alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BIG thanks to Trappistlover for this much welcomed surprise!
A: Yet another extremely black beer, however this one has some fantastic carbonation that sticks around throughout the journey! Wasn’t expecting that since its barrel aged and a Lost Abbey beer. I am seeing some good lacing, thick and sticky.
S: Mmmm delicious bourbon my favorite. Getting some oak, vanilla, big O’ malt, maybe some leather, hints of brandy but the bourbon pretty much overpowers it. Definitely detecting chocolate too. Alcohol is prevalent but not overpowering to me, although I tend to enjoy the big boozy stouts.
T: Oh yeah, that’s daddys medicine right there, love this! Getting the port wine brandy flavor and the bourbon aftertaste. Mild burn as it goes down but not too much. Definitely taste some vanilla but its subtle I only notice it after the beer fully coats and sits awhile. I am also getting some bitter chocolate but that could be the booze talking...
O: I really enjoy this beer, too bad its hard to find and expensive. As I said before this is always a much welcomed treat! Thanks Dave.
alexsdad06 (8234) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown to black color with a small beige head. This looks more like the stout. The aroma is big sweet malts, dark fruits, bourbon and dark chocolate. The flavor shows both the bourbon and sweeter brandy notes, dark chocolate, caramel, ripe dark fruits and alcohol. The abv is noticeable, but with this beer not distracting. I am a big fan.
Slipstream (2381) - USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A hearty thanks to my cousin for cracking open this beauty! So it is half bourbon barrel aged stout + half brandy barrel aged Angel’s Share (which is a barley wine, I think, and a superb, top-rated brew on its own). Interesting aroma is malty, sweet, and floral. The barrel aging and blending results in a beer that is very complex and flavorful. There is a lot going on - warmth, coffee, sharp hops, a touch of brandy, some bourbon notes, an interesting sensation on the palate - and it is all blended nicely and in balance. This really is something special - awesome brew!
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: I was afraid this bottle was going to explode all over the place like their Framboise de Amorosa did, so I opened this bottle in the shower. Luckily, I will be able to enjoy the whole bottle and instead of having to share the majority of the bottle with my floor. Once poured, a beautiful beer fills my English pint glass with a dark mahogany liquid with a brown tint. There was a creamy yet delicate layer of foam head that lasted around throughout the drink. As for the nose, a rich and robust scent of sweet sugary malt and earthy wood barrel dominate the aroma. The palate is so smooth and gentle like a soft piece of velvet, but there is still a moderate level of carbonation. Flavors explode on the taste buds of my tongue and range from a mixture or earthy notes of wood barrel, vanilla, cocoa powder, maple syrup and a touch of sweet spice such as cinnamon. The finish is a rich aftertaste and leaves behind a trace of pumpkin pie. This is truly delighting ale, and feel so lucky to have gotten to drink it.
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7oz. bottle from Justin. Release date Aug. 28, 2010. Appears to pour black, but when held to a bright light, is really reddish/brown. Head is tan. Though it dissipates fairly rapidly, gentle swirriling will maintain a moderate head. A lot of pop when opened, but no overflow. Aroma is bourbon/brandy, as it should be, with vanilla, faint dark fruit and roasted malt. Taste is bourbon/brandy through and through, with vanilla, some dark fruit and just a touch of chocolate. Body is thickish and syrupy. Finish is smooth and boozy. This is a fantastic ale.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml Bottle - No apparent bottling date. Pours a dark black/brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt, cocoa, brown sugar, wood/barrel, caramel, toffee, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, brandy, and some heat. Taste is exactly the same; totally delicious blend of all the flavors, slight heat on the very tail end. I imagine this beer is fairly fresh, and could definitely stand to age much longer. This could easily be close to a 5 point beer with some proper age on it.
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
28-05-11 Bouteille: Noir, avec un moyen collet de mousse blanche. Au premiers aromes, on croit sentir la angel’s share, c’est a dire brandy, sirop d’érable, caramel, petits fruits. En la brassant unpeu, le bourbon fait surface, mais en puissance, en laissant également de fortes notes de chocolats. Un de ces principaux défauts est qu’elle est trop sucrée et vue la puissance du bourbon, fini par tomber sur le coeur. Mélange très complexe et très intéressant a essayer. Corps puissant avec une texture riche et crémeuse. Finale centrée sur le bourbon qui trop de place et élimine les notes plus délicates de brandy et d’érable.
mar (5142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bungletronics. Deep brown with a khaki head. Nose is brandy, wood, chocolate, and syrup. Great palate, chocolate, brandy, wood, molasses, great finish.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to sean. poured black with a thin beige head. aroma was simply fantastic with fudge, grape, bourbon, vanilla, apple, and caramel. flavor was fudge, grape, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, and dark roast. body was medium with low-medium carbonation.
AndyReynolds (1081) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle split with ewestern, thanks Eric. Aroma is sweet malts, bourbon, and oak. Notes of dark fruit, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanillia, and chocolate. Palate is chewey and thick. Flavor is sweet bringing out a hint of coffee, finishing a little dry. Damn good.