badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
I’m a sinner. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak aroma. Initial taste of chocolate and bourbon, followed by molasses and vanilla, transitioning to a citrus and oak taste, and finishing with a brown sugar taste and alcohol warmth. Excellent. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
First of all, I am amazed at how many people have sampled this one. Secondly, my methods of procurement will remain a closely guarded secret. Thirdly, I sincerely hope that all eBay prospectors die in a fire. On to my review:
Pour: Hazy deep brown with huge 4-finger tan head, a gigantic cork pop, and lacing that sticks more than a Freshman college chick dating a senior linebacker.
Nose: Oaky, plummy malt, brown sugar, spicy yeast, mild hops, bourbon, port, blackberry
Flavor: Initially oaky malty and caramelly, with plummy, blackberry, port, brown sugar, fig, mild cacao, but not tasting sweet, rather as a very well balanced oaky boubony beverage with the added brown sugary, malty, fig, and cognacy notes as subtle additions, and not as entitites overtaking the beer.
Palate/Overall: The palate was as complex as I’ve ever quaffed, with intermingling flavors and an amazing balance. As I poured the last dregs of this, I briefly considered going onto eBay for another, but then I regained my ratebeer confidence and realized that I will never become one of those bottom-feeding scumbags, and I remembered that with the proper where-with-alll, I would see this one again. Still, if that is too optimistic, then I will see this beer in my dreams, right next to Christy Canyon. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle from ebay purchase, sampled with stegosaurus. WOW !! Thats really all I need too say. Brown perfect pout with long lasting 1 and a half finger head. Aromas of heavenly wood, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. The taste was all these things but blended to absolute perfection. Possibly the best thing I have ever tasted. I sported a woodrow wilson and the cerimonial bottle hump was done. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle sampled with the Mad_indian. Pours dark with a large pillow of a beige head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, caramel, molasses, and vanilla absolutely perfect. The flavor is sweet, molasses, caramel, chocolate vanilla, bourbon, oak all perfectly blended. excellent body, alcohol is hidden quite well. Excellent brew. hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Wow all I can say is that I have a new favorite beer. This beer is incredible. Me being a fan of bourbon beers from the get go this beer does not disappoint. Oak,Bourbon,Vanilla,Carmel, all rolled into the smoothest palette drinkable beer i’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting.With that said i’ve never given a perfect 5 but this beer is totally worthy. All the flavors blend together so smoothly and perfectly that I recommend to anyone trying this rare treat at least once and deciding for themselves. But as for me this beer sits atop the throne!
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2009
On tap at Stumbling Monk in Seattle. Overall, this beer was perfect for a bourbon barrel barleywine. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours a gloriously deep, sinfully dark root beer brown opaque with absolutely no head; motor-oil slick surface. Aroma is a knock out: caramel, vanilla bean, cinnamon, toffee, chocolate, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, roasted malts, marshmallow, coffee beans, and light touches of giner and honey. Full, luxuriously rich body with a firm, sturdy, boozy palate that slides across the tongue and eases itself warmly down the throat and into the belly. Finishes with insane sweetness and booziness. This is hands down, flat out one of the best beers ever brewed. Classy, strong, bold, and fundamentally well-crafted brew. Perfect. toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Enjoyed this one at the 1st Anniversary at the brewery. My favorite of the day. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium head. Tastes of carmel and vanilla with raisins and figs and finishes with sweet malt. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 One of the best beers I have ever tried. Had a few sampler glasses at the Lost Abbey Anniversary, I couldn’t get enough of this stuff. On CASK! Heavy bourbon nose off the head, with lots of thick roasty malts and raisins. Very dark with a beautiful creamy beige head that lasted throughout each glass. The appearance almost reminded me of a tap Older Viscosity. Each sip only got better as it warmed. Flavor is incredibly complex, loaded with caramel, vanilla, raisin, figs, black cherries with a very well balanced finish of hops and warming bourbon & alcohol. No one flavor dominated over another, each component and its concentration within the brew was put together very well. Velvety-smooth and chewy mouth feel, like warm bread towards the end with the presence of oak. Absolutely fantastic! Everything was perfect, the balance in this creation was highly impressive. Just shy of a 5 because I would really like to have experienced it from a proper serving glass, not a plastic taster. Now THIS IS BEER ! ! ! padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Tasted 2 samples of this at the brewery, first anniversary party on Cinco de Mayo. Wonderful smells of Bourbon, vanilla bean, and sweet cherries. Tastes of Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, very little alcohol in the finish. Freakin awesome!