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RATINGS: 1016   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The history of the bible and religion is indeed the struggle of good vs. evil. Our Serpent’s Stout recognizes the evil of the dark side that we all struggle with. This is a massively thick and opaque beer that begs the saints to join the sinners in their path to a black existence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 2, 2008
750 ml. bottle. Pours near black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molassas, licorice, and roast. Taste is much the same with notes of dark fruit. Warming alcohol on the finish. Thick mouthfeel and medium -high carbonation. A big, impressive ,well-balanced beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2710) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Sample at the OTown Throwdown. Pours a deep thick black with a thick dark tan head. Fairly ominous looking beer. Chocolate malt, licorice, roasted grain aroma that was very addictive. Very easy to just sit and savor without even taking a sip. So I did finally take a sip and got lots of chocolate, roasted grain. Thick and chewy, yet possesses a nice carbonation. Dark fruit and chocolate finish. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldGrowth (2790) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2008
bottle, at Carolina Crew get together, provided by emacgee & aubreya. Good aroma, sweet & roasty. Choc/cocoa, licourice. Brownish black color, small head & minor lacing. Bitter flavor, roasty caramel, paper, raisin. Medium body, oily viscous mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice, blind I might not of guessed imperial stout. Aroma didn’t come to me in a big way. Flavor was better than aroma, drinkable for what the abv is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Black pour, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is licorice and chocolate, fairly sweet. Like a really big foreign stout. Full bodied, fairly sweet with light alcohol. Well made but not to my preference.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours a thick black, with a small light brown head. Nice and oily looking consistency. Smells of roasty dark chocolate, toasted malts, with a hint of dark fruit. The chocolate really stood out which I enjoyed. The mouthfeel was thick and sweet. Sweet creamy chocolate with a noticeable alcohol burn slid down the throat. The dark frut showed up in the finish. Mostly black currants or figs. Very good, maybe a little too sweet, but quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 Bottle at Noogfest 08. Pours black with a tan head. Full bodied but not too thick, with feathery, fine carbonation. Lots of dark roast and bakers chocolate, but with a good amount of coffee making remind me somewhat of a coffee stout. Finishes semi dry. This is very balanced and not too big, making this an easy one to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2010 My Bottom Line:
This rich and roasty Imperial stout proposes molasses and raisins which seamlessly segue into resinous bitterness to sculpt a balanced and momentous example of the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the opaque blackness.
-The well-developed maltiness also offers caramel allusions in the flavor profile.
-The large bubbles alleviate what would be a heavy sipping experience.
-This is amazingly drinkable for its size, even though its weight is easily perceptible.
-Alcohol heats up the back end, but is otherwise well concealed in the stream of unified flavors.

Bottles and on tap at Toronado SF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Notable viscosity upon pouring. Velvety mocha tan head and deep near-black body. Coffee, pleasing roast, and rich dark chocolate in the aroma. Earthy hop notes. Flavor is lush and rich with some nice complexity. Very creamy, thick bodied texture. Great big imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Aroma of alcohol and moss. Heavy body and pours dark black with a dark brown molasses head. Flavor begins with alcohol and then becomes intensely sweet plums. Ends with a nice hint of coffee and malts. Very very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Bottle, 750ml. Pours nearly black with big brown head. Aroma is roasty and has quite a bit of chocolate. Flavor is lightly sweet with chocolate and some caramel and molasses. Some faint dark fruits and raisin come in later with a dryer cocoa flavor leading to roasty and lightly hopped finish. Heavy and creamy with a fair bit of carbonation. Well hidden alcohol. I wish I took better notes because I plan to age some for a bit and compare. A well crafted impy to say the least.

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