Sinners Blend 2009 | The Lost Abbey

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Sinners Blend 2009Sinners Blend 2009

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 08-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml. bottle from JMBSH. Pours vinous, is acidic...and great. Pours dark, demands food accompaniment. Flavourful,fruit and chocolate among them, above average mouthfeel there. A little vinegar aroma, and a tad of woodiness. I was expecting all of the above, and not disapointed.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a modest, but rocky, well-tanned head that leaves some splotchy lace (count my blessings, it wasn't flat)

Smell: Tart cherry, leather, currants and a wallop of oak

Taste: Tartness dominates from the second the liquid hits the tastebuds so it takes a while for the flavors underneath to make themselves apparent - there are currants, cherries, prunes, a bit of dark chocolate and an oaky character; after the swallow, the wood prune and chocolate elements add a nice balance to the tartness; quite a bit of musty funk in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Rather viscous, with an almost nectary mouthfeel; gentle carbonation

Drinkability: Although I was lucky enough to get a properly carbonated bottle, I didn't like the chewy character; the flavors are interesting but it would have been enhanced with a bit more chocolatey depth than I detected

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Photo of largadeer
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle into a tulip. The beer glugs forth from the bottle murky and flat, true to the traditional English barleywine style. In the glass it's an impenetrable dark brown with no head.

The aroma is surprisingly great. Vinous with a tart berry-like sourness and roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, a little balsamic vinegar. If I dig, I can pick out a slight herbal note from 10 Commandments. There's a subtle funkiness to it, but the brett is largely drowned out by the big vinous and stout notes.

On the palate it's juicy and tart, cherry and red wine flavors competing with a roasty, chocolatey stout character for glory and victory. It's a stalemate. The mouthfeel, much to my surprise, is dead flat. In this instance it's not a huge detraction and the beer is still enjoyable, but I do wonder how much better it would be with a moderate level of carbonation. Probably quite a lot better. The finish is extremely woody and tannic, with a big vinous port wine kick and some sharp acidity.

This was a tough one to rate. Rarely do I feel so conflicted about a beer. It shows a lot of potential, but it's severely flawed by the lack of carbonation. Maybe this one will carbonate in time and turn into something great, or maybe it'll stay a flat mess like just about every other barrel-aged beer Lost Abbey has released this year.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Richard for sharing this bottle. Served in a Lost Abbey Teku. Pours a fairly-dark brown color with no noticeable head. Fairly flat in appearance, and that carries over to the feel. The nose is quite complex with nice notes of bourbon and red wine before fading to some dark fruit and lactic sourness. Flavor has additional barrel presence, with a touch of the port coming through. Nothing too overwhelming, and the barrels blend very well. Nice lactic presence through the finish. Cherry and dark fruits. Really nice.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Southern Tier tulip

Pours hardly any head (big surprise). Color is a dark murky brown. Not a very attractive beer.

Aroma: sour funky cherries. Very interesting nose. Some leather, some chocolate, but the sour flavors stick out the most.

Taste: Sour cherries off the top, a lot of leather, and nice funk to it. Chocolate, roasted malts, and vinegar as well. I really don't get too much out of this beer, but not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart, but kind of smooth. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with a sour cherry and dry malty aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is a lot better then what I heard about it. The blend just didn't seem to fit (the sour and stout type mix). But, I was somewhat impressed.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey, thanks to Alec for tapping this rarity.

A: Fluffy 1/2 finger head which starts bubbly and fades semi quickly over the super dark pitch black color. THinner than Serpent's stout in looks but pretty much just as dark. And OMG!!! Carbonation in a top of the line Lost Abbey Beer?!?! Oh yeah, it's on draft.

N: A really nice sour ale aroma, some sour fruit, a touch of creamy malts, some oak, a little sour wild ale aroma with no barnyard funk. A touch of roasty malts and dark malts with all that, and a little bourbon seems to come through as it warms.

T: All over the place on the taste, even more so than the nose. It starts pretty boozy actually, with a little alcohol warmth, taste, and burn all the way up to the nose. Dark malts start the taste profile with a little roast, and even some creamy chocolate. Hints of caramel and other tasty dark malts get through. That seems to come in waves with a mix of sour fruit and touch of funk. The sour fruit comes with a little tang, fruity flavors, and touch of wild yeast and Brett, with only the slightest hint of barnyard funk. As the malts initially try to come through, the sour fruit starts to overtake. They seem to battle back adn forth for a bit but the sour fruits seem to dominate the overall taste in the end.

M: Medium body, a little syrupy, a boozy warming and burn feel, and lower but decent carbonation (esp for being Lost Abbey).

F: Semi spicy from the boozy burn, some flemy sweet and sour syrup and fruit flavors, with a little lingering tangy fruit. As that leaves a more dark malts seem to trickle through with roast and coffee. Semi dry overall but leaves a little sweetness. It's a little too boozy overall, and the flavors seem to contrast each other a bit. Sometimes it even feels like they're battling it out in my mouth with a bloody mess, and my tastebuds are the casualties. However, the surviving taste buds get to rejoice and party with some really tasty flavors.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a snifter @ the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 11/9/09 during the "Tomme Arthur Experience" event.

Pours a cola-like dark brown/black, with a minimal covering of off-white foam. This doesn't stick around too long, leaving just some very light spotty lace behind. The aroma pops with tart cherries right off of the bat, quickly being followed by more Stout-like qualities of chocolate, coffee, and roast. A light whiff of spices and and some woody mustiness fill out the back portion of this nicely.

The taste starts with chocolate covered TART cherries, which pretty much makes up the bulk of this and never looks back. Luckily, I am also picking up some extra notes of molasses, roast, vanilla, oak, and strong drying spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit fuller, with a creamier carbonation that sits on top of a much more oaky and slick feel. The drying tartness does get a bit intense the more I work on this glass, which keeps the drinkibility down a tad.

Pretty overall even blend for this year's rendition of the Sinners beer. The oak and cherry of the Red Poppy and the roasted chocolate character of the Serpent's Stout really worked nicely for me here, while the herbs and spices of the Ten Commandments added a spicy presence that didn't really intrude on the other flavors. Pretty tasty and drinkable stuff this year!

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the super generous trader Bitterbill, thanks Bill!

12.7 oz bottle opens with an anemic pop, pours an effervescent mahogany with a sliver of cocoa colored head. Nice oily sheen to this, but little head retention or lacing

S: Prunes, figs & some sourness, plus some kirschwasser (cherry schnapps smells)

T: Puckery tartness, figs, dryness some fusel alcohol up front. Cherries, figs & oaky dryness follow as this warms, plus burnt candi sugar & a touch of apricot & nice port notes. Finishes dry with tart cherry, figs & more oaky dryness, plus candi sugar just rotting the teeth!

MF: Medium bodied, minimal carbonation, & nice warming

Drinks pretty easily for the style, much to like about this, only the head retention & lacing really fell short... One of the better efforts from these guys as of late ( as far as I know, not getting much lately )

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I was happy when this one finally arrived on my doorstep and I could not wait to give it a try, unfortunately those feelings were not well rewarded. Corked and caged bottle was served chilled and decanted into an oversized wine glass, consumed on 10/21/2009.
The pour was flat, dark brown in color with no head whatsoever. I was afraid of this and just utterly and completely disappointed. No lacing, no anything at al, just wrong. Aroma was tart cherries, touches of brown sugar, a light bit of funk to it as well, nicely done I have to say. As I start to dive a little bit deeper into it some light notes of dark fruits as well as a nice barnyard nose come forward. As I take a sip I am immediately thrown back by the lack of carbonation, just a flat abysmal mess. That is really all I can say about that. Flavor starts out with nice tart cherries, hints of spice and a nice light note of brown sugar. Warming now starts and for only 8 percent it really is taking on quite a life of its own. Rich notes of brown sugar and caramel now coming through now mid palate. Interesting mix here again of flavors. Quick hitting notes of cherries and dark fruits, nice mix of grape skin and a hint of spice.
Overall I have to admit I am a bit let down here. The 08 I absolutely adored and thought it was one of the best I had ever had, but this one just really let me down. Maybe if it wasn't flat it would have been better, I have heard there are better bottles floating around but I guess I just got ripped off with mine. Taste was there, nothing else was though.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot Kegatron for sharing this with stakem and me. The bottle was enjoyed from a tulip.

The color is a ruddy brown shade of bronze with ruby accents and small light beige ring of beads after the head condensed. The smell of fruit which is lightly tart with a wood aroma that is potent. The mild spice in the nose is strong with a slight custard odor and hint of meaty woody malty aromas. The blend is definitely diverse and seems to contribute a mild amount of alcohol to the smell too. I like the tart sharp and spicy feel which comes off woody on the palate with slight earthy, toasted tinges and highly carbonated presence. The maltiness is full and the finish has moderate sweet malt with a chewiness and slight alcoholic edge.

The taste is tart, sugary and has light chocolate malt tinges initially with a gentle barrel presence of wood with slight sweet port-raisiny and fig jam influence. The flavor is almost cherry-like in a sweet way, but has a bite with the sharp sour edges developing later in the taste. The mix has some dark sugar and light peppery notes as it finishes with some alcohol apparent in the taste. It is a real Trojan Horse of a blended brew overall. The way the aroma tricks you into thinking the malt is dominant and you get a glimpse of that up front but it is woody and spicy as it unfolds iwth sharp fruity sour in seconds after the first sip -strange brew indeed!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a very small tan head.

S: Definitely aroma of the Serpent Stout, woodiness that might be the rosemary from Ten Commandments or from the barrels. A bit of dark fruit.

T: As with the aroma, the Serpent Stout is the primary flavor. Dark fruit flavors definitely come out as this warms up. There are some mild Brett characteristics, but definitely not sour, by any means. Some nice wood flavors are present as well. The only serious flaw I see with this is that it's a bit boozy.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation.

D: A bit boozy, but still a very interesting beer and very complex flavor and aroma.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears dark brown with a small, fleeting head. The aroma offers malt, roast, booze, cola, dark fruit. The flavor has a soy sauce consistency, with additional notes of booze, molasses, cherries. Distinguishable Lost Abbey flavors. Overall, this was quite complex and intriguing, but a bit unbalanced. Thick feel with low carbonation. Worth a try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a flat inky black. Slightly transparent at the edges. Nothing really going on.

Smell - Oxidized. Chocolate. Sharp bright liquor flavor. I know its bourbon, but it smells like brandy. Dark fruit acidity.

Taste - Much more sour. Cherry sourness. Raisins. Oxidation. Oak and chocolate. Sharp alcohol. Red wine finish.

Mouthfeel - Mostly flat. Boozy. Acidic. Tough to drink.

Overall - Complex but not easy to drink. Wonder what it tasted like years ago.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for bringing this to my place to share with myself and Slatetank. A 1 liter swing top growler poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a dark brown color with a dark tan cap that quickly fades and holds strong around the rim of the glass with big bubbles. When held to the light, it has some ruby clarity through the body and lighter brown hues along the edges. Finger-like patterns of lace stick to the glass and a swirl revives the cap back to about a finger's strength.

The smell of this brew is chocolate and raisins with a very sweet vanilla character. There is a light amount of leather and some mild funk to earthy elements to the back of the nose. Hints of cherry aid the sweet smell of this brew providing a different depth of fruited character to this brew's aroma. More sniffs bring out smooth scents of chocolate mixed with a mildly tangy alcohol aspect, earthy and lightly spicy with a scent that is almost like incense once the brew is warm.

The taste is sharp and acidic like cherry mixed with lactic acid. Chocolate malt and smooth barrel aged vanilla incorporation are an afterthought with some leather and must. There are some fruited alcohol qualities about this brew making a suggestion of raisins or plums with a hint of maybe molasses but I am stretching here to focus on something other than the bold acidity of this. It is a little herbal and tangy to balance with a hint of mineral flavor. Quite a mouth watering brew.

This brew is an absolute mind bender. The way it smells suggests sweet, smooth sexual barrel aged love that entices and seems very easily approachable. Then you take a sip and it wrecks your face with sharp acidity and tang that was not to be found in the nose. An absolute pleasure to drink. It is medium bodied with a modest to light level of carbonation that is smooth in the feel yet sharp and tangy in flavor. Huge salivation factor with this brew, almost tongue curling upon first sip. For 8% it hits pretty hard but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Casa del Sean. Served in a Närke tulip.

A - A finger-plus of tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Very dark brown body with some hints of red at the fringes when held to the light.

S - The Gift of the Magi and french oak components are the first things that leap out, although as it warms up I get more light chocolate, roasted malts, and vinous notes from the port barrel-aged Serpent's Stout. There's the perfume note I associate with Ten Commandments as well, but not much of the bourbon barrel it was aged in. Brett is present but quite understated.

T - The taste is far more sour and vinous than I expected from the aroma. Lots of port, oak, and red wine vinegar acidity mingle with a dark chocolate truffle backdrop. Some Belgian yeast character, but not much brett presence here.

M - Tannic, medium-full body, pleasant medium-low carbonation, and a dry finish. Not much in the way of obvious alcohol, even though all the components are up there on their own (before the barrel-aging).

D - Wow! This has mellowed a ton since it was released, and the massive perfume and spice aroma it initially had has largely faded leaving behind a nice and complex beer. I find it really odd that the aroma is mostly French Oak Gift of the Magi while the taste is mostly Port Serpent's Stout, but it's strangely compelling nonetheless. I'm curious how the bottles have developed compared to this keg, although I'm guessing they are still flat. If you want this beer at its best, a growler from Sean is the way to go.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared at a recent tasting, thank. Beer served in a ticking snifter. Beer is black, dark, thick, almost no carbonation, no head, no retention, no lacing.

Aroma is pretty sweet, strong forward, very nice.

Beer is sweet and boozy with a nice malt backbone and a decent finish, sort of like Veritas 009 but better. I'd have this again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with pale brown highlights and had almost no head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: toffee, caramel, and borbon are noticeable on the first whiff with boozy, dark fruit, oakiness and hints of funk. There was faint traces of cherries as well.

T: the tart cherries were more apparent on the palate with bourbon, dark fruit, caramel toffee accents and had some oaky character but had booze that was there but was not overwhelming.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, bourbon boozy, oaky, fruity, and tart finish.

D: was a solid sour BDSA that drank really good and was very tasty. To me this blend was better than the 08.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Review No. 2000 here on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a brownish (but almost pink) color with an off-white head.

The aroma is awesome. I get a lot of bourbon as well as some roasted malt, dark fruit and a light amount of smoke.

The flavor is bourbon, tart dark fruit, coffee, roasted malt and tart cherries. I have no idea what beers make up this blend, but the flavor is incredibly complex and tastes like a barrel-aged, slightly tart Lost Abbey Judgment Day.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Outstanding.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

**Sigh** Another flat bottle from Lost Abbey. I've been one of their defenders throughout this whole mess, but frankly- I'm tired of defending them. I've been a sinner for two years and didn't renew for a third. Originally I thought this was a temporary problem, but virtually all ofmy beers this year have had carbonation issues, and they are quite a bit of money to sink into the brews. I know that these beers cost a lot to make, but at this point I feel the losses ought to be born by the brewery instead of the customer. Sadly. When these beers are good, they are great- this is not one of them. Pours a murky black with relatively poor clarity and zero carbonation. Some nice funky aromas to start, bu gets a little tired and watery after that. Tart, with red fruit and light funk and some aromas of alcohol fading too quickly to a more washed out version of the same aromas. The taste would be helped with carbonation, but at least someof the lovely flavors have been preserved. Black cherry combined with a barnyard funk and tartness and a woody astringence running throughout as well as an almost black current and cranberry finish. The mouhfeel is soft and subtle with a nice counterpoint of astringency, bututterly lacking in carbonation. I'm not after a cordial, I'd like a beer please- bring back the carbonation.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled December 2009
A very soft pour yields a headless, inky black and viscous looking brew. Actually the color is more of a concentrated brown color than black. The beer smells of fragrantly floral cherries, a touch of fruity acetic acid, some brandy like warmth, a touch of earthy mustiness, and a solid mix of brown sugar, dates and desicated raisins that is quite distinct, but took me a second or two two recognize. There is a background rich malt character here that provides a hearty richness, perhaps even saltiness, that is umami like. The saltiness makes me think of peat in some ways too and there are some faint roast notes here too. The nose is actually quite a bit more complex than I have described as there is a whole lot going on.

Fairly dry tasting for such a big beer. It also has a solid tartness to it that is rounded out by an earthy, musty finish. The texture is not completely devoid of carbonation as there is a slight prickle to this brew; it is big enough to stand up to the sligth carbonation, though in truth a light carbonation would have been much better. The body has some heft to it, enough viscousness to make up for the carbonation, but it is definitely not heavy; though fhe rich flavors easily keep this as a sipping beer for me. A salty, sea-like, almost smoky quality is here and it mixes with an earthy oak flavor, a tannic bite towards the finish, . This beer evokes thoughts of a dry, oaky, somehow fruity, complex red wine in many ways, even if I can't quite fully describe why. Speaking of the fruit, despite the lack of sweetness a complex, tart fruitiness definitely comes through quite well in the flavor; notes of tart cherries, sour prunes, and pomegranite all are contributed by the notes in this beer. There is a definite, even if soft over all, Brettanomyces presence in the finish; soft phenolics, a hint of muskiness, a touch of butyric acid, as well as contributing to the general, soft spiciness in the finish (which the oak contributes to as well.

An interesting beer, it wasn't what I expected, and is perhaps even a bit more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be. The worst thing about it is that it could use some more carbonation, and even that is easily over-loojed in this particular beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a beautiful burnt burgundy with a light smattering of bubbles. Impressive wine-like colour.

S: Balsamic vinegar is huge, also some chocolate.

T: Port wine, dark chocolate and a finish of black licorice round out the beer. Good, but at times wasn't doing it for me as they say, some astringent bitterness.

M: Smooth, light carbonation, port-like and it makes sense.

D: A nice beer, not as good as some of others I've has from them, but it was cool to see them trying new stuff.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sinners Blend 2009 is a blend of Ten Commandments aged in Bourbon Barrels, Gift of the Magi aged in French Oak Barrels, and Serpent's Stout aged in Port Barrels. Consumed on 08/14/2009 at O'Brien's. A draft pour into a Chimay glass yields a small frothy brown head. The beer is very dark, but not quite black. Traces of brown can be seen when I hold the glass to light.

The aroma is of raisins, dark chocolate, tannins, and vanilla. Bourbon adds a nice touch, and the Port aging imparts notes of plums and grapes. I get some cherry as well, but I don't know where that's coming from since it's not in any of the 3 beers. The beer has a sugary quality in the aroma which isn't quite candied or brown, but it's there nonetheless. Brett is restrained and it doesn't impart any funky notes. There's just enough for a man to say, "Hey, there's some Brett in here." The aroma was a bit muddled when first served, but when it warmed up to an adequate temperature it was quite nice.

The flavor opens up with dark fruits: plums, grapes, cherries, and raisins. The beer is slightly tart, with notes of bourbon and dark chocolate. It's also quite tannic, with some noticeable vanilla. It's sweet throughout and slightly spicy (is that the Myrrh?). Brett is more noticeable here, but it's still not prominent, and bitterness is low. The finish is hot with an increased level of tartness and sourness that lingers along with dark fruit notes and bourbon.

The beer is full bodied, and it has a nice level of low medium carbonation on draft. The mouthfeel is silky and creamy.

This beer was served at draft temperature, which always seems to be too cold for beers like this. If you drink this cold I think you'll miss some of the nuances. I suppose that's not unique to this beer, but I thought I'd mention that because my opinion on the beer changed when it warmed. I look forward to trying this out of the bottle.

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Photo of weeare138
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to josh for sharing this one...
Appears a hazy, dark brown with chestnut edges and a small, off white head that quickly fades out. Small bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart fruit, bittersweet cocoa, red wine, vanilla, and ripe cherries.
Taste is of the cocoa, vanilla, wild red cherries, and molasses.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grassy, with herbs and spices resounding.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml caged and corked bottle.

A small pop greeted me when I removed the cork, with a vigorous pour, I get a small head of tan foam that quickly ahrinks to a ring around my NB Goblet. It does have some lacing which surprises me. When I hold up my glass to the light, it appears to be a very very dark brown.

Next up, the smell. It is nice! Lots of tart fruity notes up front. More investigating reveals a barrel/oakiness that compliments the tartness nicely. There's a sweetness to it as well...kind of hard for me to figure out. Maybe the taste will tell.

The taste is full of dark fruity goodness with some notes of plums and a nice sweetness about mid palate that smacks of...chocolate? The oakiness is also shining through and combined with the other flavours, makes this brew very tasty and quite intriguing. The finish, I find, is quite squarely in the tart camp and makes me want to take more sips.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium with the carbonation not really noticeable until after the swallow when I get a slight tingling. Very light but adequate.

Drinkability? It's an 8.0%abv brew and I can definitely feel some warming after each sip but it's a cold day here in Casper so I don't have a problem with that at all. I reckon this would be a good candidate for some aging but as is, I'm finding it very drinkable and quite a joy to drink. I should have got more of this one.

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Photo of corby112
2.4/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

375ml bottle received in a recent trade with Beerzebub. Thanks again man!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque and produces a very thin light beige head with an aggressive pours which quickly fades into a thin lasting ring.

Roasty chocolate malt aroma that is slightly smokey with hints of oily sludge, coffee bean, vanilla, tar, acrid burnt ashy wood and alcohol astringency. Subtle earthy oak and vanilla from the barrel aging with a strong bourbon presence. Slightly vinous as well with an odd solventy character.

Very vinegary tart vinous mouthfeel that is extremely puckering and kind of disappointing considering the appearance and aroma. This flavor is very intense and overpowering, dominating any other flavor that might be laying underneath. All I can pick up is vinous wine, bourbon and liquor and no dark malts. I was expecting some roasted chocolate malt, coffee or any of the other characteristics picked up in the aroma. Way too sweet and vinegary and completely one dimensional. The body is lacking carbonation but not completely still and although it's only 8% it is very hot. Kind of a mess really.

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Sinners Blend 2009 from The Lost Abbey
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