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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32/5   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2343) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
So its been a while since I actually had this (full disclosure) although the memory is fairly clear given the strength of this beer 0 DLD 08. Pint in a plastic glass at darklord day. Dark thick black pour with a ruby tinge and a brown head. I had this one after the oak aged and it was much better - the vanilla cut the booze and oak so that at least initially the beer had a great aroma. Upon first taste you still got the typical huge mouthfeel but even sweeter then normal and the booze was somewhat hidden. Things just seemed more smooth and more balanced with this one, almost like the vanilla cut through the oak and almost brought out coffee and some chocolate. Long lasting finish that didn’t kill the palate. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 7/15/2011. Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. 2010 version. From notes. Vanilla Bean Dark Lord pours pitch black all the way through. No light edges, just pure unadulterated evil. Due to light carbonation, there is nearly no head here. The aroma here is like Dark Lord, only slightly better. Maybe due to bottle vs. growler issues, the aroma is lighter, but the vanilla adds a great aroma. Vanilla lays on top of fully roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and espresso. The flavor just blows me away. Dark Lord improves drastically with a year on it, and the vanilla beans just take it to another level. Smooth vanilla beans up front and center, with dark roasted malt and espresso up next. Caramel soaked fudge is a delight, but the sweetness never overpowers, a brewing feat for sure. The aftertaste is softly sweet and a little bitter, with a big dose of vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick and just a touch more syrupy than the regular version, but the vanilla bean flavor makes it worth it. Chewy like fudge. The only knock here is that the carbonation could be increased just a little bit. Overall, this is one of the top beers I have ever tasted, for sure. Taking a beer I love and inserting the perfect amount of vanilla beans shows the artistry that goes into this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
I prefer the other DL beers, but this is still an amazing beer!! On tap at DLD. Strong vanilla, coffee and bourbon flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
[place holder rating- notes backlog] Lucky to try this at the FFF dinner at Paradiso Georgetown. Ink pour with a small, red head. Rich Woodford Reserve bourbon and ultra silky palate. Chewy and satisfying. I’m not a big fan of normal Dark Lord (harsh, sweet) but this is richer and more fluid losing the off character of normal Dark Lord perhaps through the aging plus adjunct additions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Wonderful variation of DL. The nose is boozy, chocolatey and has a nice vanilla back. Amazing taste and its so smooth and viscous

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4914) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
On tap @ Mikkeller bar. The aroma has loads of vanilla, bourbon, roast, chocolate, some coffee, banana, cherries. Black coloured beer with no head. The taste is sweet, has a lot of fruitiness, raisins, vanilla, milk chocolate bourbon, some roast. Thick mouthfeel. Very nice, but a bit too much vanilla imho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JoePeesie (919) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
had a sample of the 10’ variety at DLD 2010. I liked the vanilla better than the regular DL, but fresh I still am not a big fan. This beer smells great, but I find the taste to be a mess. I think with a few years of age it should hopefully balance out abit, but fresh I find it to be a bit of a wreck. This entire line from FFF has a lot of hype behind it and I think that inflates the ratings. I find this beer to have to much going on and just not that enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 18, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 Rebottle (unknown heritage) (ChrisO’s pre-GBBF2011 "Donkey Dork Lord" shindig) - thanks madmitch76, one of the nicest donkeys I’ve met!
http://www.ratebeer.com/forums/ doh-a-tale-of-epic-fail_176038.htm
Woh, rich sweet vanilla and dark mocha cake aroma. Fuck me it’s sweet, and thick and heavy, ..., hmmm, and luscious, and rich and with a very firm but gentle coffee-choc roastiness, and bucketloads of vanilla - nice. Sticky, but yummy. Covers 14% fairly well, doesn’t taste quite that heavy, even though it’s certainly packing a punch. Lacking the finess of Struise’s Cuvee Delphine, but not a bad stab at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23583) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2011
Bottled@The Chriso Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011 "Donkey Dork Lord Edition". (thanks madmitch76...). Pitch black colour, small head. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, vanilla and some alcohol along with mild wooden notes. Flavour is liquorice, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, wood and some slight spices and mild coffeeish notes as well. Wellbalanced and nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9998) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2011
Hand bottle at chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig ’11, thanks to Ken (I just wish he could have enjoyed it with us!). It pours opaque black, with a thin dark tan head. The nose is chocolate, vanilla, rich malt, oak, earth, manuir and alcohol. The taste is super sweet chocolate, caramel, treacle, brown sugar, toffee ice cream, vanilla, oak and big alcohol warmth. It is viscous, has a full-body and fine carbonation. It’s dense, rich and indulgent. Wow what a massive beer with a massive sweetness. Just too sweet for me to enjoy…

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