drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Served along side the other barreled variants of this beer and a 2010 Dark Lord, all served in a Dark Lord snifter because I am capable of this. Thanks to everyone that provided bottles for this. Once in a lifetime sort of thing. This was also my favorite out of all the variants.
Beer is dark brown with nearly no head, no lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is sweet, oaky, bourbon, strong, nice.
The beer is medium to heavy in body on the front half but the back half of the beer falls flat, thins out giving way to a nice slightly drier tannic finish, the sweetness and booziness from the barrel pops in the midpalate, dominating the normal candy sweetness of the Dark Lord base, rounding it out to a phenomenal beer.
Serving type: bottle railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Aroma pops with nice bourbon with some heat, vanilla, oak, coffee and roasted malts, dark and baker’s chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. Flavor brings the same slate of notes, smooth and warm. There is definitely a bit of heat on this and I’d probably give it another 6 months or so if I had another one, but that doesn’t keep it from shining. Big bourbon barrel notes that enhances this one.CHEERS! Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle #268/484. Big thanks to AgentZero for contributing this one. Consumed at Sean’s 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Served in a Three Floyds / Intelligentsia snifter.
Pours black with a thin mocha-colored head. Some legs and a few spots of lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings a fairly-heavy bourbon presence, though not as much of the spirit as the Brandy version had. Oak and some light vanillin in the background plus some heavy chocolate. Really smooth integration between the base and the barrel character.
The flavor picks up much more booze than the nose did, though not too much. Good Pappy character. Rich and smooth. Somewhat creamy. Lots of brown sugar and smooth chocolate. Full body and pretty creamy with a moderate amount of booze. Low carbonation. Really enjoyable. This and the Brandy version tie for second in my book. Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle #266/484 (I think) generously shared by AgentZero at my 30th Birthday Party Extravaganza. Poured into a taster.
A - Looks like Dark Lord. Black, tan mocha-colored head, thin collar, some whisps on top.
S - Bourbon, oak, chocolate, burnt sugars, brownies. The Pappy is there for sure, very smooth and not overly done. The base beer works well with the oak and booze notes. I think it’s an understatement that Pappy works well with a good base stout.
T - The booze is more apparent here then any of the other BA variants. Nice chocolate, molasses, bourbon, oak, and burnt sugars. Bourbon and Dark Lord go well together, who woulda thunk? Very enjoyable, perhaps a bit syrupy and slightly hot.
M - Full, rich, creamy, very slight carbonation.
O - PVW + DL is good, can you believe it? Perhaps not as good as I thought because I hyped myself up for this beer, but very enjoyable. The booze is slightly hot but not 15% hot. Another winner from the BA Dark Lord variants. Recommend. Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle shared by Scottatron and thank you, had the 2011 PvW release, bottle 037. This stuff was quite a special brew. the smell was of the bourbon. the taste is very nice of the dark malts and nice sweetness of the dark lord. the bourbon really adds to the beer. the taste does not overpower the beer ethier. really a great brew
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Name: Dark Lord
Date: September 23, 2011
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, touch of vanilla and caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich caramel and chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, touch of hot caramel, bourbon shows up at the end
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: ***+ /4
bottle. pours black with tan head. aroma has a great bourbon character, vanilla,cherry, coconut, apple. flavors of big bourbon, smoky, vanilla, peppery, sweet goowie cookie dough finish. excellent beer. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black with almost no head. Strong bourbon caramel and chocolate aroma and taste with candy sugar notes and dark fruits on the back end. Sticky palate. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Rating #22. Super dark pour. Great bourbin aroma, sweet, dark molasses. Sweet again, chocolate and bourbon. Real nice. (2040) 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle shared at my pad. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Huge bourbon aromas. This version, like the ’10 DL in my opinion, is not thick and motor oil like as previous years. The taste was very sweet with lots of molasses, chocolate malts, vanilla, and very very muted bourbon flavors.