Natai (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
This blend pours a deep, dark, murky brown with a tan diminishing head and good lacing. Deep aroma of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee and port with hints of cherry. Full body and great flavor that’s not overly alcoholic given this is a blend of two strong barrel-aged ales. kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle shared at home. Virtually black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is massive bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Flavour also dominated by the bourbon, along with the same aspects in aroma, very sweet and beautifully smooth with dark fruit. Noticeable alcohol warmth in the finish. Full bodied with very soft carbonation. deanso (10070) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAY 23, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2012 37cl or so courtesy of kermis.
Ok off white head. Clear deep ruby pour. Complex aftertaste. Very nice. RasmusOtt (2740) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2014 Pours dark brownish/copperish with no head. Aroma has alot of that angels share dark fruityness going on along with some bourbony vanilla, roasted notes underneath, sweet caramel, chocolate and some wood. Taste of dark sweet fruits, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, weak roasted notes from the serpents stout, barrel is quite present and gives the beer a dryness and flatness on the palate. A bit too heavy on the barrel but otherwise very nice! FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Been anxiously waiting for some special occasion to open this one. I guess Monday night is special enough. Poured from 375ml to tulip:
Pours an inky black with a half finger of light mocha head. Stubborn lacing and sultry legs.
The nose is stuffed with smooth bourbon and spicy wood. Malted caramel and toffee, warming booze and licorice. Some cherry notes as well.
Hot damn. Delicious. All the expected players make an appearance with the addition of some tart, earthy woods. Very nice. The booze is nicely incorporated.
The feel is what I was concerned about. I had heard from countless people that Lost Abbey beers are notoriously flat. This is far from flat. Velvety smooth, beautiful.
Overall, I desperately wish we could get Lost Abbey here in the north woods. If their other beers are even half as good as this, I would be their biggest customer. WANT.
maley1 (1258) - Calgary, CANADA - MAY 21, 2012
Dark brown pour with small tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Taste of molasses, malt, dried fruit, coffee and a strong bourbon presence. Alcohol burn was prevalent but as this warmed up closer to room temperature this became more creamy and smooth with all the flavours meshing nicely together. Funny what difference the temperature can make, that being said and the cost of this beer, I recommend not drinking this too cold but slightly above room temp. Advocate_Ames (625) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Somehow the bourbon & brandy were put into check by the other additives. Its rather impressive. Aging sometimes takes so much away from a beer & sometimes it truly makes a beer. My friends this was done just right. It was a wonderful experience. crackedmachine (481) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2012
Pint on tap. Opaque black with a medium but brief tan head. Aroma of dried pit fruit and bourbon. Flavor is heavy on the bourbon barrel, brandy and prune and rasin, some booze heat (but that is expected at this strength) and more subtle flavors of roasted malt and molasses. Initially quite overwhelming, but improves as it warms, making a very enjoyable, flavorful, and balanced strong ale. Nitrogenx (1) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012 does not count
Aroma: chocolate, caramel, alcohol, bourbon
Appearance: brown w/ red edges, minimal tan head
Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, some bourbon, chocolate, caramel, but mostly solvent
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, astringent
Overall: Too boozy, even for 12.5%. Solvent taste prevalent. Better as it warms, but still cannot recommend. May improve with time. radagast83 (8011) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Shared at 375ml bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy brown color, with an off-white head. Aroma was brandy barrel, with notes of dark, dried fruits (raisin, plum). Alcohol is present, so good thing I only had a little bit. A bit boozy.