Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.
A - After a long time of finally wrestling with the cork, the beer slowly pops to life. The beer slowly glugs out of the bottle, thick and viscous-looking. The color is pretty much black, with only the faintest hint of dark brown coming through when actually tilting the glass to drink. The head is full of tiny little bubbles, about 2.5-fingers in height with moderately low retention. The head has a dark tan tint to it that leaves behind little lacing as it goes.
S - The first thing that surprised me about the nose is how hot it smells. The alcohol astringency really comes through strongly at first, which is a bit off-putting. Behind the alcohol, however, is a very rich beer. Even only by smell I can tell this is going to be a rather sweet beer given the malts here. There is a good balance by some bitter chocolate, however. There's also a good amount of roast in here as well, almost boarding on a slightly-burnt coffee bean.
T - Again, the alcohol comes through at first, almost like taking a half-shot of vodka in the fact that it has a slight burn, but isn't repulsive. This beer is much smoother than I would've anticipated, leading me to think that this has a pretty hefty malt bill as its approaching oatmeal-stout texture. The coffee that is on the back-burner in the nose almost comes to the forefront in the taste, with a very bold roast. Next there's just an absolute ton of bitter chocolate, real dark chocolate here. The alcohol heat comes through again at the end, but not as much as I would've anticipated. The word that keeps coming to mind during this beer is 'decadent'. This beer has typical flavors of other big stouts, but it just takes them to the next level. Tons of malts, providing big roast and chocolate notes. Very sweet as well, one of the sweetest I've had. A true dessert beer.
S - As mentioned earlier, the mouthfeel on this beer is pretty damn smooth. It's heavy-bodied with low carbonation (Lost Abbey's reputation precedes itself here). Very thick, easily coats the mouth and has a long, bitter finish to it.
D - Drinkability is moderate. It's a big beer, there's no questioning that. I took my time with this beer and didn't even start writing this review until about halfway through my first glass and still have a little under halfway to go. I would love this beer in 12oz, but in a 750ml bottle, the sweetness, thickness, and alcohol really start to hinder its drinkability after a while. Definitely think about splitting this!
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2011 01:41:19 | More by nhindian
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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
94 out of 100 based on 1,320 ratings.