GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours an extremely dark chocolate brown that looks pretty much black in the glass with a thick film of mocha head along the top that recedes to a solid collar and leaves no lacing, just some sticky legs.
Aroma is huge with bourbon and vanilla to start with an underlying sweet chocolate and dark fruit backbone. There is also some leather, tobacco, spent coffee grounds and brandy in the nose and an alcohol burn to finish things off.
Taste also starts with the bourbon but thatís just an opener for the big sweet chocolate and caramel malt backbone with vanilla, raisins and plums. Maybe some coffee but the finish is really about the brandy and alcohol burn with a hint of dry oak.
The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with soft carbonation and on the fuller side of things in the body. Very dessert-like feel.
This is an outstanding beer and if they would consistently nail this types of beers, Iíd still be in the Sinnerís Club. If they keep it up, maybe Iíll jump back in...
changeup45 (1715) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very dark brown pour, this one looks black once in the glass, and is topped with a thin frothy tan head. Some pretty good spotty lacing slides along the sides of the glass after each sip. The aroma shows lots of barrel and booze. Marshmellow, ash, and caramel round out the scent. Very rich flavors consisting of; dark malts, caramel, toffee, sweet apple brandy, bourbon, light roasty notes, alcohol soaked raisins, and rich dark chocolate creeps in towards the finish. This is no doubt a big beer, clearly a slow sipper with lots of alcohol and barrel notes. You can definitely see both the Angels Share and Serpents Stout contribution. I think the stout-like qualities were dominant at first but Angels Share seemed to stand out more as it warmed. Thereís lots of stuff going on here. Kind of seemed like a mish mash of barrel aged flavors that I wasnít sure was working but Lost Abbey is such a master at these types of beers that this ended up being really good. However, any Angels Share on itís own is still better than this one.
IrishBoy (3803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from Ledgers. Nose is obvious barrels, kind of smells like port (I guess the combo of brandy and bourbon gives that), vanilla, oak, chocolate, raisins, and alcohol. Black with brown edges and a very small cinnamon tan head. Flavor is chocolate, dark fruits, alcohol, and some oaky vanilla. The two beers meld but the combo is not as good as either part IMHO.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a couple bottles of this through Sinners Club. Pours a nice dark brown/black with a thicker tan head that lingers with good lace. Aroma is lots of barrel, with the usual suspects including vanilla, oak, molasses, rich milk chocolate, bourbon, and some over ripe dark fruits. Flavor is also barrel heavy, with more vanilla, lighter bourbon notes, chocolate, dark fruits, and espresso notes. A little heavier mouthfeel also helps make this as a nice cold weather sipper. Lots of barrel, but no real surprise there, and it ends up as a nice blend of two great beers.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from bottle provided by Dogbrick. Pours dark brown, aroma is big and boozy with notes of oak, and almost a port quality. Flavor is big and boozy as well with some caramel notes and a vinous finish.
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. Iím 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 canít 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 (5530) - 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 theyíd 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 Serpentís 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 (4730) - 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.