Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by everetends:
4.03/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
My girlfriend and I shared a tulip of this as our last beer on the way out of Toronado San Diego. She ordered after hearing a description while I was talking to my new friends. I was trying to avoid Lost Abbey brews due to a few moral issues with Tomme but there it was, and I gave it a go.
A: This one hit the bar in front of us as . . . a black stout. Right in line with what one expects. It has an opaque body that is black as night. The body is glossy and shiny. The head sitting on top of this pour is a deep mocha in color and sits a little over a finger (the dude at Toronado had all of his pours down). The head is sticky and tosses up some pretty good lace, only a little bit slides back down into the glass, creating a nice webbing all over the glass.
S: Its chocolaty. Lots of dark and milk chocolate coming out of the glass. Behind that is a bit more lactose/milk/cream. Vanilla makes itself known along with a little bit coffee bean. With all of that mentioned, the most prevelant aroma is that of alcohol. Not a distinct booze of any type, just alcohol. Other than that, not getting a whole lot. I expected a little more complexity but mostly getting the usual suspects of a stout with no real wow factor. It smells good though.
T: It . . . tastes good. Actually pretty damn good. It has a serious dose of chocolate but still remains not too sweet. Hops are cutting it down, but its not hoppy. Its well crafted in this department. It still is a sweet stout, but its not out of hand at all. Lots of dark chocolates and milk chocolates that are really creamy. Lots of milk and cream coming through. Coffee and vanilla work their way into the mix to add a little bit more. Little bit of roast brings some smoke and bitterness. Dark fruits (dark berries) and hazelnut make an appearance. There is a little bit of citrus (hops) coming out that brings a light chocolate covered orange flavor every once in a while. This rounds off with a little bit of nougat.
M: Full bodied with a light carbonation. This beer is thick, creamy, and smooth. It coats the mouth but doesn't over stay its welcome. ABV is present. Brings the heat on the throat and tummy tum. Finishes a little sweet but not cloying. After taste isn't far off from Nutella (which is one of my favorite flavors).
D: Its good. I was afraid that was going to happen. This is pretty damn well crafted and tasty. It could use a bit more in the nose arena and the ABV could be hidden a bit more, but still it is nice. Its not in that ELITE category of Imperial Stouts but it is close. It was a good deal on tap but the bottles I saw for $13+ were a bit of a turn off. I would have it on draft again, but I can't see myself buying a bottle. Well done.
Serving type: on-tap
03-24-2010 02:49:26 | More by everetends
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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
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