Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
3.73/5 rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
Pours out an incredibly dark color, no light passing through right from the start. And a nice dense brown head forms on top. It leaves a little lacing, but with the drinking speed I had with this, the head didn't have a chance of making it to the finish. Very nice looking though. The smell is mostly raisins, burnt bread, a little roasted malt, some chocolate, with a hint of booze. Smells good. The taste is really interesting. Comes out very sticky, raisins, overripe plums, dark and sweet, but dried out a bit through fermentation. There's nutty grainy bread, and maybe a taste of earthiness. It's very dense, but the booze is immediately present. Very slow drinking. Actually, the carbonation was nice and light at the start, but by the end, there was nothing, just beer and the burn of some alcohol. Very strong in the flavor department, which makes it nice, but any small glaring weakness is intensified by the alcohol, and the intensity of flavors may overwhelm at points. But overall, a very good beer. I just have to say that to call this drinkable, would be a lie, a huge lie, this took me something like 3 or 4 hours, but I can't say I didn't enjoy it all throughout.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2009 17:03:53 | More by taylorhamrick
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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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