Here we have the two faces of Port Brewing. As you may or not know, Lost Abbey is the mostly “Belgian” arm of the brewery while Port brewing acts like a California brewery, producing big flavorful beers like Mongo and Wipeout IPA. Here we have two “special” releases in cage & cork 12.7 oz bottles.
Tasting: March 16, 2012
Style: Imperial Stout
“A malt beverage aged in oak barrels — Not your dad’s 30 weight!” says the label. Assuming a comparison of the color and viscosity of this stout to old engine oil. It seems the color is on the mark — very opaque, but a thinnish looking pour. With a high ABV, no surprise that the head retreats quite quickly. Very strong aroma of dark chocolate. Taste is a big mouthful of roasted malt in the form of that same dark chocolate, chicory, molasses, some figs and raisins. Also get bourbon notes of vanilla and oak. Not as thick as I would expect and a little boozy. I’ll give it big props for complexity and big flavor and take marks off for the solvency of the alcohol and thinnish mouthfeel. But I still enjoyed the experience enough put it at 91 points.
Tasting: March 17, 2012
Style: Ale – American Strong
Lost Abbey is inspired beer for saints and sinners alike. The label asks: What type of person are you a “deliver us from evil” or “lead us not into temptation”? Either way, the end of the world is upon us and that this ale was brewed as a morbid tribute to our last days. I’m really amped up to try this ale. It is a blend of Serpent’s Stout (90 points) that was additionally aged in bourbon barrels and Angel’s Share (I haven’t had – yet) that was additionally aged in brandy barrels. This one pours as dark as Older Viscosity. Aroma of dark cherries, subtle chocolate and a nose full of alcohol vapors. Another complex offering — but it’s all tucked behind strong alcohol and some fizziness. Raisins, dates, caramel, vanilla and oddly it all ends with a strong fudge flavor. Body is slightly more full than Older Viscosity. I love it 93.