fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, currants, hot alcohol, reminiscent of a cake batter.
Appearance:Dark mahogany in color, very little head, good lacing.
Taste:Lots of bourbon, dark malts, walnut.
Palate:Medium to thick body. Harsh alcohol burn, good carbonation.
Overall:Itís a good sipper, but itís got some harsh notes that will probably do well with some age on it.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#1300. Bottle Hollingshead. Pours dark brown with thick tan head. Nose is heavy with bourbon and vanilla. Some wood and caramel mixed in as well. Flavors of bourbon, booze, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is a silky, but a little thin. Finishes sweet with bourbon and boozy. Pretty nice sipper. Canít believe I paid $24 in orange county when I could have got it for $8 less back in Chicago. Oh well. Worth it either way.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black, fizzy tan head. Great aroma of burnt caramel, toasty oak, and wet brandy. Two distinct sides to this beer, both jockeying for my attention. I get more wet brandy notes paired with the chewy oak that I associate with the bourbon side. Both robust sides are not dancing with each other right now, reminds me of middle school. Give it a couple years.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml capped caged bottle
Black pour with a rocky brown head that quickly fades away, this beer greets you with bourbon on the nose. The mouthfeel is creamy, the taste has some vanilla, chocolate, and quite a bit of alcohol warming.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ml corked bottle. 10.20.10
Bought 2 bottles at Whole Foods and got a sick Lost Abbey tulip glass for free. Thanks Jordan! Pours thick, jet black with brown hues, and a creamy espresso brown head. Nose is powerful; bourbon shines through with the brandy also being detectable, slight alcohol, chocolate, fig, raisin, and slight caramel from the malts with toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak from the barrels. The roasted malt from the Serpents Stout adds a nice layer in an already complex drink. The taste is bourbon, brandy, chocolate, caramel, and fig at first followed by toasted coconut, vanilla, more bourbon, and oak from the barrels. The warmth from the alcohol isnít overpowering which is nice. Aging will calm this baby down a bit (glad I bought 2). Amazing blended ASA. This is another amazing offering from Lost Abbey.
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from Binnyís-South Loop. It was the last one on the shelves, and I couldnít remember off the top of my head what this was, but had a feeling it was something I should probably try. Pours a basically black color, opaque, with a brown ring for a head. Aroma of bourbon and brandy- seems obvious, but I really got both- along with dark fruits (red grapes, raisins, figs), chocolate, coffee, and earth. Flavor is also boozy in the same way with more barrel notes (vanilla, wood), dark fruits (red grapes, plums), chocolate, and molasses. Full-bodied, with mild carbonation and a thick, oily palate. Lingering roast and booze. This is a massive, muddled beer that I probably should have had after trying Serpentís Stout and The Angelís Share to be able to compare better; maybe backwards will be just as interesting.
TonyDiUlio (650) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at lost abbey. Pour is thick ass black. No head on pour but did lace on side of glass. Aroma is dark malts of caramel and raisin. Plus alcohol. The Bourbon really comes through. Flavor is alcohol vanilla dark malts and wonderful other thongs. Nice brew.
SrSilliGose (3270) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by peter! Thanks a ton! Aroma of vinous grapey port. Some chocolate bourbon undertones. Taste is a flow of sweet bourbon and roasted chocolate, follwed by a nice throat warming brandy and booze. Lingering boozy roast and bourbon left on the pallette. Grapey aroma seems a bit out of place. The nice clean roastiness and and anise I loved in the original serpents stout seem muddled and overpowered by the barrel influences. Powerful, interesting beer. Seemed a bit muddled. Prob prefer regular serpents stout to this. Bourbon and vanilla smooth out and become more prominent as this warms. Still a bit muddled though. Tasty though. Thanks pete.
Tmoney99 (11093) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate malt, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet toasted dark chocolte malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a top 50 standout beer.
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a somewhat oily very dark brown with not much of a head until I made a small fine fizzy one by extending the pour length. Aroma is awesome, it basically smells like AS, Serpent Stout, and bourbon barrel, I love what the hard roast and fruity notes of SS do to the AS, adds that complexity and backbone that I always though was missing from the regular brandy version, smooth and creamy, beautiful blend of bourbon, brandy, stout and AS, what a marriage, alcohol is harsh with some whiffs. First taste seems to follow what I was expecting from the aroma, except it seems to fall apart from there, love the first taste of the roast and bourbon mixed with the AS, however, then it becomes very boozy, has that nice raisin finish and long lasting aftertaste though, but just very boozy with some roast bitterness. Nice body, nice fizzy carbonation, just a bit gloopy after swallowing. I have some more bottles so Iím think age will really do this wonders... I think. Right now it certainly tastes like a blend of two different styles rather than working together harmoniously to form a ínewí beer. I agree with Kan and Drew that the nod goes to the aroma. I wish I had more Grand Cru! Much better at room temp opposed to cellar, starting to sing now.