brokensail (12909) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is essentially jet black with a small layer of brown foam sitting on top.
S: Intensely barrel oriented. Lots and lots of bourbon and vanilla, giving a very rich nose. Plenty of dark and milk chocolate providing a bit of sweetness. Almost no roast is left as the barrel has really taken over.
T: Great sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla flavors. Bourbon and the inherent booziness of Serpent’s Stout are there, but surprisingly not hot and abrasive. A touch of oak in the background and maybe a little bit of oak.
M: Definitely full in body with a smooth but low carbonation.
O: The barrel aged Lost Abbey beers are a thing of beauty when done right. And this was done right.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting 2009. Pours deep black with a thin tan head. The nose is wood, ashy cocoa and port. The taste is roasted malt, baker’s chocolate, oaky vanilla and light port with some light alcohol burn. Medium bodied. Nice stuff.
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the barrel tasting 2009. Pours a deep black with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate wood roast, touch of port, booze. Flavor is chocolate, oak, roast, port, booze. Easy to drink for what it is. Good Experiment.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the barrel tasting ’09. Black, rich buttery barrel aged flavor. The roast of serpents has mellowed nicely. Easy to drink. Very good!
nickd717 (3629) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Straight from the barrel at the Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting ’09. Black in color with a small tan head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, wood, and sweet port, along with some sour red grapes. Flavor is complex and amazing, with roast, rich dark chocolate, barrel, vanilla, and lots of port. Mostly sweet but some tartness is definitely in there as well. Palate is very smooth and mildly acidic with low carbonation - but not too low as some Lost Abbey beers have been known to be. Thought this was incredible, but then again, I’m really a sucker for port.