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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiong (3700) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2014
Draught @ CBC 2014

Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, molasses, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak and bourbon. Taste is smooth, complex and heavy with loads of molasses, roastiness, oak, bourbon and vanilla notes. Finish is heavy and smooth with loads of vanilla, oak and woody notes, some molasses and dark chocolate. Wow, quite tasty and very different compared to the original and port versions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
brotherkenneth (2) - Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2014 does not count
The beer tasted like marshmallows. Super thick and smooth mouth feel on this beast. Easily one of the best beers, if not THE best beer Ive had in my life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luk_ (99) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark opaque black with reddish highlights and minimal head. Aroma is decadent withbourbon, fudge, hazelnut, vanilla and some spices. Very good. Flavor is more straightforward with bourbon, chocolate and hazelnut. Intense sweetness, less cloying than you might anticipate because of the bourbon heatl. Palate is a little thin for such a big beer. Not up to GI Rare standards. A slightly above average bourbon barrel stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (692) - - APR 12, 2014
Black pour, thin tan head that disappears. Nose is vanilla, bourbon soaked raisins, smooth bourbon. Taste is the same with some sweet chocolate. Sooo sooo good. Mouthfeel is medium-full and very sticky. Worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dinkle50 (960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2013 bottle acquired on DLD. Jet black with no head, but some espresso trails floating on top. Pours like syrup. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, wood & cherries. Very sweet. Taste is full of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, cherry & toffee. Almost like a graham cracker. Massive mouth and way too easy to drink. Not as sweet as regular Dark Lord.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deekyn (1166) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (210) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4124) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12538) - 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.

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