Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2010 vintage. 750ml bottle into a snifter.
The cork popped with authority but no one lost an eye, so I guess it was all fun and games. Some serious gun-smoke afterward, like the ghost of the beer within, or the devil's breath was escaping. The beer looks great in the glass. It's as dark as Hades, reminiscent of a ferry ride across the river Styx. No other colors escape the evil within, and this devil wears a brown crown that clings and provides nice lace.
The temptation begins with the smell. The roasted malts slither around, giving notes of only the darkest chocolate and black strap molasses. There's some bitter roast and sweet sugar underneath, giving just a hint of dark fruitiness to the nose. A minor touch of coffee is there, but this is mostly decadent chocolate and a decent share of sugary booze. A minor amount of toast gets swallowed by the burned malt. A hint of licorice finishes the alluring aroma.
The taste isn't exactly straight out of the garden of Eden, but it's close. It follows the smell with huge notes of chocolate and molasses. The beer starts to get sweet, then burned malt acidity and bitterness comes in. Then a serpentine sweetness kicks in and makes this simply a massive experience. This beer isn't subtle - it's coming at me like a black mamba, spitting venomous and voracious notes of huge roast and a hint of vanilla. There's even some citrus from the garden, no apples, just some minor grapefruit that again is dominated by the black malt.
The only way I can refuse the serpent's siren song is to focus on the mouthfeel. It's acceptable but is syrupy and thick, knocking this down a bit and bringing me back to my senses. The carbonation that is there begins to dissipate and this becomes a sticky black concoction that only the purest of men can resist. This isn't the most drinkable beer, as the booze certainly emerges more as this warms. A beer full of evil and good, much like the battle in the garden it gets its name from. As the last sip slithers down my throat, I'm convinced that the snake knows the way to paradise.
Serving type: bottle
11-24-2010 21:23:37 | More by jampics2
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3.49/5 rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.
Pours black with a short-lived head that leaves little lacing.
Aroma: moderately strong and dominated by dark-roasted malts.
Flavor: more funky and less fruity than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Lightly bitter finish.
Feel: medium body; medium-light carbonation.
O: good, not great. High ABV is too obvious.
Serving type: on-tap
07-01-2014 00:24:50 | More by chinchill
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This stout was served on tap into a 10oz tulip glass. The head on this beer looked impressive. The beige lacing was sticky, fluffy, and good looking. The smell of this stout was a balance of roasted malt, bitter/dark chocolate, molasses, and something pungent. This stout tastes roasted, sour, and chocolatey, with a weak boozy ending/aftertaste. Mouthfeel = medium/smooth/dry.
Overall, I was not very impressed. When I read Serpent's Stout, I started thinking of something slithery, poisonous, and big. This brew's name mislead me. If it was named The Lost Abbey Snake Stout, I probably wouldn't be as disappointed. As for being a serpent, :(
Serving type: on-tap
06-21-2014 01:38:30 | More by mabermud
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.