madmitch76 (21560) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
21st May 2012
Opaque dark brown - black beer with a few tan bubbles for a head. Smooth palate with mild fine prickly carbonation. Rich dark malt but not heavy. Lovely dark chocolate with a little coffee and vanilla ice cream. A little brandy alcohol and spice. The alcohol is generally well hidden though, until you try to stand up! Lovely sumptuous desert beer.
tmoreau (3571) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rare treat to be served this by the 3F crew at the 15th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout, and even more so as the 2009 version. On tap, and viscously served to my event glass with an opague, black/brown hue, only an initial, light layer of quickly diminishing, tan foam, and leggy coating on the interior of the glass. Vanilla and potent bourbon were mellowed but still key factors throughout. Also participants in the complexity were notes of roastiness, cocoa & coffee, treacle & brown sugary sweetness, toffee, coconut, and some dark fruit & barrel/tanniny acidity. Softly carbonated, but very full in body. Aged nicely, and paired exceptionally well with a pan fried pound cake, topped with Dark Lord ice cream, hopped creme anglaise, and crunchy candied bacon and wheat grain. Wow to the max!
Martinus (4366) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear black colour, no head. Aroma of vanilla, malts, bourbon, caramel, candy floss, marshmallows and caramel. Very sweet flavour, vanilla, light raisins, vanilla and bourbon. Finish vanilla seeds, quite cloying, sweet, light coffee (mocha) and loads of caramel.
Nice beer, bit over the top but well crafted.
(From 75cL bottle shared by BoBoChamp. Red wax / 2012 vintage. Bottle 857/934. Thank you very much, Ignace!!)
tderoeck (7877) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 31/XII/12 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - bottle #851/934 - 2012 vintage (2012-1437) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: lots of vanilla, caramel, very boozy, earthy, wood notes. MF: soft carbon, full body, thick syrupy texture, almost gooey. Taste: bit sourish, caramel, sugar, some vanilla, lots of alcohol, cough syrup, lots of dark burnt caramel, more sugar, bit woody, crème brûlée. Aftertaste: caramel, sugary, some mocha, vanilla, more caramel, authentic vanilla bean flavours, sour citric touch, alcohol, dark chocolate.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl, Vintage 2012 (Red wax), Bottle 857/934 (no mention of ABV), as ’Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord with Vanilla Beans ’, exclusive American brew, with vanilla, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, very sweet/roasted and slightly fruity/alcoholic, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Map Room 20th Anniversary Party. Served very cold in a mini nonic water glass. Appears to be an 8 ounce pour. Very still in the glass, no head. Dark chocolate brown color. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, and faint bourbon. Taste is sweet up front thin brown sugar in the middle and then boozy and coffee-like on the finish. Very smooth and not nearly as hot and chewey as I had expected bits blended together very well. The vanilla bean is fagrant and shows up at end, too. As anticipated, the flavors are becoming more prominent as the glass warms. So well blended, this is tasty.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml waxed bottle, 552/934, served in a Deschutes snifter. Big thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share.
A: Pours a jet black color with a nice sized dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes a medium sized ring and leaves some splotchy lace along the way.
S: Light bourbon up front, but the sweet vanilla pushes right through that. A great toasted malt presence follows that with some light milk chocolate on the finish.
T: Instead of bourbon up front the vanilla is the star here (obviously). There is a mild background bourbon that is incredibly smooth. As Dark Lord is already a pretty sweet beer (especially the 2011) I felt the added vanilla bean made this border on cloyingly sweet. Thankfully there was enough roast and dark chocolate on the finish to cut through some of the sweetness.
M: Heavy bodied with a light chew to it. Teeth coating sweetness with a medium to low carbonation. Definite warming as it goes down.
O: I think if the vanilla bean was slightly restrained it would have been an even bigger homerun. That being said, this was absolutely delicious and I would not hesitate to try this again. The 4-5 ounce pour I received was just perfect.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-11-2012
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #600. 2012 bottle won at DLD ’12 and shared with eWestern and AndyReynolds the following month.
I hate it when I give in to the hype of these over priced Three Floyds beers. I resent the fact that I had to pay $50 for a beer that I "won" in a lottery. However, splitting with two other great friends, and the fact the beer is absolutely amazing, pretty much eases the pain.
I was going to describe all of the nuances of this beer, but I’ve decided that I’m too lazy right now. I will just say that, this is my favorite bourbon barrel aged beer that I know to exist. It also seems to the most appropriate use of a vanilla bean that is known to mankind. Two years in a row, well played Three Floyds.
biggsbowler (596) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks 50belair for this beautiful treat. Pours thick and black with some nice viscosity. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate in the nose. It tastes as good as it smells. It’s big, black, and sweet, which is everything I love in a beer.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks for sharing, Peter. Motoroil sprinkled with inconsistent brown head. It smells good. Huge bourbon, buttery vanilla, chocolate ice cream, dark dried cherries, liquor filled chocolates. Fucken hell, this is vulgar. Taste can be described as regular DL blended with vanilla ice cream, a dash of coconut, one whole overripe cherry and a sprinkle of salt. Totally vulgar, but in the end a true guilty pleasure. If Pamela anderson was a craft beer, this beer would be her.