jbeatty (1266) - New York, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle from 2010, 03/05/2012. Pours deep and dark with tiny fizzy foam bubbles, practically no head. In the nose, rich mixture of chocolate, molasses, plum, roasted malt, light vanilla brandy, hot bourbon finish. Taste is still hot and boozy, molasses and sweet chocolate burned away by bourbon heat, followed by intense vanilla oak aftertaste, brandy sweetness on the tongue. Still, creamy and silky in the mouth, lovely. A classic, I would never turn this down. Peacehammer (627) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
dark pour with perfect one finger caramel head. Lots of bourbon and brandy sweetness on the nose. Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel, sort of a brandy start, with bourbon carrying it all the way to the finish, and some residual alcohol burn as it goes down. Solid coffee aftertaste. As the beer warms, the coffee becomes a bit more pronounced, an the brandy sweetness does as well, there’s a lot going on with this beer. All around impressive beer. thornecb (6151) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pours deep, dark mahogany into a snifter. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing to coat surface. Pit fruit aromas. Dark bourbon cask soaked pit fruit upfront turning to resin in the lasting finish. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2012
This one is beautiful, and it doesn’t make squeal like Maxwell the pig. :biggrin:
It’s a blend of bourbon barrel aged Serpent Stout and brandy barrel aged The Angels’ Share.
There’s more brandy than bourbon in both the nose and the flavor, and the alcohol is very restrained for the 12.5% abv
The flavor is immensely complex with brandy, chocolate, caramel, raisin, (big) plum, fig, date, pecan, leather, tobacco, vanilla, oak, rum, cardamom, and a touch of smoke.
The body is more silky than syrupy, and the carbonation is very soft and minimal.
This is a perfect marriage of the two beers, and I find it a notch or two better than even Firestone Walker 15, and definitely the best (non sour) beer that I’ve tasted from Lost Abbey. pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2012
On tap at Iron Abbey. I was surprised by how much I like this given that I don’t like Angel Share. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Medium creamy body. Moderate sweetness complements aroma well. Dropped the rating a little bit because it’s quite boozy. I expect that it would change with age.
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 26, 2012
bottle. incredible....two of my favorite beers blended together. like the day i found out that the allman brothers jammed with derek and the dominoes and recorded/released it. syrupy thick deep brown pour. so thick, it sticks to the sides of the glass like wine curtains. head is minimal. lots of caramel with sweet, candy-like, brandy notes. the flavor is very sweet with caramel and nuts. sweet nutty brandy and bourbon notes in the finish similar to crunch and munch with peanut clusters. carbonation is higher than i hoped with a bit of fizz in the mouth. full body. warm finish of course. a great one timer for me. these two beers are just too undeniable on their own. i won’t be wearing the surface off this beer like i did my "layla sessions" cd, but man it was good once. rivertranced (26) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Love this beer! Super sweet, plum filled aroma, with caramel notes. Big, sweet flavor, which is very smooth for a big Belgian yeast pitch. Wood like to see just a hair more head retention. This guy will get better and better with age. CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Dark, minimal creamy tan head. Sweet aroma. Bourbon all over in all profiles. I get some vanilla. Full bodied, very smooth. Delicious. kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Dark with tan head. Smell is sweet, smpkey and woody with a presence of alcohol. Tastes like chocolate, caramel and sweet liquor flavors. Amazing BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
[Bottle] Dense black appearance, modest head formation. Big creamy vanilla bourbon aroma, alcohol very prevalent. Alcohol and bourbon notes defintely prevalent on the palate too but there’s much more complexity: dark roasted chocolate, big jammy fruits and cream. This is one big tastey brew, definitely one to sip and savor.