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RATINGS: 1082   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8619) - 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.

4
   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.

4.5
   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!

4.2
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1663) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Mahogany brown pour producing a somewhat thin body of charcoal black; heavy foam of tan. Rich, toasty caramel, cinnamon dough, a hint of anise, and subdued fruitiness in the aroma; a bit of ashy and metallic coffee ground and minerals linger. Deep, rich roast flavor of goose meat and tanzanian coffee; maybe not those exact flavors, but they’re the best template for the savory, smoky girth of this taste. There’s a lot of dusty baker’s chocolate and generic earthy bitterness that lends some roughness around the edges of this belgian example, that seems too reckless and misplaced; where it should seem polished and deep, intimating a nuanced, heavy Cabernet or the like, it tends to offer this thin bitter earthiness that timidly brightens up with bits of pear and orange peels. Favorably changes quite a bit as it warms and as it coats the mouth; those sunny touches of fruit character shining more openly and warmly. Alcohol masked. Graham crackers, honey, dark chocolate mid palate; sticky sweetness. Mouthfeel is frothy and full, with a soft sparkle; finishes warm and juicy with a long fruity sweetness chased green, spicy bitterness. Seems a highly ageable example; full of character that hasn’t gotten it all together yet. Thanks to Andy and Larry!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2008
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured an opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, roastiness and light fruittiness with a smooth warming semi sweet finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 2008-05-31. Only took rough notes on this second sample, but the flavour has much more rich maltyness throughout that I recall. Just overall bigger and richer and more lovely. Wow! 8/5/8/4/18 - 4.3 Bottle, Post-Mondial Tasting, Montreal <P>2005-05-24. Black body with a nice foamy tan head (4+). Roasty aroma, underlying malt. (7+) Similar roast dominates the flavour, mild milk chocolate notes, light lingering bitterness in the finish. (7+) Smooth average to medium palate. Not bad! 7/4/7/4/16 - 3.8 Bottle shared by Biegaman

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2614) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 Bottle from Capones, sampled with Stegosaurus. Damn this was good. Nice black pour with roasted, coffee, chocolate aromas. Nothing show stoppingly different but a good blend and a good punch. I quite enjoyed it. Ask Stegosaurus what we did with the cork and the caps form the troegs bottles....


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