RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Dark Lord aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels including Woodford Reserve and Heaven Hill.

This listing is specifically for Bourbon barrel aged variants of Dark Lord. NOT Brandy.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
77ships (9776) - Antwerpen, - DEC 21, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2013 BIG THX. TO KRADDEL FOR THIS ONE. Killed about half of a 75 cl. bottle / 2012 Vintage. Bottle nr. 217/688. Pours a dark brown mocha black (first time, I probably describe the actual colour of a beer as opposed to the head as mocha), the head itself doesn’t exist & it is forgiven. Smell is incredible thick, solid syrupy molasses bourbon, thick dark fruits & brown sugar, huge wood vanilla, thick sludgy caramel, sticky huge bourbon, milk chocolate, very sweet creamy coffee, thick pure chocolate brownies, rum cake,… ridiculous, bloody brilliant. Taste is thick sticky molasses, pure chocolate brownies, rum cake, huge bourbon, incredible amounts of wood vanilla which is basically the great thing about bourbon, I am still astonish as to just how much wood vanilla fine bourbon can have on its own, it is a flavour I never fully picked up or got the description until I tried decent bourbon, thick syrup, even more huge bourbon, very thick syrupy dark fruits, creamy milk chocolate, very creamy, dark fruit syrup, toffee, plums, sweet, sweetness covers the huge alcohol, towards the end I did feel the alcohol burn my throat, I still didn’t taste it, if you really warm up the beer, you can smell some alcohol. If you take a Big sip, you get some light bitter roasted malts in the back, otherwise just this uniform brilliant sweetness. Very silky, smooth, creamy syrupy mouthfeel with pretty much no carbonation. People can say what the like about these huge boozy sweet RIS being rated so highly & I do really, really understand them most of the time but this is simply divine. The taste is very uniform, sweet combo of the previously mentioned flavors. Now this is a rare beer I really wish I could easily get hold of, unavailability is the only downside. Hype or whatever, didn’t expect this to be so brilliant the first time around & second time, getting a nicer, lovelier portion it just proves itself again. Usually RIS, I dig them always less the second time around. THX.

faroeviking (10910) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 4, 2017
Botella. Late Fall Monster Tasting. (note is funny enough hard to read)...Black. Sweet dark roasty malty aroma, vanilla, wood, chocolate, dark fruits. Flavour: heavily sweet, roasty malt, dark fruits, chocolate, alcohol.

Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Bottle pours black viscous with cocoa colored head. Aroma roast, malts, dark fruit, bourbon. Flavor all the above plus some licorice and molasses. Great thick and smooth mouth feel. Finish some soy sauce and licorice with alcohol burn.

Really is better as it warms. Very good but the base beer (Dark Lord) is no longer unique and there are a lot of good beers out there that can compete with it.

sjogro (4128) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2016
Sampled from bottle at deanso’s courtesy of kermis, happy birthday! Vintage 2012. Big sweet roasted chocolate malts, big but oh so soft bourbon, vanilla, sticky dark toffee, dark fudge, sticky dates, the dark lord has the depth of charcoal black and the softness of red velvet bedsheets. Big sweet, light bitter. Full body, low carbonation. Goosebumps, from the taste or the amount of sugar gushing into my vains. Can’t feel my face.

djd07 (14469) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2016
2005 Woodford Reserve gold wax growler thanks to Brian. Pours black with no head. The aroma is strong bourbon, wood, very little oxidation. Medium body, very smooth, little oxidation, light barrel, held up very well.

thediceman666 (23) - - OCT 14, 2016
2013 bottle shared with a few friends pours bitch black and thick, excellent aroma of soy and dark chocolate and sweet dart fruit.

markextrae (4424) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle at north vs south tasting. Batch 2015, bottle 452 of 603. Poured deep dark black with a small beige ring on the Side. Nose is intense sweet, light toasted malts, marshmallows, sweet apples, oak, bourbon, slight vanilla. Taste is intense sweet, sticky molasses, syrup, bourbon, sweet chocolate fudge, and Dried sweet fruits. Very sticky and full bodied mouthfeel. Light bourbon heat finish. Very sweet and intense. Finally, amazing brew to try

RobertDale (6470) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Shared 2015 bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, barrel, and coffee. Beyond delicious.

knickskicks (1162) - - JUN 20, 2016
2016 bottle. Black pour. Nose is booze, dark fruits, chocolate, some marshmallow. Taste is booze, raisins, marshmallow, very sweet. Sticky medium mouthfeel.

Jokestereo (362) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Pours pitch black with a small lime of tanned head. Aroma; Borubon, soy sauce, resins, oak, vanilla, and caramel. Taste; Sweet, borubon, vanilla, resins, oak, caramel, som soy sauce and molasses

_angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle courtesy of milsem. Pours viscous black with a creamy dark mocha head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissiapting. Smell is malty and tiny fruity with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, dates, ketjap manis, roasted coconut, moist soil and plenty of bourbon alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet, slightly bitter, tiny salty, malty and tiny fruity. Mouthfeel is viscous, syrupy, round, very tiny astringent, slightly boozy and full bodied. Finish is heavy sweet and tiny bitter with syrupy chocolate malts, dark dried fruits and bourbon. Decent but way way way too sweet.

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