thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample @ EBF ’09. Pours a thick black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Taste is licorice, dark fruit, and roasted malt, with a nice bitter finish that hides the alcohol very well. I like it; I like it a lot.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep chocolate flavors, well balanced. on tap at lost abbey. rich stout aroma and a nice pour add a good touch.
brokephibroke (295) - Mead, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick black pour with a deep brown creamy head. Licorice, coffee and malt aroma. Thick coating mouth with a licorice and sweet / tangy finish. Coffee lingers on and on. Further sipping brings the bitterness up front. I like this stout, but then again, I like alot of imperials and this is near the top.
BelgianBeerGal (3334) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Lost Abbey dinner. Pours opaque black with a small milk chocolate head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, bitter baking chocolate, and some coffee. Very similar flavour plus some anise and a little caramel. Creamy mouthfeel and could not find the 11 ABV.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a thick murky inky black (tm) with a medium head, Good head retention and fair lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, tobacco and faint fruity & caramel notes. Taste is roasted malts, caramel and faint fruity notes. Full bodied.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Monk’s Kettle in San Fran. Pitch black pour with a one finger beige head. Big coffee and chocolate aroma, kind of smells like ice cream actually. Does an excellent job of masking its alcohol under a thick milk shake like mouth with huge chocolate flavor and mild backbeats of coffee and licorice. Not the most complex beer I’ve ever tasted, but a key example in why not all beer NEEDS to be complex.
larsniclas (5953) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at City Beers, SF
Black with a beige head.
Very dark roasted; Chocolate and some mussels.
Loads of chocolate and warming alcohol in the flavour.
Soft and smooth and very pleasant.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 pours deep inky black with a bubbly tan head that quickly fades ti a ring. Espresso, chocolate, licorice, and sweet cream. Spiced beginning with a great bold yet mellow body for an 11% abv. Extremely smooth with a chocolate milk shake taste and aftertaste. A bit of bitter chcolate at the end. Very will done and not overdone for the style. Nice job Port Brewing.
hopeye101 (44) - Draughthouse, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had last night bottle shared by MiguelMandingo. Thanks Mike!
Poured a 1 finger gorgeous brown head.
Fine bubbles from the laser etching on my New Belgium snifter glass caused the foam to hang around. Some lacing on the glass.
Thick and black.
Aroma is like chocolate ice cream. Chocolatey and sweet. A slight amount of hops. Maybe some cinnamon.
Taste is roasty, chocolatey dried fruit, some bitterness.
Big chocolate aftertaste that lingers for awhile.
This one is a real slow sipper. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in this beauty.
Mouthfeel: a little bit thick but ok for the style.
Drinkability: Good but very rich. I could drink a whole bottle but it would take all day.
A wonderful RIS. Not a style that you would think Lost Abbey would be good at but they’ve nailed it.
Serving type: bottle
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml corked and caged. Pours balck with a small mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, malted milk, roasted malts, and coffee. Flavors are sweet chocolate up front, roasted malts and a bitter coffee/chocolate finish. Palate is rich and velvety.