Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Poured like engine oil being drained from a car up on the lift . . . with a thin toast-colored head which dissipated soon after. The nose . . . frickin marzipan! Very sweet, attractive, decadent, and marzipain. After letting the beer open up a bit, you could start separating some of the nose into finer notes, like vanilla, burnt caramel, toffee and leather. The palate finds more of the sweetness but well balanced with dark fruit and coffee, then hints of dark bitter chocolate followed by this awesome warmth. Back palate swims with the brandy notes. Awesome beer! smith4498 (3673) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Huge thanks to Maltzilla for sharing this rarity. Pours pitch black with brown head. Sweet brandy, chocolate and vanilla aromas with some roasted malts. Similar flavors. An amazing sipping beer. Thanks Diego! dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Have to give big big props to Maltzilla for giving me a small pour of this. I’ve had Dark Lord a few time and I never imagined that it could get much better, well I was terribly wrong. The nose is just insane. Huge hints of brandy, vanilla bean and chocolate. Flavor isn’t extremely boozy but it does make it’s presence felt. Outstanding!! cbfobes (2891) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
On tap at Argus pre GTMW 2011 party, pours a dark brown with a very thin head, aroma was very sweet with vanilla and a hint of roastiness, the flavor is actually a little too sweet for me, there is some chocolate in the finish, full bodied, I think this one is a little over hyped but what do I know. arkurzynski (2463) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Argus Bar pre-GTMW. Smooth vanilla, background roast malt, mild fruit. Huge velvety flavor. Vanilla showcase, without being over-powering. Background roasted malt/coffee, heavy cream, sweet sugars, and some dark fruit. Big-time dessert beer and a sipper. Take it as such! Another improvement on an already great beer.
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Served on draft at Argus in Madison, WI at the GTMW pre-party. Pours a dark brown color with no head. Aroma of roasted malts, intense vanilla, chocolate and toffee. The taste is vanilla, roasted malts, toasty notes, soy, nuts and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied. 50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 Bottle. Huge tip of the cap to Maltzilla for sharing this bad boy. Unbelievable freakin’ nose on this stout. Massive coco puff and vanilla bean aromas that could be smelled from two feet away. No joke, two freakin’ feet. Joan Jett black pour with no head. Delicious with all kinds of freakin’ coco puff, brandy, caramel, and molasses flavors. Marvelous..... drowland (9053) - Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2011
8/12/11. What a way to start landing in Madison pre-GTMW! On tap. Pitch black pour with a small brown head. Huge sweet candy/barrel aroma with plenty of vanilla and a touch of roast. Rich, sweet flavor with plenty of BA, a touch of vanilla, and lingering roast. All in all, a bit too sweet, honestly. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Barrel aged darklord quadfecta. A side by side tasting between the 4 BA dark lord variants. Consumed at Sean’s 20th Birthday Celebration. Thanks to all that contributed their bottles OleR (4849) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2011
First up is brandy darklord with vanilla beans. 650ml bottle numbered ... Pours a thicker viscosy deep dark silky tar pour and crowned with a thin film of light beige head that quickly retreats towards the edges... Sweet brandy and vanilla in the nose, almost Overdone on the sweetness level. Not overly assertive from a barrel perspective. A touch a little aggressive on the vanilla but I’m a fan of it in my beer. .. Flavors are much of the same smoothe charred sweet choclate goodness well meshed and combined with vanilla and a following boozy brandy note. Smooth somewhat lighter in body with a lighter level of carbonation that turns up in the end. Quote boozy in the finish at first but settles down. Quite nice but not at an overwhelming level.
Next up is brandy which pours similar to the rest with more substance in the head leavin more and receding less... Semi-sweet brandy nature and nit as assertive as the vanilla bean. Still adequately present but def held in check. Still pretty solid... Big sweet and brandy filled goodness with a nice boozy appeal to it. Some dark fruitcake flavor sensibility with some hardcore brandy that goes down quite nicely.
Body holds up to the strong sweet assertive nature. Light carbonation overall.
Muerte up third with quite the dame appearance as the rest. Deeper black stouty pour with lesser intense edges with more of a reddish hue... Aroma is coconut upfront and a lighter subdued spicy undertone... Flavors are again on the sweeter side hot from a boozy perspective.
Up last is the pvw. Not the ideal order for all these but I digress...
Same appearance with much less presence of a head than the rest....
Aroma is solid straigt up smooth bourbon and soft coconut. Similar to rare. Can’t say much about the barrel as most know about it already...
Flavors smooth lighter bodied but the barrel provides such great flavor with a nice soft boozy note along with your standard
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Mikkeller Bar (Three Floyds event, 25.05.11). The body is black as the original sin, covered by a finger of rusty brown cream head. Seducing vanilla aroma, along with a rounded roastedness, some wood tones, and a fine smell of brandy. Big and rich malt body, incredible smooth in the mouth. Quite sweet and well roasted. But a refined and inviting sweetness, and a rounded roastedness. Some barrel tones, and lots of vanilla. And the brandy is even more significant in the flavor. Subtle bitterness, and some dark dried fruits underneath. Alcohol is never disturbing, just pleasantly mouth-warming. Extremely flavor-full, and balanced to perfection. An amazing beer.