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RATINGS: 1037   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Once upon a time it was the most award winning Pizza Port beer of all time. Now it has found a new home at The Lost Abbey. A massive brown ale base that is made from four fermentable sugars including Malted Barley, Raisins, Candi Sugar and Sour Cherries, this beer is fully fermented before being placed in Bourbon barrels where the beer ages for one year with the Sour Cherries and the wild Brettanomyces yeast that we inoculate the barrels with. One of the most complex and unique beers we make each year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2006
Bottled at ZBF 06. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small head. Aroma is woody, sour, c and lots of brett. Taste is sour, cherries. somewhat funky

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 Black label bottle, brewed at Russian River. This beer took me by surprise. Not much head develops upon pour. Great reddish brown color. Aroma of oak, cherries, and sour brett. Sourness is mild to moderate though, I must say, I was expecting more. I think the sourness is perfect. Flavor is oaky, sour, cherry, there is almost a chocolate note in there, and it’s pretty dry. Overall it’s really good, and I wasn’t expecting to like this beer. This is the kinda beer you break out for a special occasion with good friends. Unique stuff. I would really like to try the first batch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 Black label, rare beer club version Bottle provided by Walleye. Thanks! Pours brown with red highlights and a whispy, off-white head. The aroma is heavy, smokey bourbon with some sour cherries. The bourbon is so heavy in the nose that I couldn’t pick out much else for a good 5 minutes. Some bretty notes, pineapple, cobwebs, musty. Luckly, the flavor is not as bourbon dominated as the nose. Lots of sour, funky cherries, pineapple, some vinegar, some whiskey. Medium body with soft carbonation, and an oily texture. I think I need to try the other versions.7/4/7/3/14 3.5

Pink label version TITW-II. Big thanks to Jeffin7 for sharing this. I’ve wanted to try this version for a while. Dark brown hazy body with no head. The aroma is cherry, vanilla, funky cheese, vinous, touch of lactic acid and a bit of acetic. The flavor is cherry, bright acidity, vanilla, vinous, balsamic vinegar, caramel, lemon, yogurt, toffee and mild sweetness. Medium/full body with a sour and dry finish and soft carbonation. Glad to see this wasn’t a bourbon bomb like the black label. Rating for color label only. 8/4/8/4/15 3.9

White label version Aroma is sour cherry, cheese, apricot, pineapple and vanilla. The flavor is bourbon, cherry, lightly tart, yogurt, cheese and toffee. Medium body with soft carbonation and a warm, tart finish. 9/4/8/3/15 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5340) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 A cloudy red brown beer. An aroma of raspberry’s and some other fruit and alcohol. A very tart almost sour flavor. A well carbonated beer that at first I was glad it was hard for me to get now I wish it were here all the time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3179) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown. Big sour in the aroma and flavor. Unripe peach fruitiness. This lacks the harshness of some sours like cantillon, but is still definitely sour. Wood. A bit of scuppernong.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sandygoonie (48) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Jolly rancher comes to mind, may be I do not get the belgian stuff, after the rancher very oak and more skunk oak wierd carbonation and shoe leather dirty underwear after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bartzilla (559) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 Alright, I digress. Not sure what it was the first time I tried this ale, but it didn’t do anything for me other than make me wretch a little. Fast forward a couple years at the Port Anniversary party and this stuff was right on the money. Very intriguing flavors here and a nice sour backbone. Quality quaffable here. I am glad I got to try this again and modify my outlook.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Black Label: Incredibly oaky aroma, lots of whiskey and some light brown sugar. Cloudy dark mahogany color with a thin white head. Whiskey flavor is surprisingly intense. Light sourness and some hints of black cherries, but the predominate flavors are whiskey, vanilla and oak. I would really like to try the other versions to compare the differences. Thanks to IPFreely for the chance to try this rarity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2006
750ml bottle via trade with Foolish_Mortal - Thanks Brandon! Pours deep mahogony with ruby highlights and a soft white frothy head that fades quick to a film but laces from there down. Aroma is a beautiful blend of sour cherries, some oak, a touch of alcohol and some vanilla. Flavor is an amazing blend of tart cherries, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, and some brett funk. Pleasantly blended together in a brew with a soft palate and full body this is one well crafted brew. The barrel seems to make this brew just melt in your mouth. This is really fantastic beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 A fully diminishing small frothy white head tops up a hazy wierd unappealing medium brownish body. Moderate lacing. No particles. Few bubbles. Aroma presents malt being light nutty while hops are very faint grass ... Yeast character is light. Also, there are evident evocations of sour cherry, vanilla from oak aging and almonds, prunes, among others. Initial flavor is medium sour and acidic while development tends to lead to woody tones/vanilla overtones. sour. Very complex and well constructed. Smooth transition in-between flavors. Very impressive. As balanced as a beer can be. Oak barrel used at its best. Finish is long and medium to full body... creamy texture... Soft carbonation... Thanks to Rastacouere for sharing this!
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