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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,217 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Review from notes taken almost a year ago to the day: 10/20/10. On tap at Al's of Hampden, served in a snifter this was a beer gas blend of nitro/co2. The brew appears black in color with some lighter indications of brown and clarity around the edges. The head appears a finger strong of dark tan foam that slowly recedes. Spotty amounts of lace cling along the glass.

The initial aroma is dark and roasty smelling of plum with alcohol esters. The alcohol becomes increasingly evident with a slight mellow sting in the nose. Some yeasty indications blend with faint citrus hops to finish out the nose.

The taste is dark and roasted grain bringing on a flavor of chocolate and mild bitterness from the roast. A bit of focus on the alcohol that has a slight bite once warm. Fruity and yeasty throughout with a dark fruited sweetness caught between plums or prunes mixes well with the roasted quality of the grain.

This is a medium to full bodied brew that is smooth in the feel. A minor to moderate amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking with the 11% abv well integrated with a pleasant warmth and taste that is not completely hidden. The alcohol really comesnout with the dark fruited quality of this brew and even more so as it warms.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-14-2011 15:16:42 | More by stakem
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on I think nitro tap. This beer pours completely pitch black with a nice one inch mocha colored head. The aromas a rich malty and there are hints of chocolate. The flavor is slightly sweet and roasty the abv is barely noticeable as this was my first beer of the night and I cowshed the pint faster then anyone else finished their session ales. This beer has a smooth as silk mouthfeel full bodied and is very drinkable based on how fast I consumed it. I will definitely be picking up a dew of these to age and might consider trading for chinchillas to try a blends barrel aged version

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-09-2011 13:15:42 | More by rowingbrewer
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter on nitro at The Barley House in Algonquin, IL

This beer pours a blackness with 2 fingers of thick tan foam. The main aromas are bourbon, chocolate, smoke, char and oak, none of them are particularly strong. The taste mostly consists of the chocolate and the bourbon, but this doesn't work in too bad of a manor with the consistency of the beer. It feels really nice on nitro but perhaps a bit muddled. This is a rather nice drinking beer and I would have no problem having some on hand all night, if it weren't for the fact that it wouldn't take long for me to get hammered.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-17-2010 08:07:06 | More by Vdubb86
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

I was very pleased to be able to try this at Al's of Hampden before it kicked!
Served chilled from the nitro tap in a tulip

A pitch black like an 8 ball shiny opaque appearnce w/ a trail of carbonation rising to a mocha head w/ very tight bead. The smell is sweet up front w/ roasted notes of cocoa and some caramel malt fragrance accenting. The slight bitter char is present in the aroma w/ a subtle coffee and plum essence complimented by a woody hop scent and mild alcohol aroma until it warms where it becomes more noticeable. I am not a big fan of the nitro as it seems to bring out the bitterness and make it seem higher in the feel w/ moderately dry roasted texture backing. The carbonation is moderately high w/ a mild alcohol essence and dry char on the finish.

The stout is a tasty blend of coffee notes w/ gentle charred edge and slight dried fruit accenting w/ mild cocoa and caramel blend. The flavor has complimentary woody hop flavor w/ a slight alcohol and pepper taste which gets earthy and mildly vegetal in a small degree. I enjoy the dry toasted flavor and slight malted chocolate ball that is left resonating. A beer designed to sip, not quaff as the 11%abv should warn, and I can't give it more than a 4 in the drinkability honestly, but it is a worthy stout w/ lots of flavor which equates to drinkable in every other sense except abv!

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-06-2010 16:41:31 | More by Slatetank
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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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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured gorgeously with a deep black thickness, a lasting brown head and a sheet of thick lacing.

The nose was a dry chocolate, smoke and a phenolic plastic aroma.

This tastes creamy but feels dry. The chocolate is dry and the stout character resembles an Irish Stout but I get a milky creamy lactose as well. It then gets a little chalky with cocoa powder and embers but finishes with an Irish creme.

I'm a bit lost on this whole experience as it presents itself with a near schizophrenic personality. I liked it than didn't, loved it than hated it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 21:46:41 | More by KYGunner
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McStagger

California

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Massive two finger head. Very tight, almost like whip cream. Stellar lacing. Stellar retention. Beer is black as night.

S: Roasty, touch gamey. Leather, cedar box, all spice. As it opens, a big hit of dark fruit rushes through. Peppery alcohol in the nose, as well.

T: Big, dark and roasty. Raisined fruit. Toasted. Very deep in flavor. Not quite burnt, but close to that. Very complex.

M: Big, but not overwhelming. Very drinkable. Warming on the back end, but by no means alcoholic.

O: A big, roasty stout. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. My buddy noticed some barrel characteristics, but as far as I know this one doesn't touch an oak barrel. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 06:47:48 | More by McStagger
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kdahnke123

Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured at cellar temperature into a snifter.
A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a medium brown head. The head is very voluminous (3+F) and long lasting.
S - Smells like roasted coffee. Some hints of malt and hops but mostly coffee.
T - The taste follows the smell. Roasted coffee, some chocolate with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
M - Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.
O - Overall an average stout. Very heavy on the roast/char. Difficult to tell the malt/hops balance with all the roasted flavor. If you like very heavily roasted stouts this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 20:54:07 | More by kdahnke123
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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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dar482

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma has big chocolate and notes of coffee.

The flavor follows of chewy chocolate, brownie, some vanilla, a big roasted coffee with a medium plus hop bitterness on the finish.

There's a big chewy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Such an incredible stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:25:17 | More by dar482
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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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Brenden

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#7 1/24/14

This big stout pours out a rich, heavy dark brown with a surprisingly active carbonation helping to build up the brown head that forms to crown this beer. It's opaque except at the very edges, seeming to be black in the body but with some give further out. The head tops out at one finger, holds itself together well and leaves a ring of lacing at the top followed by a blend of spotting and patching beneath.
This beer is huge with roasty malts, nearly giving a burnt edge to the grains, definitely char, but no astringency on the nose or palate. It's a fantastic blend of dry and sweet, with cocoa powder and still-dry pressed fine-ground espresso balancing some moist cake effected by the sweeter notes with the cocoa, some vanilla to boot, and a rummy but not too boozy note. Woody notes continue dry from the middle to the finish, where a meaty nuttiness, tart dark fruits, and a hint of blackstrap ease in. It's big, complex and delicious.
In the feel, the body shows a fullness without being overly weighty. It's big for sure but not as thick on the tongue as many. Dryness runs all the way through it, but the sweetness keeps up and a certain creaminess lifts it a bit. There's no acridity or harshness, even as the dryer notes hit the palate in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 13:38:39 | More by Brenden
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BierJager89

California

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown head, black body.

S: Roasted malt, malt, chocolate, coffee, smells delicious.

T: Roasty, chocolately, hints of alcohol, but at 11% that's completely forgivable. A bit malty as well.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: One of my first imperial stouts, and one of my favorites. Definitely worth a try.

Note: Old review, as I mentioned, it was one of my first imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 18:14:05 | More by BierJager89
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

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

In review is a 2011 vintage, poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass.

A - Pitch black pour with a generously thick, toffee colored head - lacing is thick and creamy. H

S - Nice chocolate and chocolate cream aroma with caramel, toffee, vanilla, coffee, and some booziness.

T - Coffee and dark chocolate are most prevalent, with some smokiness/char in the background and ends with a dark chocolate bitterness. There is a slight tannin presence as well. Leaves a dark chocolate/smoke aftertaste with a little alcohol warming on the way down.

M - Full body with light carbonation.

O - For 11% it's pretty well hidden, not crazy about the tannins, but overall, an enjoyable bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:01:26 | More by jzeilinger
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottled 12/29/2011. Cellared since March 2012. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with 1+ finger of a dark tan head that dissipates to a thin cap and collar. Body is completely opaque.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, fudge, toffee and some hints of vanilla.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely with roasted malt and coffee upfront. These yield to some sweet caramel, slight astringency and some light smokiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low/medium carbonation. Smooth as hell with hardly any alcohol presence at all.

Overall: Another great beer from Lost Abbey. Really flavorful, complex and easy to drink. Not the best, but certainly one of the better non barrel aged imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:24:11 | More by Jonada
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.21/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle of the 2009 vintage pours a murky black with a brawn head. Moderate retention and lace.

Nose is black licorice, cocoa powder, carob and oddly enough, overripe bananas. There is still a bit of clingy grass hop aroma as well.

Taste is dusty cocoa powder with a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness still. Black licorice pervades and it is not really a stout to my liking. It reminds me of Nightstalker. The mouthfeel is silky yet I wish there was more sweetness. This one just isnt really for me...I had a fresher sample a few times and liked it about the same as this aged version.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:36:33 | More by twiggamortis420
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 bottle into a stemless oversized wine glass.

Pours out black as tar, no light seeps through. The head slowly builds up to about an inch. It has a nice burnt sienna hue, the lace slowly crawls down the glass with every sip. Looks like a beast of a brew!

The smell is chocolate and booze heavy. A hint of fresh soil, dark fruit and caramel follow.

Chocolate, anise, earth and more chocolate fill the taste buds. So thick it feels like cold, melty chocolate seeping down to the belly. Simple but solid. Thick and filling.

At 11+% this is waaay to easy to drink. Very rich and filling. Almost a perfect dessert beer! I bought this with a year on it, but I bet it could sit for a few more years and gain more character. Fuck yeah Lost Abbey, fuck yeah!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:26:34 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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utopiajane

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours black as sin. Menacing with no light escaping the edges. Tops with a mocha colored head of soft creamy foam that fell wantonly to a layer on top that wouldn't die. Refreshed at each turn and left tight clinging lace during the drink.

Nose is scandalous with sweet dark fruits. Currants and plums. Have you bitten into a plum and seen all the purple your teeth left in the flesh of the fruit. That's the scent on this. There's a small tartness on the back of that sensationally sweet fruit. Then there is a cake like malt. Light, fluffy, full and then it dives into rich molasses. Blackstrap molasses. Roasted grain, hearty and sweet. There are some shy hops on the nose, a touch floral to give depth to the fruits and to accentuate the grain. There is a decadent sweet dark chocolate. Creamy and with a bit of bitterness and a coffee scent that is outrageous. It's not that the coffee is big or bold, it's that it's bitter. Like coffee you boiled in a pot over a campfire, rustic and forbidding. There is no alcohol on the nose.

Taste is serendipity. It follows the nose and it continues to deepen and develop as it warms. The chocolate and the plum is fantastic together. The body is smooth and creamy and the molasses keeps getting richer but not sweeter. It has a nice little bitter from hops so it finishes a lot like temptation with a bit of bitterness. Dry and has a roasted character that is positive and never smoky or charred.

What a terrific stout. This one is one to sip slowly and revel in it 's balance. It has a terrific legend on the back of the bottle and some artwork to go with that. It lives up to it's name alright and is the perfect companion for a lazy sunday morning. I can easily spend the day with this.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 14:47:37 | More by utopiajane
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arfenhouse

California

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a dark brown head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, light cream, small bit of cacao and booze.

T: Roasted malt/coffee bean, medium vanilla, some pepper, caramel, and some bitter black cacao. A bit of raisin at the back end.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel and a medium carbonation.

O: Good example of the double stout style. A lot of roasted flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 07:33:32 | More by arfenhouse
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can't find any date but this is probably 3 years old or so. Lots of dust on the bottle from my basement.

A: Pours pitch black with a small but dense light brown head. Head fades moderately quickly. Decent smudges of lacing and decent retention too.

S: Super mellow dark chocolate with hints of coffee. No booziness at all. Extremely mellow aroma overall. Smells like a generic 5% stout.

T: Oh yeah. This one has aged very well. Loads and loads of wonderful dark chocolate. There's hints of sweet milk chocolate up front but mostly it's dark, borderline bittersweet chocolate. Hints of sharp, bitter coffee break it up a bit and keep it from being overkill - especially in the finish. Decadent and rich. A sipper of a dessert beer.

M: Heavy heavy, viscous and creamy. Silky smooth. Wonderful.

O: Wow, gotta say I was surprised. I've had several Lost Abbey beers and they've all been disappointments. Infection, flat bottles, odd flavors, etc.. This one being the oldest I figured was doomed from the start. It was excellent! Just like how I enjoy my big stouts. Big roasted malt character with lots of chocolate. Pretty simple, no adjuncts that I can detect and no barrel aging. Just great roasted malt. Flavors are balanced and super well integrated. No booziness. Goes down so easily. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 01:54:20 | More by Dope
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pkalix

California

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
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Almost black with a nice 1" tan head that manages to hang around, nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate and roasted malt are immediately noticeable.

Taste: Dark bitter chocolate, whether this pleasant bitterness is from the roasted malt alone or has a bit of hoppiness to it is hard to tell. Beneath the dark chocolate that dominates you do notice some dark fruit (raisin & fig). Nice rich combination of flavor like raisins covered in a heavy layer of 85% cacao chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly smooth, well carbonated, and very clean on the palate.

Overall: Really a delicious stout, the chocolate flavors were more predominant when the beer was colder, which is unusual. I liked it better before it became warmer, but still enjoyed the beer greatly overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 15:58:10 | More by BobZ
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. I’m not exactly sure how old the beer is but it’s approximately 3-4 years-old.

A: The beer is a very deep black color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by strongly sweet flavors of coffee, chocolate and molasses. There’s a very mild but complementary hops presence that provides a good balance for such a heavy beer. There’s also a touch of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is pretty sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, a bit filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this beer certainly seems to have held up quite well with age and is a very good big stout worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 03:59:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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