TXBadger (1381) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, not much head. Fig, dark fruit, and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet.
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At my place over an empty pool with group. Aroma is huge musky fig, burnt plum, bourbon, raisins. Taste is very nice, somehow smooth boozy full sweet raisins. Great full flavored sugar raison bite. Finish is long and nice and brandy forward.
WillRunForBeer (672) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Ale House. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of raisin, chocolate, dates, vanilla oak, lots of bourbon and brandy. Nice and full in the mouth without being too heavy. Complex flavor with all ot the above. A nice sipper, for sure!
njnut (238) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured at a tasting. Black with a nice tan head and thick lace. The aroma is amazing, and complex. I can pick up the bourbon, some oak, dark fruits, and vanilla. Maybe all together the aroma is taken as winey. The taste was equal to the aroma, this is a bozzy one with the alcohol coming out in the finish. This is as close to drinking velvet as I would think. Pure heaven.
jntfan1978 (44) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet black with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, raisins, and toasted oak. Rich flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon flavors. Such a creamy mouthfeel and smooth.
stoutnick (530) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Coke-like colour with some tan lacing. Amazing aroma - brandy comes out in almost fruity smell; but that is only the beginning of the aroma! Little bit of vanilla. Taste leans more towards the serpent stout vibe with some minor bourbon flavours alongside the malty bitterness. Dark fruits and some tangy marscapone flavour. Donít think I enjoyed drinking this one nearly as much as that lovely smell. Not such a fun beer sadly as too much going on; all in different directions. Nice vanilla finish. Respect this one but donít have much affection. In my opinion a somewhat confused beer with an identity crisis - the definition of a blended ale.
fitwitchik (310) - USA - APR 6, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle purchased at Lost Abbey Brewery into a Lost Abbey Pint glass a thick motor oil with a tan head.
Aroma is exquisite. Vanilla bourbon.
Flavor is rich dark fruit with plenty of vanilla booziness. Finish is like velvet to the tongue. Extraordinary!
circinus (209) - SWEDEN - APR 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 33 cl at Rotary pub. Pitch black, no head. Distinct dark fruits, raisins, figs, slight chocolate, slight licorice, wood. Vanilla, fudge, rum, some alcohol, quite sweet. Full body, smooth, vanilla/fruity finish. Very nice, all of the characteristics fit well together.
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 ounce bottle - $14.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Gurgles out an inky, blank body with a smallish, but dense, dark tan head.
Smell: Blended malts leaning towards roasted with noticed inclusions of the sublime bourbon and brandy barrel aging. Bittersweet chocolate, nutty sweet syrups. Heavy on the dark fruits.
Taste: Roasty maltiness, dark chocolate fudge, a spoonful of maple syrup. A few flecks of char. Blend of the robust brandy and bourbon notes. Deep dark fruitiness, prunes and dates. Splash of tawny port. Low hint of anise. A little perceived saltiness precedes the soft, roasty, chocolaty finish followed by lingering warmth and sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.
Overall: Let us all enjoy the wonder of Deliverance Ale!
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage draught at Deep Ellum, Summer of 2011
Very deep, dark amber-brown body shows high clarity and a large off-white head that shows moderate retention.
Very bright, vinous, nearly liquorous-like fruitiness in the nose is complimented by plentiful sweet, candied cherries, chocolate and a drying, tannic, oak and alcohol character. Very strong aroma, but even as the glass wore on, it never got uncontrollably boozey. Lots of malt layers, with caramel, pale malts and even a touch of very light roast. Wherever the fruitiness is coming from, it really makes the nose, brightening all of the deep, dark stout flavors and heavy barrel tannins/woodiness.
Strong notes of amber maltiness and light chocolate are easily disrupted by a softer oak woodiness and candied raspberry sweetness. Vanilla, oranges, cherries, raisins, and so on. Very complex beer and significantly more dry than the original batches of Angels Share, IMO. The alcohol actually seems to work proactively here to dry out all of the chocolate and roast and this forward fruitiness keeps it very drinkable. Delicious, top notch!
2013 vintage on draught at Publick House on 3/20/14
Much, much darker and thicker than the 2011 vintage in all aspects. Color, viscosity, flavor. Again, though, I wasnt blown away by the alcohol or heat. Yes, of course it was a powerful beer and probably too thick moreso than too boozey, if anything. Chocolate and vanilla, candied prunes and chocolate covered cherries. Quite a bit going on here for sure and certainly very supple and thick/chewy. I like it, but it seems more given to a vintage BA stout than it does the more moderate strong ale sensibilities of Angelís Share (not that Serpents Stout is bad, by any means). Guess I just like the older vintage better. Rating is an average.