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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sledutah (6042) - Utah, USA - NOV 3, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1373) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2014
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fitwitchik (408) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkwood04 (4785) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Rating 4000! 750ml bottle in a teku. Pours black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon and oak, chocolate and coffee and roasted malts, some caramel sweetness, and some light dough. Flavor the same with a great blend. Thick texture. Obviously a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
I can’t stand regular DL, but this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Huge nose and flavor with all the influences you would expect. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, etc. Thanks to jhenry04 and cloudskipper for sharing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3347) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2014 Bottle at home with friends. 2012 Vintage. Pour is pitch black with a small tan head and sticky lacing. Rich vanilla, dark cocoa, coconut, caramelized sugar, some toffee, raisins, and rich coffee in the aroma. Taste is still very vanilla forward, milk chocolate, lactose, some roast, espresso, raisins, and a touch of figs with a semi bitter finish. Has held up beautifully. Well-balanced, not too sweet and highly drinkable. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle @ Stephen’s whale slaying. Thanks to Eric and Stephen! Pours a deep black appearance with a thin brown head. Somewhat spicy, coconut, vanilla, big birthday cake nose with some dark chocolate and cocoa. Pretty gooey mouth feel. Big gooey dark chocolate, caramel, coconut flavor. Some notes of dark grape and plum. Not heat. Pretty high sweetness. Tasty but I prefer Abraxas or BCS. Thanks for sharing, guys.

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