Bourbon Barrel Aged Lompoc Special Draft - New Old Lompoc Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
Bomber split into a pair of snifters. The brew appears a dark mahogany color. When held to the light it shows ruby clarity and a finger of yellowish tan head sits atop. A full wall of patchy lace sticks on the glass.
The smell has some whiskey alcohol tang with dark fruit. Some vanila and caramel tones are present giving a sweet and smoothness to the nose. A bit of spicy almost insence-like character to it evolves as it warms.
The taste is tangy with alcohol and some fruit like raisin or plum. More sips reveal a layering of molasses, oak and vanilla with carmel and toffee toasty quality. It has a spiced barrel flavor almost like cedar or incense just like the aroma indicated. Sulfur and minerals come out more as it warms up.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to lighter level of carbonation. There is some pleasant barrel charater but the tang keeps this back for me as not being as enjoyable as it could. The barrel flavoring dominates all other aspects mixed with alcohol. The base brew here is a complete mystery to me. If you like tangy whiskey, this might be a brew for you.
08-01-2012 13:05:17 | More by stakem
4.75/5 rDev +26%
"BREWED 07 JUNE 2010"
"BOTTLED ON: 08 JUNE 2011"
Appearance: Could not get much head to form no matter how I poured it. This was disappointing as it made it look like a rather bland, flat beer. The color however was very a nice, almost iridescent brown/red making up for the lack of foam.
Smell: Amazing. Very strong cherry, sour fruit aromas along with vanilla from the bourbon plus some barley malt. It could easily pass as a Belgian sour ale that has been aged in bourbon barrels.
Taste: Also amazing. Flavors are consistent with the aromas, with the addition of a strong bite from the alcohol. There's a fair amount of maltyness, but it's not chocolatey. I've never had the regular LSD before, but this tastes like they started with a fairly rich red ale.
Mouthfeel: Very nice balance of thickness and high carbonation. The alcohol and tartness definitely sting a bit, but this is not a hot beer nor a terribly difficult one to drink. Though I did need to take a break halfway through due to its rich, tartness. (a slight minus for "drinkability")
Overall: Definitely one of the better bourbon barrel beers I've had. Surely this beer has slipped under the radar to most, given the small number of reviews. I was thoroughly impressed and would certainly rank it as the best non-stout, non-porter bourbon barrel brew I've come across. This technique seems to be hit-or-miss; New Old Lompoc has definitely scored a HIT with this one! Only 'downside' is that the flavors and alcohol are intense, so you will either want to pace yourself or share your 22.
05-04-2012 23:18:38 | More by MadeInOregon
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
22oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pour a dark brown with a small brown head that fades to near nothing and leaves no lacing on the glass.
S: The nose is very odd. A bit of a funky aroma jumps out first followed by a bit of cherry, vanilla, coconut, and some dark fruits like figs.
T: The taste has a good amount of cocoa and vanilla with a bit of a funky brett style finish. It's actually a lot better than I thought it would be after smelling it.
M: The feel is on the lighter side of medium with some big bubbles in the carbonation. Pretty much what I expected after the pour and not the best aspect of the beer.
O: While this isn't the best brew I've ever had it's not too bad. I wouldn't mind a bit more chocolate malt in the aromas and taste and a bit less of the funky stuff but it kind of sets it apart from other barrel aged style beers.
09-24-2011 01:06:31 | More by GregSVT
3.15/5 rDev -16.4%
Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.
A: The pour is a dark brown color with about a finger of off-white head.
S: Roasted malt is the first thing I pick up here, but it's quickly followed by various dark fruit notes and a mild tartness. The more I smell it the more raisins I get out of it. There's a mild metallic note, maybe some plums, too.
T: Definitely a lot of plum and raisin flavor to this. Decently roasty with a bit of vanilla and oak. Surprisingly not much bourbon on the flavor (or the aroma, come to think of it). A touch of chocolate and the same tartness, almost like green apple.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is also medium.
O: The tartness and the metal did this one in. Just a weird beer all around.
09-09-2011 17:28:05 | More by womencantsail
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours pretty dark, almost sheer black, with some light showing through around the edges. Very minimal, creamy tan head on top begins dissipating shortly after the pour.
Slight bourbon aroma along with chocolate and possibly raisin or fig in the nose.
The bourbon-y taste predominates in the mouth. A slight bit of vanilla comes through as well along with the raisin characteristics.
Very smooth and creamy with some barrel-aged heat, this one seems a little slight in the carbonation realm.
While ecstatic to get this from a friend of mine (thanks Mike!), I actually felt a little underwhelmed. My expectations were for more. There seems to be nothing at all wrong with this beer. It's enjoyable. It's got a raisin / fig chewy character that I enjoy. Perhaps the barrel-aging on this was a bit too extensive. Perhaps the carbonation level could have been increased slightly. (FYI, I do NOT feel that cellaring this beer would be helpful to it.) Overall, this is a fine specimen, and one to enjoy slowly.
08-29-2011 00:32:22 | More by route66pubs
4.2/5 rDev +11.4%
22 oz. bottle from first batch bottled January 2010, pulled out of The Hole to share with neighborhood beer compadre in Chimay chalices 4.14.11.
1/2 finger at most off-white head in first glass pour, negligible head at best second glass, fairly quick dissipation with no head retained and minimal lacing. Dark brown opaque body with red highlights, no visible carbonation. Nose features huge dose of crystal malt dark stone fruit goodness and a big booziness from the barrel aging which subsided a bit as the beer warmed. A very, very complex tasting beer, dark stone fruit, some cocoa nibs as it warmed, a bit of roasted malt, floral hops, and surprisingly a huge amount of funk, leather, smoke, some horseblanket, this is a far different tasting beer than the regular LSD. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous, not much effervescence, alcohol fairly noticeable, a bit sticky. I was really impressed with this beer, especially the complexity in taste brought on by the barrel aging and the funk. Glad I waited to open this bottle, and more glad I have another bottle stashed. For fans of the style, this is a must have, though if you haven't taken the funk into your life this may be a bit extreme.
04-15-2011 15:29:24 | More by jdense
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
Appears a very dark brown color it is almost black. There is a small white head.
It smells like very smooth bourbon. There are hints of coconut and vanilla and a slight caramel malt smell.
It tastes much like the smell. It is very smooth. There is a clean bourbon flavor. A very nice vanilla and coconut flavor comes through. There is sweet caramel malt sweetness. This is the smoothest bourbon barreled beer I have had. The LSD has enough body to balance the bourbon flavor. The nice vanilla bourbon flavor lingers for a while in my mouth.
The carbonation is moderate low.
The drinkability is excellent for the style. It is so smooth I want to keep on drinking and drinking. It is not as rich as many bourbon barreled beer so it is not as filling. Overall an amazing beer.
09-24-2010 03:54:15 | More by chumba526
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours dark brown with a mohogany hue and a half inch head of beige. A whispy surface and dotted lacing for the duration of the glass.
Aromatics feature a blast of boozy bourbon followed by vanilla, oak, and hints of nuts. Caramel and roasted malt run underneath.
On the fuller side of medium bodied with a tacky, chewy mouthfeel and a bit of a sting.
Bourbon-steeped roasted malts and caramel lead off the palate. Plenty of toffee and booze with hints of oak and char.
Finishes with lingering bourbon heat, vanilla, and roast.
Very bourbony and boozy. The base beer can't compete with the whiskey which results in a rather non-complex but muscular brew.
09-21-2010 00:32:23 | More by brewandbbq
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
Bomber (brewed 21May09, bottled 8Jan10) poured into my Delirium Tremens snifter, Bourbon Barrel LSD is dark cola brown with a creamy tan head leaves scattered, foamy lace.
Smell is very strong bourbon with a big ethanol component. A big toffee flavor comes out as it warms as well, provided welcome depth.
Taste is big bourbon but very smooth, not nearly as hot the nose lead me to believe (really not hot at all, just a clean alcohol character on the finish). The vanilla and coconut bring chocolate from the rich malt. Graham cracker and light phenols, very tasty.
Mouthfeel is slick and soft, medium bodied, with a dry finish from the alcohol.
Drinkability is pretty good, a very tasty bourbon barrel beer, perhaps a bit on the simple side, essentially a bourbon barrel porter/brown, but big barrel character, both strong and smooth.
03-30-2010 02:13:55 | More by ccrida
Bourbon Barrel Aged Lompoc Special Draft from New Old Lompoc Brewery
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