Judgment Day | The Lost Abbey

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Judgment DayJudgment Day

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The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A massive beer in every sense of the word. A stronger and more contemplative version of our Lost and Found Ale. Judgment Day is the base beer for our Cuvee de Tomme. Many of the Trappist Breweries produce a version of beer which ages incredibly well for many years to come. And, since none of us knows when the end of the world is coming, we suggest you stock up with lots of Lost Abbey beers so that when the end of the world magically appears from no where, you’ll have a beer or two on hand for even the stingiest of angels.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 10/31/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dark khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, apple, clove, black pepper, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, clove, black pepper, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, apple, clove, black pepper, brown sugar, toffee, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome quadrupel style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, raisins, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750mL bottle into a Belgian Tulip (7/24/13). I wasn't sure what style of beer I was getting with this one.

As I poured it, I was immediately called to the pitch-black body and the viscous quality it seemed to have as it glugged its way from the bottle. A foamy, dark khaki head forms and remains for a number of minutes before slowly receding. The head leaves behind a wall of lace on all sides of the glass.

There seems to be an interesting mix of dark roasted malt aromas and dark fruit on the nose. Caramel and vanilla meet the sweetness of raisin and plum and have me in dessert mode.

Much more raisin emerges on the tongue, there's a huge port-like taste that results. But there's still a stout-like quality to this beer, including some chocolatey, coffee-like dark malts, and some oak qualities of vanilla and caramel. There's some booze in there, even after a year, so that causes a slight down-rating. I eventually start noticing a cocoa quality that lingers at the finish.

I get a bit more astringency than I want at various points in drinking this, but it's otherwise, quite enjoyable. There's thick viscous mouthfeel, enough yeast and carbonation to make the whole mouth take notice.

A damn good beer aside from the heavy booze presence. I loved it in every other regard. Maybe I'd suggest 2 or more years of aging to address the astringency.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red Shiraz colour. Head is pale yellowy beige, not bad and leaving lovely sticky lace behind. Looks good.

Smells sweet and complex. Lots of treacle, brown sugar with raisins, sour cherry, yeah quite a big tart fruit note, putting me in mind of Christmas pudding, with a touch of spice. Pleasant, intriguing.

Taste is very sweet. Too much so, with masses of dark fruit - sultanas, currants and a touch of glacé cherry. Brown sugar, treacle, some cinnamon and licorice but really strongly sultana-flavoured. Touch of brandy-soaking, but mostly just sweet, fruity and dark. Bit too sweet for me, but some intriguing flavours nonetheless.

Very dry midway, touch of pull, doesn't have a lot of texture. Quite heavy, thick but flat.

Bit sweet, bit heavy. Something to cut through - more bitterness, namely - would be welcome.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml brown bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam.

Pours a frothy black-brown, with a puffy head of pale brown: the lightness of everything is the giveaway that this is something other than a big porter or stout. Lacing is excellent. Body is quite light. Looks very decent.

Nose is actually surprisingly mild. Some fine grainy malt characters, and a touch of sharpness that gives it a slightly boozy or inky quality, but not a whole bunch more. It's fairly fine all over, but it's not particularly big or complex.

Taste is a lot better. Here, there's a sweetness of dried fruit through the centre of the palate, which has a raisin or even concord grape quality to it. Around this is the fine depth of sweetness with a bit of booze to it. On the back is a long, lingering sweetness laced with a spiciness from the alcohol. It's a nice mix.

Feel is light and slightly frothy. It's pretty nice.

Overall, yeah, another fine brew out of the Lost Abbey stable. It's certainly not different enough to stand out from the crowd, but it's a beer I'm perfectly happy to drink. But then, pretty much anything with the LA label on it is something I'm perfectly happy to drink.

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Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle split into some tulip glasses. Had been cellering it for maybe 8 months before temptation gave way for Canada Day. Appearance is a dark ruby brown, good initial head of tight tan foam, and good lacing and retention.

S - Caramelly raisins, figs, a bit of a leather note, plummy, quite rich with an overall stewed dark fruit character, raisins being the most prominent. Subtle balance.

T - start is very robust, a big play of plums, alcoholic raisins, as it warms it got a bit more rambunctious. Some figgy notes, lemon, dry leather, more plums, and getting really quite dry towards the end. Dark fruit in essence but it is very lively, prunes, raisins and plums as well as lemon, all mixed with a boozy mildly spicy mix. Dry and SOFT finish (margarete c).

M - has an initial soft carbonation, which helps balance some of the heavier alcohol notes, holding on the palate this volatility starts to come forward. A big beer, but balanced quite well enough to pair with a steak dinner. Leaves a dry lingering dark fruit and raisin character.

Good quad, and certainly the raisins were a forefront character in this. Didn't quite hit the mark on balance, as I felt the alcohol was a bit too perceptible once it warmed, still quite tasty and drinkable, but I wouldn't put it in top marks, it falls short of the complexity and balance I would expect in the best belgian quads. Still a quite respectable beer and rather unique in its own regard.

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours clear but near black with a white head that soon reduces to a ring but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: boozy aroma with some dark roasted grains and spicing.

Flavor: more funky and less fruity than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Lightly bitter finish.

Feel: medium-full body; medium, lightly crisp carbonation.

O: good, but ABV is too high and complexity is too low.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served: On tap in a snifter.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a short light brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Faint yeast and malts.

Taste: Comes in waves. First is the very heavy malt and caramel taste, followed by slight bitterness, and ending sour with a very pronounced alcohol burn. Has some of that raw peanut flavor of a lot of Belgium-style beers, but not too much.

Mouthfeel: Thick and mildly carbonated. However, it does not leave a residual texture after the alcohol flavor kicks in.

Overall: Very good sipping beer. Complex flavor and well-suited mouthfeel.

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Photo of micalj
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a nice beige head that diminishes with slight lacing. I read the other reviews and mine is a bit different. Drinking from a tulip glass (Frog and Onion Pub, Bermuda) filled from a corked 1 pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle. The predominant taste that comes to the front is molasses with raisins and a warming alcohol feel. The bottle should be shared as the APVis listed at 10.5% APV. My best description of this taste is toasted molasses, a very nice winter brew, satisfying that need for a filling satisfying brew. Certainly one worth tasting, savoring, enjoying. The taste is smooth to the tongue and warming. A beer worth trying!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lost Abbey on 4/3/14

A-Dark red-brown in body with a small tan head that quickly settles to a thin ring. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S-Aroma is raisins, figs, plums, chocolate malt, yeast, and alcohol.

T-Taste is strong dark fruit and caramel malt sweetness with a touch of cherry, light cocoa and spice bitterness, and alcohol on the swallow.

M-Medium-plus body, syrupy thick texture, average to soft carbonation, alcohol and spice finish.

O-Overall a great quad by Lost Abbey. More please!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.
10.5% ABV, Bottled 10/31/13

A - As dark as storm clouds rolling in, Judgement Day is almost completely opaque with slivers of ruby highlights visible beneath the towering mocha head. Belgian yeast in the nose, Belgian lacing on the glass.

S - Judgement Day has a heavy yeast nose that smells like classic Belgian yeast but also recalls overly yeasty homebrew. Dark stone fruits, raisin being a primary focus as it's added to the beer, flourish with complexity while suggestions of milk chocolate and cola emerge as well.

T - Warming solvent alcohol pushes through the beer's heavily roasted malt flavor that borders on a robust porter more than quad but the yeast's dark fruit esters take over with raisin soaked in alcohol and dipped in dark, dark chocolate.

M - Rich and full bodied, Judgement Day has a mouth-filling presence but doesn't coat the throat like syrup. Instead, if finishes with a balanced lingering sweetness and roasted dryness with alcohol that warms the throat and stomach.

O - The Lost Abbey's Judgement Day quad is a rich and robust beer that's filled with Belgian yeast complexity but at the end of the day, it's clearly an American-brewed dark Belgian-style beer. The addition of raisins is a nice touch (though they seem to practice this with some frequency) but it seems to me, achieving the aroma and flavor of raisins in a beer like this is a job for the yeast, not the grape grower. And while my biggest dissatisfaction, if you would call it that, is the overuse of heavily roasted malt, I think Judgement Day is a damn fine beer, just unique in it's own right.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle into GM tulip.

A: pours very dark brown. a deep ruby. head is slightly off white and rich.

S: brown sugar and molasses. a little bit of booze too. vanilla. chestnuts. a lot of raisin too.

T: there is a slight smokiness in there. a lot of sweetness. a lot. a slight metallic flavor. dark chocolate.

M: super fizzy. full bodied.

D: a good big Belgian dark beer, but not loving this. a couple off things like the metallic notes I am picking up on.

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Photo of Beermasterjarrett
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 ml into chimay chalice

Muddy, dirty brown. Half expected fish to be swimming in it.

Better. Of course big dried raisin, fig, plum. Typical. Nice vanilla followed by a harsh astringent aroma. Apple sauce.

Kinda one dimensional. Big dark fruit with some boozy heat. Nothing too complex for the style.

Good carbonation. Sleek and soft on the palate. But when compared to the best, this falls short.

My first try with lost abbey. More a fan of their port brew offerings. Didn't do much for me. Spend the extra four bucks and get a st Bernardus abt 12

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Photo of PeterParker
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a good finger of brown head. Some scant amounts of lacing too.

First scent is yeast, smells like a quad. Getting a bit more raisin than other quads, but not as much as I expected. Cherries in there too, along with a slight boozey backbone. A bit of sourness on the nose too, but just a bit.

Raisins are much more present in the taste. First is yeast, the usual suspects, then raisins hit hard mid mouth. Very fruity, much lighter tasting for a quad. Very sweet and a slight hop aftertaste. Pretty well balanced.

Slippery and slick with low carbonation. Aftertaste of sourness and bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Overall par for the course as far as quads go. That's a good thing. It's not blowing me away, but it is a solid effort. Wouldn't actively seek this out but would get again.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

350ml C&C bottle split two ways – SN balloon glass for me.
Notes taken on 01/24/14

A: Dark amber ruddy brown look. Burgundy almost. Thin wisp of khaki froth forms over with some sufficient staying power. A few light streamers of lace are left behind.

S: Smells of raisin bread and sweet caramelized malts. The nose is toned down a bit overall. Some mild Belgian yeast spice there but it is subtle. And the alcohol really starts to make its way through.

T: Toasted raisin spice bread and dark Belgian candi sugar. Some light bubblegum with a mild clove presence. Lightly bitter with prominent alcohol. Not boozy however. The raisin and candied malts are really pronounced. Mineral metallic likeness at the finish. Falls a bit short in the end. A touch thin on depth of flavors. Comes around more as the beer warms up to temp I will say.

M: Thick and heavier body with a nice mix between a lightly creamy texture and a syrupy consistency at times. Touch of drying there but a smidge watered down overall.

D: A nice sipper of a Quad from Lost Abbey although lacks a bit of depth to me. Would have again but I actually enjoyed the 10 Commandments a bit more to this one.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby red with a mocha head.

S: Malt, orange, raisin and alcohol.

T: Raisin, orange, very fruity, some lemon, very tasty.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: One of my favorites from Lost Abbey. It's definitely worth a try, and comes in a nice big bottle with one of their amazingly epic labels.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep mahogany with maroon highlights with a rocky, light tan head of sudsy bubbles. The head sits about a finger’s width above the glass with nice lasting power. In body, the beer is deep and dark, nearly opaque, but seems to be clear of particles. On the nose, the beer of rich raisins, tart plums, and soft brown sugar and caramel malt. Touches of spicy clove and even a hint of banana esters touch upon the nose. There is even a touch of smooth breadiness and warming alcohol waft over the nostrils. On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy sweet with lots of fruity esters. The alcohol is very aggressive at the start of the sip but does mellow into the rest of the beer as the sip continues. Soft acidity play off the esters of the beer in the middle of the sip, but only a touch of bitter hops do touch the tongue. In flavor, the beer begins as hot, stale, spicy alcohol that mellows into sweet raisins, phenolic clove, bananas, and unripe plums with a touch of tartness. The finish brings forward bitter herbs with soft astringency, and a touch more hot booze, caramel, and more raisins. The aftertaste is soft bread and raisins in brown sugar. Stale green apple flavors hit the mouth throughout sip, and what feels like herbal tannins also make an appearance occasionally in the sip. In the mouth, the beer feels medium to full bodied. Carbonation is of middling strength, but the mouthfeel is velvety, smooth with a little harshness from the alcohol. Overall, this is a nice quad/Belgian strong ale that could use a little more time in the cellar. The alcoholic heat is a bit much and takes away from the rest of the beer. Flavors are rich, and the raisin is very dominant in the taste, but I want more of the phenols and esters from the yeast. The nose is also a bit weak in terms of the flavoring of the rest of the beer. This is a good beer that should be cellared for optimum flavoring.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark almost opaque copper. Thick orange tan head which left mottled lacing on my chalice.

Smell is cider like, boozy, fruity esters.

Taste is full of dark fruits, plums, raisins, and figs. Sugary sweet with a hint of roasted malts. Bitter hop twang at the end which hits with the taste of green apples. Alcohol is very evident, a tad hot.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Medium carbonation.

Overall a very good Quad. Not in the same class as some of the Belgian heavyweights, but quite respectable.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 7-24-13
Very dark, brown with red hues. A small off white head.

Raisins and wheat on the nose. some smoke, char and a hint of burnt sugar.

Taste is strong on the raisins. More of a rum raisin then a ripe grape raisin. A hint of alcohol. The malt is dry and breaddy. A touch of burnt sugar and wheat. A well blended bunch of flavors.

M- A fairly thick beer. on the sweeter side. Alcohol is well hidden in taste.

O- A solid quad. Very good for the price.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle, corked and caged. Bottled 12/25/12 Christmas Day?

very dark brown with khaki colored creamy head which fades to thin covering. rich smells - aroma of pipe tobacco, leather, dark fruit, spicy, a bit of alcohol. tastes of complex malt flavors. I do pick up a bit of raisin. boozy herbal finish. medium body, but coats the tongue. lower, soft carbonation. overall - perhaps the best non-Belgian brewed Quad I've had.

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Photo of brurevu
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: I could tell it was a big beer from the moment I popped the cork. There were strong Belgian aromas as I poured this dark brown cloudy beer that had lots of gorgeous settlement. This was a thick brew with very strong raisin, caramel and burnt sugar flavors with a slight bitter alcohol finish. This is a great American interpretation of a Belgian style and its obvious The Lost Abbey knows what they are doing. It’s a shame I only brought back one sample of their lineup and that you cannot get their great beers in Texas.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and a wine glass.
Bottled on: 17/07/2012

Appearance: Judgement Day appears a deep brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red colour with bright golden edges. A medium pour yields a massive tan coloured head that lasts fantastically well and leaves some sticky lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells like a great quad, though somewhat sweeter than other examples of the style. Brown sugar and sweet toffee/caramel combine with both golden and dark raisins, figs, cherries, bready malt and a little bit of alcohol. As the beer warms, some clove, an earthy character and a vinous note become apparent.

Taste:As the nose suggested, Judgement Day is quite a lot sweeter than most other Quads, but that is a big plus for me! The initial flavour offers notes of brown sugar and sweet dark caramel, that are followed by rich dark fruit flavours of figs, raisins and plums as well as a touch of dark chocolate. The finish offers a light bitterness that helps to temper some of the sweetness as well as a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-full and lightly sticky, with a medium-high level of pleasantly smooth carbonation.

Overall: Judgement Day is not quite your typical quad, but is still a fantastic beer and one I'd love to have again.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Lost Abbey's Judgment Day: dark quad ale brewed with raisins, 10.5% ABV; decent haze; Appearance: black with dark reddish brown tint in light; Smell: strong raisin, a little cocoa, slight sour funk; Taste/Mouthfeel: very dark heavily-roasted malt, prune, raisin stem, burnt molasses, heavy cocoa/light coffee bean, blackened malt, slight tobacco, smooth feel; pretty good

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of ksimons
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark mahogany with two fingers worth of a thick tan head

S-rich malt, slight roasted smell, dark fruity sweetness, raisins, chocolate, and light spices

T-taste has even more dark fruityness and rum raisin taste than the smell, full body of rich malt which gives way to a small amount of roast, caramel, a little bit of chocolate, and spices

M-medium body, medium carbonation, fruity finish

Overall this beer is really very good, one of the best of the style from an American brewery in my opinion

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive dark brown shading to black in the tulip. On tap at Roseville Cuzhina in Liberty Station, next building east from Stone.

Nicely sudsy in the mouth with a decent head. Quite attractive. Flavors of licorice, dark raisins, and dates. It's all very aromatic and covers the cornucopia of dark fruits. It's sort of sweet and candied but not unpleasantly so. Not much of a bitter note. A hint of tartness. Burnt sugar and dark malts that are a little short of charred.

A mellow and nicely made mouthful of dark fruity flavors. Reminds me of a rich dark port wine.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 12/25/12. Bottled on xmas?

I got two and 1/2 fingers of foamy tan head. Body is a deep brown with a good froth retained and decent lace.

Caramel lays claim to your nose, then lets you smell the dark fruit.

This beer starts off with the sweetness of sugar and molasses. As you sip it, you can taste this slip in to dark fruit (mostly raisin), with a little caramel. A faint coffee gets in for a second before ending with a tart note that slips into pure booze.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. It seems a little over carbonated. Leaves a little coating on the tongue.

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Judgment Day from The Lost Abbey
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,087 ratings.
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