alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - APR 27, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Linkery San Diego, I cant believe they had this here, and it was set up as a desert beer.. it paired great with the brown sugar and kiwi coffe cake. Everythings in this beer. Coffee, fruits, nuts, chocolate, brandy, whiskey, honey, caramel. You name it. I tasted over everything else, brown sugar, raisins, whiskey, irish cream and coffee. But thats just what i remember. It is strongly alcoholic and noticable, but i think its an excelent desert beer, much like a port wine but with more complexity. The palate is amazingly smooth and silky, and finishes with a belguim dark chocalate and cognac aftertaste. WOW is this even beer?
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Big thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this. Dark brown body with thin head. Nutty aroma with caramel and alcohol being noted. The taste is exceptionally smooth with a nice warming alcohol feeling. Lite sugar dances on your tongue with a big caramel taste. This was done real well and finishes so good that I needed more (sorry Steve).
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a dark, russett brown with red edges and a mild tan cap with a thick collar. Spotty lacing is left all over the glass.
Smell is rummy with oak & bourbon notes. These aromas are followed up with complex brown sugar, raisins, fruit cake, black grapes, caramel, and toffee.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a beautiful, sticky mix of caramel, oak, and mollasses.
Mouthfeel is sugary, & medium bodied with a vivacious lingering of raisins, sugar, oaky vanilla, and mollasses.
Well done brew! I felt bad about taking so much for myself but it was in love with this beer and the bourbon complexities that it melded together with.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a dark mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oak, woody, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and light bourbon. Tastes of bourbon (stronger than the aromas), brown sugar sweetness, caramel, dark fruits, and oak. Alcohol content well hidden. I went back for seconds of this one and would have gotten more if any was left (good thing I have some more at home!).
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 17, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to awaisanen for the trade. Pours a deep brown with tons of ruby amber highlights and a smaller tan bubbly head that left some decent lacing. Aroma of deep dark fruits, vanilla, oak, molasses, caramel, bourbon and brown sugar. Flavor of dark fruits, honey, toasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, oaks, light whiskey, alcohol well hidden and very smooth. Lets hope the Lost Abbey keeps this one coming.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 2007 bottle sampled on 12/15/07: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of rich, sweet caramel malts and oaky brandy warmth along with some brown sugar. Body could hide the alcohol a little better, but this should age well.
Bottle sampled at the Port Brewing on 12/2/06: Pours a dark mahogany with ruby hues and a dense, frothy dark tan head. Complex sweet dark caramel and oaky brandy aroma has a touch of raisiny notes. Body starts sweet and dark caramely with a good amount of brown sugar and earthy sweet oak. Has a well-balanced, slightly warming finish. A nice beer that should age really well.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark fruit and vanilla notes balance with anise and fennel seed notes. Beautifully rich and decadent mouthfeel imaprt and almost zen-like feel to the consumption of this brew. Dark fruits with a touch of didtillate laden candied notes finish out to a wonderful sexual finish.
mds (2209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown-mahogany body with a small mocha head. Toffee-caramel aroma with toasty chocolate and green hops. Chewy palate with full force alcohol. Raisin and dark plummy flavours. Very good but I’d certainly like to get another go at this.
Tasted at Dr. Bill’s on March 22, 2007.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
sampled at lost abbey brewery - what to say about this beer. it smelled so good i didnt want to drink it. i wont be able to describe the smell accurately so ill save that. the flavor was oh sweet toffee/caramel malts, some dried fruit flavor...maybe raisin or plum, with some oak and vanilla to finish. just delicious. i just might have to rerate once i get to have this on cask next month...thats going to be insane.
kramer (4993) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 oz bottle, via BA Marvz. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, body under a tight bubbled foamy brown head. Moderate carbonation retains the head as a small creamy covering. Aroma is very thick and rich, just amazing. Vanilla, bourbon, thick caramel and toffee malts, and some light alcohol. Flavor is equally harmonious and rich. Huge caramel malt with a moderate brown sugar note grabs you first, then a rush of vanilla, but not like most barrel beer’s vanilla, this was like it was infused with actual beans. Finishes then with the brandy/bourbon, oakiness, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied and very sturdy without being sticky or cloying like I would expect from such a high gravity beer with this much risidual sweetness. Perfect soft fine carbonation. This beer amazed me with the level of synergy that was acheived given the intensity of all the individual aspects. This is the epitome of what people refer to as a "sipper" beer. Do not open one of these if you don’t have 1.5-2 hours to enjoy this.