LarManDude (2) - USA - NOV 2, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much aroma with this one but the flavor comes on strong. The cherries are strong as expected along with dark fruits. The strong flavor covers the alcohol niclely - 10.5% but easily drinkable.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lost Abbey Barrel Night 2010. Pours dark brown with a thin than head. The nose is bourbon, dark fruits. Taste is tobacco, light cherry, bourbon and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth brew.
brokensail (12744) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a sort of murky dark brown-amber color with plenty of red highlights and a small off-white head.
S: The nose starts off with the bourbon really dominating. Lots of booze, vanilla, and oak. Chocolate comes into the picture as well, and some subtle hints of the fruitiness from the quad, but not all that much.
T: Sweet caramel and vanilla to open up with more fruit character than the nose lets on. The bourbon really comes through strongly afterward and provides some serious warmth and more vanilla.
M: The body is medium to full with a reasonable level of carbonation for this sort of beer. Not really low, but certainly smooth on the tongue.
D: At first I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. As I came back to it and drank more of the beer, I really began to enjoy the intense barrel/bourbon character.
JohnnyJ (4869) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at the Lost Abbey Be tasting 2010. Dark hazy brown pour. Dark sweet malts, plum, raisin, date, dark molasses and chocolate notes, sweet red cherries, oak, and some bourbon. Really complex, I love this beer.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the LA Barrel Tasting off the tap. Dark brown color with some tan head. Flavors were many and complex including plum, caramel, molasses, and sweet maltiness. The oak quality from the barrel was very nice and balanced. Alcohol well hidden. Long chewy finish. Would love to have the chance to sip more of this one.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap during the Lost Abbey Barrel Night. Probably my favorite beer of the night. Deep hazy brown pour with a small tan head. Aroma is amazing, chocolate, boozy/brandy notes, cherries, wood, vinous, bourbon, dark fruit. Flavors are slightly sour, cherries, bourbon, dark fruits with a lot of vinous notes. Light bubbles. Amazing beer, I would love to try this again!