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RATINGS: 415   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pentaz (1264) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2013
Draught. Pours oily pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, delicious bourbon vanilla, rich dark chocolate, dark sugars, espresso, wood. Taste is near heavy sweet (no where near cloying) and bitter. Body is full, texture is creamy, thick oily and velvelty smooth, carbonation is soft. Finishes roasted sweet - It´s almost a dessert. Alcohol is well-hidden, but warms a bit in the finish, This works so well because the flavors are so well integrated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (17539) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
Tap @ Mikkeller, Stefansgade. Black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, heavy vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Very sweet finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 160313

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 Opened a bottle of the 2013 this weekend (thanks Mac!) and updated a few things. Was fortunate enough to try the 2011 vintage on draft at Huna Day a few weeks back, and that drinks pretty similarly.

This black, molassesy, still stout sports zero head. Beautifully full bouquet of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, black biscuits, and roasty malts. It’s one of those beers where one sip crushes everything else you once thought considered elite. Everything from the nose is here in force, with vanilla and chocolate shining the brightest. Bourbon up front, followed quickly by chocolate-covered marshmallows. Massively viscous body delivers all of these flavors to my palate with its sticky, stubborn body.

Shows a masterful level of refinement equaled by only a handful of other beers in existence -- some of which are other BA DL variants (namely Brandy Vanilla & Pappy). Say what you will about the base: the BA versions rank among the best stouts brewed anywhere. Period.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 23, 2013
Chopp. Pitch black colour, small brown head. Sweet and and very roasted maltiness with chocolate, vanilla, boubon and dark fruits. Intense! Thick mouthfeel, well filling indeed. Sweet roasted maltiness, vanilla, dark chocolate and dark fruits, bourbon flavour, so heavy and intense, so good, THE engine oil for beer drinkers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alex4r (82) - - MAR 23, 2013
Had this beast at Hunaphu day. Solid dark pour, not as dark as Zhukov or Hunaphu though. Light gets through this one. Damn fine barrel and vanilla aroma. No trace of booze at all. Slick mouthfeel. Tasted so good, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate! Glad I was able to try this bad mo’fo

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - MAR 18, 2013
Tap at Mikkeller bar, opening Day. I am a sucker for vanilla, so been craving this for awhile. Dark blackish with a minimal Brown head. Overpowering dessert aroma, as expected, good so far. Vanilla, toffee, bourbon, cocoa,coco. Rich in all of it. Thick sweet flavor with all the moutharomas powering through and taking over the High abv. Great stuff

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeerkatTampa (23) - New Port Richey, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2013
On tap at Hunahpu day. Strong bourbon flavor, smooth chocolatey vanilla finish. Shared an 8oz pour with 3 others (2 complete strangers, how’s that for the love of beer bringing people together?). VERY good, but thought it was only very slightly better than the CCB Sweet Stout, which was much easier to get.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kool3320 (1) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2013 does not count
This is by far my favorite beer. Mouthfeel was nice and thick as expected. Coated my entire mouth. Nice light tan brown head. Holy vanilla bean batman on the smell. The taste is like liquid cake, just fantastic. Did it side by side with Bourbon County Stout with Vanilla beans (which is great too) this beer definitely knocked it out of the park.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
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!

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