Judgment Day - The Lost Abbey
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4.23/5 rDev +8.5%
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/31/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dark khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, apple, clove, black pepper, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, clove, black pepper, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, clove, black pepper, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome quadrupel style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
08-22-2014 03:06:33 | More by superspak
4.01/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from the 750mL bottle into a Belgian Tulip (7/24/13). I wasn't sure what style of beer I was getting with this one.
As I poured it, I was immediately called to the pitch-black body and the viscous quality it seemed to have as it glugged its way from the bottle. A foamy, dark khaki head forms and remains for a number of minutes before slowly receding. The head leaves behind a wall of lace on all sides of the glass.
There seems to be an interesting mix of dark roasted malt aromas and dark fruit on the nose. Caramel and vanilla meet the sweetness of raisin and plum and have me in dessert mode.
Much more raisin emerges on the tongue, there's a huge port-like taste that results. But there's still a stout-like quality to this beer, including some chocolatey, coffee-like dark malts, and some oak qualities of vanilla and caramel. There's some booze in there, even after a year, so that causes a slight down-rating. I eventually start noticing a cocoa quality that lingers at the finish.
I get a bit more astringency than I want at various points in drinking this, but it's otherwise, quite enjoyable. There's thick viscous mouthfeel, enough yeast and carbonation to make the whole mouth take notice.
A damn good beer aside from the heavy booze presence. I loved it in every other regard. Maybe I'd suggest 2 or more years of aging to address the astringency.
08-10-2014 06:16:47 | More by ONovoMexicano
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours a dark red Shiraz colour. Head is pale yellowy beige, not bad and leaving lovely sticky lace behind. Looks good.
Smells sweet and complex. Lots of treacle, brown sugar with raisins, sour cherry, yeah quite a big tart fruit note, putting me in mind of Christmas pudding, with a touch of spice. Pleasant, intriguing.
Taste is very sweet. Too much so, with masses of dark fruit - sultanas, currants and a touch of glacé cherry. Brown sugar, treacle, some cinnamon and licorice but really strongly sultana-flavoured. Touch of brandy-soaking, but mostly just sweet, fruity and dark. Bit too sweet for me, but some intriguing flavours nonetheless.
Very dry midway, touch of pull, doesn't have a lot of texture. Quite heavy, thick but flat.
Bit sweet, bit heavy. Something to cut through - more bitterness, namely - would be welcome.
08-01-2014 04:28:22 | More by laituegonflable
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
750ml brown bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam.
Pours a frothy black-brown, with a puffy head of pale brown: the lightness of everything is the giveaway that this is something other than a big porter or stout. Lacing is excellent. Body is quite light. Looks very decent.
Nose is actually surprisingly mild. Some fine grainy malt characters, and a touch of sharpness that gives it a slightly boozy or inky quality, but not a whole bunch more. It's fairly fine all over, but it's not particularly big or complex.
Taste is a lot better. Here, there's a sweetness of dried fruit through the centre of the palate, which has a raisin or even concord grape quality to it. Around this is the fine depth of sweetness with a bit of booze to it. On the back is a long, lingering sweetness laced with a spiciness from the alcohol. It's a nice mix.
Feel is light and slightly frothy. It's pretty nice.
Overall, yeah, another fine brew out of the Lost Abbey stable. It's certainly not different enough to stand out from the crowd, but it's a beer I'm perfectly happy to drink. But then, pretty much anything with the LA label on it is something I'm perfectly happy to drink.
07-26-2014 03:03:38 | More by lacqueredmouse
Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
88 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.