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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head. Aroma of rich black chocolates notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes. Taste is a fantastic mix of rich black chocolate notes with some vanilla notes, some residuals sugar notes and some nice bourbon notes that smooth out any rough edges from this beer. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation and alcohol is not overly apparent. Fantastic complex mix while still keeping an excellent level of drinkability.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
2014 vintage. Extremely sweet, and this sweetness gets somewhat unpleasant after drinking too much. By too much I mean about 15oz. The flavor is completely out of balance. This lack of balance is usually a huge minus, but in this case, not necessarily. Loads of vanilla, bourbon, molasses, coffee, marshmallow, brown sugar, chocolate, and syrup in a bottle! Holy hell. Flavor is not overly complex, mouthfeel is thick, and the marshmallow flavor lingers on for a long long time. The flavor develops as the beer warms up. Guys, let this beer chill for at least a couple hours. I don’t know if this beer is "the best stout ever" but it surely is unique and worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Art (3151) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2016 Holy crap I wasn’t expecting this. Lucky enough to get this on tap at DLD 2016. Right place right time. Pours a deep dark black brown. No head. Aromas of big vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. Light coffee and coconut and fudge. Light booziness in the aroma. Taste is super sweet but it totally works. Long time want. Glad to have this one. Wooo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2016
On Tap at RateBeer Best in Santa Rosa. Believe the hype. This was a straight up marshmallow bomb. Tons of vanilla, super thick mouthfeel, light bourbon and barrel. The vanilla takes the forefront. Super rich and delicious. Psyched to finally try this hard to come by beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aleigator (809) - GERMANY - FEB 16, 2016
Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord ’15 vintage Pours a brown-black color with a dark brown, small head to it, leaving back sheets of thin lacing atop the surface of the beer. Reveals its decadent viscosity after swirling, by revealing alcohol legs and tiny, dark brown bubbles at the glass. Intense aromas of fudge, bakers chocolate and burned malts, tied together by a ridiculously rich Bourbon appearance, featuring flowery vanilla, a whiff of cinnamon, apple piths and a ton of scentened oak. Vanilla is easily detectable, while well entangled into the Bourbon, adding a organic, sweet, flowery freshness to the chocolate decadence. Mousse au chocolate, moldy earth, toffee and brownie batter round out this monster on the nose, so far truly a masterpiece, which I actually find hard to compare to the regular Dark Lord. Has a supersmooth mouthfeel, due to its very low carbonation, next to a silk, omnipresent creaminess, coating the tongue and soothing the pleasantly integrated Bourbon effectivly. Tastes of a spice soaked, earth coated oakiness, featuring the beers velvet mouthfeel from the start. Develops an enjoyable warmth, as the Bourbon unfolds its spice profile, together with vanilla, licorice, molasses and fudge. Vanilla certainly deserves an additional mentioning as it not only stands out from the Bourbon, but directly blends into the beers smooth cream quality, producing a heavenly, well accentuated sweetness, from which the profound spices benefit big times during the finish. Ends with cinnamon, red apple, fudge, molasses and a long lasting, silk, vanilla coke quality, smoothing out the Bourbon oak entirely. Wow, what a behemoth of a beer. I guess it would be almost impossible to drink more of a few couple of oz of this, if it wasn’t for the soothing combination of cream and vanilla. This doesn’t turn overly roasty, but fudgy smooth with a ton of sweet chocolate to it, amped up by the spicy Bourbon. The different flavors come beautifully together, while this is still being best enjoyed in small sips, as for its profound sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Karelbeersindral (58) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 10, 2016
Vanilla stout shake, what a powerful aroma. Smokey, bubblegum, licorice, the only issue it is a bit hard to drink, otherwise a real treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ferris (12904) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
Draft - Believe all the hype. Vanilla, sweet bourbon, marshmallow and nice sweet roast. Viscous as they all are and incredibly rich on the pallet. Sticky and sweet, but quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5850) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
On tap at RateBeer Best. It pours dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is full with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. Massively sweet to the point of being sugary. The flavor is the same with a good dose of chocolate and vanilla. The alcohol notes are strong, but it serves this kind of beer well by cutting the huge sweetness. Very thick bodied and somewhat port-like. It goes down warming and satisfying. One of the sweeter beers at this festival, but it was ultimately very fun stuff to drink. Hardly any roasted malt or bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (6962) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Draft sample at 2015 RateBeer Best festival. This may have had the largest lines of the day. At one point right after tapping it was 45 minutes. I decided not to wait, but about an hour later they were still pouring with 5 minute waits, so I got myself a couple of samples. Pours is inky black with a very small dark brown head and minimal lacing. Aroma is over the top marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Its like a desert topping. Flavor is light bitter, fully sweet, hella marshmallow again. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. This is pretty grate in small doses. Holy hell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8572) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Sweet vanilla aroma with caramel/toffee and bourbon. Bourbon and vanilla flavor with light chocolate and rich malt. Fuller bodied. Vanilla and bourbon linger with toffee, light marshmallow, and rich malt.

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