bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Light roasty, chocolate aroma with some sweetness. Chocolate, sweet malt flavor with backing roast and coffee. Medium-plus bodied. Lingering sweetness with some roast. Straight and to the point, but very well done. Hides alcohol well.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of stefanje. Thanks, Stefan! Pours a pitch black chocolate color with minimal light coming through; khaki head with fine-bubbled lacing and great retention; a gorgeous pour. Lots of chocolate, burnt malts, and some alcohol in the aroma; basic imperial stout aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of dark chocolate, burnt and roasted malts, and some coffee; decent imperial stout, with plenty of mineral / citrus hops and burnt malts. Lengthy finish: coffee, chocolate, and burnt malts.
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Pours opaque black. Has a thick and sweet fruit and yogurt-yeast smell, along with some mild roast and some chocolate milk. Creamy, sweet milk with a very light astringency, somewhat lactic but that’s also quite mild. Chewy, frothy, doughy, with some lingering chocolate syrup in the finish. Quite delicious, a bit too sweet for my tastes, and a bit too much of that typical neutralizing Lost Abbey yeast, giving it a yogurt dullness and creaminess. Positive are the chocolate syrup flavors and low bitterness, negatives would be the unnecessary attention that the yeast demands, but overall I like it.
drewbeerme (3885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. 2008 vintage. pours black with creamy dark swirling tan head. an amazing looking head. a big roasty and yeasty nose with bakers chocolate and dark fruits. flavors are dark chocolate, dark fruits, nutty, and yeasty. a really chewy mouth feel. the alcohol is a tad boozy which i think will mellow with a year of aging. a great beer now however.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks again drewbeerme for a great beer (maybe I should have brought something...). Opaque black with beautiful deep, dark brown, red head. Dry, medium roasted malt with slight belgian yeast aroma, a little chocolate. Dark roast, creamy chocolate flavor with belgian yeast, a little vanilla, slight alc, a little dark fruit as well, this is pretty awesome. Medium, creamy body. An awesome blend of California mentality with belgian inspiration, an all around great beer, this is what I want from a belgian stout.
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at DLD. Poured black with a creamy cap of deep brown head.. nice retention. The aroma picked up sweeter and darker chocolates with warm, building molasses.. seemed on the dry end with very good balance. The flavor had warm darker chocolates with a touch of coffee bitterness at the core.. warmth brought out some molasses and slight oak.. alcohol warmth at the finish and through the belly. Heavier-bodied on the palate and dry with graininess across the middle. I’d gladly drink this one again.
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Black with a mountainous head. Mostly sweet aromas of earthy molasses, milky cocoa, and mild coffee. Slick oily mouthfeel. Taste starts sweet with Mexican chocolate, then a musty blackened malt bitterness with some dark pit fruits to finish. My favorite of the Port/LA stouts i’ve tried so far.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, pours a dark black with a towering dark brown head that lingers, minimal lacing. Aroma is full and interesting, with dark chocolate, strong espresso, ripe dark fruits, and an overall roastiness. Flavor starts a bit sweet and chocolaty, then turns roasty, with espresso bitterness. A nice blend of chocolate, roast and espresso. Good stuff!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yowzers! Pours a thick beautiful black with a massive 3-finger brownish tan head. Head hangs around for ages and lacing is exceptional. This may be the best looking stout I have ever poured! Sweet malty molasses aroma with heavy chocolate smells. Only the slightest coffee scents to balance the roasty malted aroma. Bit of hops, but not much. Definitely that nice molasses sweetness up front that gives way to the roasted malts and bittersweet chocolates. Hints of coffee and dark fruits give way to a very pleasant balance of bitterness and alcohol burning in the aftertaste. Thick and oily but with heavy carbonation as a balance. Just absolutely coats your mouth in sweet roasted goodness. A quite delicious stout from Lost Abbey. I found myself polishing this off far too quickly. Super smooth and super yummy! I absolutely have to grab a few more bottles to cellar.
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 5/1/08. 750 ml bottle thanks to drewbeerme for this pour. Creamy tall tan head on top of a dark black body. Malty roasted and chocolate nose and some hints of belgian yeast spice. Creamy chocolatey body. Chocolate roasted flavors sweet but not overly so. Some dark fruits, a slight yeast and hop spice with bitter roasted chocolate. Bitter roasted malts are somewhat dry in the finiish. A good beer, but nothing that sets this to far above other impys. Thanks andrew. 8/4/8/4/16 = 4.0
750 ml bottle shared by lb4lb? at the pre-DLD FS gathering. Pours black with a brown head. Roasted and sweet chocolate in the nose. Sweet and creamy body. Slightly hot with alcohol notes but lots of chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Finishes with bitter roastiness. I’ll have to drink more of this and pick out more of the complexities of this tasty beer. 8/4/8/4/16 = 4.0