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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,370 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 284
Gots: 321 | FT: 29
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

750ml bottle from The Cellar liquor store in Steamboat Springs, CO. Around $14. Bottled in Jan 2010.

A: Quite dark, practically black with a tan head about half an inch thick or so that fades quite fast. A few gobs of lacing are left behind as it recedes. Completely opaque, and a nice looking beer.

S: Not overpowering in the nose, but there are some pretty nice dark fruit and chocolate notes initially, these are followed by notes of earth, brown sugar, and molasses. Smells quite sweet. Overall not too bad.

T: Lots of dark fruits and chocolate are the first things that hit the tongue first, this leads into an excellent roasted barley flavor. Great coffee notes. Lots of roast and burnt malt mix well with some caramel and notes of plums and raisins as well. Very pronounced bitterness on the finish from both the enormous amount of dark malts as well as from a decent hoppy bite as well. Really nice flavors here, very enjoyable.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit off here, and for once a Lost Abbey beer is just a touch overcarbonated? Weird. Body is spot on, thick and viscous, very sticky on the lips. Finishes nice and sweet. Carbonation is just a touch too high to take it from smooth and creamy to just a touch prickly.

D: Nice nightcap beer, lots of great flavors here with a ton of chocolate/roasted barley/coffee/dark fruits that really tastes nice. My only knock on this beer, which I thought I'd never say about a big beer from LA, is that it is too carbonated. Other than that, this isn't too darn bad. Pretty easy beer to split a bottle with the girlfriend while watching tv. I'll have to get another bottle next time I find some.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of 2BDChicago
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

2BDChicago, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

My buddy Blake brought this back as part of a massive Lost Abbey monster box several months ago. If he ever joins BA, I'll give him proper credit in the future!

A: How many ways can you say dark? Well... this one is all of those ways and then some. The 1/2 - 1 finger peppery brown head only added to the visual experience.

S: Dark fruit bomb!!!: Dates, raisons, and figs... along with other non-fruity goodness such as chocolate (cocoa), and maybe a hint of cinnamon. Not even a trace of coffee....

T: A dark fruit masterpiece. I could actually taste sort of a roasted BBQ, chocolate, grape quality as the thick, gooey liquid slid down my throat! A grand dry finish!

M: Thick as a liquid could be, with just enough carbonation to let you know it's a beer... but that is appropriate in this setting indeed. Very slimy lacing that basically slid back down into the glass when I tilted it from side to side. Gooey and sticky!

D: A sipper... but a rather grand one at that. I would rank this up there with some of the best Imperial Stouts on the market.

Chaney, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of lehows
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured a beautiful black opaque color, the head grew at a delayed pace, forming a picture perfect fine cap on this beer. Seductive aromas of dark chocolate, sweet malt, and booze. Strangely, the boozines is not evident in the flavor, this is a dangerously smooth beer for 11% ABV. Wonderful flavors of bittersweet chocolate with roasted malt and dark sticky fruits at the finish. A glorious beer.

lehows, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of waltersrj
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

750 ml C&C bottle, 2011.

Pours: Deep, opaque black with a thick one fingered espresso tan head that dissipates into itself leaving soapy, lingering legs.

Nose: anise, dark chocolate, dark fruits (fig and raisin), molasses, brown sugar, espresso shots and roasted, dark malts.

Taste: Smooth espresso, fig and raisin at first, followed by a lot of black licorice, slight oak, dark, bitter chocolate cake, dark malts and slight port and hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy for an imperial stout. This beer is far too drinkable for 11% abv. Honestly I can't taste the alcohol but my head tells me it's definitely there. Great beer, but the BB version trumps this. Great bottled Impy stout.

waltersrj, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of morebeergood
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

On tap at the Dive Bar in Worcester this past weekend. Served in an 8 oz snifter. Dark brown body, with a creamy looking tan head. Looks irresistible when the bartender put it in front of me. Smell had a nice mocha and caramel aroma to it. Flavor was stellar. Smoky peat, coffee, chocolate, and black licorice all washed over my palate. I loved every sip. Mouthfeel was perfectly balanced between smooth and thick. Even at 11%, it was an easy beer to sip and enjoy; highly drinkable for an imperial stout. Another wonderful brew from Lost Abbey.

morebeergood, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Bottle Poured into a Globe Glass

A- Black as night on this one, leaves a nice finger of dark tan head, the lacing is perfect around the glass after every sip.

S- Dark roasted coffee, as well as some dark chocolate, very pleasant smell.

T- Great tasting stout, first taste is coffee malts and strong hints of dark chocolate just like the nose. Leaves a great aftertaste as well. Just perfect!

M- FULL bodied, slight carbonation, taste of almost no alcohol.

D- Very impressed with this brew from lost abbey, would definitely enjoy this one again.

thedoubler55, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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!

Cyberkedi, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Deep black with tan head that fades fast but leaves nice rings of lace.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and notes of licorice and dark fruit.

T- Rich cocoa with coffee undertone. Roasted malts and licorice hints. Touch of rummy booze. Hint of vanilla, molasis and earthy bitter finish.

M- Thick, creamy, slightly chalky

D- Very well balanced, easy to drink sipper.

JayS2629, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -5.7%

A: poured a dark brown with brown highlights on the edges and had a thin bubbly head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: oat grains and roastiness stand out to me on the first whiff but had caramel, chocolate, hints of brown sugar and toffee. It did how ever have oatmeal notes and a good boozy presence.

T: the booze and chocolate were more potent on the palate alongside caramel, oat grain, maple syrup, roasty, brown sugar, booze accents and a touch of hops on the backend.

M: the brew was full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, boozy, rich, and chewy finish.

D: definitely was a sipper but was really tasty and is one of my favorites from the year round offerings LA has.

Gobzilla, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of IKR
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Black with dark brown head. Good looking stout.

S: Moderate Chocolate/Coffee aroma.

T: Chocolate/Moderate Roast taste with very mild hops coming at the end. Slightly sweet on the front end but finishes fairly dry.

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated for the style.

D:Good combination of flavors with the alcohol not making itself known considering it's 11%.

I like this one.

IKR, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of mondegreen
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

750ml into a Stone IRS Tulip.

Pours the blackest pitch black with a nice mocha cap. Looks every bit of the 11% stout it purports to be.

Aroma is huge chocolate. Beneath the mocha lies a layer of rich roast and a faint alcohol/hop bite.

The initial taste is roasty coffee, followed by sweet chocolate. Finishes slightly bitter with a touch of lingering heat.

Mouth is medium. Surprisingly light for the ABV, but not detrimentally so.

Drinks very very well, all factors considered. If it were cheaper, it could be a go-to for me.

mondegreen, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

750ml bottle. Winter 2010 batch. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thick black with a two finger foamy brown head that leaves very nice rings of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is coffee, dark fruits, vinous, very rich chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted malts, bread and earthy hops. Very good strength.

Flavor is more rich chocolate and cocoa, espresso & coffee, roasted malts, some dark fruits, a bit of earthy hops, and surprisingly little alcohol considering the ABV. It's there, but well hidden and integrated into the brew.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, low to medium carbonation.

Damn this is some tasty stuff. Damn.

elgiacomo, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Great looking label and bottle again from The Lost Abbey. My favorite labels in the industry. Pours opaque black with dark brown around the edges with a very small light brown head. Leaves a little bit of lacing around the edges.

S - Smells of roasty malts and a lot of chocolate. A little bit of coffee and licorice smell to it as well.

T - The taste is not quite as heavy on the chocolate. It's there but I also get some roasted malt flavor as well as some good coffee notes and alcohol is present at the end. It's very complex and works together very well.

M - The mouthfeel is great. Nice and full, perfect for the style.

D - This is a sipper because of the 11% and full mouthfeel.

Great beer from The Lost Abbey, would like to get another bottle and cellar it for a year.

Janderson91, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of ericmunley
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

Picked up a bottle of this at Jessup Beverage in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I must say, there is always a solid variety of Lost Abbey in this area.

As with most brews from LA, I had to put some work into the pour to get a head. The beer is jet black with a thin, yet sticky light tan head.

Serpent's Stout has a fantastic smell. The aroma gives off hints of sweet chocolate and dark fruit...a very sweet smelling beer.

Upon tasting SS, I was very impressed. The taste follows the smell almost note for note: the heavy stout base with milk chocolate, sweet fruit, and slight alcohol coming through. Very satisfied with this brew so far.

Concerning mouthfeel, LASS falls into the "thick, motor oil-like stout" category that I adore. A very ballsy beer.

I'll say the same thing I always say about drinkability: when drinking a beer like Serpent's Stout, it is meant to be enjoyed responsibly. Drinking more than a bottle of this beer in one sitting is a waste.

Overall, the most impressive Lost Abbey offering by far...better than Angel's Share. Every stout lover should give this brew a shot!

ericmunley, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of mrshoes
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

On tap at Midway in East Atlanta Village (8oz served in tulip). Dark as a moonless night black with small caramel colored head. Smells absolutely delicious- roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, and a hint of rum in the nose. Full taste of roasted malts, some nuttiness with a strong dark chocolate presence and hint of espresso. Medium bodied with chewy, nougat-like texture. Overall, a very delicious roasty, dark chocolate tasting beer- perfect with dessert, or even a dessert all by itself. Wonderful beer that I would love to get my hands on again. As far as imperial stouts go this one is in my top three- highly recommended!

mrshoes, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

I received this in a trade a while back, and based upon the electrical tape, I'm pretty sure it came from drazzamatazz, so thanks to him for the hook up (if I'm correct). Review is from notes taken on 1/22/2011 and poured from the corked and caged bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a very dark deep brown/near black coffee-like color; starts with a short 1/4 dark brown head that fades pretty quickly to a thin and incomplete skim and a moderately thick ring around the surface; body is dark and nearly entirely opaque; only a a few spots of dark brown lacing are left behind.

Smell: Upon pulling the cork, I'm inundated by a strong presence of sweet chocolate and some sweet, very/overly ripe dark fruit (cherries, especially); bit of dry, cocoa powder; some alcohol definitely lingering in there as well, but at 11%, that shouldn't be a surprise; slight vanilla and woody sensibility; buried burnt roastiness.

Taste: Much like the smell, there are a lot of chocolate aspects to this one, but it's certainly not all sweet -- there are some definite strong hints of bittersweet and even bitter baker's chocolate; definite alcohol presence and it's still kind of hot and bourbony; gritty burnt espresso roastiness; bit of vanilla and oak. Is this beer barrel aged? The bottle doesn't say anything about it, and in my searches I see that there are other varieties offered, so perhaps it's just the high ABV creating this sensation.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium in weight; the carbonation is soft and very smooth; the alcohol is big in this one, much how like the Force is strong with Luke, and it definitely makes the mouth warm and tingly, and the belly is left very warm from it (this booziness SERIOUSLY reminds me of BABO); there is a bit of grittiness left on the teeth and a thin, dry/cottony coating is left all over the rest of the mouth.

Drinkability: A really good beer with great smells and flavors, but a definite boozines and a high ABV certainly puts some limits on this one. A must-sip kind of beer, but one that should be tried by any stout fans.

bamadog, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black without any head other than a few bubbles forming a collar around the edges. No lacing to stick. Not a good sign in the carbonation department. The nose is slightly roasty with a good amount of chocolate. Hints of coffee as well. The flavor is pretty good with some roast and chocolate and a bit of sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is medium without any carbonation to hold anything up. Drinkability is pretty good, even with the low carbonation.

Thorpe429, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

Thanks to Normyk for this one.

With barely a pop from the cork (Lost Abbey lives up to the rumors again) the beer flows forth into the glass looking very demonic indeed. Luckily this beer isnt flat, I suspect its just naturally very lowly carbonated. It supports a small dark brown head that fades quickly. The aroma is dominated by assertive alcohol. Plenty of chocolate comes out to give this a nice decadence. There is a woodsy, almost musty yeast aroma. If I am correct, I believe this beer uses Brett in some quantity. The more detailed you get into investigating the aroma you will find lots of chocolate covered raisins and figs with a dash of licorice. The taste is right in line with the aroma. It does, however, bring more sweet chocolate covered fruits than the bouquet does. That is a good thing for someone like me. The sweetness approaches the realm of a dessert beer but is never over the top. Alcohol is no slouch but its managed buy licorice, espresso roast, figgy fruit, and worn leather. A distinct yeasty set of flavors bring on flavors of old wood. Carbonation is much higher on the palate than you would expect. This hurts the overall feel of the body, disguising it as less full than it may really be.

MbpBugeye, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of imagese
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

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!

imagese, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%

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).

drabmuh, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

mithrascruor, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
4.45/5  rDev +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.

Bfarr, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

laituegonflable, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

russwbeck, Jan 11, 2011
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,370 ratings.