10 Lords-A-Leaping - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
4.17 | pDev: 5.76%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
10 Lords-A-Leaping - Bourbon Barrel-Aged10 Lords-A-Leaping - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep blackish colored beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger and a half of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense dark fruits and apples with caramel, vanilla, and some spice notes along with a little oak
T: Taste is dark fruits, apples, mulling spices, oak, caramel, vanilla, and some more estery goodness. Almost a funky banana quality. On the swallow there's more funky esters, spices, apples, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and oak. With the spice and fruity funk this one almost tastes more like a rum barrel aged product than bourbon barrel aged.
M: This beer is close to being full bodied but it doesn't quite get there. Carbonation is slightly effervescent and maybe a little too high for the style while the beer has a slightly drying finish.
O: Overall this is an interesting beer. The flavors are pretty good and overall are in line with the style while the barrel aging adds some additional complexity. I can see how this one could be a little polarizing and past iterations of the series have fared better.

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SHODriver from North Carolina, May 16, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark-brown color with a fairly generous sized beige head that gradually faded to a ring. the color looks very much like a good looking Imperial Stout. Another nice looking Bruery Christmas series beer.

Smell: Prominent Bourbon, moderate brown sugar/toffee notes, and mild spice notes. The barrel elements are definitely noticeable.

Taste: The palate features Bourbon notes, mild brown sugar/toffee, mild spice notes, and tannic oak notes from the bal-aging which help dry out the finish. The beer has a fairly complex taste profile where all the elements play well together. The alcohol presence is very subdued and just a background note.

Mouth-feel: On the lighter side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. in light that it's a Belgium Strong Dark Ale vs an Imperial Stout the lighter body is true to style.

Overall: A well executed tasty beer. I had this one cellar-ed at 57F since I picked it up and I don't know how it was fresh but right now my bottle tasted fantastic. I have to give props to how the Bruery pulled off making a very tasty bal-aged BSDA.

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IKR from California, Feb 16, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp into a snifter. Pours nearly black with small amount of light brown head. Nose is caramel, apple, bourbon, raisin, and a bit of spice. The apples really come through in a strong way on the nose. Taste is really interesting. Can't say I am in love with the apple, as it adds a slightly strange taste. But, it's definitely apple! Bourbon, toffee, spice, red wine, bread, yeast, and a bit of milk chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden, and the mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied. Overall, a really interesting beer.

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Beersnake1 from California, Apr 26, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great take on a BSDA. Pours a dark brown color with a fast fading tan head. No light gets through. Some lacing . Aroma is very pleasant. Malty. and aromatic. Taste is malty, sweet, with some oak and bourbon. The bourbon is subtle and doesnt overpower the beer. Plenty of spicing adds to the flavor as well as the aroma. Mouthfeel is rich, sweet and malty. Well worth a try

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JayQue from Virginia, Feb 12, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A first sudsy and bubbly type formed head, that has a bit of shampoo thin retention to it. Settles to a khaki colored head of a finger with a good bowled collar at it's dissolve. Body color is a dark walnut brown, with hints of deep red hints.

Aroma is certainly Christmas"y" like without question. Large amounts of cherry to hinting nutmeg like brown spices. Comes off with touches of woody caramel qualities, and a nice candied like smell. Hints like a thick flowing beer is coming.

Palate makes some nice inroads. Light bodied for a barrel aged beer, but has some unique flavors. Juiced friut like quality, but with darker raisin and spice brown flavors. Mid palate has a pear like flavor more so than apple, with a finish that is notably cinnamon and nutmeg warm and pleasing. There is however a big boozy stomach warming quality to this beer, making it settle very hot and warm.

Definitely a big Christmas beer, a bit harsh, but certainly a good seasonal one.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Jan 05, 2019
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and creamy tan head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is an opaque dark chocolate black that looks nice. IT has a good looking creamy texture to it.

The smell is good. It has a good moderate bourbon note with a nice chocolate note to it. There are also some good dark fruit notes such as dates and raisins.

The taste is pretty good. It has a nice blend of dark fruit notes such as dates and raisins with Belgian spices.

The feel is good. It has a nice tingling carbonation and a medium body this is a bit thin for the style.

Overall, good and worth having but nothing to go crazy over.

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