Dead Man’s
Game

Described as an “Oak Aged Blended Ale”, the 12.7oz corked & caged affair – I think from 2017, and found in a random Ohio bottle shop for $16.99 –  opens with an almost complete lack of carbonation and with a predictable if still disappointing pathetic pfftt rather than a pop on removing the cork. At this age, with this ABV and given the problems that Lost Abbey used to have with carbonation, I was expecting nothing else. Knew full well I was taking a chance, and was prepared to lose the money on this one.

The nose is basically pure barrel solvent.

The beer threatens to be incredibly hot, but it drinks much smoother than one first might think – I bet it was uber-hot originally. There’s a ton of vanilla but in no way is this sweet. It’s not especially rich or smooth in the mouthfeel either, and this is definitely more like whisky than port. The backend and the finish are really rather dry, and the beer lingers a little with some hot bitterness, That’s to be expected of course, but the vanilla whisky notes really do burn a little. As it warms it evens out in the finish and becomes sweeter than I first thought.

This really isn’t my cup of tea, but I actually liked it more than I thought I might (or perhaps disliked it less). It’s pretty complex and it definitely brings a whisky element, so don’t go anywhere near this if you cannot tolerate such.

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02/14/2024
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bottle
ABV: 14.0 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
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