dogfish120love (1161) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma consists dominantly of chocolate. I was also able to pick out caramel, soy and a nostril clearing alcohol scent in the aroma. Flavor consists of malty chocolate and alcohol wih a little soy sauce. Palate is interesting due to the alcohol burn and very slight astringency.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nose of bitter unsweetened chocolate. smells like a double boiler chock full of valrhona slowly softening to a ganache, it nearly fills the room. appearance is standard opaque but with a wonderfully hued head, thin but clearly tinged with the same essence of cocoa found in the aroma. it quickly disappears to a stagnant lake of impy. flavor is far from sweet, certainly dry and certainly doesn’t shy away from the booze that makes this bottle work. very bitter again, balancing things out well and then some.
larsga (7316) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium brown head. Dark brown body barely translucent at edges. Alcoholic fruity minty aroma with roasty notes. Dry-sweetish salty licorice and roasty tar taste. Round and smooth mouthfeel with alcohol heat. Dry-acidic minty burnt wood and oak aftertaste. Excellent! (Oslo beer junta tasting.)
mkunz (19) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Average, quick fading dark brown head. Aroma was chocolate, booze(whiskey), caramel, malty, dark fruit. Appearance was pitch black. Taste was about the same as aroma only the booze was a little more hidden, a little coffee and a bit smokey. Medium to thin body for an Imperial Stout I thought which was nice as I was drinking it on a hot day. May not have been the most complex but I’m a sucker for Imperial Stouts as well as Lost Abbey.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm. My first beer in CA. And what a one! Mmmm, dark beer. Nice malts are everywhere in the thick heavy syrupy body and they’re roasted to full blackness. Lots of alcohol, tons of alcohol and the body is warm and brutal but covered in a smooth nest of creamy malts. Great beer.
vyvvy (5893) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks a bunk to xmarcnolanx for sharing this one. Pours black with a deep burnt orange head. The aroma has dark roasted malt, raisins, figs, some dark chocolate, cream and vanilla bean. Medium / thick body with some graininess and semi-soft carbonation. The taste is not as complex or interesting as the aroma. It starts with some sharpness, graininess, roasted malt that is bitter, dates, some anise and quite a bit of alcohol. The finish has some dark chocolate as it warms and the alcohol stays persistent. This is a good beer, but didn’t live up to the hype for me.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An above average big roasted impy stout with notes of chocolate and espresso. Very good.
How: Many times. This rating for a 6 months old 750ml bottle that I drank by myself.
The look: Black body topped by a medium mocha head that quickly recedes to a small ring of foam
In long: Nose is breakfast time with burnt toasts and a cup of espresso coffee. Taste is rather chocolaty. Black chocolate, burnt toasts, espresso coffee. Leafy hops attempt to lighten-up the beer adding some kind of freshly cut flower flavour. Aging or batches seem to make a big difference because I’ve had different experiences with this beer. I usually found it a bit too much syrupy/molasses but when I decide to sit down and rate a full bottle I get dry-ish chocolaty espresso flavour. So the serpent said to Eve “c’mon girl, just drink a bottle of my stout”. And Eve could not resist and drank the entire bottle. She was pretty plastered and started to make out with Adam. Then God said “Get a room you two”. So you see, Adam and Eve were not banned from the garden of eden. They just moved to a sleazy motel room.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source:Sample from a 750 mL bottle at a tasting in Nashville.
Appearance:Dark brown pour with a huge brown head.
Aroma:Roasted malt and coffee.
Flavor:Roasted malt. I didn’t get much else here. Excellent though.
Palate:Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:This was an excellent example simple is good as well. Not a huge amount of complexity, but a solid, well made IS.
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery tasting. Pours beautifully rich and dark brown. Aroma has a rich blend of chocolates, some molasses sweetness, and late-espresso. Flavor leads with intense espresso (more than was suggested by nose), riffing on this note while the palate builds with soft carbonation, and is subtly oily. The middle flavors then contribute raisins, toasted chocolate malt, and some background floral hops. The finish contains deep bittersweet chocolate as well as vanilla. This is simply a delicious Russian Imperial Stout. I didn’t know what to expect, since LA does primarily Belgian-style stuff, but Serpent Stout can hang with the best of them. It has mostly everything I love about a good RIS: nice full mouthfeel, a blend of espresso and dark chocolate flavors, a hint of something else (raisin/vanilla), and a smooth finish. Well done, I’ll have to re-try this in a bottle to see if it stands up.
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Very dark brown colour, close to black, with mediumsized beige head. Some lace. Aroma is mildly roasted malts along with some caramelly and vanillash notes as well. Mild wooden and coffeeish notes. Flavour is rather syrupy sweet along with some roasted malts, burnt wood, alcohol and some hints of chocolate. Quite alcoholic burning finish along with burnt wood and caramel.