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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.

This listing is specifically for Bourbon Vanilla Bean Dark Lord. NOT Brandy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2546) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this during the 2nd Annual Kelly’s Island Bottle Share on September 18. 750 mL bottle. 2016 vintage. Holy hell, I never thought I’d get to try one of these! The pour is a jet black motor oil with a thin ring of brown head that dissipates. This looks like a tar pit. The aroma is heavy on the dark chocolate, sweet molasses, light bourbon, and bitter roast. The vanilla isn’t’ as heavy as I would’ve liked it on the nose. The alcohol is a little heavy on the finish. The flavor has a little more vanilla in it, but some of the other flavors intensify as well. The chocolate and molasses really explode. The bourbon takes on a thing of its own. The barrel even offers a little more. It’s complex, good, complete, but the vanilla isn’t as prominent as it should be. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a soft carbonation and a bright vanilla on the aftertaste. The chocolate, bourbon, and maltiness are there, but the vanilla really comes through here. It’s by far the best Dark Lord anything I’ve had to date. This is a beautiful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunstoneale (72) - MOLDOVA - SEP 30, 2016
Shared bottle. Not much in a way of appearance - dark brown thick liquid with virtually no foam, something you would expect from such a big beer. Rich and complex aroma dominated by vanilla and bourbon over the black chocolate and coffee notes common to imperial stouts in general. Tastes as complex as it smells, with vanilla, bourbon, wood, chocolate, caramel and coffee nuances playing in tandem and changing one another with every moment passing since the first sip. A truly magnificent dessert beer that provokes deep introspection and will make you think about the meaning of life while trying to get to the end of the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3761) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2016
Sample, 2014 vintage, gift from a stranger, during Dark Lord Day, trip with Philippe Boutin, Luc Bourbonnière and Ian Guénard, savoured on April 30 2016; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, vanilla, chocolate, burnt barley; mouth: roasted barley, vanilla, chocolate, burnt barley, finale in vanilla with presence of roasted barley, full body, average carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, syrupy texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, millésime 2014, cadeau d’un étranger, durant Dark Lord Day, voyage avec Philippe Boutin, Luc Bourbonnière et Ian Guénard, savourée le 30 avril 2016; œil : noire, opaque pas de mousse pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, vanille, chocolat, orge brûlée; bouche : orge torréfiée, vanille, chocolat, orge brûlée, finale en vanille avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture sirupeuse, bel équilibre; en résumé : très bon

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SHIG (4674) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Draft at RB Best Fest 16: Didn’t think I would ever get a chance to try this one, even at the event it was a secret as to when it would go on. Sure enough as soon as they tapped it the line was a mile long. I was lucky to finally get this walz harpoon’d off my wants list. Poured a deep motor oil from my car black with a brown head. Aroma was super vanilla with a rich and booziness to it. Taste is amazing vanilla mixed with caramel and rich malts, just enough big booze to keep it from being sweet mess. The best Dark Lord I have tried since the ’07 and by far exceeded that!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (344) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle thanks to Marshall. Pours pitch black with no head. Single note thick mouthfeel soy sauce chocolate vanilla. High sweetness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ciocanelu (1420) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 3, 2016
2016 vintage. Pitch black color with mocha head. Aroma is really complex with smooth bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate and dark cherries. Taste starts really sweet at first with molasses and chocolate malt but smooths out towards the finish, even delivering a slight bitter and roasty flavor. Really heavy body with soft carbonation. Much better than last year’s version, now I get the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnicolaescu (2041) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 24, 2016
Shared BOTTLE. Inky black. Super rich molasses and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, no sugary sweetness of the plan Dark Lord. Strong but not over the top vanilla oak. The finish has some alcohol heat, dark fruit blending into the malts. The ultimate desert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2016
ok ok ok, this one was good, the barrel aging was excellent, tons of brownie batter and great vanilla flavors. Im a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PMgep (263) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2016
Sample at CBC. Thick aroma of vanilla. Also lots of it in the taste. Good but could tone down the vanilla a bit

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tstamba (748) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2016
DLD taster... Thank you kind stranger... 2014 vintage. A dark elixir, unbelievable aroma. So smooth subtle and delicious... Lives up to the hype... A holy grail of RIS beers. Fantastic!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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