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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
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1,570 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,570
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 297
Gots: 402 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007

The history of the bible and religion is indeed the struggle of good vs. evil. Our Serpent’s 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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Ratings: 1,570 | Reviews: 557
Photo of kerry4porters
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible stout poured from the Taps at the Lost Abbey/Port brewing.
Aroma: Strong Roasted malts and hints of vanilla and Alcohol sweetness
Taste: Dark Roasted malt burnt sugar and vanilla
Feel: thick and Viscous perfect for a stout although I'd love to try it nitroed
Overall: Delicous stout in every way and just delicous all around
I think the only thing that would have made this better is if i t was poured in a tall tulip instead of a pint glass but still the best Imperial Stout Ive had

Photo of 14erFan
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

exceptional flavors are always hard to describe adequately - a magnificent stout. Rich, dark, bold, lingering - a real treat.

Photo of brighteyes868
3.11/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Ok for a chocolate stout, definitely taste of alcohol.

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft in a Lost Abbey tulip glass. Wouldn't guess that it is 11%. Alcohol very well hidden with the malt

Photo of Mighty_Miguelito
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! More stouts should use this as their barometer - perfect as far as I can tell.

Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage, 750ml cork-top bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black as night and thick as oil with a creamy dark tan-almost brown head that retains long after the pour, leaving some thick lacing behind

S- strong aromas of charred dark roasted malt leads to notes of campfire smoke, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, burnt marshmallow, licorice, malted milk balls, dark cherry and a bit of alcohol on the close

T- dark chocolate malt and burnt caramel flavors up front, with smoky charred malt, notes of coffee, green pepper, burnt wood, malted milk balls, and coffee finishing it out, herbal/grassy hop linger with some alcohol

M- thick and viscous body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth all the way to the finish, alcohol warmth on the linger

O- Big and bold stout with a near perfect creamy mouthfeel, good drinkability considering the ABV

Photo of Shawner
3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing went right with this beer......big mess!

Photo of RacerX5k
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Superb. 32 oz growler and absolutely (along with WnB and Heady Topper) one of the best non barreled beers in the world. Haven't done a review in quite some time, this beer deserves one. Let me say it again, really perfect.

Appearance? Poured into a 5oz sniffer is like all Port beers, perfect. Huge aroma coffee and chocolate. Taste massive coffee, chocolate, vanilla notes. Simple yet so flavorful, the mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth, thick, creamy stout deliciousness. Have to try a bottle to compare but this is absolutely one of the best beers I've had. Really, you have Bourbon County, Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter, HT, WnB and Port Hop 15 when I speak of the best beers in the world.

And not a hint of alcohol in this monster beer. Master brewing.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tasted a 1 yr old bottle. dark brown and totally opaque. sweet aroma. notes of fruit. sweetness and bitter on the tongue but very thin. i like a stout that i can almost chew. overall, a very good stout.

Photo of Bone53
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Black with a one finger brown head. One of the better looking beers iv seen

Smell: i get a lot of coffee, some chocolate, caramel, vanilla, perhaps a touch of dark fruit

Taste: Upfront is a dark, luscious coffee and chocolate, smoke and light dark fruit in the middle, with all flavors finishing together on the palate. I get hop presence and bitterness throughout

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body; I think the bitterness throughout hides the alcohol.

Overall: This is one big, badass brew. It almost tastes like a barrel aged beer but isnt. Ton of vanilla and smoke. The hop bitterness hides the alcohol well, and i imagine that subsiding tremendously with age, letting the malt aromas come out more. This is one of the better examples iv had, and if not for the hop presence, would be out of this world

Photo of mothman
3.27/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Not a fan of this one. Two much roast and carbonation. Very dry. Has a big fruity flavor that I didn't like.

Photo of dodgeriguez
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid imperial stout. Strong flavor without a burn

Photo of OGShotzy
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft into a tulip at Growlers, Bella Vista, Philadelphia, PA. Nice fluffy head, 4 cm. great beer.

Photo of boyeryan
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very flavorful, not as dry as many imperial stouts. Would happily drink again.

Photo of edubb23
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good tasting coffee notes, chocolate is good too

Photo of alcoherent_notholic
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Recent snow day offered the perfect chance to drink something new and toasty. Found this Serpent's Stout and decided to break my Lost Abbey virginity. Poured into a standard beer glass, enjoyed at leisure.

A: Poured thick with a pillowy head, a shroud of lacing while being drinked. Black as sin, no light coming through, just like my heart.

S: Dark chocolatey aroma, with hints of smoke from the depths of hell. Knew I would love this beer before even tasting it, living up to the temptation it claims.

T: Thick milky and smooth, with a strong presence of coffee and chocolate. The wonderfully bitter aftertaste left me wanting more, like a tempting woman defiling me and leaving for her next conquest.

O: Love it! I laughed, I cried, my sin nature lashed out and ensared me in a cosmic fall from grace. Totally worth it. Highly recommended for the lover of darkness.

Photo of Catracho5
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into The Lost Abbey teku glass this beer purchased February 14, 2015

A: Pitch black, no light coming through, nice creamy mocha fluffy head, lovely lacing, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the glass's side, poured like oil out of the bottle, looks really good.

A: Right up front, big coffee dark chocolate aromas, picking up some slight dark fruit aromas, smells great.

T: Like the nose, big coffee dark chocolate flavors, getting some dark fruit flavors in the middle, finishes with a lingering coffee chocolate bitterness, tastes great.

M: Nice creamy medium mouthfeel, very fluffy, almost Belgian quad like, finishes with a really dry coffee like mouthfeel.

O: Very impressed. I've tasted about 4-5 Lost Abbey beers within the last month and all but one has impressed me. Serpent's Stout falls in this category. This is a big coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, dry finishing stout. Very drinkable for 11%. Definitely going to pick up a few bottles to cellar. My only complaint is that I wish Lost Abbey would package their beers in 4 or 6 packs.

Photo of jooler
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black look with a four finger head. Lacing is pretty weird. Initial taste explodes my mouth with fruity flavor with a subtle coffee and chocolate taste. I sense some tart fruits like berries and figs. On top of that, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. The only problem is that the alcohol is very present at the finish

Photo of M_J_Z
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Shared this with a few friends last night. I was impressed! Delicious, easy-to-drink and smooth. I also got some sweetness from this, but just the right amount. This is well-balanced.

Thank you for sharing this, Josh! 4.25+. Another winner from The Lost Abbey.

Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: An opaque brown so dark, it's practically black. The tan head is gargantuan, its smooth, foamy top resting upon a mountain of golden bubbles. This beer even looks big, i.e., its appearance alone promises lots of complexity.

Smell: Smells of luxury chocolate truffles--how's that for decadent? Dark fruit aromas are reminiscent of plums and cherry cordial. Roasted, smoky malt creates a meaty earthiness that balances out the sweetness. A delightful bouquet to be sure, but one that could benefit even more from a few more distinct scents.

Taste: A taste that evolves: At first it is both intensely sweet and boozy--maple and brown sugar are taken over the top with a squeeze of caramel syrup, and roughed up by the flavor of vodka. But this intense combination is but a flash in the pan once the roasted malt kicks in, devouring the sweetness and leaving savory smoked jerky in its wake. It's all a bit overwhelming, but for that reason, it's impressive. Certainly something to be sipped slowly and carefully.

Mouthfeel: As chewy and viscous as it looks. Velvety on the tongue. The 11% ABV is confirmed by serious alcohol warming at the back of the throat. Moderate carbonation prevents the body from becoming too thick, and brings a slight dryness to the finish.

Overall: Serpent's Stout is aptly named--this beer is both good and evil. It drives itself to the brink of being too sweet, but is pulled back by smoke and fire in the form of roasted malt and alcohol. It's an overall sensation of being so good it's bad--a dangerous pleasure...forbidden fruit, indeed. In the end, it was almost too much to take, but who doesn't like a little walk on the wild side?

Photo of McMatt7
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Nailed it, excellent, drank it too fast probably, licorice a little, figs a little, creamy, sexy, adorable.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from a 25 oz bomber into a tulip on 05.31.14.

A: 3 finger bubbly tan head which recedes quickly. Midnight black body with no red.

S: Cocoa powder, dark fruit, and licorice.

T: Fig, chocolate, raisin, cherry, and cinnamon toast dominate. Woodiness and a cabernet sauvignon quality are more subtle.

M: Creamy. Very chewy.

O: This was very complex and rich. There was some alcohol burn on the back end. The woodiness was not overwhelming. This was an excellent stout.

Rating: A

Photo of ctboom
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

One of my top 5 imperial stouts. Goose Island, Founders, Deschutes, the Serpent's and then the placeholder which fits in all the rarer stouts that can't really quantify for lists because they're impossible to get. This Lost Abbey is doing a great job at my only of the beer categories (I'm allergic to most beers but stouts get by passably). My wife's a completely different catagory of beer drinker than me and she swears by Lost Abbey's other offerings as much as I like this stout. Serpent's Tail warms well, I want it warm enough so the flavors expand horizontally and beneath the tongue... at these warmer temperatures, the viscera of the beer really gets turned inside out: the smokiness moves your intestines, you feel fumigations of sweet fruits and the strong alcohol burn. Very rich stout with mellow carbonation. Drink it slowly enough to last a three hour computer session and the flavors keep on unfolding as the imperial burn intensifies. One time I was having one of their bottles and my wife kissed me and she thought I'd been smoking and drinking odd brews with shamans in Peru because of my breath. That's how deep the fermentation goes. Keep it up Lost Abbey.

Photo of 05Harley
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Bottled on 2009

Discovered this gem in my cellar while cleaning out some near empty beer boxes.
Purchased @ at Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass on 7/22 for 13.99/bomber. Really, don't ask O.C.D.

As holy as this beer looks on the outside when poured you can see the inside is full of the dark side, almost evil like. When held up to the light I get nothing, just dark matter... A frothy tan curtain covers the top for a minute or two before fading to a thin sheen with bubbles clinging to the sides. Appearance is raw beauty!

The nose is full, rich and roasty. The oak comes in nicely breaking through the dark chocolate barrier revealing even more secrets of licorice, coffee and dare I say the scent of a good cigar, faack.

The taste buds dance over the flavor of dark chocolate, roasted malt, black licorice, burnt sugar and an overlay of vanilla. A very flavorfull example of the style.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with a warm feeling of heat quick on it's heels. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with some bitterness joining the party in the end.

Overall this beer continues to hold my interest. I've been diving into this one for years and feel lucky enough to have stumbled upon one stored properly with a good amount of age. I was surprised to see I hadn't reviewed this in the past but here it is #175...

Photo of ZenBiscuits
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Darkest stout I've ever seen; darkest head, too.

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,570 ratings.