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 Angel’s Share (not that Serpents Stout is bad, by any means). Guess I just like the older vintage better. Rating is an average.
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into snifter. Off the bat, strong aromas of bourbon and brandy, wow! No head, looks like coke. Smells amazing! Bourbon and brandy with dark fruit, some vanilla and brown sugar. It tastes mostly like bourbon with brandy backbone and raisins. It's sticky and thick. One of my top favorites!
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jbruner (2298) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black room the bottle with thick brown head that leaves great lace. Aroma is big on the barrel, chocolate and vanilla awesomeness. Taste follows, a bit more of the wood on the mouth. Thick and viscous. All that I expected but still a little absurdly priced at $15 for a 375.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle caged and corked. Dark mahogany with a red tint with no head. Nose is sweet sweet brandy. Figs, raisin, Bourbon. Taste is sweet dark fruit with a lot of booze and barrel. Warming bittersweet booze warming finish. I think this bottle was a bit flat.
tmoreau (2380) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 12.7 oz. bottle, viscously poured to snifters, displaying a mahogany highlighted, black/brown hue, with a modest but fleeting, bubbly, brownish tan head, and equally diminishing, spots & streaks of lacing, but a nice, tinted glow to the glass. The nose presented an initially quick hint of soy, then substantial roasted notes, and dark fruit. Full bodied, rich, bourbony & boozy, but quite smooth, with caramelly sweetness, and barrel influenced vanilla making more of a statement upon warming. An excellent, final offering to our weekly tasting session! Thanks, Tim!
dfinney23 (1650) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The brandy is overwhelmed by the bourbon. How’s that for nitpicking? Aroma is almost all bourbon. Taste is more complex with chocolate, molasses and licorice.
mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 2014.03.11 - Lost Abbey Deliverance Ale. 375ml (?) bottle in pint glass. Complex stout a la Bourbon County or similar. Caramel/roasted malt to slight alcohol burn to cocoa finish. My first Lost Abbey, a good one. Minimal review as I am eating dinner.
WillDunn (28) - - MAR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh on tap. Excellent blend of Lost Abbey's BBA Serpent Stout and Angel's Share, with distinct bourbon and brandy notes. Great flavor and a nice burn on the finish, if thinner than a few of the more viscous barrel aged stouts.
oRos (1097) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taste from friend at capitol beer and taproom. Pours black with brown head. This beer is big, roasted malts, oak, bourbon, vanilla
redtechnj (203) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma- Roasted malt, bourbon, alcohol,chocolate
Appearance- a bip pop of the cork leads to this thick syrupy, almost black beer with absolutely no head.
Flavor- Heavy sweet with a bitter roasted malt finish, bourbon/brandy alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, slight oak