Sinners Blend 2009 - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by seaoflament:
4/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I went over to O'Brien's Pub this past Thursday (8-13-09) to be able to try this highly anticipated beer, at least for me. Once I heard about what the blend contained (Ten Commandments aged in Bourbon barrels, Gift of the Magi aged in French Oak, and Serpents Stout aged in Port barrels) I was perplexed yet intrigued at how this would taste. The blend sounded odd and I had second thoughts on going and even thought about waiting for some reviews to flow in, but then I thought "you never know, this might be tasty." So, off I went.
Served in a Chimay goblet the beer was a dark brown hue with dirty orange highlights on the edges. There was a very thin head on top that quickly fell down until there was a single chain of small bubbles around the glass.
When I got the beer it was obviously too cold for the style, but the typical temperature for beers on-tap. I tried to concentrate but knew right away that I would have to wait a few minutes for the beer to warm up so it could become more fragrant. At first I could only pick up notes of a vinous characteristic, dark fruits--raisins, dates, and prunes--that were slightly tart, and notes of bourbon. As the beer warmed up it started to get more tannic and woodsy. I waited a few minutes and once it opened up it really started to shine. Notes of oak and Chardonnay-like fruitiness, grapes, and spices like rosemary--clearly an influence from the 10 Commandments--began to show up. Once the beer got closer to room temperature the Serpents Stout influence started to show with hints of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Not too much signs of brett from this beer at this moment. At room temperature I could pick apart the beer and distinguish its components, from the raisins, dark fruits, and fragrant rosemary of 10 Commandments; to the notes of oak, vanilla, and Belgian fruitiness of Gift of the Magi; and finally the coffee, cocoa, and roastiness of Serpents Stout in the background. Clearly, this was my favorite aspect of the beer.
Initially, the flavor of this beer was very tannic, woody, followed by some soft spices, roasted malts, and a nice combination of raisins, prunes, and cocoa in the finish. After a few small sips there was an interesting note of grapes and surprisingly a cherry or strawberry-like flavor entangled in this web of complexity. More spices could be tasted as the beer's temperature increased and it also got very fragrant and flowery like lavender. The alcohol, nearly 11%, was very well hidden, for the most part, with just a bit detectable in the finish. There were also some delicate oak flavors in the aftertaste with a bit of vanilla. Not much bitterness, besides the oak tannins, but just enough dryness in the finish to balance out the sweetness of the beer. As far as brett goes, there was a bit of a leathery flavor in the finish that brought in another layer of complexity. The beer finished with hints of coffee and light, dry, chocolate. As complex as the beer was I felt there was something missing, maybe a hint more carbonation, which I will address in a little while, could have helped lifted the beer just a bit more for me. I enjoyed the flavors but maybe I would have liked just a bit more Serpents influence? Not sure, not really a "4" but better than a "3.5" score...I would give this a 3.75 if I could.
Carbonation was very low and I felt like it could have used just a bit more in the finish to lift up the beer and bring a creamier texture. Then again, I wouldn't want too much carbonation in a barrel-aged and high alcohol beer. At times the beer felt thin coming in but the finish was always full bodied and rich. This beer is meant to be sipped and enjoyed at leisure. I'm in the same dilemma as the flavor, not really 4 points for me, but higher than 3.5.
Overall this was a very interesting blend that I was glad to have tried, but one serving was enough for me though. However, the aging capability of this one seems to be very good and I would love to try this one again after a year or two.
Serving type: on-tap
08-17-2009 02:40:31 | More by seaoflament
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Pours a flat inky black. Slightly transparent at the edges. Nothing really going on.
Smell - Oxidized. Chocolate. Sharp bright liquor flavor. I know its bourbon, but it smells like brandy. Dark fruit acidity.
Taste - Much more sour. Cherry sourness. Raisins. Oxidation. Oak and chocolate. Sharp alcohol. Red wine finish.
Mouthfeel - Mostly flat. Boozy. Acidic. Tough to drink.
Overall - Complex but not easy to drink. Wonder what it tasted like years ago.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2013 00:31:00 | More by Alieniloquium
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Shared this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a minimal off-white head that subsided to none quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cherry, tart, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, roasted malt, acidic, tart, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Out of the two Sinners Blend brews we had this night this one definitely stood out as the best. A nice roastiness was going on here that balanced out really well with the acidic tartness aspects going on. Still needed more carbonation to make it more appealing to the palate though. Definitely worth your time trying this one if you get the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2013 11:52:14 | More by thagr81us
Sinners Blend 2009 from The Lost Abbey
89 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.