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Review by everetends on 03/23/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 7 18 4 8 0
My girlfriend and I shared a tulip of this as our last beer on the way out of Toronado San Diego. She ordered after hearing a description while I was talking to my new friends. I was trying to avoid Lost Abbey brews due to a few moral issues with Tomme but there it was, and I gave it a go.

A: This one hit the bar in front of us as . . . a black stout. Right in line with what one expects. It has an opaque body that is black as night. The body is glossy and shiny. The head sitting on top of this pour is a deep mocha in color and sits a little over a finger (the dude at Toronado had all of his pours down). The head is sticky and tosses up some pretty good lace, only a little bit slides back down into the glass, creating a nice webbing all over the glass.

S: Its chocolaty. Lots of dark and milk chocolate coming out of the glass. Behind that is a bit more lactose/milk/cream. Vanilla makes itself known along with a little bit coffee bean. With all of that mentioned, the most prevelant aroma is that of alcohol. Not a distinct booze of any type, just alcohol. Other than that, not getting a whole lot. I expected a little more complexity but mostly getting the usual suspects of a stout with no real wow factor. It smells good though.

T: It . . . tastes good. Actually pretty damn good. It has a serious dose of chocolate but still remains not too sweet. Hops are cutting it down, but its not hoppy. Its well crafted in this department. It still is a sweet stout, but its not out of hand at all. Lots of dark chocolates and milk chocolates that are really creamy. Lots of milk and cream coming through. Coffee and vanilla work their way into the mix to add a little bit more. Little bit of roast brings some smoke and bitterness. Dark fruits (dark berries) and hazelnut make an appearance. There is a little bit of citrus (hops) coming out that brings a light chocolate covered orange flavor every once in a while. This rounds off with a little bit of nougat.

M: Full bodied with a light carbonation. This beer is thick, creamy, and smooth. It coats the mouth but doesn't over stay its welcome. ABV is present. Brings the heat on the throat and tummy tum. Finishes a little sweet but not cloying. After taste is a flavor that isn't far off from Nutella (one of my favorite flavors).

D: Its good. I was afraid that was going to happen. This is pretty damn well crafted and tasty. It could use a bit more in the nose arena and the ABV could be hidden a bit more, but still it is nice. Its not in that ELITE category of Imperial Stouts but it is close. It was a good deal on tap but the bottles I saw for $13+ were a bit of a turn off. I would have it on draft again, but I can't see myself buying a bottle. Well done.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by tjthresh on 08/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 5 8 2008
750ml bottle from Capone’s. Shared with cdog69 on the OBX trip. Pours black with a big brown head. Lots of raisins, dates, and prunes. Some tar and tobacco. Beef jerky comes to mind. Very robust flavor. Beefy. Fruity. Lots of roast and bitter dark chocolate. Thick and rich, with lits of carbonation. Dry with a long finish. Big. Bold. Brash. Wonderful.

Served In: Snifter

Review by tangfoot on 07/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
I did a careful job of popping the cork and only got a small hiss. On the pour, this goddamn thing overflowed from the glass and from the bottle, spilling precious milliliters of the elixir. :hot: Once the initial overflow settled down, the carbonation was not a problem again with subsequent pours.

Oooh, nice smell on this one. It's stouty, but with a very nice Belgian flair. Some spiciness and a hint of sour are there.

The taste was stellar. Just a great blend of chocolate, coffee, and some sourness. The funk was just a little bit there, at the back, enough to say "hi!", but not overpowering at all.

Good thickness to the mouthfeel and surprisingly, the carbonation wasn't too strong.

A great sipper, and rather potent. I got a nice buzz out of this bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 05/07/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 5 8 2008
A- Extremely dark pour. Thick dark tan head with decently sized bubbles settles into a thin layer over the brew with a thick ring around the glass.

S- Very roasty and chocolaty. Coffee is there in the forefront also. Really a lot going on here. Pleasant to sit and smell.

T- Nice! Loads of coffee in this brew. Nice chocolate blend with a crisp alcohol warming to it. The coffee stands out the most to me, but a lot going on here. Finish is clean with some coffee lingering with the alcohol.

M- Really good, silky smooth, and simply great to sip on.

O- Really glad I got a chance to get this brew from KingG. Another solid effort by The Lost Abbey.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 04/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
A - Huge pop on the cork. Pours a dark, thick, inky black. It just looks thick. Nice, big dark brown head is very much soapy looking. Settles into a nice coating with huge lacing.

S - First time I have smelled a Belgian Stout that actually gave me real aspects of both a stout and a Belgian brew. Lots of belgian chocolate. Milky. There's some espresso roastiness lying there, but not really up front.

T - Whoa! Much more luxurious that I thought this would be from the smell. Huge and flavorful. Nice roasty start with a light coffee bitterness. Belgian chocolate comes in and just intoxicates me, making me want another sip, er, slug. Some espresso, then come more chocolate. The chocolate just seems to come in waves with different things separating it. Coffee, chocolate, espresso, chocolate, anise, chocolate, graham cracker, chocolate etc. Lovely.

M - Full bodied. It's a bit fizzy. If it weren't, this would be a perfect feel.

Overall - Just a great beer here. It's the first time I have said wow to a Belgian Stout. Complex, but balanced. Leave it to Tomme to perfect a style I thought might never be.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 04/26/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2008
A: Pours thick and brutal. The head is buckskin color, gorgeous and standing to attention. Body is totally ebony, totally opaque.

S: Rich and seductive. Sultry and oily Belgian chocolate, espresso roast, roasted hazelnuts and ice cold milk.

T: Begins really roasted and bitter which gives way to malty chocolate milkshake. This beer moves fast with a lot of different flavors and a lot of different dimensions. As quickly as the chocolate came, the oiliness takes over with licks of licorice. Then comes dry, chocolaty biscuit flavors…much like a biscotti. Finishes mildly hoppy with a decent bit of alcohol vapors. The aftertaste has a touch of lavender and aluminum with lingering roasted barley and powdered cocoa.

M: Full bodied and thick with a touch of carbo sting.

D: Carbonation is a bit prickly in the mouth, nothing that a few swirls of the glass can’t solve. The complexity of this beer is through the roof and the balance is stunning. I’m a huge fan of this imperial stout.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 04/16/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Had this one on tap at O’Brian’s last night.

Pours jet black with a frothy inch of foam that creeps on you if you’re not careful. As the beer was poured there was little to no head until they finished pouring and the foam erupted and overflowed the glass.

Smells heavy on the chocolate, coffee, mocha and slightly earthy on the nose as well. A very appetizing aroma.

Dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries rush the palate on the first sip and a huge roastiness in the finish. Some alcohol near the end. Tastes really fruity and has a roasted profile that compliments the fruit very well.

Smooth on the tongue, almost creamy, with a tangy berry sensation in the finish.

A really tasty Belgian stout.

Served In: Pint Glass

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