BelgianBeerGal (3856) - 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 (5831) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s definitely a shape shifter, this one. I didn’t 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 (5927) - 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 (3328) - 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 (5607) - 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 I’ve 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!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy red-orange-brown shade of black with a small tannish head.
Holy fudgey bourbon aroma! Very warming…. Mixed with some lesser notes of roast, spice, cherries and ash.
The flavor is the same…. Very rich and delicious…. dessert-like. A bourbon-y sting comes through as it warms.
Medium/full body but alcohol cuts through to make it incredibly quaffable.9/4/9/5/18/4.5+
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle, thanks tkrjukoff!) Pours black with a small light brown head. The aroma holds smooth roast alongside a fantastic barrel mix - I pick up both the bourbon and the brandy. Also clear tones of (Belgian) esters - both dried and fresh fruits, Belgian chocolate, fat caramel and some alcohol. Subtle spices and tiny earthy/leafy hops. Almost creamy, coconut and vanilla notes as the beer gets warmer. Fantastic complex and deep nose, almost a bit romantic. The flavour is near medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny, tiny acidic. Complex barrel ageing, smooth, luxury chocolate, dried fruits, caramel and wood shop. The mouthfeel is round, smooth, creamy and velvety with a light carbonation. Quite fiery. Lingering wooden and malty finish. Nar full bodied. Super!
Nisse666 (6307) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thx to tkrjukoff 2011-07-09 Sätila
AR: caramel, roasted caramel malt, red wine
AP: pitch black, wee beige head
F: vinos, warming, roasted malt and vanilla
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 37,5 cl. Pours pitch black with a small bubbly brown head leaving some lace. Aroma is fruity, fullboduied, sweet, malty, vanilla and oak barrel; well in balance. Flavor is like aroma, pungeant, tingly on tounge; excellent balance. Finishes yet again balanced between bitter, oak, malt and alcohol.