argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) Minimal beige head atop hazy mahogany body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, acetone. Taste is sweet, raisin/plum, some pomegranate, light caramel. Sticky full body with low carbonation.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle generously shared by beastiefan2k. Dark brown, purple tinted beer with a thin amber head. Very fruity aroma, raisins, dates and plums. Dark malts, cherry sweetness, sweet red licorice as well. Flavour is okay, fruity sweetness but very alcoholic and hot. Chewy, malty sweetness, raisin, licorice and a touch of dry leathery character. It’s quite out of balance though, hot alcohol and a lack of yeasty complexity. Light estery profile but it doesn’t really come together. Meh... I’m not sure this is ever going to come together.
beastiefan2k (2430) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml cork and wire shared with JoeMcPhee at the Blind Tiger, I am so glad someone was around to help me with this piece of crap-ola. Actually the cork smelled really good. Poured with a small head that quickly fades away, which makes the beer look really still. Actually looks like slightly dark cola with similar light edges. Cannot see through the beer but it looks thin, a la soda. Aroma is strong with chocolate, molasses, burnt bitterness, and alcoholic prunes. As it warms up syrupy barleywine aspects come out as well. At first the aroma is cool and you think to yourself there is a lot of life in this beer. Then, its like, well, this aroma is strong but it’s crappy and all out of balance. Then you are like, damn... Taste is cherry alcohol and sweet brown sugar, pretty much a strong, boozy, sweet beer. Overall, could be cool but as keep drinking it, the thin ass body and the over the top flavors really start to suck. And by the end, I was just trying to get my money’s worth out of this damn bottle. This has all the pitfalls of American Quads, too much overpowering flavor with no substance behind it. Worst US Quad, EVER! You know, I don’t even like the label.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Blind Tiger - Thanks for sharing xray! Deep brown, thick lightly tanned head. Nose held dark malty notes of raisin, sweet prune, rock candy, rich toasted caramel, and touches of spiced vanilla. Flavor practically matches with similar intensity from start to finish. Just a faint touch of hops in the end to try and stage war over the crazy malt component. Never quite pulls it off, but age will no doubt pull this together even more. Full bodied, medium carbonation, dark fruity finish. Very good now, great in two years....
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Bottle from Capone’s, and drank with Ross and Shigadeyo on AIM. Pours a muddy chocolate dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of yeast, raisens, vanilla, clove. Soft carbonation and a surprisingly thin texture for a quad. Initial flavor of sugary plums, with the middle having notes of yeast, dark bread, banana, spice and a hint of vanilla. Finish has a strong clove presence, along with strong alcohol that really warms the windpipe. This is much better at warmer temps. Interesting beer, as this tastes like a quad that had a splash of saison mixed in. Well crafted, but I do not find the complexities to be harmonious on my palate.
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle which Sean sent me. Thanks. Pours out a dark brownish red color, almost purple looking. Little to no head comes up out of this one. Smell is dark fruits, plenty of raisins, some hops, malts, sweet biscuit flavors. Taste is smooth and not pleasing at first, but after warming some, it really just explodes with flavor. Rich and thick and pretty fruity, this one does not disappoint. If it had just a little bit more carbonation it would get more points. Still, very nice stuff, from this great brewery. Unlike Smitty boy (ACDC Fan), I am not a pussy, so I did not hand bottle half of the 750 to drink tomorrow, all of mine will be consumed because I am not a pussy (huge dream theater fan). Thanks for the bottle little girl.
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6/14/2007: Lost Abbey Judgment Day cloudy/murky amber/dark milk chocolate brown color. This is initially a thin, dark beige crown that quickly diminishes leaving nothing behind. The aroma is very complex and intriguing. It is sweet with a nice alcohol presence and filled with a deep, rich caramel, dark fruits, raisin, and subtle char/smoke quality as well as some delicate banana and Belgian spiciness. The flavor is equally complex and deep with sweet caramel malt, fruit, subtle char/smoke/caramelized sugar. The finish is slightly dry and has a lingering chocolate flavor. The alcohol is there as well, but it isn’t overbearing or astringent. It complements the other flavors of this beer very well and provides a nice warming sensation. Actually, this beer reminds me of raisins soaked in bourbon (I do that to pump up the rasins when I am using them in bread or rice pudding). Also, drink this beer at a slightly warmer than usual temperature. It really opens up when it gets warmer. Wow! ... This beer is pretty smooth on the palate for such a big beer and has a medium body with a mild level of carbonation. Overall, Judgment Day is very good, very enjoyable, and quite easy to drink. Maybe I should re-bottle some of this in another bottle so I can try it again tomorrow night. Nah, that would be stupid.
750 mL bottle (Alc. 10.5% by Vol.) from illinismitty. Thanks for grabbing a bottle of this for me on your recent travels Sean. I appreciate it! At least I drank my bottle in one sitting...
IndianaRed (2446) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a deep redish brown with a small sandy comored head. Tons of rich ripe pitted fruit, plums brown sugar and a little spiciness. Flavor was a bit of a let down. Slightly roasted dark pitted fruits aain, some tof the raisons the lable claims and a nice slightly sour bite. Medium bodies and a dry finish. Thanks Jordan.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer definitely has a ton of potential, I am sure it is going to be great in a year or two. 750, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is alot of dark fruit- raisins, plums, chocolate malt, caramel, alcohol. Taste is also a nice amount of raisins, chocolate malt, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol and spices. Everything is a bit muddled right now but I am sure this is going to age very well.
jake65 (2615) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Buckdich. Dark mahoghany color with a small beige head. Very pleasant aroma of fruitiness, spices, citrus, banana, and caramel. Taste is dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, citrus, and more hints of bananas. Very tasty.