iowaherkeye (2675) - 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 Julioís 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 Angelís Share in there, and make it tastier. Flavor is quite boozy and hot, still plenty roasty with the Serpentís 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 Serpentís as well.
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
No audible pop at corking. Pours like spent oil - inky black-brown with heavy viscosity and little sign of carbonation. Lots of prune, caramel, bourbon and brandy, raisin, figs, and hints of cinnamon sugar in this one. Really pretty nose. Profoundly rich flavored beer: caramel, tawny, bitterness (surprised), nougat, chocolate - light, bourbon, figs, sugar and slight booze. Quite still on the mouthfeel, a slight effervescence. Warm and dry finish with a long standing flavor residual.
Iím a bit torn here. The smell and flavor of the beer are top notch, but the look and mouthfeel are far from superior. I wish the beer was just slightly cabonated - previous bottles Iíve had were.
Serving type: bottle
BMMillsy (963) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from my trip to Cali. Corked and caged. A pricey $16.99 for 12.7 oz but happy to try at least once. Pours a deep black color with a very small brown late-forming head, looks pretty thick and viscous. Sweet vanilla, brandy, chocolate, anise, caramel on the nose. Flavor is a seamless blend of chocolate, vanilla, brandy, licorice. Sweet brandy, and satisfying, with beautiful vanilla oak barrel notes. Hearty and velvety thick with low but very adequate carbonation. Warming but not any sharp alcohol at all. One of the best BA imperial stouts I have had, up there with Parabola and Black Note. Similar to those two but with a bit more caramel and dark fruit. Yum and more yum. This is really among the best of them.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz. bottle from tleaver33. Pours an oily dirty oil color with a soapy tan head that settles quickly to a thin collar. Aroma is delicious bourbon burnt sweet sugar caramel vanilla and roasted malt. Taste is smooth vanilla chocolate dark fruit bourbon roasted malt slight marsh mellow and wood and some faint red wine woody flavors. Palate is full sticky slick and boozy . This is really nice! Freaking awesome brew! There is just a subtle burn in the finish.
Dazz3 (1429) - Hšllefors, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Pours black with no real head. Smells and tastes coconut, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, very creamy.
Linnet (937) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Ar: rich bourbon, smoke, lots of roastiness, but also rich velvety malts, coffee, fruity, brandy, notes of port, woody, licorice, caramel, ABV evident, vanilla.
Ap: rich black colour, small Brown head.
T: medium bite, big saltiness, noticable sweetness, very rich, brandy and bourbon evident, ABV very noticable but balanced perfectly to give depth not booziness.
P: full bodied, soft carbonation, warming and salty finish.
O: another great brew from one of my favourite breweries.
Benzai (5754) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus. Opaque black color, no head at all. Aroma is malts, slightly roasty, a huge amount of liquor: bourbon for sure and brandy I guess. Also a touch of red fruits. Taste malts, lots of bourbon and brandy again, lightly alcohol. Medium body, low carbonation. Would have loved it with some more carbonation, but certainly nice.
DutchDrebus (3089) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ benzai. Thx for sharing homie! Pitch black, completely dead with no head. Smells lots of bourbon, sweet, red fruits, roasty. Amazing. Tastes bourbon, nutty, almond, sweet, wood, hint of chocolate. This is sick. Full body, silky body, thick texture. Top notch stuff.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma has fruit, wine, bourbon and booze. The flavor is sweet with vanilla and more booze. Sticky and warming.
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kraddel (1921) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thnx to bobochamp
Pours almost black no head
Smells fruity and boozy
Sweet , fruity , bit carbo
htnicholas (46) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12.7oz bottling 2013 vintage. Pours almost jet black with a thin brown head that rapidly dissipates. Carbonation is light and mouthfeel is slick. Sweet and sumptuous aroma of figs, raisins, carmel, and chocolate. The taste starts with flavors of carmel and dark fruit and develops in complexity adding overtones of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate with a pleasant not overpowering alcohol warmth. Seems less than the 12.5% ABV. Tons of complex flavors evolve through the finish with spicy notes of cinnamon and coriander emerging through the finish. Amazing, complex, and drinkable. Highly recommended!
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