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The Angel's Share - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey

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1,362 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,362
Reviews: 632
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 542
Gots: 413 | FT: 28
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Ale aged in bourbon barrels for 12 months.

(Beer added by: scottoale on 08-23-2006)
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip a nice dark brown with a huge frothy head. Aroma is a nice blend of Bourbon and brown malts. The taste is absolutely unworldly! Toasted brown malt, burnt caramel, Bourbon and dried fruits provide an indescribable complexity. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with moderately present alcohol and slight carbonation, certainly a sipper. This beer is simply wonderful, one of the best I've ever had!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 01:56:10 | More by atsprings
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle. 2008 bottling. 12.5% abv.

Leathery dark brown with murky, ruddy amber edges. Head starts off big and rocky and settles down to a small finger of peanut brown. Good lacing. Big bourbon aroma up front. Oak and vanilla show off the barrel aging nicely. Solid dark fruit and grape sweetness. Sweet candy edge.

Suggestions of roasted malts up front. Burnt brown sugar and herbal hop bitterness are there as well. Big bourbon flavors follow. Boozy dark fruit sweetness adds another dimension. Oak and vanilla accents blend in nicely. Sweet fruits and bourbon warmth peak before a long, warming finish. Lingering plum and grape sweetness gradually fades away. Full-bodied with a rather effervescent, rocky feel that helps lift the heavier fruit and bourbon off the palate, but almost feels over-carbonated.

Overall, very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 02:49:24 | More by alexgash
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed back on 888, reviewed from fairly meticulous notes. Shared with SAS, Inflatablechair, and theotherbeerguy.

My share poured into a Chimay goblet... was a gusher but didn't erupt.

Coffee brown.. sticky tan head with good lacing that lasts for the entire glass..

Aroma is caramel, rum, and more than enough raisin.. Fair amount of alcohol as it hits room temp and only then does the wood and bourbon raise its head.

Flavor mirrors aroma but with pronounced vanilla.. some chocolate and the perfect amount of bourbon. body is thick and smooth at the same time.. the excessive carbonation goes away by the end of the glass.

Very very rich and with a sturdy complexity... I wish I had more than the couple that are in the basement... hint hint.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 06:34:19 | More by JohnGalt1
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csmiley

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to prototypic for the chance to try this one.

A - Cork comes out of the bottle with a booming pop. Get this one to glass quick or you run the risk to losing some to spill over. Pours thick and dark brown. Some murkiness lingers around in the glass. The tan pillowy head rose to the top of the glass but did not go over the edge at all. Retention is out of control. Pour this one and then go find something else to do for a while because this head is not going anywhere for a while. The lacing that remains behind is spotty but not bad.

S - A wave of dark fruit hits the nose first. Definitely has some fig and cherry. Could have some of the more tart fruits like cranberry or raspberry but those are hard to pick out. Old wood and bourbon show up around midway and play a nice supporting role to the fruit. Some of the sweeter aromas pop in at the end - caramel and cocoa. Other aromas of note are dark bread and yeast.

T - Wow! Taste follows aroma pretty closely and is superb. This beer might be too complex for words to do justice. Dark fruity goodness is up front with flavors of fig, dried cherries, raisins, and raspberry. Midway shows hints of caramel, toffee, dark bread, chocolate, and yeast. Earthy flavors are more in the background with wood and moss. Bourbon is present throughout and always stays just warm enough to keep this beer delicious.

M - Full bodied with too much carbonation. Carbonation only detracts from the beer a little since it starts level out as the beer warms. Remarkably smooth given the abv. Finish is sweet and warm.

D - Drinkability is very good. This is one amazing beer. The alcohol is hiddeen very well. The taste is very complex and smooth. At 12% it goes down very easy but you will want to savor and sip this beer. I just can't say enough about how good this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:55:30 | More by csmiley
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bbothen

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bourbon barrel aged. Shared with Steve.

Dark ruby brown with a gusher of a frothy head. Several swirls brings it down to less than 1 finger bubbly head.

Aromas of raisin, date, bourbon, wood, & sweet caramel.

Tastes like the nose suggests. Big bourbon flavor, raisin, caramel, toffee, vanilla, sweet, delicious.

I would personally enjoy this with a little less carbonation.

12% well hidden.

Awesome achievement here. Wish it wasn't as carbonated as it was. Still quite enjoyable & something that should definately be seeked out.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 00:54:30 | More by bbothen
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to T0rin0 for this one.

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Bourbon barrel nose for sure. Easily noticed vanilla. I thought I got some apples at first too. Flavor brings a great thick tone. Sweet molasses. Rich caramel. Robust, but smooth. Good bourbon tones that don't overpower. A touch hot,but doesn't really matter. Feel has a higher carbonation to it. Liquid is smooth. Very easy to drink. A bit of a sipper, but I force myself to do that to savor the moment.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 16:33:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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phattysbox

New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

350 ml bottle from a trade with ralflord. Chilled down to try reduce the chance of a gusher but to no avail. Almost took my head off and my cat ran cover. Quickly poured into Duvel tulip glass. Left almost four inches of soapy brown head that retreated very slowly. Dark ruby in color. Lovely webbing and lace stayed through the whole experience. Smells of vanilla and sweet candy.

Taste: Simply amamzing. Extremely complex notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak and sweet figs. Twinge of hops in the background but the sweetness and oak overpowers and is an amazing show stopper. The alcohol is present, but not harsh - wamrs the core. Body is slick and smooth with a medium-dry finish. I thought the carbonation would detract from this brew but adds to complexity instead.

Drinkability is somewhat average due to gusher and high alcohol but since it is so dang smooth I want another. My bottle went way to quick and will be seeking out more.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 14:59:37 | More by phattysbox
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tonistruth

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- deep burgundy color with mahogany hues, tall tan fluffy head with good retention, head settles a thin crown of foam that remains throughout drinking

S- alcohol, woody, spicy hop, vanilla, and dried fruit

T-dried fruit flavors with a ton of woody flavors and some alcohol in the background are most dominant flavors. nutty, vanilla, oak, toffee, and toasted caramel also come to mind. pine and citrus from hops

M- creamy body that has some heat at finish

D- amazingly complex but alcohol is too harsh for my liking. Thus i wont go out of my way to search for it but a do recommend trying it, again, the complexity is great

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 16:00:29 | More by tonistruth
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seaoflament

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to try out my new Lost Abbey stemware glass and the only proper way to break it in is with a top-notch Lost Abbey beer. I've had this beer back in March at the release but didn't take notes. This bottle is now about 5 months old.

Ok, with all the stories of over-carbonated Angel's Share (bourbon) bottles I can't say I wasn't scared of taking off the cork and popping this one. LOUD pop with foam slowly rising to the top of the bottle so I quickly tipped the bottle to my glass. Poured a dark caramel color with about two inches of mocha colored foam; there are some shades of red when held to the light. The foam was soft looking and soapy, leaving a coat of bubbles on the side of the glass as it settled. Impressive retention and lacing with a string of bubble racing upward from the side of the glass.

Boy, do I love Angel's Share. Sweet raisins, caramel, bourbon, and brown sugar hit the nose instantly. The second wave includes notes of nutty malts, chocolate, coffee, dates, vanilla and wood. The aroma is really soft but complex. Very little heat is detected, but mostly it's just wrapped around the aroma. After a while I can smell some grape and cherry notes. As the beer settles it opens up more roasted qualities and more chocolate to the front. The aroma tends to tone down but I'm still enjoying it. A little vinous aroma develops also.

The first sip is almost an intense sweetness. I taste some molasses, rich chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, maple syrup and some alcohol heat in the finish. More dark fruits reveal themselves in the succeeding sips; there are some raisins, caramelized fruits, and a bit of dates in the finish. The sweetness seems to either tone down or the palate gets accustomed to it.

The beer has a somewhat thin mouth-feel near the end, it doesn't exactly coat the palate, and the carbonation just doesn't seem to work for me. This beer has the type of carbonation that feels forced and attacks the tongue a little bit instead of lifting the beer and gliding past the tongue. The alcohol is also a tad too present. After the beer warms up a bit there are more chocolate, coffee, and a bit of toffee flavors in the finish.

I remember the brandy version being a bit smoother and more easy to drink (so easy that the 12.5% sneaked up on me! And that one was 750ml too). This one is still pretty drinkable but it could be better.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 04:15:30 | More by seaoflament
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illidurit

California

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle sampled at Lost Abbey for RBSG 08. Poured into a wine glass. Deep brown color with lots of cocoa foam and visible sediment. Aromas of bourbon and chewy sweet malts. Flavor is maple syrup/brown sugar with the obvious rich bourbon note. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Sticky mouthfeel makes the finish very long. Drinkability is ridiculous for 12.5%.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 19:09:40 | More by illidurit
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle, traded by my boy oakbluff!

Pours a cloudy mahogany, nice dark red highlights around the edges, thick tan head rises, tight bubbles, settles to a thin layer and medium ring around the glass, looks top notch. Smell is crazy, tons of caramel and wood, bourbon, very bready, yeast, bit of chocolate, more caramel, more oak, dark fruits, brown sugar and dates. Taste is rich buttery toffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, tons of wood, bready, yeast, alcohol comes through a bit, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, alcohol is well hidden, but the carbonation is way too high. I prefer the Brandy barrel version, but this is still some good stuff. Thanks Scott!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 04:05:12 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Viggo shared this rare treat. thanks eric!

12.7oz bottle, corked and caged. bottle label says 12.5% abv.

cork comes out with a hefty pop. poured fairly gently it still had a pretty hearty dense tan head. the body is a nice deep red-brown. the head dropped fairly quick and left a few spots of lace behind.

aroma is great. light alcohol. vanilla. oak and bourbon. lots of fruit too - date, fig, raisin, dried cranberry and cherry. biscuit and multi-grain bread. dark chocolate. hint of coffee.

taste is great. alcohol. bourbon. oak. light vanilla. dark chocolate. toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. lots of dark fruit - date, raisin, fig, currants, dried cranberries and cherries. just a hint of coffee. alcohol is a bit warm actually.

mouthfeel is nice. medium body. high carbonation is a little too much for me and takes away from the beer overall.

drinkability is pretty good, but could be better. the alcohol warmth and high carbonation really take away from it overall. it gets better once it's had some time for the carbonation to dissipate. to me this one just doesn't quite have the depth and fullness that the original brandy barrel aged version had.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 03:47:20 | More by grub
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a murky brown with some hints of amber and orange. This was a foamer with a dangerous cork. The head, for all its fury, was surprisingly short lived.

s: Huge aromas of bourbon soaked raisins, and to a lesser extent, cherries and plums. Sweet elements of brown sugar and vanilla. Mild oak aroams and a little solventy alcohol round things out. I sniffed this one more than I sipped it.

t: This tastes to me like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, with its strong flavors of raisins and brown sugar. Potent bourbon and vanilla flavors blanket everthing without completely taking over. Minimal oak flavors as well. This was almost perfect and more complex than I am able to describe.

m: Luxuriously thick body, but just a little over carbonated. A very pleasant bourbon tingle lingers for a while.

d: I got this jewel as an extra from rallison. Big thanks Ryan! I am thrilled to have had the chance to try this spectacular offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 10:55:08 | More by DIM
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cannabanaceae

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky to get this one in seattle after finagling.

Look, Very dark brown with a beautiful head retention.

Smell, The smell was like carmel and bourbon with a little hop presence.

Taste , was Bourbon up front followed by hop bitterness then a malt backbone. This was the best breakfast ive had for quiet some time.

Had a little burnt brown shards in the bottom of my glass. This was extemly drinkable and is worth all the hype surrounding it. I WANT MORE!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 23:11:04 | More by cannabanaceae
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark cola brown to black in color with a massive dark tan head that just keeps on hanging around. Aroma is a nice strong woodiness, alcohol definitely evident in the aroma, rich and sugary pruney malts mixed with vanilla. Taste follows with some sweet caramel malts up front, strong vanilla notes, raisins, oakiness, and a nice bourbon presence along with a good dose of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is a medium to heavy, sugary body that is cut well by a good sized woody bitterness and warmth of alcohol, as well as an active and somewhat peppery and crisp carbonation. Absolutely delicious, how will I keep my hands off of what's left in the cellar? The barrel ageing works very well with this beer, extremely well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 00:36:33 | More by hoppymeal
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hrking

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, all I can say about this brew is GET IT. I have had 1000's of different brews before this whole rating thing ever even came about. I seldom take the time to sit down and write a review but this one is totally worthy.It's all here the smell, the taste, the appearance, the bottling, this is the holy grail of brews.
I'm a big fan of bourbon aged beers, oak aged beers, and those beers that just seem to bring a little something extra to the table. This beer totally runs the gauntlet. Popping the cork on this bad boy and pouring it I knew I was in for something special. Then you put it to your nose. All I could say was WOW! If this taste as good as it smells, sweet oak aged vanilla, bourbon, Belgian Candi sugar..Then.. the taste Smooth beyond all belief, alcohol was very well hidden basically because my palette was busy moshing over all the flavors of vanilla, oak, and bourbon and sugars that were to be what I expected from the nose. It did not let up! Holy Moses sweet fathers of the brewing Gods. I have seen the light and it beem through a bottle of Bourbon Barrel Aged Lost Abbey Angel's Share!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 15:43:11 | More by hrking
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddish, dark brown body with some gunky murkiness to it and a large, fizzy, tan head.

Smell: Pleasantly pungent aroma of heavenly, heavily caramelized sugars, golden raisins, and a gratifying waft of alcohol. Plenty of distinct bourbon barrel accents, too.

Taste: Dark, rich caramelly malts, tons of dark fruitiness, a spoonful of vanilla creme brullee, and with a big taste of brown sugar striking the palate. Nice, complimenting blend of woodiness and top-shelf bourbon. Faint, faint touch of roast picked up on the otherwise sweet, warm, and wooden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Full carbonation that really fizzles up the mouth.

Drinkability: For me, it was more than a bit overcarbonated, but thankfully it delivered a satisfying tastiness to warrant fighting the fizzies.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 18:14:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to tayner for this botltle from her winning box the first ever TIF. Shared with BA rbuckstar, half of a 375 poured into a DFH oversized wine glass. Two twists of the cage and the cork almost went through the ceiling with the biggest bang I've heard from a bottle of beer.

A - Deep, reddish brown with an uneven, three finger tan head.

S - Smooth bourbon, with loads of vanilla and oak.

T - Malty and sweet, with just a little too much bourbon for my tastes.

M - Very nice on the tongue, with just the right amount of carbonation (after it was all released on opening).

D - It's a great, well put together, complex beer, but it almost seems futile to rate the drinkability of such a rare beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 22:56:05 | More by tprokop7
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mentor

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Large pop when opened. huge brown-tan head over a dark liquid. Smells fruity, bourbon, vanilla, clean alcohol, but not much raw oak character. Alcohol dries out the aroma. Chocolate step forward as the beer breaths and warms.

Tastes oaky emptiness over malt sweet and alcohol. Chocolate powder, like Nestle cocoa. Bourbon and mild fruitiness. Nice, but not overly complex. The alcohol and sweet conflict in comparable intensity. Md-light body and oaky dries out the finish. Decent drinkablility.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 19:44:22 | More by mentor
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Release, received in trade from aromatorio and OldSock. Thanks a bunch for a chance to try these brews! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: The cork comes off with a resounding pop and into my glass, this brew goes! Deep reddish brown with a gorgeous 3-finger latte-colored head. Plenty of lace too.

S: Deliciously complex. This one starts off with a moderate bourbon note with a solid oak note. The oak is fairly strong and makes me think it was rather fresh. Underneath lies a hint of vanilla and a complex malt profile with figs and prunes. There's a hint of tobacco too. Very, very good - very well balanced

T: Starts off a complex mixture of bourbon, oak, brown sugar, dried figs and apricots. Mildly tannic. Medium bodied but dries up incredibly on the finish with some alcohol heat.

M: Excellent - great carbonation and a wonderfully dry finish

D: I'm savoring this one immensely and for the ABV, I really have to hold myself back

**Edit 01 May 2010**

Drinking my last bottle of this batch (2008), and I have to say that it hasn't changed too much. Still very bourbon-forward up front with some vanilla and coconut working brilliantly with the tobacco and dark fruit. The booze has died down a touch, but good god, this is a brilliant beer! Bravo, Tomme!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 01:19:31 | More by DefenCorps
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours from a 350ml bottle, and man, it's a gusher. Even out of the fridge, it still flows freely from the bottle. A steady pour kept it under control, but still yielded three fingers of cream-colored, bubbly foam. Body is almost black, with no light coming through. Held up to a light, a hint of red is around the edge.

S: Lots of dark fruit in the nose, some wood, some vanilla, a shade of bourbon, bread and dough, even a hint of chocolate perhaps. Fantastic.

T: This brew is most certainly not overrated. The taste is incredibly complex. Dark fruits, big caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and more all combine into a wonderful burst of flavor. I don't even know how to begin to describe it. Rich and strong, but delicious.

M: Smooth and viscous, with a bit of heat from the alcohol coming through.

D: While it is certainly not a session ale, it's a fantastic brew overall. Wish it was brewed more frequently and easier to get, but I'm just happy I got to try it once.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 19:37:20 | More by YonderWanderer
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grandq

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 350ml with a MASSIVE cream head that I could not keep in check and a virtually black body - looks like a dark plum. The head just...keeps...growing... Surprised I didn't have a gusher on my hands. Getting fig above all else from the nose, backed up by brown sugar, a really rich caramel scent and the suggestion of bourbon ("might I recommed you have some bourbon in you beer, sir" it says). I reply that I would, and taking a drink, I'm quite pleased with my bourbon-rific concoction I've been served. Beyond that, there's almost too much to describe here - caramel, prune, fig, cracked black pepper, oak, chocholate, vanilla, some more bourbon, a little fusel burn ("is 'burn' a flavor... really?" it questions) and a caramel finish again on the end. Quite cyclical, which just begs one to continue the cycle. Might be too much oaky bitterness at warmer temps. This is rich as all get out, but the mouthfeel is surprisingly light - and that's a welcome thing. Were this even a touch more viscous, I think it might approach undrinkable. A sipper, a dessert beer, and even at this size sharing is mandatory, but delightful to drink. The taste bud overload of richie-richness is nigh overwhelming - teeters on the edge of being way too much ("why, I believe I could say the same of you" it opines) but buries the needle just before the line. Quite good, but some flaws here and there that distract from pure drinking enjoynment

...uh, and points deducted for it being sentient...

Big thanks to IntriqKen for the bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 02:07:40 | More by grandq
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mcallister

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good looking beer. Deep burgundy in color but oozed and poured with a monstrous head of tan chunky in nature that leaves a fluffy seperated lace in its path.

Dark bready malts with bourbon, cherry, fig, date, caramel, oxidation, wood, vanilla, and an earthy astringent almost ester on the ending. Spicey with even hints of pumpeknickel. Reminiscent of Adam in aroma.

Quite a tasty treat here. Huge with caramel and dried fruits, alcohol, date, fig, nuggat, breads, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, oak, toasty vanilla, pecan, milk chocolate,smoke, burnt sugars, oxidation, dried cherry, marmalade, and on and on.

Unfortunately this is way to carbonated. Really hurting the mouthfeel as it causes the beer to seperate on the toungue on each sip almost discentigrating in nature. However I can live with that and could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 18:36:35 | More by mcallister
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warmstorage

California

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle, caged and corked. The cage was quite brittle and broke when I began twisting it. Huge carbonation pop when I pulled the cork out.

Appearance: deep almost opaque brown, with light to medium brown head, maintains a light head, and leaves light to moderate lacing.

Aroma: some bourbon, some oak, some brown sugar, some prunes and fruit.

Taste: oak, leather, some cherries, prunes, and deep toasted sugar/brown sugar. Delicious, and right up my lane, but kind of... one dimensional. Strong raisin.

Mouth: the slick sugary notes continues into a long slick mouthfeel. Definitely warm, and slightly tingly.

Overall: delicious, and fun, and interesting. But worthy of the astonishing hype? I'm extremely happy to have had it, and I'd even stand in line for it if I was local. But A+ average? I think it's somewhat overhyped. It's not a true 5 in any category. Again, don't get me wrong: it's delicious -- really, really tasty. But mindblowing, A+, it is not.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 03:55:34 | More by warmstorage
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thickerfreakness

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to kinnaird for throwing this in as an EXTRA. Seriously thanks John.

After having some small one ounce samples before I was now able to split this one with my step-dad (who loves bourbon barrel beers) and enjoy it over a longer period of time.

Poured this one really cold out of the fridge to try and prevent any gushing. Its a very dark ruby brown with a slight half-inch, cream colored head that fades to a slight film that covers the top of the beer.

One of the best smelling bourbon beers I have ever had. The nose is dominated by smooth bourbon, vanilla, rich creamy caramels and oak with some chocolate and dark fruits.

Taste is really close to smell with just a really silky smooth bourbon flavor that is accented by tons of vanilla, oak, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. There is a little bit of alcohol burn on the after taste but it goes away after a bit and as it warms the sweet creamy caramel becomes an amazing addition to the flavor.

Its a little overcarbonated for this style of beer but its got a silky smooth mouthfeel otherwise.

An extremely drinkable and smooth big beer but ABV is still too high for a great score.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:50:44 | More by thickerfreakness
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