marcus (7994) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This dark brown ale poured with a thin tan head and a strong bourbon aroma. There is a smooth and delicious chocolate and vanilla flavor with an anise finish and a warm alcohol trail. This brew is aged to perfection. The taste components are individually identifiable, yet the overall flavor is balanced.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to goryshkewych for this one.
Bottle poured into my snifter produced a small amount of tan head that went to a ring of lace around the glass. The body was a pitch black color, and you can’t see any light thru this one.
Aromas’ of roasted malts, bourbon, Hints of vanilla and wood this has a great nose. There is a nice sweetness in the aromas that really help this brew along.
This is a real warmer, when you start sipping this big I mean Big bourbon flavor comes at you . You get the wood and vanilla and the alcohol warmth that just permeate your whole mouth. There is also a nice sweetness from the malts that follow at the end of your sip. The mouthfeel is heavy and almost no carbonation in it at all.
A good sipper the bottle size was good for me. It was good to the last drop. I was glad I tried it but don’t think I will search it out again because of the price. I will say this RIS is the best of the barrel aged I have tried; you really get the barrel taste to stand out
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2008. Poured an opaque black color. The head was light brown with an orange tint. Smelled of chocolate, subdued anise, vanilla, bourbon, and a dash of cocoa. Medium to full bodied and slightly sweet. The flavors followed the aromas pretty closely; bourbon, toffee, a hint of anise, and vanilla. Good stuff.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black beer with reddish highlights and a tan head. Bourbon and caramel malt aroma. Bourbon and toffee flavor with malt and vanilla. Fuller bodied. Bourbon and toffee lingers with a light roastiness.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at the EBF 08 in Boston,Ma. Awesome beer. One of my favorites at the show. Thanks to all the guys at Lost Abbey. Wish I could remember enought to rate it properly.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, rich, creamy, dark fruits, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, alcohol, little nutty, slight hop finish.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, compliments of vAc. Pours a dark coppery brown with an very thin off-white head. The smell is full of sweet butter pecan toffee and thick heavy smoke. Maybe a hint of tobacco layered in with the oak and smokey notes. From the smell I expected a much more powerful or jarring sensation on the palate but the body is extremely smooth and silky, with just the slightest alcohol soak. The flavor bursts with toffee, dark fruit and, of course, a strong oaky bourbon taste. Really a treat.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at The Bistro. Black with a scant head. Woody, bourbony and roasted coffe-like aroma, with some fruity background action. Thick and oily, with low carbonation. Primarily tastes of coffee and bourbon, with light vanilla, dried fruit and wood as well. Some burnt sugar/toffee gong on too. Intense. Definitely smoother and more complex than the regular old vis.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FoBAB 08. Glad I was able to try this at the festival instead of trying to find a bottle. Pours a thick dark brown with an tan head. Very thick syrup type body with aroma and flavor of bourbon, chocolate, raisins, and a touch of coffee. Fine stuff. I love Lost Abbey/Port!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle courtesy of jw347 poured into a snifter.
Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in the glass as pitch black with a small tan head. It recedes to a ring quickly leaving spotty lacing.
The nose is massive and smells like the inside of a bourbon barrel. It’s got the oak, vanilla and bourbon throughout with a big dark roasted malt base and even some raisins and chocolate thrown in.
The taste certainly follows from the aroma and has the barrel character from start to finish. There seems to be a bit more dark fruits, raisins and figs, not to mention the roasted coffee and dark chocolate as well. Very complex and with a dry, slightly bitter finish.
The mouthfeel is perfect - super smooth and slick with minimal carbonation leaving a sticky barrel presence in the mouth.
This is about as good an example of barrel-aging as I’ve seen in a while. It’s extremely complementary to the base beer and doesn’t dominate. A great beer.