drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deliverance pours an almost black color. Very very dark brown. A small one finger head is poured but quickly disappears. Yes people itís carbonated. Clap! Clap!
With the smell you can definitely tell that the Angelís Share took over this beer. If I would guess on the blend I would say 75% AS and maybe 25% Serpents Stout. Still itís pretty damn unique and amazing. The Brandy presence comes through nicely, mixed in with a butterscotch aroma, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak. Small amount of booze. Itís lovely.
Taste is just as good. Itís a nice and sweet taste. Once again the inviting presence of butterscotch. Chocolate, Caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, brandy, and oak. Itís complex. The alcohol is more noticeable in the taste. But sitting at 12.50% what do you expect. Itís a sipper. Itís to be enjoyed over a long period of time. No need to rush with this one.
Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and creamy. It coats the tongue and just sits there.
arkurzynski (1717) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at Central Waters anniversary party. Deep brown/black with no head. Soft cocoa, lightly roasted malts, sweet vanilla, and faint bourbon. Flavor is velvety chocolate, lightly sweet residual malt, a touch of roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and faint dark fruit. Palate is ultra smooth and feels thinner than expected. Residual cocoa and sweet, stick malt. Dangerously drinkable.
Getbetter (952) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a tap,dark red in color,minimum brownish head,bourbon notes,itís ok but definitely not worth $15 a 350ml bottle.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is full of bourbon and brandy notes that intertwine and really make the boozy nature of this beer apparent. The appearance of this beer is a deep dark brown color that is almost black but not. It pours with a brown/mocha colored head that fades away quickly. The taste is really very interesting. You can taste the two beers individually in each sip. When you take a sip you first are blasted with the brandy barrel-aged Angels share which is quickly soothed by the smooth texture of the bourbon barrel-aged serpent stout. It is a wonderfully complex beer that even at the 12.5% ABV makes me wonder if that is simply what the blend is before going into the barrel together.
Chalsk (1090) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with caramel colored head. Aroma of roast, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. Some vanilla notes and earthiness. Sweet roasty chocolate taste with dark fruit, bitters, and vanilla notes on the back end. Spice from the barrel. This one is hot. Very good. But should age gracefully. Smooth out some.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of cherry, molasses, vanilla and strong toffee. Pours deep black/red with a medium tan head. Tastes delicious with coffee, chocolate cherries and just a hint of toffee. Fantastic brew and a little too easy to drink. I want more of these!
mixmasterob (942) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Santa. Huge thanks! Almost black pour, opaque with some good signs of carbonation. Thanks Lost Abbey! Left a small beige head that faded quickly to thin collar. The Angels Share jumped out of the glass first with big notes of brandy, wood and caramel. The SS lingered in the background with small hints of chocolate. Flavors were quite boozy. Lots of caramel, brandy, hints of wood and a mild cocoa finish. The SS added a roasty complexity to the mix of sweet boozy goodness that is Angels Share. Overall this blend worked nicely, quite complex with lots going on. Canít wait for another bottle...
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into snifter, no head, dark but not impy stout dark. Strong brandy vanilla head, reminiscent of the angels share. Bold smokey flavors up front, vanilla and oak, bourbon and brandy, getting a lot more of the strong ale than the stout. Very interesting, will try it again, despite the price tag.
Theis (14290) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Almost black - offwhite head. Bourdon, coconut, light burned notes, roasted, fruity, raisins, dried fruits, dark sugar, vanilla, light boozy notes, wooden, high sweetness, light sharpness, light bitterness, licorice. Low carbonation. Nice.
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 4, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Smells intense but subtle. The Angels share pops out first, full-on brandy complexity. Some sophisticated chocolate and word follows. Earthy. Bourbon. Prune. Vanilla. Brown sugar. A hint of pepper. So very complicated, and intricate.
The taste is a clear blend of the two beers, Angels Share followed closely by Serpentís Stout, and finishes dry with a hint of dry semisweet fruity malty chocolate.
Very smooth creamy texture. Full bodied.
I think this may be the most complicated and best beer Iíve ever imbibed. I donít have words to meet it.