Ad Lib | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ad Lib is a blend of Bourbon Barrel Aged Midnight Expression, Bourbon Barrel Aged Judgment Day, and Rye Barrel aged Serpent’s Stout.

Added by HopHead84 on 05-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, mild beige head 1/5". Carbonation was better than the head. Aroma of wood, chocolate malt, some vanilla, char. Sweetness in the aroma.

Chocolate and bourbon reign on this one, I didn't pick up much bourbon in the nose, but it came out in the taste, good meld with the sweet chocolate.

Really cool blend, would bang again.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken at Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary party on 8/13/11.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of InstinctDecay
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Tria in a tulip type glass, 1st time here, nice place. This was for Philly Beer Week 2012.

Ad Lib boasts a very dark brown shade with some black undertones, it's very dark in other words. A skim of off white/semi cream colored foam graces the top. Small streaks going down. Ad Lib is a bourbon forward beer with rye scent and deep oak. I am thinking the percent of Serpent's Stout used in the blend is low as this does not look or smell or taste like the biggest beer. Dark fruits with warming from the judgement. A nice smelling beer with some alcohol. Taste is well integrated for 3 darker styled beers. I like how I am not blown away by the serpent's portion, which is a beer I cant drink, as it is bold. Tastes include some plum, apple, darker fruit, cocco, bourbon, oak and barrel character. Some Belgian yeast backing and just a blend really. The body is a nice big medium approaching full, yet this was simple to drink for me. Carb was there off the tap, so there is a plus. While I probably won't be trying this again, it was a very good beer meant to spend an hour or more with

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Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite malty with brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged beer with a really nice blend going.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jethrodium
2.62/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours a cola brown with a small white head that leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, caramel, some breadiness, raisin, and some more alcohol. The alcohol became very prominent as this one warmed up. The taste is vanilla, bourbon, raisin, some light roasted notes, and a hint of cherry. The finish is extremely boozy and astringent. Light bodied for a beer of its size. Low carbonation. I just didn't find this beer to be that enjoyable. It was very boozy and the flavors didn't come together that well.

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Photo of kevwcamp
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of sorvats
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of codynevels
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of jeezie
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of nanobrew
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with an almost pitch black color topped by a huge mocha head that leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla - a well-balanced aromatic delight

Taste: Chocolate and bourbon, up front, with the oaky vanilla character developing by mid-palate; the finish brings additional bourbon and vanilla elements

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a terrific blend that really showcased both the Strong Ale and barrel-aged elements; incredibly balanced

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Photo of Cavery
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Blue Palms 3rd Anniversary. Went through so many beers that day, it's about time I got through this review. Notes dated Aug 13th 2011.

A: Opaque black with some give towards dark wood stained browns. Caviar sized yellow/brown bubbles. Yellow cling lacing on the glass that makes this beer reminiscent of bananas foster for me. Looks good enough to eat.

S: Some clove and banana, light helping of molasses. Baked fig, and some slight date sweetness. Blackberry jams with some deep dark raisin inclusions. Pretty much a dark fruit jam cocktail with some extra helpings of sugars.

T: Bananas caramelized in toffee sweetness. Full flavors of nougat and sticky date puddings. A lighter series of notes that reminds me of raisin heavy custards. Woodiness in the end that cuts the flavor a bit. Very sweet, but with enough variance to keep it interesting.

M: Full mouth with some fluctuating soft and wet sensations. This is somewhere between syrupy and oily. If there is such a middle ground, then it's found here. A little bit of a drying aspect, but in a fancy refined way. Drinks like a really fine liquor. Delicate heat on the tongue and throat.

O: This has a lot of good clean flavors with noticeable transitions/distinctions between the different phases. However, I would say the overall beer was quite sweet. The caramelized flavors added a lot of boldness to the flavor profile, but also really compounded the sweetness for me. There really wasn't a bitter contrast to be found anywhere in this beer. If you like your dessert super-sweet, then this is your strong ale. For me, I think this was still quite a good beer, but some contrast would elevate it to an elite level.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brouwers in snifter. Reviewed 11 August 2011.

Ar: Boozy, sweet chocolate, syrupy, rich dark malt, heavy full caramel/toffee, roast, excellent barrel character, less alcohol and roast than is present in the taste, nice oak, classic Lost Abbey barrel aged character with a bit more roast.

Ap: heavy black, thick tan head, very fine head, great retention, nice lace

T: Boozy, sweet heavy lost abbey bourbon aged beer character, alcohol and roast balance the sweetness well, lightly toasty, good roast at end, prune hints, spice (rummy/alcohol), very complex dark malt characer, heavy sweet brown sugar, good roast, burnt hints, good representation of Lost Abbey barrel aged beers

M: creamy, not too full, medium very fuine carbonation, body a bit lighter than i would prefer.

O: A solid beer, if anything the body is a touch thin, very long finish, a distinct yet classic L.A barrel aged beer, more roast than i expected.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brouwers on lost abbey night

appearance: served in an unbranded snifter, near black body, lifeless carbonation leaves a very dull head

smell: bourbon, rye, chocolate, vanilla, coconut.

taste: another port/abbey blend with icarus-esque aspirations...bourbon, coconut and vanilla, coffee, tobacco, rye. This one takes a while to get your palate around, but its complex and another solid blend

mouthfeel: rich and creamy

overall: nice

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Ad Lib from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 38 ratings
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