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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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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 I’ve decided that I’m 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.


3.8
mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2017
Sampled at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017. 2016 vintage. Pitch black pour with a small tan head. Notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, light roast, sugar. A bit too sweet.

4.5
klm1 (1534) - Bled/SF, - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle 0.75l release 2017 green wax, known as Marshmallow Handjee with 15%. Pours like motor oil black with tiny brown head that dissipate away immediately. Aroma: roasted grain, dark malt with notes of chocolate, coffee, intense, huge marshmallow, vanilla, when it warms up steps forward bourbon, wood notes. Flavour perfectly following aroma in all elements and details: roasted grain, dark malts, vanilla, marshmallow, bourbon, oak, vanilla...finish is dry, sticky. Body is perfectly thick, texture syrupy, carbonation is low. No words needed. Gimme one more bottle for aging!

4.9
Samuel214 (1129) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2017
Fat på MBCC 2017. Vintage 2016. Spenderade mina extra, första 20 minuter från silverpasset till att köa på denna. Kolsvart med tjusigt lock av brunt, gräddigt skum. Maffig doft med otroliga mängder toffee, läder, lönnsirap, vanilj, bourbon, choklad, likörpralin, mörk torkad frukt, whiskydränkta bär och marsipan. Superstor, oljig och tjock kropp. Riktigt rejäl i munnen. Klibbig så man sitter och smackar efteråt. Supersött och riktigt stor i smaken. Alkoholen värmer på, men kan inte säga att de 15% märks av sådär markant. Väl integrerad i det saliga sammelsurium av godhet som äger rum. Mörk sirap, chokladpralin, vanilj, bourbon, ek och bastuträ, lite läder och chark längre bak. Vansinnigt gott. Vågar inte ge min första 5:a ännu, men kanske får tänka om senare...

4.1
kraddel (8108) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2017
Thnx to verbalessence !!! Pours black, not much head. Smell is super intense, as to be expected. Roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar. Almost a milky character to it as well. Taste is very sweet. Sharp booze. Some vanilla. Intense bourbon. Some oak. Vanilla builds up. Has a sharp (almost metallic) sidenote. This is better than expected. I dont like dark lord, guess I never will, bit this is the second version I like.

4.8
Biroholik (1374) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - MAY 14, 2017
Tap @ Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017 Piwo nalane całkowicie bez piany. Nawet po zakręceniu szkłem nie pojawia się ani kropelka puchu.Czarne jak węgiel, kompletnie nieprzejrzyste. Zerowe wysycenie. Aromat totalnie zdominowany przez wanilię, lody waniliowe, ciasteczka kokosowe, kawa z mlekiem polana gęstym syropem waniliowym, odrobina nut palonych, mleczna czekolada. Smak podąża za aromatem. Gigantyczna wanilia, nuty drewna dębowego, kokosowe ciasteczka, czekolada mleczna, pianki marshmallow, kokos, cukier brązowy. Mega słodkie, gęsta, wyklejające. Tęgie ciało. Doskonale ukryte procenty. Top10 najlepszych RIS-ów ever!

4.1
GlasgowTAD (1778) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2017
Pours opaque black with a medium brown head. Aroma is vanilla, caramel and cocoa. Taste is vanilla sweet, vanila bitter, bourbon, oak, raisins, cocoa sweet, oak.

4
Palme (4811) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 28, 2017
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. TotalCaos getting this! Everyone is just flocking the Three Floyds stand. Anyhow, the first thin noticed is that is has no head. Swirling the glass does not help much either, and it’s really dark and black in the glass. Lovely aroma of, yeah you guessed it, VANILLA. Sweet and tons of it. Dark sweet chocolate also, and it’s heavy roasted. The sweetness and the vanilla us what sticks in this. Smooth! Oh, my.. As smooth as smooth gets, and the vanilla is just out of this world. Almost like my Créme Brûlée only liquefied and added tons of strong sweet chocolate. What a lovely flavor. It’s a bit far out there on the sweet side, but it’s something about that vanilla that’s just like heaven. Ends light dry with a lingering chocolaty aftertaste that’s again filled with vanilla and a little bit of mouthdrying wood. World class! 04.05.2013

4.4
RobertDale (6470) - 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
Scotty001 (563) - 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.

4.6
AdmiralVernon (1195) - 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!


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