Oakes (19908) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2012
This sample was a Heaven Hill. Very dark. Smells like cat kibble. Bleh. Tastes rich, whiskeyish, balanced with super roasty character and lots of sweet malts. Intense. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle at Wailin Whales in Linus apartment 160528. Opaque black beer with a small beige/brownish head. Fruity bourbon aroma, figs, raisins caramel, fades, milk chocolate, some caramel. Sweet chocolate and raisin flavor, figs, fades, prune notes, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, warming alcohol, woody, whisky, some licorice. Hugely sweet but also really nice.
Ferris (18229) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle - Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, if you don’t like it stay away from this beer. You can smell it and taste it throughout. Pours like syrup, no head to speak of and a rich body that clings to your palate. Toffee, molasses, smoke, chocolate and bourbon. Lives up to the hype. jtclockwork (18159) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Bottle. Etched glass. Thanks Jacob - Pours black no head - Nose/taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and sweet chocolate - full body. Scopey (17075) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle (#5 of 688, 2012 vintage) thanks to jackl, consume at THE stouts tasting - part 1. Rating #2600. It pours very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toasted coconut, bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, light charcoal and some alcohol warmth. The taste is rich, sticky sweetness, caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, chocolate brownie, gateaux, bourbon, brown sugar, dark cherry with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Viscous, rich and oily. Pretty smooth actually. Nice flavour, but too sweet and cloying for my liking.
Benzai (17008) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2015 Sampled while at Borefts 2012, huge thanks to Belgbeergeek! [Bottle #175/489, 2011 Vintage] Very dark brown to black color, small light brown head. Smell dark malts, roasted malts, dark candi sugar, sweetness, bourbon, moccha. Taste malts, lightly roasty, clearly bourbon, again some moccha, warming alcohol, a bit sweetish. Thick, syrupy texture, full body, medium to full carbonation. 9-4-9-5-18 (4.5). -- Re-rate October 24th 2015. Not nearly as good this time, way too much sugar and sweetness to be as good as I remembered it. Had to downrate it a little. Still nice, not great. Dedollewaitor (16753) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
2012 Vintage. Bottle # 278/420, Bottle @ Rekvium, Orla and Dolle’s dødsyge søndagssmagning, 2015. 2012 trade with Sean9689. Thanks. 2012 Vintage. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Motor oil, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. Good roast, soy, quality coffee and syrup. Slick, smooth and soft. Vinous and complex. Banger! brokensail (16695) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
A: The pour is viscous and black with just a bit of tan foam around the edge of the glass.
S: A definite oak and bourbon presence to the nose without the intense sweetness Dark Lord usually has. Certainly some sweet chocolate and vanilla with a bit of dark fruits.
T: The oak aging gives this one a bit of a tannic character and some bitterness that the original does not exhibit. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors are quite strong but still allow the chocolate, roast, licorice, and dark fruits to show.
M: The body is thick and chewy with a low, smooth carbonation.
D: I like this one much better than Dark Lord. The oak aging here has helped to balance the beer out and mitigate the overwhelming sweetness. djd07 (16643) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2016
2005 Woodford Reserve gold wax growler thanks to Brian. Pours black with no head. The aroma is strong bourbon, wood, very little oxidation. Medium body, very smooth, little oxidation, light barrel, held up very well. kermis (15395) - Amsterdam-ish, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
2015 bottle shared as rating number 8000 and 49th top 50 tick. Pours clack with a very short lived beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and barrel notes coming out but not as strong as the ’11 Pappy version. A lot more of the base dark lord aspects showing up, molasses, soy, fudge, sweet chocolate and malt. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with a thick chewy palate and very soft carbonation.