ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2008
2008 Bottle - Thanks Finnegan...pours dk brown with a quickly dissipanting tan head...aroma is dried fruit, carob...flavour is burnt malt, toast, dates, alcohol is hidden well, finishes savory...this is a malty brew, but dont call it sweet...my first from Lost Abbey, and while I enjoy this, I think there is plenty of room to raise the bar... lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Pours a very dark muddy brown color with a light tan head. Smell is slightly chocolatey. Taste is roasty, chocolatey and some brightness as in herbs is it. Dark and fruity but rich caramel and chocolate along with a smattering of herbs. Semi rich body with light to medium carbonation. Pretty nice beer. ghawener (1615) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle: Strong belgian ale style, malty, red fruits and sweet, even too sweet. A good dessert brew. cgarvieuk (26365) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Bottle at home ... Thanks to a trader for this [boy my memory sucks, i keep forgetting who sent what ]... deep brown ... deep vive fruits dates and a little treacle in nose ...rich deep fruits... toffee and treacle ... little plum ... little date ... little alcohol but very smooth and a little warming ... low carbonation ... medium to full body ... A good beer to savour...4.2 beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2008
TK bottle at home ... deep brown .... rich deep toffee malt nose ..caramlised suger ... big rich toffe ... little swet ... vine fruits ... Very nice. 3.7
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2009 750 ML Bottle-Murky mahogany color w/no head but good carbonation. Sweet, cherry aroma. Had a lot of bite on the front end; flavors of cherry, raisins, figs, plums & dark fruit. Had a bit of a sweet finish to it. Wasn’t too crazy about this when I started it, but it perked up a little as it warmed. Alcohol was very well hidden, but you could feel its effects. Guess I’m just in the minority on this one, but it really just wasn’t my cup of tea. Long, sour fruity finish.
AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Rerate 6/09-Had this w/about 6 more months age on it & found it much more enjoyable. Had mellowed out on the front end, lost that sharp bite & developed a smooth, wine like flavor. Long, full, fruity, malty finish; Quite enjoyable w/a steak dinner cooked over the campfire @ the end of a day of Kayaking!
Big Big Beer, I can only compare this to some Bell’s Old Ale vintages... Dark brown dense, no head, aroma of raisins, prunes, cherries... initial flavor is raisins and dark fruit, really tastes as if I’m eating dried fruit, prunes, apricots, absurd ester dark fruit combined with the actual raisins makes for a complex and strong ale, I would imagine that this could be cellared for extended periods of time SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
75cl bottle. Looks black in the glass, but a backlight reveals a deep red color, topped with a fine beige head. Good foam retention. Aroma of raisin, lots of toffee, vanilla, almonds and molasses. Plenty of vanilla in the flavor, with almond, raisin and other dark sugars. Surprisingly little alcohol and a controlled sweetness. Silky and full mouthfeel, but a bit under-carbonated for the style. Pretty tasty on the whole, with interesting and complex flavors. I think more carbonation would have done wonders for this though. FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Sampled from a 25.4 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with light red highlights and a small orange-brown head that faded quickly. The aroma was malty and sweet with notes of raisin and molasses. The flavor was malty, tangy and had raisin and molasses elements. The finish was long tangy raisin. Fairly thick on the mouthfeel. Nice. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Pours near black with a thick, tan head that dies down yet stays in a ring around the glass. Aroma of dark candied fruits, raisins. Raisins are also very apparent in the flavor, along with other dark fruity goodness. Some interesting sourness that is better now that I reflect on it. Overall, a pretty amazing beer. Though not perfect, i feel that this is absolutely worth drinking. DuffMan (10762) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2008
On tap, Falling Rock Denver. Very dark mahogany, clear. Dark dried cherries, prunes, breadcrust (toasty), mildly peaty, sweet and delicious!