TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Pours a deep black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, light bourbon, dark fruits and wood. Flavor of dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, light bourbon and some alcohol that lingers a bit. Rather aggressive bitterness. Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2011
500ml bottle into the new Lost Abbey tulip. March 17, 2011. Thanks to an unnamed RB for this.
Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
The color reminds me of Hume’s problem of the missing shade of blue. It’s that missing shade of almost, so-close-to-being-black brown-black; I’m perceiving a color for the first time, even though I’ve already formed the idea. A two to three finger mocha head sits still atop the beer. The lacing leaves terrifying images on the side of the glass.
Fairly sweet nose of chocolate, anise, roasted malt, soft bourbon, and some spicy, wood character.
Amalgam of bittersweet chocolate, chocolate covered coffee beans, and licorice; then, sweet bourbon, butterscotch, and vanilla mid-palate; finally, a tiny bit of smoke, strong spicy woodiness, caramel, and a kick of a finish (featuring some boozy heat, anonymous earthy bitterness, and bittersweet chocolate). As with all of his beers, Shaun’s barrel-aging is nicely integrated and really makes this a complex offering that differs from most bourbon bombs.
Medium-bodied, with typical low HF carbonation, making this porter light on the tongue, but creamy. It slides down the throat.
Another winner. I can’t believe this was barrel-aged for seven months. The base beer must be peculiarly complex.
500ml bottle, Was no label from bought at HF.Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Appearance : Pitch black big foamy and creamy brown expresso-like head. Light lacing but very long head retention.
Aroma : Lots of woody barrel with notes of bourbon. Some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee underneath. Light hops too. This is mainly barrel though. Notes of raisins and vanilla.
Taste : Very complex and rich. At first there is a lot of barrel. Notes of bourbon and lots of wood. Then the roasted malt and chocolate comes along with the coffee while still having that lingering "liquoreux" woody bourbon. Finish is very lengthy. Barrel comes again in the finish but there is more place for the awesome chocolate and roasted malt. Light smoke on finish. Lots of barrel on finish.
Overall : Wow this is very complex. I think the barrel is a tiny bit too intense. I would have liked to see a bit more of the base beer. Still, the barrel gives it a lot of complexity and depth. Finish is just so good. A bit too warm maybe especially for the low abv. Another gem by Shaun !
Enjoyed at Dasilky’s pad. Black/brown with dark brown head. Mid thickness in glass. Funky sourness in nose, on top of alcohol high and clear. Cherries. Taste has big sweetness, dark fruit in front of aspirin and alcohol. Medicine and turpentine. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
holy smoke! thanks riversideak! soft creamy coffee nose, warm gentle barrel character. black, small tan head. very hot, some raspberry fruit, strong biting heat, charred oaky barrel, offensively hot
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
500ml waxed bottle, thanks Alex. Chocolate, patent malt, hints of coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, bits of oak. Smooth silky body feel. Balanced barrel with vanilla, cola, hints of dark fruit, roasted nut and light coffee. Balanced and very tasty. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Patent, roast dark malts, light barrel, nice nose. Pours black, nice creamy bubbly tan head. Nice looking. Charred flavors, bourbon underneatj, dark sugary sweet, light though, roasty black malts. Nice underlying barrel. Earthy bitterness. A nice berr with balance, welld done barrel. Good. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
. Pours a dark black hue with a thin to medium sized beige head. Big bourbon, char, toast, roast, and nice coffee notes on the nose. Roast and chocolate, smoke and wood. Dry bourbony finish. playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Pours a black on tan from an unmarked wax sealed bottle. Smells like chocolate, dried fruits, malts, a hint of vanilla, and oak barrels. Taste of chocolate, oak barrels, malts, bitter hops, and dried fruits. Bitter hops and alcohol finish. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Bottle via Glouglouburp. practically black pour, super thick, creamy chocolaty milky head. Nose is notably boozy and barrely...lots of whiskey character in the fumes for sure..with some added coffee and cream elements overlaid amongst everything...actually, it takes on a very vivid baily’s & coffee element the more I sniff. Again in the flavors..lots of vivid whiskey, coffee, and cream notes...Watchin’ Canadian comedy right now (Trailer Park Boys...Best Invention since half of the Apatow Crew)...and this tastes like canadian whiskey with a shot of canadian coffee. I like it...its fucking boozy and earthly refined...its baileys & coffee for smart people.