RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours light black (?) with a a small light tan head. I’m happy to see a Lost Abbey barrel-aged non-sour beer with some bubbles. Aroma of deep chocolate, maple, molasses, raisin, wood, bourbon, raspberry, and heavily sweetened espresso. Words can’t express how good this smells, especially if you love desserty beers. Flavor begins with a mix of bourbon, alcohol along with maple and thick, dark chocolate. Espresso, brown sugar, raisin, berry, and brandy (along with plenty of heat) make themselves known soon enough. Finishes a bit hot but continues the flavor overdose with chocolate, wood, heat, light char, and an overall sense of your mouth being enveloped in flavor. Full bodied, a bit hot, thick and viscous, but this beer feels a little less heavy than expected. Full flavor, YES. But the alcohol presence does seem to make the beer thinner. The carbonation is spot on for the style though. Light, yet present enough to give the beer a sense of airiness, never calling attention to itself. Just amazingly delicious overall though! Just overwhelming and great.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle from Binnys (Naperville, IL) enjoyed on a cold evening. I passed on these with the Sinners Club because I knew they’d show up on shelves. Pours a very dark brownish black hue, murky with a tiny frothy edges tannish head, dies to a mere ring. Carbonation track record leaves me a little wary. Aroma are rich and big, a ton of barrel off the bat, Bourbon, vanilla, hot spirit, sweeter brandy, sweet and bitter cocoa, caramel, toffee and some dark and dried fruits. Toast and roast come behind, sweet cocoa and creamy caramel mix with the barrel influence up front, which is heavier and present, but very nice. Initial is medium bodied, a big blast of warming spirit, Bourbon and Brandy, more bourbon I personally feel though, or at least it combats the sweeter influence of the brandy, dark chocolate both bitter and sweet, with caramel, toffee, vanilla, toast, biscuits and chocolate chip cookies, some decent roast, coffee grounds and lingering coffee with cream on the backend. What strikes me the most, aside from the barrel is the dark chocolate and bitter roast, coffee.. it seems as though the Serpent Stout portion takes the cake as far as dominance, with the more nuanced dark fruit, toffee, and brandy spirit seeping into the cracks. Granted, this speaks to the beers themselves, and maybe I just like the Serpent’s more, but it does take the dominance. Tasty, finish is roasty, spirit, wet oaky bourbon and brandy with lingering sweeter malts and coffee/dark chocolate. Overall, I liked this quite a bit, although it is a quite large beer.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Black pour with a thin beige head. Nose is chocolate, caramel, brandy and toffee. Caramel flavor with brandy and toffee before a boozy, roasty finish.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brandy Angel Share fudge. Fine carbonation, sweet vanilla, malty brandy booze with a touch of chocolate; bourbon peeks out a little bit as it warms up. Very nice. Fairly light mouthfeel.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep brown with a thin dark tan head. Full nose of Cabernet and chocolate Bourbon. Full flavor of chocolate, vinous fruit, dried fruit, roasted malt, oak, Bourbon and coffee. Viscous mouthfeel.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle - corked & caged 375 ml) Dark copper pour with a creamy tan head. Lots of bourbon, brandy and oak in the aroma with lots of malts, roasted notes and vanilla sweetness. Flavor is amazingly complex. The bourbon and the brandy blend with the oak and vanilla along with the roasted and caramel malts of the two different beers to create something really special. Finishes warm and sweet. I’m kicking myself for only buying one bottle.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
If you’re a fan of bourbon barrel aging, this is right up your alley. Deep dark copper/brown pour with toffee colored lasting head. Moderate lacing. Rich bourbon barrel aroma with toasted marshmallow. I could huff this all night. A fair amount of alcohol heat in the nose that also warms the mouth. Tastes of dark roast espresso beans, dark chocolate, figs, and black cherries. The port brandy wood comes out more in the dry, slightly chalky finish than the primary flavor. An excellent sipping brew. Would love to cellar a few of these.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is full of booze, sharp bourbon, sweet brandy, followed by darker fruits, chocolate, roasted dark malts. Big and assertive. Nice smelling once you get past the heat. Pours dark copper/auburn, head leaves to a lace. The flavor is full of alcohol, lots of bourbon/brandy. More dark fruits, a good deal of serpents stout shows through with roasted burnt malty notes. Brown sugar, vanilla and a big hot finish. Interesting and nice, but way too expensive and a little hot.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle from Friar Tuck. This brew is a murky dark reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Chocolate malt, bourbon and brandy aroma. Rich body with flavors of oaky bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate and molasses. The finish is rich and malty with a vanilla and caramel aftertaste. Very good overall.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to markwise for sharing this bottle ‘o yum. Pours murky copper with tan head. The aroma is full yummy goodness with rich molasses mixing with prunes and figs and a bit of booziness as well as drool inducing caramel candy and chocolate. I do get a bit of harsh heat on the snoot at the end of the draw. The taste is similar with yummy caramel, rich prunes, some mild boozy harshness and rich near velvety chocolate (that seems to be at odds with the harsher notes). It seems the smooth chocolate comes out ahead in a struggle that reaches into the depths of the after taste. Wow! Yum. Need to get one of these to lay down in the cellar next to SeaBass (from cigar city).