tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2010
Received from Beermerchants in their mixed Lost Abbey crate. A very thick sludgy heavy tar colour easing out to a dark red texture on the edge. Can taste oak; caramel, liquerish, coffee and roasted malts.
Poured into a Budvar stein glass. A very demanding beer and still taking my time to drink this. A really great stout. I am enjoying this but expect to pay a premium. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, early 2009 vintage from south bay. pours a slightly viscous jet black with a dense, dark brown head leaving a wonderful sheet of lace on the glass. aroma is excellently complex with huge roasted malts notes back by notes of dark chocolate, burnt caramel, whiskey, and coffee grinds with hints of dark fruits, berries, licorice, and black olives. flavor exceeds the complexity of the aroma and is deliciously dominated by roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and mildly sour/bitter cold espresso with hints of dark fruits, vanilla, and toffee leading into an unexpected yet wonderful smoked, woody, chocolatey finish. palate is medium bodied and just a touch thin, the only real knock on this brew, with mild carbonation and a warming alcohol presence that is perfect for the deep freeze we’re having down south. overall, world class brew. SudsMcDuff (8438) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
tar smell . . low head . . lacing needs improvemant . . abv was very well masked . . dark black .. . molasses and dirty berry .. . decent.. glad i didn’t use my money... madsberg (11773) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2010
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Brown coloured dense head. cocoa, roast, chocolate, vanilla, wood, spice, light prunes, some herbs and light berries. Flavour of chocolate, alcohol, cocoa, roast, light liqourice, berries, light grass and herbs and some coffee. Full bodied. Has a sweet and alcoholdense end. Nice restrained roasty bitterness. Very complex and surprisingly smooth. Thx to secret santa Mike for this. Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - JAN 1, 2010
Bottle @ The Dome. Black with brown disappearing head. Sweet malty, chocolate, somewhat burnt. A hint of warming alcohol. Just what I seek in a stout like this. Full but not sticky bodied, with a long cocoa bitter end. Damn’ good! Father forgive me, I’m a sinner...
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2009
bottle generously sent as a bonus from bockyhorsey. poured black with a chocolate brown head and some spotted lacing. aroma was better than i was expecting with caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark roast, licourice?, and some darker fruits. flavor was alcohol, dark roast, baking cocoa, and a nice sharp bitter at the end. body was heavy with low carbonation. this was better than i was expecting. good job LA. Hansen (8595) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2009
Colour is black, head is light brown and lasting. Dark aroma, roasted, coffee, chocolate, faint dark fruit. Flavor is sweet, has a long-long duration. Creamy texture, soft carbonation. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2009
750 ml. from The Red House in Renton. Nice viscous pour. Nice blac opaque body. Really nice looking beer. Fairly sweet (the roasted malts are killer). Coffee aroma is coming through as well. The subtle chocolate aroma is coming through quite well. Damn, that is a nice roasty, coffee, sweet malt flavor. Just very well balanced. There is more roast than anything, but you notice the chocolate, roast, and coffee right away. A well rounded stout. Nice touches of vanialla sweetness. If I weren’t competely trashed this may be a bit different. Heay malt presence, but there is a nice old aged bourbon/bottle conditioned leather/wood/bourbon flavored taste. There are a lot of nuances in this beer. I thought this would not be carbonated, but boy I was wrong. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep opaque brown/black body, medium-thin ochre head. Rich, complex nose, with milk chocolate, dark fruits (plum, cherry, berries), roasted malts, and warming wisps of alcohol. Silky, soft body with plummy chocolate, marshmallow, and charred roasted malts, enhanced by warming alcohol. Good heft. An excellent, rich stout. Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 19, 2009
750 ml corked bottle. An opaque black beer with a small, mostly lasting brown head. The aroma is extremely powerful and rather complex, heavily malty, lightly hoppy and yeasty with notes of roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and a hint of dark fruits. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Quite clean. Medium to full body, average carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Very good stout with a light Belgian touch. I’d definately buy this again.