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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,325 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 277
Gots: 315 | FT: 26
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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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imagese

California

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

A- dark chocolate with a ruby edge. No head. Zero lacing

S- sweet oaked dark fruit

T- bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Big earthy hop slam on the back end

M- pretty viscous with good carbonation

D- right up my alley for imperial stouts. Keep 'em coming!

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 02:20:48 | More by imagese
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I split this bottle of flat stout with Throrpe. Beer is black with almost no head, no carbonation, and no lacing, it is really black though.

Aroma of the beer is super sweet with only a mild roast to it, it almost smell boozy. It does not smell bad though. Just really sweet.

Beer is medium bodied and like syrup up front but in a good way, the back fo the palate is a little dry with only minimal bitterness. This beer leads with it's front palate flavors and falls off quickly after that. It's a decent enough beer, I wonder if the low carbonation levels in it are indicative of a problem or by design, I thought only their barrel aged beers had carbonation problems. Overall it is a decent Impy stout but I'd be slow to buy it again (or trade for it as this was the case).

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 17:51:37 | More by drabmuh
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mithrascruor

California

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black color with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Still leaves a bit of a bubbly film on the edges.

Smell: Has a dark roasted aroma. Some hints of cream & coffee, but not much.

Taste: Very roasted flavor, with a little bit of sweetness up front, and at the finish, but generally a very solidly, monolithic, roasted flavor. It is definitely tasty, but not very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium- to heavy-bodied; very smooth, with absolutely minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Strong ABV but no presence in the flavor.

Nice, but not much that sets this apart from other similar beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 23:09:40 | More by mithrascruor
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Bfarr

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark black with thin umber foamy head with okay retention and little lacing. Alcohol and rich chocolate with yeast and roasted malt aroma. Smooth and balanced chocolate with coffee notes and hints of molasses. Light alcohol flavor but strong warming sensation. Powerful flavor of truffles lingers on the palate. Silky smooth with nice velvet mouthcoating.

Very easy to drink especially considering the 11% abv. Great gourmet chocolate flavors that I didn't consider quite sinful... until it warmed a bit more and added some plum/prune notes. It certainly wasn't mindbending like "Inception" (my paired movie of choice) but I do think it was slightly more enjoyable. Perhaps it should have been paired with something more robust and intellectual.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 23:00:56 | More by Bfarr
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laituegonflable

Australia

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

Pours a very dark mahogany colour. Head is yellow-tinged beige but a bit lacklustre; thin film and some large bubbles. Lacing is small but some nice patterns; looks quite good.

Smells dark, unsurprisingly. Quite strong with a nod to burnt. Slight charred aroma with mild espresso notes and a touch or two of licorice, black pepper and cocoa. Slight wood-smoke at the back and slight unfortunate fusel alcohol. Good, though.

Taste is also quite dark and burned, and there is a strong, warming booziness as it goes down. In spite of that, it's remarkably smooth, with nothing huge or overpowering leaping out at me. A good espresso belt with lashings of roasty grain, mild rye note and a touch or two of leather on there, adding a mild oaky funk to the back. Slight nip of booze on the finish as well which is the lowest point, but a nice smooth stout-like beverage overall.

Yeah, smooth, just a slight desiccation from the alcomohol on the back.

It's a surprisingly well-balanced brew that goes down on quite friendly terms with my digestive system.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 04:58:53 | More by laituegonflable
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black pour with a nice sized and think brown head with nice retention and lacing.

S: The smell is of chocolate and coffee. Really very distinct smells.

T: The taste mirrors the smell nicely. Starts off like I am eating a chocolate bar. Delicious. The aftertaste is all coffee, and it sticks around for a long time.

MF: Big and dark. Full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Crazy drinkable for a stout of this size. The tastes are wonderful, and the alcohol is nicely masked. I really wish this was more readily available in Western PA.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:14:36 | More by russwbeck
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garbercury

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to Reed415 for early xmas gift...Poured into snifter...

A--Dark with a lot of lacing, and believe it or not, decent carbonation. Lacing stays...

S--Tones of chocolate in the nose, also, a tad bit of bourbon? I think maybe I have had to many BA versions of beer, but I do taste it..

T--Tasty RIS, flavor dominated by smoky malt flavor. Chocolate and coffee all over this one. Touch of vanilla add to the flavor profile, very nice.

M--Excellent MF, smooth with nice viscous feel.

D--This is a another heavy hitter, A love the way this beer transitions as it warms, getting some cherry in the end. This is a very solid beer. It sucks that LA ownership is weak, because when their beer is carbonated, and they are not busy being fools, they make excellent beers such as this one...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 22:58:59 | More by garbercury
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

Purchased in the US and brought back to Sydney at the request of @LaitueGonflable. Cracked open with him and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours dark and black. Really, just black, not even some browning at the edges. It looks thick and oily as well, with an incredibly heavy body that forms miniscule carbonation bubbles when tilted. Head is very fine bubbled, but minimal overall, which is not really that surprising when you think of the ABV, but it is something of a disappointment. Overall, though, it's a very exciting looking brew, and it has some wonderfully deep characteristics.

Nose is dark and charred, with notes of iodine and coppery blood. No oak barrel character coming out, although I'm not sure this is oak conditioned - I just expect it from the style nowadays. Some sweetness, but like sugared coffee, it's just masking the roastiness. Nice.

Taste is very charred and black, but with a silky suppleness throughout that stops it from being overpowering. Finish lingers for a long time with a dark charred note, but there's some residual burnt sugar sweetness to leaven it. Marmite and coffee come forward as well. It would make a great breakfast beer. Booze is very well hidden among the other robust characters. Not a huge amount of depth to it - there's a great deal of flavour, but it doesn't get layered and intermingled with other more subtle notes.

Feel is wonderful. It's soft and smooth, but with a little tingle of tiny-bubbled carbonation throughout the length.

A very nice beer this one, and one that is incredibly robust and flavoursome. Doesn't have the fantastic balance and complexity I've had from some others, but it's still an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 04:02:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Port/Lost Abbey Brewery. The beer is jet-black, with a light brown, two-inch head. There are notes of malt and coffee on the nose, giving the smell a very well balanced aroma. The flavors are VERY round and robust. Full tastes of heavy malt, with sweet caramel and molasses highlights. The beer is more on the dry side, without any of the creamy or thick characteristics of other stouts, but not quite a dry stout, either. The beer has aftertastes of nut and spice (red pepper and coriander??), with a slightly sour finish. Decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 05:43:20 | More by GarthDanielson
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TheJollyHop

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage poured into a tulip glass at above cellar temp.

Midnight black with a tootsie roll and milk chocolate sweetness on the nose.

Taste is grain sweetness, roasted barley, coffee, bitter, dark chocolate. Finishes dark chocolate, with a very long lingering sweetness that you can feel on your teeth. Medium to full bodied with a great level of carbonation. Alcohol is masterfully masked. Overall a solid stout that sets the bar for what an Imperial Stout should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:10:00 | More by TheJollyHop
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cosmicevan

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
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

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

750ml corked and caged, thanks to Phelps through the Blind Beer BIF III. Reviewed blind.

A- Big bold dark beer, like fresh coffee. Nice dark brown head that leaves a nice lace ring at the top of the glass.

S- Dark roast, dark fruit, dark chocolate. dark.

T- Matches the nose. This is a big, dark stout. A bit of a twang of sourness- very fleeting though. Lots of dark fruit and some semi-sweet chocolate. Not as roasty as the nose led me to believe. Flavors linger on the tongue.

M- Thick, great carbonation, no off flavors. High marks for execution. ABV is nonexistant.

D- Fairly high. Very enjoyable. Wow, I'm impressed. I raaarely buy Lost Abbey, and usually it's 'well, I like it but it's too expensive'. Not this one. One I've slept on.. going to have to buy a bottle or two of this next time I go to the store.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 02:30:00 | More by ShogoKawada
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BretSikkink

Mexico

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

Quite dark, might be black. Head is decent, leaving a smattering of taupe lacing. Nose is strong and pungently bitter with roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate, maybe tilting toward the latter in balance. Hoppy pepper note jump in, and the overall, slightly chalky aroma gets a big thumbs up.

Another bang-up job from Lost Abbey. Big and brawny, but infinitely drinkable. The abv is known and appreciated, but doesn't make a big difference from sip to sip. The chocolate and roast notes are all over the place, but don't try to hide or overtake molasses, chicory, vanilla, and citric fruits.

Body is smooth and velvety, way too big to be creamy but maybe something like viscous. Finishes slightly sticky but almost miraculously smooth. I'm ready for another drink as we speak. The Lost Abbey does the damn thing and does it damn well. Pick this, and their entire lineup, off the shelf and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 03:41:44 | More by BretSikkink
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JamesMcPolin

California

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle that's been aged 9 months into a snifter. Not impressed with the head retention. Had to pour second glass rather aggressive to even get a decent head. Drank plenty of Serpent before but never remember it having such a lackluster appearance. But then again, never reviewed it before, so unsure.

Hate to say it, but not real impressed with the aromatic profile either. As it warms, you can begin to detect hints of the multipart taste. Chocolaty. Enticing. Almost a bourbon-barrel-aged aroma that you wish was present in the taste. But even then, an overall disappointing aroma for such a delicious brew.

Tastes exceptional! May not look or smell like the best but the Serpent strikes where it counts. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, abv extremely well hidden. Unlike many imperial stouts that have the typical warm alcohol finish, the Serpent seems to slither across your palette with pleasantly warm alcohol in the middle and instead end on bitter chocolate and coffee notes.

Very smooth for 11%. Thickens as it warms but in my opinion still not thick enough. I love a nice thick, viscous imperial stout. Amazing that the 11% is so well hidden considering the mouthfeel is so 'relatively' (emphasized for the style) light.

Highly drinkable! A definite recommend for anyone who's a fan of the style. A little surprised that my grade comes out no higher than the average to be honest. Can't knock the original sin. I can see exactly why Eve had no choice but to submit before the temptations of the Serpent.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 00:11:02 | More by JamesMcPolin
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jampics2

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. 750ml bottle into a snifter.

The cork popped with authority but no one lost an eye, so I guess it was all fun and games. Some serious gun-smoke afterward, like the ghost of the beer within, or the devil's breath was escaping. The beer looks great in the glass. It's as dark as Hades, reminiscent of a ferry ride across the river Styx. No other colors escape the evil within, and this devil wears a brown crown that clings and provides nice lace.

The temptation begins with the smell. The roasted malts slither around, giving notes of only the darkest chocolate and black strap molasses. There's some bitter roast and sweet sugar underneath, giving just a hint of dark fruitiness to the nose. A minor touch of coffee is there, but this is mostly decadent chocolate and a decent share of sugary booze. A minor amount of toast gets swallowed by the burned malt. A hint of licorice finishes the alluring aroma.

The taste isn't exactly straight out of the garden of Eden, but it's close. It follows the smell with huge notes of chocolate and molasses. The beer starts to get sweet, then burned malt acidity and bitterness comes in. Then a serpentine sweetness kicks in and makes this simply a massive experience. This beer isn't subtle - it's coming at me like a black mamba, spitting venomous and voracious notes of huge roast and a hint of vanilla. There's even some citrus from the garden, no apples, just some minor grapefruit that again is dominated by the black malt.

The only way I can refuse the serpent's siren song is to focus on the mouthfeel. It's acceptable but is syrupy and thick, knocking this down a bit and bringing me back to my senses. The carbonation that is there begins to dissipate and this becomes a sticky black concoction that only the purest of men can resist. This isn't the most drinkable beer, as the booze certainly emerges more as this warms. A beer full of evil and good, much like the battle in the garden it gets its name from. As the last sip slithers down my throat, I'm convinced that the snake knows the way to paradise.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 21:23:37 | More by jampics2
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Picked up a bottle at Julio's and have been waitign for a nice cold night. Poured into a snifter.

A - A nice dark midnight pour with a earthy brown half finger head that slowly fades to that brown halo. Minimal lacing is left on the glass with each sip.

S - Nice roasted aromas along with bittersweet chocolate. Not picking up any espresso but I do get some dark fruits, almost a raisin aroma.

T - Much like the nose with roasty, smokey flavours and bittersweet chocolate. That being said, the dark fruit tastes are a bit stronger. Definately getting a sweet deep raison flavour that is there on the palette for a brief moment then gone.

M - Like others have said this is a nice velvet mouthfeel that isnt cloy. Nice and creamy.

D - Wow, this 11% is very nicely hidden behind those dark flavours but is still present on the back. This is a very enjoyable imperial stout!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 05:36:08 | More by rudzud
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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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Spica66

Indiana

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

Got this as an extra from Lunch. Thank you, Paul!

2009 vintage.

A: Black as night and very nice head formation and retention.

S: Everything you love about an Imperial Stout. Dark and wonderful.

T: Very nice dark roast and dark fruit. Slightly sour finish, like chewing tobacco, maybe.

M: Creamy and nice with good carbonation.

D: My portion disappeared a lot faster than guwilliums'!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 05:42:15 | More by Spica66
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soze47

Massachusetts

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

I had this at the Tomme Arthur Tap-Takeover at the Armsbey Abbey in Worcester, MA on 11/03/10.

Appearance:
Ruby black body with a garnet khaki head. Rich and slick looking.

Aroma:
Heavy roasted malts and dark fruit dominate the smell. After a few whiffs, you also get some boozy undertones.

Taste:
Huge melting of flavors. This has a roasted, almost burnt malt richness that brings toffee, caramel, and dark fruits out of a deep woodwork. Not a simple beer as each drink leads to another dominant flavor as the booze loosens up the beer with accumulative heat.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability:
The is velvet smooth and not cloying. True, this one has a robust linger, but it is driven more by the flavors rather than the body.

Overall:
Would be a great night cap or after dinner drink. I liked this beer a lot. It almost brought out typical flavors from a belgian, but in a stouts packaging.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 3.5
Dark Fruit: 4.5
Citrus Fruit: 1
Hoppy (pine): 1.5
Floral: 1.5
Spicy: 2
Herbal: 2
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 3.5
Burnt: 3
Sweet: 3
Sour: 1
Bitter: 2.5
Astringent: 2
Body: 4
Linger: 3

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2010 00:16:06 | More by soze47
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BigB415

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this stout as it warmed up to room temperature. the notes of alcohol were too strong when this was poured right out of the fridge since it is 11% the alcohol dulled when it warmed up even though I could still taste it. This is as black as you can get which is expected for a stout. Not much head but the retention was very high when I swirled it in my glass. I'm not sure if I would recommend this but it was good to try for a first time.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 17:19:55 | More by BigB415
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ericfb18 for the brew.

A - Pours an impenetrable black, shiny and oily, with a weighty viscosity plainly visible. There is a deep mocha head that is surprisingly dense, given the super-dense body.

S - Charred oatmeal, baker's cocoa, molasses, ginger snaps, fudge brownies, roasted hazelnut, coffee-chicory-chai; while staying true to the traditional RIS-type profile, the impressions tendered by the nose are a figurative smörgåsbord.

T - Just as with the nose, there are a plethora of delectable elements comprising this brew. The nuances of chocolate and roast are so well-integrated, they are just endlessly delicious. Coffee, dark fruit, burnt sugar, vanilla, hazelnut and other notes supply further layers of complexity. This is like a 4.75/5, but I will truncate my remainder since the rest of my scores are favorable.

M - Fantastically creamy, with heavy viscosity and it is just about as enhancing as a mouthfeel can get.

D - This is so easy-drinking, especially for the style, the complexity, and the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 05:22:25 | More by ktrillionaire
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codewarrior

New York

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL Bomber poured into a Snifter

Picked this up at Colorado Liquor Mart while grabbing a 4-pack of Colorado standard Ten Fidy. I'm still trying hard to love The Lost Abbey, everyone else seems to, while I keep finding them ... rather boring.

A: Deep black with 2-fingers deep brown head.

S: Rich roasted malt, but shallow. Lots of booze here.

T: Sweetness up front into a coffee bitterness in the middle. Finish is burning boozeitude.

F: Thick, but not thick enough for my liking.

D: Decent stout, not disappointed, not blown away. This is pretty consistantly my opinion of The Lost Abbey.

Not considering price for a moment, If I'm to measure this against American Double Stouts, Green Flash Double - also from california - just absolutely demolishes this. If I'm to measure this against Russian Imperial Stouts, North Coast Old Rasputen - also from california - just absolutely demolishes this. Now taking into consideration that each is roughly half the price per ounce that this is ...

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 16:10:58 | More by codewarrior
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321jeff

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL dated January 2010

Pours a deep black with lots of fluffy mocha colored head that leaves a little bit of lacing as it fades to a ring around the glass.

Aroma is dark fruits with a hint of roast. I'm getting mostly raisins but there is some other, lighter sweetness in there as well.

Taste has lots of dark fruit flavor for a stout, but there is a definite roast malt flavor in there, it just takes a backseat to the dark fruit sweetness. Some bitterness also attacks the front of the tongue on each sip.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous but the slight bitterness up front takes away from the overall smoothness of the beer. Enjoyable and drinkable on a cold evening, I can see myself having another one at some point.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 05:22:14 | More by 321jeff
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scottfrie

California

3.1/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into the bottom of my Duvel tulip. Split with friends. This bottle is at least a year old.

A: After a very soft lackluster pop this beer pours pitch black with a couple fingers of dense light-brown head that slowly receded into a thin film that left streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of coffee and dark chocolate with surprising notes of fruit? There is something sweet at the end of the scent that reminds me of chocolate covered exotic fruits. Probably hops.
T: Expected notes of coffee and dark chocolate with notes of raisins and bourbon in the finish. I get notes of toffee and roasted malt as well. Aftertaste is warm and full of alcohol and maybe a hint of vanilla. The flavors are all there, but are a bit burnt tastes, and the alcohol is similar to a Sharpies smell.
M: Still a bit of heat left on this one even after a year. Mouthfeel is initially a touch thin, but becomes more chewy as time passes. Medium bodied could be thicker but I'm getting picky.
D: Not sure how I feel about this one. I want to like it, but compared to other great stouts out there, this one seems a little unpolished. It's not bad, it's just not that outstanding or overall that pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 03:55:59 | More by scottfrie
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into chalice oct12 2010

A very dark right out of the bottle with a thin tan head that fell quickly and left no lace

S some rum raisin cake with some chocolate and a little booze, a little surprised this isn't barrel aged because I pick up on some wood

T plenty of molasses on top of what I smell with a little dark fruit, mild coffee and plenty of bakers chocolate

M fairly silky with a little heat, not overly thick for the color but still quite far from thin

D very tasty beer and that goes a long way but this beer could be world class after a little time mellows it out a bit

thanks hoser for opening this one it was great introduction to this brewery

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 21:33:29 | More by wordemupg
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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