jrallen34 (3498) - 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 (2106) - 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 (1357) - 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 (2302) - 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.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Epic black pour with a thin off white ring. The aroma is massive oaky vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, raisin, fig, date, and booze. The flavor holds a nice blend of tannic oak, vanilla, booze, coffee, cocoa nib, and dark fruits. The palate is thick, rich, and viscous with low carbonation and an oily finish.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was interesting. More carbonated than the barrel aged beers I paid for as a sinner and saint, so that was pleasant. The bourbon was still overly dominant. I honestly couldnít taste or smell more than cocoanut and biscuit.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Corks pops off with a nice little pop, hoping this one is carbonated. Poured into a duvel tulip glass a dark brown almost black color wih a slight tan head. Nice aroma of bourbon in the nose, I really donít get the brandy at all but thatís ok. Vanilla, dark roast, chocolate, and booze rounds out the rest of the nose. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very rich flavors! A mix of lots of flavors; dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, booze, and black licorice in the flavors. Really nice. A sipper for sure. Alcohol warms the body whole drinkin this one.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Poured deep brown with a tan head. Very nice! Sherry and wine-like. Big boozy and lots of roast, barley grains, vanilla with a whiskey character sneaking in. Creamy, subtle palate with a sugary finish.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle courtesy of Tim and Rachel. Very boozy, brandy aroma, very sweet, dark fruits, grapes, plums, prunes, the alcohol is present on the nose but not as much on in the taste. Delicious.