TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, 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).
markextrae (3146) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared at the Moeder Lambic cellar tasting 2015. thanks to kermis for sharing! bottle 407/433 poured just like the other versions with a dark black colour and a nice beige tanned ring on top of the glass. aroma is just sick on this one. a lot of fruited brandy notes combined with a ton of sweet sticky marshmallows and sweet sticky vanilla, vanilla cream, burned caramel, oak, marzipan, but that sweet vanilla marshmallows sense keeps haning in your nose, the taste is mostlly that strong sweet vanilla notice covered in brandy barrel (but not in a overpowered way). this is just on that same level as the pappy version. it is such an incredible beer. iím so happy i was able to try this one. thanks again kermis for sharing this beauty.
kermis (9071) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2015 Bottle shared at the Moeder Lambic cellar session 2015 along with the full 2011 lineup. Pours black with a short lived brown head. Aroma is insane marshmallow upfront, even more than BVDL, brandy coming out, oak, marzipan, dark chocolate and fudge. Flavour is heavy sweet, but not dark lord cloying. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Marshmallow just hanging around in the finish for ages. Just incredible, and so happy to have been able to try this.
dumdum192 (10) - - AUG 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown reddish. Thick viscous, a bit of tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells like vanilla dessert. Tons of roasty malt. Oxidized raisiny aromas. The vanilla comes through strong. Tastes raisin heavy, roasty and fruity. Thick smooth mouthfeel. Boozy, strong, pretty enjoyable. Overall enjoyable but i had hoped it would be more exciting
rxeight (2320) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 bottle. 348/433. Huge thanks to Matt. Holy shit. This is amazing. Marshmellows and blow jobs. Sweet, touch of booze. Everything in perfect harmony. Thick and amazing. Best ba darklord ever. Sampled at a
Tasting that included the 11 DL variants, BC Rare, ba abraxas, DB huna, both batches kbbs. And this was the best of the night.
slowrunner77 (8994) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"Agreed this is quite a treat. More different from original Dark Lord than I thought itíd be. Quite sweet, but so damn smooth you just donít care. Not better than the original (trades complexity for a little extra smoothness and a different flavor/aroma) but just as good as a year old bottle, and thatís saying a lot. Brandy influence there, but not overbearing. The vanilla is prominent on top of all the chocolate/coffee/licorice/tar aspects of the original. This tasted like a 15% abv cookie. "
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl, Vintage 2011 (Yellow wax), Bottle 277/433 (no mention of ABV), as íBrandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord with Vanilla Beansí, recently retired exclusive American brew, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, nearly no head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!
ICEatALAMO (1243) - 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 (1662) - 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 (8165) - 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 (6680) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.