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RATINGS: 1197   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Bottle. Thanks Melissa. Incredible. Poured jet black with creamy chocolate brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts and coffee. Taste is really spectacular, roasted malt, mild coffee, dark chocolate. Soft creamy body, flavors are extremely balanced. Finishes with mild bitterness. Flawless!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3620) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2009
750 ml bottle
Thanks to ckschubert for sending this a couple of months ago. With winter fading away and my cellar overstocked I have been looking for quality beers to clear. This one was an easy target. Finally pulling the trigger I was not disappointed in the least. This ranks right up there with Stone RIS and North Coast Old Rasputin as a West Coast imperial stout that is almost flawless.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep oak head was a great contrast for the black oily body which left sheets of clear lacing along the sides. Black coffee, anise, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and smoke complement a well rounded and robust experience.

Flavor / Palate - The taste is even better than the aroma. Near flawless in both thickness and complexity it holds a blend of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, anise, and rich malts. Deceptively drinkable even at 11% ABV I had no problems finishing this off in short order. I may have to get another one some day if I run across it while visiting the West Coast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Bottle at Janniks Easter Party. Black - brown head. Coffee, chocolate, burned, high malty, light oiley, sweetness, flowery, licorice, light tobacco, light leather. Very nice, soft and smooth. Well balanced.... Again: #20 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 01-Maj-2009 hos Papsoe. Bottle. (8/4/7/4/17).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7553) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
Bottle (2009). Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (coffee, roasted grain, dark chocolate, fudge, nuts, husks), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean, slightly husky. Full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Its close to being great, but has some glaring rough edges (esp. in the mouth) that need repair. The most obvious problem is the aftertaste...its as if there is a plastic wrapper of some kind coating my tongue. Its not horrific or anything, but it makes it very hard to drink much of it. Otherwise the balance is very good. Some grainy/husky character in the nose, but for the most part the aroma is very alluring. Quite good relative to expectations, but still a miss.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2009
750ml caged and corked bottle (2009 vintage) and served in a snifter. This poured a slick, motor oil black with a thin cap of mocha foam that quickly receded into a lasting ring. Hardly any lace. The aroma was full of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, some tobacco, and also some burnt malt. The flavor was slightly ashy with a good dose of chocolate and burnt caramel. Chewy roasted malt and molasses with a hint of dark fruit at the finish. The alcohol was hidden nicely. The mouthfeel was full-bodied but seemed a bit chalky and thin on the tongue. Very mild carbonation. A well made impy. Worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - APR 11, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a black color with a medium sized beighe head. Aroma is filled with roasted malt and licorice. Taste is roasted malt,licorice,dark chocolate and some faint tobacco and leather notes. Some alcohol can be felt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 10, 2009
Bottle. Pitch black with a medium sized head. Notes of chocolate, coffee, flowers, grain and hops. Pretty well balanced. P.S. Mette is crazy about it, but is not allowed to rate it - or so says Papsoe :)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2009
Pours a dark dark brown with a decent size tan head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt, some alcohol also. Nice mouthfeel, a bit bitter at the end.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
Lost a point only for being over 10% alcohol; any damn fool can get enough esters to dissolve in that much alcohol, but most dont. Smell of bitter chocolate, bitter espresso, and roasted malts. Wonderful. Pours a dark, viscous, black, totally opaque, with a small dark brown head. Gorgeous. Taste of chocolate and coffee, of course, makes me think of my first cup of truly extraordinary espresso, with hints of Cuban tobacco and dry leather. Sweet notes and a touch of hops in the finish. And, of course, a pour that pours that thick needs moderate carbonation to save the mouth feel, and it is there. Just about perfect. Is 4.4 too low? Maybe.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5382) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle from trade with MrHanky. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, spice, some hops, and notes of booze. This one could be a daily drinker, I think. Flavor is chocolate, licorice, coffee, roasted malt, booze, bitter chocolate with lots of dark bitterness. Full-bodied and very good stout.


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