Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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94
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1,454 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 288
Gots: 333 | FT: 30
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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:
The history of the bible and religion is indeed the struggle of good vs. evil. Our Serpent’s Stout recognizes the evil of the dark side that we all struggle with.This is a massively thick and opaque beer that begs the saints to join the sinners in their path to a black existence.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of rapidsequence
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle sent from Tim. Its been in the cellar for a year and a half, no idea when it was bottled.

Appearance: Barely a hiss when the cork pops. Pours thick and black as hell. Almost no head. At all. A rim of dark brown foam and some smaller floating bubbles is all there is. Just a couple spots of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate cake and unsweetened bakers chocolate. Raisins and black licorice. The smell is very rich and inviting, but really not very complex.

Taste: German chocolate cake. Raisins in the middle. The flavor is mostly sweet, but there is bit of alcohol bitterness and roasty bitterness in the finish. Doesnt taste or feel like 11%. The low level of carbonation hurts the flavor experience throughout, but its still awfully good.

Mouthfeel: Yeah, nearly flat. Its way more carbonated than it looks, but if was any less bubbly, I wouldn't want to drink it. As it is, its thick, syrupy. Not horrible, not great.

Overall: If this bottle was carbed appropriately, this would definitely be an A beer. But its not. Its badly undercarbed. Still not a bad experience overall. I'll give another bottle a try if I can get one.

Photo of Marty30
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Served at 55 degrees into a snifter.

A. Typical Black body, with a 1 finger tan head that leaves quickly. Not much lacing at all.

S. Alot of chocolate and dark fruits.

T. Strong Chocolate going on in this, along with plums,raisons,figs etc.. Some brown sugar and molassiss.

M. Mouth is thick and coating, good carbonation.

overall this is a very well made RIS! Nice bold flavor,great chocolate notes.I would love to try this barrel aged!

Photo of stakem
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.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ole thanks to GatorBeerNerd for this in our IP at BASC release! Poured from 750 (no dating) into goblet...

A- Pours a syrupy looking black beer. A giant head forms, dark khaki in color. Head stays around forever, but didn't stick to the glass much.

S- A lot of licorice, molasses and alcohol. Ethanol a ton also, its actually overwhelming. This just smells strong and boozy- not my type when its over the top booze. Roast doesn't show its face as much as it should.

T/M- Very hot, alcohol comes through fairly intense. Settles on palate with a roastiness and woody character; still strong alcohol though. Bitterness plays strong role from both roast and hops. It really settles and melds better as it warms. It was a but much at first so I set the glass aside, now its drinking much better! Figs, brown sugar, and chocolate covered coffee beans. Minimal carbonation and full body. Slick and heavy, but fitting for this badass.

O- Started rocky but came through to be decent once it warmed to a little higher than suggested temp. Not sure I would seek out again with all these other great imperial stouts out there, but I will not refuse an offer to drink a bit down the road. Again, very bitter, yet a big sweetie too!

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a huge foam which dissipates in a couple minutes. It is pitch black with a bourbon colored foam which shows no light through it.

S: It has notes of graham cracker, dark chocolate, and some fussels

T: It has some nice dark chocolate on the tongue which then leads to some nice graham cracker. I also get some woody hoppiness and some lingering bitterness. There are also some lighter notes of caramel, sweet maltiness, and some light raisin notes.

M: It has a really rich mouthfeel which when first poured has a very high carbonation for a stout. But, after settling, it died down some and gave a richer mouthfeel.

O: This is a very delicious stout. It did have some high carbonation issues after first pour, but when allowed to settle it leads a full rich mouthfeel, and lot more of the flavor comes out. This is definitely a great imperial stout, which has a lot of great subtleties too it. Definitely a great beer.

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

My first Lost Abbey beer outside of a bar, and this one definitely increases my growing feeling that, sometimes, stouts are just better out of the bottle. This was such a fantastic example of what I like my stouts to be. Perfect medium-heavy gravity, frothy head, and with a buttery taste that's equal parts sweet and smooth.

I generally try to avoid finishing a bomber to myself, but from the first glass knew I wouldn't be succeeding in that goal. This beer easily masks the 11% abv, and could probably support another couple percent. Overall, incredibly pleased by this best-in-class beer.

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

bottle drank on 9/16/11 poured into a tulip

aroma: coffee tones. not strong smells for me like some stouts

appearance: pours black into a tulip with a 2 inch head which fades slowly. good lacing

flavor: chocolate and coffee flavors, some maltiness, not much hops

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, smooth followed by some booziness at the end

overall impression: a good imperial stout. something that I will seek out again but a bit expensive.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black w/ brown tint and chocolate brown 1/4" head.

S: Smells like coffee and cola. Cola honestly seems to be the overpowering flavor. A little bit of bitter chocolate and soda sweetness compliment each other makes themselves known under the covers. Not sure I want my beer to smell more like pop than beer.

T: Good coffee flavor in a seemingly light and mild beer. Dry roastiness on the finish. I do get some cola essence again but this seems to be more attributable to the carbonation and mouthfeel and is pretty much mute compared to the nose. Again the tiny pinches of sweetness and dryness ying and yang each other in a way that makes you think they've got to be attributable to separate ingredients/processes.

M: Very full and far spreading. The dryness also seems to keep spreading and amplifying.

O: Good, interesting stout. However, I wouldn't go out of my way for it again given the price point and lack of distribution to me.

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

Caged and corked 750 poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

A- Pours a coal black with a one finger head that quickly recedes. Head is a beautiful light caramel color. I can tell it's overly carbonated for the style.

S- Bitter dark chocolate, espresso roast, cinnamon, vanilla extract. Slightly pronounced alcohol heat.

T- Deep roasted malts. Pretty bitter with strong notes of espresso. Dark chocolate as well. The cinnamon is a lot more pronounced than in the smell. Strong alcohol bite. Soy sauce aftertaste.

M- Over carbonated at first. Mouthfeel is a light medium for the style. Pretty strong heat from the abv, a sipper for sure.

O- I think the alcohol could've been a bit better masked but this is definitely an excellent beer.

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

09 vintage bottle sent by G311 a long time ago. Poured into my southampton oversized snifter.

Pours almost like coke or pepsi dark and thin looking with a small tan head

Smells of dark chocolate and burnt malts

Taste is huge on the dark chocolate and a pretty bitter black coffee taste

Mouthfeel is a little thin and carbonation is pretty high still after 3 years in a bottle.

Overall very good beer I wish it was on shelfs by me. Thanks Vince

Photo of Treebs
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. Poured into a tasting cup.

A: Pours a pitch black with light khaki head. Nice retention and pillows of lace. It's carbonated so we're off to a good start. There was some sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S: Notes of chocolate and roasted malts. A little smokey and has some underlying sweetness in there.

T: The taste is roasted malts with a black licorice and chocolate back. There is some alcohol that pops up, but doesn't really have any heat behind it.

M: Medium to light bodied, a little thin for the style. It's actually carbonated! This makes me extremely happy.

O: Since it was carbonated that made me happy right of the bat. There were some bonus points for that. Nice combination of flavors and the only knock was it was a little thin for me.

Photo of Flounder57
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rainy day and watching the Sox during the effects of Hurricane Irene. Finally decided to crack open this beer that has been sitting in the fridge for the last few days. Imperial Stout poured into an Imperial pint glass

Appearance: The beer pours a nice two finger mocha head that has reduced to one finger. Dark black with no signs of carbonation, but I am sure it is in there. A little lacing on the side of the glass too. I can't wait to try a sip.

Smell: Very nice roasted malts that produce chocolate and coffee aromas. A little alcohol towards the end.

Taste: Whoa. Major booziness going on here. Followed by some chocolate, roasted coffee, and some biscuit towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Waited a few minutes ti take another sip. Smooth and a small to medium amount of carbonation. Warms up the whole body and a little chewy too.

Overall: Very impressed with this Imperial Stout from California. Will have to rank up there with other Imperial Stouts. Should be sharing this with somebody, but looks like I get to have this treat all to myself. Oh yeah and oh boy.

Photo of sloambbr
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours incredibly dark with a thick dark head. Great head retention as well, which I really appreciate in a stout. Should look thick as well as taste that way.
S: Liquid dark chocolate with hints of caramel and roasted malts. Incredible. After the pour the chocolate smell diminishes a little, and the caramel stands out more. If you buy this beer do yourself a favor and take a deep whiff before you pour it.
T: Woo this is quite a beer. Right off the bat you get a nice chocolate taste. Follows with alcohol. Briefly singed my nose actually. The final lingering taste is deep, rich chocolate, that lingers beautifully, mixed in with a heavy malty feel. The alcohol taste never quite fades, but is overcome but the richness of this beer and ends up creating a really good balance in the mouthfeel. Definitely a slow drink.
M: Strong strong strong taste. Thick and smooth feel, with minimal carbonation. Deep strong flavors and strong hints of alcohol. Not for the weak.
O: For me I liked how this beer kept it simple, but did it very well. There weren't a lot of complex flavors, but what was there was there in force. Enjoy

Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.