Dead Man’s Game | The Lost Abbey

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4.34/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 10-15-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,315
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
66
pDev:
5.76%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kmoen
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DougT
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this yesterday at Fox Pub in Peoria Illinois.
Very good is all I can say!
Look was golden dark
brown
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

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Photo of taospowder
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Daniellobo
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ppavlick
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gudac
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeLoynes
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jsalz21
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Defying any limits that pertain to any one particular style, the Lost Abbey push the limits of what ale can be with a dark, tawny, twangy, decadent beer that folds in the characteristics best known about both bourbon and rum.

Dead Man's Game rolls with a pirate theme with a pour that's scant on foam but has a rusty haze of brown and burgundy. A sultry set of fragrances swoon the nose with the richness of molasses, caramel, red wine, oak, leather, tobacco and a weathered woodsy must. Lavishly sweet, the taste of caramel, maple, molasses and grape trend savory and sweet on the early palate.

As the middle palate unfolds, the sweetness turns more savory in the vein of port, sherry and cognac. The earthiness of leather and tobacco bring an earthen taste along with stone fruit flavors of apricot, prune, raisin and date. Plum wine, dark berries and a a kiss of teriyaki types of savory flavors deliver a tangy but rich balance with a light peppery twinge on the late palate.

Full bodied from the beer's residual sweetness and low lying carbonated efforts, the beer's wood spices, playful acidity and piquant yeast flavor aid in breaking up the beer's richness and allowing the beer's texture to lessen to a hearty drinkable degree. A long and winey taste is coupled with flavors of fruitcake and the rum and whisky converge on the aftertaste.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkenmess
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Dead Man’s Game from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 66 ratings