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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,432 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 286
Gots: 334 | FT: 30
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Brushkanna, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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...

05Harley, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of ricke
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a small black beige head that quickly settles into a fine ring of lacings.

S: Not overly powerful, but still with a pleasant character of roasted malts and delightful fruity notes. Quite a lot of coffee. Hints of chocolate and vanilla.

T: A somewhat sweet taste with gently roasted malts and coffee to the fore. Fruits are more muted than in the smell. Some tannins. Notes of chocolate. The finish is somewhat bitter with a faint salty note of licorice, and a hint of wood. The alcohol provides a nice warming sensation, but not much to the flavors. All in all, quite tasty and balanced nut not overly powerful or complex.

M: Full bodied with a velvety texture. Mild carbonation seems to fit the laid back character of the beer well.

D: I think I was expecting more from this. Still a good beer, though. It's well composed, but it could use a bigger spectrum or aromas and flavors.

ricke, Sep 11, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

t2grogan, Nov 09, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Riding on the whole "original sin" theme, darkness and evil, we are now tempted enough to give this brew a go. Lively carbonation brings a slow foam right out of the bottle, not a gusher but a creeper. Quick to foam though the lace does dissipate into the thin ring. Dark as the darkest night: opaque and sooty. Mild acrid tartness in the nose, sweet chocolate cake in the aroma and flavor. Carbonation is super fine on the palate with a fluffy, full body. Again, chocolate cake and dark chocolate. Sweetness is mild and up front. Ever so faint tartness, but a more prominent woody flavor in the middle. Hint of rich molasses and black currants in the back. Modest hop character, that's fine as the roasted character takes care of keeping the balance. Doesn't taste like an 11 percent beer at all, extremely deceiving even with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

A very delicious bottle-conditioned stout, impressive and drinkable for 11 percent. The more it warms up the better it gets. Malt flavors are really in sync with each other. A must try in our book because it stands out from the rest of the Lost Abbey lineup as being one of their best.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

warnerry, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Afroman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Afroman, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours black with a small light brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is fudgy lactic chocolate malts, black licorice and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fudgy chocolate malts and molasses with a charred roast, black licorice and some alcohol. The finish is a lot of charred bitterness and alcohol. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected - light to medium bodied with low carbonation and kind of watery.

Overall, starts off promising, but it's just too hot, charred and unbalanced for me to truly like. I remember this beer being a lot more decadently sweet, and liking it a lot more that way.

Beaver13, Sep 07, 2010
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4.92/5  rDev +16%

freydaddy, Oct 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Britton, Jan 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jason, Aug 12, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical L.A. bomber, caged and corked, w/o vintage nor freshness info (it would kinda be nice to have this info on beers like this one) Pours black, with a very dark tan head, that leaves moderate slippery lace. Espresso mostly in the nose, with whiffs of mocha and vanilla. Dense, deeply flavorful brew. More espresso, layers of cocoa, mocha and burnt/dark malty goodness. Sweetness is somewhat counterbalanced by some fairly subtle and late to the party hops. All in all a tasty and thoroughly enjoyable dark and muddy creation., Highly recommended.

Billolick, May 19, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark brown in color, opaque

Smell: chocolate, roasted malt, and cream

Taste: big dose of chocolate--both dark and milk, roasted malt, and cream, subtle coffee and a touch of nut

Mouthfeel: light bodied for the style, light carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end.

Drinkability: I really like the complex multiple layers of chocolate going on here. I do want this again. This is worth the price and is a really good beer.

tigg924, Apr 26, 2010
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4.52/5  rDev +6.6%

aquazr1, Sep 21, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a beige head that retains fairly well and leaves bits of lacing on the glass. Smell is of malted milk balls, earthy hops, light roast and plenty of booze. Taste of light caramel, a touch of coffee, earthy, grassy hops, malted milk balls and fusels. Medium body and higher than medium carbonation. Had this beer a few times and I fail to understand the extremely high ratings. They make other beers I enjoy quite a bit, but this isn't one.

badbeer, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is brown sugar with roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee and roasted malt. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Another very good beer from Lost Abbey/Port Brewing.

Mora2000, Apr 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

olradetbalder, Nov 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

fenlop54, Oct 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Lofreqwave, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

fo1ksguitar, Jan 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dense brown head of tiny bubbles. Roast malt, leather, cigar, bacon, coffee, chocolate and charcoal in the aroma. Huge is not a big enough descriptor for the roasted malt. It hits like a sledgehammer. Smoked bacon, dark chocoalte, cocoa powder, and coffee are also there en masse. Nice alcoholic warmer at the back. Smooth, velvet mouthfeel. I could drink this all night.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serpent’s Stout opens with a rich, malty aroma that can be smelled from quite a few inches away. Deep and complex, the nose bears coffee, tobacco, ash, milk chocolate, chocolate malt, black malt, and a heavy earthiness, as of fresh loam. Mixed in with these darker notes are a few caramels, brown sugar, molasses, and handfuls of fig, black cherry, and date fruit esters. Smatterings of grapefruit and pine speak of a decent hopping. As a whole, the nose speaks to an excellently crafted stout, the ingredients varied and finely chosen to create a wide-ranging series of aromas. The nose does fade slightly after a time, this being about my only complaint here, but still remains enticing.

On the tongue, the beer is as big and dark as the nose implies, being full of ash, coffee, tobacco, black and chocolate malt. The sugars are more present here, however, bringing in heavy cream, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Fig and black cherry fruit esters add complexity, and the malts also contribute a thick brown bread and toast crust effect. The most noticeable difference is the larger hop presence, which adds a good layer of grapefruit and, to a lesser extent, pine. The aftertaste is heavy on ash and tobacco, with lingering sugars and breads, and a heavy alcoholic vapor, this last note somewhat detracting from the effect (though it says much that the 11% ABV is hardly noticeable during the main mouthful). Mouthfeel is medium to medium-high, and carbonation is medium to medium-light.

Overall, this is excellent stout, the flavors wide-ranging and complex, but working together in great harmony. The extra shot of ash and tobacco at the end of the swallow is a very nice closing touch as well. I did find the high grapefruit notes somewhat counterintuitive to the blackness, and the alcoholic vapors in the aftertaste were a bit much, but even with that, I’d easily purchase another bottle or three of this one.

jondeelee, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

sourdog, Apr 06, 2014
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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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