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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,217 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1217
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%


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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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Lost Abbey on 4/3/14

A-Pours a dark coffee color with a two finger creamy tan head with great lacing.

S-Aromas is of a dark coffee and milk chocolate.

T-Taste is coffee and chocolate with a dairy creaminess.

M-mouthfeel is awesome well balance smooth to the tongue

O-Overall great stout, need more

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 01:30:05 | More by reebtaerG
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jwchestnut

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Its pours totally black with a small khaki head. The nose is all sweet chocolate, chocolate pudding and maybe some coffee. The taste follows the noise closely though maybe some burnt marshmallow thrown in. While it was delicious, it began to be a little much for me by the end of the pour and I found a little single noted as it warmed. It went down thick and easy with medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2014 12:11:26 | More by jwchestnut
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Watching the pour, I thought the beer was a little flat, but the bubbles were latent and really exploded when the glass was nearly full. Ended up with a two finger head that settled into a dome. Deep dark brown where no light shall pass. Leaves a web of lace.

I smell Cocoa Puffs and Honey Graham Crackers. Attractive and semisweet.

Starts off like deeply toasted biscuits and ends like dark powdered cocoa. Chewy body. No notable alcohol warmth. Long aftertaste of burnt toast and black coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 16:37:20 | More by smcolw
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is thick and black with brown head and nice lace. Aroma starts with nice roast, chocolate, and coffee. Some fruity sweetness comes to the surface from the Belgian yeast. Taste is very well balanced with emphasis on roast and chocolate. Some dark fruits and molasses are present but tame. Mouthfeel is full with moderate carbonation. Overall, very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 22:46:58 | More by homebrew311
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Donco

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this for the first time on tap at a local restaurant. Appearance in a pint glass was black as coal. Very chocolaty smell and taste. Extremely smooth going down. Very pleasurable taste and mouthfeel. A great sipper any time as I'm a stout lover. First time with any beer from Lost Abbey. Nice job. I would seek this out again if I ever saw it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 01:13:57 | More by Donco
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AltBock

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Willard's Tap House for their 3rd Anniversary party on Feb 16 2013. Willard's said that this keg was from 2010. They served it to me in a Peg's Catina Snifter.

Willard's isn't the most well lit place around, but I found enough light to tell me that this beer poured a thick motor oil black. What light I could find bounced right back into the lightbulb. Sitting on top of this thick black brew was a creamy 1/2 an inch dark beige almost coffee colored head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a big string of foamy rings and a ton of sticky streaks of lace around the glass. Beautiful!

Despite it being from 2010, this beer smelled fresh. It smelled like it was brewed yesterday. It had a nice thick roasted aroma of dark roasted malt, quality dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a wide range of fresh dark fruits like plum and black cherry, a drop of anise, a dab of brown sugar, and a whiff of black licorice. The aroma was as nice as the appearance.

The taste was just as thick and roasted as the appearance and smell. First off in the taste was the dark roasted malts. Following the malts was the dark chocolate and the quality dark roasted coffee beans. The coffee flavor lasts for a little bit before it gives way to the dark fruits. The dark fruits consisted of raisins, plums, and black cherry. After the fruits had their fun, the beer then finishes with a slight roasted hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was thick and roasted like everything else. This flavorful aftertaste consisted of roasted malt and coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes. 11% ABV? I didn't feel that. This is a sneaky little beer.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to have a glass of the 2010 Serpent's Stout on tap. I would go for another glass of this fine brew, but there are other things on tap that I would like to try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 05:35:42 | More by AltBock
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Beer Revolution.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black with a fantastic looking dark brown chocolate 2 finger head.

S: Tons on chocolate, chocolate malt, some grain in the middle, roasted coffee and Brown sugar.

M: Rich and full bodied. Slight alcohol warming and perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Excellent beer, my favorite from Lost Abbey. Highly drinkable for 11%

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 11:53:28 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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57md

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is opaque and the color of bittersweet chocolate. The finger of tan head does not stick around very long. Nose is surprisingly weak because the flavor is quite full and bold. There is plenty of roasted malt here - nearly everyone will be satisfied with the roast profile (and then some). The rich body of this offering reminds us that it is a real sipper. This offering finished well with some additional hints of roasted malt bitterness. As this offering warmed, the alcohol bite increased to nearly unpleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 09:03:23 | More by 57md
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B33R501

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real good beer 8oz draft $4 at the Grey Lodge Pub NE Philly been wanting to try this one.

Beautiful black, nice chocolate head. Aroma of milk chocolate leading to dark roasty malts, more chocolate, notes of dark fruits come along for the riide. Big blast of flavor, real tongue bruiser.

Similar, but better than Port's Old Viscosity. Would I get this again? Hell, if I had more time this Saturday morning, 2 or 3 more 1/2 pints would have been in order.

Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 01:59:17 | More by B33R501
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blackcompg

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter at Firkin in Libertyville with friends...

Appearance - poured a deep oily black with a dark thick brown head that retained a cap throughout with wonderful lacing.

Smell - dark rich fruits, dark chocolate, rich roast coffee, molasses, black cherries and lite soy.

Taste - like the nose, rich roast and liquid smoke, dark fruits and black cherries, burnt toffee and a touch of vanilla, slightly salted soy, wonderful complexity and balance. The 11% abv is not present in the mouth, but is warming throughout the session.

Mouthfeel - nearly heavy and mouthcoating, silky and smooth, low carb provides a smooth foaming that accentuates some of the roastiness and adds a slight tartness to the dark fruits, finishes just slightly dry while remaining creamy.

Overall - What a gorgeous and wonderful feeling sipper! This really opens up as it warms, and is absolutely delicious. A wonderful imperial stout that must be tried and experienced.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 15:31:12 | More by blackcompg
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep dark black color with a small brown head. The head doesn’t last long, but fades away to give some nice lacing. As the glass is swirled you can see the thickness of the brew. It clings to the glass with each swirl; as though it has thick sticky fingers that cling to the side of the glass.

Smell – The smell is robust of roasted coffee and chocolate aromas. There is a very light sweet vanilla and dark fruit aroma that are mixed in, balancing out some of the more roasted flavors quite nicely.

Taste – A heavy coffee and chocolate flavor meets the tongue. The taste is a little more on the bitter side at first, but sweetens as the taste proceeds. It has a nice transition as the light vanilla and dark fruit that was detected in the aroma works its way into the taste. The transition is very smooth and the taste is very balanced. Even at 11%, the alcohol flavor is extremely light. This is one nice robust and easy to drink brew.

Mouthfeel - A nice creamy body with a slightly below average carbonation level. The smoothness of the mouth is quite exceptional and gives a wonderful feel on the tongue.

Overall- This is a fantastic imperial stout. It has a wonderfully balanced flavor along with a very nice aroma and mouthfeel. Good stuff!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 00:01:15 | More by Darkmagus82
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at Papago Scottsdale, AZ.
Looks fantastic. Thick brown head, oily chocolatey look. Smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate malts, slight hop and booze aroma.
Taste is very similar. More hops than I would have imagined but very very good. Nice boozey chocolatey flavor well balanced with the roasted malts.
Smooth as can be. Alcohol is hidden very well.
Overall, a great well balanced and tastey brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 00:13:29 | More by DrinkSlurm
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afrokaze

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I'd been meaning to try for some time, LA beers tend to be a gamble. On tap at Wine Affairs.

Pours black as my soul with a finger of deep tan head and leaves gorgeous lacing for the entire hour I drank it.

Smell is heavy on baker's chocolate, deep roasted espresso, toffee and spicy hops.

Decadent is the word that comes to mind. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee dominate, but then some of the spicy/earthy hops and a bit of dark fruit come into play. The sweetness is great up front, then gives way to a long bitter roasty finish that is semi-dry.

Mouthfeel is my favorite part of the beer; velvety smooth, almost a bit like a nitro tap. Carbonation is perfectly in check, slightly thick but not heavy or cloying. Finishes long and a bit sticky but not overpowering, it just stays around for minutes and begs for the next sip. ABV is perfectly in balance and warms you up just a bit.

Wow, this one threw me for a bit of a loop. I'm usually a bit iffy on LA beers but this one really suited the moment on a cold night after I found out I'm losing my job. Cheered me up like a slice of devil's food cake.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 23:50:38 | More by afrokaze
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Nothing surprising here... Poured a dark brown-black with a small, tan head; moderate lacing and retention. Aroma of coffee and cocoa, light sensation of dark fruits. Taste was roasty up front, flavors of dark chocolate and some coffee roastiness, dark fruit juices, and some warmth from the alcohol. Body was about medium; I feel this beer might be better if allowed to sit/age for a bit. Still pretty good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 01:00:07 | More by Rifugium
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Merkur

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the tasting room at the brewery.

Beer pours a very nice dark brown, almost black color.

The beer smells roasty, but no real other noticeable notes.

Beer tasts very strongly of coffee and dark chocolate. Very roasty. There is also a very sweet vanilla taste to it on the finish. A bit too sweet for my tastes.

The beer finishes very smoothly. Hides the alcohol very, very well.

Overall a solid stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 16:27:17 | More by Merkur
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 13oz snifter for $5.25. Sampled 9/22/10.

A: Served with a finger's worth of medium-dark mocha brown head, creamy texture and short retention. A thin ring of tiny bubbles rests around the edge of the glass. No film on the surface and no lacing at all. Black as hell, there is no chance for light to penetrate.

S: A true malt bomb. There are big fudgey, sweet chocolate syrupy notes on the nose. Lightly roasted with a woody quality to the hop character. A deeper inhale and the scent of well conditioned leather is uncovered.

T: Extremely well balanced on the palate. The flavor components replicate the nose closely and is slightly more successful. Nothing new is brought to the table per se, just complete reassurance of the quality of the beer that I'm drinking. The 11% ABV is buried from a flavor standpoint, and isn't noticeable until a warming sensation begins from the belly up. The alcohol then lingers throughout the drinking experience.

M: Very sweet, semi astringent on the tongue and a somewhat drying finish. Amply smooth carbonation gets rid of any would-be cloyingess.

D: [Drinkability] Very good stout with excellent flavor and mouthfeel. Not being a huge Lost Abbey fan, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this beer. Would definitely order again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 17:37:50 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass at Barley's Greenville on 11/18/11

Dark, inky brown. Almost black save for rusty edges. Wispy head pour. Decent ring of retention, though. A few skinny, tall trails of lace (one looks like a deformed, fallout giraffe).

Thick aroma - lots of burnt notes. Molasses, prune, chocolate, rum-soaked raisins. Light earthiness and some booze. Tastes burnt all over - same as the nose, only dry instead of sweet. Chocolate, ground coffee and some bitterness. Pretty well charred, too. Mild sweetness underneath. More coffee flavor builds as it warms. Tangy grain notes at room temperature. Viscous, full feel with fluffy, effervescent carbonation. Inky slick, but not too boozy; it does get sticky over time, though.

Overall impression - quite good; I would definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 05:20:45 | More by Ryan011235
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Phelps

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Watering Hole, poured into a goblet. According to the bartenders, this one’s been sitting in their cellar for six months.

Black and almost completely opaque, though the very top edges give up a bit of mahogany. Looks a little thin, to be honest. The head is about half a finger tall and the color of beach sand. Some thick ant trails of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

A light yet dense aroma. Tobacco, licorice, brown sugar, whiskey, dark chocolate.

The brew opens up nicely on the tongue. Spicy molasses, caramel, hints of toffee and booze combine in a flavor almost like low-end whiskey. Is there Belgian yeast in this? If so, it's the perfect amount, and even if it isn’t, it’s lending a nice amount of spice and fruit spicy blends with the peppery notes and burnt bread of the malt.

The carbonation is moderate to light, prickly, and compound by alcohol heat that’s almost like alcohol peppers. The medium, soft and velvety body matches the fair amount of booze.

Lost Abbey is know for its Belgians, but Serpent's shows that Tomme also knows his way around a stout. It’s an interesting take on the style, and its dense, smoky flavors would lend themselves well to barrel-aging — though the beer has enough whiskey flavor packed in there already that it almost doesn't need it. Probably my favorite of Lost Abbey's regular releases.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 22:37:48 | More by Phelps
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dodgerrigo

California

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this at Toronado. Nice dark chocolate appearance in an 11 ounce tulip, slight foamy head.
Roasty aroma, doesnt linger.
Molasses is the dominant flavor but doesnt overwhelm you.
Finishes very smooth and easy, be careful its 11%
Another solid beer from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 17:01:44 | More by dodgerrigo
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

A- Black with large off white head, and a lot of lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, some sweetness, coffee, and chocolate.

T- Again lots of roasted malts and bitter coffee. Lots of bitterness throughout this beer. Dark chocolate and some sugar or molasses come through as well.

M- Full bodied with a lot of carbonation, but still fairly easy drinking especially for 11 %.

O- This is a very deceiving imperial stout. For how easy drinking this beer is you would never know that this is a 11% beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 02:17:07 | More by kawilliams81
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TheSevenDuffs

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
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, brown head, good lacing. Aroma was roasty nuts, coffee flavor not too prominent in there. Surprised at the smell of some bitter hops in this.

Chocolate comes out more on the tongue, but never sweet, amazed how well this hides the alcohol. Not overly thick. Smooth. Mildly oaky, nowhere near the presence of the barrel fermented version though. Tobacco and leather elements to it.

Kind of strange how this is only $11 for a 750 bottle. . . I guess it doesn't sit in a barrel. Anyways, about the best price/quality ratio from LA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 19:47:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ryp3

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At beer revolution in Oakland , a must for us snobs. This beer was a delight. Smells like mocha. A smooth chocolate toasty feel upfront from the malts. You taste the bitter hops which works well with the malt towards the end and at the very end you taste the 11% but barely. The aftertaste numbs roof of the mouth but in a good way. Still tasty the toasty chocolate malts.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 21:05:55 | More by ryp3
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FosterJM

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

482nd review on BA
Draft to taster
@Lost Abbey

App- Not the darkest stout in the realm of DRIS, but it had good coloring and even in a taster got a nice little head going and even some spots of cling.

Smell- A very nice smelling stout, you can tell its big but doesnt smash you in the face. It had some roast, some booze and some chocolate.

Taste- This was a very easy drinking stout, big, flavors of milky, dark and lush chocolate abound on this beer. It was smooth with the malts being decidingly soft and the layers of flavor were quite nice.

Mouth- So silky and smooth. It was a medium bodied stout with a medium carbonation. The chocolate flavors remained for quite a while on this one.

Drink- I have traded this bottle at least 10 times and never tried it. I am going to have to actually drink a bottle now. Great stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 01:03:47 | More by FosterJM
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Relentlessly black with no highlights. Thick and viscous by the pour. Nice head that looks quite creamy.

S-Bold and powerful. Assertive roastiness and rich dark chocolate. Booze is evident in the nose as well. Smells a bit like bourbon or a liqueur.

T-Stern chocolate taste covers the palate. A long, powerful, and lingering roasty espresso flavor sits upon the tongue and refuses to leave. Booze hits the buds quite hard as well.

M-Full bodied. Not the thickest, but holds it own by all means.

D-I have had stouts that were higher on the drinkability scale with more alcohol. That being said, for %11, this one ain't bad at all.

Not my favorite but I respect it for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 02:10:51 | More by VelvetExtract
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