kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of retorp. Pours a muddy black color with tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, booze, brown sugar, dark ripe fruit, some hints of wood and coffee. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of brown sugar, molasses, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, oak, bourbon and hints of caramel and toffee. Generally full body with a pleasing malt chocolate finish.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown, almosr black, with frothy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Taste of chocolate, smoke, and bourbon. Medium carbonation with smooth mouthfeel, very smooth. Great smooth and bourbony beer.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks for sharing this true gem Yaniv! Pours a dark dark brownish black with a healthy mocha head. The nose is sweet, strongly oaky, perhaps dominantly. Molasses, a bit of resin, alcohol, some darker anise sort of notes. I can see why it’s not a stout... but it reminds me of a well constructed imperial stout. Full on the tongue, with lower carbonation, but not flat. A bit viscous, oddly. The flavors are in line with the nose. Perhaps a bit more fruity. Raisins. A bit creamy. Definitely that cherry sort of oak, rather than the vanilla bourbon oak character. Sharp. Lingering tannins. If I’m lucky, I’ll rerate this!
bierkoning (12185) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked bottle from TheEpeiist, thanks! Almost pitch black. Creamy aroma with dark chocolate, cacao and licorice. Salty, creamy flavor with milk chocolate, licorice, dired fruit. Some alcohol. Just a hint of oak, nothing more. Full bodied, malty, creamy and really delicious!
neepsntatties (1715) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I picked up a bottle of this a year ago at By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA. Colour... Black coffee and no head whatsoever. Nose... sweet, roasty and booooozy! I feel like Ray Milland from, "The Lost Weekend" just smelling this stuff! Palate... molasses, turbinado, Bourbon, treacle syrup, double espresso and Christmas pudding all rolled into a supple mouthcoating delight! I just gotta find more of this!
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske, delt med Theis.
Sort med et lille nøddebrunt skum. Dufter og smager af soya, mørk bitter chokolade, træ, vanilie og mørke frugter.Tyk og olieret mundfylde.
Theis (15096) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black - brown head. Roasted, light burned, notes, vanilla, berries, tarmac, licorice, wood, bourbon, chocolate, light alcho-burn, coconut, sweetness, dried fruits, dried dark fruits, oak, light coffee. Light thin finish. Very nice.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. Pours a dark, opaque brown capped by a thick and lasting dark khaki head leaving spotty lacing. Aroma is pretty standard for the style... lots of whiskey barrel, charred and slightly astringent malt, green pepper, anise, char... perhaps some bitter chocolate. Minimal hop profile. Boozy and rather simplistic. Palate is rather dry and unforgiving. Dark and slightly astringent roasted malt. Peppery and spicy... but not in a way that I enjoy. The 12% is hidden quite well. Some dark, bitter chocolate, dry wood, dry malt. Vanilla extract, dusty hops. Medium bodied... not nearly as viscous as I’d hoped. Slightly chalky initial mouthfeel with a tannic, boozy finish.
I’ll admit it... I am a HUGE Lost Abbey Fanboy. But this is an extreme disappointment. The beer seems quite out of balance. Everything seems a tad disjointed with nothing coming together that well. Don’t get me wrong... it’s a good beer, just seems slightly messy.
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the ever-generous Shyam. Thanks yet again, my man! What I like about this beer is how simple it is - and it really is quite simple, ultimately. Aroma is heavy black licorice, sweet coffee, milk chocolate. Flavors are that and a very sweet woodiness from the barrel - vanilla, cream & sugar. Very thin for a beer of its size. Reminded me a great deal of BCS and along with it is to me the best example of Bourbon Aging I have tasted.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent pour with superb liquid to froth transformation. The signature de Tomme. Very dark in color with mild aromas. Full nectar with a creamy mouthfeel. Excellent! This is a drier version with a strong Bourbon essence showing throughout. A huge roast component clobber the user up front. Very refined in nature striking a robust balance with all key factors. The finish is long and strong. Beautiful!