Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by davod23:
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
You know, this beer doesn't get as much hype as it maybe deserves. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery snifter.
Pour is somewhat thick, jet-black, with a light-coffee colored head that rises from the dead post-pour. It dissipates, but a swirl of the glass brings it back. Some lacing, quite nice.
Smell is of roasted dark malts, bitter and dark chocolates, a touch of espresso. Aroma is not overpowering, but assertive nonetheless. As it warms, there's a slight negative transformation - some cheap, stale coffee emanates forth from the glass. Not enough to hurt the score too badly, but it's not close to a perfect-smelling imperial stout.
Taste follows the nose for the most part. It's relatively sweet, with bitter chocolate and coffee notes, and a bitter finish. The bitterness reminds me more of dark chocolate than hops though. The alcohol is very well hidden, except for a slight warming sensation that I get in my innards. That's right, I'm talking about my innards.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. It's not quite as viscous and chewy as others out there, but it's certainly not thin. For an imperial stout, I'm thinking this is medium-bodied. Enough carbonation to not feel like a dead beer. Considering this is Lost Abbey we're talking about, I'm happy about that.
Drinkability is great for a stout. 11%? Ha. I could drink a couple of these bottles in a night if it wouldn't screw me up in the morning. As it was, my half of the bottle was gone in no time flat.
Very, very solid effort from Lost Abbey. I wonder what would happen if this were thrown into oak barrels for a while. Worth seeking out, regardless.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2009 06:23:03 | More by davod23
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4.26/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle Date: Vintage 2013
Opened: July 2014
This one had a tough cork to pull, but once I got that open with a large pop, the cork was very wet and sticky, even though this had been stored upright for the last year or so.
A: There was an aggressive pour which resulted in a 3 finger tan head with various sized bubbles. The head receded very slowly to a sort of thick film which left nice lacing. I believe that this is black, but it could be very dark brown.
S: The nose was ok, but doesn't compare to the taste. There was some chocolate, some bitterness, some roast. I get a little oak, or woodiness. There is a dash of a sharp anise type smell.
T: Smooth, creamy, chocolate. A brief prickliness from the carbonation. Much more dark chocolate comes through than the nose in a luxurious, velvety way. It is similar to the nose, but the taste was much more intense. There is no alcohol.
MF: In addition to the above, it was creamy and silky. Quite nice.
O: Very nice and very enjoyable with about a year on it.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 00:01:36 | More by pknyc
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,313 ratings.