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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2013 HUGE thanks to foofaa for sharing this one with us all at ffej of july. Never thought I would get a chance to try this one.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of smooth bourbon, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, dark malt and a nice vanilla sweetness. The vanilla is a little weak toward the end of the glass, otherwise a very nice nose.

T - Starts off with a perfectly balanced mix of sweet vanilla, warm bourbon and dark roasted chocolate malt. Hints of coffee, dark fruits and molasses follow close behind. Finish has some sweetness and dark roast combining to linger on the palate long after the finish. Booze is extremely well hidden, only really becoming noticeable toward the end of the glass.

M - It is definitely a big beer with plenty of flavor and a moderate amount of carbonation. It is much smoother than I thought it would be.

O - I honestly never thought I would have the chance to try this beer. It takes a very good beer and makes it something amazing. I can only hope to have this again in the future. Thanks again Dan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (2962) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2012
2012 bomber shared at the RBSG 2012 Grand Tasting. Deep brown/black, viscous liquid with minimal tan head. Aroma is very sweet with nice notes from the vanilla beans and the bourbon barrel and also some coffee and alcohol. Taste is very sweet and shows a character from the barrel and vanilla. Full bodied. Really nice but a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
Tap @ FWIBF. Pours a pitch black color with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malt, lot of sweet notes, vanilla, coffee, sweet chocolate, oak, bourbon, dark fruits and some molasses. The flavor follows the nose with lots of sweetness, I get vanilla, oak, bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, sweet and dark chocolate, dark fruits and the molasses and sugary notes. The body is full with a sticky mouth feel. Overall a great BA Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3021) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle # 766. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Coco puff nose. Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. This beer is freakin’ awesome with all kinds of chocolate, caramel, and smooth roasted malt goodness. Sweet and delicious with a great body and mouthfeel. Outstanding....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2012
2012 Bottle: 799 of 934 Eternal gratitude to Shrubber.... Pours black....almost no head....just a dark ring. Scent is velvety....hot bourbon, coconut and vanilla...chocolate. Flavour is sweet, heavy chocolate with a smooth bourbon burn... It’s like being allowed to pet a wild, exotic animal.....it’s warm, it’s intense.....soft and razor-dangerous at the same time. What can I say, but...oh.....wow. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shrubber85 (9261) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Buttery chocolate, coconut, vanilla and bourbon aroma. Black with a tiny head. Sweet vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate malt flavor. Mild alcohol finish. Glorious - never has a beer made me this happy and sad at the time since I may never get to try this again. I will try to get Dark Lord tickets just for the chance to get another one of these - so great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
queenholly (3580) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate, coconut, oaky bourbon, buttery vanilla aroma. Black with a small creamy tan head, viscous, coats glass nicely. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, cinnamon flavor. Full body, smooth creamy mouth feel. Why do they even bother making regular DL, when this is so much better? I might have rated even higher, but I was able to do a side by side tasting with the Cognac Barrel Aged DL de Muerte, which I liked even more, and was close to my idea of perfection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Strykzone (5809) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Had this right after the bourbon barrel version. That one was great and this is even better. So many delicious flavors. This us such a delicious dessert beer. So sweet and amazingly good. Not as much aroma as hoped but such a wobderful flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Huhzubendah (3084) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday! 2010 vintage, served side by side with Dark Lord and Oak Aged Dark Lord. Consumed again at DLD 2011. Vanilla Bean Dark Lord pours a near jet black, with hints of brown visible at the upper edges of the glass when held to the light. Head and lacing are somewhat subdued, but given the serving medium, I couldn’t ask for more. Ok, here’s where I was floored. The aroma was perhaps the most distinguishable and awesome smell I have ever received from a beer. Huge vanilla - and authentic. This beer smells like someone is baking fresh flan or crème brûlée inside the glass. Fantastic. It’s incredibly rich, yet remarkably smooth and easy to drink. Though it is sweet, I couldn’t see this becoming cloying as it is balanced so well and frankly, done to perfection. Alcohol is barely noticeable. I’d love to get some more of this. This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3967) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 15, 2012
One big probably 3 oz sample (I was about 10th in line at the opening bell) and a couple smaller samples (an oz or so) after the line got more manageable at the Firestone International Beer Fest. Nose was chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Black with a medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor was chocolate, prunes, vanilla, and of course the bourbon. Excellent stuff!

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