RasmusOtt (2764) - 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 (1273) - 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 (626) - 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 (8059) - 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. _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle bought through Brill & Co. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head that quickly dissipates while leaving some lacing on the glass. Smell is rich, sweet and very tiny sour with roasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, bourbon, wood, alcohol, chocolate and hints of freshly cut grass. Taste is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, liquorice fudge, vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, dark honey, coffee and hints of orange zest and pine. Mouthfeel is intense, smooth, slightly boozy, velvety and full bodied. Finish is sweet with roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, wood and bourbon. Incredible beer! sebletitje (10080) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
bottle courtesy of and shared with _angst_
Brune/cuivrée, col léger moka, huileux sur le verre.
Arôme est divin, comment décrire tout cela, note de bourbon et brandy sont vraiment là où il faut. Reste poudreux, note de chocolat, caramel et vanille sur un puissant côté de barrique.
En bouche, bourbon et brandy sont une pure joie orgasmique pour le palais, le tout est réchauffant, soyeux et crémeux, avec des notes de café, caramel, chocolat, moka, vanille le tout formant un élixir divin. Difficile de déposer le verre, le tout se déguste pendant de longues heures. Vraiment un pur bonheur. JorisPPattyn (10001) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Draught Shortlived, small head; intense red-brown, near black beer. Punch-in-the-face liqueurish spirit nose with Bourbon, whisky, brandy. Further raisins, raisins on alcohol and mandarines. Sweet, alcoholic, tad lactic like double cream, vanilla, maltbitter (chocolate). Fiery in the finish, thick and ultimately viscous. Hot alcoholthroatburn. This is... brutal. And totally good.