MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Plums, raisins, crême brulée, maple syrup and caramel seep from this Black Barley Wine’s wealthy mouthfeel, as madeira and dark chocolate slowly rise in its truly inspiring flavor profile.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of foam crowns the purplish dark brown.
-The controlled maderization in the aroma is spectacular with the raisin-y flavors of the specialty malts.
-Alcohol heat is felt throughout, but is never bothersome. It actually helps to offset some of the portly sweetness.
-The finish comes as a surprise, as the Imperial Stout used in the blend seems to suddenly take control.
-This is a beautiful example of what blended brews can offer. Of course, when the two original brews are this amazing, it helps... ;)
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Eric. Thanks!! Pours pitch black with thin tan head that whips away immediately. Aroma is dominated by the booze. Mainly bourbon. I think the aroma comes from mostly the angels share component. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is rich tannic woody oak bourbon, hot alcohol notes, coffee, chocolate, and finishes with a rich dark fruit booze blend. A beautiful beer. What surprises me is the description on this site. I get mainly bourbon and angels share in this brew. Which is a bit of a conundrum if its brandy angels share and bourbon serpent stout. A fantastic brew. Thanks Eric!!
Butters (3898) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2013 Very good dark brown pour with almost no head. Big hot chocolate and huge whisky notes. Very tasty soy and roast, and a bit silky smooth. Rum raisin and fig fruit. Port. Really nice sipper.
after4ever (6397) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
375, corked and baled. Nearly black. Dense creamy tan head. Big bourbon and chocolate nose, intensely sweet. Lots of malt sugar knocking around. Thick, creamy, intense body...carb is not overdone at all but it’s not fading into the background either. Well place. Raisins, bourbon, chocolate, brown bread, and molasses on the mid palate. Gets a little hot near the end. Dry finish. Nice effort.\\
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep, murky reddish brown body, thin ring of buff carbonation. Huge, complex nose, with an immediate flush of brandy followed by a soiree of marshmallows, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, oak, and bourbon. Body with prickly alcohol heat and lots of dry, dusty oak and vanilla, balanced by burnt sugars, roasted malts, chocolate, and toast; leathery. Harsh and uncompromising, yet also quite pleasing.
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep reddish black pour, almost no head. Aroma is thick and sticky like the Angel’s share. It has a lot of rum, vanilla, oak (especially bourbon), sugary/syrupy sweetness, plums, schnapps, sweet liquorice, roasted coffee, figs and more wood. It has the dark, oaky and malty potent sweetness in the aroma from the Angel’s Share, but the finish reveals more roasted and bitter notes from the Serpent’s Stout. The aftertaste is particularly exquisite with oak, chocolate and fantasticly subtle coffee-notes blended into a mercilessly orgasmic coating of the palate. Slight alcohol burn seems to be the only downside (if at all). Absolutely staggering. It has the strengths of both the blended beers which compliment each other quite nicely.
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from Wally’s in West Los Angeles.
Pours a dark thick body that sits below a small light brown head that is mostly diminishing
Aroma is of dark fruits - prunes, plums, and dates and of molasses, some chocolate notes as well.....
Taste is sweet all the way through with a pretty large alcoholic thrust at the end - warming sensation on the way down.
Medium body, light carbonation
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12.7oz, corked & caged bottle from south bay. cork popped out with a slight hiss and this beautiful elixir pours a murky, dark brown with a smooth, chestnut head lasting the entire glass and leaving oily legs with slivers of lace after each sip. aroma is absolutely fantastic, everything i could possibly ask for in a barrel aged masterpiece, with smooth, charred oak, bourbon, sweet toffee pralines, molasses, and brandy-soaked dark fruit notes of prune, fig, and raisin backed by subtle notes of fresh baked fudge, hazelnut, and roast espresso with just a touch of vanilla nougat. flavor is amazing as well with a beautiful interplay between the spicy, fruity nature of brandy barrels and the sweet, oakey notes from the bourbon barrels complemented by buttery toffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and sweet figs with subtle hints of vanilla icing, maple syrup, and mocha coffee on the very back end. palate is marvelously rich and smooth, full bodied, and perfectly carbonated with an elegant amount of warmth nestled in the bittersweet finish. overall, one of the finest beers i’ve had to date and right up there with angel’s share grand cru and veritas 004 as one of the best Lost Abbey beers out there. it’s mind boggling how under-rated this is even at 4.02.
Hair6a11 (1394) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is a dark brown with frothy tan head. Nice retention - lacing is very modest. Oaked Bourbon notes on the nose; choocolate malts are present here. Flavors are a bit subdued when you compare it to the older viscosity. Brandy, Cocoa, Caramel Malts, Oak, Spices - Dark fruits come through - It just has this slightly diluted feel - a product of combining brews, probably.
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky black with a reddish shine, of course no head at all. Aroma has lots of barrel, esp. the bourbon shines through. Prunes on the sweet side, sweet liquorice and oak. The barley wine shines through in the nose. But in the taste, the more roasted aspects of the beer come to show. Still sweet, dried fruits, but roasted malts supply some bitternes along with hops to balance out some of the sweetness. Barrel is less evident in the taste, which is good, the barrel comes out very subtle. There is a lot of burn from the alcohol, though. The after taste is very good with fresh grinded coffee beans and oak. Medium to low carbonation. Good one.