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 (8139) - 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.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2008, Chicago: This poured a thick dark brown with a skinny tan head. The first scent to hit the nose is Bourbon followed by dark chocolate, dark dried fruit, roasted malt, dark caramel, cold coffee, and charred wood. Oily mouthfeel. Amazingly drinkable, everything from the nose blending together smoothly. Where’s the alcohol?
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fobab VI. To me, this blew Isabelle out of the water.... A huge beer, big and thick body with one of the most interesting noses ever. Nose was first and foremost chocolate chip cookie dough, followed by bourbon, some toffee and a touch of roast. Taste was nice, had a ton of chocolate, but bittersweet. Huge body, hid the alcohol super well. There were some chocolate covered-raisins in there, too, I swear!. Damn, can I have another please?