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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (7068) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Dark fruit aroma with brandy and malt. Brandy and malt flavor with dark fruit and light yeast. Medium-plus bodied. Brandy and rich malt linger with dark fruit and light yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1238) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle split with McBerko. Pours an almost pitch black with thin, tan head. Aroma is cherry, woody. Taste is thick with boozy, aged fruitcake. Thereís a brandy like quality here, more so for me than bourbon, mixed with alcohol soaked plums, figs and raisins. Lingering, exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9858) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2010
BottleÖ Pours dark (practically black) with a mid-sized, creamy, tan head. The bouquet is rich, luxuriant and creamy. The bourbon and brandy are very well-balanced here. The aromatics also offer a boatload of milk chocolate, caramel, tawny port, coconut and vanilla. Full-bodied, velvety and chewy with soft carbonation. The flavor is very sweet and caramely with a perfect balance of brandy and bourbon heat. Lots of alcohol doesnít scare me away. The only bitterness provided here seems to be courtesy of the brandy and bourbon. Finishes sweet, warming and finally dry. Iím not so sure Iím a fan of the recent trend of double barrel (bourbon & brandy) beers, but this one is especially nice. Bottle courtesy of 50belair!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Sampled @ FoBAB 2010. A stoutlywine. The taste of this one was so unique, was able to taste a great stout and a great barleywine meshed together with a bourbon. Aromas of brandy, burnt carmel, raisin, toffee, light oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, brandy, toffee, oak, raisin, plum and bourbon with a smooth dry lingering roasty fruity finish. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2010
The pour is nearly black with a dark tan, small, frothy head which does settles almost nothing and leaves some sporadic froth. The nose is much like I remember the bourbon Angelís Share and notes of sherry, weird; lots of rich toffee, burnt caramel, some molasses, sweet oak, a slight bourbon tinge, some fudge, vanilla, and faint grape skins. The flavor gains some of the dark richness from the stout but retains the complexity of the BW; fudge is more prominent, still lots of molasses, vanilla, burnt caramel, faint burnt sweet oak notes, light anise, and faint raisins. The palate is thick and viscous, warm, soft to lively, very full, but a bit syrupy. The finish is still sweet and sherry-like with raisins turning grape-like, fudge remaining, warm bourbon oak, slight coffee notes emerging add just a hint of bitterness to counteract the borderline cloying sweetness. All I can say is that you had better like them sweet with this one, so rich with only a minimal balancing bitterness. This beer kept the complexity of the Angelís Share and the richness from the Serpent but the oak notes seemed to be a bit diminished as well as the balancing bitter notes from the Serpent (i.e. bitter chocolate, toasted almonds, coffee roast). And the palate seemed to be a combination of the super viscous stout with the syrupy BW, which could be nicer with a tad more carbonation. I did find it interesting that when I compared the two original beers, I found quite a few similarities in tasting notes. About what I expected... very complex, warming, thick palated, but ultimately just to sweet to be a great beer IMO. Maybe something that would be fun see hold onto for five years and just see how complex it could become.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (37073) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2010

Bottle 12.7fl.oz.

Clear dark brown color with virtually none head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, oak - wood - bourbon, licorice - konfekt (de brune). Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20101102]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle at FoBAB 8. Pours an inky black, brown at edges and a deep chocolate head. Nose is interesting mix. I get some butterscotch/caramel corn initially, then brandy. The Angelís Share is more dominant here with the stout coming in to act as a balancer with roast. The butter notes do fade and I do find the beer quite well integrated. Iím super interested in opening a bottle soon just to get another experience. Definitely a quite original beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (7831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 Bottle split with manuchampions, pours very dark brown / black with a coffee / tan head.Aroma of bourbon, oak, smoke and molasses. Flavour is sublime - chocolate, bourbon and lots of the oak at the finish. Alcohol burns a little on the finish, as expected. Excellent - very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle thanks to Andrew for sharing this. Dark brown black pour with a beige ring. Strong nose of oxidized malts, heavy on the angel share waft off the glass at first. Doughy caramel with burnt roasted malts and bourbon make their grand presence known in due time. Bourbon richness with lots of burnt malts bourbon finish. The brandy seems kinda lost in here. The burnt malts are strong but overall good. 8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (22026) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle at PapsÝ. Hazy dark brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, liquorice, oak and vanilla. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, liquorice, oak and vanilla with notes of alcohol- Sweet, roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

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