Sinners Blend 2010 | The Lost Abbey

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Sinners Blend 2010Sinners Blend 2010

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 02-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A small pop when I removed the cork, it pours a very dark brown with a small head of foam and plenty of lacing. Halfway through the sitting, the foam and lacing are gone.

The nose is....amazing! Loaded with dark fruits that bring a lot of sour notes, light funk, vanilla, light chocolate, very vinous, stretching the boundaries between a beer and a wine. The more whiffs I take, the more complex this seems to get.

The taste could not live up to the aroma, right? Don't you believe it! I get everything in the taste that I got in the smell. The dark fruitiness is dominated by plums, got some tart cherry goodness, milk chocolate sweetness, toffee, some very maple syrup like sweetness on the back end. Wow oh wow! And again, it has some very wine like characteristics that would please a lover of said beverage. Amazing stuff!

There isn't much carbonation and the feel is of medium body but I like the general smoothness of this brew.

Drinkability is a sheer joy! So much so that I could kick myself for not opting for the 2 additional bottles I was offered in this, my last shipment as a Sinners Club member. Oh the pain, the pain.

I think this is one of Lost Abbey's best beers ever!(at least, 1 of the best I've had the chance to try)

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The cap comes off with a loud POP and a fairly vigorous pour yields two fingers of head and a lot of noise from the effervescence of the beer. I was expecting a flat mess, but the head shows decent retention (1 minute later and still a millimeter of head and a ring around the glass). The beer itself is a dark unfiltered mess, and not in a bad way. No real light comes through except for a tiny bit of mahogany around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This beer smells fucking amazing. Sour cherries, dark fruit, and a bit of raisin and prune highlight here. There’s a little bit of bread pudding as well, but the dominating notes are all sour fruit. I even get a lot of residual sweetness that creates quite the sensation in my nose. It smells almost like a dessert plate at a nice restaurant.

Taste: Sour fruit (cherries, plums, raisins, and figs) all compete for your attention. There is a definite bready sweetness which is hard to define as well, but this beer is all sour fruit. I get a little of the balsamic flavors noted by others, but the sour vinegary finish is conspicuously absent, and that makes me more of a fan of this beer.

Mouthfeel: The sourness hits you right in the back corners of your mouth on the first sip. The hearty effervescent nature of the beer provides an interesting temperance. Most beers of this style are flat and this beer is the farthest thing from it. The overall mouthfeel is surprisingly light when the sweetness of the nose is factored in, but the finish is quite heavy and enjoyable.

Drinkability: This beer is ridiculously drinkable. I could drink every bottle I have of this, and while my ass would be on the floor, I would enjoy every minute of it, and I’d be on the search for more. From other reviews, it sounds like consistency may be an issue, but this beer was very, very good to me, and I would definitely seek it out again. (And for what it’s worth, 20 minutes after this review was started, there’s still a film of head on top and a very nice ring with lacing on the edge of the glass. Bravo LA!)

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Photo of craytonic
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very soft pop when I finally got the cork out; pour is a mahogany black brown with no real head, despite me trying to force one. I was a bit skeptical at this point and I do have a hard time believing it was "intentionally" flat after the many other flat lost abbey bottles I have received. It is not a pretty pour and looks a bit muddy.

Smell: Amazing and complex. Huge amounts of dark fruits like plums and dates, very vinous, with some light funk, vanilla, caramel and toffee also. I also get some big brandy notes.

Taste: Also very complex and developed. Again there are dark fruits up front, plums, dates and cherries, followed by a brandy element, toffee, caramel, vanilla and light funk. I also get some fresh wet tobacco. When I drink my next bottle it will be from a wine glass or a snifter I think.

Mouthfeel: Basically flat, it does detract slightly but not in a big way

Drinkability: This is very enjoyable and one to contemplate.

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

A: Popped the cork. We have carbonation folks. Poured a murky brownish color with good carbonation presenting a dirty white cap, leaving some light lacing and bubbles

S: Very strong notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some nice funk, dark fruits and caramel.

T: Wow. Loads of flavor here. Bourbon, Earthy, vanilla, dark fruits, wood with a nice funk and lacto prsence. I picked up cocoa and lingering grape presence on the back with a nice warming booziness

M: Lightly low on carbonation but nothing to complain about, big body

O: Lots of great flavor going on here. Exceptional beer and treat to drink!

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big ups to bitterbill fro sending this to me...thanx Bill! Good looking label!

12.7 oz bottle opens with a insignificant pop, pours a dirty prune juice/chestnut color with minimal head. This has bit of meniscus, but no real lacing or head retention

S: Sourness, some raisin, some port notes

T: Follows the nose , more raisin than sourness, some figs & oakyness with booze lurking in the background up front. Oaky sourness dominates as this warms, a touch of dryness & granny smith apples, vinaigrette & a touch of leather dryness. There is also some some figgy, caramel, & vanilla sweetness. Finishes with boozey figgyness, oaky dryness & sourness & just a kiss of whiskey

MF: Fairly thick, smooth, near zero carbonation

Through the roof drinkability, easily one of the best/most complex wild ales I've ever had. Addictive!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Thanks for opening this, Tomme.

A: Pours near still and deep brown with a syrupy collar and some legs.

A: Vinous with a touch of lactic character, plum, and chocolate. Bourbon and oak are evident, as are vanilla and brown sugar. The beer is quite rich.

T: Moderately sweet with brown sugar, bourbon, and a strong grape profile. Notes of plum are evident. Angels share has a firm presence, but there are some lactic notes as well. It's port-like. Noticeable booze with ample warming. Some caramel is present, as is chocolate.

M: Lower full body and essentially still, at least this bottle is, but it works well with this flavor profile. Mouthfeel is silky, sticky, and smooth, and there's much alcohol warming. 8%, hmmm...

Overall: Very good. I hope this pops up again as I'd love to give it a more thorough analysis (drink more of it).

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Photo of MasterSki
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of the final Sinners shipment (ever?). Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip and shared with my wife.

A - It's still. A hard pour rouses some big bubbles, and leaves a partial collar of tiny bubbles and a few tiny spots of lace. Looks like wine, but a murky raisin-brown color.

S - Smell is heavy on the Angel's Share (caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits), along with notes of grapes, balsamic vinegar, wood, vanilla, and a bit of wet dog funkiness.

T - Taste is again heavy on the raisin and dark fruit elements of Angel's Share mixed with lactic sourness, vinous notes, tart candied cherries, maple, and a bit of bourbon.

M - No carbonation, but doesn't feel heavy or viscous. More of a medium body that is surprisingly fleeting on the palate. Finishes tannic with some alcohol warmth. I think the 8% alcohol listed on both Sinners Blends and Veritas is utter nonsense.

D - This is quite good (other than looking dead ugly). I finished my 6oz fairly quickly even though I tried to savor my pour. I'm curious if this will ever carbonate, as there was a lot of yeast and sediment impacted on the bottom of the bottle. In any case, a delightful treat and a marked improvement over Sinners Blend 2009.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

inch before dropping back down to earth with little in the way of lacing. Aroma was wonderful though. Nice touches of raspberries, hints of light cherry and a touch of sour apples as well. Really quite nice, and very light and refreshing. Smooth and light flavor here as well. Not especially sour, but people need to realize a wild ale does not need to be sour. Anyway. Cherries and Raspberries dominate here, light touches of grape skin, apples and a smooth, and light sugary note to it as well. Light feel and nice prickly carbonation give it an almost champagne like feel, but the drinkability remains very high.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to jedwards for rounding out the tasting with this rare treat. Served in a Sinners tulip. Pours a semi-hazy mahogany with no head. Nose expresses raisins, bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla notes. Taste is vinous with the addition of vanilla, bourbon notes and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a still carbonation and a slightly astringent/acidic quality. A delicious and complex Wild that nicely balances sour with malty. A trace of carbonation would make this beer spectacular in my opinion.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with a small head leaving decent lacing.

Aroma consists of caramel notes with a lot of added Brett.

Flavor is very interesting. Has a distinct sweetness that I identified as maybe being special B. Whatever it is, it starts off with a sweetness and loads of caramal/toffee with notes of leather and tobacco. Just when the sweetness peaks, the sourness overwhelms it and finishes very dry. Very great contrast between the sweet and sour.

Medium mouthfeel and surprising amount of carbonation for a LA beer.

Not the best beer in our lineup of sours, but by far the most interesting. I really love the way the sweet and sour mixed in.

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Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at Armsby Abbey for Lost Abbey takeover. This was my fav beer of the night.

Has a light fizzy head, super murky dark maroon almost cola brown color.

Nose has a nice bourbon, oak, sweet malts, brown sugar, maple glaze, dark malts, caramel, toffee, hint of dark cocoa, light tart funk.

Taste is more bourbon, oak, brandy soaked raisins, syurps, caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, then soured brown malts but a nice soft feel, hint of more dark fruits, hint of cocoa and stout like dark malts. Finish is tart and dry, almost flemmy, more sour fruits and malts, raisin, bourbon, and a bit of booze.

Mouth is a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall delicious, a nice blend of the sour tart fruits and nice stout flavors, all done in good proportions. Then add the oak, vanilla, and awesome bourbon, done very well and super delicious.

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Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer I tried at the DC Lost Abbey Tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a reddish dark amber color with no real trace of head.

Smell: Red berries and roast with some vanilla and a mild brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: Tart red berries and roasted malt. I'm getting the vanilla and brown sugar sweetness here as well. There is a bourbon note showing up too. The finish is rather tart.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy. This beer is pretty darn flat with a dry finish.

Overall: This was a very nice beer. I thought all the flavors went well together. I'd have another given the chance.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am guessing that it was a bottle as i did not mark that in my notes form night of the barrels, and i did see bottles at the lost abbey table.

This beer pours a brown color with a very light layer of tan head that dissipates quickly. The smell is slightly acidic and has some slightly spicey/malty notes. The flavor is a little sour with a good flavor form barrel aging oak, vanilla, and there is definitely something else that i can't put my finger on.This beer is light boddied with good carbonation just no retention qualities which you dont really expect in sours. a good brew

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Share by someone at a recent tasting, thanks. Beer served in a snifter because it was handy. Beer is thick, dark brown / black with a thin head, low carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is boozy, bourbon, oaky, and malt.

Beer is medium to thick in body, creamy and sweet with a nice finish, it is a little vinous and things like that. It is good and I'd have it again if that were possible.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A mix of black and brown, seems like you can actually tell this is a blend from the appearance alone, thin tan head. Interesting aroma, thought I smelled rum and brandy, reminiscient of deliverance and some of the angel's share's already. Throw in a little bit of wood, chocolate and mild sour, and you've got a complex aroma.

Taste was unique to say the least, similar to Ad Lib, but not as good. Lots of stuff in it, caramel, toffee, chocolate, sour, vanilla, oak, rum, brandy, molassess, leather, tobacco, cherry . Can't put my finger on where the sour comes from, possibly one of their less fruity sour offerings, like Red Poppy, but whatever the blend ratio, the sour part isn't all that high.

Great for sipping, was a nice change of pace at sour fest.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle tasted side-by-side with 2008 and 2009, all shared by Joe – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with an off-white head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with solid amounts of tart cherries and hints of vinegar. Also present are hints of vanilla and lighter hints of earthy oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more one-dimensional. Slightly dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by lightly tart cherries. Midway through, mildly sweet vanilla and oak come into play. The flavor profile dries out near the end with moderate amounts of funk and vinegar, fading out into a crisp ending. Mouthfeel is good, with active carbonation.

Overall this was the least refined of the three but it has the potential to become the best given a year or so. A solid beer that’s worth a shot.

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Photo of largadeer
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of the Sinners beers, I guess? Thanks for sharing this, Matt.

Flat, muddy dark brown. Slight clarity around the edges. A hard pour produces little head.

Quite a bit of brown sugar on the nose, along with a mild dose of balsamic vinegar. There's also sweet vanilla, spicy and earthy oak, leather, sweet tobacco and cigar box. As with the other Sinners beers, it's an interesting blend of sweet and sour.

Sweet and sour on the tongue, leaning toward sour. Brown sugar dissolved in aged balsamic. Pretty vinous, a bit port-like to me. There's a touch of bourbon in here, too; it would probably be safe to assume that Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share went into this blend. Full bodied with very slight carbonation, which works fine for this beer, though a bit more carbonation would be welcome. It's a bit syrupy, bringing to mind balsamic vinegar reduction. Oak and vanilla in the finish.

Very enjoyable, a step up from Sinners 09 but not quite as good as 08.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 1 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zero carbonation or "fizz", no bubbles. flat. Cloudy brown brew. Awful appearance.

Funky sweet/sour aroma. Lots of vanilla, oak, apple, pear, fig, honey, bright. Unique aroma. Nicely built. Hot.

Flat as two pancakes. Nice forward sourness followed by a rush of barrel sweetness and booze. Loads of brandy, boozey sour pears, chewy, robust well rounded flavors. Opens nicely when warmed close to room temps.

This brew kicks ass. It has aged gracefully; seek and destroy. Lost "Flat" Abbey did a very nice job with this brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled August 2011
Stored in the fridge since release. The beer pours flat as expected without a hint of carbonation or a head. The beer is a dark, burnt amber color that isn’t quite black, but that shows a clear, slightly purple tinged, deep amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of nutty oxidation, a touch of sherry as well as a tartness and dark fruit character up front, but this is backed by a touch of a spirit / oak edge to it in the finish. Aromas of dark plum, rich red wine like fruit notes, spicy and peppery oak, buttery Bourbon barrel notes, touches of vanillin and a warming alcohol note in the finish are all quite present. A quick swirl of my glass releases a musty, sort of musky, slightly stale sweat like, funky, sort of over-ripe cheese note that isn’t a dominant note but is definitely noticeable. Swirling the glass actually shows that there is a hint of residual carbonation in this beer as there is a hint of a wispy head the lingers ever so slightly.

The beer is a bit sweeter than I was expecting, though it is not overly sweet, this accentuates lots of raisin and dark berry fruit notes that make me think of red-wine. There is actually just a hint of carbonation texture to this beer, it is mostly flat, but there is a hint of effervescence that keeps this from seeming flaccid. There is a touch of nutty, oxidized malt character here that mixes with a light roasted malt character that is diluted enough to not seem burnt, but does have a deep toasted graininess to it. The finish really tastes quite strongly of red wine, with lots of fruitiness to the beer (it leans a bit richer towards sherry or port rather than your typical red wine) as well as some spicy, slightly astringent, toasted woody character from oak. The long finish really reminds me of a nutty sherry mixed a touch with a touch of rich port character. The tartness here is actually pretty nice, it is not enough to make this seem like a sour beer, but it is definitely tart; this is mostly lactic, but does have a touch, or perhaps more of a suggestion of acetic acidity.

I was really expecting to not like this at all, but this was executed very well. I think it could use more carbonation, it still should be light, but still could use a hint more.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the unexpected surprise at Mike's birthday last night. From notes.

A rather ugly, murky, dark brown with swampwater red highlights, this is rather ugly. However, the nose is fucking great. The bourbon barrel Angel's Share is obvious here, with all the aspects of the more recent batches being very noticeable - brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, huge barrel character and coconut. Along with that is some vinegar, and when combined with the Angel's Share base, it has a more port and sherry-like vinousness (closer to sherry IMO, but the heft does make it feel like a port). The palate isn't as good as the nose, with the flavors clashing a bit. Red wine, port, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla and a little tobacco are all present, but it isn't particularly tied together very well. A touch of ethyl acetate is present on the back end, but for the most part, the sourness is fairly tame and reasonably well-integrated. Drying and rather tannic on the finish, there's so much oak here! I really like this, but that mild solvent character is distracting when you look for it. And yes, carbonation is very light, but this beer really needs none, it's close in spirit to Cambridge Brewing Co's Arquebus in this regard. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Night of the Barrels 2011.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a thin tan head and a few spots of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good amount of sweet malt plus some mild acetic acid. Oak character with a bit of vanillin and some brown sugar. The flavor brings together quite nicely with sugary sweetness plus some dark fruits and then finishes with some pitted fruits and mild acidity. Light barrel character throughout, eventually shining in the feel. Good balance through everything. Really nice brew.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ahalloin. Thanks Tony!

The beer appears a reddish orange hue, with minimal head that leaves no lacing whatsoever on the tulip glass. Complex aroma of booze, cherries, funk. Classic Lost Abbey aroma. Great for sipping. Interesting flavor with a lot going on. A blend of sweet and tart. Fruit, booze, barrels, tannins. Very low carbonation gives the feel of a fine port. Good choice for a nightcap. Recommended. Would like to have a few of these in the cellar.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A= Pours a quite ugly brownish color with no head on it at all and no lacing. Visually this may be the worst looking beer I've ever seen.

S= The smell is weird. Vanilla, bourbon, wood barrel, with a slight acedic sourness to it similar to a vinegar. Not bad by any means but for sure a one of a kind smell. The dominate smell is for sure Angel's Share in it. Toffee sweetness to it and deep caramel.

T= The taste is magnicifent. The barrel flavors from the Angel's Share come through quite a bit but the sweet toffee flavors from Angel's Share die down a bit. Nice vanilla and oak. The sour notes come forward more with acedic sourness and a bit of lactic sourness in the finish. Again one of the most interesting tasting beers I've had. I never thought the flavors would meld well when I heard what this beer was but Angel's Share takes the back seat making a totally new beer here.

M= No carbonation but still not too thick. It strangly works in a way but I really wish there was a touch of bubble to give my tongue a scrub.

D= This is an amazing unique beer. I never thought I would have liked this much but I do. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JMBSH. Sour, winey aroma. Pours chocolate brown with orange tinge, no head. Thick mouthfeel. Full chocolate, cherry, brandyish.Some tongue tingling in finish as it recovers from acid. 350 ml is just about right. Great with food.
Bottle from jason B, 3rd year in a row.

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Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey on Lost Abbey night.

A - Poured into a 4oz sampler a ruddy murky reddish brown with a great offwhite head that left great side lacing.

S - Aromas of molasses and bourbon as well as oak and wild yeasts. Nice cherries maybe?

T - Interesting....lots of Bourbon and some chocolate with light cherries and sour fruits. This is what all dark barrel wilds should strive to be!

M - Nicely carbonated but the ABV is definitely noticeable. Still good and drinkable.

O - Overall this wasn't a bad beer but not my favourite of the night. A bit too hot for my liking.

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Sinners Blend 2010 from The Lost Abbey
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