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RATINGS: 633   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Our first release of the embodiment of good versus evil in a barrel-aged blend. Part bourbon barreled The Serpent’s Stout, and part brandy barreled The Angel’s Share, this is our most anticipated release of the summer.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Slipstream (2024) - USA - JUN 5, 2011
A hearty thanks to my cousin for cracking open this beauty! So it is half bourbon barrel aged stout + half brandy barrel aged Angel’s Share (which is a barley wine, I think, and a superb, top-rated brew on its own). Interesting aroma is malty, sweet, and floral. The barrel aging and blending results in a beer that is very complex and flavorful. There is a lot going on - warmth, coffee, sharp hops, a touch of brandy, some bourbon notes, an interesting sensation on the palate - and it is all blended nicely and in balance. This really is something special - awesome brew!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: I was afraid this bottle was going to explode all over the place like their Framboise de Amorosa did, so I opened this bottle in the shower. Luckily, I will be able to enjoy the whole bottle and instead of having to share the majority of the bottle with my floor. Once poured, a beautiful beer fills my English pint glass with a dark mahogany liquid with a brown tint. There was a creamy yet delicate layer of foam head that lasted around throughout the drink. As for the nose, a rich and robust scent of sweet sugary malt and earthy wood barrel dominate the aroma. The palate is so smooth and gentle like a soft piece of velvet, but there is still a moderate level of carbonation. Flavors explode on the taste buds of my tongue and range from a mixture or earthy notes of wood barrel, vanilla, cocoa powder, maple syrup and a touch of sweet spice such as cinnamon. The finish is a rich aftertaste and leaves behind a trace of pumpkin pie. This is truly delighting ale, and feel so lucky to have gotten to drink it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2011
12.7oz. bottle from Justin. Release date Aug. 28, 2010. Appears to pour black, but when held to a bright light, is really reddish/brown. Head is tan. Though it dissipates fairly rapidly, gentle swirriling will maintain a moderate head. A lot of pop when opened, but no overflow. Aroma is bourbon/brandy, as it should be, with vanilla, faint dark fruit and roasted malt. Taste is bourbon/brandy through and through, with vanilla, some dark fruit and just a touch of chocolate. Body is thickish and syrupy. Finish is smooth and boozy. This is a fantastic ale.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2011
375ml Bottle - No apparent bottling date. Pours a dark black/brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt, cocoa, brown sugar, wood/barrel, caramel, toffee, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, brandy, and some heat. Taste is exactly the same; totally delicious blend of all the flavors, slight heat on the very tail end. I imagine this beer is fairly fresh, and could definitely stand to age much longer. This could easily be close to a 5 point beer with some proper age on it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
28-05-11 Bouteille: Noir, avec un moyen collet de mousse blanche. Au premiers aromes, on croit sentir la angel’s share, c’est a dire brandy, sirop d’érable, caramel, petits fruits. En la brassant unpeu, le bourbon fait surface, mais en puissance, en laissant également de fortes notes de chocolats. Un de ces principaux défauts est qu’elle est trop sucrée et vue la puissance du bourbon, fini par tomber sur le coeur. Mélange très complexe et très intéressant a essayer. Corps puissant avec une texture riche et crémeuse. Finale centrée sur le bourbon qui trop de place et élimine les notes plus délicates de brandy et d’érable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle thanks to bungletronics. Deep brown with a khaki head. Nose is brandy, wood, chocolate, and syrup. Great palate, chocolate, brandy, wood, molasses, great finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2011
bottle thanks to sean. poured black with a thin beige head. aroma was simply fantastic with fudge, grape, bourbon, vanilla, apple, and caramel. flavor was fudge, grape, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, and dark roast. body was medium with low-medium carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (889) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle split with ewestern, thanks Eric. Aroma is sweet malts, bourbon, and oak. Notes of dark fruit, molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanillia, and chocolate. Palate is chewey and thick. Flavor is sweet bringing out a hint of coffee, finishing a little dry. Damn good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
375 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that leaves a very small amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty awesome. Big bourbon, light vanilla, caramel, brandy, light leather, a bit of oak, chocolate, and a decent amount of alcohol. All the flavors come together quite nicely. The initial taste is sweet with some plum and bourbon. You also get some caramel, oak, chocolate, and brandy. The finish is pretty boozy with significant alcohol heat. Medium body. Low carbonation. Enjoyable beer. I would have rated the taste higher if there wasn’t so much alcohol too it. I’m curious if this will get much better with time.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Pour is close to black but dark brown on the edges with a very small tan head. The head fades instantly and doesn’t leave much lacing at all. Aroma is extremely boozy with some hints of vanilla, darker fruits, and roasted malts. Flavor is very heavy on the alcohol in both the body and the finish. Some hints of sweet vanilla, buttered bread, and chocolate, but its mostly just bourbon. Very thick and viscous mouth-feel.


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