Ferris (1245) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Heavy bourbon and chocolate. Jet brown with a thin brown head and some particles. Heavy bourbon and roasted malts. Nice and a balanced bitterness to the sweetness. Very nice.
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Boutip (4286) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head with good carbonation and some lacing. Aroma consists of bourbon with residual sugar notes and caramelized sugars. Taste is also dominated by bourbon notes with some caramelized malt and quite a lot of residual sugars. Some dried fruits and light chocolate notes are also perceptible. Body is full with great carbonation and surprisingly no apparent alcohol. Nice nightcap style beer.
altonbrownd (4474) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ryan and Casey’s. Dark black with tan head. Nose of bourbon and dark fruits. Taste is roasty malts, plums, caramel, bourbon, honey. Very nice. Texture is oily and smooth. Silky in the finish.
Theydon_Bois (5266) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split by Dan Da Man at CBC, 08/07/13, cheers fella. This downstairs split makes up slightly for missing out on a sour upstairs!!!
Pours light black with no head.
Nose is dark malts, chocolate, woody notes, dark fruits.
Taste comprises dark malt, dark toffee fudge, leather, bourbon notes, oaky, mineral bite, demerara sugars.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish.
hawthorne00 (2093) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle, 13C. Hilariously cheesy label. Very dark brown, head is less than a full rim but there are a few lingering spots. Looks like there’s a lighter brown layer on the top of the beer. Aroma of brandy, dark fudge, mace; vanilla and whiskey seep through after a while along with some cherries and prunes. Oily with low carbonation - maybe a tad too low. Taste is at first very sweet and butterscotchy, then some burnt dark sugars, dried fruit and port, then sweetness gives way to lightening bitterness. Curiously, the overt spirit notes depart until right at the end, where there’s a booziness that’s mostly whiskey (with some vanilla, pepper and wood). The alcohol note doesn’t seem at all out of place. Was half expecting this to be complex without a theme, but it seems like a purposeful and judicious blend. Great with a foible or two.
bmerz (588) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle drank 2013 July.
Pours with a good pop and little fleeting head & lace but good legs on a nearly opaque black brown beer. The aroma is intense and powerful with heavy brandy boozy sweetness and strong stout notes of chocolate, and even a bit of bright fruitiness. The flavor is similar more sweet than bittern but balanced by the wood and booze intensity. There some oxidation and dried dark fruits. Its silken but heavy in the mouth with lots of residual sugars only partially cleared by the alcohol and tannins. This is a monster but so good. Of the 2010 Angels Share Bourbon and 2010 brandy (infected?) and Serpent Stout this is a clear winner though the bottle seems to be in much better shape than the two Angel Share.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip.
Opening this bottle I had to practically use a set of pliers to get the cork out. It is easy to tell even before I opened it that there would be no carbonation in this bottle. When I finally got it open and poured it aggressively, my fears were confirmed. The beer has an onyx black color with just a few stray bubbles that happened to form from the beer sloshing around in the glass.
Rich chocolate cake, bourbon, and brandy are all strong in the nose. Vanilla, roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol come through as well.
The flavors are unfortunately flattened out by the lack of carbonation. Each sip starts with dark and sweet chocolate, sweet bourbon, and brandy, with vanilla and roasted malt adding some depth in the middle. The end has a little jolt of alcohol, and the rest of the flavors really fall off into a watery finish. Again, the lack of carbonation leads to problems.
The mouthfeel is disappointing, mostly because it is totally flat. The beer has the thickness and complexity to warrant a nice, thick, viscious, and creamy mouthfeel, and it comes up way short. Instead, it feels thick and syrupy.
I imagine this could be an incredible beer if it actually had carbonation in it. Lesson learned - do not spend money on flat Lost Abbey bottles.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Had this a day after the 2010 Angel's Share, and this blew that one out of the water. The mouthfeel and flavor were absolutely incredible. A little boozy on the nose, but the booziness in the flavor worked so well. I wish Lost Abbey wasn't so expensive out here in PA because I'd love a lot more of this.
tmrmwel (663) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a finger thick mocha head. Aroma is nicely sweet and bourbon laden, with notes of oak and red wine, as well as coffee, liquorice and some rubbery alcoholic whiffs. Full oily body with soft to flat carbonation. Flavour is sweet with lots of liquorice and nicely rounded bourbon and red wine notes, as well as some grainy oakiness giving a nice long sweet finish.
Beergeek23322 (1682) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, corked and caged. Pours black with absolutely no head. Aromas are oaky, sweet with licorice. The high alcohol content is hidden in the sweet flavors of this brew.