j12601 (6769) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Paulís tasting courtesy of Mike. Pours a clear dark brown to black with a thin white head. Big roast, coffee, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla, with a whole lot of booze on the nose Medium bodied, big and boozy, really detcracts from what seems like an otherwise solid beer. Big chocolate and roast, wood and bourbon. Lots of warm alcohol on the finish with some roast notes. Really nice stuff but the raw alcohol all over the place made this unenjoyable even if was an objectively good beer.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Malrubius I think. Pours a deep brown ruby with a thinning head- looks almost black in the glass with some nice legs. Aroma is bourbon, roast, chocolate malts, sweet brandy barrel, light oak and some vanilla, brown sugar, toast, big fruity esters, fig, raisin, blackberry jam. Flavor is very sweet all the way through- syrupy and brown sugary with maple, toast, light chocolate big burnt roasted malts, brandy sweetness and some caramel bourbon and vanilla, oak and a medium bodied finish- Ok- a bit too sweet and unrefined to me.
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy reddish brown pour.
aroma is cherry, woody, fruitcakey plum, some alc heat.
Flavour was woody, toffee, strong bourbon, cherry and plum, vanilla.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample thanks to Arminjewell. Dark black pour, no carbonation and a very strong aroma of prunes and booze. Flavor is creamy plums, prunes, stone fruits and more slick booze on the finish. Very good beer!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours an extremely dark chocolate brown that looks pretty much black in the glass with a thick film of mocha head along the top that recedes to a solid collar and leaves no lacing, just some sticky legs.
Aroma is huge with bourbon and vanilla to start with an underlying sweet chocolate and dark fruit backbone. There is also some leather, tobacco, spent coffee grounds and brandy in the nose and an alcohol burn to finish things off.
Taste also starts with the bourbon but thatís just an opener for the big sweet chocolate and caramel malt backbone with vanilla, raisins and plums. Maybe some coffee but the finish is really about the brandy and alcohol burn with a hint of dry oak.
The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with soft carbonation and on the fuller side of things in the body. Very dessert-like feel.
This is an outstanding beer and if they would consistently nail this types of beers, Iíd still be in the Sinnerís Club. If they keep it up, maybe Iíll jump back in...
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark brown pour, this one looks black once in the glass, and is topped with a thin frothy tan head. Some pretty good spotty lacing slides along the sides of the glass after each sip. The aroma shows lots of barrel and booze. Marshmellow, ash, and caramel round out the scent. Very rich flavors consisting of; dark malts, caramel, toffee, sweet apple brandy, bourbon, light roasty notes, alcohol soaked raisins, and rich dark chocolate creeps in towards the finish. This is no doubt a big beer, clearly a slow sipper with lots of alcohol and barrel notes. You can definitely see both the Angels Share and Serpents Stout contribution. I think the stout-like qualities were dominant at first but Angels Share seemed to stand out more as it warmed. Thereís lots of stuff going on here. Kind of seemed like a mish mash of barrel aged flavors that I wasnít sure was working but Lost Abbey is such a master at these types of beers that this ended up being really good. However, any Angels Share on itís own is still better than this one.
IrishBoy (3883) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from Ledgers. Nose is obvious barrels, kind of smells like port (I guess the combo of brandy and bourbon gives that), vanilla, oak, chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. Black with brown edges and a very small cinnamon tan head. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, and some oaky vanilla. The two beers meld but the combo is not as good as either part IMHO.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a couple bottles of this through Sinners Club. Pours a nice dark brown/black with a thicker tan head that lingers with good lace. Aroma is lots of barrel, with the usual suspects including vanilla, oak, molasses, rich milk chocolate, bourbon, and some over ripe dark fruits. Flavor is also barrel heavy, with more vanilla, lighter bourbon notes, chocolate, dark fruits, and espresso notes. A little heavier mouthfeel also helps make this as a nice cold weather sipper. Lots of barrel, but no real surprise there, and it ends up as a nice blend of two great beers.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from bottle provided by Dogbrick. Pours dark brown, aroma is big and boozy with notes of oak, and almost a port quality. Flavor is big and boozy as well with some caramel notes and a vinous finish.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours light black (?) with a a small light tan head. Iím happy to see a Lost Abbey barrel-aged non-sour beer with some bubbles. Aroma of deep chocolate, maple, molasses, raisin, wood, bourbon, raspberry, and heavily sweetened espresso. Words canít express how good this smells, especially if you love desserty beers. Flavor begins with a mix of bourbon, alcohol along with maple and thick, dark chocolate. Espresso, brown sugar, raisin, berry, and brandy (along with plenty of heat) make themselves known soon enough. Finishes a bit hot but continues the flavor overdose with chocolate, wood, heat, light char, and an overall sense of your mouth being enveloped in flavor. Full bodied, a bit hot, thick and viscous, but this beer feels a little less heavy than expected. Full flavor, YES. But the alcohol presence does seem to make the beer thinner. The carbonation is spot on for the style though. Light, yet present enough to give the beer a sense of airiness, never calling attention to itself. Just amazingly delicious overall though! Just overwhelming and great.