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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 429   ABV: 14.3%
For the past two years The Lost Abbey has released a winter barrel aged blended strong ale. This amazing blend of beer has focused on a marriage between Bourbon Barrel Aged Serpents Stout and Brandy Barrel Aged Angelís Share. We believe itís one of the most amazing barrel releases we do each fall. But in the spirit of old recordings and records I started thinking what would happen if we played this one in reverse? Would we hear the Demon himself on the record? So with that, we flipped the blend on its ears and spun it backwards. The result is a blend of Brandy Barrel Aged Serpentís Stout and some Bourbon Barrel Aged Angelís Share. Itís still an epic struggle between good and evil, only this time we slowed it down and played it in reverse.

50belair's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2967) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. One of my favorites of the lot. Dark brown/black pour with no head. Huge caramel and chocolate aromas. Creamy and smooth with luscious chocolate and caramel notes. A little thin in the body, but still outstanding overall.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (978) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2015
375 ml bottle purchased at the brewery in December 2013 for $20.00 (now nicely aged even further). After struggling with the cork, this pours a near pitch black with some dark brown around the edges and some yeastie-floaties low in the glass. Except for a few tan bubbles on the edge, there is basically no carbonation at all (thought Lost Abbey had overcome this issue from a few years ago). AROMA of sweet sticky caramel, various spirits barrel notes (lots of bourbon, some port, but less brandy than I would expect), vanilla, milk chocolate candy, bourbon-soaked marshmallow, butterscotch, maple syrup, and brown sugar. FLAVOR of buttered toffee, sweet bourbon, vanilla, bits of cognac and port wine, chocolate (kind of cafe mocha with some coffee-ness in it), thick molasses, and and a hint of sweet-ish brandy-like booze. This is notably sweeter than others in the Angelís Share family which is a little distracting. The high ABV is generally well hidden but there is some detectable ethyl alcohol (at 14.3%, it is heftier in the booze department compared to the 12%-ish of others in the Angelís Share family). Overall it feels much lighter in body than others in the Angelís Share family (possibly an effect of the almost zero carbonation??). Possibly a weaker link in this excellent family, but still an excellent complex beer for sipping. (68, 974)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gunnfryd (12622) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2015
Fonefan 201214. Black colour wit a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, oak, alcohol, coffee, berries. Flavour is chocolate, oak, alcohol, coffee, berries, caramel, coconut, licorice. Powerful pleasent flavours. world class beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (8610) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
[2/22/15] Bottle at Port Brewing/Lost Abbey in San Marcos. Black with some brown foam. Lovely aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cookies, a bit of cognac and some dark fruits notes. Great sweet flavor with chocolate, cookies, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit notes and an alcoholic note. Full-bodied, rounded mouthfeel. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2015

Bottle 375ml. corked.

[ As Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #6 (Highway to Hell) ].
Clear dark black - red brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, oak, vanilla, alcohol - bourbon. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is ligh to moderate alcoholic. Lovely :o) [20141220]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bartlebier (2671) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
12.7fl corked&caged bottle kindly hauled&shared by oldmanriver. Dubious label, flat dark brown oily pour without any head or action. Aroma drew me back in: rich bourbon vanilla and subtle Mon Chťrie preserved black cherry in chocolate, bourbon-soaked butterscotch cake, some cognac and yet almost no abv burn. Taste is a lusciously layered symphony of dry and woody bourbon barrel tying in together decadant chocolate cherry, a dry raisin edge, before a second dessert of vanilla-dark chocolate ice cream cake kicks in, given depth by a fruity bourbon, more stone fruit and oak cask. Some tawny port character (red fruits), oily mouthfeel with no carbonation. Superb nectar, shame about the lack of "prťsence", but expert in packing & hiding so much chocolate liqueur/liquid candy in a very approachable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1528) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle from JohnnyJ (thanks!). Dark near flat pour. Chocolate, bourbon. Brandy. Reminds me of HotDís version of Pannepeuch. Sweet, toffee, roast -- stoutier than deliverance but in the same vein. Sweet, minimally bitter. I prefer deliverance, but this is alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2177) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Another late-in-the-tasting rating. Low carbonation. Alcohol very forward from the Angelís share; chocolate, molasses. but where is the rich raspberry truffle coming from?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rasmus40 (14262) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. lack without head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, wood and lots of bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 201214

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (36046) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
37.5 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a fully gone tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and liqourice. Sweet. toffee and chocolate. Smooth roasted and lingering caramelish. Lingering toasted malty and toffee finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (7621) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle shared by brew3crew - thanks again, Jason! Pours an opaque brown color with almost no head. Notes of vanilla, fudge, caramel, dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), oak, earth, roasted and chocolate malts, and warming brandy and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, rich, coating mouthfeel. Dangerously smooth, perhaps a little under-carbonated. But damn, I like this blend. Really rich and tasty.

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