brokensail (12890) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black in color with no head. Intense aromas of whiskey and booze with quite a bit of vanilla. A nice chocolate smell to it as well as some mild roast and burnt sugar notes. The flavor is quite intense. Lots of chocolate, whiskey, and vanilla to go with burnt sugar, molasses, and a bit of roasted malt.
daknole (10220) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lost Abbey Barrel Night. Deep brown pour, nice brown head. We sampled 2 barrels that night. One was mellow and fudgy the other was a hot and awesome bourbon bomb! Rich flavors of vanilla, cocoa, espresso, roast, bourbon, oak shined in both and when we blended them...oh hell!
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Single Barrel (#935 - the hot one from the barrel night). On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours with a pitch black body with a lasting brown head with some decent lace. Aromas are huge, bourbon, fudgy, tobacco, chocolate, vanillin. Somewhat sharp alcohol and barrel character. Flavors are nutty, fudge, bourbon, molasses. Alcohol is a bit smoother on the tongue than in the nose. Lots of tannic bitterness and vanillin. Medium to lively bubbles, dryish, tannic, warming. Good stuff in small quantities.
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unlabeled 22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks, Blake! Good to know people, as this one was a real rarity. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small tan head that settles into a film and ring. The aroma is very woody initially, with barrel notes emerging more as it warms- then big bourbon kicks in with milder vanilla, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Flavor of roasted malts, wood, earth, vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, boozy, woody mouthfeel and light carbonation. Really opened up upon warming. Doesn’t seem to have the same complexity as the Serpent’s Stout, which was surprising. Excellent nonetheless.
bb (7382) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a dark tan head. Bourbon and chocolate aroma. Bourbon, chooclate, and light coffee flavor. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon, chocolate and light oak linger with light roast and light vanilla. Nice beer that brings together the flavors well, but just didn’t have quite enough to put it over the top.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Paul for getting me to this! Poured oily black with just a loose ring of dark tan head sticking around. The aroma picked up sweeter and a tad tangy bourbon over brewer’s licorice, baker’s chocolate, and molasses.. the barrel was well integrated with the base beer, and I enjoyed the kick it had on the back of the nose. The flavor opened syrupy with maple and molasses leading.. peppery alcohol, bourbon, and a hint of rye surrounded.. sticky-sweet across the middle.. finished warm, tangy, and near perfectly balanced.. this was delicious! Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. quite roasty.. the barrel did very good things with this one, and I’d love to try it again.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: An big overly boozy and overly bourbonny chocolaty Imperial Stout. Decent sipper, inferior to the original.
How: Tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2010.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: You take the Serpents Stout, tone down the roastiness, add a whole lot of booze and a lot of bourbon. Somehow it kept the bitter black chocolate of the original and not much vanilla was added. Anyway, this is a step down from the original. I really don’t get what’s so good about those boozy bourbon heavy beer. I wish there was more people like me to express their disagreement with this new beer trend but most people like me either die very young or are locked-away from society.
JohnnyJ (4871) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at 4th anniversary party. Oily pitch black pour, small tan head. Dark chocolate, with some sweet milk chocolate as well, raisins, roasted dark malt, bourbon oak, and warming alcohol. This beer is very big, Personally I love it, but wouldnt want to drink much.
joeneugs (4115) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beer Revolution. It pours jet black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is very strong with bourbon, burned wood barrel and fudge. The flavor is very alcoholic with lots of wood and chocolate. Theres a hint of dark fruit in a very hot finish. This almost tasted a little young for me, but it was still a extremely well made BB stout.
kaser (4001) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is old but I think they age well. Black pour with a ton of brown creamy head. Roasty flavor. Chipotle and cocoa blend with a sense pallet. Big but hides the ABV well. Yummy