ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12.7oz, corked & caged bottle from south bay. cork popped out with a slight hiss and this beautiful elixir pours a murky, dark brown with a smooth, chestnut head lasting the entire glass and leaving oily legs with slivers of lace after each sip. aroma is absolutely fantastic, everything i could possibly ask for in a barrel aged masterpiece, with smooth, charred oak, bourbon, sweet toffee pralines, molasses, and brandy-soaked dark fruit notes of prune, fig, and raisin backed by subtle notes of fresh baked fudge, hazelnut, and roast espresso with just a touch of vanilla nougat. flavor is amazing as well with a beautiful interplay between the spicy, fruity nature of brandy barrels and the sweet, oakey notes from the bourbon barrels complemented by buttery toffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and sweet figs with subtle hints of vanilla icing, maple syrup, and mocha coffee on the very back end. palate is marvelously rich and smooth, full bodied, and perfectly carbonated with an elegant amount of warmth nestled in the bittersweet finish. overall, one of the finest beers iíve had to date and right up there with angelís share grand cru and veritas 004 as one of the best Lost Abbey beers out there. itís mind boggling how under-rated this is even at 4.02.
Hair6a11 (1426) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is a dark brown with frothy tan head. Nice retention - lacing is very modest. Oaked Bourbon notes on the nose; choocolate malts are present here. Flavors are a bit subdued when you compare it to the older viscosity. Brandy, Cocoa, Caramel Malts, Oak, Spices - Dark fruits come through - It just has this slightly diluted feel - a product of combining brews, probably.
phredrik (1012) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky black with a reddish shine, of course no head at all. Aroma has lots of barrel, esp. the bourbon shines through. Prunes on the sweet side, sweet liquorice and oak. The barley wine shines through in the nose. But in the taste, the more roasted aspects of the beer come to show. Still sweet, dried fruits, but roasted malts supply some bitternes along with hops to balance out some of the sweetness. Barrel is less evident in the taste, which is good, the barrel comes out very subtle. There is a lot of burn from the alcohol, though. The after taste is very good with fresh grinded coffee beans and oak. Medium to low carbonation. Good one.
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with absolute no head. Powerful aroma: vanilla, caramel, malt, sweet liqourice, alcohol and walnut snaps. The flavour is very sweet, full-bodied, light coffee notes, a bit chocolatey and maybe some diacetyl(?). Very delicate beer with fantastic aroma and flavour, but I think suffers a little from focus on making an extreme beer with tons of flavour, instead brewing a beer a very drinkable, balanced beer with tons a flavour.
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very vigorous pour produces a one-finger thick, nicely browned, concentrated tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer pours with a dark chocolate brown color that sits in my glass with an opaque, concentrated brown, almost black color. The aroma smells of toasted coconut, vanillin, tart Bourbon, ample oak spiciness and warming, spicy, almost hot alcohol that even burns the nostrils a bit. Rich, molasses like flavors mix with malty carob notes and a huge toasted whole grain character up front (though subservient to the Barrel notes), while the finish has a roasted, slightly acrid, aroma of burnt grain and a touch of brown sugar coated espresso beans. A roasted nutty note starts tom come out with a bit of time. There is almost a vinous quality to the nose (it is wrapped up in the tart barrel character), and now that I have noticed it, it almost seems like a lactic (or something similar, definitely not acetic) acidity, though this is fairly soft. As the beer warms the spicy, hot alcohol becomes much more apparent in the nose.
Fairly thick and rich feeling, this is a beer with some definite viscosity to, this is backed by a slight, nicely supporting prickle of carbonation, that is on the light side for you average beer, but is just about perfect for this particular beer. The beer has lots of Barrel derived flavors in the middle through to the finish and the long finish after a sip has a drying, dark chocolate bitterness and smooth burnt malt bitterness to it that lingers on the mouth with just a bit of char. Up front there is an almost tart Bourbon, or perhaps Brandy character that melds into a toasted coconut and dense, creamy texture accentuating, vanillin flavor, and a big chocolate flavor in the middle. The finish really, really reminds me of the after taste from a Bourbon, this isnít necessarily a good thing though as the finish is a bit hot, somewhat tart / vinous and has the spicy oakiness to it; because of this finish the beer seems to end a bit thin despite the rich, chewy body that is noticeable as the beer is in the mouth. As the beer warms up it accentuates the harsher, hot alcohol flavors to the detriment of the rounder, more integrated lush characters that the beer had.
A nice beer, I like the complexity that it has, even if some of it can seem a bit dubious at times (the tartness can seem a bit out of place at times, even though I donít think this is in any way infected). It does seem to prove out my growing feeling that beers over a certain alcohol percentage should not be Barrel aged as they get too hot and boozy (which this one does). This would be quite the enjoyable beer in small doses; the first 2-4 ounces of this beer were much better than what the beer ended up being. Still this is not bad, and even has its enjoyable moments.
thedesertfox (17) - - JAN 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 mL bottle. extremely complex and smooth taste, little head, good lacing, very dark in color.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 bottle. Thanks for sharing desert fox. Pitch black. Very little to no head. Good lacing. Very smooth strong ale. Nice blend. Bourbon and dark fruit notes
juiceisloose (1063) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. This one pours a very dark mahogany brown color with hints of cherry red and crowned by a thin dark tan colored head of film. There is minimal spots of lacing left behind, but some nice staining sheeting that shows the viscosity of the brew. The aroma is really nice and is based in dark chocolate, toasted caramel, and rich toffee malts. Maple syrup, vanilla, and dark fruits lend further depth, while apple brandy sweetness and bourbon oak tie everything together. There is a hint of roast along with some warming from the alcohol. The flavors follow and are based in the dark chocolate and toasted caramel to go with some burnt oak and vanilla. Some earthen hops add a touch of bitterness on the back end. The bourbon adds a touch of toasted nuts, while the brandy barrel adds the signature caramel apples. Nearly full bodied and smooth with plenty of warmth from the alcohol while the balanced carbonation leads to a sticky sweet finish. Just a touch boozy with some warm cloying sugars is all that holds this back. Either way it is a really tasty brew that Iím glad I have a couple more of. Another great barrel aged beer from Lost Abbey.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cork came out silent. Fuck. I thought we were past this? So it sits there in the glass...with a little head, so maybe theyíre be something in the way of carbonation....the body is a pretty dark, somewhat muddy-opaque brown. Nose hits with bourbon..some molasses, raisin, vanilla, rum...you know, those sophisticated adult-type dessert characteristics. Ok, theres some carbonation, but more certainly wouldnít hurt. Flavorwise..more bourbon, some wood, a bit of vanilla-laden sweetness but not overly so...pretty boozy though, actually..touches being hot at times yet the body seems a little thin at the same time...the finish is where this beer fails though....it kind of dwindles into wet cardboard and leaves unpleasantness in the mouth. So..Iíd say a big boozy bourbon beer with a lighter than desired body and a finish of wet cardboard. Well, that kinda sounds a bit worse than it actually is...but whatever, thatís my forte.
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown/black appearance with a tiny dark brown head. Very aromatic nose with dark brown malts, a bit of alcohol, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and Brandy. Dark stout-like body with the alcohol, bitterness, and hoppiness of a Barleywine. Thereís oak, vanilla, and Bourbon mixed in there too. Incredibly smooth. Delicious oak, vanilla, and Bourbon finish and aftertaste. Iím blown away.