daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Yes, itís own rating! Talk about delicious!! Thanks to a great FL friend for this! Black pour, brown head. Tons of vanilla, coconut, bourbon, cocoa, raisins. Flavor is rich and sweet. Boozy, thick. Rather awesome...so much better than the regular version! alexsdad06 (10268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle shared by someone at DLD 2012 from backlog notes. This pours jet black with no real head to speak of; perhaps a few tan bubbles scattered about. It is so thick that it refuses to leave the sides of the glass. The aroma has the big sweet caramel malt, roast,dark fruits, etc from the base Darklord and adds bourbon, light oak, anise, and hints at the abv. The flavors are intense and include roasted malt, chocolate,coffee, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla,oak, bourbon, and anise. There is a dark chocolate like bitterness battling with the sweetness of the beer. This version is smoother and more refined than the regular bourbon Dark Lord. I donít know why the barrel aged versions are far superioir in so many cases than the regular beer. Much like BCS Rare in that it improves on the original. Definetly full bodied, with the flavor lingering for quite some time. kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2017 Bottle shared at the Moeder Lambic cellar session 2015 along with the full 2011 lineup. Pours black with a few brown bubbles. Aroma still shows the pappy strongly upfront, with oak, dark chocolate, marshmallow, fudge, vanilla and roast. Flavour is heavy sweet, but calmed from the normal cloying dark lord way. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Really delicious, they say itís falling off, maybe it is but itís still damn delicious.markextrae (4410) - AlingsŚs, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2015
Tried again in May 2017: Itís still drinking well and not showing signs of oxidation or anything like that. Still strong pappy with Dark Lord sweetness but in a way thatís subdued and just works with the barrel aging. Really great!
Bottle shared at the Moeder Lambic cellar tasting 2015. thanks a lot to kermis for sharing this! bottle 085/484. poured a dark black colour with a oily shad on top. the smell is incredible on this one. such an incredible aroma of sweet marshmallows heated above a campfire and than cooled down in the finest bourbon. sweet charred oak, dark roasted notes, sticky toffee, sweet vanilla whipped cream, sweet bakers chocolate, and a lot of sweet thick fudge. (compared to one other pappy beer BCS rare there is just no heat of spicy pappy in there! which is good). taste just follows the nose and is excellent! lotís of sweet sticky bourbon, vanilla, sweet marshmallows, marzipan, oak, and some fainted toasted coconut aswell, a ton of thick sweet sticky chocolate molasses. just incredible. mouthfeel is extremely full bodied and creamy all the way. this one was together with the brandy vanilla the 2 best beers that i have had to date!. the pappy barrel works so well. cheers again kermis! what a unforgettable experience phaleslu (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel-Aged edition, bottled, numbered 186/484. Pours an opaque, deep, dark brown without any carbonation or head to speak of in the appearance. Looks like Dark Lord. Aroma pops with nice bourbon with some heat, vanilla, oak, coffee and roasted malts, dark and bakerís chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits. Doesnít have the peat character I picked up on in the Oak version on tap at DLD. Flavor brings the same slate of notes, smooth and warm. There is definitely a bit of heat on this and Iíd probably give it another 6 months or so if I had another one, but that doesnít keep it from shining. Incredible bourbon barrel notes that enhance one of the better years of Dark Lord. Boozy, sweet, rich, and smooth. Simply amazing stuff.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2011
8-5-11 Huge thanks to Brian for sharing the Pappy. The pappy version is much smoother than their regular oaked version. It has so much more rounded bourbon flavors in my opinion. Great brown sugar bourbon aroma and flavor that is real smooth all the way around. Outstanding beer.
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Pappy Van Winkle Bottle - Pours black with little to no head. Loads of chocolate and vanilla on the nose with caramel, oak, bourbon, toffee, cinnamon, dates, raisins, and booze. Smooth and creamy on the the tongue with rich brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla that leads to a heavier fruity quality of dates and raisins. This quickly turns to heavy chocolate, toffee, caramel, and the finish is sweet with a touch of spice and heat from a nice warming effect as the beer finishes. hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Earlier Rating: 5/4/2011 Total Score: 4.8
Pappy Van Winkle Bottle - Pours black with little to no head. Loads of chocolate and vanilla on the nose with caramel, oak, bourbon, toffee, cinnamon, dates, raisins, and booze. Smooth and creamy on the the tongue with rich brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla that leads to a heavier fruity quality of dates and raisins. This quickly turns to heavy chocolate, toffee, caramel, and the finish is sweet with a touch of spice and heat from a nice warming effect as the beer finishes.
On tap at DLD 2011. Pours black as pitch with a thin creme head. Incredible aroma of vanilla and bourbon, char, oak, chocolate and coffee. The aroma is simply unbelievable! Other complex aromas of tobacco, molasses, smoke, burnt dates, raisins, licorice, and caramel. Thick, heavy, oily mouthfeel really coats the palate well. This beer is so full of flavor. The vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate are so pronounced, rich and heavy. The coffee notes really come through strong and wonderfully with more of a soft roast flavor rather than a bitter roast. Molasses and licorice couple together to add the complexity. The finish is long and rich, heavy with coffee and dark cocoa. The vanilla really sings in this most amazing of all brews! Best beer Iíve ever had, no question. This completely lives up to all the hype!
Bottle...This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Great retention. The woody, boozy nose presents big bourbon, oak and a whisper of vanilla. Full-bodied and chewy with lively carbonation. The flavor is flooded with bourbon and offers gobs of chocolate, light molasses, espresso and a touch of coconut. Finishes bold, burnt and boozy. Thanks go out to 50belair for sharing this world class beer! jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle shared by Phaleslu. Pours like motor oil. Little to no head on this beer. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, oak and a bit of roasted malts. Flavor is much the same, but pretty heavy on the bourbon. Beer is pretty hot still. Could use a little bit of aging. bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Big thanks to my buddy beerchugger for opening his pappy! Very nice tasting a night of huge beers, one to remember. Pours black with no head as I swirl it clings and hangs onto my glass with some promising lacing. Smell is off the hook with coffee, chocolate, bourbon (oh Yeah), molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, tobacco, leather and licorice. Taste is much of the same chocolate, coffee, molasses, bourbon, dates, raisins, vanilla, tobacco and licorice. This beer coats and sticks to the palate nicely. Finish is bourbon and sweet but very well balanced. This was a special beer and a great night!