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Judgment Day - Bourbon Barrel Aged | The Lost Abbey

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12 Ratings

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged 10 months in new Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is Judgment Day aged 10mo in new Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels. On tap at 2012 LA Barrel Night.

A: Pours a cloudy amber. Looks flat--no head or bubbles.

S: Aroma of cocoa and and lots of bourbon, baker's spices, sweetness, and dark molasses. Smells delicious.

T: No carbonation kills this right off the bat. A little boozy bourbon comes through without much support from the base beer. A very little chocolate but basically tastes like watery bourbon. Some sweet dark molasses.

M: Medium full body, but flat. Sharp alcohol bite.

O: Tastes like flat BCBS. It's decent enough but, as usual, a little carbonation would do wonders.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S: tons of bourbon booze was very noticeable in the aroma with caramel sweetness, dark fruitiness, hints of pear, and burnt sugar character.

T: The bourbon barrel booze also dominated the taste alongside the nice sweetness from the caramel, burnt sugar, dark fruitiness. hints of pear, a touch of cherries and vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a really boozy, mild fruity, sweet, and sticky finish.

O: It was way too boozy for my liking but was pretty tasty if you could over look the heat. The base beer is pretty boozy as well so imagine it on steroids.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Haybeerman
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep chestnut color; fairly clear on the first pour. Poured a 3 finger foamy tan head with excellent retention to 2 fingers. Patches of lace mostly washed down the glass.

S: Boozy bourbon. Vanilla and oak follow with subtle dark fruits (fig, date). Plenty of alcohol.

T: Much like the nose with more of the fruit and vanilla character. The bourbon is very strong in the finish along with warming alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full body. Moderate carbonation. Dry and warming. Sweet dark fruits and linger in the finish.

O: Very intense malt and bourbon character. Took a little getting used to. Definitely a sipper; big beer and ABV.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at 2010 barrel Tasting. This is Judgment Day aged in new Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels with some amount of cherries but no cultures. It was supposed to be in the Cuvee de Tomme 2010 Blend, but without the cultures it didn't make the cut.

A: Tawny with a wispy brown head. 

S: Aroma is alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Light notes of dark fruits (plum, prune, a _little_ dark cherry) are evident, and the bourbon is effusive. Smells great, a nice boozy bourbon addition does Judgement Day credit.

T: Oak, vanilla, and a monstrous bourbon presence complement the base beer. This is very boozy, I'd guess it at around 13%, but it's damn delicious. I detect plum and prune in the background. The finish is bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit, with lingering booze heat.

M: Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Upper medium - lower full body.

Overall: I enjoyed this quite a bit. It was my favorite of the night, and I went back for sample after sample. At first womencantsail wasn't a huge fan of this one. But as he came back to it and drank more of the beer, he saw the light.

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lost Abbey

A: The pour is a sort of murky dark brown-amber color with plenty of red highlights and a small off-white head.

S: The nose starts off with the bourbon really dominating. Lots of booze, vanilla, and oak. Chocolate comes into the picture as well, and some subtle hints of the fruitiness from the quad, but not all that much.

T: Sweet caramel and vanilla to open up with more fruit character than the nose lets on. The bourbon really comes through strongly afterward and provides some serious warmth and more vanilla.

M: The body is medium to full with a reasonable level of carbonation for this sort of beer. Not really low, but certainly smooth on the tongue.

D: At first I wasn't a huge fan of this one. As I came back to it and drank more of the beer, I really began to enjoy the intense barrel/bourbon character.

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Judgment Day - Bourbon Barrel Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 12 ratings