Beer4000 (4932) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 750 ml bottle, 2007 vintage, sampled in 2009. Clear amber body with no head. Strong aroma of dry fruit like prunes and raisins, caramel and warming alcohol like sherry. Flavor is as expected from aroma, super sweet with dry fruit and caramel balancing perfect on a hot alcoholic edge, not sticky, not boozy, just delicious. Sweet and vinous in aftertaste with a hint of oxidation. Lovely.
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 Nuova bottiglia stappata, stavolta grande delusione, l’ossidazione era eccessiva ed è risultata un po’ nauseante a tutti.
drpimento (2397) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is a still beer. So, of course, no head or lace. Color is a cloudy apricot amber. Aroma is a very heady blend of dark ripe fruits, caramel, malt, solvents. Flavor is super sweet, I was thinking cream sherry, but it’s much sweeter, but otherwise like nose. Body is full and lush. Finish is exactly like flavor and has good length with no off notes. I do prefer barleywines to be carbonated.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at cgarvieuk’s - thanks! Dark orange copper, no head. Rich sherry nose - booze and raisin. Super sweet, tastes like a sweet sherry! Caramel palate, no real finish to speak of. Very nice, but hardly a beer!?
after4ever (6500) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500, corked and foiled. Crystal clear dark amber with golden edges. No head or lace but sticky shiny legs. Huge nose of toasted wood, dark brandy, intense dark chocolate, and sweet tree fruit. Sticky thick body. Crazy caramel, peat, toasted oak, brandy, and plums on the mid palate. Long sticky sweet finish. Fantastic.
Beersiveknown (3635) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted at CAGarvie’s House, thank you!
Speyside whisky hue with a toasty, sour nose. Initial sour flavour with alcohol, sweet chocolate, hovis biscuits and sweet rasin finish.
Travlr (14702) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle, batch #1, generously shared by Manuele at Makke - thank you sir! Reddish brown color, nearly flat. Aroma of cinnamon toast, rust, Christmas fruitcake. Taste has sweet burnt caramel candy, vanilla, toast. Interesting stuff.
oh6gdx (21835) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (2nd CS/ES Beer Gathering, thanks SV!). Amber colour with a minor head. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, alcohol, some mild toasted notes as well as mild notes of alcohol. Flavour is being quite similar along with some honey and dark fruityness.
brokensail (12361) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: The pour is amber in color with no carbonation or head. Didn’t realize this was a Lost Abbey beer (badum tss).
S: The only flaw here is that there is some booze up front on the nose. Otherwise, it’s a wonderfully well integrated beer with tons of maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Definitely very sweet and very oxidized, but very appealing.
T: The flavor is even more rich. Caramel, maple syrup, and toffee provide an excellent base of sweetness to the beer. There are lots of fruit notes here, especially sweet grapes. Even some vanilla and chocolate.
M: The body is medium and the beer is flat, but it works fine here.
O: Absolutely fantastic stuff. It’s still a bit out of my price range, but I loved this beer.
deyholla (7590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with friends! Poured a clear reddish amber with a no head whatsoever. Aroma was full of earthy grains and caramel with a quite nice backing port note that was relatively strong. Flavor was similar with smooth sweet caramel and a nice backing of sweet grains and a nice port note.