BoBoChamp (4986) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl, Vintage 2011 (Yellow wax), Bottle 461/484 (no mention of ABV), as ’Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord ’, new exclusive American brew, thx alot to rfraga7!, very complex sweet Stout, very roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, top class!, WOW!, ’One year of aging did soften the sweetness...’
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Dosbeerigos for sharing this on his 30th Bday. Didn’t catch the bottle number, but that doesn’t really matter because I was just super elated to be drinking this rare gem. Super smooth drinking stout given the ABV and treatment. The whiskey was there but I got more vanilla cream then anything. It was a real treat to try and another whale I can cross off the list.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml waxed bottle, 470/484, served in a Deschutes tulip. Big thanks Dan (danielnovak3) for the share.
A: Pour like motor oil. A thin tan head forms on the pour but it recedes quickly to a thin ring. No lace is left, but big sticky legs are present.
S: Sweet, sweet pappy. I haven’t smelt a pappy presence this good since Rare BCBS. Light oak with some great roasted malts. Subtle dark fruit flavors with some toasted marshmallow and semi-bitter chocolate.
T: Nice pappy bourbon up front, but it quickly gives way to some toasted marshmallow and vanilla from the barrel. Mild oak, roasted malts and light dark chocolate.
M: Chewy and viscous with a relatively low carbonation level, but it creates a nice silky and creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.
O: The pappy is a great addition to this beer, but I feel like it should have sat in the barrel longer to add just a little more depth in flavor. Not my favorite of the BA DL versions.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-11-2012
AmEricanbrew (5512) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with tan head. Awesome dry wood, whiskey vanilla, dark pit fruit, chocolate aromas. medium body with soft co2. Sugary sweet vanilla, wood, sweet dark chocolate flavors with sweet dark pit fruits--sweet
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle generously shared by ipa247. Huge thanks to Jeff for sharing this rarity. Pours a pitch black with almost no light coming through. No head. No lacing. Leaves some small legs on the glass when swirled. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, soy sauce, plum, cherry, sugar, caramel, and a bit of oak. The taste is sweet. Really sweet. There’s bourbon, vanilla, oak, soy sauce, plum, roastiness, and a bit of cherry. The finish has a decent amount of alcohol and a lingering soy sauce flavor as well as a bit of bourbon. Full bodied and viscous. Close to no carbonation. This is certainly better than the regular version of Dark Lord, but is still not a great beer. It’s still cloyingly sweet and has a decent amount of unpleasant soy sauce.
sarro (119) - 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!
craftycarl21 (2115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 482/484, thanks Brad! Black pour with minimal head. Nose and flavor marked by Vanilla, Dark bitter chocolate along with sweet chocolate truffle, cream, booze, and brownie. Not a ton of the barrel, but it’s still a damn tasty and smooth imperial stout. Stunned that all of these barrel variants are 15%; it’s easy to drink.
Godofthecellar (542) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2012 Love this beer and each variant of 2011. the vanilla bean really comes through
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle. Pours a very dark brown colour with an aroma of vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, oak and alcohol. Similar flavours and quite sweet with upfront vanilla and oak characters. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Tasty.
cgarvieuk (12765) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle ... dark black ... no head ... too much much bourbon vanilla ... dark malt ... mellow roast nose ... dark malt ... light umami ... deep meaty roast ... mellow chocolate ... mellow whisky ... whisky tones are interesting and fairly well balanced ... little too much vanilla again though ... little warming spice