Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Muddy, opaque orange-brown body, thin cream head. Tart nose with plum and toffee, funky, with vinegar, sweet raisins, caramel, and roast. Somewhat tart body but balanced by firm bitterness- toffee, roast, and grape with potent alcohol and tannic oak. Hints of chocolate. A very good "warmer."
PhillyCraft (2583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Monkís for the Lost Abbey dinner with Tomme Arthur. Pours black hole deep opaque with absolutely no head and a dead flat appearance. Aroma is outrageous: vanilla brandy, scotch, oak, chocolate, espresso beans, toasted malts, barley, caramel, toffee, fudge, crŤme brulťe, and maple syrup. Body is full, but not overpowering. Palate is silky velvet smooth with a gentle spice on the front of the tongue. Finish is amazingly calm, mellow, and complex. Awesommmmmeeeeeee
deyholla (5395) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Sebastian! Poured a deep hazy brown with a grayish brown head that started and finished at the edges. Aroma was sweet with grains and breads but also had notes of light fruit, caramel, bourbon, toffee and vanilla. Flavor was similarly complex with the bourbon really combining nicely with the sweet grains and caramel
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. ruddy dark, chocolate brown pour. small head. nicely bottle conditioned, which surprises me. huge toffee, sticky sweet, brown sugar and maple. a vanilla oak backbone. like a BIT-O-HONEY candybar. prune and fig in the flavor, with raisin, tart tannic effervescence, grape and tart cherry. vanilla and oak backbone. complexity is through the roof. one of the finest beers ever made
Emily_Rose (20) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong aroma!!! Starts out with strong grape notes, followed by butterscotch/honeycomb/bourbon after.......absolutely wonderful!!!
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle generously shared by Bucketboy on 10.26.2010.
Pours a dark, nearly night black with a thin tan head. Spoiler: This is my favorite part of the beer. Itís all downhill from here.
Sweet booziness, caramel, and buttery popcorn. Grape brandy.
I donít want to dwell too much on this, so Iíll make it quick: tastes of sour white grapes, plums, molasses, booze, and a brandy-like sweetness runs through it (to little effect). As it warms, I canít get through the permeating, unbalanced soured grape / vinous flavor. This is not good.
Surprisingly light and not as rich or thick as I expected. Tannic finish. Somewhat hot.
I came here to commiserate, but it looks like I may be alone here in finding this rather unbalanced, overly grapey, and not as rich as I expected, given a recent tasting of Deliverance (which was far superior, IMHO, but still just okay). Possibly an off bottle - will update if tried again.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottle opened with a faint pop which is alarming considering all of the LA carbonation issues. Fortunately it appears that this bottle is carbonation. Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color when held to a ligh source. Thin fizzy half finger mocha colored head that immediately fades into a thin lasting ring. No lacing whatsoever.
The nose on this beer is absolutely incredible! Lots of earthy oak notes accomanied by hints of vanilla, bourbon, brandy, roasted malt and dark fruit. Lately, a lot of BA age beers Iíve had smell and taste like alcohol bombs but this smells incredibly complex and well balanced.
Chewy medium body that has all the complexity and balance that the nose suggested. There is plenty of heat and sweet alcohol from the high ABV and barrels but this is countered by a slightly smokey roasted malt body. Hints of chocolate and toast as well as some dark fruit notes, especially grape and dark berries. Vinous with plenty of bourbon flavor and maybe some brandy too accompanied by subtle vanilla flavor from the barrel aging. Surprisingly the ABV is well masked making this pretty quaffable een though there is some nice warmth in the finish. Iíve been harsh critic of alost Abbey beers recently but this one is awesome and I highly recommend it.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared courtesy of bmanning at a recent tasting alongside of Amyliz4 and Heather. Also a thanks to BeerWorld, who sent me a bottle a little while back--now I can see how this one does with some time.
A: Pours a dark chestnut brown with a decent-sized tan head. A tad bit of lacing.
S: Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, vanilla, and oak.
T: Very nice caramel notes alongside brown sugar and accompanying sweetness. A bit of toffee. Loads of dark fruits. Nice vanilla and oak coming through, and just a minor hint of alcohol.
M: Nice and fairly thick with good carbonation. Glad thatís back on track.
D: Very, very nice. Excellent complexity with everything formed a beautifully-unified whole.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-03-2010
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, opaque small tan head. Huge nose of whisky, prunes, figs, cocoa. Taste is all fruity, whiskey, prunes, sweet, complex. Thick and viscous body with a full aftertaste.
alexsdad06 (3825) - Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle shared by stephanje @ RBSG 10. Pours an oily dark brown color with a thin beige film. The aroma is big and complex; warming alcohol, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, sweetness, dark fruits with some vinous notes. The flavor is much of the same; dark caramel malts, big brown sugar, molasses, warming alcohol, ripe dark fruits and hints of oxidation. Full bodied with light carbonation and an oily texture. This is very tasty and warming with a long finish. Definitely a sipper. Thanks Stephan for the taste!