BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear brown with a small, frothy, off-white head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), light hops (grass), average yeast (horse blanket, earth) with notes of dates and maple syrup. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness and acidity, light bitterness.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, drank with X-mas dinner. Pours a dark ruby/brown color witha medium sized tan colored head. Aroma of huge sweet malts, raisins, prunes, figs, light caramel and toffee. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, raisins, figs, honey, spice. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, finished sweet and warming. Fantastic.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Pizza Port Solana Beach. What a beer! Poured a beautiful hazed mocha brown. Head was very small and tan in color. Some of the best lacing I’ve seen left on this glass. Nose was not quite as sweet as I was expecting, which was nice. I mostly got caramel, honey, spice, and of course some candied dark fruit aromas as well. Flavor was sweet and malty overall. Another great Lost Abbey brew!!
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer is deep brown in color and looks just like root beer. The beer pours almost no head what-so-ever and the tiny amount that does pour fades quickly. The nose is filled with plum, currant, yeast, raisins, spice and clove. It is weighty in the mid-palate but light on its feet and comes off more medium-bodied than full. The flavors from the nose contnue but a hit of chocolate leads them through the mouth. The texture is very nice as it is on the silky and oily sides. This is an extremely nice Belgium-styled dark beer that if anything lacks a bit of concentration in the midpalate, though this is a minor complaint as it is a balanced beer that appears it will age well.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for sharing this rather tasty treat Ryan! Pours a hazy brown with a thin light tan head. Rich full nose. Chocolate, small roast. Small herbal notes. Dark fruit, rather figgy. Full rich creamy body. big creamy slightly boozy. Dark fruit roasty sweet. Tannic character, but mellow dark bitter chocolate balanced this well. Long roastier finish is the only downside on this lovely beer! I imagine this settling down with age to become a really lovely beer!
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Milk chocolate smoothy with raisins and other yummy fruits. Carob? A bit hot, but very nice.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark whiskey brown with a trace of foam. Nose is banana and rum raisin. Medium light, very light carb, a little sticky. Taste is raisin, some caramel and banana with growing yeast. Good but alcohol creeps in.
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color with no head. Nice smell of pit fruits, vanilla. Very light carbonation. A decent taste follows the nose with a pit fruit sweetness . Cloying sweet, yeasty finish. Not a bad beer, but doesn’t compare to many belgian examples. Sep16/2007
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep brown, almost black, muddy caramel hues on the edges, no head whatsoever, minimal lacing.   Looks extremely still.
Big dark pitted fruit nose, heaps of raisins, quite bready/malty, a touch of tootsie roll, with minor vinous like qualities.
Doesn’t look that appealing, but certainly smells entertaining.   Big raisin/fig/date approach, pretty heavy actually.   Certainly
malty, but comes across as a little thin.   Not as thick, bready, or full bodied as I would have thought.   Its almost as if this
bottle has been aged for quite a while, even tho its a young bottled beer.   Slightly vinous, maybe even exhibits a bit of wood
character.   Tasty, but it almost seems as if its missing something.   Falls flat on the tongue, feels quite still and/or aged.
Young beer this is, for certain, but seems as if it has already peaked.   Falls off the tongue very quickly at the finish.   Very
warming, yet not brash.   Good on the nose, and on the tongue, but a little flat and still.   I expected a bit more from this one.
Thanks Larry for the bottle!
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Bottle. 750 corked. I would have liked to see at least one bubble come through this in the pour. Very flat. It did have a dark brown body tinted with red though. It did have a fairly vinous nose. It did have a flat and dark fruity flavor full of warmth and alcohol and woodiness. It did leave me with a crazy headache. Not sure why. Tasty and interesting but with consequences.