brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is black and ominous with a fingerís worth of mocha colored foam that eventually settles down to a thin cap.
S: Plenty of vanilla is present immediately along with a nice chocolate notes, of both dark and semisweet varieties, combining nicely with some roast from the Serpentís Stout. The two spirits (brandy and bourbon) work together nicely without either really being all that noticeable. A bit of a wood and alcohol note as well.
T: The sweet chocolate flavor (almost cake-like) and vanilla come through wonderfully and are the first things I pick up. The wood, bourbon, and subtle flavors of roasted malts provide a bit of a balance to the sweetness. More sweetness to follow with some caramel and brown sugar.
M: The body is medium to full with a mellow carbonation that provides for a creamy mouthfeel.
D: As I finish entering my notes I realize that Iíve probably already had about 12 ounces of this beer. Again, the pint was not entirely necessary for such a beer, but for less than the price of one of the 12 ounce bottles, I wonít complain too much.
slowrunner77 (186) - reno, Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
dark brown near black. smell amazingly complex vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, a touch of brandy and ripe fruit. super duper smooth. head to head with a 6 month old Angels Share grand cru, and this one is not as hot, although itís definitely a sipper. one of the best sippers actually. best of both brews. gotta do a head to head with a regular old serpent stout to determine my favorite lost abbey beer. wish they were reasonably priced, though.
bleeng (1461) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz bottle. Great label art! Opened with a slight (very) pop. Pours with a small bit of carbonation that mostly dissipated quickly. Solid black. Nose is very boozy with a touch of chocolate. Taste: very sweet and a bit sticky but not over the top. Alcohol is definitely present all the way through. Itís a bit young and I believe this will settle down and be better a few month from now.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark molasses pour with a creamy thin latte head. This brew has some legs. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, oak, and bourbon. Flavor is assertive but not aggressive, with a nice balance between the original flavors and the barrel. Vanilla, dark fruit, wood, cocoa, and bourbon all make their way to the palate. The alcohol is there but isnít distracting. Definitely a sipper but a really good one. Just the right level of carbonation to ignite the palate.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First off, I smelled booze the second I uncorked this one...pour is murky black with a thin sticky tan head...smell is then pretty overwhelming...cocoa, vanilla, wood, booze, alcohol, heat, sweetness...I mean wow...this is certainly barrel aged...and holy shit the sweetness...the first thing I taste is grapeskin and fruit...bitter and sweet...then a hint of chocolate and BAM...alcohol....the brandy comes out in the fruity flavors but bourbon is just overpowering...hot and sweet sweet sweet...there is a lot going on here but none if it is particularly good...this is just all over the place and not really in the good way...finish is lingeringly boozey and sweet...I have to say that this idea sure was a fun experiment to drink, but all of these things going on at the same time was a bit offending to the palate...neat idea none the less...
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle. Pours deep dark brown with minimal head. The nose is sweet brandy, toffee, brown sugar, molasses and milk chocolate. The taste is smoky wood, vanilla, burnt caramel, ashy cocoa, roasted malt, dried dark fruits and light bourbon tones. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation on the tongue. Thereís a lot going on in this beer - very tasty brew for sure. Warming on the belly but the booze is well hidden in the flavor.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours opaque murky brown to black with a 3mm creamy, dark brown head. nice lacing, nice legs, spot on carbonation leaves a skim and a ring and an easy swirl re-stirs a nice layer. aroma is quite boozy, especially colder. as it warms lots of raisins and prunes and figs with burnt molasses hit you up front, with a slightly sweeter caramel in the finish from the AS. the taste is very complex and also very well balanced. i am getting both beers coming through strongly and working in perfect harmony. the barrel profile between the two is quite intense and large. i really enjoy it but think that it may be detracting from the true complexity of the mix just a touch. there is sweet, lighter malts of the As and roasty dark malt of the SS, some nice bittering hops and light floral additions from both beers hop profiles. it has a nice sweet oily spirit like quality from the as and a creamy aspect added in from the SS, very nice the body. this is really a great blend, it allows both beers to shine and is just as tasty as either of them on their own, a truly righteous concoction.
drfabulous (3384) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boozy chocolate aroma. Raisin. Plumb. Very rich and intense. Lots of roast here. Some subtle sweetness. I need to try one side by side with Angelís Share to see how the blend differs. From memory, it tastes like a better Angelís Share. Perfect end of the evening beer.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick viscous deep brownish black with a light brown head and a real purty mouth. Aroma is brandy, oak, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, roast. Flavor is roast, caramel, brandy, oak, tannins, bourbon, spices, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate. Tiny effervescent carbonation bubbles battle their way through the viscous body of the beer bring out nuances of this blend at the tip of your tongue, especially the barrel, oaky tannins, bourbon and brandy while the caramel and butterscotch sweetness melds in harmony with the booze in the back of your tongue. This is a great blend.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Thick, opaque black, and very viscous with a very thin dark brown head. Strong, boozey aroma with dark roast, deep caramel, vanilla, and toffee. The booze comes through quite assertively in the flavor as well, but is intermingled with dark malt, alcohol, barrel oxidation, and some nicely integrated sweetness. It all comes together very well in the body. Make no mistake: this is a big beer with huge alcohol and malt. But thatís the point. And this beer pulls off just such an M.O. better than most. This is classy stuff that will certainly only improve with age.