Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,173 | Reviews: 514 | Show All Ratings:
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
More User Reviews:
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The aroma has big chocolate and notes of coffee.
The flavor follows of chewy chocolate, brownie, some vanilla, a big roasted coffee with a medium plus hop bitterness on the finish.
There's a big chewy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.
Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Such an incredible stout.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 02:25:17 | More by dar482
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Watching the pour, I thought the beer was a little flat, but the bubbles were latent and really exploded when the glass was nearly full. Ended up with a two finger head that settled into a dome. Deep dark brown where no light shall pass. Leaves a web of lace.
I smell Cocoa Puffs and Honey Graham Crackers. Attractive and semisweet.
Starts off like deeply toasted biscuits and ends like dark powdered cocoa. Chewy body. No notable alcohol warmth. Long aftertaste of burnt toast and black coffee.
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 16:37:20 | More by smcolw
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.