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RATINGS: 423   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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4.7
spycow (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2015
This is probably the best of the DL variants. Big flavors of the bourbon barrels with that strong vanilla flavor that balances out the heat of the bourbon. Dark and strong tasting but not overwhelming to the palate. A must try. Cheers!

4.6
Plovmand (8685) - Grindsted, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle at The Bullerup Pubben reopening/Solar Eclipse pt. 2 tasting. This huge beer pours jet black with a brown head. Huge vanilla aroma with chocolate and oak notes. Sweet berries and some coffee. Super complex and powerful. Extremely smooth body. The flavour is quite sweet with lots of cocoa, coconuts, hazelnuts, oak, vanilla and sweet ripe berries. Tons going on here. Crazy stuff!

4.2
ineedbeer (2302) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Poured from a 2015 bottle. Aroma is marshmallow and chocolate. Some light roast and bourbon notes. Hints of alcohol. Very sweet. Pours a viscous black with almost no head, but light head on the edges. Light lacing and moderately long legs. Flavor is fairly sweet with some moderate chocolate notes. Tons of toasted marshmallow with some vanilla. Light alcohol spice. Light oak and medium light bourbon. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium low to low carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, so much vanilla! Very sweet with some light bourbon notes. Light dark fruit notes. Pretty torn on how I feel about this beer.

4.6
Zer0 (1227) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle generously shared by kermis. Pours pitch black. Aroma is huge vanilla, chocolate, sweet toasty, port and a bit of coffee. Huge body. Very full flavoured. All extremes can be used in this one. Light carbonation. Very sweet. Amazing!

4.6
Maakun (6814) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle at THT massive thanks to kermis. Black with short lasting light brown head. Marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon, massive chocolate, Rum, loads of sweet high end chocolate, sugared coffee, molasses, syrup, loads of sugar and different kinds of chocolate. Super sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Massive stuff. Extremely sweet, which takes away slightly from the insane desert aroma, but one of the most insane imperial stouts I’ve ever had. Incredible.

4.7
thestossman (12) - Darwin, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2015
The stuff of legends. Expect unicorns and centaurs. Incredibly complex, like differential equations. Enough vanilla to keep it scented even after it passes.

4.3
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2015
I am not a huge fan of regular Dark Lord, but this variant was amazing. Dark brownish-black pour with no head. The aroma has a ton of vanilla plus some chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. The vanilla is right up front with some big barrel character coming through. I get some good whiskey that goes well with the chocolate and heavily roasted malt. The oak and maple go very well with the other notes and make this an outstanding beer. Thick mouthfeel and no discernible carbonation.

4.6
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Holy hell. Bourbon vanilla sweetness for days! Incredible mouthfeel. Thanks Sean for sharing.

4.7
dumdum192 (10) - - AUG 6, 2015
More than worthy of the hype. There is literally nothing I can think of to change that would improve this beer. It even maintains a half-inch thick mocha head. There’s a depth of flavor and complexity that’s richer than any other barrel aged beer I’ve had... including BCBS Vanilla, Rare, Parabola, BA Vietnamese Speedway, etc... This is just more enjoyable. At 15% you taste no alcohol and only get a slight, but pleasing warming sensation as it goes down, with massive marshmallow, chocolate and vanilla-oak goodness forever lingering. I can’t do it justice by attempting to analyze and explain. It really is the Dark Lord of barrel aged beers. I need more

4.1
ctipping (2280) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Originally reviewed 3/9/2013. On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a taster. Jet black. No head. Small island of foam. Smells ofvVanilla and bourbon. Bit surprise. Lots of sweet malts. Some traditional Dark Lord soy sauce. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. No real barrel character beyond the bourbon flavor. Lots of bourbon and vanilla though. Lots of fudgy chocolate. Big soy sauce flavor and booze hinder it. Boozy but very tasty. Low in carbonation and huge in body. It’s over the top, but the bourbon and vanilla mask what I don’t like about Dark Lord. It’s delicious only because of adjuncts.


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