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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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1,370 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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Photo of reginaldo
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Had an epic battle to get the cork off. Pours a "no light can escape" kind of black. Thin dark tan head dissipates pretty quickly leaving little to no lacing. Sweet chocolately smell lets you know that you're in for a treat. Some coffee mixed in the smell too, but mostly sweet chocolate. The chocolate dominates the front end of the flavor. The coffee comes through much more in the taste. Also some alcohol in the flavor, but not too hot; it blends nicely. You won't confuse this beer for Ten Fidy. Mouthfeel is thinner than a lot of imperial stouts, although not too thin. Carbonation is fine. Drinkability is good, I actually had to slow down a bit to give it a chance to warm up. Overall I highly recommend this brew. Another great effort by Lost Abbey.

reginaldo, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Tolann
4.03/5  rDev -5%

I agree with what others have said; yay, a cork that doesn't keep me from my beer!

A - Pours very seriously black with a roasted coffee brown some yellowish (mostly brown) head. Head fades to a nice layer atop the beer not completely diminishing.

S - Nose is obvious. Sweet and chocolate/espresso. very nice and rich. It makes you want to dive in.

T - Roasted coffee/espresso more evident in the taste. Still a lot of good sweetness of chocolate.

M -Medium mouth feel and good carbonation for this style. Not overly thick or flat feeling.

D - certainly an enjoyable brew. I don't think that it's drinkable in a sense that you'd drink this one after another, but very drinkable and enjoyable that one is very satisfying.

Tolann, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +5%

Served cellar temperature. Finally a Lost Abbey cork that doesn't put up a fight coming out!

I pour this one into my new New Belgium glass - a tall slender goblet, almost egg shaped, with an etching on the bottle that promotes the creation of bubbles.

It's all but black with a thin tan head on top. It settles to layer that just barely covers the blackness below but continues to do so throughout the experience.

Aroma is evident as soon as I pulled the cork. It's rich in dark chocolate malts and roasty coffee. Hops are present too which is always a plus for me when enjoying a strong stout.

Flavor is excellent as well with rich malty sweetness and big roasted malts. There's the usual suspects: coffee, chocolate, and toffee with the added bonus of some dark cherries and other fruit.

Mouthfeel is good but a little bit of a let down. It's very full bodied and smooth but it doesn't have that creaminess that I crave from a big stout. Carbonation is alright but maybe a bit too much for the style.

Drinkability is very good. It's smooth, balanced, and not too overpowering in any respect. The alcohol is almost too well-hidden.

Overall one of the best I've had from Lost Abbey. All the more impressive when I consider they specialize in Belgian styles. This is a big break from their standard lineup.

GilGarp, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%

Bottle into snifter. Huge thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for this one - I believe it's about a year old.

Pours opaque black, with a one-finger very fluffy dark brown head, settling down into a denser, but thin, brown cap that doesn't want to go away. The head is fantastic for this beer.

Nose is equally fantastic - a nice mix of espresso, rich chocolate, and vivid dark fruits, with the emphasis on the dark fruits and cocoa. The nose is just so rich but still supremely balanced and integrated.

Starts off with just a huge, delicious espresso presence right off the bat, with a secondary note of rich chocolate, and lots of licorice and dark fruit swirling around in there. There's a smoky tobacco quality as well. Superb in every respect.

Mouthfeel is just as fantastic - lighter than expected, with a more active carbonation that's still soft and light on the tongue. You just don't want to stop drinking this thing. Almost no alcohol presence, fantastic mouthfeel, delicious flavor - can't say enough about this beer. Hits on all cylinders.

As a note, the alcohol starts to warm you up about halfway through, and comes out a bit more as the beer hits room temperature, but never detracts from the flavors or body of the beer. Still an A+ effort.

JohnQVegas, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap at the Port Brewing/Lost Abbey tasting room on 3/14/09. Surprisingly, this was served in a pint glass and not some sort of stemware.

Pours a midnight black with a thin creamy head of burnt mocha colored head. This doesn't have a whole lot of flareup at first but once I get the level down some and really get this whipping in the glass, it eventually throws a huge cascade of frothy lace and brown residues that just COATS the sides of the glass. The aroma is deep and complex smelling, with notes of deep roasted malts, huge chocolate character, brown sugars, some zippy espresso, and maybe a touch of anise thrown in there as well.

The taste is just as large-and-in-charge as the aroma was. Massive roast, coffee, and bitterness hit up front, giving way to a more silky layer of burnt brown sugars, baker's chocolate, and caramel. Jut a dab of maybe some dark fruits and licorice makes themselves know in the back. Roast and sugary sweetness dominate the finish, lingering with notes of tang and bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a lower feeling carbonation that gives this more of a viscous texture on the palate. There is also a good bit of alcohol beef in this but it never gets to be quite stinging. It gets close at times but never full on.

I loved this in the bottle, so it was a real treat to be able to try this on draft at the Lost Abbey. I think I remember hearing our server say to someone else that this really hadn't had time to sit in the keg much, hence the lack of a big creamy feel. Still, the flavors were powerful and complex, just the way I like em' in my Imperial Stouts. Good stuff.

Kegatron, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a snifter, it in fact, looks like a typical RIS. Nice and dark, with a 1-1.5 tan head that diminishes to a ring.

In the nose, flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

I taste plum, cocoa powder and chocolate. Not too much coffee on my tongue. Very sweet, which detracts from the drinkability factor. Mouthfeel is silky smooth... very nice.

All in all, a good stout. I would definitely have again... just not for $11.

rudylaw, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

750ml bottle on selection sunday

appearance: poured from the wicked bottle into a snifter, very dark body, huge creamy chocolate cap with creamy lacing/retention...very nice body on this one

smell: creamy dark chocolate, big and roasty, nice char presence, licorice, booze

taste: goes well with some samoas (thanks girl scouts), a big full flavored stout...heavy on the dark chocolate, moderate bitterness, big-time roasted malts, roasted oats, char, licorice, coffee roastiness

mouthfeel: velvety smooth, moderate bitterness

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of BZero007
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

After having the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti I was very happy to have this Stout. Poured a very dark color with a very minimal head. Smell was not strong but was of Roasted Coffee and Chocolate. The taste was of a medium roasted chocolate not to over bearing. Chocolate as well as some figs came threw later on in the beer. Alc was easily detectable which wasn't a bad thing, I felt like it hit the mood very well for me. Also I was just relived to be drinking this other then the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti that I had the other night. A much needed break! Alc level made the mouth feel a bit of wear and tear, but nothing over the top.

BZero007, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of beerhappy
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%

An even pour into a goblet provided only a thin head to this dark, espresso-esque beer. Roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee in the nose, along with some detectable alchohol. Nothing overbearing in the taste. There is some char and dark chocolate and then some fruity elements... but what I should really be raving about here is the mouthfeel. Huge body with just enough carbonation to provide good drinkability and silky texture. Balance was on this brewer's agenda. Nice stout!

beerhappy, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Served on-tap at Monk's Kettle in SF.

A: Ink black with a nice tan head.

S: Lots of chocolate in the nose, espresso, and some licorice.

T: A very rich and slightly sweet stout. This beer has layers upon layers of complex flavors such as dark fruits, figs, raisins, espresso, chocolate, and molasses.

M: Smooth, rich, and full-bodied.

D: A very good stout. A bit on the sweet side but definitely something worth seeking out.

willjschmidt, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%

A - Solid black with 1 finger of creamy m ocha head.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee and heavily roasted malts.

T - Intensely roasted grains, almost charred to the point of being too overpowering. Charred ash, slight smoke, chocolate and coffee.

M - Thick and chewey. Sticky and syrupy.

D - Too many charred burnt flavors for my tastes.

brewcrew76, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of paytoplay
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%

09 750ml, wanted to enjoy this beer but it was a bit rough for me. Alc was high, didn't get the silky rich mouthfell i was expecting. Have an 08 in the cellar, I think this 09 would benefit from 1+ years in the cellar to come together more. Dark stout, nice flavors, smell. Tried cold, and at room temp to see if it would improve. Have more and hope they get better, also may have been an off nite for me. The 08 should help drive my future purchases in more or no more 09.

paytoplay, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%

Thanks to Guezedude for this one in a trade! 2008 release

A- Body is a thick, viscous, opaque black color. Pours with an approximately 2 finger dark brown head. Its pretty amazing because you can hear this beer like you can hear pop when you pour it...the fizzy brown head fizzes up then immediately fades completely. No lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light nothing penetrates through.

S-The nose is big and a blend of thick rich characters of anise, dark chocolate, plum, raisin, and a hint of phenols.

T-Flavor is intense and rich. Upfront is a big dose of plum and raisin with a big ominous hefty backbone of rich mild chocolate. The finish shows a bit of sourness with the plum coming through and a bit of a phenolic bitterness...also if slipped slowly a slight roasted character emerges. What lingers are hints of the initial flavors and a slight alcohol heat. What makes the flavor above average and not 4.0 is the tendency for the big mix of things to give off a motor oil impression because of the ABV. The flavor is very rich and complex (bordering on overbearing) and should be sipped slowly.

M-Low to medium tingly carbonation and medium-weight to thick body. Consistency is mostly smooth but a touch of phenols can be detected underneath.

D- At 11% this is a hefty brew and it stays true to its ABV. This brew has a very rich character and its a pretty good brew overall. Its an over-the-top Belgian Stout/RIS combo that just doesn't quite have the balance needed to be a great example. That being said-this is a great effort and something that I would try again...I can see why so many people like it.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle purchased and drank at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre.

A- black body, brown dense head. Thick as hell, as expected.

S- Cocoa powder smell. I wanna say there was some sort of acidic or soy astringency, but it was very low, as opposed to other imperial stouts I've detected this in.

T- Huge roastiness, chocolate, and a fruity component that peaks out every once in a while.

M- thick, creamy, slick.

Overall a good imperial stout. Interesting with the very mild fruit component that is easy to miss I think. Must be the Belgian influence on the beer?

MiScusi, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of MaduroMike
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%

A- Pours black with a thick brown head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

S- Strong roasted malts, chocolate, coffee/espresso faint cherries. Alcohol is masked very well.

T- Like it smells but alcohol pulls through in the end

M- Heavy, sticky, and bitter light carbonation

D- Decent offering and taste. Could see myself drinking it again but one is enough.

MaduroMike, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -21%

On tap, this brew pours a dark brownish black in color and offers a very rich colored half inch of head. Retention is brief however and soon gives up to a glossy surface. A nice pour that doesn't hold up.

Chocolate on the nose with a bit of coffee and sweet malts, yet not a lot variety/complexity. Touch of alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Taste follows the nose with roasted malts, cocoa, and chocolate. Finishing with more coffee notes. A bit thin in the end, this beer is unremarkable. A decent, yet average stab at the style.

ABV is well hidden nonetheless.

HalfFull, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Appears pitch black in color with a three-quarter inch dark tan head. It sinks to a skim, and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, dark fruits - cherries and plum, and some charred wood.

Taste has a slight sweetness up front that is joined by a wonderful rich dark chocolate as well as the cherry and plum fruit flavors that I detected in the aroma. In the finish the espresso and burnt wood flavors appear.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body, with a very nice creamy texture from a good level of carbonation that is almost Belgian like in it's effervescence, but not quite that much.

This was even tastier than I was hoping it would be. Really good stuff and glad I was able to pick up a bottle of this.

roadhouse, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Picked up a 750ml bottle from only $6.50 at Abe's Cold Beer. What a deal. I'm not usually a big fan of strong stouts, but I take exception to this beer. The flavors are a great mix of darkly toasted bread crust with semi-dark chocolate. The aroma has similar roasted grains, and black toast. This beer is made more drinkable by the lack of excess residual sugars and that pays off additionally with a dry, cocoa finish that balances an earlier chocolate sweetness. Yum. Give this a try.

tempest, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle courtesy of numbeercruncher - great trader, thanks!! Split w/ dkachur and proteus93, w/ my portion poured into a 10 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a thick, murky, inky black, evolving - initially - a good two-fingers of tan head. The head bubbles and froths at first, slowly fading though eventually settling down into a firm one-finger of bubbly, sticky goodness. I'd call the retention above average on this one. The lacing is incredibly sticky, snowy, sheet-like in places, crystalline and three-dimensional in others. Just a very attractive-looking brew.

Aroma: A little faint. Very fruity, with dark notes - raisins, figs - and lighter ones - definite peach, stone fruits, cherries. Lots of earthy, toasty, roasty notes, not quite charred or smoky, but heavy coffee, bitter chocolate. Fruit notes definitely dominate here, though, though the heavy malts do emerge somewhat as this one warms.

Taste: I can definitely see how the Moonlit Sessions Lager was made from the second runnings of this. The notes are very similar - heavy, heavy toast notes, nearly charred but just shy, espresso, bitter chocolate, and tons of fruity overtones (peaches, cherries, raisins). The big difference between this one and the MSL is the overwhelming amount of sweetness in this one, making the bitter chocolate seem almost milky, sweet, the fruits seem dried and concentrated, and everything just, generally, more intense. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: This beer's worst aspect, probably. It's thick, and though it's not quite sticky, it's big-bubbled and a little uneven. A little too big-bubbled.

Drinkability: This one's all over the place. On the one hand, the head retention and lacing are stellar, and the tastes and flavor profile truly impressive. On the other hand, the aroma is way too faint and a little strange, and to be honest, I think it's a little overcarbonated. So I'm gonna put drinkability about smack dab in the middle for this one, despite the relatively high abv%. This one's interesting, intense, rich ... I'm gonna give it a "recommended."

CrellMoset, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance is jet black, no light gets through. Light brown head, doesn't last long.

Initial aroma is burnt sugar, roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa.

Taste closely matches aroma, roasted malts, coffee, but with lots of bitter cocoa.

Coats the mouth, silky, with just a "prickle" of carbonation. Alcohol warmth sneaks up on you, envelopes you, and tempts you to take....just...one...more....sip.

It'd be a sin not enjoy this more than once...just not in the same sitting, or you'll never stand up.

JamnesCameron, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of slayer3604
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

a-like how nestlie's cocoa mix would look if there was a two inch stack of brownies floating on top of it!!!

s- up front cocoa, rich ground coffee rinds, muted anise, and toffee.

t- very lasting, coating and soothing brew. 11% barely rears its head, more or less after a few sips in. massive amounts of chocolate in this one. i love beers like this.

m- lighter than i expected, but has some nice grainy textures to it from the crystal malt.

d- outstanding. i like how easily this goes down.

slayer3604, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours black with one finger of tan head and a thick ring of lacing.

Scent of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, dark fruits and hidden alcohol. Huge, robust, balanced very well, and well masked alcohol make for an excellent scent.

Taste of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, and coffee. Finishes with some alcohol and roasted malts, but the alcohol is far from overpowering, great stuff.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and thick with a small amount of carbonation, keeping it lively.

paco1029384756, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Dark brown, near black color with an espresso head. The nose has roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, molases, dark fruits, wood, bourbon and anise. Really opens up at warmer temps. The taste has a nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors. Full body, but the carbonation is a bit off. Still drinks well. Good stuff.

rye726, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -5.7%

A- The beer is a dark syrupy brown, but in the glass it looks jet black. The tan head was thin and disappeared quickly.

S- When I popped the cork I got a good deal of chocolate, and coffee. The roasted/burnt malts are present but mixed in with the coffee more then anything. I'm also getting the very present smell of rubbing alcohol in this beer as a large underlying smell.

T- This has an interesting taste. The chocolate is very potent for sure. Then this fades into the coffee, almost more of a mocha taste. Mixed in is a slight cherry taste. The alcohol taste does give a slight twinge to the taste buds, but they will live to taste another day.

M- Thick and kind of chewy. I would like just a touch more carbination.

D- Fairly easy to drink, and gets easier as the beer disappears.

Wetpaperbag, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev -5%

Sampled while enjoying the Big Sur Coast 2008. Poured into a snifter for review.

Pours out an almost black with a 2 finger deep brown/coffee colored head. Head has good reetention and leaves a stout moustache on my mouth. Yummy. Loads of sticky lacing & webbing on glass.

Big chocolate aroma, roasted/charred malts, faint booze, nutty, fruity.

Roasted/charred flavors, coffee, chocolate, booze, nice bitterness. Quite tasty and complex.

Full bodied, chewy, creamy, ABV well hidden.

Easy to drink & smooth.

A fine and unique example of an American Imperial Stout. Will be gladly buying again.

bbothen, Feb 16, 2009
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