kermis (14566) - The Hague / Amsterdam, 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. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
22oz bottle, vintage 2012, thanks GT2. Minimal brown head that wholly dissipates, atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some Bourbon, raisin. Taste is sweet, chococaramel, some Bourbon, raisin. Sticky full body, alcohol well contained. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2015 2012 vintage, bottle #687/888, courtesy of GT2. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, oak and whisky. The taste is roasted malts, raisin, vanilla, chocolate and toasted malts. Light bodied... just kidding. Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice. crossovert (13914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2014 The standard BA dark lord might be the best because it is like dark lord that has mellowed and had an infusion of some oak and vanilla flavors that tone it down. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
(Draught) Pours a murky deep mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of light smoke, roasted malt, wood, bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit notes. Flavor has loads of malt (caramel, roasted), chocolate, oak, coffee, bourbon, and brown sugar. Excellent!
j12601 (13123) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
First beer of the day at Dark Lord Day. Totally lucked our way into the pub and grabbed the two special versions and a couch. And there remained for two and a half happy hours working our way through the taplist before venturing into the madness that were the throngs outside. Poured a deep dark oily jet black with a thin tan head, though mostly only visible with faint agitation. Not so much bourbon as vanilla on the nose, chocolate and light coffee. Chewy dark fruit and big chewy tannins. This was so very, very good. Worked out that I liked this one better and my friend liked the vanilla, so once we’d tried both, it made sharing very easy. Chocolate and cherries, toffee. A bit warm on the finish, light vanilla notes. Huge dry oak lingers around long afterward. Very good. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Poured a dark black with reddish/brown edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, bourbon, chocolate, roast and dark fruits, Tastes of wood, stronger bourbon, vanilla, roast, chocolate, brown sugar, espresso, and molasses. Medium alcohol finish. I do like bourbon so I enjoyed the bourbon quality to this. madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2013
Bottled. Huge thx to rfraga7 for trading this my topwant for several years. Pitch black coloured. Dense dark brown head. Aroma: Cocoa, roast, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some coffee, molasses, brown sugar, vague liqourice. Flavour: Vanilla, chocolate, cofeee, cocoa, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar. Heavenly smooth and easy to drink. Full bodied. Ends smoothly roasted bitter. Wow. Need some more of this. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 26, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Draft at DL brewpub. And wow. Black wtih a light brown head. Bourbon rules! Chocolate, prunes, coffee, roast, fruit, oak,you name it its there. Flavor is full of roast, chocolate, coffee, cherries, bourbon, oak, and more! WOW! hopscotch (11244) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Re-rate of the 2011 Pappy Van Winkle version is much the same. Some nuances differ, but they’re minor at most.
Draft... DLD ’06...This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Great retention. The woodsy nose is of big bourbon, oak and light vanilla. Heavy bourbon, chocolate, light molasses, coffee and several other "dark" things in the flavor. Full-bodied and super creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes rich, boozy and very drying. Hot, but superb!