Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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Reviews by tedsox31:
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Poured from the usual 750ml into a snifter. The beer is jet black with a foamy tan head. While it reduces somewhat, a thin layer sticks around. Heavy lacing on the side of the glass.
The smell is delicious, and complex. The upfront aroma is heavy on cherries/figs/dates/raisins. I also get a lot of chocolate with some bready overtones. It finishes a bit hot, with a nice presence of alcohol.
The beginning taste is sweet, and I taste a lot of the chocolate from the aroma, along with the cherries and figs. As it warms, however, the dark fruit character dropped a bit and a roasted character that I didn't really get from the aroma came through. The alcohol is well hidden, and the back-end tastes roasty with a slight bit of hops, possibly East Kent Goldings?
Mouthfeel is low on carbonation and chewy, quite appropriate for the style. The roasted character has staying power after I swallow.
This is a very drinkable beer, especially for its high alcohol content. I find it very balanced in its flavors, nothing really overpowers anything else. If I had the cash, I'd buy another bottle and age it to see how it develops. Yet another winner from Lost Abbey.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2011 03:47:50 | More by tedsox31
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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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