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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
torsoman75 (4) - Broadview Heights, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008 does not count
Tried this at Dark Lord Days. Impressive. However, the recent release already tastes better and hasnt aged much.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
On tap at DLD. Pours inky black with out any head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, tobacco. Palate is ultra ful bodied to the point of being chewy, mild carbonation, finished velvety smooth and bitter. This is one massive brew, with a whole host of flavors and sensations going on. Magnificent!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
Draft @ 3F. Pours an incredibly dark, murky dark chocolate color; mostly headless; very thick, oily, and viscous. Very sweet barrel character in the aroma; sticky dried dark fruits, fruit leather; less chocolate than just intense, gooey fruitiness and viscous caramel. Awesome. Lightly carbonated; ridiculously chewy, dried dark fruits, warming caramel and fruit leather; a touch of alcohol coming through; just incredibly viscous and heavy and velvety on the palate. Awesome. Thats two awesomes. Now three. Chocolate and coffee notes come through in the finish; some bread and toastiness. I drank more than a few of these.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Drank out of a plastic glass at DLD. How classy. I was just hoping it wasnt going to burn through the glass. So, much hype with this beer, makes it hard to rate, but here I go nonetheless. Poured black (duh), aroma is molasses and bourbon. Taste is much the same, big and sweet, heavenly mouthfeel, more of a wall of taste than anything, hard to pick the flavor apart brick by brick. This beer is rediculous, flavor and all, but I enjoyed it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
sampled on dark lord day 2008. brown color, almost no head, slight lacing. chocolate, coffee and bourbon in the nose. creamy, sweet extremely smooth flavors. full bodied. outside of the hint of whiskey, i didnt catch any alcohol, but its got to be there. then again, it was late in the day and i might not have recognized alcohol if it hit me in the head with a wet towel.

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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
Draft @ DLD 08: This is as black as Pinheads soul and about as relentless and abusing. MASSIVE oak and bourbon nose but surprisingly did not cover up the other subtleties...dark fruits, vanilla, dark malts, tobacco and coffee. Contrary to some of the other reviews, I believe this to be very well balanced as far as the oak/bourbon goes...didnt seem too cloyingly sweet and was unbelievably drinkable. The thickest brew Ive ever had and the best.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (6497) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
Poured as black as humanly possibly. Aroma was of burnt coffee and alot of whiskey. Flavor was very smooth, but the complexities of the regular DL were covered up by the whiskey.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (4011) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
DLD 2008. 1200th rating to be entered... what a coincidence! Pours black with no head. Flows very thick. Sweet, lots of bourbon. Some vanilla and lots of alcohol. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 Had the 2008 on tap Dark Lord Day 2008 at the brewery. Thick as molasses, pours straight black but no head. Left thick brown film on the glass as you swirled it. The smell was almost nothing but bourbon. The smells underneath were very good vanilla and some dried fruit if you could find them under the bourbon. Flavor was almost one deminsional: Bourbon. At first you picked up very sweet sugar and some vanilla masked with bourbon but within seconds your whole palate tasted bourbon and the taste lingered longer than anything ive ever had. The mouthfeel was wonderful, almost like syrup or a melted milkshake, very sticky. If you got this on your hands it was like pancake syrup. Overall, nice experience, but way too much bourbon, i wanted to taste beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2008
Sample at DLD 08. Extremely black with no head. Swirling leaves the plastic cup stained brown. Thick looking. Bourbon is the first thing apparent in the aroma. The bourbon definitely overpowers the other aromas but it is not overdone, the aroma is still quite pleasant. Same old Dark Lord smell underneath if you focus on it. Very balanced smell. Taste is an explosion of sticky sweetness and mouth coating goo. The bourbon is immediately apparent then the chewy, chocolatey malts finish. Perhaps the longest finish of any beer Ive ever had. I was licking my gums for minutes tasting this stuff. Obscenely full bodied. I dont know how but this seemed like the thickest DL Ive yet encountered. The flavor is a little over the top. The sweetness of the bourbon combines with the already sweet beer to become a little much. I kept envisioning drinking corn syrup and the texture doesnt help eliminate this image. The bourbon flavor also kind of overpowered any of the subtleties of the regular (yes, there are some subtleties) and made the beer less complex. All in all this was quite incredible but the drinkability is certainly very low. I had to share my little cup. I am very glad to have gotten to try this but I prefer the regular version.


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