Caskalefan (158) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This one is beautiful, and it doesnít make squeal like Maxwell the pig. :biggrin:
Itís a blend of bourbon barrel aged Serpent Stout and brandy barrel aged The Angelsí Share.
Thereís more brandy than bourbon in both the nose and the flavor, and the alcohol is very restrained for the 12.5% abv
The flavor is immensely complex with brandy, chocolate, caramel, raisin, (big) plum, fig, date, pecan, leather, tobacco, vanilla, oak, rum, cardamom, and a touch of smoke.
The body is more silky than syrupy, and the carbonation is very soft and minimal.
This is a perfect marriage of the two beers, and I find it a notch or two better than even Firestone Walker 15, and definitely the best (non sour) beer that Iíve tasted from Lost Abbey.
pilgrimoutlaw (880) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Iron Abbey. I was surprised by how much I like this given that I donít like Angel Share. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Medium creamy body. Moderate sweetness complements aroma well. Dropped the rating a little bit because itís quite boozy. I expect that it would change with age.
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. incredible....two of my favorite beers blended together. like the day i found out that the allman brothers jammed with derek and the dominoes and recorded/released it. syrupy thick deep brown pour. so thick, it sticks to the sides of the glass like wine curtains. head is minimal. lots of caramel with sweet, candy-like, brandy notes. the flavor is very sweet with caramel and nuts. sweet nutty brandy and bourbon notes in the finish similar to crunch and munch with peanut clusters. carbonation is higher than i hoped with a bit of fizz in the mouth. full body. warm finish of course. a great one timer for me. these two beers are just too undeniable on their own. i wonít be wearing the surface off this beer like i did my "layla sessions" cd, but man it was good once.
rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this beer! Super sweet, plum filled aroma, with caramel notes. Big, sweet flavor, which is very smooth for a big Belgian yeast pitch. Wood like to see just a hair more head retention. This guy will get better and better with age.
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, minimal creamy tan head. Sweet aroma. Bourbon all over in all profiles. I get some vanilla. Full bodied, very smooth. Delicious.
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark with tan head. Smell is sweet, smpkey and woody with a presence of alcohol. Tastes like chocolate, caramel and sweet liquor flavors. Amazing
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] Dense black appearance, modest head formation. Big creamy vanilla bourbon aroma, alcohol very prevalent. Alcohol and bourbon notes defintely prevalent on the palate too but thereís much more complexity: dark roasted chocolate, big jammy fruits and cream. This is one big tastey brew, definitely one to sip and savor.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2012 Bottle from Bev4less. Strong aroma of bourbon is pretty much the gist in the nose. Flavor is much more full and accommodating of the entire palate. Deeply complex chocolate, molasses, caramel, cream, vanilla, etc. notes in the mouth. I can only liken this to Founders KBS, as that is the most similar beer Iíve had. Awesome beer.
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Nik925 (782) - USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit muted on the aroma. A fantastic mellowness to this huge damn beer. The alcohol is definitely there, but it all comes together. The barrel flavor is balanced nicely, the burbon and brandy are not directly tastable. Regular lineup of flavors for Angles Share & Serpents, but a lot more body and sweetness come out. Sweetness kept in check by the other elements and together balance out the alcohol flavor leaving a nice presence.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally rating this. Draft at iron abbey. Pitch black pour with a very nice fluffy head. Aroma is heavy alcohol with some smooth chocolate. Taste has some hotness to it but is nicely rounded with a hefty body. The creamy texture is fantastic. Thereís a mild fruitiness that I attribute to the brandy portion. I snagged a few bottles of this to age.