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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
Huhzubendah (2755) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle shared by GRG1313 at our sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Richard. The beer appears dark brown with crimson highlights and an off white head that leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite nice, with scents of tart cherries, wild yeast, oak. The flavor brings tart cherries and a pleasant, acetic character. Oak and brettanomyces have a strong presence as well. The feel is medium to full bodied with a long lingering, lip smacking tartness. This had been on my "wants" list for a long time. Iím grateful for the opportunity to try it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-23-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ACHops (850) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2012
On tap @ Bottleworks, listed as Lost Abbey Brouwers #2. Pours watery brown with extremely thin fizzy head. Nose is sharply tart earthy sour. Taste is cranberry-like sour flavor and rather thin body. Hard to see how there is 9.5% abv here. This may have spent too long in the cellar. None of the barrel-aged notes youíd expect given the beers that went into this and a really disappointingly light body with the Serpents in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Pours a dark purplish black color with a huge frothy beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap. †Chunks of soapy lace left behind. Vinous aroma with lots of dark fruit and red wine character. †The barrel character is strong with lots of oak, vanilla and boozy sweetness. †The blend is 66% bourbon barrel but Iím picking up more wine barrel with lots of vinous fruit. †Thereís also some herbal spice, dark malt and honey sweetness. † Overly carbonated with lots of dry, earthy oak and vinous fruit sweetness. †Strong red wine and dark fruit presence but again, Iím not picking up any bourbon barrel even though itís the majority of the blend. †Hints of grape, dark cherry, plum, currant and other dark berries make the beer very sweet and overpower the malt characteristics of the base beers. † Subtle honey with slightly acrid roasted malt notes once it warms considerably. †Very dry with hints of caramel, toast and dark chocolate. †Decent but one dimensional with too strong of a red wine barrel flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5273) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Sampled this at a sour tasting. No gushing problems as Iíve read in other peopleís reviews here - but we were ready just in case (Just Veritas 006). This beer poured a dark ruby color with light ruby notes on the edges. Aroma reminded me a bit of rosemary with malts. Plenty of raisins in the aroma and flavor. This one was pretty interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
A: Poured a dark brown with good carbonation leaving a nice dirty white cap S: Chocolate, sour, funky tartness and some dark fruits T: Chocolate covered dark fruits dipped in lacto with a splash of booze is just about the best way I can describe it. Oh, and tasty. M: Medium to big body with moderate carbonation and a long lasting lacto tartness O: Very good overall

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2490) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2012
Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush CBC event courtesy of Dr. Bill. Pours cloudy gold with a thin white head. Nose of malt, lemon peel, soda sweetness, and biscuit. Flavor is more sour and bitter than expected with coconut, toasted malt, and lemon bitterness. Carbonation is lively with a medium plus body. This is an extremely unique and different beer that is very interesting. Thank you Dr. Bill!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2011
In short: A highly complex sour dark ale that remains very drinkable. Wow!
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed almost 1.5 year after first bottle rating. Bottle sent to me by 5000, thanks a lot Andre
The look: Very dark ruby body (almost black) topped by a medium beige head with low retention
In long: Crazy complex nose that I would describe as a funky bourbonny Flemish Sour with dark fruits (plums mainly) and an explosion of tannins. Now, thatís a complex aroma. Taste is more of the same but letís be a bit more descriptive. Sour cherries dipped in toffee, oak tannins, dark cherry skins, bourbon barrels, grapefruity funk, dried pruned, light notes of chocolate, light notes of hot spices, medium-high acidity level, more.... There is a often a fine line between a complex beer and a beer that is just all over the place. This one is clearly on the complex side. Very satisfying and tasty but not too intense, this is not a sipper, I could drink bottles after bottles of this wonderful beer. Drinking this bottle was a pure delight, Iím so glad I was able to get score a bottle of this superb beer because people trading this beer are as rare as people who get out the shower to pee. And donít tell me you do, I know you donít.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle shared by Dave - thanks! Slight gusher. Murky rust red pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is light bourbon, sweet cherry tart, balsamic sour, and light lemon. Taste is sharp and distinct sour with cherry, tart, a hard to pin down red wine aspect, and a bit of light vinegar sharpness. Precise feel in the mouth. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Tasted from the bottle sitting at the bar on Black Friday at Brouwers in Seattle. Dark murky brown red with some thin off white head. Aromas were complex with cherry, bourbon, and cocoa. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors were varied and again complex with oak, bourbon, plum, and vanilla. Balanced tartness that doesnít over power you. Long tasty finish. Liked this beer alot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3167) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Huge loud pop when the cork was pulled. Beer started to creep towards the top of the bottle, but we were ready for that. Deep black body. Large bubbly khaki cap. Good retention and creamy lacing left behind. S: Tons of aroma here. Port, dark fruits, brandy, tobacco, oak, earthy funk (like a saison), and cola. Despite these big flavors, its not particularly stout like... its light and vibrant. T: Despite the great nose, the components do not come together as seamlessly in the flavor department. Complex, yes. A bit muddled, yes. At times I though the beer was fighting with itself a little bit. In the end the complexity carries the day and its hard to knock such an ambitious beer that is tasty. M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Almost cola like in feel from start finish. Light sourness. Nice clean finish. O: A really solid brew. Its quite a unique offering and was pleased with the results. The blend and carbonation could be tweaked a bit more to improve the finished product.

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