On Tap at Toronado, San Diego
Smells like Dark Fruit, a lot like Judgment Day. Raisins, and a little chocolate.
Some barrel aged goodness in the glass; vanilla, raisin, and an earthy oakiness.
My drinking buddy Michelle said it tasted like, "Rum Soaked Raisins with Vanilla Flambe." Yup.
As it warmed more flavors of slight chocolate, more vanilla and dark fruit.
Overall it was way more like Barrel Aged Judgment Day than Serpents Stout. Very tasty and not like a typical barrel aged stout which was interesting. More dark fruitiness. I wanted to experience something different, celebrating both Lost Abbey/Port Brewing as well as Toronado's Anniversaries.
Barrel-Aged Stouts are still my absolute favorite, but this was nice to try.
Brandy my bartender for the day was perfect. Watching her deal with the constant flow of bewildered and overwhelmed customers with the same repeated question, "What's Good?" was humorous and slightly ridiculous. She handled it amazingly well. She was very helpful to me.
First thing she asked when I ordered my first stout was if I would like to order something else while it got to temperature. Great advice. Thanks Brandy. I appreciated the advice and thoroughly enjoyed the results.
Once again, the Toronado Jukebox added greatly to the experience.
I don't go out often so when I do there has to be an acceptable reason, like a not regularly available beer, good music or better than average service.
Toronado combines all three for the perfect Tri-Fecta.
Smells like a darker Judgment Day.Tastes like dark fruit; raisins.
Enjoyed it just fine. Would have it again if given the opportunity but not going to go nuts trying to track it down. Like I am going nuts from my recent taste of Founder's Imperial Stout.