Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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3.7/5 rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a snifter. Bottled 12-29-11, enjoyed on May 5, 2012.
First off, the cork in this bottle did not want to come out. After several minutes of fiddling with it, it finally opened and revealed a viscus black stout. Absolutely no light comes through this bad boy. The head was about a finger and mocha-latte colored. The lacing was very apparent event before I took my first sip. This beer looks like a sinful delight.
Lots of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate in this one. It has a burnt grain smell which is very nice. There is the slightest amount of raisins in the nose, but it's hidden underneath the "dark" aromas that come out. There's almost no alcohol to speak of on the nose. This is what an imperial stout should smell like.
Lots and lots of bitter roasted malts come out, bringing coffee and chocolate. This is a roast bomb, it tastes like dark - almost burnt - grains. It's a really fantastic flavor, but it's a wee bit over the top. There is a nice sweetness that follows the roast flavor, which helps to balance the beer somewhat. There is a slight raisin flavor that is common in high-ABV beers like this, and the chocolate flavors almost give it a dessert-like quality. Alcohol is present, but very well hidden. I would honestly guess this beer to be closer to 8% than 11%. This is a really tasty stout, albeit it is a little harsh on the roast.
For some reason, I expected this beer to be thinner. This is a medium-high bodied beer that demands to be sipped rather than chugged. The carbonation is medium, which works in this beer. I think without the slight "fizz", this beer would feel way too thick. The beer coats your mouth as you drink and leaves a long lasting flavor well after the swallow.
I'm really happy with this beer. This beer could probably benefit from a year or two of age, but it's pretty good fresh. The only thing that keeps this beer from being mind-blowing is the harsh burnt flavor. Don't get me wrong, that flavor belongs in a good stout but this beer has a bit too much of it for my tastes. I think some age would smooth it out and leave you with a masterpiece of a beer. It may be a sin, but if this beer is what the serpent used to tempt Eve then who would blame her for indulging?
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2012 02:32:57 | More by MaxSpang
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