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RATINGS: 1188   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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 Serpents 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a small mocha head. Intense aroma of molasses, brown sugar, dark chocolate, vanilla, and soy. The flavors are surprisingly sweet and light given the dark, rich aroma. Lots of milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and over-toasted almonds. Nutty finish with a slight bourbon and dark chocolate kick at the end. I dig.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle@Oslo ljunta Olympen gathering. Opaque black, with a tanned ring of foam clinging to the glass. Initial aroma of licorice and beef-stock. Coffee, hard roasted malts and bitter chocolate to come. Complex and surprisingly rounded malt body. A great deal of roasted dark malts of course, also a broad range of other flavors; coffe-beans, dark chocolate, alcolhol, vanilla, acidic fruits, and an appropriate amount of fruity/peppery hops. Medium to full body. Slick mouthfeel. Malty-sweet and bitterish ending. Nice all over.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. This Imp Stout was a wonderful malt/coffee/chocolate dream of a beer. The only drawback was drinking it on a 100 degree night. Great palate and mix of flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (6854) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2009
Bottled. Cloudy dark, short off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee. Not as bitter and as much chocolate as some other stout, but nicely balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
Corked bottle, vintage 2009
Black color, with big creamy head, brownish. It has light aroma of roasted malt, bread and molasses. The flavor is very rich, considering also the strong body and the smooth mouthfeel; there is chocolate, caramel, some roasted malt, a hint of liquorice (that was a bit disturbing in the beginning, but tends to disappear later). It has a correctly strong bitterness that mixes well with the alcohol warmth in the final. Not vibrating, not surprising, but solid chocolatey Imperial Stout, extremely good and well balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12567) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque with an average, dark brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, burnt grain, caramel), heavy hop (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, oak, tar, prune, and plum. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kestral (506) - rnes, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle. Black with a light brown creamy head, nice lacing. Quite a bit of alcohol on the nose. Loads of different stuff going on here, tar, fudge, coffee, anise, dark fruits, chocolate. Fat and chewy. A bit too hot, but undeniably enjoyable none the less.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle. Black. Thin dark head around the edges and a ghostly wisp across the surface. Dark black aroma. Black tar smokey flavour. Big imperial stout nose. Cant taste the alcohol but can feel the fumes rising in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2009
2009 bottle. Pours opaque black with a light brown, average, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal, frothy, sporadic lace. Nose is nice but not exceptional; wisps of alcohol, notes of rich fudge, faint grape skins, some black strap molasses, light anise, and faintly roasted malt. Flavor is very nice with more rich fudge, some molasses, similar light anise, toasted almonds, light grape skins, and some roasted coffee with mild acidity moving into the finish. Palate is perfect; very full, round, velvety, chewy, soft to lively, and nice warmth. Finish remains rich but does pick up a moderately light coffee bitterness and some darker, bittersweet chocolate to match the fudge and almonds. Almost too rich but somehow the finishing bitterness from the dark chocolate and coffee keep it from being cloying. The grape skin notes create a vinous, almost brandy-like similarities. The whole bottle took quite a while to finish due to the richness and the viscous palate but I only liked each sip more than the last. I think LA achieved exactly what they were looking for in this one; thick and viscous, notable warmth, and rich malt notes. What a great brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2009
Black colored brew. Aroma of dark choclate, malts, caramel. Smooth, creamy, chocolate, coffee, rich flavor. Very nice one.


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