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RATINGS: 420   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout aged in a variety of Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans.

This listing is specifically for Bourbon Vanilla Bean Dark Lord. NOT Brandy.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - MAR 18, 2013
Tap at Mikkeller bar, opening Day. I am a sucker for vanilla, so been craving this for awhile. Dark blackish with a minimal Brown head. Overpowering dessert aroma, as expected, good so far. Vanilla, toffee, bourbon, cocoa,coco. Rich in all of it. Thick sweet flavor with all the moutharomas powering through and taking over the High abv. Great stuff

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeerkatTampa (23) - New Port Richey, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2013
On tap at Hunahpu day. Strong bourbon flavor, smooth chocolatey vanilla finish. Shared an 8oz pour with 3 others (2 complete strangers, hows that for the love of beer bringing people together?). VERY good, but thought it was only very slightly better than the CCB Sweet Stout, which was much easier to get.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kool3320 (1) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2013 does not count
This is by far my favorite beer. Mouthfeel was nice and thick as expected. Coated my entire mouth. Nice light tan brown head. Holy vanilla bean batman on the smell. The taste is like liquid cake, just fantastic. Did it side by side with Bourbon County Stout with Vanilla beans (which is great too) this beer definitely knocked it out of the park.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madmitch76 (23973) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
21st May 2012
Opaque dark brown - black beer with a few tan bubbles for a head. Smooth palate with mild fine prickly carbonation. Rich dark malt but not heavy. Lovely dark chocolate with a little coffee and vanilla ice cream. A little brandy alcohol and spice. The alcohol is generally well hidden though, until you try to stand up! Lovely sumptuous desert beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (4091) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
A rare treat to be served this by the 3F crew at the 15th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout, and even more so as the 2009 version. On tap, and viscously served to my event glass with an opague, black/brown hue, only an initial, light layer of quickly diminishing, tan foam, and leggy coating on the interior of the glass. Vanilla and potent bourbon were mellowed but still key factors throughout. Also participants in the complexity were notes of roastiness, cocoa & coffee, treacle & brown sugary sweetness, toffee, coconut, and some dark fruit & barrel/tanniny acidity. Softly carbonated, but very full in body. Aged nicely, and paired exceptionally well with a pan fried pound cake, topped with Dark Lord ice cream, hopped creme anglaise, and crunchy candied bacon and wheat grain. Wow to the max!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4584) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2013
Clear black colour, no head. Aroma of vanilla, malts, bourbon, caramel, candy floss, marshmallows and caramel. Very sweet flavour, vanilla, light raisins, vanilla and bourbon. Finish vanilla seeds, quite cloying, sweet, light coffee (mocha) and loads of caramel.
Nice beer, bit over the top but well crafted.
(From 75cL bottle shared by BoBoChamp. Red wax / 2012 vintage. Bottle 857/934. Thank you very much, Ignace!!)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (9041) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 31/XII/12 - 75cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - bottle #851/934 - 2012 vintage (2012-1437) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: lots of vanilla, caramel, very boozy, earthy, wood notes. MF: soft carbon, full body, thick syrupy texture, almost gooey. Taste: bit sourish, caramel, sugar, some vanilla, lots of alcohol, cough syrup, lots of dark burnt caramel, more sugar, bit woody, crme brle. Aftertaste: caramel, sugary, some mocha, vanilla, more caramel, authentic vanilla bean flavours, sour citric touch, alcohol, dark chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2012
75cl, Vintage 2012 (Red wax), Bottle 857/934 (no mention of ABV), as Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord with Vanilla Beans , exclusive American brew, with vanilla, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, very sweet/roasted and slightly fruity/alcoholic, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Tap at Map Room 20th Anniversary Party. Served very cold in a mini nonic water glass. Appears to be an 8 ounce pour. Very still in the glass, no head. Dark chocolate brown color. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, and faint bourbon. Taste is sweet up front thin brown sugar in the middle and then boozy and coffee-like on the finish. Very smooth and not nearly as hot and chewey as I had expected bits blended together very well. The vanilla bean is fagrant and shows up at end, too. As anticipated, the flavors are becoming more prominent as the glass warms. So well blended, this is tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
750 ml waxed bottle, 552/934, served in a Deschutes snifter. Big thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share. A: Pours a jet black color with a nice sized dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes a medium sized ring and leaves some splotchy lace along the way. S: Light bourbon up front, but the sweet vanilla pushes right through that. A great toasted malt presence follows that with some light milk chocolate on the finish. T: Instead of bourbon up front the vanilla is the star here (obviously). There is a mild background bourbon that is incredibly smooth. As Dark Lord is already a pretty sweet beer (especially the 2011) I felt the added vanilla bean made this border on cloyingly sweet. Thankfully there was enough roast and dark chocolate on the finish to cut through some of the sweetness. M: Heavy bodied with a light chew to it. Teeth coating sweetness with a medium to low carbonation. Definite warming as it goes down. O: I think if the vanilla bean was slightly restrained it would have been an even bigger homerun. That being said, this was absolutely delicious and I would not hesitate to try this again. The 4-5 ounce pour I received was just perfect. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-11-2012


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