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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.32   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10892) - 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 (22638) - 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 (9030) - 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…

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (13985) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2011
Hand bottle at ChrisO’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. So, although it was great to try this beer, it came at the expense of the great Ken (MadMitch76). For those not familiar with the tale, Ken procured this beer some time ago. It was sent to him in a swing-top, Italian beer bottle (the Amarcord Tabachera). Well, Ken brought this bottle to ChrisO’s tasting. The night wore on and people (Ken included) had lots to drink. Eventually, Ken brought out this bottle. He was convinced it was the Amarcord - even when we pointed out that this beer poured like mud, and the bottle had a sticker reading "VB DL". So, as we all enjoyed his great beer, Ken sat back and obstained, believing 100% this was the Italian beer. A true tragedy it was, and it took about two days before the generous donor realised his oversight. I owe Ken for this one. But I digress. The beer poured thick, viscous, like mud, dark brown with basically no head. Lots of dark malts, dark fruits, rich sugar. Ultra sweet flavor, brown sugar syrup, molasses, raisin. Full bodied with soft to fine carbonation. Warming finish, syrupy, sticky sweet, more molasses, slight alcohol burn, mocha. Huge beer. Delicious. Thanks, Ken.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (7556) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2011
Shared by Ken at Chriso’s. Aroma of vanilla, oak, chocolate. Huge vanilla flavor, sour edge with chocolate, rather low roasting, over-sweet, but it is a lovely sweetness. Low bitterness too. Complex enough, though not as much as the regular DL. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (15066) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2011
At Chriso Pre Gbbf 2011. Its an alright impy stoutlots of choc ans some booze too. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
Courtesy of Kim, handbottled
Oily black color, flat. Intense chocolate aroma, some cookie dough. Syrupy and thick mouthfeel, as expected for a Dark Lord, sweet, with some chocolate but actually less than expected. Strong alcohol perception.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Had on tap at DLD 2011. 2beerornot2beer and I got the last pours on the keg, or so we were told. Regardless after waiting for 3.5 hours in line we were ready to do this up:) A: Jet black, very little carbonation, similar to the regular Dark Lord treatments. S: AWESOME! Huge vanilla notes and some cocoa. I didn’t notice any alcohol in the smell. T: Better than the smell! I was expecting a nuclear vanilla attack but instead go a really sweet balanced marshmallow flavor, it was out of this world! O: This really took me by surprise, I am not a huge fan of the regular Dark Lord beers but this beer really hit home for me, one of the best I have had to date.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Pour is the blackest black with next to no head. Nose is of pure vanilla and bourbon. Taste is so smooth and so delicious I understand why they release it once a year. Words sadly don’t do it justice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3253) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle at Maltzilla’s tasting. Pours black with brown head. The vanilla aroma smacks you in the face! Also some roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is waaay too sweet for me. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

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