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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,294 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 277
Gots: 311 | FT: 27
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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Reviews by davod23:
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davod23

California

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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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.