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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Handbottle, courtesy juiceisloose. 2009 brew released in 2010. As expected, the pour yields an abyss-like black body with glints of mahogany at the outer edges. Though there’s very little head, the dense, oily liquid leaves a thick, lingering staining effect on the glass. It looks simply menacing. The nose is as rich and decadent as anything I’ve ever encountered in my culinary experience. Lush notes of chocolate syrup, vanilla sponge cake, toasted marshmallows, and crème brûlée are sweet, smooth, and very dessert-like. The bourbon is hardly detectable, having seemingly been drowned out by the intense vanilla. Flavors are just as over-the-top. Insanely sweet chocolate and vanilla-marshmallow dominate, with virtually none of the Dark Lord roast showing. The barrel comes through a little more than it does on the nose, but remains tertiary to the chocolate and sweet, scorched sugars. In typical fashion, the mouthfeel is round, oily, and viscous, coating the mouth fully and leaving behind a lip smacking film. Overall, this beer is tasty as hell.....in small doses.....when you’re in the mood for dessert. Hedonistically, it ranks way up there. However, it’s not something I’d ever contemplate drinking more than a few ounces of. Ahhhh....the great conundrum of rating beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4425) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Thanks to gunhaver for the share. This is more of what I expect from a Dark Lord beer! Pours dark lord brown with a thin tan head. Nose is lots of vanilla. Vanilla extract, vanilla beans, vanilla icing, brownie mix, fudge, chocolate syrup, booze, as well as hershey bar and creme brulee. Flavor is similar manners of vanilla: icing, extract, sugar, chocolate, some booze, and lingering chocolate vanilla into the finish. This beer is astounding. Sticky flavors, but very sweet and pretty balanced. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I will take it for what the beer contains and the yellow stains on my glass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2010
DLD ’08. Black body with a tiny tan head. Big sweet chocolate and vanilla nose, lots of molasses as well to mix with the boozyness. Very, very sweet, cloyingly so, moderately bitter, lots of chocolate, prune juice, vanilla and molasses. Full body is chewy and sticky, finish is warm. Couldn’t finish this stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1682) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Draft. Pours black with a tan head. Flavor is vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, heaven. It doesn’t get any better than this. In fact, I would probably drink this every morning for breakfast if it wasn’t 14%. Just to note, I had drink an entire snifter of this in 10 minutes due to WMATA’s terrible hours. Best chug of my life.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Finally found my notes for DLD and getting these in to review! Draft. Poured into a plastic cup which I then put in my Founders KBS tulip glass. Poured straight black with a slight dark tan head. The initial aroma is the vanilla followed by a sublte sweetness and dark malts. The taste is amazing IMO. The vanilla is so smooth in this one. Dark chocolate notes as well. Love to see it bottled

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Tap at Birrerria Paradiso in Georgetown. Very, very black, no head, no lacing. Aroma of vanilla, oak, cocoa, cinnamon, cloves. Taste is luscious chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. A winner.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8242) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Tap at Birreria Paradiso. That’s right bitches- I didn’t have to drive all the way to BFE Munster to try this. JK- I love the Floyd brothers. Got to meet Barnaby and the Jinxproof Tatoo crew. Pretty awesome.

Obviously this beer is an insane rarity that I am greatly privileged to have tried. Actually I had two entire snifters full of the stuff. I will say this- the nose is outstanding, the body is ultra-thick, but the taste is a little sweet, a little unilateral on the dark chocolate.

It pours a light consuming black hole of used motor oil with a short lived red mocha head that is a blip on the radar but still manages to leave spotty lace. Held up to the light this gets some neon red going on around the edges. This beer is so thick and alcoholic that is leaves legs for christ’s sake on the snifter edges. Aroma is insane: buttery, spicy Woodford Reserve bourbon, spicy oak, vanilla, chocolate milkshake, coconut, marshmallows/s’mores, a touch of green apple oxidation. Taste such rich, buttery solid bricks of dark chocolate, espresso ice cream, raspberry dark chocolate, some cherry syrup. Viscous, oily mouthfeel. Definitely a sipping beer. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kappldav123 (4723) - GERMANY - MAY 23, 2010
The beer in the glass looks wonderful: deep black, oily, small brownish head. Wonderful vanilla-aroma, quite sweet. Starts malty and strong, deep, modest dry and alcoholic. Massive vanilla notes appear in the finish and match perfectly with the warming alcoholic malty notes. Goes down soft as velvet, warming, very drinkable for its strength. A wonderful beer. Good to have tried this.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Courtesy of ygtbsm94. Thanks for sharing, Brad! Oil black, no head. Rich French vanilla-kailua milk shake aromas ride swirls of crème brulee, molasses, and touches of chocolate-coffee. Big sweet roasty vanilla bean and chocolate cream flavors are prevalent from start to finish. Room temperature brings out further mocha coffee-like tones. Full bodied, slick and smooth, sweet vanilla roast finish. Unbelievable…

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is pitch black with a nice viscosity to it and some minimal tan head. S: A really well done vanilla aroma--not overwhelming and fake, but a nice sweetness to go along with the chocolate, roast, mild coffee, and dark fruits. T: Once again, the vanilla is really perfectly done and works seamlessly with the base imperial stout. A strong (dark) chocolate flavor with roasted malt, a hint of molasses, and some figs and raisins. M: A full bodied beer with a really smooth, creamy, feel on the tongue and a low carbonation. D: I wish this was what Dark Lord always tasted like. Really a nice, nice beer.


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