socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Aroma is full of bourbon and brandy notes that intertwine and really make the boozy nature of this beer apparent. The appearance of this beer is a deep dark brown color that is almost black but not. It pours with a brown/mocha colored head that fades away quickly. The taste is really very interesting. You can taste the two beers individually in each sip. When you take a sip you first are blasted with the brandy barrel-aged Angels share which is quickly soothed by the smooth texture of the bourbon barrel-aged serpent stout. It is a wonderfully complex beer that even at the 12.5% ABV makes me wonder if that is simply what the blend is before going into the barrel together. Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with caramel colored head. Aroma of roast, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. Some vanilla notes and earthiness. Sweet roasty chocolate taste with dark fruit, bitters, and vanilla notes on the back end. Spice from the barrel. This one is hot. Very good. But should age gracefully. Smooth out some. Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Aroma of cherry, molasses, vanilla and strong toffee. Pours deep black/red with a medium tan head. Tastes delicious with coffee, chocolate cherries and just a hint of toffee. Fantastic brew and a little too easy to drink. I want more of these! mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle thanks to Santa. Huge thanks! Almost black pour, opaque with some good signs of carbonation. Thanks Lost Abbey! Left a small beige head that faded quickly to thin collar. The Angels Share jumped out of the glass first with big notes of brandy, wood and caramel. The SS lingered in the background with small hints of chocolate. Flavors were quite boozy. Lots of caramel, brandy, hints of wood and a mild cocoa finish. The SS added a roasty complexity to the mix of sweet boozy goodness that is Angels Share. Overall this blend worked nicely, quite complex with lots going on. Can’t wait for another bottle... Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Poured into snifter, no head, dark but not impy stout dark. Strong brandy vanilla head, reminiscent of the angels share. Bold smokey flavors up front, vanilla and oak, bourbon and brandy, getting a lot more of the strong ale than the stout. Very interesting, will try it again, despite the price tag.
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Almost black - offwhite head. Bourdon, coconut, light burned notes, roasted, fruity, raisins, dried fruits, dark sugar, vanilla, light boozy notes, wooden, high sweetness, light sharpness, light bitterness, licorice. Low carbonation. Nice. magdalar (535) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Smells intense but subtle. The Angels share pops out first, full-on brandy complexity. Some sophisticated chocolate and word follows. Earthy. Bourbon. Prune. Vanilla. Brown sugar. A hint of pepper. So very complicated, and intricate.
The taste is a clear blend of the two beers, Angels Share followed closely by Serpent’s Stout, and finishes dry with a hint of dry semisweet fruity malty chocolate.
Very smooth creamy texture. Full bodied.
I think this may be the most complicated and best beer I’ve ever imbibed. I don’t have words to meet it. rangerbeer (4) - - JAN 1, 2012 does not count
This beer has just the right amount of alcohol flavor for a 12 percent beer. The carbonation is light as expected but the mouthfeel is not as thick as I imagined. The taste is good and complex, the bourbon and brandy are to thank, and they are not too overpowering. All in all a good beer but with a price this high it is good on occasion. However on harsh comparison it is hard to justify on taste alone, but when considering the effort required to make a blended barrel aged masterpiece, you wont think twice. egajdzis (6833) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Opaque black color with a thin, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts, red wine, vanilla, toffee, wood, and alcohol. Taste of red wine, roast, various dark fruits, vanilla, sherry wood, and some alcohol in the finish. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle from vtafro. Deep brown in color with just a wisp of a khaki head. Very low, but still present, carbonation. Aroma has chocolate, oak, grahm cracker, grapes and apple skin, and some vanilla. Decadent to say the least. Taste is toffee, chocolate, vanilla, grapes, prunes, and some oak notes. This is great. Rich, warming, and a perfect mix of sweet and bitter.