thirdeye11 (5711) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(375ml bottle) near black pour but no head at all, surprise surprise. Nose is very complex, vanilla, bourbon, brandy, barrel, graham cracker and milk chocolate. Taste of bourbon, raisin, alcohol, smooth, milk chocolate, brandy, vanilla (real!), complex and excellent.
Geokkjer (6298) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottke. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, coffee, nuts and soy sauce. Flavor is sweer and roasted with some soy sauce and caramel. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Really nice beer.
MadIndian (2526) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 Iíll make it simple. This company does everything right.
Strong roast and chocolate notes. Dry coffe, chocolate and bitter flavors. Add some hops and water and look out.
Re -rate 2/21/12 On draft at Issacs. FFS Tremendous.
Bendrixian (1255) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black colour, no head, no carbonation,light lace. huge aromas, very wine like mixed with malted roast notes. i get a hint of oak as well. very complex and has a real boozy sweetness that comes out as well. On the palate it is hot and boozy with rich vanilla and butterscotch notes and charcoal. very long length. very complex. very very nice
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle. Pours a very dark, opaque brown with almost no head at all and the thinnest ring of lace. Huge malt presence on the nose with lots of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. The brandy is fairly subdued on the nose but thereís also a lot of stewed fruit and a certain earthy quality. Weighty and rich on the palate with most of the notes from the nose coming through. Long warm finish.
reggiedunlop (3396) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep brown/black with a thin mocha head. Aroma is very roasty and complex with notes of dark fruit...fig...bourbon, vanilla, chocolate...winey and boozy. Flavor has smooth vanilla and bourbon up front with subtle dark fruit following...spicy hop notes, slightly winey, fig...sweet and roasty. Mouthfeel is creamy...only slightly lively...with a very roasty, warming finish that displays nice bourbon. Awesome.
jkwood04 (4422) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a thick, lacy, tan head. Aroma strong of roasted malts, chocolate, a little coffee, bourbon and brandy and the alcohol that comes with these, and some nice hops to balance it out. Flavor an incredible blend of these two beers that are both great on their own - the Serpentís stout and bourbon really come through in the aftertaste. Thick and smooth. A great beer.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Black, no head, a few bubbles around the edge
of the glass. Aroma is: Bourbon, chocolate, coconut, raisin and a tart wine like twang at the end. Flavor is: chocolate, coconut, bourbon, wood, booze. It finishes with a tart brandy note. This beer would be so much better without the brandy barrel. I havenít cared much for the double barrel aged beers. Mouthfeel was a big let down, but I knew there was a chance for little to no carbonation. More bubbles would have made this a much better
beer too. Dissapointing.
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to PretzelCity for this.
3.5 A: Black color. One finger of creamy light brown head that has average retention given the ABV and leaves no lacing.
5.0 S: I personally didnít care much for regular Serpentís and Iím not a huge fan of any brandy barrel beer, but this combination is exquisite. The bourbon is a lot stronger than the brandy and the resulting intensity from each blends together almost perfectly. Anyway, the bourbon in this is smooth with a low booziness. Flavors include a good bit of leather, toastiness, a slight touch of peat, and subtle fruitiness. The brandy adds a nice vinous component. The barrels add a good bit of vanilla and oak. The underlying stouts lend a surprisingly soft roastiness with plenty of sweet caramel and molasses. A light sugariness with dark fruits and emphasis on plum and raisin. Very, very nice.
4.5 T: I donít know what this was like fresh, but at this point itís quite smooth and the booze is well in check. Bourbon and brandy again work very well together. Iíve had a few other bourbon + brandy beers and none of them have worked together at all, let alone as well as they do in this brew. Leathery bourbon with touches of peat and char. Woody, vinous brandy. Again good vanilla and oak. The base beers play second fiddle to the barrel treatments, but this is so good that I donít care (I usually do). Lots of caramel, molasses, and some brown sugar. Plum, raisin, prune, and tobacco fruitiness.
4.0 M: Medium to perhaps heavier medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower that what is typical for the style, but it works just as well. The problem is that this is missing the rich, velvety creaminess that I come to expect from beers of this nature. Very smooth though.
4.5 D: Best LA beer Iíve had. I didnít think Iíd enjoy this nearly as much as I have, but Iím glad I did.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-13-2011 23:14:51
JoePeesie (907) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The most carbonated beer Iíve had from LA in ages a frothy 2mm head after a vigorous poor. Itís a solid brew. I no longer drop cash on LA myself- I figure if they donít care enough to fix the carbonation problem I donít care enough to drop the cash. I am still glad I received this beer as a toss in on a trade. If it was carbonated properly it would be a 5 Iím certain. As delivered it is what it is: a 13 yr old boy- totally flat and loaded with potential.
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