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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Rating #600. 2012 bottle won at DLD 12 and shared with eWestern and AndyReynolds the following month.

I hate it when I give in to the hype of these over priced Three Floyds beers. I resent the fact that I had to pay $50 for a beer that I "won" in a lottery. However, splitting with two other great friends, and the fact the beer is absolutely amazing, pretty much eases the pain.

I was going to describe all of the nuances of this beer, but Ive decided that Im too lazy right now. I will just say that, this is my favorite bourbon barrel aged beer that I know to exist. It also seems to the most appropriate use of a vanilla bean that is known to mankind. Two years in a row, well played Three Floyds.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scotty001 (559) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Poured deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of fudge, chocolate, roast malt, berries and booze. Full body, very smooth, flavour as the aroma, lovely stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunstoneale (73) - MOLDOVA - SEP 30, 2016
Shared bottle. Not much in a way of appearance - dark brown thick liquid with virtually no foam, something you would expect from such a big beer. Rich and complex aroma dominated by vanilla and bourbon over the black chocolate and coffee notes common to imperial stouts in general. Tastes as complex as it smells, with vanilla, bourbon, wood, chocolate, caramel and coffee nuances playing in tandem and changing one another with every moment passing since the first sip. A truly magnificent dessert beer that provokes deep introspection and will make you think about the meaning of life while trying to get to the end of the aftertaste.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ciocanelu (1731) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 3, 2016
2016 vintage. Pitch black color with mocha head. Aroma is really complex with smooth bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate and dark cherries. Taste starts really sweet at first with molasses and chocolate malt but smooths out towards the finish, even delivering a slight bitter and roasty flavor. Really heavy body with soft carbonation. Much better than last years version, now I get the hype.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (4161) - Alingss, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle shared during Marks 4K tasting, and last dutch whale share. Finally! One of my biggest wants since i started trading! Shared with 4 close beer friends. 2016 marshmallow handjee version. Poured a pitch black colour with a slight tanned head. Nose is so intense. Deep sweet chocolate notes, deep fudge, molasses, intense vanilla, Liquid marshmallows, sweet campfire bourbon, intense sweet fudge finish. So delicious. Maybe that i like the french vanilla just a bit more. But what a experience! 4000 beer ratings! And last dutch whale share!! Sweden here i come!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SHIG (4930) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Draft at RB Best Fest 16: Didnt think I would ever get a chance to try this one, even at the event it was a secret as to when it would go on. Sure enough as soon as they tapped it the line was a mile long. I was lucky to finally get this walz harpoond off my wants list. Poured a deep motor oil from my car black with a brown head. Aroma was super vanilla with a rich and booziness to it. Taste is amazing vanilla mixed with caramel and rich malts, just enough big booze to keep it from being sweet mess. The best Dark Lord I have tried since the 07 and by far exceeded that!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RobertDale (5800) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2017
2014 shared bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and malt. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, and dark fruit. World class experience.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2934) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this during the 2nd Annual Kellys Island Bottle Share on September 18. 750 mL bottle. 2016 vintage. Holy hell, I never thought Id get to try one of these! The pour is a jet black motor oil with a thin ring of brown head that dissipates. This looks like a tar pit. The aroma is heavy on the dark chocolate, sweet molasses, light bourbon, and bitter roast. The vanilla isnt as heavy as I wouldve liked it on the nose. The alcohol is a little heavy on the finish. The flavor has a little more vanilla in it, but some of the other flavors intensify as well. The chocolate and molasses really explode. The bourbon takes on a thing of its own. The barrel even offers a little more. Its complex, good, complete, but the vanilla isnt as prominent as it should be. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a soft carbonation and a bright vanilla on the aftertaste. The chocolate, bourbon, and maltiness are there, but the vanilla really comes through here. Its by far the best Dark Lord anything Ive had to date. This is a beautiful beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (588) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Bottle thanks to Marshall. Pours pitch black with no head. Single note thick mouthfeel soy sauce chocolate vanilla. High sweetness.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdmiralVernon (1029) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2016
Pitch black with a thin light brown head. Nose is crazy... Loads of bourbon and vanilla! Very complex with chocolate, coffee, oak and vanilla and bourbon and vanilla and bourbon... Taste is very sweet and very complex! Vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, hint of coffee. I have a problem with regular Dark Lord, but this is amazing! Sure is sweet, but I dont mind it. Very good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3858) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2016
Sample, 2014 vintage, gift from a stranger, during Dark Lord Day, trip with Philippe Boutin, Luc Bourbonnire and Ian Gunard, savoured on April 30 2016; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, vanilla, chocolate, burnt barley; mouth: roasted barley, vanilla, chocolate, burnt barley, finale in vanilla with presence of roasted barley, full body, average carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, syrupy texture; overall: quite fine FRANAIS chantillon, millsime 2014, cadeau dun tranger, durant Dark Lord Day, voyage avec Philippe Boutin, Luc Bourbonnire et Ian Gunard, savoure le 30 avril 2016; il : noire, opaque pas de mousse pas de dentelle; nez : orge torrfie, vanille, chocolat, orge brle; bouche : orge torrfie, vanille, chocolat, orge brle, finale en vanille avec prsence dorge torrfie, corse, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement amre, moyennement sucre, texture sirupeuse, bel quilibre; en rsum : trs bon


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