Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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4.23/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 2010 vintage bottle I have stored at cellar temperature for the last two years. Chilled and poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Corked and caged 750 mL bottle that opens slightly unceremoniously. I have to say I'm a tad afraid this could be flat just based on past experience with Lost Abbey.
Appearance: My fears are put to rest pretty quick. Pours a dark brown, one finger head with decent retention that settles into a thing lacing. Still seems a bit undercarbed, but I think it works well with this style. Dark brown in color, bordering on black. Very nice.
Aroma: My first impression is that, despite the two years and change on my bottle, there is still a noticable alcohol heat. Really nice cocoa and caramel notes. A touch of vanilla in there as well. Some light coffee and milk chocolate in there as well. Very nice.
Taste: Chocolate, molasses and an array of dark fruit notes come out upfront. A touch of coffee bean bitterness to balance out the strong sweet notes. The beer actually is really sweet, but somehow it works enough that it still stays really drinkable. The alcohol is definitely noticable but I think the age of the bottle has done a lot to mellow this out. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation and a very thick mouthfeel. A bit syrupy at times.
Overall, a really nice big, sweet imperial stout that delivers on that regard. The flavors are definitely big but they balance out well enough to be drinkable. I think the age I opened my bottle is pretty close to optimal. The booze is not overwhelming and definitely feels mellowed, but the flavors don't feel muted. I definitely might get this again for the cellar. Very solid. I definitely would like to see a barrel aged variant of this beer available.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2012 01:34:30 | More by Gosox8787
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