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Lost Abbey Brouwers Imagination Ale 2009

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
34% ale brewed with honey, raisins and rosemary and aged in bourbon barrels 33% ale aged in bourbon barrels 33% ale with raisins and aged in wine barrels
In July of 2009, the Matts and a couple of the guys flew down from Seattle to tour our hallowed halls in San Marcos, CA. In our barrel room they were drawn to brandy barrels of Angel’s Share, port barrels of Serpent’s Stout and red wine barrels of Gift of the Magi with brett. There were others, but as with all blends, it’s best to leave some things to the imagination (or the taste buds for that matter).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
Bottle shared by Kan. Pours a dark brown, good ha2, small tannish head. Aromas are lightly sour, fruit, nice strawberry and cherry, citrusy grapefruit sourness, mellow dark malts and honey sweetness, a touch of caramel and raisin with some oaky vanilla tannin. Dark fruit, raisins and red pit fruit, sour, decent acidity and brett. Faint touch of bourbon vanilla tannins, and a touch of red wine. Sourness grows and permeates, as this beer has a lot going on in it. Complexities abound and things I wouldn’t have expected to pull together well. Very nice, the diversity of barrels plays well in this darker, fruity sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks to Kan for bringing this to DLD! Poured medium coppery-brown with a looser cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sour oak and lemony notes upfront spiced up by a warm alcohol impression.. bourbon and vinous character laced throughout.. complex sweet backing. The flavor found tart dark fruits, pale malts, and touches of honey at the core, with building barrel sourness and vinous influence as the main course.. lemon, oak, and slightly metallic wine did the most here.. memorable finish. Sour throughout the palate with lots of barrel presence.. the malts were a little roasty.. there was a lot going on here, and I wish I had it earlier in the day!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
750 ml bottle; pours clear dark brown with foamy tan head rising quickly and fading slowly; big nose that to me is like a vanilla jacked 10 commandments; yummy mix of bready yeast, sweet bourbon, raisins, vanilla and red wine; herbal, dark fruit, fizzy sourness, chocolate, honey and a sharpness from the wine that is borderline astringent; bourbon hits perfectly in the nose, but gets covered up in the flavors; thin texture with a lingering dryness; juniper comes out more as it warms, as do a more enjoyable texture and softness to the flavor profile; for me though, flavor doesn’t fill up or blend together enough; nose is great and reminds me in many ways of 10 commandments, but not nearly as good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
Cheers to Matt for the hookup! Brown chestnut. Thick head. So much going on in this aroma - chocolate, rosemary, lots of barrel, dates, alcohol in near endless complexity. The palate is tart, vinous with chocolate and a range of dark fruits. Excellent blend, and it’s picked up some tartness too, which emphasizes the malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
**@ Brouwers, Thank you Matt!** Deep mahogany pour that settles into an opaque bear brown. Aroma is huge cabernet sauv. The most vineous aroma I can imagine on a beer. Red wine is intense here, barrel, and the herbs are felt more than they are actually smelled. Palate is highly carbonated, it was a very excited bottle. Long flavors! The flavors take me on a journey. The culmination is the greatest surprise, a lingering dose of yummy chocolate. That is closely preceded by undulating grapes. Barrel sourness has the Lost Abbey house character. Prune. I barely detect the bourbon barrel. The wine barrel is so in my face. I find lots of fruit like raisin and cherry lingering beneath the surface here. Layered. Complex. Delightful. Extraordinary. Memorable!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 Re-Rate on 4/29/10 Bottle as part of epic sour tasting with callmemimckey. 750 mL Pours dark burgundy with gigantic head. Aroma was so incredibly complex and varied all over the place as it warmed. Dominant aroma of port but also got hints of orange, rosemary, chocolate, coffee, apple, plum/raisin and the slightest hints of bourbon. Incredibly complex nose. Flavor has some mild sweetness, and some great earthy funk. Very thick, full bodied, much more approachable carb than the first time. I could put away a 750 of this no problem. As part of an epic tasting, this just barely edged out Cable Car for best of the night (10/4/9/4/19 4.6) 750 mL bottle at Brouwer’s on 3/13/10 (personal 500th rating). Bottle popped and is an insane gusher (think 1/2 inch beer to 5 inches of head). Pours very dark ruby with huge cream colored head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, prunes and pine. Flavor is nice rich chocolate sweetness, with a wonderful tart cherry and citrus. Finish is a fruity coffee bitterness, almost like a sour raspberry mocha. Medium mouthfeel with good carb, maybe a bit on the heavy side (as evidenced by gusing)Incredibly well-blended an d unique beer. Fantastic sour that isn’t overpowering and incredibly drinkable. (8/3/9/4/18 4.2)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle from Javier. Sweeet! Cherries. Huge carbonation. Reminds me of Veritas 006. Medium bubbles. Light sourness. Malty. Dark color. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle from Javier, thanks buddy, shared at a tasting at my house. Pours brownish with a tan head. Nose is sweet, with lots of honey, and raisins. Taste is sweet, very vinous, and full bodied, I can taste the bourbon and the wine barrels. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2015 Cork pops with a bang after taking the cage off and leaves a red smear on the ceiling. Aroma is sour, funky, very rustic, a bit of prune and fruity currant. Flavor is horsey with funky currant and cherry tartness, some raisin, Sour grapes, red fruit. Really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle exploded through the cage- there’s beer on the ceiling. Aroma holds brett, which is curious, along with definite herbal notes, acetic acid, dark fruit, and wood. Flavor is very funky and acidic, with vinous notes, herb, honey, and more dark fruit. Surprised this isn’t the bretted version. Palate is really complex and unique. Really tasty brew.

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