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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,296 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,296
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 278
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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kojevergas

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I've had this before on tap and it was lovely. Acquired at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California a couple months ago. Cost was $11.99 plus tax.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as (in spite of the brewery) I don't anticipate any carbonation issues.

A: Pours a one finger head of incredible beautiful rich tan colour, heavy mocha cream, damned impressive thickness, and obscenely good retention. Colour is a solid black with a fair amount of rising bubbles. No yeast particles are visible, but it's nontransparent and opaque. It's a beautiful beer. I can't wait to drink it.

Sm: Extravagant coffee, vanilla bean, hints of rich chocolate, exquisite roast, milk, cream, and traces of nuts. Coffee is dominant. Incredibly subtle. A mild strength aroma. Very inviting. I can't wait to taste it. The aroma makes a big promise I'm not sure the taste can fulfill.

T: Cream on the open. Exquisite coffee over a subtle yet full roasted barley foundation. Some chocolate. Heavy rolling cream. Some vanilla. Dark malts. Hints of subtle caramelization. Hints of yeast right on the finish and into the aftertaste a biteen. No alcohol comes through in the flavour, though you feel it in your stomach. The roast and coffee are dominant and fantastic. Fully layered. Great body. Complex yet subtle. A refined flavour profile that fulfills the promise of the aroma.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet, with some subtle underlying dryness from the roasted barley. Perfect thickness and carbonation. Complements the flavour profile extremely well.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the style and high ABV. It borders on dangerous. It's almost a sipper merely because you feel the alcohol when it reaches the stomach, generating a warm sensation. Would make a great winter beer (this doesn't seem lost on Lost Abbey). It's well worth its price. Definitely do what you can to get your paws on this gem. I'd love to have this again. A remarkable special brew in a highly oversaturated style. I'd definitely recommend this to friends.

An excellent candidate for aging. One of the finest I've come across, actually. I'd like to try this with 2 or 3 years on it.

Would pair well with weaker flavoured chocolate, prunes, and raisins. Tiny twist pretzels would be ideal methinks.

Drank real well out of me Guinness goblet. Narrow-mouthed goblets and snifters are likely ideal for this beer.

Low A

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 05:30:05 | More by kojevergas
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