joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Received this in a trade with Stoneman78, thanks! Older Viscosity glops out the bottle with the weight of a heavy motor oil. It’s difficult to even get a soft pour as the viscous body gurgles from the neck. Needless to say the body is as black as the ace of spades. The pour produced a minimal beige head of about one finger that fell to a thin cap and fat ring after a few minutes. Each sip leaves some lacing behind that eventually falls back into the body.
The nose has a great depth of complexity. The oak barrel aging plays the most significant role with notes of slightly damp oak and hints of vanilla. A touch of bourbon flashes through along with dark chocolate, brown sugar, and cocoa in that order. The bourbon presence grows as this beer warms. I’m not really pulling much else out of the aroma but what is there is very appetizing. It would get a better score if there was more of a beer profile than so much of a bourbon and oak profile.
The flavor runs along the lines the aroma suggested. There’s alcohol heat from beginning to end. Now I love a solid alcohol presence in some of my bigger beers but this one is just a little too hot. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, and cocoa all come back in the aroma rising and falling as it works its way through. Again, it’s the bourbon barrel aging that takes this beer over. Bourbon, alcohol spiciness, damp oak, and mild vanilla are the most common denominators of this beer. As it gets close to room temperature it melds slightly better but it’s still a touch too hot.
The mouthfeel at first sip seemed a little on the thin side but as this beer warms it allows the body a chance to thicken up and become as viscous as the label suggests. The body is coating and rich with minimal carbonation which lets the body work through at it’s own pace. The heat works its way through my mouth, nose, and down my throat, warming my cheeks on its way.
The drinkability is limited by the alcohol presence. This is a very good sipper whether it be an after dinner drink or a cold weather beer this is one to enjoy slowly. It took me over an hour to finish the bottle and it just kept getting better.
I had high hopes for this brew and while it delivered on some aspects it fell short on others. There is a little more bourbon character then I’d like but it is very good. I wouldn’t mind having a few more to see if they cool down over time.
Serving type: bottle
7/5/08 marcus (10316) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
This dark brown ale poured with a thin tan head and a strong bourbon aroma. There is a smooth and delicious chocolate and vanilla flavor with an anise finish and a warm alcohol trail. This brew is aged to perfection. The taste components are individually identifiable, yet the overall flavor is balanced. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Thanks to goryshkewych for this one.
Bottle poured into my snifter produced a small amount of tan head that went to a ring of lace around the glass. The body was a pitch black color, and you can’t see any light thru this one.
Aromas’ of roasted malts, bourbon, Hints of vanilla and wood this has a great nose. There is a nice sweetness in the aromas that really help this brew along.
This is a real warmer, when you start sipping this big I mean Big bourbon flavor comes at you . You get the wood and vanilla and the alcohol warmth that just permeate your whole mouth. There is also a nice sweetness from the malts that follow at the end of your sip. The mouthfeel is heavy and almost no carbonation in it at all.
A good sipper the bottle size was good for me. It was good to the last drop. I was glad I tried it but don’t think I will search it out again because of the price. I will say this RIS is the best of the barrel aged I have tried; you really get the barrel taste to stand out
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured an opaque black color. The head was light brown with an orange tint. Smelled of chocolate, subdued anise, vanilla, bourbon, and a dash of cocoa. Medium to full bodied and slightly sweet. The flavors followed the aromas pretty closely; bourbon, toffee, a hint of anise, and vanilla. Good stuff. bb (9423) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. Black beer with reddish highlights and a tan head. Bourbon and caramel malt aroma. Bourbon and toffee flavor with malt and vanilla. Fuller bodied. Bourbon and toffee lingers with a light roastiness.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2008
On draught at the EBF 08 in Boston,Ma. Awesome beer. One of my favorites at the show. Thanks to all the guys at Lost Abbey. Wish I could remember enought to rate it properly. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Black, rich, creamy, dark fruits, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, alcohol, little nutty, slight hop finish. ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Bottle, compliments of vAc. Pours a dark coppery brown with an very thin off-white head. The smell is full of sweet butter pecan toffee and thick heavy smoke. Maybe a hint of tobacco layered in with the oak and smokey notes. From the smell I expected a much more powerful or jarring sensation on the palate but the body is extremely smooth and silky, with just the slightest alcohol soak. The flavor bursts with toffee, dark fruit and, of course, a strong oaky bourbon taste. Really a treat. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Draught at The Bistro. Black with a scant head. Woody, bourbony and roasted coffe-like aroma, with some fruity background action. Thick and oily, with low carbonation. Primarily tastes of coffee and bourbon, with light vanilla, dried fruit and wood as well. Some burnt sugar/toffee gong on too. Intense. Definitely smoother and more complex than the regular old vis. User29624 (1683) - - NOV 27, 2008
FoBAB 08. Glad I was able to try this at the festival instead of trying to find a bottle. Pours a thick dark brown with an tan head. Very thick syrup type body with aroma and flavor of bourbon, chocolate, raisins, and a touch of coffee. Fine stuff. I love Lost Abbey/Port!