Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
Courtesy of SeanCavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with a large beige head with excellent retention and lacing. The flavor chocolate, caramel, and maple syrup. The finish has light-moderate bourbon and vanilla. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Dark brown color with a light amount of carbonation. Aroma is dark woody malts, raisins and plums, vanilla, dark malts. Flavor is dark chocolate and vanilla with a big tingle on the tongue. Woody flavors. Nice. boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2011
Pours black with a thin tan head. Has a vanilla, bourbon, booze, and some brown sugar in the smell. Taste is about the same but the ABV better hidden in the taste than smell. Very nice! kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
375mL bottle from a while ago (summer 2010?; I’ve been slowly drinking through my Sinner’s allotment). Pours a deep, dark, cola-brown color; creamy, fine-bubbled light-tan head with modest retention and pretty damn fine lacing. Lots of alcohol present in the aroma, somewhat overshadowing the bitter chocolate, charred malts, and ash; layers of caramel and milk chocolate lurking underneath, but somewhat top-heavy with alcohol and burning. Full bodied; light carbonation; some immediate warming alcohol that doesn’t quite trek into fusel land. In the mouth, the initial alcohol isn’t as dominant, allowing the bitter and milk chocolate, caramel, burnt malts, and some red-fruit-centric vinous qualities to pop more overtly; the charred barrel character and spirit notes add a needed sharpness to what’s otherwise dessert; I’ve always really enjoyed this beer despite some of its rough edges; the Angel’s Share seems to be the more prominent part here, or at least the most forward one. Lasting, long finish of bitter chocolate, rich caramel, and some fine toastiness. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2011
Drank this on a cold night, that really made it taste great. Very multi dimensional. Flavors and aromas allmost too many to mention. Burbon, vanilla, figs, chocolate, molasses, wood, and many more. Also got some wonderful alcohol burn, (helped to warm me up). Burbon still stands out the most. Palate not quite as thick as I would have expected.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2011
375ml received as an extra in a recent trade with PALMEJ1. Thanks again Jacob!
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.
Sweet boozy aroma with a strong barrel character giving off hints of boozy bourbon, earthy oak, vanilla, marshmallow and toasted coconut. Underneath there is some roasted malt with hints of oatmeal, dark chocolate, burnt toast and coffee bean. I’m not picking up much brandy and it’s a bit booze heavy in the nose but it still smells pretty good.
Chewy full body that is pretty boozy with a nice balance of roasted malt, boozy bourbon and earthy oak. The barrel character is very prominent with a lot of dry, toasted oak balancing out the boozy sweetness. As the aroma suggests, there is more bourbon than brandy but I’m at least picking up some brandy flavor. Faint vanilla and coconut smooth things out a bit but this beer is still plenty boozy. Underneath, there is a roasted malt backbone that compliments the dry, toasted notes of the barrel very nicely. Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast and deep roasted coffee/espresso bean linger into a long dry finish. Although this beer is slightly hot with plenty of warmth in the finish, the ABV is relatively well masked and the complex flavors make it very quaffable.
Overall, this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A lot of Lost Abbey’s big beers and non-sours have been very disappointing lately with all of the QC issues but this was a very good beer. Plenty of carbonation and not syrupy at all. I found it to be complex and very tasty. Recommended! JK (6161) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
Black color. Low carbonation. The oak is prominent and the dryness overpowers any sugar. Bourbon and brandy are unmistakable, I might have liked it more with brandy only. Smooth finish and one of the better Lost Abbey beers I have had. High abv is well hidden. drowland (8730) - Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
3/18/11. 375mL bottle courtesy Tim! Opaque brown/red pour with a small tan head that fades fast. Big bourbon and brandy aroma with caramel and grapes. Sweet caramel aroma with apple, bourbon, brandy, coconut, vanilla, and more. Nice! chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
375ml bottle drank out of my Darkness glass, courtesy of my girlfriend who wan 80’s trivia, and courtesy of Alex for putting it up as prize...Medium brown pour with a very slow rising head, makes you and think nothing is coming. A solid finger of medium tan head coms about but quickly fades to just a ring, no lacing...The aroma is really sweet, tons of vanilla and bourbon, reminds me of a lighter Angel Share Grand Cru. A hint of honey and oak adds depth on the finish. As it warms reminds me more of an aged BCS because the bourbon is a little hot...The taste nails the aroma, but in a lighter way. Vanilla is the main player here with accents of oak and bourbon. Really creamy and smooth, I’m liking this way more than I thought I would and much more than the regular Angel Shares. The finish has some nice bitter coffee notes, really surprising, especially with a hint of heat.
Overall, this is really good and I’m surprised. I think this needed some time because I ad this when it first came out and I wasn’t as nearly as impressed.
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2011
bottle I think from secret santa. cork comes out with little pop and the pour is a dark brown color with a bit of light brown froth. aroma is incredibly rich, bourbon, sweet brandy, roasted barrel, vanilla, roasted malt, raisin, and a fair bit of alcohol heat. mouth feel is thick and coating with very low carbonation. flavor has more of the brandy than bourbon, roasted malt, barrel wood, vanilla, plumb, almost hits on sherry, and has fantastic dark fruits.