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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout

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Ratings: 1217
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%

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The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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Photo of Cyberkedi


5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich, smoky, sweet chocolaty aroma absolutely sent me into raptures. Appearance is fantabulous, too - opaque sable one scratch above black, with a thick, fluffy, fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor - oh, what flavor! Praise Bacchus that this beer is finally available in Georgia! However I pay for my sins in my mortal life, let it be in the realm of Bacchus, pouring beer for the blessed! Flavor is like a top-of-the-line mocha, coffee and sweet chocolate with smoky tones and a hint of molasses - seriously lip-smacking and utterly divine! Texture is silky smooth yet fairly tingly, leaving a sweet and fizzy finish. This serpent is sheer perfection! Again, my thanks to Bacchus/Dionysus for bringing this beer to Atlanta!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 21:01:04 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Huffaroma


4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer by the way.

First time trying anything from the lost abbey and I was blown away.

Great appearance black and thick rich looking.

Aroma, there was something that I couldn't place my finger on in the beer, lots of roasted grains and malt, but something that I couldn't put my finger on.

Taste, great FULL bodied beer full of heavily roasted good grains, along with rich malt that made this a very filling beer, (which is what I like).

Mouthfeel, pretty good smooth and little cutting on the tongue.

Overall a great tasting beer in the stout realm. The most interesting thing was the pattern left with the last glass of beer. It embodied a snake which was very interesting, couldn't figure out if it was left over after barrel yeast and grains but it was tasty. Floated to the top of the glass and was a little syrupy but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:40:10 | More by Huffaroma
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into snifter. Huge thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for this one - I believe it's about a year old.

Pours opaque black, with a one-finger very fluffy dark brown head, settling down into a denser, but thin, brown cap that doesn't want to go away. The head is fantastic for this beer.

Nose is equally fantastic - a nice mix of espresso, rich chocolate, and vivid dark fruits, with the emphasis on the dark fruits and cocoa. The nose is just so rich but still supremely balanced and integrated.

Starts off with just a huge, delicious espresso presence right off the bat, with a secondary note of rich chocolate, and lots of licorice and dark fruit swirling around in there. There's a smoky tobacco quality as well. Superb in every respect.

Mouthfeel is just as fantastic - lighter than expected, with a more active carbonation that's still soft and light on the tongue. You just don't want to stop drinking this thing. Almost no alcohol presence, fantastic mouthfeel, delicious flavor - can't say enough about this beer. Hits on all cylinders.

As a note, the alcohol starts to warm you up about halfway through, and comes out a bit more as the beer hits room temperature, but never detracts from the flavors or body of the beer. Still an A+ effort.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 20:11:42 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, I was blown away by this on the first sip. Does not taste at all like it's 11%.

A: Deep browish-black. Small dark tan head, that fades to a ring around the outside of the glass. The outer ring of head lasts for the whole beer.

S: Deep malty smell, with a lot of coffee and chocolate. Perhaps some hints of caramel. Smells really inviting. Slight hint of alcohol.

T: Tastes excellent, very malty with a lot of coffee any chcoclate. Slight alcohol taste, but I'd never guess this is 11%. The finish is a little bit bitter, but goes really well with the beer.

M: Smooth, good carbonation for a heavy stout. Leaves a nice little bitter tingle.

D: Extremely drinkable for how strong it is. Tastes great, goes down easy, nothing not to like here.

Overall an excellent stout. Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors but not too overpowering. The % alcohol of this beer is hidden really well and it tastes awesome for such a strong beer. Will definitely buy again. Give it a try, and if you live near SoCal, visit the brewery on a Fri or Sat.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 04:24:54 | More by cbanker
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4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark, DARK black pour, with thick, frothy tan head.

S- Dark, very roasted, malt, dark chocolate note, coffee, and some hints of dark fruits and licorice.

T- Perfect representation of the style. Deep and powerful dark roasted malt, very, very dark chocolate, and black coffee. A taste that only improves with temperature (best near room temperature from my experience). It's simply something to behold. Truly amazing.

M- Very, very viscous. Thick mouthfeel. It coats your entire mouth.

O- Three thumbs up. A near-perfect imperial stout. This is definitely a must-try beer. I cannot wait until next winter, so I can pick up some more of this. I think that this beer is perfect for aging. The only negative experience of drinking this beer is trying to get the cork out. It's simply a perfect representation of the style, and it will leave you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 03:48:16 | More by Buster
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4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Out of a 1 pint 9.4 ounce corked bottle. Then into a snifter pours an abyss of darkness completly opaque. On top is a caramel colored head about two fingers thick with decent head retention.

Aroma: Large amounts espresso, dark chocolate. A slight hint of vannila bean. A little bit of burnt hoppiness and wonderful dark roasted malts.

Taste: Wow this is an evil sinister beast of a brew. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel lots upon lots of dark chocolate. Stunning hop bitterness but with only enough to round it out. The malt back bone is huge immensely sweet and chocolatly. The espresso notes are massive.

Notes: It's a beast in a bottle or maybe it's plain pure evil and that's allright with me. Truly a remarkable stout. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 22:56:12 | More by horshack7
Photo of poonamibaxter


4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FosterJM

A- Dark dark brown very small head

S-Wow this smells amazing, chocolate and brown sugar

T- What I want out of a big stout, chocolate malts with nice hop bittering

M- Creamy, velvety, voluptuous, big and beautiful

D-It hid the abv well. I couldn't put it down, I wanted but didn't need another bottle

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 02:41:30 | More by poonamibaxter
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a-Bottle opened with no pop at all (uh oh) and then poured a silky watery black into my oversized snifter. a thin mocha head formed which eased my nerves that the brew would be flat. semi-slick lacing when swirling my glass all in all an attractive imperial stout.

s-Milky chocolate shakes. Really buttery and nice.

t-FANTASTIC. at first seems like a lot going on then settles into a dark chocolate bar.

m/d-Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. medium bodied and not to thick for the beer it is. I could drink this all day. Leaves a touch of a bitter taste as if you had taken in a small spoonful of cocoa powder. Refreshing for such a powerful style. This is a fantastic beer and I hope to have it again soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 22:01:48 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of fullthrottle77


4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A- Very dark black in color, can't see anything through it. Very viscous, reminds me of used motor oil after draining it from your car during an oil change. Maybe a half finger of a mocha colored head that rapidly disappeared.

S- Massive chocolate notes, slight bit of vanilla, a bit of coffee and espresso notes on the nose also.

T- Lots of chocolate and roasted qualities to this brew. Getting a slight vanilla twinge as well as the coffee and espresso.

Overall this was a phenomenal imperial stout. This was my first Lost Abbey beer and I was absolutely blown away. I'm definitely going to pick up another bottle and see how this one ages. It is worth the 11.99 that I paid. Exceptional!!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 06:16:41 | More by fullthrottle77
Photo of sulldaddy


4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I sampled this brew with my buddy Derrick. We poured in snifters at cellar temp.
The beer is pitch black with tan creamy head forming a minimal edge layer and some wispy islands in the center.
Aroma is molasses and roasted malt with dark cocoa powder and some brown sugar sweetness buried in there.
The body is fairly thick with gentle rolling carbonation. Texture is a little thick and chewy which only makes this a more appealing beer.
Flavor is brown sugar and roast malt, dark cocoa bean rich hearty molasses. No hop presence shows up and the ABV is also surprisingly well hidden for an 11% brew.
This beer is dangerously easy drinking and I wish I had another bottle as I thoroughly enjoyed this hearty treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 22:26:22 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of pkalix


4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

wow. talk about a chocolate milk appearance! pours thick and creamy with a transcending dark to light coloring of brownness beginning with the liquid; tight and tiny bubbles form a float on top. this is such a beautiful pour; it is art.
smell is toasted chocolate bean, heavy espresso, some dark fruit.... can you say S'mores . . . ?
taste is thick yet quenching. all of the above are present with a little bit of bitterness and still a lot of smoothness.
mouthfeel is a category I probably take the least stock in for most brews but I believe it applies for stouts and heavier. this one is great in its creamy texture and feel, and in its heaviness. perhaps because it's my first for the evening and I am thirsty after the salty lunch I had, but this one really hits the spot. 11% isn't even a factor in any way. ranking it against the others of this style, I feel it is superior in taste and feel. they all have the 'chocolate' and espresso and all, and are successful to a certain degree. but this one really seems to blend the features so well without the harsh boundaries.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 01:12:10 | More by pkalix
Photo of ppoitras


4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts and lasts, with tons of heavy froth lacing. Aroma is rich dark malts with underlying alcohol. Taste is chocolatey sweetness upfront, coffee roastiness in the middle, and fruity alcohol slowly burns in on the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is superb for the style. I look forward to buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 01:47:47 | More by ppoitras
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, deep brown damn near solid black, good carbonation and a decent brown head. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, light espresso. Taste is big roasted malts up front with anice chcoloate backing coup-lked some lighter coffee notes, even detected very light vanilla. Mouthfeel was boozy, cocoa, roasted and a boom, in your face taste. Very good and a hell of lot better on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 00:56:52 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of justintcoons


4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a half finger of fluffy brown head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Medium-low carbonation and nice lacing.

N: Dark chocolate, espresso, ripe dark fruit, roasted barley and some booze.

T: Bitter dark chocolate, espresso, ripe plums, tobacco, molasses and toffee. Finishes bitter with citrus, floral hops and fruity pebbles?

M: Thick and uber-creamy!

D: Decent drinkability. Still some booze taste in this one but a fine candidate for cellaring!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:04:25 | More by justintcoons
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Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Lost Abbey/Port Tasting Room on 7/3/11

A - Poured a very dark black colour, with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, bitter yet sweet without being too sweet. Some chocolate and some nuttiness. A truly outstanding stout!

M - Full body, chewy. Light carbonation.

O - This is an outstanding stout. Packs a robust flavour profile with a great thick mouth feel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 17:45:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of corby112


4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with not even the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and HUGE frothy, pillowy coffee colored head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick cap that lasts throughout, leaving large chunks of lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, anise, spicy pepper, dark fruits and a decent amount of earthy hops.

Very roasted full body with a lot of dark chocolate maltiness, spicy pepper and anise, coffee, toffee, oatmeal, caramel malt and a nice bitter hop finish. Heavily carbonated up front with a very roasty dark maltiness, followed by a sweet caramel and chocolate body with a very bitter dry hoppy finish. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 23:01:35 | More by corby112
Photo of beerdweeb


4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a stemmed snifter.

Appears nearly black with a beautifully laced head that lasts.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate with notes of something sweet, maybe vanilla.

Bold tastes up front and finishes smooth and malty. Chocolate and coffee prevail in the aftertaste.

Feels lighter than it looks, which I felt was a good thing.

Overall an outstanding example of an Imperial Stout. Affordable yet intriguing to the taste buds. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 17:46:22 | More by beerdweeb
Photo of NoLiberty


4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris at Ebenezer's for getting this tasty treat for the Tomme Arthur beer dinner.

App: Pours a deep, deep dark black with a nice thick caramel colored head that settles into almost no head or cap. Good lacing on a solid frame.

Aroma: Very well balanced overall. Sweet, malty, roasty and chocolate. Not an overpowering aroma with just the right balance of the distinguishable and anticipated flavors in a stout. Some nutty notes finish out the middle to end with a mild alcohol presence.

Taste: Some light raisin-plum fruit notes with rum, chocolate and roasted malt. Some chewiness that adds to the experience of those flavors. Light tobacco characteristics but also very well balanced with a warming alcohol feel throughout but not dominant for an 11% beer.

Mouth: A full medium bodied beer with solid carbonation that's delicate on the palate. Fills the mouth and carries the flavors well. Chewy but not viscous or thick. Very smooth and soft.

Drink: This is incredibly drinkable for the strength and the flavors balance so well that one won't dominate and ruin the overall experience.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 19:06:52 | More by NoLiberty
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice pop of the cork from the 750ml. brown bottle, the pour is very dark brown, with a huge cocoa brown head. The head retention is excellent leaving traces of lace clinging to the glass...a fine looking stout.

The smell is strong, dark fruity and chocolate, with the strong coming mostly from the alcohol which does not hide (or even try to). It's got a nice boozy nose indeed.

Dark, roasty malts fill the mouth while dark ripe fruits come into play before the chocolate winds the complexity down. Plenty of body and the large ABV give this stout some girth. Smooth and chewy with a pleasant warming from the alcohol, the carbonation is just about perfect for the brew.

I've had plenty of pints of this on tap and find the bottled version to be just that much more enjoyable and should age like a gem!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 07:00:20 | More by scottoale
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dense brown head of tiny bubbles. Roast malt, leather, cigar, bacon, coffee, chocolate and charcoal in the aroma. Huge is not a big enough descriptor for the roasted malt. It hits like a sledgehammer. Smoked bacon, dark chocoalte, cocoa powder, and coffee are also there en masse. Nice alcoholic warmer at the back. Smooth, velvet mouthfeel. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 21:19:55 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Lunch


4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA into my Lost Abbey Signature glass at the cellar temperature (01/08/10).

A: Pours a thick and luscious motor oil black capped with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head with nice retention and some sticky lacing.

S: Potent aroma of rich cocoa and roasted malt combined with notes of milk chocolate, espresso, and some dark chocolate as well.

T: Absolutely an incredible flavor profile highlighted with a rich and creamy cocoa engulfed in layers of roasted malt, milk chocolate, espresso, and dark chocolate. There is a slight warming sense from the 10.5% alcohol which adds some nice heat that is never overpowering. Some bitterness is also present from the dark chocolate as well as just a hint of citrus hops. Overall this is truly an exceptional Imperial Stout.

M: Full-bodied with low and creamy carbonation. There is a slight sticky feel, that helps to coat the entire palate with its rich flavor profile. A slight warming sense is present especially once it warms a bit.

D: Extremely drinkable as I had no problem finishing the entire 750ml bottle in an evening, but it is certainly a sipping Imperial Stout. The 10.5% is well hidden with the exception of a pleasing warming that adds even more complexity to this beer.

Overall this has become a new favorite of mine and certainly one of the most complex Imperial Stouts that I have tried. My Highest Recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 14:56:59 | More by Lunch
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
I've had this a couple of times before now. I 'found' this bottle in my cellar recently and I know that it's been down there for almost a year now. Realized that I didn't have a review posted for it, so here we go...

This is some damn black liquid here. This is what a good stout should look like, IMO. The one-finger head of chocolate brown colored foam appears very creamy. It recedes to a sporadic filmy surface covering, after a few minutes. The lacing is in broken strands and is fairly sticky.

A fair amount of roasted malts and a touch of char are most evident in this nose. There is also a good deal of some dark fruit hints, along with some notes of caramel and lighter hints of vanilla. A good deal of dark roasted espresso in the undertones mixes with some mild hints of dark chocolates.

This is a big mouthful of chocolate flavor. Loads of chocolate notes, both milk and dark, mix with big notes of cocoa powder. There is a great underbelly of espresso and roasted malts. Sweet hints of vanilla and caramels dance in and out of the flavor profile. Mild hints of dark fruits bring a touch of sweetness, which helps give balance, but no individual fruit seems to stand out. The finish, which is sweet and roasty, just goes on and on and on.
This is a good complex flavor profile, though not overly so. It is a wonderful example of how beautifully tasty a stout can truly be.

This is full-bodied and somewhat viscous. It has a mild level of carbonation which gives it a smooth and silky mouthfeel. I like it.

I could drink alot of this one, for sure. It is complex with a wonderful level of balance. The 10.5%abv is very nicely hidden, giving just a touch of warmth, way down in the back of your throat. Delicious.
A wonderful beer from Tomme and Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 02:13:10 | More by coldmeat23
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It flowed from the bottle black and oily. I didn't expect much of a head, but a very pretty espresso-colored foam developed, just a couple millimeters thick. Held up for a minute too. Looks great so far.

The smell is big and malty, coffee, carmel, toasty, thick and sugary much like the other Lost Abbey's I've had.

Taste is not lacking. Lots of the smells replicate on the tongue, but are accompanied by the signature Lost Abbey texture. Creamy and rich. Some of the flavors I attributed to the bourbon casking in other Lost Abbey's are still present in this beer. Maybe it's just the alcohol. Not sure.

I'm thoroughly pleased. I bought it, poured it, and they delivered, as always.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:07:19 | More by gregalobeer
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serpent's Stout is a contender for my favorite Lost Abbey beer (the other being Gift of the Magi). I poured this 750ml bottle out into a pint glass (the only glass available to me at the time), and it poured a deep black, with a little head that, as others have said dissipated fairly quickly leaving a little lacing. The beer itself feels great in your mouth, definitely one to let roll over your tongue and breathe in. The beer is rather viscous, almost syrupy, and very decadent and sweet. Strong notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and raisins. Serpent's Stout becomes truly exceptional when you factor in how drinkable it is, as normally something this syrupy and sweet is hard to put down, especially with as much alcohol as is present (11%ABV), but I had this 750ml all to myself and would have been happy to have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 08:55:02 | More by msmezher
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4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as coal, with fast dispating head.

S: Chocolate and molassaes and the obvious roasted malt. Attractive and seductive with faint notes of licorice, coffee, and more. Big, deep, and dark American Stout.

T: Roasted dark chocolate, slightly tart sweetness is first. And it's boozy in a good way. Mouthfeel is thick in an oily way. Solid and full carbonation. Then you can let your imagination go wild; coffee, ainse, raisins, prunes, brown sugar, toffee, and on and on.

D: Complex, dark, and deep. The only improvement would be to try aged version over the years. Very, very solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 03:55:01 | More by 2BDChicago
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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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