orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Big thanks to Justin and Awat for helping to make this one happen. Popped at a random tuesday tasting.
Dfonorow (2318) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
A - Pours jet black with a finger tall head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving down the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of fudgey brownies, super smooth bourbon, dash of vanilla extract, tobacco, toffee, dark fruits, and some smokey dark malts. The bourbon has just wrapped itself into the fabric of the beer, it smells so incredibly smooth.
T - Starts off with an incredible mix of smooth pappy bourbon and brownie batter sweetness slowly being joined by the vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, tobacco, oak and the smokey dark malts. Finish is sweet but nowhere near the regular version is, only a hint of booze burn, lingering long after the finish.
M - Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation. It is still Dark Lord so it is definitely sweet but nowhere near what I expected, the bourbon really helps to cut it down to size.
O - Never thought I would ever see a bottle of this let alone drink it but I am glad we could make it happen because even at this age it is really killer. I still think I like Bourbon Vanilla a bit more but this was totally worth the effort, thanks again guys!
Pre-DLD bottle share at Hampton Inn. Pour is deep black with no head. Aroma and flavor of sweet bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate icing, rum raisin, vanilla, and dark fruit. Finish has more of the bourbon qualities than the body - warming alcohol, oak, fudge. KingCecil (2087) - DENMARK - NOV 14, 2013
I had this with the Belgium and American crew in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles 2013 … An experience I will never forget! Did a Dark lord vertical ´04-´12 and a BA Dark Lord vertical … bottle no 261/484… awesome! mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle at the metro D tasting thanks Brian. Pour is black with thin head. Big strong bourbon aroma. Taste is so smooth and has lit of lingering vanilla notes and a nice bourbon oak tickle. ICEatALAMO (1358) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle 432. The pour is same as the rest. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, very nice. The taste is still strong bourbon and really nice. Some nice bourbon flavor.
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gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2013
Sampled from bottle during a vertical 2004-2012 line-up of all DLs, during a beer tasting weekend - in the cellar of Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles. Notes include main characteristics in aroma and flavour components.
2012 Bourbon BA DL - bottle 197/685 - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, some chocolate. 3.8/5
2012 Boubon Vanilla DL - bottle 921/934 - chocolate, vanilla, sherry... Aroma makes one think of a vanilla scented cancle (no shit). 3/5
2012 Cognac Vanilla DL - bottle 409/534 - green coffee beans, green paprica, spicy notes. No Cognac scent at all. 3/5
2012 Cognac De Muerte DL - bottle 203/817 - cacao, pepper and peppers scent. Taste is very hot due to the peppers but take away most of the taste - pity (not as balanced as for example the Hunahpu) 3.3/5
2011 PVW Bourbon BA DL - bottle 261/484 - thanks Jeffo! - lots of bourbon, but beautifully embedded in the whole aroma palet. The first DL I really dig. Vanilla, coconut, chocolate. Best of the vertical. 4.2/5
2011 Brandy BA DL - bottle 185(?)/312(?) - a sour pinch to the basic DL character, cherries. 3.2/5
2011 Brandy Vanilla DL - bottle 403/433 - loooots of chocolate. 3.1/5 jackl (8557) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle @ Stouts Tasting Pt III: Brokeback Edition. Massive thanks to Kenny for pulling this out of nowhere. The pour’s deep brown. Tiny head. Very viscous and oily in appearance. The nose is extraordinarily lush. Huge dark chocolate. Cake icing sweetness. Hints of rum raisin cake. Milk vanilla and toasted coconut. Hints of bourbon barrel. Vanilla’s a bit more upfront in the taste. Slightly tangy chocolate-dipped raisins. Light boozy wood in the finish. Loads of chocolate. Quite sweet and decandent. Very oily and full-bodied. Still, this is pretty smooth. I took no time to polish off my sample. Overall, maybe the best variant I’’ve had. Great. Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
Bottle at Stout 3 & Freestyle Tasting, massive thanks to Ken! It pours very dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. The nose is toasted coconut, oily, toffee, fudge, tablet, chocolate gateaux, light soy sauce and vanilla. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, sweet fudge, salted liquorice, soy sauce, coconut, bourbon, vanilla, warming alcohol and oak. Full body, low carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Pretty sweet, yet mellow and well-balanced. Solid stuff. Leighton (22822) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2013
UPDATED: APR 17, 2013 Bottle shared at the Stouts Pt. III & Others: The Brokeback Tasting - London. Massive thanks to Kenny the Great for finding this at the back of his fridge. Pours clear, black brown with a faint, beige foam head. Lots of rich bread, brownies, chocolate cake and soy sauce in the nose. Big sweet flavor, lots of molasses, some brownies, light earth, vanilla, brown sugar, sweet bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, tons of creamy dark sugars, boat loads of molasses, moderate chocolate, heavy bread, restrained booze, further vanilla, soft burnt wood. Really delicious stuff. Quite a sipper. I do enjoy a nice, sweet Dark Lord variant. brystmar (1314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Syrupy black body, zero head. Delicious blend of Pappy and roasty malts swarm my palate, delivered by a massively viscous body. Bourbon integrates perfectly with the base, transforming the overly sweet, mediocre DL into one of the very best imperial stouts on the planet.
I find people hyper-inflate anything that touches Pappy, but that's certainly not the case here. Marvelous; absolutely world class.