Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle, courtesy juiceisloose. The pour yields a dark cherrywood to mahogany body with glints of deep red coming through when strongly backlit. Just a tiny, dark khaki film with a thin edge shows at the head. Though minimal spotting remains behind on the glass, it is preceded by some dense, viscous, glass-staining sheeting, indicating the relative heft of the body. Aromas are really enticing, based in a rich blend of fresh toffee, toasted caramel, and milk chocolate malts. Maple syrup and vanilla deepen the decadence, as notes of apple brandy, wood, and bourbon lend complex, boozy intricacies. Though primarily sweet, with little roast character, I must say that the nose is incredibly well pulled together and inviting. Flavors arenít as focused, as some of the alcohol begins to push forward and head off the underlying malts. Sour mash bourbon brings hints of peanut skin, as the brandy brings boozy caramel-apple character. Burnt toffee and semi-dry, milky chocolate are still there, but just donít seem as prominent as the nose would suggest. There is some remainder hop bitterness, primarily earthen in character and not very prominent, but present nonetheless. Moderately charred oak and vanilla both play a role. On the palate, the body proves dense and warm, almost hot really, as the sticky sugars and warming alcohol work through the balanced carbonation. The finish is a little too cloying for my liking. Still, despite a few flaws, it is an overall fine beer that Iíd gladly imbibe again any time. I must say that I prefer both Angelís Share and Serpentís Stout separately.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:   Nearly pitch black, thin frothy brown head, fairly sticky lacing.   Strong Bourbon nose, woody, sweet roasted malts, caramel malts, and just general wet dreaminess.   Very warming on first sip, bourbony, vanilla, graham cracker, sweet malty caramel roasted malts.   Did I mention Bourbon?   Siding on the Angels Share versus the Serpents Stout.   Thick heavy Bourbon and graham cracker biscuitiness dominate.   This is very tasty!   Its also very very warming.   Sweet caramel breadiness lingers, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker... man o man is this good!   Canít stop smelling this one.   Thanks drfabulous for the trade!
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured dark brown, dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, roasted malts, little wood, little bourbon, little brandy, little vinous, lightly (perfectly)carbonated.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with almost no head or carbonation. Curse you Tomme. Big alcohol aroma of bourbon brandy oak and dark fruit. Silky if flat palate. Tastes of chocolate currants raisin brandy bourbon vanilla and oak with a warming alcoholic finish. Nice complexity.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to TexasJeep. Shared at our October Houston RB Tasting. Pours black with a few off-white bubbles for head. Nose is of dark fruit, molasses, roast malt and alcohol. Taste was layers of chocolate and roast malt goodness with bourbon to top it off. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy with some alcohol. Very nice.
bhensonb (11680) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Purs very dark brown with some beige bubbles. Aromasof bourbon, spirits and some very smooth, very dark, malt. Med body/mild carb. Strongish heat. Lots of bourbon/oak/vanilla. Chocolate too. Goes well with fresh raspberries.
marcus (6861) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours dark brown with almost no head and a very pleasant treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a mellow treacle, chocolate and dark fruit flavor with a delightful bourbon trail., This is a great brew.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Bourbon, vanilla, raisins, currants, hot alcohol, reminiscent of a cake batter.
Appearance:Dark mahogany in color, very little head, good lacing.
Taste:Lots of bourbon, dark malts, walnut.
Palate:Medium to thick body. Harsh alcohol burn, good carbonation.
Overall:Itís a good sipper, but itís got some harsh notes that will probably do well with some age on it.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#1300. Bottle Hollingshead. Pours dark brown with thick tan head. Nose is heavy with bourbon and vanilla. Some wood and caramel mixed in as well. Flavors of bourbon, booze, vanilla, caramel, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is a silky, but a little thin. Finishes sweet with bourbon and boozy. Pretty nice sipper. Canít believe I paid $24 in orange county when I could have got it for $8 less back in Chicago. Oh well. Worth it either way.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black, fizzy tan head. Great aroma of burnt caramel, toasty oak, and wet brandy. Two distinct sides to this beer, both jockeying for my attention. I get more wet brandy notes paired with the chewy oak that I associate with the bourbon side. Both robust sides are not dancing with each other right now, reminds me of middle school. Give it a couple years.