TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Seanís 30th Birthday Party. Awesome. Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, thicker with a decent darker brown head that dies to a thicker ring, laces well. Thicker and darker edges than the others. Aromas are a healthy vanilla bean essence, roast, toast, sweet toffee, and chocolate. Mellow oak, the Brandy sweetens but doesnít get any acidic apple in it. Really inviting, amazing. Initial is full on body, but lighter on the palate than expected. Healthy mellow smooth vanilla covers some roast and the typical sweet toffee and caramel. Some toast, cocoa, coffee. Smooth and sweet from the vanilla, the wet oak and a touch of heat grows with light spirit, a touch of brandy. This seems a bit more tame than just straight Vanilla Bean Dark Lord, and I really dig it. Smooth, complex, but sweet. A touch of heat cuts through, with wet oak, decadent desserty. Some french toast. Really interesting. If you donít like the sweetness, it might not be you, but I really liked it and found it to be the best treatment (aside from PvW).
ICEatALAMO (780) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 204. The pour is same as others. The aroma is amazing, a lot of marshmallow and a lot of sweetness. The taste is all marshmallow, so good.
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gEUS (785) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from bottle during a vertical 2004-2012 line-up of all DLs, during a beer tasting weekend - in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Notes include main characteristics in aroma and flavour components.
2012 Bourbon BA DL - bottle 197/685 - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, some chocolate. 3.8/5
2012 Boubon Vanilla DL - bottle 921/934 - chocolate, vanilla, sherry... Aroma makes one think of a vanilla scented cancle (no shit). 3/5
2012 Cognac Vanilla DL - bottle 409/534 - green coffee beans, green paprica, spicy notes. No Cognac scent at all. 3/5
2012 Cognac De Muerte DL - bottle 203/817 - cacao, pepper and peppers scent. Taste is very hot due to the peppers but take away most of the taste - pity (not as balanced as for example the Hunahpu) 3.3/5
2011 PVW Bourbon BA DL - bottle 261/484 - thanks Jeffo! - lots of bourbon, but beautifully embedded in the whole aroma palet. The first DL I really dig. Vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Best of the vertical. 4.2/5
2011 Brandy BA DL - bottle 185(?)/312(?) - a sour pinch to the basic DL character, cherries. 3.2/5
2011 Brandy Vanilla DL - bottle 403/433 - loooots of chocolate. 3.1/5
alexsdad06 (3806) - Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with the group. Pours black in color with a small, fine tan head. Viscous and sticks to the glass. The aroma has a big, sweet chocolate brownie burst with cocoa, brandy, vanilla bean and some dark fruit. The flavor has much of the same; decadent chocolate, brandy, barrel and vanilla notes with a smooth, viscous mouth feel. The ba dark lords are still quite a treat even if the base is not these days.
jackl (3457) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The Crazy Belgian Tasting. The pourís deep brown with no head. Thick, intimidating appearance. The nose is very sweet. Plenty of almond and bakewell tart. Marzipan. Chocolate dipped fruits and mild booze. The taste is slightly burned brownie. Chocolate shake. Nice tangy fruit accents with more nutty almond sweetness. Hints of vanilla. Full, viscous as all hell. Overall, pretty damn excellent. One of the best of the variants.
Tmoney99 (9588) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt, vanilla and woody alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted vanilla sweet flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
DrSilverworm (3994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle, 364/433. shared by alexsdad06. Dark brown color. Minimal off-white head. Mikeís comment is spot-on: smells like Count Chocula. Delicious flavor. Big cocoa, vanilla, yeah brownie, cake batter, cereal flavors. Sweet and boozy taste, a light bite. Great vanilla fruity chocolate aftertate. Long aftertaste. Delicious. 9 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 18
b3shine (3496) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml to snifter (BIG thanks to alexsdad06). Looks great; a viscous black with thin light beige lacing. Smells excellent; cocoa, vanilla, and booze, similar to chocolate brownies. Tastes like it smells with a flawless mouthfeel. This is phenomenal!
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks alexasdad! pours thick black with minimal head. big chocolate sweet aroma. taste like a glass of chocolate brownies
Godofthecellar (482) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle generously shared by grumpyoldtroll, thanks again Mike, you went 2x2 on the night
Bottled poured what could have been mistaken for motor oil with a slight espresso head and no lacing.. The smell of this beer is overwhelmingly marshmallow, mixed with the booziness of brandy, simply amazing scent.
The taste reminds me of being around a camp fire making smores. Mix of marshmallow, chocolate malt, vanilla and roasted malt.
This beer is sweet on your palate, but incredibly balanced with the brandy and vanilla bean.
I cant decide whether Brandy Vanilla, or Apple Brandy Huna go down as my favorite stout of all time....
brystmar (972) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 Thanks Mike! Smells like liquid símores. Marshmallows and chocolate really shine through better than any other stout.
Palate follows the same recipe, adding copious amounts of vanilla to the mix. Very sweet, yet somehow avoids being cloying. Vanilla-chocolate, marshmallow, caramelized boozy aftertaste lingers.
Itís hard to convey how superb the balance of flavors here is. Brandy Vanilla ranks at the very top of its style, boldly leading its peers into new levels of deliciousness. Easily one of the best stouts ever brewed: BVDL defines the term world class.