jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog: Bottle I brought to CDBD Pt 1. Pours a black body with off white, brown lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, prunes, cocoa, light lactose, chocolate, and sweet espresso with extra packs of sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a rich sweetness upfront, sour dark fruits, chocolate and cocoa follow. A little booze in the finish.
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle, shared by quackus, 11/17/2013. Pours black, hazy light tan head swirling on the surface, thin ring of lacing. Aroma is rich toffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon - typical Lost Abbey notes ŕ la Deliverance, Angel’s Share, etc. Taste is caramel, toffee, dark chocolate with full round bourbon finish, rich. Thick, chewy body. Delicious.
crossovert (8500) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Believe it is a 13. VEry ncie stout, cocoa and roasted malt flavors black pour. seems to get a lot of hype and some of it deserved.
neepsntatties (1280) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by "hannont". Colour...basically black with a thin tan head. Nose...burnt sugar and soy sauce. Palate...thin, but smoky with burnt marshmallow and cotton candy. This covers the flavours for the most part. I was thinking there’d be more dimensions than this.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Tom, thanks man! An equally toasted and roasted flavor profile, thick dripping bourbon, light smoke, bitter oak, subtle dark fruits. Moussey on the palate. Pretty hot.
rxeight (1678) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour had a much thicker head than most other ba stouts. Nice smooth bourbon bit of sweetness, not much else to seperate it from the pack.
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. 2011 Vintage. Poured a black color with a small sized off white head. Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, bourbon and some earthy/woodiness. Alcohol well hidden.
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown/Black pour with a dark tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, and sugary sweetness. There are from light fruit notes and a touch of bourbon. Excellent!
mcberko (8115) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of mista (thanks Geoff), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, slightly sour notes, oak and slight chocolate. Flavour brings out lots of oak and vanilla, a sort of sour quality without really being sour, and cocoa. There’s a touch of dark fruit in there, like slight sour cherries. Definitely overhyped and overrated, as there’s really nothing special about this. Nicely constructed and well-balanced, finishing on oak and cocoa. Good stuff but way overrated due to rarity.
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 Thanks to dak for the share. It pours deep and dark with a tan head of foam. The aroma is full and offers toffee notes, molasses sweetened dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and firm thick nose searing booze. The taste has a rich deep mix of dark roasted malts, molasses and toffee. Behind those notes are plenty of residual sugars and mild earthy coffee that go very well with the malt roastiness. The booze into the finish lets you know it’s there but it just reinforces the fact that this is a sipper, a very nice sipper.
Enjoyed at gabf 2014, holy shit I finally get to try this again and here it is at gabf hidden away in the Midwest section of booths, HELL YEAH! The blue waxed bottle pours (and I took several pours) with nice and inky dark body that has a decent looking toffee colored head. The aroma offers up an intoxicating combination of vanilla, smooth bourbon and chocolate goodness. Another pull brings up toffee candy mixed with dark roasted malts around the edged of the aroma. The taste is smooth and rich and involved with silky smooth vanilla and chocolate riding over a smooth carpet of soft bourbon booze. Just as you adjust to the degree of richness attacking your senses another level is quickly revealed with sweet toffee and dark roasted malt notes that have a faint malt burnt sensation and even more chocolate. Wow. Just an amazing sipper.