brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with some nice red highlights and a fluffy off-white head.
S: The nose is quite complex and I wasnít initially sure what to make of this beer. I pick up notes of raisins, cola, cherries, chocolate, and malt. In addition, there are some nice brett and oak aromas, but not overly tart.
T: The taste is equally interested. There are the same sweet malt and dark fruit characteristics that are present in the nose, but with a more noticeable tartness. Some sour cherries, brett funk and dryness, oak, bourbon, and alcohol.
M: A very full body with a lively carbonation that makes the beer feel even fuller on the tongue.
D: Iím not sure exactly what the alcohol content is on this, but it certainly lives up to the "strong" part of the name. That said, the beer is still delicious and Iím glad I have one via trade to sit on for awhile.
luttonm (2049) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 12, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 version at Brouwers Big Wood, December 08. Refreshing nose.. natural and sweet. Nose and first sip are very red wine like. Flavor is remarkably like a Cuvee de Tomme and Angels Share mix. Hint of sour, but understated especially compared to CdT. Lots of woody malts. Exceptional... taking the best parts of two rare and big beers and putting it to greater good. Highlight of my best beer day ever and perfect for my 100th rating
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Brouwerís Big Wood 08. WOW. Pours even darker than Angelís, with a thin head, an aroma of black cherries, dark malts and wood. Lots of it. We were told that Tomme Arthur didnít quite know what was in this barrel, but it was likely a blend of different years of Cuvee de Tomme, perhaps with a bit of Angelís thrown in. Thatís exactly what it tasted like. It was far more drinkable than either Angelís or CdT alone Ė like a perfect blend of the two. Tart fruits, especially cherries, meet deep, sweet malts and even a slight hop presence. This is so smooth, so complex, and SO good.
t4h2c0 (89) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at bigwood 07í at brouwers, Iím not the biggest fan of sour beers but this one extremely unique, definetley one of kind. Very dark color and very sour with hints of wine flavors. Maybe just a little too funky for me, tasted like a wild ale. Extremely complex, like a flavor explosion in my mouth. Glad I got to try this rare beer.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Bigwood 2007 - pours a hazy orange cream color with a small white head. Rich textured aroma, that I just want to sniff for awhile before tasting. Chocolate covered cherries, with some sour cherries, but not overpowering. This was a very good choice for the 1st beer of the event. Very well balanced, all the flavors worked very well together.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ bigwood fest - pours thick and dark with decent cream head; strong aromas of chocolate, cherry and spices; rich and thick texture with full flavors of cherry, malts and sugar; perfect amount of sourness; at the right place at the right time and pretty cool to get a crack at a unique and special brew
OldMrCrow (1701) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Brouwersí Bigwood fest í07.
Smooth, luxurient, deep dark pour. Amazing, amazing nose - huge spiced raisin aroma, roasty chocolate, hints of sour. The flavor is delicious as well: sweet with plum and cherry, again raisin, only gently sour, again sweet chocolate coming to the forefront, smooth mouthfeel.
Another Lost Abbey winner.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown, almost black with medium frothy head. Sour cherry aroma with a bit of oak and spice. Taste is deep, sour cherry with a little bourbon. Pretty thick with just enough sourness and a touch of funk. A little bit of chocolate. Very complex....the mix worked very well.