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. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 375ml at Jerry’s. Black with slender brown head, but barrel-aged / Rich, complex, nose of coffee, tobacco, chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon barrel / Full body, smooth, deep, and mellow, sweet but not cloying, with some dryness in the middle, great balance and long finish with almost no heat / Rich, deep, flavors of semisweet chocolate, tobacco, roast coffee, toffee, licorice, date, fig, coconut, and bourbon barrel/ Awesome. If the abbey brewed this, I’d consider taking vows. jhb (3) - Freeland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013 does not count
little head, very dark, lots of fruit and alcohol notes. A wonderful beer! Rich71 (105) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2013
very heavy beer. sweet and bitter taste. it smells lovely sweet. it is very expensive but worth the price. jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2014
This beer is fantastic. It has a wonderful sweet rich wine flavor that didn’t change whether I snacked on an apple or southwest trail mix. This beer reminds me of my favorite port wine. Yum.
mkel07 (6123) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2014
355ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique 130614. Beer does not get any better than this, surely. ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2016 375cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark brown in the pour but once in the glass is pitch black with a hint of garnet around the edge when held up to light. Aroma is massively powerful concoction of bourbon, buttery vanilla, barrel, dark fruits and massive burnt malt. Taste is toasted fruit cake drenched in bourbon and brandy then covered in 65% coca chocolate. Sweetness is quite upfront however the rest of the beer is so powerful it balances itself out as to not be sickly. Moderate bitterness and the creamiest mouthfeel ever with no carbonation to speak of. magdalar (516) - 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. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2012
375mL bottle, caged & corked. Enjoyed in a single Sinners stem glass. Black pour, light brown foam. Carob aroma, sweet malt, loads of chocolate aromas, caramel, bourbon oak barrel, charcoal, and alcohol. Already, I sense this beer is worth every penny, ($19.99 to be exact). Flavor of sweet roasted malts, burnt malt, charred sugars, dark fruits, alcohol burn, dark chocolate, raw date sugar, caramel notes, fudge, vanilla bean, roast, dark fruit bitterness. Big Boy Daddy Candy!! Can taste the barrel aging. Finishes with a good amount of heat. Overall, it carries a Sweet Stout character, only much bigger. Very very sticky texture. Oily body, heavy, super strong. Loads of residual sugars. Sweet all through the finish. A big One Hitter.
Bule (2188) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Wow, what an Aphrodisiac!
12.7 oz bottle purchased from Beercraft. Pouts a very dark brown and sticks to the glass. Very smooth for such a strong beer. One of my favorites.