10 Commandments | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A stronger version of our Lost and Found Abbey Ale brewed to a more contemplative alcohol content. Massive in every stretch of the brewing way possible this is the sort of beer that will remind a beer drinker who considers themselves a saint that even saints stray as sinners from time to time.

Added by scottoale on 05-08-2007

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Papagos
Poured a deep murky brown with a thick tan head that clings to the glass. Nose is lots of dried fruits and maybe even some cinnamon plums and nice cinnamon taste to it. Taste starts dried fruits, sweet, syrup, roasted nuts. Very complex. Mouthfeel was nice. ABV well hidden. Great brew by Lost Abbey. If you love this style this is your beer!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Dark brown. Not much head on the pour but it lingers and provides a frothy lacing.
smell: Some tartness. Sweet dark fruit. Bread like. This is just out of the fridge. We'll see what a little warming does.
Either the warming or referencing the ingredients reminds me of the honey. Some spiciness in the background. That sweet fruit must be the raisin puree.
taste: Less tart presence than the nose, but it's there. Sweetness in the form of dark fruit, with a malty finish.
mouthfeel: medium to med high carbonation. Full, not quite syrupy.
drinkability: Too rich to be quaffed. Mellow and relatively gentle.

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Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into my st. bernie chalice, minimal head over a deep brown ale, great color but the head leaves something to be desired

s: delicate rosemary woven through dark and sugary belgian malts, dark raisin and prune skins, fruit cake, aged hops, various dark fruit breads, moderately sweet, really a lot going on here, i've always liked what rosemary brings to belgian ales

m: minimal carbonation on the tongue, medium bodied, smooth

t: strong but thoughtfully used rosemary permeates a body of dark belgian sugars, lightly tannic prune skin, dries out and becomes a touch woody/tannic in the finish, great balancing interplay with the dark fruits and woody rosemary, very much unique and something i'd be happy to acquire again

d: an aromatic and flavorful, warming sipper

750 shared courtesy of dirtylou during the countdown to my departure from madison :(

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Photo of mwilbur
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. 2009 vintage.
A: Pours a dark fleshy plum color with 1/2 inch off white head that quickly recedes. Mild lacing present.
S: Very aromatic...can smell this a few feet away. Dark dried fruit (raisin), plum, soft malt, mild sweet alcohol, and a hint of rosemary.
T: Dark cherry, dark dried fruit, plum, soft piney hops, earthy rosemary and mint, and a hint of sour brett and honey. Quite good and quite complex. A spicy yeast note comes through with warming.
M: Soft and creamy with slight acidic bite and a touch of sour aftertaste and herbal dryness in the finish. Mild alcohol burn (not as much as you'd expect from a 10% ABV brew). Matures and lingers nicely on the palate.
D: A sipper for sure. Given that, it's quite drinkable. Share it with friends after a meal to aid the conversation. A quality brew from a quality brewer.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml caged bottle into New Belgium snifter. Poured a dark brown almost to the point of black with a thick lacy head. Smells of raisins and dark fruits with spice aroma. Taste of malt, raisins, spiced bread, dates and plums. Mouthfeel is thick and sweet with a nutty dry finish. The alcohol is present but not overpowering for a abv of 9%. But still a meal of a beer and this beer will fill you up.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last of the beers I received as part of my "Patron Saints" membership. "Ale Brewed With Raisins" on the label.
A- Pours a pitch black hue with brown and amber highlights, small tan/brown head that is mostly sustaining, fair amount of lacing throughout
S- Fruity scents dominated by raisins and dark fruit (as advertised on the label), I am also getting tones of apple, peach, belgian candy, sweet caramel/toffee malts, and a modest alcohol presence
T- Initial taste is Raisins, Raisins, and more Raisins (almost cloyingly sweet), followed by a variety of fruits and spices, yeasty/bready/sweet malts, a little bit of chocolate and belgian candy, finishes with sweet malts, a touch of bittering hops and warming alcohol presence
M- Medium/full bodied with good carbonation, nice slick texture that coats the tongue in sweetness
D- 9% abv is well-masked, but this definitely a sipping beer to be enjoyed over time (much like a port or desert wine). Think of this as a bigger, bolder, more complex version of Lost & Found supercharged on raisins and dark fruits, great for low-key and/or cold fall and winter evenings . . .

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Photo of number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. Pours a dark brown color, somewhat opaque, with dark copper/burnt orange hues around the edges. Generates about two fingers of somewhat fizzy tan head, which settles down to a full but thin lace, leaving some splashes of stick on the sides.

Fruit aromas are just jumping out of this glass the second I pour it. It's incredibly fruity - dark fruits, apples, prunes, cherries, raisins. Also a good amount of dark caramelized malt sweetness, some spice, a bit of clove. Not a ton of yeast character, but it's slightly musty and earthy, with an occasional funky note. All told I like it very much; it's complex and quite robust.

Taste starts off with a good amount of dark caramel sweetness and a lot of dark fruit flavor. Lots of raisin especially. Then I get a bit of funk and some spice - clove, anise, cardamom. It's just layered with fruit flavor - the aforementioned raisin, plus prunes, figs, apples, cherries. Rosemary is one of my least favorite herbs but it's here in just the right quantity, adding a nice dimension to the brew without getting overly herbal. Also some honey to the sweetness. Some caramel, rosemary and a bit of funk linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full, carbonation is somewhat aggressive but not overly bothersome, and it's quite smooth with a nice creaminess.

This is quite good; in some respects similar to Judgment Day but much more complex, and a notch better imo. Another winner from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle thanks to pwoods.

Pours a very dark brown color, near black with a short fizzy tan head.

Scent of prunes, sugars, anise, spices, vanilla, maple and some yeast. Very good, sweet dark fruits and sugars with a nice spice and bready yeast to keep it from being overbearing. Alcohol is masked well.

Taste of chocolate, dark fruits, sugars, spices, caramel, molasses and a nice yeast character. Alcohol is noticeable, but the strong flavor makes it bearable. A very tasty beer, but a bit of a muddle of beer styles. I will be looking to have this one again in the future.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a strong bite of carbonation.

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Photo of pants678
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Opaque black, beige head in a stander snifter. Head sticks around, more than a lacing.

The aroma leaps at me, raisin, chocolate, figs. Sublime.

Sweet fruit wraps the front of the tongue with a caramel middle that highlights grape with a mint edge. (Belgian Baltic Porter?) Fruit and coffee edge. Not staining. Alcohol is not completely masked.

I'm partial to something harsher.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with brown highlights that had a finger worth of khaki head and left nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass. I could detect honey, rosemary, dark fruits, sweet malts, booze, and faint chocolate notes; very intresting nose. The rosemary was more apparent on the palate with some smokey character alongside dark fruit, honey, chocolate malt accents. The booze was noticeable but not overhelming. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation especially from lost abbey which had a sweet, earthy, slight boozy, but smokey, silky finish. It drank really good considering how hot it was and is probably one of my favorite year round brews from lost abbey.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First 2007 release, sampled May 2007
Pours with a three-finger thick, dirty, browned, light amber colored head that sits on top of a dark, deeply burnt amber color that shows brilliantly clear, ruby-amber notes around the edges of my tulip glass. Rich and malty with notes of concentrated raisin, prunes quite a bit of fig character and even some notes of cherry cola become noticeable after sampling this brew a bit. Notes of rum and brandy are also noticeable. Around the edges of the nose I notice chocolate, toasted malt and something like dusty-aerosoled bread crust. Perhaps a touch of candied orange peel aromatics are found here at this point, but this beer is certainly too new for it too show any Brett influence in the aroma. Of course this is nothing a year should not be able to take care of. Ultimately the aroma is very driven by the malt character; fruity and grain like with not a whole lot of funky yeast (wild or otherwise) character.

A very rich mouthfeel with a texture that clings to the palate. The beer is somewhat sweet, but of the rich, complex malt variety. The Brett is noticeable here in the flavor, but is at this point quite light and I might have even missed it if I had not been pre-warned to its presence (at this point it could have just been a funky expression of a Belgian yeast strain). The beer finishes with a lightly astringent mix of malt and hop bitter notes. The flavor profile is definitely driven by dark, concentrated fruit notes reminiscent of raisins, figs and even a touch of cherries. Quite rich, in fact this is accentuated by a concentrated cola note that is a mix of clove, cardamom, allspice and concentrated berries. This has quite the taste of cola, though it is certainly a dark fruit dominated cola taste.

What a consummately defined, sipping brew; this is definitely a dessert type beer that fits quite well as a night ending brew. This is going to be very interesting to see how the Brett character effects this brew over time. It is very, richly fruited right now, and a bit more funky Brett character is only going to make this more interesting; I can't wait. Currently this is very enjoyable, but not quite funky enough, I can only hope that this is going to get exponentially better and given that this is quite tasty right now, well that is a very good thing.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, pepper, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, honey, dark candi sugar, rosemary, and some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, plums, raisins, and other dark fruits, honey, dark candi sugars, Belgian yeast, coriander, clove, pepper, rosemary, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish.

D - Great BSDA. Nice balance and complexity.

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Photo of cradke
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured into a Rochefort tulip

Appearance: Dark black with brown hues. A very thin head that spreads thinly and a bit inconsistent but very nicely done for a 2009.

Smell: Raisins and dark fruit Really nice honey compliments the malt flavor.

Taste: Whew, this is complex and i'm really digging it. Lots of raisins up front, the honey is there and it's really complementing the malt well. Loads of dark fruit are there and there is a lot of sweetness which is awesome; certainly not cloying but very present. Unique in it's complexion, dark fruit flavors and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but nice carbonation given it's age. Spreads across the palate very nicely.

Overall: A really nice example of the style and I'm happy it held up so well, so long. Loads of raisin and honey with alot, maybe too much, sweetness. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

we opened a beautiful 2008 bottle to celebrate our good friend headed out to the wild of east oregon for the forseeable future. a celebratory beer to celebrate the great dinner of halibut, rice, and assorted greens, soaked in butter or bacon grease. a dessert. the raisins hit right off, the massive carbonation pushing the aroma. the rosemary is strong off the nose, making a strange olfactory delight, but subtle on the palate, complementary, soothing. it tells me everything will be alright, of course he'll be fine out there, but the sinful raisins tell me otherwise. i look into the fire, away from the stern thick brown liquid, and see the happiness of memories, past and future. it fills me with joy, i sip again.

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Photo of spree92
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep, deep brown with a really small head. Not much lacing.

S- Honey, Spices, fruit and rosemary. Quite a complex brew.

T- Same as the smell. Alot of different layers

M- Moist Flavorful

D- Pretty potent brew with high abv%. A drink that is so good I could get in trouble.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft sampled Dec. 2008. A lot of raisins noted in the draft version. Cola also.

Pours deep brown, almost black with light brown head.

Nose is like the nougat in a 3 musketeers bar.

Palate is nougat sweet, with some alcohol warmth and dark bread flavours. Definately belgian resemblance but not quite up to par.

Finish is long and a tad alcoholic.

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Photo of kasper
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Word up to swnicholson for kindly throwing this one in amongst a mound of extras.

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque. A small tight dark tan head forms on a cold pour, sheet lacing doesn't stick more than a few seconds and the head collapses to a ring and a swirl.

S: At about 40 degrees there are strong aromas of honey and belgian yeast and candy sugar. As it warms, spicy, smokey, leather-like aromas of dark fruits emerge. There is a familiar aroma that dominates but I can't for the life put my finger on it, though I believe its a trademark of dark sour beers I've had lately, possibly brettanomyces. Aromas of oak bourbon barrels are also there. There are subtle -- and I mean very subtle -- hints of rosemary, though I would not have been able to detect that had I not read the bottle.

T: What an incredibly weird, yet balanced brew. It's all about slightly spiced and sour dark ripe fruits such prunes. It's all wrapped together by a mild sweetness more reminiscent of brown sugar than belgian candy sugar. Maybe some saffron. Really no hops or bitterness. Just slightly sweet and slightly sour with a kick of spice. Meanwhile, you forget there is 9% alcohol in this bitch.

M: Medium bodies, mildly carbonated, slightly chewy, but incredibly smooth as it warms.

D: I HATE belgian style sweet beers with a passion. I avoid them 99% of the time but for some reason this one is working for me and I would likely seek this one out on rare occasions.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, dated 'Vintage 2012', 10% ABV. Pours hazy brown with a medium sized light tan head; some sediment in the glass. Smells of dark fruit, brett, citrus, and caramel. The taste follows with mostly dark fruit, brett, and citrus with some added caramel, oak, honey, and herbs. Moderate dryness and subtle sweetness. The alcohol is present but mostly covered by the flavor. Above average body and below average carbonation. Overall, it's a complex and well done BSDA which has aged very well. Worth a try.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another unique blend from Lost Abbey; this beer pours an almost maroon-brown. The head is active at first then fades down to a splotchy thin beach sand colored head. The lacing hangs an inch or two up the side of a chimay goblet.

The aroma is very slightly yeasty and burnt-caramel. For the amount and variety of spice in here it is actually a very mellow raisin and intense alcohol.

The taste is a veritable garden on my tongue. Woodsiness, whiskey, bitter chocolate, vanilla and herbs. There is the distinct flavor of yeast, bright but not terribly bitter hops, rich malts and considerable roasted/smoked undercurrents. The herbs are a wash of bright flowery and spiced flavors on the side of the tongue. There is an astringency which perfectly compliments the sweetness. For the type of beer it represents the experimentation and variety inherent in the low-country brewing style. Despite the rich, dark strongness it has a saison like wheat-yeast brightness. The grassy bitterness is not overwhelming.

There is minimal carbonation but that doesn't inhibit a full mouthfeel. The alcohol provides a warm fullness to the beer. It is moderately drinkable; I am particular to this style and herbal flavors but it could be off putting if you are not used to this type of beer. It does hit hard if not sipped slowly.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Port/Lost Abbey Brewery. The beer is a very dark amber/brown color with no head. There is a smell of malt, caramel, and spice. The beer has a sweet and sour forward flavor, with plum and spicy undertones. Very balanced, and extremely unique. The sweet and sour balance is also present on the aftertaste. The beer is bold and robust in mouth, with a nice, smooth finish. Very unique and wonderful flavors (can't say that enough), and a very decent beer to drink.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/02/08- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. 2007 Release. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Auburn-brown in color, definite ruby highlights around the edges. 3/4 inch head upon pour which settles at a slight rim. Leaves light sticky lacework.

Smell- Not as outgoing as I would like, but does have nice qualities of raisins, deep toasted caramel and light chocolate malt. Seems like there may be a bit of spice, but I can't poiunt my finger on it.

Taste- Dark fruits lead the way. Mostly raisins and light prunes. Some plum as well. Right at the perfect level of sweet, but not over the top. Smooth malty character.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation level with nice dark fruit and light alcohol aftertaste.

Drinkability- This is what I pictured Judgment Day tasting like...maybe it does if you don't get a bad bottle. Good flavor in this one and a nice one to sip over a good hour or two.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 24 Sep 2015

750ml Bottle
2015 Edition
Caged/Corked

It's been many years between!

Poured into a Westy chalice a dark brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice fizzy/creamy one-finger light tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, a nice slight yeast note, dark fruits, and a hint of rosemary. The taste is very nice sweet, malty, with some yeast notes, nice touch of raisins, figs, plums, nice little touch of rosemary. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Overall a very tasty brew, glad it's now available to me.

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

750ml
2008 Edition
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a deep brown color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy one-finger off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, dark fruits, and a hint of rosemary. The taste is sweet, malty, with some yeast notes, nice touch of raisins, figs, plums, nice little touch of rosemary. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew, thanks Ben.

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Photo of younger35
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from 0110x011 in one of our large trades. I've been sitting on this one for awhile and tonight seemed appropriate. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching Villanova vs. Pitt in an Elite 8 match up.

2008 clearly printed on front label.

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark brown with a light crimson hue and a nice two finger dirty tan head. A decent cap and collar remain but zero lacing.
Smell- A nice subtle tartness is evident right from the start with a very subtle apple cider like quality. I get more green apples and pears than dark fruits but I can appreciate the raisin like quality of the nose. The rosemary is interesting and surprisingly noticeable and adds a pretty interesting vibrant earthiness. Not as much funk as there is a light earthiness but its present none-the-less.
Taste- Wow, not what I expected! The dark fruit is overly ripe and dominate with a big mashed raisin and fig quality. It's funky and pungent with a dirty portabella mushroom quality (big and hearty). Almost something that reminds me of red licorice or even anise. I don't get any of the rosemary in the flavor but I get plenty of that raw dry honey-ness that I usually don't particularly care for. Seems to work pretty well here. Finishes with just a hint of alcohol and a bit of light caramel.
Mouthfeel- Nice hefty body with a clingy rich feel but think the carbonation could be bumped up a touch. If it had that little bump in carbonation I'd easily give this a 5.
Drinkability- Well two things I usually don't like in my beer; raisins and honey. Gave this a shot anywho and enjoyed the shit out of it. I think the Brett character was perfect for my liking and couldn't have picked a better time to enjoy. Thanks for the opportunity Matt!

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Photo of simpliciter
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - very dark with a large tan head
s - difficult to place, perhaps from the herbs? sweet and grassy
t - burnt sugars at the front, finishes into spicy / earthy
m - just sticky enough to balance the bitterness, finishes almost clean
d - easy before, during, and after dinner

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Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a sliver of tan head. Nice oily look to this, average head retention & lacing

S: Oak & sourness, a touch of plum & dark candi sugar

T: Scorched caramel, a touch of leafy hops, cola, figs, & tartness up front. More dark fruit with a whisper of sarsaparilla & cinnamon as this warms along with dryness & tannins. Sourness lurks in the background, this is really working for me. Finishes with a hint of green appleskins, oaky dryness, figgyness, & a kiss of brown sugar

MF: Medium bodied, somewhat lively carbonation, but compliments what's going on here

Great drinkability, the ABV is well hidden. This is one I could sit by fire with until the wee hours or I get sleepy... One I will stockpile at some point...

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