I agree with the OP for the most part. Several vintages of regular Dark Lord are well below average, while every BA Dark Lord I have had the pleasure to try has been amazingly above average. The absolute best beer I have ever tasted is a ba DL variant. What I find kind of funny is the statement that you see thrown around on these forums every day, "You cannot make a shitty beer better by barrel aging it." Clearly this is incorrect. This year's variants taste nothing like the much crappier base 2011 Dark Lord imo.