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Lost Abbey Brouwers Imagination Ale 2009

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 Angelís Share, port barrels of Serpentís Stout and red wine barrels of Gift of the Magi with brett. There were others, but as with all blends, itís best to leave some things to the imagination (or the taste buds for that matter).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2010
750mL - Picked up from Bottleworks...Opens with a pop and fakes you out...you have a good two second window before the starts gushing, so you think youíre a lucky guy...there are no lucky guys...Pours deep dk brown with a large tan head...aroma is very inviting, tannic wood, sour cherry, other dk fruit as well...flavour is nicely sour, old cherry, sour apple and some vinegar, phenolic...almost salty in its savoriness, very big in the mouth and finishes the same way...oddly addictive...didnít get any bourbon, rosemary, honey, eye of newt or anything else that they threw in there...apparently itís much better in the bottle than on draft... tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
750ml. Cork in cage bottle. Courtesy of a friend of mine who lives in Seattle. Huge pop that gave way to a wispy vapor trail that was quickly followed by a frothy overflow. Sits with a deep mahogany color with shades of purple and a decent large bubbled collar of froth. Big vinous nose with some oak and a little touch of stale Brett funk. Bottle says that this is a blend of barrel aged Angelís Share, Serpent Stout and Gift of the Magi. Based on the raisin and rosemary characters that are present I would guess that there is some 10 Commandments mixed into this as well. When the beer was colder the Gift of the Magi stood out with its subtle Brett flavors and pervasive dryness. As it warmed up it showed some red wine tannin flavors, hints of malt sweetness and some overly ripe dark fruit notes. Impressive sour character that hit hard towards the end. The high level of carbonation gives it an interesting tangy fizzy profile that was oddly reminiscent of pop rocks candy. Showed a level of complexity and depth that is lacking in many sours. Flavor profile changed dramatically as the beer warmed with the sweetness subsiding and the sourness taking over towards the end of the bottle. This beer is good now and could be fantastic with a couple years in the bottle. Wish I could get more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1273) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Had some of this recently thanks to, "hannont". Colour... dark brown with a thick head. Nose... highly acetic and citric with hints of cola sirop. Palate... bursting with CO2! Next up, sour cola, moderate bitterness, dried stone fruits, apple skin and a long sweet-tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Port brouwers # 2 - black with thiinish bubbly ringsd and light foamy islands. Tart sour nose, funky vinnegar, light poop. Dark undertones very similar to 09 sinners to start. Cuvee is noticeable, dark malts and cherries. A little spicy perhaps. Flavor is cherry vinegar dark malts and some light spice. Lingering dark malt dryness and vinegar tart. Lingering tart. Bretty funk too. Lots of cuvee and ten commandments. Interesting but in the sinners 09 mold. Meh. 8 3 7 4 15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2774) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Draft at Brouwerís Big Wood 2009. Dark cola with funky head. Nose is tart flat coca cola. Soft first sip that rises with bitter-sour grapes. Very flat, very odd. Strange blend, body is thin later. Interesting but donít need to have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1382) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2009
On tap at Brouwerís Big Wood 09. Deep dark brown pour, with a smallish tan head. Lots of fruit - tart citrus and peaches meet darker malts and a cola note with some cherries. An almost roasty (baked?) malt contingent pounds back what would otherwise be very sour. Like a mix of cherry coke with La Folie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2009
dark pour, medicinally sour taste, herbal like aroma. Leaves a bitter finish to the whole ordeal with just a slightly sour raisins and wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6398) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2009
draft at bigwood. pours dark mahogany with caramel at the edges. no head or lace or legs. enormous sharp vinegar nose, lots of lacto. a little dark wooden tone in there as well. medium body, fully flat and watery with a bit of acidic bite. balsamic, caramel, and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1175) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Draft at Bigwood 09. Murky still cola brown with just slight head. Watery lacing with some legs. Tart funky wet wool barnyard nose going on...letís dig in a little deeper. Lots of CdT going on, caramel, raisin, touch of herbal nose as well. Maybe some cheesiness also. Up front it is tart and sweet cherry cola that is balanced. Moves into more tart and raisin fruitiness with earthy wet wood and some rosemary. Nice blend.

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