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RATINGS: 741   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Our first release of the embodiment of good versus evil in a barrel-aged blend. Part bourbon barreled The Serpentís Stout, and part brandy barreled The Angelís Share, this is our most anticipated release of the summer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 Big thanks to my (cool) aunt Ann for this one. Thank GOD this thing opened with a bit of a pop - Iím so sick of flat beers from Lost Abbey. Pours a deep, dark brown - black in the glass - with a tan head. Ooooh - they may have redeemed themselves with this one. Tons on the nose - brown sugar, booze-soaked dark fruits, some chocolate, molasses, ginger (something like a molasses cookie), a bit of vanilla and oak, and burnt caramel. Seriously complex, and the blend of Serpentís and Angelís is working beautifully. Itís boozy, for sure, but the flavor is pretty nice - roast counters dark brown sugar, and alcohol thins out the molasses quality. It has quite a bit going for it, but the more sips I take, the more I realize itís just simply too boozy. Again - Iím astounded that Tomme finally got his act together and bottled something with a bit of carbonation - but youíd better be ready for this one, ícause itíll kick you in the ass. Hard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Black as oil. No head, looks like motor oil poured in my glass. Smells of molasses, pepper, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon. Tastes of sweet vanilla and chocolate-y blend of spiced molasses. Coats the mouth with a nice velvety chocolate mixed with a burn of alcohol. This beer is pretty damn good. If I wouldnít get too tanked I could drink it all night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1782) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Another dandy from, "hannont". Colour... very dark brown with no head. Nose... burnt sugar, Bourbon and turbinado. Palate... frothy, sweet and very boozy with dark brown sugar, sticky toffee pudding, Christmas cake, vanillin, molasses and waves of Bourbon on the ultra sweet/cloying finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle with monster huge stupid thanks to gorditoabd... You win! Anyhow, anticipation had been building and the moment is here. Itís dark brown, although not quite as thick as I had thought. Totally opaque, very little head, but there are signs of carbonation. First approach of the nose almost has me convinced to not drink this... maybe pour it on my pillow or something for some longer term enjoyment. Lots of dark sugars and stickiness. Iím not sure where to even begin or end on describing the nose, so Iíll just throw up a lousy attempt: Brown sugar, prunes and raisins, toffee. Flavor is spectacular as well... the booze is just plain obvious and leaves a wonderful burn throughout the whole experience. Sticky and dark sweetness covers it up a bit as does a little bit of oak, but the whole experience is like a though experience of what would happen if you mixed brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, some dried dark fruits and bourbon... lots of bourbon... and then sat there sipping on it. Spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Sugary sweet and chocolate nose, lots of bourbon. Taste is very sweet, lots o f bourbon, lots of chocolate, some molasses, light coffee and dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
375ml bottle pours an oily, lightly opaque black with zero head. Nose is vanilla, malty, nutty. Flavor is the same, sweet, brown sugar, some vanilla, nuts, oak. Finish is smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
8 ounce sample on tap at Public House in SF for SFBeerWeek. The aroma on this is fantastic. Chocolate roasted notes with a nice vanilla bourbony sweetness. The sweetness is really nice, and not overly cloying. This is totally quaffable, and the Angels Share aromatic qualities overpower the Stout, which is good. Virtually opaque black body with a small light brown head. Starts with a good deal of roasted, burnt chocolate notes. Very roasted caramel/toffee sweetness present in the middle. Decent bourbon hints, but this does have a very warming, almost boozy finish that is dry. Very roasted, and a little burnt as this goes on. The mouthfeel is a little too thin towards the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2011 Dark brown with tan head. Lots of chocolate and Roasty malt nose. Notes of chocolate, creamy body and boozy barrel aged goodness. Ligering bit

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Plums, raisins, crÍme brulťe, maple syrup and caramel seep from this Black Barley Wineís 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... ;)


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2011
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!!

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