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RATINGS: 423   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
200th rating that should have been completed ages ago. Rating is too much work. Anyway, this treat was courtesy of adrian910ss. Pours a thick syrupy, muddy brown colour. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, and tootsie rolls. Flavour of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, malt, and a hint of bitter chocolate. Lovely stuff.


4.4
Iphonephan (7282) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Served at the Mikkeller Bar in Copenhagen during a tap takeover a few years back. The line stretched out the door. Pitty the fools that thought it best to start light and finish with this bad boy, only to be disappointed the keg had kicked after 20 or 30 minutes. This one share the same black pour and tan head as the other Dark Lords, and also the basic flavor profile. The extra vanilla kick is what sets this one apart. Incredibly delicious.

4.6
77ships (11036) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2017
Massing thanks to Compton25! Obtained in a trade. This one has been an absolute top want of mine since I got into beer, I managed (or thanks to the kindness of others I manged) to try almost every dream beer since then. This one kept eluding & I am the only one since basically almost everyone but seem to have tried this one. I have had several version of Dark Lord since then including the bourbon one in 2013 (perfection) & in 2015 or so, disappointment (too soy sauce / messy). I realize that people hate on these beers, I adored many BA version, I actually thought that the regular one was fair way back in 2012 but apparently it has been going downhill ever since or that is just perception. Anyway sparkling green wax, waxing is so old school now, modern Dark Lord special label. Pours black, head is amazing very deep, deepest coffee but sadly doesn’t last. No head very quickly. Nose is old school RIS syrup, pure molasses, treacle, syrup, so sweet thick syrupy with bourbon, candlewax vanilla mixed in, maple, insanely sweet molasses RIS syrup. Taste is chocolate desert pudding molasses, felts crazy strong pure sugar, maple, treacle, dark honey, bourbon concentrate syrup sugar, candy, butterscotch, unbelievably thick, syrupy & sweet,… Vanilla is not as big as hoped. Pure syrup, soft carbonation. Once you get into some ultra-sweet coffee in the back, melted chocolate. Pure insane sweet syrup, this kids is how rare special BA stouts used to taste like, even sweeter. Crazy sweet but tasty brew, pure candy syrup and sugar. Worked great with Thai food, it could bear the spices, strong flavours etc. Fight fire with fire.

5
BeerRay (3) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 2, 2017 does not count
Amazing vanilla flavor. Full body and thick. One of the best beers I've had.

3.8
mariuspoenari (2969) - 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 (1869) - 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 (1470) - 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 (8886) - 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 (1545) - 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 (1898) - 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 (4823) - 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


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