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RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Getbetter (939) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
From a tap,dark red in color,minimum brownish head,bourbon notes,it’s ok but definitely not worth $15 a 350ml bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1090) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2012
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2012
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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixmasterob (938) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
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. Can’t wait for another bottle...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2012
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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 4, 2012
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 Serpent’s 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 I’ve ever imbibed. I don’t have words to meet it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerbeer (4) - - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
This beer has just the right amount of alcohol flavor for a 12 percent beer. The carbonation is light as expected but the mouthfeel is not as thick as I imagined. The taste is good and complex, the bourbon and brandy are to thank, and they are not too overpowering. All in all a good beer but with a price this high it is good on occasion. However on harsh comparison it is hard to justify on taste alone, but when considering the effort required to make a blended barrel aged masterpiece, you wont think twice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Opaque black color with a thin, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts, red wine, vanilla, toffee, wood, and alcohol. Taste of red wine, roast, various dark fruits, vanilla, sherry wood, and some alcohol in the finish.


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