DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to PretzelCity for this.
3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy light brown head that has average retention given the ABV and leaves no lacing.
5.0 S: I personally didnít care much for regular Serpentís and Iím not a huge fan of any brandy barrel beer, but this combination is exquisite. The bourbon is a lot stronger than the brandy and the resulting intensity from each blends together almost perfectly. Anyway, the bourbon in this is smooth with a low booziness. Flavors include a good bit of leather, toastiness, a slight touch of peat, and subtle fruitiness. The brandy adds a nice vinous component. The barrels add a good bit of vanilla and oak. The underlying stouts lend a surprisingly soft roastiness with plenty of sweet caramel and molasses. A light sugariness with dark fruits and emphasis on plum and raisin. Very, very nice.
4.5 T: I donít know what this was like fresh, but at this point itís quite smooth and the booze is well in check. Bourbon and brandy again work very well together. Iíve had a few other bourbon + brandy beers and none of them have worked together at all, let alone as well as they do in this brew. Leathery bourbon with touches of peat and char. Woody, vinous brandy. Again good vanilla and oak. The base beers play second fiddle to the barrel treatments, but this is so good that I donít care (I usually do). Lots of caramel, molasses, and some brown sugar. Plum, raisin, prune, and tobacco fruitiness.
4.0 M: Medium to perhaps heavier medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower that what is typical for the style, but it works just as well. The problem is that this is missing the rich, velvety creaminess that I come to expect from beers of this nature. Very smooth though.
4.5 D: Best LA beer Iíve had. I didnít think Iíd enjoy this nearly as much as I have, but Iím glad I did.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-13-2011 23:14:51
JoePeesie (923) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The most carbonated beer Iíve had from LA in ages a frothy 2mm head after a vigorous poor. Itís a solid brew. I no longer drop cash on LA myself- I figure if they donít care enough to fix the carbonation problem I donít care enough to drop the cash. I am still glad I received this beer as a toss in on a trade. If it was carbonated properly it would be a 5 Iím certain. As delivered it is what it is: a 13 yr old boy- totally flat and loaded with potential.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thnx 2 tarheels86 for this. One word: amazing. Very soft, silky, great. Roast, bourbon, chocolate, caramel and warming alcohol. Mmmmmjammy.
Dunbar72 (136) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanx to tkrjukoff. Pours black with a small, light brown head. Deep aroma of oak, vanilla, dryed fruit and alcohol. Flavour of oak, vanilla and licorice. Well balanced.
BelgianBeerGal (3672) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Traded bottle. I really liked this and was happy that it was not overpowering. Pours jet black and my was (thankfully) carbonated. Just a thin brown head but I was happy. This beer was tough to nail down but now that I read the description and honestly seemed liked a stout blended with a barleywine. I really liked it. Plus the 12+ ABV was well hidden. Very nice.
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís definitely a shape shifter, this one. I didnít really know what I was tasting at the time, but I certainly picked up on the combination of barrel aged stout and barleywine. I poured dark brown with a tiny bit of light setting off some ruby hues at the edges. Almost no foam. The aroma is caramel, heavy bourbon, raisins, and plum. The flavor is massive with lots of bourbon, raisins, and underlying notes of roasted malt. It changes with every sip sometimes giving off a more chocolaty impression. Very alcoholic and a challenge to drink very much of, but a beer that will leave an impression for sure.
kappldav123 (5816) - GERMANY - JUL 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle looks very, very good. Beer in the glass black as the night, almost no head. Extrem roasty malty aroma. Starts very strong with intense notes of chocolate, burning alcoholic. Heavy malty finish, gets drier and drier, also bitter coffee notes. Warming finish, intense maltiness. Impressive beer, but it could be more balanced.
Reynolds314 (3238) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully complex beer that evolves as you drink it. This beer poured black with a thin tan head. It was very rich and smooth on the palate with medium to low carbonation. Aroma was bourbon, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits. Taste is similar to the aroma with bourbon dominating a bit but not overpowering. The stout elements are really nice in this. The roasted flavors compliment the bourbon and vanilla perfectly. As this beer warmed the brandy came through quite a bit more with notes of dark fruits. A great beer experience found sitting on the shelf at liquor store.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle thanks to Bradbalk. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is huge roast, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar, ethanol, grilled stone fruit, sweet dark fruit, layers of chocolate, licorice and spice waft up with a gentle sniff. Flavor is bourbon, roast, chocolate and vanilla up front, waves of hot ethanol seep in toward the middle, without the bourbon notes they would be a little over the top, but that lovely oakey goodness helps to balance it out, finishes with dark fruit vanilla, alcohol, toasted sweet breads and dark, rich caramel. Palate is hugely heavy in body, creamy and slick on entry increasingly slick toward the dry, slightly boozy finish (again the bourbon notes save it here), throw in a light but noticeable carbonation and you have a delicious sort of black barleywine/imperial stout contraption. It really changes as it warms, lots more dark fruit and brandy notes as it gets toward room temp. I really enjoyed this beer.
Ernesto987 (5332) - Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2011 Bottle found sitting on the shelf this week, This is the best blend of barrel aged beers Iíve ever had. Bourbon and roasted Malts dominate the nose but with some patience you can detect the brandy. The flavor is different from the aroma but equally and well balanced. A finish that lasts forever, vanilla and bourbon. Great job lost abbey!