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style
RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Draft on tap at Taste of the Midwest. Unbelievably thick beer, more like chocolate syrup. Completely opaque and solid. Flavor is rich chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Left my glass looking like it had been dipped in chocolate. Very good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Oily black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of oak, light toasted coconut, vinous fruits, roasted, bready malt and bakers chocolate. Flavor was rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla notes, sticky caramel, hints of bourbon. Rich/thick body, soft/no carbonation sweet/vinous/woody with a roasty/oaky/sticky-sweet finish. The barrel didn’t tame nor subdue this beast of a beer...really just upped it another level. It also helps that it started with the 07 vintage which was one of my favorite years to begin with. Really goddamn awesome, it gets my first 5.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
luckymortal (16) - USA - JUL 31, 2008
If you’re in the mindset of a liqueur and not a "beer" then this is one of the most complex and beautiful drinks you’ll find. ALl I’ll add is that I actually enjoy drinking the bottled 08 more than the aged 07. But this is an amazing experience. I’ll be retunring every year I can just to get this stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LokiLovelace (14) - Piscataway, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2008
I had this at the 2008 Dark Lord Day draft. Un real! Like a slicce of thick rich cake and velvet in liquid form. Not only was it poaque it clung to the sides of the sample glass and I think it actually sucked out some of the light in the room! It was worth the wait just to try it, I liked it even better than the regular which I’m saving bottles of, this is one of the best beers I’ve had.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2008
this is like drinking motor oil. as if original dark lord werent enough to kick your ass they covered it with bourbon. this is just too too much. i get it, but i just cant drink it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChainGangGuy (4872) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Black, soulless body with a thin, dark tan head. Everything the original Dark Lord is, both in aroma and taste, but now given a hearty soak in bourbon -- something I highly recommend. Strong bourbony accents blend in well with the other strong flavors. Thick, somewhat sticky body with almost nil carbonation. Enjoyed at this years DLD, it really helped take the edge off standing around for hours upon hours in a line.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Draught, DLD 08. Pours dark and rich like the original Dark Lord but with almost no head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and malt. Great depth of flavor that coates the palate. Oak aging tamed, some may even say to the point of hiding the overall intensity of the original Dark Lord, but it did add great woody and bourbon flavors. The oaked version provides a much different experience and well worth a wait in line if given the opportunity.(Thanks to the guy in the Goose Island Jersey for giving me a pour).

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Draught, Dark Lord Day 2008. Original Dark Lord is a 5.0 beer for me, a 1 year barrel aged version just takes it to another level. Has the smoothness, intensity, layers of flavor and incredible body of Dark Lord, with additions of whiskey, charred oak, vanilla and coconut.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4-26-08 tap into plastic cup at DLD 08
Thick black oily pour with no head. Smell is whiskey, oak, grass, and mocha. Flavor is thick and heavy dark bourbon. First few drinks are hard to handle - but then your body adjusts and falls in love. Finish is thick and oily. No real carbonation - but it works here. Not exactly the easiest to throw back - but worth every second.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
In short: A heavily barrel port-wine disguised as a beer
How: 2 x 6oz sample at Dark-Lord-Day 2008
The look: Black body with not head
In long: Bourbon is overwhelming and kills all the complexity that the regular Dark Lord has. Gone are the rich fruity flavours, chocolate and all. All I was left with was some kind of lifeless port wine with a shot of expresso. Very flat carbonation. Alcohol more apparent than in the regular Dark Lord. One hour later I even got myself a second 6oz sample thinking there was something wrong with my first sample. Nope, same simple brutal beer (and I use the term beer very loosely). This is yet another case of rarity creates make-believe quality. So let me be the first to say The Oak Aged Dark Lord is all hype. Let me also be the first to say Groozaboniac slumperknoker truziamphonic.


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