kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL bottle from a while ago (summer 2010?; Iíve been slowly drinking through my Sinnerís allotment). Pours a deep, dark, cola-brown color; creamy, fine-bubbled light-tan head with modest retention and pretty damn fine lacing. Lots of alcohol present in the aroma, somewhat overshadowing the bitter chocolate, charred malts, and ash; layers of caramel and milk chocolate lurking underneath, but somewhat top-heavy with alcohol and burning. Full bodied; light carbonation; some immediate warming alcohol that doesnít quite trek into fusel land. In the mouth, the initial alcohol isnít as dominant, allowing the bitter and milk chocolate, caramel, burnt malts, and some red-fruit-centric vinous qualities to pop more overtly; the charred barrel character and spirit notes add a needed sharpness to whatís otherwise dessert; Iíve always really enjoyed this beer despite some of its rough edges; the Angelís Share seems to be the more prominent part here, or at least the most forward one. Lasting, long finish of bitter chocolate, rich caramel, and some fine toastiness.
beerbastard (761) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank this on a cold night, that really made it taste great. Very multi dimensional. Flavors and aromas allmost too many to mention. Burbon, vanilla, figs, chocolate, molasses, wood, and many more. Also got some wonderful alcohol burn, (helped to warm me up). Burbon still stands out the most. Palate not quite as thick as I would have expected.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml received as an extra in a recent trade with PALMEJ1. Thanks again Jacob!
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.
Sweet boozy aroma with a strong barrel character giving off hints of boozy bourbon, earthy oak, vanilla, marshmallow and toasted coconut. Underneath there is some roasted malt with hints of oatmeal, dark chocolate, burnt toast and coffee bean. Iím not picking up much brandy and itís a bit booze heavy in the nose but it still smells pretty good.
Chewy full body that is pretty boozy with a nice balance of roasted malt, boozy bourbon and earthy oak. The barrel character is very prominent with a lot of dry, toasted oak balancing out the boozy sweetness. As the aroma suggests, there is more bourbon than brandy but Iím at least picking up some brandy flavor. Faint vanilla and coconut smooth things out a bit but this beer is still plenty boozy. Underneath, there is a roasted malt backbone that compliments the dry, toasted notes of the barrel very nicely. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast and deep roasted coffee/espresso bean linger into a long dry finish. Although this beer is slightly hot with plenty of warmth in the finish, the ABV is relatively well masked and the complex flavors make it very quaffable.
Overall, this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A lot of Lost Abbeyís big beers and non-sours have been very disappointing lately with all of the QC issues but this was a very good beer. Plenty of carbonation and not syrupy at all. I found it to be complex and very tasty. Recommended!
JK (4840) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color. Low carbonation. The oak is prominent and the dryness overpowers any sugar. Bourbon and brandy are unmistakable, I might have liked it more with brandy only. Smooth finish and one of the better Lost Abbey beers I have had. High abv is well hidden.
drowland (6596) - Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/18/11. 375mL bottle courtesy Tim! Opaque brown/red pour with a small tan head that fades fast. Big bourbon and brandy aroma with caramel and grapes. Sweet caramel aroma with apple, bourbon, brandy, coconut, vanilla, and more. Nice!
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle drank out of my Darkness glass, courtesy of my girlfriend who wan 80ís trivia, and courtesy of Alex for putting it up as prize...Medium brown pour with a very slow rising head, makes you and think nothing is coming. A solid finger of medium tan head coms about but quickly fades to just a ring, no lacing...The aroma is really sweet, tons of vanilla and bourbon, reminds me of a lighter Angel Share Grand Cru. A hint of honey and oak adds depth on the finish. As it warms reminds me more of an aged BCS because the bourbon is a little hot...The taste nails the aroma, but in a lighter way. Vanilla is the main player here with accents of oak and bourbon. Really creamy and smooth, Iím liking this way more than I thought I would and much more than the regular Angel Shares. The finish has some nice bitter coffee notes, really surprising, especially with a hint of heat.
Overall, this is really good and Iím surprised. I think this needed some time because I ad this when it first came out and I wasnít as nearly as impressed.
blklab2007 (2069) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle I think from secret santa. cork comes out with little pop and the pour is a dark brown color with a bit of light brown froth. aroma is incredibly rich, bourbon, sweet brandy, roasted barrel, vanilla, roasted malt, raisin, and a fair bit of alcohol heat. mouth feel is thick and coating with very low carbonation. flavor has more of the brandy than bourbon, roasted malt, barrel wood, vanilla, plumb, almost hits on sherry, and has fantastic dark fruits.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In theory this beer cant be bad because it takes two great beers and blends them with that said here goes. Pours a black body with a tan head. Big booze is what i get first, bourbon, apple brandy. When past the huge etoh get some light chocolate tones, a fudge note, a hint of licorice and dark fruit tones. Still all that heat is a bit much, sure it works but iíd rather have either of these by themselves then this blend.
Jblauvs (1355) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick Brown pour. Aroma is deep barrel, wood, chocolate, molasses, alcohol, dates, brandy. Mouthfeel is viscous, oily, tannic. Flavor is brandy, lots of booze, chocolate, wood, very slippery, dry tannic finish. Good
craftycarl21 (2290) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a small dark tan head. Aroma holds monstrous notes of classic Lost Abbey barrel notes, with vanilla, wood, lactic presence, raisin, cherry, fig, and some chocolate and caramel. Flavor holds big notes of caramel, mocha, and dark fruit, but brings much more tannic oak and booze than some of the other barrel treated LA beers. I personally dig it, but I could see others who would want this to set down and mellow a bit. Carbonation is really nice, enough to massage the gums but doesnít detract from the rich, sweet flavor. Not super viscous, but an oily smooth mouthfeel. Very nice stuff.