Gift Of The Magi - Barrel Aged - The Lost Abbey
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
From 02/03/12 notes. Had on tap at NOTB up in Boston, MA.
a - Pours a deep garnet color with an inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bourbon, dark fruits, spice, caramel malts, fruity malts, and light spice. Bourbon is noticable and nice in the nose.
t - Tastes of bourbon, alcohol, dark fruits, bready malts, and fruity malts. A bit muddled and the bourbon is strong. A step down from the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A tiny bit hot.
o - Overall a decent beer, but I didn't find it an improvement on the base beer. Taste became a bit dominated by the bourbon and muddled.
02-11-2012 01:58:14 | More by mdfb79
3.43/5 rDev -8.5%
5th Annual Barrel Night
The Lost Abbey
San Marcos, CA
Amber and crimson in color with a thin khaki colored head that leaves spots of lace down the glass.
Strong aroma consisting, strangely, of soured grapes, a sweet sugary syrup, almost honey-like, and quite a bit of boozy alcohol heat. This is certainly interesting, and definitely complex, I just can't find much to love about it.
The flavor isn't quite as aggressive as the aroma. There's lots of fruit flavors (grapes, cherries, raisins) with a mild, earthy funk and a woody character as well. Again, this is complex and interesting, though not incredibly enjoyable. A sipper.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
An interesting and unique beer, though not a lot here to love.
11-21-2011 02:21:29 | More by ehammond1
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
On-tap at Lost Abbey
A: Pours a bright but dark red color with no real head to speak of.
S: Intense wine aroma, almost too much. Fairly boozy, too. A bit of chocolate oxidation as well as some of the base spice/herb notes coming through (rosemary?).
T: A light tartness of cherry and raisin. Heavy on the wine flavor as well. There is still some herbal character to it as well as a fair amount of oak, maybe a hint of vinegar.
M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.
O: Possibly the surprise of the night. The nose was a bit much, but pretty good flavor.
11-07-2011 17:04:52 | More by womencantsail
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, 2008 Vintage,
A: Pours amber red with a light white head, good retention, moderate lace.
S: Interesting. Candied fruit, honey, very perfume like without all the chemical gunk. What I assume an Ottoman harem smells like. A 5 for it's unique beauty.
T: Has almost a caramel Belgian yeasty malt flavour initially, but then the other flavours come. Sweet orange peel, apricot, ginger, cinnamon, defintite honey. What I assuming is the frankincense and myrrh come in adding a weird but unique and interesting herbal quality. The barrel brings everything into balance offering a light vanilla and helps to make the herbal acridity of the original disappear.
M: Smooth and silky, light ethanol feel, full-bodied.
D: The reason this is lower is because the beer flavours are so different and intriguing, this beer is really a slow sipper, one to contemplate. A must try.
12-20-2009 21:52:36 | More by Halcyondays
Gift Of The Magi - Barrel Aged from The Lost Abbey
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