inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2008
Just tried the Vanilla Oak Aged DL, and holy crap, i’ve never had a beer that i thought was worthy of a perfect rating until now. This has the consistency of molasses, the aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and the darkest malts. And tastes like the most viscous complex, and complete imperial stout i had ever exposed my tastebuds to. Perfect 5, my only regret is that they ran out before i could make it home and back with a few sanitized bottles and my bottle capper to save a few. TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 had on tap at DLD ’08 a monster not for the faint of heart.thick black and oily in appearence with little carbanation true to its nature a real beast in the stout class. taste sweet of honey,molasess,chocolate vanilla beans and wood,creamy feel on mouth and tounge like a thick shake very extreme and very complex, maybe not for everyone. yeah my first 5 StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 The closet thing to a perfect beer I have ever had. Flat out delicious in every possible way. Pours thick and heavy. So black that it stains the cup. No lacing. Aroma is yeaty and full of chcolate and vanilla, some bread, cherries, and candy as well. Richness everywhere, in the aroma and taste. This one is creamy as creamy can be, just incredibly smooth...thick, but never TOO thick, a perfect mouthfeel. Flavor is f’n delicious. Thick and chewey, with lots of roasted barley, vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, cocoa powder, oak, and yeast, also notes of coffee. Some dark fruit and syrup notes as well. Roasted malts make themselves known at times, but the vanilla and chocolate covered cherries pack the punch. Alcohol is present, but doesn’t feel like 14% whatsoever, but everything else is bold, yet smooth and totally drinkable. Flavors swirl in your mouth and are constantly changing, even the same mouthful will evolve before you swallow. The vanilla is always present, but only adds complexity and flavor, it never dominates. Very warming, but never at the expense of the brew itself. Everything strikes a great balance in getting the beer to feel and taste exactly as it should. This one is thick, oily, and bold. The vanilla beans are the PERFECT compliment to DL, and should be an actual ingredient. This beer is like drinking heaven. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2011 My favorite beer that I have ever tasted. Just amazing. Pour is incredible black with tiny tiny brown head. Aroma is vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, bourbon, molasses and awesomeness. Flavor is true to nose and lingers forever. Wow! I love this beer. Re-tried at DLD 2011 - It’s still a 5. Scoobs (5) - oak creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2009 does not count
On Tap at DLD. OMG, this is ice cream. Seriously. It’s absolutely amazing and it takes the original DL to whole ’nother level. A thick rich black pour with a brown head. This is the aroma I was hoping for from DL with the vanilla so much more prevalent. Super sweet vanilla flavor with chocolate, molasses, toffee, dark roasted malts and a fruit flavor - it all really opens up as the beer comes to room temperature. I could literally pour this over ice cream.
adrian910ss (2574) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 1, 2009
# 1300. 2008 Vanilla Bean Dark Lord on draft at the brewpub at 2009 Dark Lord Day. Pours a pitch black with a small light brown cream head. Beautiful aroma of vanilla on top of all of the Dark Lord aromas. Taste of creamy rich vanilla bean on top of all of the Dark Lord flavors. Simply amazing !!! I can honestly say that this was the most enjoyable beer I have had to date. Perfect all around !!!! gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Handbottle, courtesy StFun. Pours pitch dark with some brownish highlights. Flat, but beautiful. Nose has tons of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is massive amounts of vanilla, sticky chocolate, molasses, big caramel and brown sugar. Simply AMAZING. Full-bodied and so balanced and SOOO good. RI-DIC-U-LOUS. PrinceDarren (3) - USA - APR 28, 2010 does not count
Sampled at DLD 2010. Wow, this year’s vintage is incredible. VB DL It is a kinder, gentler version of the brutally massive Dark Lord. Would love to try this with a few months of age. Can’t wait until next year. arminjewell (9646) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLD’11. Finally got to try this, and boy did it live up to the hype. Oily black pour, thin espresso tan head. Aroma is thick of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roast, some nice candied dark fruit, touch of the barrel in there. Taste is perfect, and not overly sweet like I thought it might be. Big notes of vanilla up front, but the coffee and bitter baker’s chocolate compliment it perfectly, some other sweet dark fruits in there finishing roasty and bitter, with a perfectly mouth coating body without being too oily. Doesn’t get much better! Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Thanks to Brad for sharing this at his tasting on Saturday!
2010 vintage, served side by side with Dark Lord and Oak Aged Dark Lord.
Consumed again at DLD 2011.
Vanilla Bean Dark Lord pours a near jet black, with hints of brown visible at the upper edges of the glass when held to the light. Head and lacing are somewhat subdued, but given the serving medium, I couldn’t ask for more. Ok, here’s where I was floored. The aroma was perhaps the most distinguishable and awesome smell I have ever received from a beer. Huge vanilla - and authentic. This beer smells like someone is baking fresh flan or crème brûlée inside the glass. Fantastic. It’s incredibly rich, yet remarkably smooth and easy to drink. Though it is sweet, I couldn’t see this becoming cloying as it is balanced so well and frankly, done to perfection. Alcohol is barely noticeable. I’d love to get some more of this. This is one of the best beers I have ever tasted.