corby112 (2813) - 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 (6342) - 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 (9184) - 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 (3521) - 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.
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2011
In theory this beer cant be bad because it takes two great beers and blends them with that said here goes. Pours a black body with a tan head. Big booze is what i get first, bourbon, apple brandy. When past the huge etoh get some light chocolate tones, a fudge note, a hint of licorice and dark fruit tones. Still all that heat is a bit much, sure it works but i’d rather have either of these by themselves then this blend. Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Thick Brown pour. Aroma is deep barrel, wood, chocolate, molasses, alcohol, dates, brandy. Mouthfeel is viscous, oily, tannic. Flavor is brandy, lots of booze, chocolate, wood, very slippery, dry tannic finish. Good craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Black pour with a small dark tan head. Aroma holds monstrous notes of classic Lost Abbey barrel notes, with vanilla, wood, lactic presence, raisin, cherry, fig, and some chocolate and caramel. Flavor holds big notes of caramel, mocha, and dark fruit, but brings much more tannic oak and booze than some of the other barrel treated LA beers. I personally dig it, but I could see others who would want this to set down and mellow a bit. Carbonation is really nice, enough to massage the gums but doesn’t detract from the rich, sweet flavor. Not super viscous, but an oily smooth mouthfeel. Very nice stuff. oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Epic black pour with a thin off white ring. The aroma is massive oaky vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, raisin, fig, date, and booze. The flavor holds a nice blend of tannic oak, vanilla, booze, coffee, cocoa nib, and dark fruits. The palate is thick, rich, and viscous with low carbonation and an oily finish. BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2011
This was interesting. More carbonated than the barrel aged beers I paid for as a sinner and saint, so that was pleasant. The bourbon was still overly dominant. I honestly couldn’t taste or smell more than cocoanut and biscuit.