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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for opening this bottle. Pours dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue. The head is slight but leaves a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward some cherries and dark fruit along with strong lactic and acetic sourness and a bit of a woody note. Slight funk. The taste is sour fruits for sure with a bit of dark fruits and slight roast. Great feel with a nice sour to tart balance. Drinks very well and is a strong dark sour--I love this substyle. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-03-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #82. Dark brown with a touch of red and tan head. Soft fruity notes, cherry comes to mind. Tart and light sourness. More cherries, pretty damn good. (1554)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
Dark brown pour fizzy head. Interesting sour nutty aroma. Sour herbal taste. Pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Bottle... Big gusher that poured reddish/brown with a khaki head. Sticky sweetness on the palate with a sourness and tanginess that mixed with some more candied tones and light fruit. Some oak and woodiness with a wine-like quality. Sweet all the way through..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23005) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a dark brownish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sour tart malty spicy aroma. Fruity sour tart spicy flavor with some yeasty hints. Has a fruity malty sour tart brett finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle shared by pepsican. Thanks! Poured a murky brown color, nearly opaque. The head was light tan. Smelled of red wine vinegar and unripe cherry. Medium bodied, dry, and tart. Fruity unripe cherry, spices, dried dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2011
[Bottle] shared by Jimmy. Thanks! Slow but persistent gusher, pours hazy brown with a large tan head. Aroma is a barleywine lover’s dream – fig, wine and light bourbon barrel, raisin, alcohol, light tannin, but with a light tartness hiding in the background. The flavor is very tart, tannic, very sharp, very unlike any of the three main components, raisin, moderate acetic acid, prickly carbonation. As much as I like sour, I would really like to try this before it was funkified.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2011
750ml bottle from notes. Spicy, acetic aroma. Cinnamon, ginger with a hint of rosemary. Red wine grapes, wine soaked oak and acetobacter. Pours a murky, hazed brownish/red with a thin film of gray atop. Flavor showcases spiced fruits (prunes, plums and raisins). Very zesty and tannic. Strawberry seed tartness. Lots of spice (rosemary being the most dominant). Slight, but not overbearing acidity. Lovely carbonation with a tart, slightly sweet, oaky finish. Thanks Nate!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle sample. Dark reddish brown pour, some carbonation and an aroma of tart red grapes. Flavor is bittersweet white grapes, good effervescence, slightly boozy and good and tart on the finish. Great beer, although it tasted nothing like the original beers in this blend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a medium-fine, light tan head. No problems with the carbonation here. The aroma is tart and malt-driven with dark fruits--including a hint of Concord grape--and soft spice and earth. Flavor is sour with dark, spicy malt and slightly sweet prune, raisin, and black grape notes. The body is light but has some weight to it. The good carbonation delivers the complex flavor profile evenly and deliberately.

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