Tasting: June 4, 2011
Style: Double Imperial Stout
Lost Abbey? A must try brewery for any enthusiast and a surprise find at Cold Spring Beverage in Yardley. I picked up two bombers of their Red Barn Ale and two bombers of this stout. I’ve had a lot of coffee stouts of late — and don’t get me wrong — I love them (see Peche Mortal, KBS or Beer Geek Brunch Weasel), but old school stouts are a standard favorite of mine. I prefer stout in the winter months — there’s nothing like the combination of a hearty warming stout and a cold winter’s night. But since it’s June and only 65 degrees outside — we’ll give this one a go.
The pour gives me a massive head — I probably was a bit overzealous in my pour. I see large bubbles in the head, so I assume it’ll dissipate quickly and it does. Big time roasted malts on the nose — baker’s bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee. My first taste is wow! Thick mouthfeel, hit with alcohol burn (11% ABV by the way). Get the same dark chocolate and roasted coffee. I get some oak notes. This one has a solid bitterness to the finish. The alcohol is double edged here — I like the warming sensation, but I think the astringency keeps this from being a classic. I’m going to put this one right at 90 points.