The Lost Colony
Bottle Logic Brewing

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #58
Ranked #3,528
4.25 | pDev: 6.59%
Bottle Logic Brewing
California, United States
Notes: Imperial Porter brewed with pecans and walnuts, aged in (80%) rum and (20%) bourbon barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans, then finished with cacao nibs and toasted pecans.
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3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wasn't really my favorite - not a bad looking beer and definitely had a bit of a nutty smell to it, but I didn't really like the taste as much as other BL beers I've tried. I couldn't get much Vanilla and despite what others have said elsewhere, the rum barrel was strong and overpowered the bourbon, but I can't say it interplayed well with the flavor of the Porter. I could definitely taste the finishing cacao nibs along with the roasty malts, both of which were a little too strong for me; there were some pecans hiding in there somewhere maybe - were it not for the overabundancd of cacao and roastiness, the pecans might have had more of a chance to appear, and possibly the walnuts that were resident in the beer I believe. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this one, but still did enjoy trying it.

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hopley from Massachusetts, Nov 24, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My good friend Jon Passow who lives in Willits, CA sent me a bottle of this about 7 months ago and I've had it witting in my fridge since then until tonight. Poured into my snifter glass, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black color that's not interested in letting in any light whatsoever. with silky looking tan head that's about an inch thick when first poured. Head settles to big, thick, cluster swirls of surface foam that cover almost the entire surface of the beer, a thick ring lining the inside of the glass, and some nice lacing. Aromas of roasted malts and nuts, vanilla, oaked rum, and cacao sweetness are all nicely present. Fortunately, the flavor profile is very similar, with roasted malts and nuts, vanilla, oaked rum, and cacao. Sweet, nutty, and certainly boozy in a pleasant way. Very decadent. The flavor profile rounds out with a bit of spiciness. Has a slightly prickly, slightly oily, mainly smooth and creamy and frothy medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Has a slightly burning/spicy and fairly boozy finish and aftertaste. A very excellent beer all around, I just wish the boozyness factor was not as up front and center as it is.


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Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thick mocha head that fades to leave thick legs and good wisps.

S - Big aromas of rum barrels, faint chocolate. Not much bourbon, subtle vanilla beans. Nose is really hot and boozy though.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of nutty pecans and walnuts. Nice pleasant gentle bitterness and chocolate. The rum is much more balanced with very nice slightly hot finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, but boozy and hot.

O - Overall this was a very solid stout, excellent nutty notes but the rum is super hot. Still, this is quite good.

Serving Type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Jun 08, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Nose creamy thick mocha head, good retention and lacing, super long thick legs, pitch black beer

Nose big rum and almost calvados, tons of spiced and raw bit strap rum, very light pecan nut, light roasty and dark chocolate, touch of coffee, as it warms lots of nutty pecan, vanilla, cocoa,

Taste very rich, tons of dark chocolate cocoa, into some nutty pecans but not a ton, little roasty, some alcohol tingle and flavor, big vanilla, rich earthy vanilla, caramel, light barrel, some fruity notes on the background leading into big rum, spiced as fruity rum, some perfumey alcohol

Mouth is thicker bod, fudgey, hot tingly alcohol, medium light carb,

Overall pretty good, but hot boozy and missed some of the things it promised

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Jun 08, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We've joined up with Brandon Tolbert and the team of explorers at Safety Team Brewing in Virginia to navigate the mysteries of a rum barrel treatment on a rum cake-inspired Imperial Porter. An early foundation of pecans and walnuts coupled with finishing provisions of Fortunato cacao nibs and toasted pecans steer this expedition toward quick disappearance.

Imperial Porter brewed with pecans and walnuts, aged in (80%) rum and (20%) bourbon barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans, then finished with cacao nibs and toasted pecans.

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Furlinator from California, Mar 28, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last bottle from my late fall work trip to CA, a ridiculously expensive 500ML bottle (2018 release). I suppose I was lucky to find any Bottle Logic on any shelf? The first one was divine. Number two: on deck.

The pour is short, dark, swarthy. The nose is big rummy, with some chocolate & nuttiness mixed in. Not a bad start.

The Lost Colony is just east of Arrakeen. Rumrumrum. The rum is strong but not the overpowering strong that ruins everything it touches, including your glass, the movie you’re watching, & the donuts you ate this morning. But it’s still mostly rum. Plenty of acorn, plenty of booze, lower levels of chocolate, with enough malt to denude a small European country of barley. Supremely thick – what makes this a porter again? Trying to take this bottle solo might have been...ambitious.

Like 72% of beers with rum in it, the rum comes close to involuntary manslaughter of this beer. Too much rum. Pretty good beer, but absolutely not worth the price of admission.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, Feb 02, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours like syrup, thick and no head.
S: rum barrel pops on this nicely, I also get bourbon and chocolate. Very nice aroma
T: A nice surprise with the lack of nuts. This a big barreled chocolate stout. The barrel isn’t as smooth and rich as I would hope for, it’s more of a quick punch
F: syrup feel, medium thickness. The barrel brings some heat and makes this a bit harder to enjoy

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Photo of darktronica
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When reading the description for the Lost Colony, it struck me as a high-concept version of Stone's w00tstout. I hoped that the addition of rum barrel-ageing, absence of wheat, and Bottle Logic's general penchant for thick beers and savvy barreling would move the result in a favorable direction. That's just what happened. It pours thick and dark, with a full finger-plus of head, but little residual lacing once it settles--nice legs, though. The pecans and walnuts are a marvelous addition, with a prominent but not overwhelming roasted nut character on a very solid porter base. Similarly, the rum barrels add a prominent rum kick and some additional vanilla notes, but again they aren't overwhelming. I also get a slight touch of coconut, subtle enough that I doubt the barrels were coconut rum, simply that it is suggestive of a rum character. The cacao nibs round out a complex mid-palate and lead to a dryer finish than expected from the opening.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from @Bum4ever in NBS BIF #8. Reviewed 10/14/18. Thanks Josh!
Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, a bit of brown appears under the ring.
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, controlled center pour), tan, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Dark brown, slight haze.
Aroma – 4.25 - Roasted malt, molasses or sorghum, brown sugar(?). Weakens but remains evident for the duration.
Flavor – 4.5 - Begins moderately sweet with roasted malt and a molasses aftertaste. Sweetness drops but no bitterness from the roasted malt appears. Raspberry? As the temperature reaches 60 degrees, hints of bourbon and alcohol appear. No hops, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 4 - Medium to full, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.5 - This seems to be a molasses-based imperial stout or RIS. The ephemeral raspberry could be a delusion. This was initially served at too low a temperature to detect some of the nuances, but it was a BIF Mystery Beer so the proper temperature was not known. Overall, this is an excellent beer that is above my plebian tastes.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Oct 14, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Coffee black with a formidable large but airy tan foam the settles in fits and starts to a thin creamed mocha ring and central film.

Aroma is outrageous. Charred barrel brings brownie crust which, combined with the cacao and "Porter," adds Raisinets, caramelized brown sugar, maple, vanilla, and cookie dough while the nuts aren't as forward as you'd think, but do have the characteristics of both roasted and candied treatments.

Lost Colony has a strong, warming barrel character, but for someone that usually has a disdain for such things, I find that it's still quite delicious. Flavors of raisins and charred oak give way to mapled nuts with hints of vanilla custard and brownie batter before quickly falling into a stinging yet numbing spiced rum character on the way down.

A silky, slippery body has a crisp fizz that softens up mid-palate and mildly fills out before a semi-wet swallow that comes with a bit of a burn.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Sep 23, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour yields a black body propping up a rich, tan head, and there’s some leakage to mahogany brown on the edges. Perfect for an imperial porter.

The nose immediately hits you with the rum and bourbon barrels, and there’s also a rich milk chocolate note (thank you, cacao nibs).

The vanilla is noticeable on the taste, and combines well with the milk chocolate and barrel notes. I got nothing from the pecans, otherwise I would’ve rated this above 5.0. Really well done, IMHO.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Sep 03, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tap at Bottle Logic. Pours motor oil black. Getting a ton of rum on the nose. Some chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is awesome. Vanilla, nuts, bourbon, and rum. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, great if you like rum

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Beersnake1 from California, Aug 17, 2018
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3.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barrels are fighting to see which one can make this more boozy. Both are winning. Aroma is of vanilla, and crazy alcohol. Flavor is more of the same. It tastes like an out of balance cocktail. Burns.. Need a lot of time to relax.

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StoutSnob40 from California, Jul 26, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with rich tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant vanilla and rum with very little cocoa and pecans. Taste is a strong alcohol rum that is overpowering. With another six months of aging, that would be an excellent porter.

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Radcpa from Washington, Jul 12, 2018
The Lost Colony from Bottle Logic Brewing
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