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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deekyn (1142) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Saving for a special occasion. A birthday is as good as anything. 2012 bottle #336. A- pours a viscous deep and opaque motor oil black with mahogany edges. Thin medium tan head with no lacing. S- pungent, rich grains and graham crackers. Luscious vanilla up front. Roasted malts, figs, oak, sugary milk chocolate, bourbon burn, malted milk balls (whoppers), toasted marshmallow. Some caramel sauce and fudge. M- medium to heavy oily body with a heavy sweet palate. Mild carbonation. T- toasted malts and dark chocolate is forward. Coffee, mocha, cocoa, maple syrup, marshmallows, and vanilla is paramount. Vanilla abounds as it warms. S’mores come to mind. Brown sugar. Some essence of dark fruits, dates, figs, cherry cordial and grenadine. The bourbon in the middle has a solid burn that briefly stings the mouth. Cola and rhubarb follow this burn. Ending is dry and lightly chalky. Some mince meat, bitterness and bakers chocolate with a slightly fruity cacao. Just an all around solid beer with good pressence. Does not mince flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (199) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle 462/934. Much thanks to my buddy Pat for sharing this! Aroma: Wow. Wiped the slate clean as to any expectation or premonition I had about Dark Lord. Initial smell was of chocolate covered cherries. Then some sweet booze crept in. The vanilla was present. As was the coffee and molasses. Taste was very bold. Not expecting this kind of balance, texture and complexity. Big notes of vanilla bean, roasted chestnut, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit...almost port wine-like notes as it warmed....marshmallow...and some sweet bourbon in the finish along with some more vanilla. Some maple syrup notes helped push the thick, sticky and syrupy mouthfeel. A nice warming sensation takes over after this lingering finish begins to register with the palate and brain. Very balanced compared to the base beer. Very impressed.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4118) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle (thanks goodbyeohio for sharing)... Poured deep, oily black with a light brown, smallish head. Amazing aroma of vanilla, whiskey soaked wood, and bitter-sweet mocha coffee. Tasted so smooth with so much barrel and vanilla. Like drinking a bourbon with a tootsie roll. Smooth, hardly any heat or alcohol intensity despite the complexity and higher abv here.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FetMule (96) - - DEC 27, 2013
Drack ett par tre glas på Mikkeller & Friends i Köpenhamn. Kan inte annat än att säga wow! Förmodligen den bästa öl jag druckit. Komplex, balanserad, perfektion. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12474) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Keg@CBC2013 Opaque black color, small brown head. Loads of vanilla, roastyness in the nose. Strong dark chocolate, some vanilla. Full-bodied. Sweet, overly sweet. Vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts. Too sweet for my liking, probably better after ageing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NagaMorich (13) - PAKISTAN - NOV 3, 2013
Tap. Opaque black body with small, lacing and tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit notes, oak, coffee and bourbon. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry an with a slightly malt bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy text. and soft to flat carb. Just great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (2490) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2013
Tap. Opaque black body with small, lacing and tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit notes, oak, coffee and bourbon. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry an with a slightly malt bitterness. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy text. and soft to flat carb. Just great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanLaursen (3025) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2013
Fra fad, Mikkeller & Friends. Uigennemtrængelig dyb brun-sort øl med et lille, hurtigt aftagende lysebrunt hovede. Træ, mild bourbon og vanillekorn. Fløde. Fed og klistret som olie. Sød som sirup. Koncentreret. Bedre end originalen.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SlackerMads (1439) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2013 Tap. Pitch black with a medium sized diminishing light brown head. Lots of vanilla, sweet chocolate, cocoa, molasses, lingering chocolate finish. Medium/full body, soft carbonation, sticky sweet and soft.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
2013 Vintage, bottle 428/711 Split with my friend Keith who attended DLD with me this year. Served in a FFF mini-snifter. Reviewed from notes. A- Upon pouring, a mocha head quickly appears and dies down within 30 seconds, leaving a ring of foam around the rim of the glass. The color is opaque black, thick like motor oil. S- The first thing I can smell is a very strong bourbon barrel presence, but it is quickly joined by vanilla, coffee, and a sweet molasses like aroma. Excellent aroma, it definitely invites you to take a drink. T- I don’t think it would be possible to use any more descriptors for this beer. Black cherries, prunes, vanilla, followed by some tobacco and caramel with bourbon strong on the finish. There is a lingering sweetness that is very familiar from regular dark lord on the back end, and surprisingly little to no alcohol bite, even with the bourbon flavor being so apparent. There is no detectable hop bitterness. M- Silky smooth, yet very thick at the same time. This is definitely a sipper, but it is very easy to drink. Low-medium carbonation is right on for the style. The flavors linger and change over the incredibly long finish, definitely over a minute later I can still taste the beer. O- This is a very enjoyable, incredibly complex beer. I’m glad I hadn’t drank anything before this, because it was such a pleasure to really get into this beer and enjoy the full range of flavors you can get from it. The bourbon is there on the nose and finish, but the vanilla really outshines it, at least in my opinion. I’m sure that will die down with time, although I think this is simply amazing as it is right now. It was an honor to drink this beer, so very glad I was able to score one this year!


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