the fabric of the beer, it smells so incredibly smooth.
T - Starts off with an incredible mix of smooth pappy bourbon and brownie batter sweetness slowly being joined by the vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, tobacco, oak and the smokey dark malts. Finish is sweet but nowhere near the regular version is, only a hint of booze burn, lingering long after the finish.
M - Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation. It is still Dark Lord so it is definitely sweet but nowhere near what I expected, the bourbon really helps to cut it down to size.
O - Never thought I would ever see a bottle of this let alone drink it but I am glad we could make it happen because even at this age it is really killer. I still think I like Bourbon Vanilla a bit more but this was totally worth the effort, thanks again guys!
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pre-DLD bottle share at Hampton Inn. Pour is deep black with no head. Aroma and flavor of sweet bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate icing, rum raisin, vanilla, and dark fruit. Finish has more of the bourbon qualities than the body - warming alcohol, oak, fudge.
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - NOV 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this with the Belgium and American crew in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles 2013 … An experience I will never forget! Did a Dark lord vertical ´04-´12 and a BA Dark Lord vertical … bottle no 261/484… awesome!
mikem409 (1847) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the metro D tasting thanks Brian. Pour is black with thin head. Big strong bourbon aroma. Taste is so smooth and has lit of lingering vanilla notes and a nice bourbon oak tickle.
ICEatALAMO (1132) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 432. The pour is same as the rest. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, very nice. The taste is still strong bourbon and really nice. Some nice bourbon flavor.
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gEUS (1472) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from bottle during a vertical 2004-2012 line-up of all DLs, during a beer tasting weekend - in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Notes include main characteristics in aroma and flavour components.
2012 Bourbon BA DL - bottle 197/685 - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, some chocolate. 3.8/5
2012 Boubon Vanilla DL - bottle 921/934 - chocolate, vanilla, sherry... Aroma makes one think of a vanilla scented cancle (no shit). 3/5
2012 Cognac Vanilla DL - bottle 409/534 - green coffee beans, green paprica, spicy notes. No Cognac scent at all. 3/5
2012 Cognac De Muerte DL - bottle 203/817 - cacao, pepper and peppers scent. Taste is very hot due to the peppers but take away most of the taste - pity (not as balanced as for example the Hunahpu) 3.3/5
2011 PVW Bourbon BA DL - bottle 261/484 - thanks Jeffo! - lots of bourbon, but beautifully embedded in the whole aroma palet. The first DL I really dig. Vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Best of the vertical. 4.2/5
2011 Brandy BA DL - bottle 185(?)/312(?) - a sour pinch to the basic DL character, cherries. 3.2/5
2011 Brandy Vanilla DL - bottle 403/433 - loooots of chocolate. 3.1/5
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Stouts Tasting Pt III: Brokeback Edition. Massive thanks to Kenny for pulling this out of nowhere. The pour’s deep brown. Tiny head. Very viscous and oily in appearance. The nose is extraordinarily lush. Huge dark chocolate. Cake icing sweetness. Hints of rum raisin cake. Milk vanilla and toasted coconut. Hints of bourbon barrel. Vanilla’s a bit more upfront in the taste. Slightly tangy chocolate-dipped raisins. Light boozy wood in the finish. Loads of chocolate. Quite sweet and decandent. Very oily and full-bodied. Still, this is pretty smooth. I took no time to polish off my sample. Overall, maybe the best variant I’’ve had. Great.