Ataraxia (410) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 vintage, opened 11/14/2014.
Very dark brown, almost black, and opaque with a thin brown head. Fairly complex aroma of bourbon, oak, chocolate, espresso, toffee, and vanilla. All of those components subtly blend together. The sweetness arrives in layers and manages to remain in control without being overbearing. Very smooth and viscous; full-bodied and the right amount of carb for the job. Finishes bittersweet with more vanilla than expected, but only moderately boozy.
k0mpsa (1558) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at mikkeller bar. Black color, small brown head. Aroma is perfectly roasted, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste is mix of roasty, bourbon, vanilla, full body, smooth. It’s rich and long, vanilla notes.
Zekada (380) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Mikkeller, black sensation. Smell has heavy vanilla tones and some chocolate. Pours black with a small beige head. Taste is massive vanilla, some chocolates and a little coffee. Has an oily thick feeling in the mouth, very nice. Overall a real blockbuster. Really good and enjoyable
Zakoon (158) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught @ Mikkeller bar Viktoriagade, Black Sensation event. Aroma is awesome, tons of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and brown sugar. Flavour is sweet but nicely balanced. Full bodied, so thick that it I could chew it. Finish is sweet but well balanced, this is incredible. I’m glad that I’ve tried it several times. Still my favorite.
Sarlacc83 (1171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle traded from agold. Much appreciated. A lot, as it turns out. 727/876 I believe.
Admission: I fully expected this to be underwhelming as all get out. Dark Lord is an underattenuated mess, and adjuncts shouldn’t be able to change that fact. Shouldn’t....but does.
A: Pure black color with a mocha head. Legs.
N: Marshmallow, vanilla, melted caramel candies, cocoa, soy sauce, whiskey, oak, and espresso.
T: Very sweet, and yet, not cloying. Somehow. Tons of vanilla.
M: Treacly, heavy oily body. Alcohol is well hidden.
O: This doesn’t feel like it was brewed by Three Floyds. I am clearly not a fan, so I guess it’s pretty undeniable that this is amazing.
Sledutah (5662) - Utah, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Blue waxed 2014 bottle (727 of 876) shared by Luke at the Portland tasting
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey. Tastes of dark malts, caramel, vanilla and some sweetness
Very good, the best beer of the tasting.
douglas88 (6844) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Luke. Stole the show! Pours a pitch black color with a small beige head. A massive waft of super sweet marshmallows, vanilla, bourbon. The flavor is decadent, massive but it works: super sweet vanilla coffee, dark fruit, super viscous body, more marshmallow, boozy heat. Just lovely. So big and yet a soft sort of drink, I could drink a bomber alone. Awesome treat.
neepsntatties (1300) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by "Sarlacc83". Colour...black, plain and simple. Though there is a thin tan head. Nose....marshmallows roasting on an open fire...vanilla beans nipping at your nose! Palate...unctuous, immensely sweet and n feeling the burn from the booze! This elixir is brimming with intense sweetness and oaky, boozy goodness. The vanilla is extraordinary and IT takes the stage with tremendous valour and and bravery. I’m content.
tectactoe (2993) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: 2012 batch. Black, dense, thick, looks like used up motor oil sitting in the glass. Even has that sheen on top, as there’s basically no head that forms at all. Slick. Smells like you soaked an old oak barrel stave in bourbon, rolled it in brown sugar, stuck a ton of marshmallows all along it, toasted it well over a fire, dipped it in chocolate, then topped everything off with a powerful vanilla drizzle. Aaaaand the taste is the same. Seriously. Huge notes of marshmallow fluff, Crème brûlée, rich vanilla beans, super-sweet baker’s chocolate, modestly creamy coffee, semi-burnt brown sugar, light molasses, well integrated woodiness from start to finish & a strong back-bone of booziness that you’d never guess was 14% ABV. A touch of dark fruit. Sweet... VERY sweet. But in the best kind of way. It’s delicious, really. Finishes with lingering notes of brown sugar, vanilla beans, wood, & Mallow Cups. Huge, sticky-icky body, coating the palate entirely. Taking down an entire bottle would be tiresome, but goddamn if this beer isn’t delicious as all hell.
fitwitchik (390) - USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured at Darkness 14 bottle share. COMPLETE surprise from guy we met at airport also flying in to camp at the event.
Aroma was vanilla booze dark fruit.
Flavor is most distinct barrel aged sweetness. Sugared vanilla toffee raisins that popped my eyes open. Fabulous consistency. Feel privileged I was sought out to share this brew. Beautifully aged. Makes me certainly want to sit on my 14 golden ticket Bourbon Vanilla Bean a couple more years.