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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
Apr 30 @ DLD, courtesy of bnutz. Great vanilla aroma on top of the regular. Alcohol, pungeant, acidy, alcohol, chcolate flavor. Nice medium palate. Finishes with great vanila and burning alcohol aftertaste.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2011 On tap at DLD. I thought this and the Heaven Hill on tap were very similar. This poured black with a nice heavy brown head. One whiff and youíll never believe your nose. In fact, the aroma is completely other-worldly. Heavy vanilla with a strong bourbon back bone, coffee, sweet caramel, molasses, licorice, chocolate cake, and deeper more cocoa aroma. There are so many layers of complexity, itís incredible. The beer is almost soft and velvety yet entirely enveloping of the palate. Full flavors of bourbon and vanilla unequivocally dominate both the nose and the palate. Underneath are wonderful complexities of moist chocolate cake, roasted coffee - but not bitter roast. Molasses, caramel, licorice, even tobacco and oak. Yet dark fruits like raisins and plums, maybe some dates just really make this incredible. Thick, oily, and heavy. What a beer!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
On tap at DLD. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is all vanilla with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is vanilla, bitter chocolate and a little bit of booze. Probably my top beer of DLD

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arminjewell (6415) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLDí11. Finally got to try this, and boy did it live up to the hype. Oily black pour, thin espresso tan head. Aroma is thick of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roast, some nice candied dark fruit, touch of the barrel in there. Taste is perfect, and not overly sweet like I thought it might be. Big notes of vanilla up front, but the coffee and bitter bakerís chocolate compliment it perfectly, some other sweet dark fruits in there finishing roasty and bitter, with a perfectly mouth coating body without being too oily. Doesnít get much better!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2011
200th rating that should have been completed ages ago. Rating is too much work. Anyway, this treat was courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a thick syrupy, muddy brown colour. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, and tootsie rolls. Flavour of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, malt, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Lovely stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Every once in a while I look around and think, "I am seriously drinking this?" Last night was like that for about 6 hours. Thanks ___, for this, you know who you are. Served side by side with DL 2009 and Oak aged DL 2010. Served in a tulip. Beer is about as youíd expect a DL to look but this version had no head or lacing. The beer left some legs on the glass, pitch black, even at the corners. Beer coats the glass as I swirl. Super thick and pitch black. Amazing. This beer has the most obvious aroma of any beer Iíve had in a long long time. STRONG vanilla, like baking vanilla. Some chocolate, strong, complex aroma. Mouthfeel on this beer is huge and thick but the sweetness of the vanilla (super sweet) makes it seem lighter some how. This is an aggressively awesome beer -- my favorite out of the three by a lot. It tastes like a vanilla cake...or flan...or some kind of dessert with fudge and vanilla. I couldnít drink much of it without my insulin spiking but I canít wait for DL day 2011. Serving type: growler

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
I had this on tap at dld. Thanks to Mario for getting in for us all... The look is nothing of note, black nice tan head...This beer is all about the aroma and the taste. Tons of awesome vanilla on the nose a little light coffee. The taste just brings the vanilla to the whole new level. Super sweet tons of awesome vanilla that is really nicely balanced. This is the best vanilla Iíve ever had. Only wish I could have more of this.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
holy, crap! just found my notes on this one scratched on the back cover of my notebook from DLD í09 that I havenít seen in almost 2 years, haha. and wow were my notes profound..."fuck! itís like regular Dark Lord dipped in diabetes! awesome! just...too...sweet! that about sums it up, i think. great in very, very small amounts.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
6.3oz. handbottle with another huge thanks to StFun! Pours blacks with a slight center forming head of loose and large bubbles and settles to a thin ring. Aroma is not quite and complex or intense as the OADL, but very rich and lovely with vanilla bean, chocolate, oak, caramel and some dried dark fruits. Flavor is definitely on the sweeter side, with more rich vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, dried dark fruits, caramel and oak. Toes the line nicely between sweet and a sticky mess. Minimal carbonation with a nice smooth and almost syrupy mouthfeel. Another nice dessert beer sipper, and great stuff but would take the OADL over this any day. Thanks again Josh. much appreciated!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Nip hand bottle, courtesy a great RB trading friend. 2009 vintage released at 2010 DLD. This one pours an impenetrable black body with hints of mahogany at the edges and topped by as minimal head of film. The dense, oily body leaves sheeting stains on the glass. It looks like it means business. The nose is super rich and decadently sweet, more so than anything else I have smelled in a beer. Rich chocolate cake, syrup, vanilla bean, and toasted marshmallows come across, smooth, sweet, and just like a nice dessert. The bourbon and oak barely come through as the intense vanilla dominates everything. The flavors are just as huge with rich, dark chocolate and toasted vanilla marshmallows come across in a símores like fashion. The barrel comes through a bit more with soft whiskey and oak adding depth, but very little roast to balance out the intense sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick, oily, and round and coats everything inside the mouth. Minimal carbonation as expected and a lingering toasted vanilla finish. Really decadent and great tasting beer in smaller doses. The nip bottle was more than enough for 2 of us. Still a great beer, and one that I am really glad to have tried.


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