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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout

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1,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 276
Gots: 312 | FT: 26
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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 RblWthACoz


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

Big thank you to brewandbbq for a big hookup.

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is a cocoa molasses thing. Kind of morphs into something different as it warms. Flavor is nice. Thick and robust. Massive malts. Massive chocolates mixed with molasses. The alcohol does show itself a bit too much IMO, but it really isn't that bad. Feel is smooth on liquid with a nice carbonation. The alcohol is slightly noticed on this one which cuts down the drinkability a bit. But still, this is tasty. I'll admit this is a less attentive than normal review than normal as I just wanted to sip the beer and enjoy. I'm sure you'd have no problem doing the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 09:13:56 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

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

A: Poured jet black with no light getting through. Originally poured with a finger and a half of mocha. tan head. Good head retention.

S: Has the expected chocolate and roasted smells which are really nice and balanced. The nose reminds me of Weyerbacher 13 in that it has a smell of belgian yeast. There is a nice sweet nose as well.

T: Nice mix of chocolate and roast. Then it goes into a nice blast of coffee beans. The yeast gives it a little bit of that belgian taste. Earthy and musty. Littlle bit boozy in spots but that is to be expected. The chocolate lingers with some sweetness on your tongue. Nice long aftertaste.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel. I think this might be the best mouthfeel of an imperial stout I have had.

D: Really did not know what to expect from an american double being made by a brewery that specializes in Belgian styles. Really nice but they added a little something to make it their own.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 00:45:50 | More by aerozeppl
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Malty/alcohol nose. Flavor is molasses and some alcohol. Some dryness at finish. Decent imperial stout. Pricey at $13.99 for a 750ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 22:26:53 | More by jdhilt
Photo of lackenhauser


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

Deep deep black with a killer brown/tannish head on top. You could do the head with a spoon trust me. Roasted and mild espresso notes in the aroma. A tad boozey in spots. Yeasty and earthy. Big and bold dark chocolate flavor. Somewhat lactic tang to it that is on the border of being belgian. Big roasted and mocha flavors. Creamy and silky tasting. Good mouthfeel-has a funy sort of dry and flour-like feel to it. Very, very enjoyable beer. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:41:06 | More by lackenhauser
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North Carolina

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

Deep and dark, with a big billowy head and great retention for a big brew. Lots of chunky tan lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty nice. A seductive sweet chocolate with roast scents coming through. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Taste is great. Much more roast flavors coming through. At times, almost a hint of smoke. Very rich coffee flavors that blend with sweet flavors of chocolate. Similar to sweetened coffee. Just a big of funk added and also a hint of ripe fruit. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, so much softer than I expected. It's very delicate on the tongue and only makes you want to take the next sip sooner. Overall, a treat for sure. Thanks goes to seaoflament for the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 18:47:16 | More by ncvbc
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Thanks for the trade Crushinat0r. Pours a chocolately thick dark brown with lots of attractive dark brown head. Balance is always worth currency, and this RIS has it. Chocolate and roast and not overdone though substantially roasty. Thick mouthfeel. I have had lots of great imperial stouts recently, and this is included in the group. Satisfying and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 03:13:37 | More by Sammy
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black body with a medium brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with black berry, light chocolate, yeast and cherry. Flavor is sweet chocolate, coffee and just a hint of alcohol. Medium body, creamy texture. Finishes sweet with a slight alcohol burn.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 15:24:50 | More by kmeves
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightless black with dark brown edges. Two fingers of foamy brown head have nice retention and leaves great lacing. Smells of citrus, roasted malt, chocolate, raisins, anise, and coffee. Tastes of citrus briefly up front followed by molasses, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits. Finishes with good bitterness of coffee and licorice. Full bodied with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy, roasty, and sweet with a nice bitter finish and barely any sign of alcohol. Another excellent beer from The Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:50:42 | More by HopDerek
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4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jw347, since the bottle you gave me at DLD didn't last very long and I didn't get to try much of it, a huge thanks for hooking me up with another. This time it was all mine.

Pours thick from the bottle, smooth and black with a full 2+ finger bubbly tan mocha head climbing on top. Excellent retention with some spotty lace, finally settling to a marbled thick frothy swirl.

Nose has great notes of burnt wood, deep grains, molasses, and earthy root. Some sweet burnt plum and dark toasted notes.

Taste is full of rich chocolatey cocoa dryness, dark and at the same time milky sweet and smooth. Fully balanced toasted dry grains move in with more rich round milk chocolate and toasted marshmallow leading into the finish. A nice burnt bitterness ties it all up at the end.

Feel is smooth, thick, and incredibly creamy. Soft full carbonation adds to the overall great feel.

As for balance, flavor, detail, and overall character, this is one incredible beer. I couldn't have told you there was 10.5%abv if I hadn't had a whole bottle to myself.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 01:35:09 | More by lightindarkness
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a superbly beautiful mocha colored head. It started out darker during the pour but lightened up afterwards. The bubbles on the head are perfectly sized and uniform.

A: Nice bold roasty sweet aroma. I get a good amount of coffee and it is very enticing overall.

T: Wowza!! This is a good beer. Incredibly balanced all around. Coffee and a bit of roast up front that fades quickly into a nice sweetness with a nice chocolaty flavor that completes the aftertaste.

M: Goddamn this beer is creamy!! So smooth and NO hint of alcohol.

D: This is not a good beer. This is a great beer. Why is Cali so far away?

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:30:17 | More by drseamus
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to 0110x011 for sending this brew my way!

This pours out a jet black color with a tremendous head that takes forever to go away.. Unbelievable..

Deep chocolate smell laced with Belgian yeast.. Almost like a funky chocolate..

This is one delicious brew! Perhaps the best tasting stout that I've ever had.. Its perfectly balanced all the way around and absolutely delicious..

I'd love to elaborate on this but the score should speak for itself. This is an elite Imperial Stout, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 00:46:52 | More by Tilley4
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for cracking this open...
Appears a near black with crimson highlights when held up to the light. Huge, dark tan head never really fades away. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, anise, ripe fruit, vanilla, and roasted cashews. Very enticing as a stout fermented with a Belgian stout.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with roasty, cocoa beans, vanilla, ripe fruit, and nuts coming through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spritzy, fruity, and chewy

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 01:44:03 | More by weeare138
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Sampled at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks Jan!

Pours a hazy dark brown, some orange highlights, thin tan head forms, drops to a thin ring, tons of lacing, great retention. Smell is wicked, chocolate and roast, toffee, light funky middle, dark fruits, toast, yeast, wood, very earthy and complex. Taste is similar, rich bitter chocolate, roast, toast, brown sugar, dark fruits, yeasty, some sour funkiness, more chocolate and roast, maybe a hint of vanilla and wood, great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, smooth and easy to drink, thanks a ton Jan.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 02:32:59 | More by Viggo
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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this from BeerTruth in the recent Fight Club BIF and from 0110x011 in a recent trade. I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Drank from my Ithaca tulip.

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with a giant three finger almond head from a VERY gentle pour. The head continues to grow, even to the point of sticking about a quarter inch above my glass. Leaves a thin collar, thick cap and loads of lacing down the side of my tulip.
Smell- Loads of roasted grain and even more sweet caramel goodness. Hints of coffee and chocolate are easily discernable but molasses and licorice seem to take more of a staring role than the usual espresso/cocoa nose. Dark fruits are fairly strong as well with a dark raisin and prune undertone along with a bit of alcohol.
Taste- Very roasted and fairly bitter from the dark charred grains along with plenty of sweet cocoa and caramel. Almost a vanilla cream aspect to it as well with a sweet lactic buttered rum. Plenty of rich espresso and chocolate covered hazelnuts are more prevalent in the aftertaste than at any other time, but its still there. Brown sugar covered raisins and bourbon soaked prunes add a bit of booziness. Slightly citric at times and more so as it warms.
Mouthfeel- At first it's overly carbonated and really not the feel I'm looking for but once it warms and some of the carbonation escapes it really becomes rich and creamy. Medium body with a bit of warming from the alcohol.
Drinkablity- Overall this is a fairly tasty Impy Stout that I enjoyed. It can get a bit cloying at times but I'm sure it'll drink a bit easier with time. I really liked the mouthfeel after some of the carbonation leaked out and this brew doesn't have as much of a coffee/chocolate thing going like so many others do. Nice change of pace. Big thanks again to Adam and Matt!!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 03:08:12 | More by younger35
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strongest beer of darkest black
waiting for me gunny sack
in the alley deep in Prague
brandishing your gunny log

sucking on a gaspar like tom waits
immortal sin is what it takes
to break the head of tan leather foam
your abv goes right to the dome!

Aromas of malts and chocolate yes
and almonds, booze, and raunchy sex
well integrated, nutty too
it makes me electric boogaloo

The mouthfeel thick and warm and sexy
but not too cloying it does vex me
The drinkability is good
for a stout this nice thats understood

Tommes wares are all top notch
1800 reviews and he is tops
one of the 3 best brewers in the US
and he lets me wear his Native American vest

Yes this beer is very grand
I want to take it by the hand
and eat some apple with it too
you know Vinnie just knows its true

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:24:02 | More by francisweizen
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this one for a while... The cork gave a solid pop when the bottle was opened and a giant fluffy cap of brown bubbles appeared on the pour. Clumpy, streaky lacing formed as the foam slowly settled. The beer was basically black with faint reddish edges. Great head retention. Rich aroma, lots of malt and chocolate notes, nutty and roasted, light alcohol. As it warmed, dark fruits and vanilla notes appeared, perhaps a bit of lactose character. Very nice balance and complexity in the nose. Dry cocoa and dark chocolate flavours kicked things off, followed by roasted grains and alcohol towards the end. Lingering dark chocolate and alcohol. Hints of caramelized sugar, raisins, yeasty bread, and vanilla appeared as it warmed. Full bodied and smooth, but with high carbonation that didn't really work for me. As it warmed and the carbonation died down a bit the texture really improved. Significant alcohol warmth. I really liked this beer. Other than the initial carbonation, this was top notch and I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 00:40:55 | More by DrJay
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - a deep black pour into a Maudite Belgian glass. A finger and more of soapy, dark mocha foam. Looks sticky for good lacing, but on the head melt, nothing happens. Maybe the abv doesn't let it 'dry out' enough to stick? The lacing doesn't happen until I start tipping the glass, then some streaks and ribbons appear. Holds at a solid cover, quite a bubble feed from underneath to sustain it.

Aroma - a fairly nice roasted grain aroma, but it's a little light. For the style, I sure expected more to jump out and grab me here.

Taste - huge malts, deeply roasted but not burnt, perfection in my book for that metric. The flavors are so deep and intense it's kind of hard to say whether it's a coffee or chocolate flavor. Thou surely hast some of each and they both taste awesome. Plenty of alcohol visible on the swallow and its warmth is certainly detectable in the belly. Balancing bitterness makes for the only hint of char, but it's well into the aftertaste and comes across subdued enough relative to the other flavors that I appreciate them more. The finish has a nice play of dark fruit and dark chocolate for one tasty ending.

Mouthfeel - kind of average body, a bit of a miss for the style. As alluded to in the appearance, this beer is very highly carbonated and "In the beginning..." it interferes noticeably with attempts to get to the flavor. It took several good swirl sequences to release enough carbonation to take care of that.

Drinkability - this is hands-down what a double stout ought to taste like. A few knocks here and there on some smaller details, but a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 02:24:24 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for trading this to me at DLD 2008.

Pours a voluminous tan head and a dark brown color. Attractive.

Smell is extremely roasty. This is one of the roastiest stouts I've ever had. The initial taste is intense and floods the palate with tastes of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is very sticky. I'm not a huge fan of those stouts that coat your mouth with a sticky film (like this one), but there are always those that have their redeeming qualities. I think this one qualifies. The flavors are quality and very well done. The roasted malts linger on your palate.

I'm not sure how accessible this one is, but it's definitely worth a try if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 03:59:29 | More by bassmantin
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to med for this one.

This pours a dark brown/black with a dense mocha colored head that lasts for some time but leaves little lacing on the glass. It smells of heavily of burnt/roasted malts, followed by dark fruits, chocolate, and booze. Taste follows from smell with plenty of roastiness and chocolate and a warming, bitter, drying finish. Full bodied and easy going down.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 23:03:30 | More by thickerfreakness
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a dense, opaque black. The pour was a bit of a foamer. Three inches of beer and the rest of the glass was full of a sticky, dark mocha colored head.

s: Big nose here, but not all that alluring. Huge smoked malt profile that smells woody with a little cocoa. Cherry aromas, prickly hops, and a bit too much heat round things out.

t: Strong malt flavors of woody, raw cocoa start things off. Pine flavored, slightly astringent, hops and some cherry notes give way to a hot, almost mentholated finish.

m: Great body and carbonation. The lingering heat is a distraction.

d: Thanks to WeisGuy for this one. I had high hopes, but this one came up a bit short. Overall though, this was a big, full flavored stout that was a lot of fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 10:50:03 | More by DIM
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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.


This is my 1300th review, and many more to come.

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark black color, awesome carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy dark tan head, which leaves tons of nice thick sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some figs/raisins/plums, nice tones of toffee/chocolate, nice touch or caramel. The taste is awesome, slightly sweet, malty, nice touch of dark fruits, very nice tones of toffee/chocolate, with a nice added benefit of caramel. Full body, this brew is tasty to say the least, smooth, chewy/creamy, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, and highly recommended. Thanks Andrew!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 18:47:32 | More by Wasatch
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Lost Abbey beer = about do damn time!!!

a: Jet black body, light tan head.

s: Figs, chocolate and booze.

t: Chocolate malt forms the backbone of a deliciously roasted stout. Notes of fig, prunes, and chocolate with a nice roasted malt bitterness providing balance in the finish.

m: Thick, syrupy, low carbonation, velvety texture.

d: Damn, can't wait to try more of Lost Abbey's work. Great Double stout. rich yet balanced, dessert in a bottle.

Reviewing the 2010 batch:

Anise, cocoa, graham cracker and hazelnut on the nose.

More licorice on the palate, but not as prominent as in the aroma. Java, chocolate chocolate chip cookie, fig, coffee bean. Very long finish leaves me thinking about espresso and dark chocolate. Just enough bitterness to balance things out.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 03:07:27 | More by BradLikesBrew
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color with ruby highlights and a dark tan head that sticks impressively and patterns the glass with lace

Smell: Loads of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit char and, to some extent, licorice

Taste: Opens with a chocolate base that adds the molasses and char elements by mid-palate, with bitter dark fruit arriving as well; after the swallow, the molasses and fruit elements balance the chocolate and char to provide a complex tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice Double Stout; consumed young it is nothing special, but with a year of age on it, the flavors have blossomed

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 22:48:25 | More by brentk56
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Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA in March 2008. Served in my DFH snifter. Dense 1.25 inch tight, mocha-colored head floated on an opaque black sea of malty goodness before eventually settling into a solid layer of foam and tight ringlets. Sheets of thick, but watery lacing revealed with each tilt of the glass left behind some thin trails of foam. Scent of dark fruit, chocolate and malt. Definitely some alcohol heat detectable up front. More dark fruit, cocoa and a mild coffee character supported by a backbone of malt. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, without being viscous, and lively with some carbonation burn, but also some astringency detectable along the sides of the cheeks and back of the throat before settling into a warming sensation that lingers between swallows. A very fine double that improves as it warms. Another excellent offering from Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 22:28:52 | More by Jwale73
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4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts and lasts, with tons of heavy froth lacing. Aroma is rich dark malts with underlying alcohol. Taste is chocolatey sweetness upfront, coffee roastiness in the middle, and fruity alcohol slowly burns in on the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is superb for the style. I look forward to buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 01:47:47 | More by ppoitras
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