Reynolds314 (3441) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2011
Wonderfully complex beer that evolves as you drink it. This beer poured black with a thin tan head. It was very rich and smooth on the palate with medium to low carbonation. Aroma was bourbon, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits. Taste is similar to the aroma with bourbon dominating a bit but not overpowering. The stout elements are really nice in this. The roasted flavors compliment the bourbon and vanilla perfectly. As this beer warmed the brandy came through quite a bit more with notes of dark fruits. A great beer experience found sitting on the shelf at liquor store. fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2011
375ml bottle thanks to Bradbalk. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is huge roast, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar, ethanol, grilled stone fruit, sweet dark fruit, layers of chocolate, licorice and spice waft up with a gentle sniff. Flavor is bourbon, roast, chocolate and vanilla up front, waves of hot ethanol seep in toward the middle, without the bourbon notes they would be a little over the top, but that lovely oakey goodness helps to balance it out, finishes with dark fruit vanilla, alcohol, toasted sweet breads and dark, rich caramel. Palate is hugely heavy in body, creamy and slick on entry increasingly slick toward the dry, slightly boozy finish (again the bourbon notes save it here), throw in a light but noticeable carbonation and you have a delicious sort of black barleywine/imperial stout contraption. It really changes as it warms, lots more dark fruit and brandy notes as it gets toward room temp. I really enjoyed this beer. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2011 Bottle found sitting on the shelf this week, This is the best blend of barrel aged beers I’ve ever had. Bourbon and roasted Malts dominate the nose but with some patience you can detect the brandy. The flavor is different from the aroma but equally and well balanced. A finish that lasts forever, vanilla and bourbon. Great job lost abbey! hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Hazy red-orange-brown shade of black with a small tannish head.
Holy fudgey bourbon aroma! Very warming…. Mixed with some lesser notes of roast, spice, cherries and ash.
The flavor is the same…. Very rich and delicious…. dessert-like. A bourbon-y sting comes through as it warms.
Medium/full body but alcohol cuts through to make it incredibly quaffable.9/4/9/5/18/4.5+
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2011
(Bottle, thanks tkrjukoff!) Pours black with a small light brown head. The aroma holds smooth roast alongside a fantastic barrel mix - I pick up both the bourbon and the brandy. Also clear tones of (Belgian) esters - both dried and fresh fruits, Belgian chocolate, fat caramel and some alcohol. Subtle spices and tiny earthy/leafy hops. Almost creamy, coconut and vanilla notes as the beer gets warmer. Fantastic complex and deep nose, almost a bit romantic. The flavour is near medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny, tiny acidic. Complex barrel ageing, smooth, luxury chocolate, dried fruits, caramel and wood shop. The mouthfeel is round, smooth, creamy and velvety with a light carbonation. Quite fiery. Lingering wooden and malty finish. Nar full bodied. Super!
Nisse666 (7401) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle shared thx to tkrjukoff 2011-07-09 Sätila
AR: caramel, roasted caramel malt, red wine
AP: pitch black, wee beige head
F: vinos, warming, roasted malt and vanilla tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle 37,5 cl. Pours pitch black with a small bubbly brown head leaving some lace. Aroma is fruity, fullboduied, sweet, malty, vanilla and oak barrel; well in balance. Flavor is like aroma, pungeant, tingly on tounge; excellent balance. Finishes yet again balanced between bitter, oak, malt and alcohol. rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Black beer with a small beige head. Sweet oaky whiskey aroma, creamy and with vanilla notes. Whiskry flavor, roasted, vanilla, cream, chocolate, malt, toffee, hoppy grassy notes, some metal. Lovely balance in this beer. Oaky, woody and with coconut notes. Long warming finish. Truly a great beer! Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
This poured a medium to darker brown color with a very small basically non existent tan head. Aroma was lots of bourbon and brandy, dark chocolate, and dark fruits too, some molasses as well. Flavor was much the same as the aromas, lots of deep dark roasted chocolate, lots of boozy brandy and bourbon too. Great Stuff. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2011
375mL bottle, and one of the best sounding blends I’ve ever heard of. Poured deeper, rather murky brown with a rich toasted tan head.. looked very good in the glass. The aroma picked up just what I needed.. well-roasted licorice, rich vinous fruits, and sweeter chocolate accented by vanilla and most enjoyable bourbon.. peppery notes and alcohol warmth on the back of the nose.. everything worked together.. awesome stuff! The flavor opened with a syrupy foray of molasses and lesser maple, with bitter licorice, aged caramel, and vanilla settling onto the middle.. tangy oak, sweet bourbon, and black peppery alcohol around.. finished with more of the barrel and warmth, but neither got out of hand. Heavier-bodied with low, but enough carbonation on the palate.. it really let the brew flow at its own pace through the mouth.. warm belly and warmth in the nose after the drink, and I loved every minute of it.