Dead Man’s Game
The Lost Abbey

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,223
4.35 | pDev: 5.75%
Oct 26, 2022
Oct 15, 2017
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Notes: Our homage to the Rum Running pirates or yore. Blended dark ale aged in Rum and Bourbon barrels. Pours with notes of massive molasses and rum like treacle.
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a cork'n'cage bottle into a Treehouse tulip

L: Dark, dark brown oily pour. Nearly black with minimal mocha colored head. Falls fast... thin rim of lacing.

S: Roast and booze. Bourbon, rum, and roasted grains.

T.F: Semi-sweet... rich and roasty. Lots of booze. Strong bourbon and vanilla. Oak... lighter rum. Caramel and sweets. Dark fruit and tobacco. Smooth and oily. Light on the carbonation. Finish is sweet and boozy.

O: A complex and rich barrel-aged brew. Loads of flavor. Super boozy and warming. A great cold weather sipper. Very enjoyable.
Oct 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Like the darkest merlot, appearance is a mildly opaque black with red hues throughout, more perceptibly so near the edges, all under a short and quick to disperse khaki head.

This surprisingly bourbon- and caramel-forward cellar showcase exhibits accenting touches of leather and plum.

The viscosity is also more intense than expected, which allows it to pair well with a Reisen sort of quality, while its age only reveals the faintest hints of mildly cardboardy oxidation.

Wow. Brewer Garrett Conley at UnHitched brought this out to pair with chef Alex Najar's Kitchen Counter experience, and this and the dessert both elevated each other in a way I often find too rare with beer pairings. The contrast with a just barely sweet and tart fermented rhubarb allowed vanillin and molasses to bloom within the ale all the more readily over time.
Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a murky dark brown with the faintest sliver of a tan head for about 30 seconds before it disappears into nothing.

Aroma is molasses, vanilla, oaked light bourbon notes, sweeter rum notes, vinous notes dark fruit hints coated in brown sugars. Aroma is smooth and sweet can hardly notice the alcohol at least before it warms. The nose on this baby is just perfection so complex so sweet and inviting, guess that is why I was expecting the taste to be just as wonderful.

Taste follows the nose just not quite perfection like the aroma is. Sweet molasses, brown sugars, barrel bourbon and rum with vanilla following through to the vinous and fruity notes. Finish is little lighter with Belgian yeast notes some herbal hints with lingering sugar notes that play out on the lingering carbonation. Not noticing the 14% my bottle states that it is, also not date not that you really need a born on date on this style.

Mouthfeel is only medium carbonation is smooth but also plays a roll in the finish lifting some sparse sugars bask up.

Overall nose is perfect taste not far behind , wish I had or could get more as this would make a fine treat on occasion.
Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4.84 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jul 07, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Manta200 from Kentucky

May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From the 12.7 bottle in a snifter. This excellent BSDA pours a dark muddy
brownish black with nary a ring or head with a vigorous pour other than a
quick dissipation. Nose of dank rum barrel, oak, faint bourbon, vinous notes
or dark cab or Merlot, faint treacle with raisin and brown sugars. Flavors
hit the spot with rum, raisin, oak, bourbon, faint vanilla, Merlot or Cab wine,
and touches of brown sugar and black treacle amongst wafts of anise.
Nice mouth feel; medium body, smooth, lightly coating, zero carbonation,
and a nice, dry, wine and rum touched finish.

Overall----WOW.....a VERY nice ale in the BSDA category!

May 22, 2020
Rated: 4.55 by Jakemoell from Ohio

May 22, 2020
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12.7 ounce caged and corked bottle, no dating that I noticed on it but pretty sure I've had this bottle for about a year or so. 14% ABV stated on the label. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a murky dark brown color with about a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing either. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like brown sugar, vanilla, oak, rum, molasses, raisins, caramel and bourbon. Taste is mostly sweet just like the aroma, with brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, oak, fig, rum, bourbon, caramel, raisin, toffee, cocoa and dark bready flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and rich with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 14% ABV is well hidden here. Overall it reminds me of an English style barleywine because of the malty sweetness, but regardless of what style of beer this is it's really good! Definitely worth picking this up, wish I would have bought another bottle when I first bought this one. $16.99 a bottle.
Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Gobzilla from California

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Aug 03, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by Nunya from Ohio

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jun 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap into a snifter. This looked like a typical big dark ale - dark with a thin tan head. The aroma and the taste were not at all typical - this one was exceptional. The barrels, roasted grains, and Belgian yeast combined and formed an incredibly rich mix of flavors resembling vanilla, maple, chocolate, and candied plums. Absolutely incredible. A big beer but not overly sweet. Wow.
May 28, 2019
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a thin ecru head that fades to a collar, leaving a few shards behind

Smell: Dripping with rich chocolate, tobacco, molasses, raisin and caramel; Rum and Bourbon tones also apparent

Taste: The chocolate, raisin and caramel tones spring forward, with the molasses adding a greater depth of sweetness; through the middle, the Bourbon and the Rum emerge and drive home a boozy, complex finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice to have a BSDA every once in a while and this one is a mindbender, merging Imperial Stout and BSDA characteristics along with a double barrel treatment - wow!
Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by BarrelAgedG from California

Apr 17, 2019
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours very little head. The beer itself is a dark toffee brown that retains a brown color and does not border on black.

The smell has a good caramel note mixed with a moderate bourbon note with a hint of rum to it. There is also a good Belgian yeast note to it that mixes with the rum note. The beer still has a dark fruit note in the form of a raisin and date that mixes well with the other notes such as as light vanilla.

The taste is pretty good. It has a strong but not overwhelming bourbon note with a date and raisin note in the finish. The rum is fairly light but adds a nice bittersweet note to it. The lighter notes that seem to come out are a cocoa and molasses with a bit of honeyed biscuit but the vanilla and light oak notes seem to be what come out more and cover those other notes. There is also a decent hop bitterness through it all that prevents the beer from becoming too sweet as it warms up a little.

The feel is pretty good. It's a good and very drinkable beer with a silky feel and heavy body that ends in a sticky finish.

Overall, this was a pretty good beer worth getting.
Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by InfernoBoss from California

Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by nickfl from Florida

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 02, 2019
Rated: 4.6 by BrewmanCapote from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Oct 24, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by kmoen from California

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by GRG1313 from California

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.32 by BAsbill from California

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by DougT from Ohio

Oct 13, 2018
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Reviewed by tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I just had this again at Decatur Brew works on 4/18/19.....awesome beer and glad I was able to experience again! Well done!
I tried this yesterday at Fox Pub in Peoria Illinois.
Very good is all I can say!
Look was golden dark
Taste was smooth and warming
Feel was great
Overall I rated a strong 5
Would have this again but won’t be driving . This is a high abv beer best served at home
Sep 30, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by taospowder from New Mexico

Sep 08, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
375 ml bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours opaque dark drown/black color wioth a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the lace cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, red wine, vanilla, rum, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, molasses, licorice, sherry, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Bit of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not too overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast, dark/bready/light roasted malts, and bourbon/rum barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, red wine, vanilla, rum, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, and biscuit; with lighter notes of coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, molasses, licorice, sherry, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grass/roasted bitterness and yeast/rum/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, apricot, red apple, red wine, vanilla, rum, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, biscuit, coconut, milk chocolate, cocoa, molasses, licorice, sherry, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light spicy yeast, dark/bready/light roasted malts, and bourbon/rum barrel flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and rum/bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and yeast/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Lightly increasing warmth of 14%, with minimal barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Belgian strong dark ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light spicy yeast, dark/bready/light roasted malts; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Amazing balance of yeast and rich malt complexity; with perfect Rum/Bourbon barrel integration. Not overly boozy, tannic, or drying. A highly amazing offering, and spot on style example as expected.
Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Aug 04, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Jul 28, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Jul 22, 2018
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle poured into a snifter, never looked for a bottled on date.

A: very little head that disappeared as it was poured. The body is a murky deep brown/Black.

S: lots of rum, coconut, toffee, caramel, vanillasome sweet raisin and fog as well.

T: lots of rum and bourbon with a nice dash of of oak, toffee, caramel, vanilla. A little coconut some light dried fruit flavors of fog and raisin.

M: Thin watery and boozy

O: It’s not a bad beer, but the barrel flavors are so dominate what exactly was barrel aged. I guess at this point in our craft beer journey who cares. Lots of nice Barrel characteristics though.
Jun 21, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jun 12, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Jun 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Murky brownish color with a ring of tan foam. Aroma is quite boozy with dark fruit notes, mostly raisins. Taste has earthy notes, booze, bourbon, lots of spirit notes, light bitterness on the finish. Difficult to drink, too boozy and intense.
May 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep brown in color and very murky in complexion. Just a suggestion of light partially seeps through. There's a fingernail of light brown around the majority of the rim. There's a heavy aroma of deep, dark rum, sweet bourbon, and a whiff of woodsy oak. I'm tasting a massive wallop of boozy, dark malt, raisins, marzipan, toffee, and plenty of rum. The mouth is very thick, sticky, and chewy.
May 26, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

May 14, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Gudac from Pennsylvania

May 06, 2018
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