BVukelich (36) - Algona, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of a special "barrel" week at The Beer Junction. $4.00 for a 4oz pour, listed as 12.5% ABV. Deep, rich brown color. Sweet aroma, like maple syrup. Flavor was potent! Alcohol in your face. It was a total palate wrecker. Viscosity was thin-syrupy, low carbonation. Sweet aftertaste. There were particles of something left in the glass. Not sure if it was from the beer or the draft line. No lace left. This was part of a 4 beer sampler (all barrel aged) and I would say it came in 4th but that is because they were all pretty dang good. Definitely not bad and worth a try.
davey101 (597) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage, 375 ml bottle into a teku glass. Pours a dark black with some faint edging. Minimal lacing with some alcohol legs. Aroma is huge on this. Bourbon and brandy notes (oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and red wine tannins) are layered over a huge spicy and sticky toffee base. Very sweet and boozy but very complex and inviting. Taste is much the same. Huge bourbon and brandy notes with a spicy and rich caramel/chocolate backbone. Complex and tasty as hell. A bit on the thin side but not at all "flat abbey". A fantastic sipper.
fcjack1 (94) - Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Red Hot. Pours almost black. Scent of bourbon and dark fruits. Taste its pretty boozy as well. Caramel. Alcohol lingers, good burn. Good beer.
boxofrane (1846) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. The aroma is filled with vanilla but has plenty of fruitiness from the brandy barrels. The taste has bourbon, caramel, chocolate, coffee, brandy, wow.
Itzjerm (985) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet vanilla bourbon barrel flavors. Nice fading head. Sweet sticky on tongue. Very thick. 5 oz is plenty. Interesting smoothness.
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MrFecesious (733) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7oz 2013 B bottle. Very dark brown with red highlights. No cap. Aroma of brandy!, raisin, wood, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Taste is sweet and bitter, with a hint of sour. A coating mouthfeel, that is quite balanced with a medium dryness and low carbonation. Abv is quite subtle.
JohnnyShake (3) - hayward, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not too exciting aroma wise for me. Fruity, slight bit of chocolate for me on the finish, definitely getting some brandy in there too. Initially some sweetness. I have the flu so my palate isn’t what it should be. So maybe a rewrite when healthier. Highly enjoying this one. Pairs well with some Master Kush.
pjaco (25) - - JAN 16, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A in ny book. It has been a Lost Abbey holiday season and this has been one of the best. Out if this world taste - rich, complex, with a unique combo of brandy and bourbon aging. Price point high but worth the exoerience at 12.5 abv.
rmussman (1664) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled in a small bomber. Aged probably two years. A really high power brew with big time malts. Served at room temperature which really opened up this brew.
Howlader (385) - - JAN 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle split with friends at a tasting. You can definitely smell the barrel aging, but it does not come through (hot wise) in the taste. Great beer.