Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little cloying, overly sweet, ok carbonated. Flavors are like dead dark chocolate, some caramel, soy, big soy, syrup, fig. Overall just not my cup of beer. Shame on the cost factor.
BeerandBlues2 (10606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a small to spare, rocky tan head, little to no retention or lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, nutty, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of wood, alcohol, raisin, prune, date, port, and maple syrup. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee, dark fruit), light hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of wood, alcohol, raisin, prune, date, port, maple syrup, and vanilla. Full body, high warmth, low carbonation and creaminess with a sweet texture and dry and biting finish. Unfortunately, another under-carbonated barrel-aged beer from Lost Abbey. The aroma starts out giving me hope, but the alcohol hotness and lack of carbonation really detract from the rest of the experience. At least this was not as expensive as the barrel Angel’s Share.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive in every sense. Fantastically blended. You have the fire of the angel’s share with the stealth and lushness of the serpent’s stout. Big body. Big flavour. Big burn haha. Actually it’s not overally hot, just a real assault on hte senses - in a good way. Very highly recommended.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] shared by Armin. Thanks! Pours a clear deep brown with a soapy beige head. Aroma is pretty boozy, fair amount of bourbon and wet oak, light vanilla, moderate sweetness, coconut, roasted malts, and somewhat sweet caramel. Fairly hot, but well balanced, bourbon is fairly prominent, roasty for sure, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is fairly thick, perfect carbonation. Really a nice, nice beer.
48FanInCali (804) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very similar to Angels Share which makes sense since it is a blend that includes the great ale. Pours black with a thin head that is basically non-existent. Great on the nose. Tastes of bourbon, brandy, fruit, malt, caramel. A bit sweeter than AS. Overall a great ale.
Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 25, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours black and is almost flat. reminded me a lot of the angel’s share, but with a lot more chocolate flavor. booze and berry is strong, gets much more dry and whiskey like the warmer it gets. the sweet fruit is gone by the time i get to the last 3rd. lot of barrel vanilla and wood. too hot in the finish. more carb would be nice also.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Deep dark brown with a small light tan head. Huge aroma that is very boozy with bourbon, oak and port wine, also lots of caramel, toffee and vanilla. The flavor is more warming boozy bourbon and wine with smooth sweet malt and some light roasty bitterness. Full body with mild carbonation and a long dry, warming finish. Outstanding beer, very complex, flavorful and rich but still very drinkable. The aroma of this this was about as good as I could imagine a beer smelling.
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with brown head. Aroma dominated by alcohol. Flavors of brown sugar, toffee, molasses, caramel, licorice, and booze. Each sip seemed to bring something new to the taste buds and it improved as it sat in my tulip glass. The sweetness lingered on the palate long after swallowing. Delicious.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml Bottle: Sweet aroma of roasted malt, tobacco, oak, caramel, light coffee, tar, light chocolate, Bourbon, vanilla, slight coconut, and a hint of alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny brown head that disappeared quickly, except for around the edges. Slightly sparkling. Opaque. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of roasted malt, Bourbon, light oak, light tar, light chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, and slight coconut. Medium to full body. Viscous, slick, then lightly dry texture. Zero to little carbonation. Finish matches the aroma and flavor, and is slightly dry. 12.5%ABV is slightly present in the nose, but not in the flavor.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL bottle, no date from Julio’s for $17.99 or so. Hazy deep mahogany with a 1/2 finger tan head, creamy and fading to a thick ring rather quickly. A small head does rouse, but still fades quickly. Quite a bit of roast and chocolate in the nose up front with lots of woody bourbon--more bourbon than the brandy near as I can tell. There is some sweet moist tobacco leaves and rich caramel notes from the Angel’s Share in there, and make it tastier. Flavor is quite boozy and hot, still plenty roasty with the Serpent’s Stout shining through more so than the AS. Not as much caramel or tobacco notes, as the peppery roast and light burntness dominate. Woody hot boozy dry finish, bitterness at a 3 and ashy. Low carbonation with a full body. Good, but I prefer AS. If not for the booze I might prefer it to BA Serpent’s as well.