TheEpeeist (3058) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz bottle. Murky dark brown with a tan haze. Nose is chocolate, molasses, bourbon, raisin and coffee. Not quite a full body with zesty carb. Taste is dark chocolate and sour cherry with a splash of cognac. Dry finish with grapefruit and coffee. More on the stouty side but hard to separate out the two base beers. Nicely blended.
dcschiller (2157) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample courtesy of sparky! Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aroma of bourbon/brandy. Sweet in a bourbony way. Medium bodied with creamy texture. Finish is a little ashy and alcohol. Very nice beer. Smooth.
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by spencerDB. Thanks Spence. Very nIce nose: rich caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light roast. Flavor is well balanced. One of the better blended non-sours I have had in some time.
dionysus (1446) - Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2012 Bottle with huge thanks to daknole! Bottle pours deep brown/black with a creamy beige head that flattens out and sits on top of the darkness like a buckwheat pancake. Aroma shows chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt, oak, with some vanilla poking out after warming. Flavor shows the same but this is where the brandy starts to show with additional notes of raisins and toffee. Overall body is full, silky soft, and finishes with some nice warming alc. Delicious!
Newest vintage doesnít quite have the brandy character that I liked in past
release. Still a solid brew, but not the show stopper that it was before.
goryshkewych (11) - broadview heights, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy Smokes! I expected this to be good and it didnít disappoint. Pours a bit darker than Angelís Share. Sweet bourbony malty nose tempered with a bit of the brandy.. On the palate, the sweetness I expect from Angelís Share temperd by the Serpent. The blend is brilliant. Captures the best elements of both components.
patrickfannon (1205) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. 12.7 oz, Split with and courtesy of James. Pours a deep, richly dark mahogany with a fine, creamy tan lacing around the edes of the glass. Nose is very subtle, but intesely sweet and pleasant once it opens up; notes of caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, molassess, chocolate, vanilla, and subtle rustiness.The body is full and supple, and supported excellently by the carbonation and creamy, silky smooth palate. Booziness in the nose and the finish; a great warmer. This is a truly delicious, interesting synthesis of two fantastic brews. Outstanding.
jredmond (4625) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Bottle split with pat post Philly half Marathon. Pours a pitch blackish brown with thin great carbonated lacing. Aroma is similar to angel share - sweet notes of chocolate, oak and vanilla. Mouthfeel is perfectly textured, stand out flavor is sweet chocolate fudge Brownie. Another great beer by lost abbey.
polomagnifico (1163) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has big notes of bourbon, brandy, roasted malts, molasses, dark dried fruits, wood, smoke and vanilla. Intense nose. Dark brown hue with a red tint. Very small off-white head that fully diminished except for a small ring around the edge. No lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. longer than average and slightly cloying finish. Overall a very intense brew that showcases the bourbon and brandy upfront. This does leave everything else in the background and I would have been more impressed if it was a bit more balanced in that respect. I did enjoy this sipper very much so it is a good decadent brew.
StefanSD (1932) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2011 375ml bottle courtesy of freddy at bev4less. Thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon fades to a fine ring. The nose is rich with molasses, dark fruits, whiskey and mocha. The flavor is complex with layered chocolates, brandy, raisins, dates, roasted malts and sweet molasses. The palate is smooth and malty with lively carbonation. The finish is long and semi-sweet. Overall: One of the finest big ales...ever.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
So, in the last couple of weeks I have had this on tap at the brewery and in the bottle. One thing is certain, this is a boozy beer. Super hot. The aroma is so boozy that with the strength of the beer, you almost feel like your drinking a glass of brandy. Carbonation was perfect. Maybe itís just me, but I canít say that there is anything here that particularly stands out. Kind of reminds me of the BA version of Santas little helper.