Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by augustgarage:
3.75/5 rDev -11.6%
Reviewed from notes; on-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a non-branded straight-walled tulip (similar to a short stemmed heavy wine glass).
Extremely dark brown, approaching black in color. Opaque and topped with a resiliant desert sand head that fades to a wide ring.
Aroma is very distinctive, though I can't place it. Very spirity, raisins, dates, cherries, and an almost yeasty funk.
Roasted malt, coffee, dried fruit, and some sourness. Alcohol comes through strongly. Bitterness brings to mind fruit-pits rather than hops. This is probably a bit of an acquired taste.
On the higher end of medium bodied, kind of chewy, though it isn't a slick beer. Very warming, a bit of astringency, strong carbonation subsumed by the ABV.
Because of how heavy it is and the unusual aroma and flavors within, I find this to be a bit of a chore to drink.
06-13-2009 16:38:41 | More by augustgarage
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
09-11-2009 15:21:49 | More by ricke
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
09-10-2010 13:27:50 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.15/5 rDev -25.7%
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.
09-07-2010 04:53:32 | More by Beaver13
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-19-2008 00:29:22 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
04-26-2010 14:37:03 | More by tigg924
3.1/5 rDev -26.9%
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.
02-17-2010 06:03:04 | More by badbeer
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-28-2010 01:37:08 | More by Mora2000
4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
12-12-2008 21:19:55 | More by magictrokini
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-22-2012 15:50:05 | More by jondeelee
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
Dark black, brown head, good lacing. Aroma was roasty nuts, coffee flavor not too prominent in there. Surprised at the smell of some bitter hops in this.
Chocolate comes out more on the tongue, but never sweet, amazed how well this hides the alcohol. Not overly thick. Smooth. Mildly oaky, nowhere near the presence of the barrel fermented version though. Tobacco and leather elements to it.
Kind of strange how this is only $11 for a 750 bottle. . . I guess it doesn't sit in a barrel. Anyways, about the best price/quality ratio from LA.
06-07-2011 19:47:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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