hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 bottle. Thanks for sharing desert fox. Pitch black. Very little to no head. Good lacing. Very smooth strong ale. Nice blend. Bourbon and dark fruit notes
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. This one pours a very dark mahogany brown color with hints of cherry red and crowned by a thin dark tan colored head of film. There is minimal spots of lacing left behind, but some nice staining sheeting that shows the viscosity of the brew. The aroma is really nice and is based in dark chocolate, toasted caramel, and rich toffee malts. Maple syrup, vanilla, and dark fruits lend further depth, while apple brandy sweetness and bourbon oak tie everything together. There is a hint of roast along with some warming from the alcohol. The flavors follow and are based in the dark chocolate and toasted caramel to go with some burnt oak and vanilla. Some earthen hops add a touch of bitterness on the back end. The bourbon adds a touch of toasted nuts, while the brandy barrel adds the signature caramel apples. Nearly full bodied and smooth with plenty of warmth from the alcohol while the balanced carbonation leads to a sticky sweet finish. Just a touch boozy with some warm cloying sugars is all that holds this back. Either way it is a really tasty brew that Iím glad I have a couple more of. Another great barrel aged beer from Lost Abbey.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cork came out silent. Fuck. I thought we were past this? So it sits there in the glass...with a little head, so maybe theyíre be something in the way of carbonation....the body is a pretty dark, somewhat muddy-opaque brown. Nose hits with bourbon..some molasses, raisin, vanilla, rum...you know, those sophisticated adult-type dessert characteristics. Ok, theres some carbonation, but more certainly wouldnít hurt. Flavorwise..more bourbon, some wood, a bit of vanilla-laden sweetness but not overly so...pretty boozy though, actually..touches being hot at times yet the body seems a little thin at the same time...the finish is where this beer fails though....it kind of dwindles into wet cardboard and leaves unpleasantness in the mouth. So..Iíd say a big boozy bourbon beer with a lighter than desired body and a finish of wet cardboard. Well, that kinda sounds a bit worse than it actually is...but whatever, thatís my forte.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown/black appearance with a tiny dark brown head. Very aromatic nose with dark brown malts, a bit of alcohol, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and Brandy. Dark stout-like body with the alcohol, bitterness, and hoppiness of a Barleywine. Thereís oak, vanilla, and Bourbon mixed in there too. Incredibly smooth. Delicious oak, vanilla, and Bourbon finish and aftertaste. Iím blown away.
Sammy (8024) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In a word, smooth. Pours black bodied with a small thick head. Pleasant and roasty aromas. Tasty stoutish and also strong dark stuff, with bourbon in distant secondary, which is a good thing.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little cloying, overly sweet, ok carbonated. Flavors are like dead dark chocolate, some caramel, soy, big soy, syrup, fig. Overall just not my cup of beer. Shame on the cost factor.
BeerandBlues2 (9000) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a small to spare, rocky tan head, little to no retention or lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, nutty, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of wood, alcohol, raisin, prune, date, port, and maple syrup. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, dark fruit), light hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of wood, alcohol, raisin, prune, date, port, maple syrup, and vanilla. Full body, high warmth, low carbonation and creaminess with a sweet texture and dry and biting finish. Unfortunately, another under-carbonated barrel-aged beer from Lost Abbey. The aroma starts out giving me hope, but the alcohol hotness and lack of carbonation really detract from the rest of the experience. At least this was not as expensive as the barrel Angelís Share.
jonno (2092) - JAPAN - DEC 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive in every sense. Fantastically blended. You have the fire of the angelís share with the stealth and lushness of the serpentís stout. Big body. Big flavour. Big burn haha. Actually itís not overally hot, just a real assault on hte senses - in a good way. Very highly recommended.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] shared by Armin. Thanks! Pours a clear deep brown with a soapy beige head. Aroma is pretty boozy, fair amount of bourbon and wet oak, light vanilla, moderate sweetness, coconut, roasted malts, and somewhat sweet caramel. Fairly hot, but well balanced, bourbon is fairly prominent, roasty for sure, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, perfect carbonation. Really a nice, nice beer.
48FanInCali (648) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very similar to Angels Share which makes sense since it is a blend that includes the great ale. Pours black with a thin head that is basically non-existent. Great on the nose. Tastes of bourbon, brandy, fruit, malt, caramel. A bit sweeter than AS. Overall a great ale.