beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Sampled blind at Blue Palms Ultimate Brown Bag event. some bourbon notes grab me at first. very smooth. some chocolate and coconut flavors swirl around. pours very dark brown. SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
On tap @ Toronado San Diego: Was served in small estimated 8 oz sized cup. Liquid was a dark brown with a slight tint of mahogany hue while a gentle yet thin layer of foamed rested on top. Aroma has a bold scent of wood that dominates my nose and reminds me a lot of woodshop class back in high school. The flavor is intensely sweet and robust with a rich syrupy malt profile that taste sugary while also leaving behind a stark resemblance of Tootsie Rolls in the aftertaste. Also, there is some other note worthy flavors that come through such as fig, cigar, and a faint taste of that weird combination of maple syrup and soy sauce that I first experienced with Sam Adams triple bock. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Poured in a pint glass during Vertias 009 release day. Very dark brown with a non lasting head. Nose of dark fruit, maple, nuts, and some bourbon. Taste was not as much bourbon as I expected. In fact, it tasted alot like Angels Share without the bourbon. Good beer on a great day. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 28, 2011
On tap (listed at 10% ABV). Pours with a black body and a medium sized foamy and lasting brown head. Some lace. Good retention. Some legs. Aromas are huge! Nutty, bourbon, maple, spicy, oak, rye, tannins. Very complex. Some fusel, madeira, port, and dark fruit notes. A very refined wood presence, alcohol and fudge. Roast is light and on the chocolate side of things (rather than a harsher coffee profile). Bready, caramel, raisins and esters. No hops nor diacetyl. Flavors are big, rich, woody, tannic and finish dry. Oak: earthy, soil, spicy, rye, vanilla notes. Dry overall, nutty and fudge notes, raisins and a hint of cinnamon. Rich, graham cracker and bitter oak based tannins. Boozy. Very complex. Maple. Huge duration. A bit of higher alcohols and hot fusel. Dry strong oak tannins. Warming. A bit too prickly on the carbonation side (at first). Multidimensional. Seems like Older Viscosity with an extra layer added. Possibly more barrel than that as well. Complex, dry, woody and delicious! LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Appearance: Pours a midnight black with a creamy tan cap.
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Aroma: Milk chocolate, bourbon, grape.
Taste: Bourbon, smooth rye whiskey, dark chocolate, alcohol, wood and roast. On the savory side.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, modest carbonation, full bodied.
Overall: A very complex tasty blend of dark barrel aged ale. I am a sucker for sweet bourbon booze bombs, and like Deliverance slightly more. With that said, this is way more dialed in, showing more finesse.
Draft. Wow, what a treat, found on tap at Pizza Port. Poured into a tiny 9oz glass a pitch black color with brown highlights. Light tan collared head. Aroma is straight b to the n bourbonwith notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Holy crap, did they use bourbon in this ?! Haha, the flavor is bourbon right of the bat with some dark fruit and dark chocolate notes. Oaky and woody notes throughout. Some bitterness as well in the end. Not sure the abv but with the bourbon treatment, alcohol is definitely present. Nice lace. Considering all the blending, this is actually pretty good. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Draft @ OB Pizza Port: Dark beer, lacey head...smells of dark malts and raisin...sweet bourbon And raisin flavors...tannic almost...certainly grapey and belgian influenced underneath with sweet bourbon influence taking it elsewhere...brown sugar too....decent but too much raisin and belgish stuff going on...not to fault, its a lost abbey labled concoction, but belgium beers is overrated yo. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
On tap at Lost Abbey. Dark brownish black with some mocha colored head. Aromas were of dark raisiny fruit and some sweetish malt. Body on this beer is medium without any thick, syrupy, or viscous qualities. Bourbon, rye, dried fruit, chocolate, and some booziness. All these flavors mix and complement each other pretty well.The finish is balanced and not too sweet. Enjoyed it. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
On tap at Taphunter 2nd anniversary party at Urbn pizza in San Diego. Nose strong alcohol raisin malt. Alcohol overpowers. Taste big fizzy and dark fruit and still tons of alcohol. Some bread. Not loving it. JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Draft at The Lost Abbey 5th Anniversary party. Dark brown pour, thin tan head. Bourbon, sweet dark malts, interesting almost nutty character, wood, and raisin. Interesting barrel aged blend, actually was fairly light, at least in comparison to older viscosity.