MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle with monster huge stupid thanks to gorditoabd... You win! Anyhow, anticipation had been building and the moment is here. It’s dark brown, although not quite as thick as I had thought. Totally opaque, very little head, but there are signs of carbonation. First approach of the nose almost has me convinced to not drink this... maybe pour it on my pillow or something for some longer term enjoyment. Lots of dark sugars and stickiness. I’m not sure where to even begin or end on describing the nose, so I’ll just throw up a lousy attempt: Brown sugar, prunes and raisins, toffee. Flavor is spectacular as well... the booze is just plain obvious and leaves a wonderful burn throughout the whole experience. Sticky and dark sweetness covers it up a bit as does a little bit of oak, but the whole experience is like a though experience of what would happen if you mixed brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, some dried dark fruits and bourbon... lots of bourbon... and then sat there sipping on it. Spectacular. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Sugary sweet and chocolate nose, lots of bourbon. Taste is very sweet, lots o f bourbon, lots of chocolate, some molasses, light coffee and dark fruit. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
375ml bottle pours an oily, lightly opaque black with zero head. Nose is vanilla, malty, nutty. Flavor is the same, sweet, brown sugar, some vanilla, nuts, oak. Finish is smooth. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
8 ounce sample on tap at Public House in SF for SFBeerWeek. The aroma on this is fantastic. Chocolate roasted notes with a nice vanilla bourbony sweetness. The sweetness is really nice, and not overly cloying. This is totally quaffable, and the Angels Share aromatic qualities overpower the Stout, which is good. Virtually opaque black body with a small light brown head. Starts with a good deal of roasted, burnt chocolate notes. Very roasted caramel/toffee sweetness present in the middle. Decent bourbon hints, but this does have a very warming, almost boozy finish that is dry. Very roasted, and a little burnt as this goes on. The mouthfeel is a little too thin towards the end. mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2011 Dark brown with tan head. Lots of chocolate and Roasty malt nose. Notes of chocolate, creamy body and boozy barrel aged goodness. Ligering bit
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2012 My Bottom Line:fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Plums, raisins, crême brulée, maple syrup and caramel seep from this Black Barley Wine’s wealthy mouthfeel, as madeira and dark chocolate slowly rise in its truly inspiring flavor profile.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of foam crowns the purplish dark brown.
-The controlled maderization in the aroma is spectacular with the raisin-y flavors of the specialty malts.
-Alcohol heat is felt throughout, but is never bothersome. It actually helps to offset some of the portly sweetness.
-The finish comes as a surprise, as the Imperial Stout used in the blend seems to suddenly take control.
-This is a beautiful example of what blended brews can offer. Of course, when the two original brews are this amazing, it helps... ;)
Bottle courtesy of Eric. Thanks!! Pours pitch black with thin tan head that whips away immediately. Aroma is dominated by the booze. Mainly bourbon. I think the aroma comes from mostly the angels share component. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is rich tannic woody oak bourbon, hot alcohol notes, coffee, chocolate, and finishes with a rich dark fruit booze blend. A beautiful beer. What surprises me is the description on this site. I get mainly bourbon and angels share in this brew. Which is a bit of a conundrum if its brandy angels share and bourbon serpent stout. A fantastic brew. Thanks Eric!! Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
UPDATED: APR 17, 2013 Very good dark brown pour with almost no head. Big hot chocolate and huge whisky notes. Very tasty soy and roast, and a bit silky smooth. Rum raisin and fig fruit. Port. Really nice sipper. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
375, corked and baled. Nearly black. Dense creamy tan head. Big bourbon and chocolate nose, intensely sweet. Lots of malt sugar knocking around. Thick, creamy, intense body...carb is not overdone at all but it’s not fading into the background either. Well place. Raisins, bourbon, chocolate, brown bread, and molasses on the mid palate. Gets a little hot near the end. Dry finish. Nice effort.\\
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep, murky reddish brown body, thin ring of buff carbonation. Huge, complex nose, with an immediate flush of brandy followed by a soiree of marshmallows, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, oak, and bourbon. Body with prickly alcohol heat and lots of dry, dusty oak and vanilla, balanced by burnt sugars, roasted malts, chocolate, and toast; leathery. Harsh and uncompromising, yet also quite pleasing.