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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,404 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,404
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 286
Gots: 330 | FT: 29
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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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Photo of rhinos00
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Poured from a 25.4 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark black. If I was staring into an abyss this would the color I imagined. Produces a tow fingers width of mocha colored head. After a few minutes, it was reduced to a nice thin layer.

S- So complex and rich. Getting a base layer of roasted coffee beans. Piled on top is a myriad of aromas that give it great depth. Lots of malts, chocolate and dark fruits with a little hint of vanilla. Do yourself a favor and just take a nice huge whiff...soak it all in.

T- Upfront getting plenty of burnt coffee beans and chocolate malt flavors. About midway through toffee and a subtle dark fruit flavor kick in and grow until the finish. I can't help but think how great this would be with some age on it. The finish was just a little too hot for me. Instead of a nice, chocolate, fruit finish, there was an alcoholic presence that really affected the taste.

M- Medium bodied. Not as viscous as I had hoped for, but still manageable. Had a healthy amount of carbonation. Left a semi-dry mouthfeel on the palate.

D- This one is definitely a sipper. The flavors are there, but you really feel every bit of the 11% abv. Warms up the chest rather nicely.

Overall, I can't imagine how smooth and complex the flavors would be when this beer gets some age on it. This beer was definitely a bit too young for my liking. One of those beers that I will have to revisit.

rhinos00, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serpent's Stout constitutes the dark side of the dark side. It is an opaque, nebulous, single-toned black that rejects all light and luster; I think it's too dark to even cast a shadow. The colour is beautifully pristine, its simplicity and lack of highlights seems to suggest it doesn't care if you look at it or not. In addition, the beer's surface, a rich mocha colour, appears scorched and crunchy just like creme brulee.

Until now, it seemed unnecessary to ask anything more from the aroma of an Imperial Stout. So full of rich dark chocolate, potent coffee and roasted caramelized maltiness, what more was there to want? Apparently, sambuca-soaked currants and a cinnamon-laced yeast, just to name a couple things. This smells sophisticated yet indulgent and decadently rich. It offers all of your guilty pleasures, it's like a bottomless dessert tray.

And I thought the aroma smelt good - this tastes fantastic! Coffee, licorice, dark fruits, roast malts, you name it, it's all here. The head of the table belongs to the mighty cocoa bean. This tastes like chocolate and everything ever made with chocolate. Tomme Arthur can brew an endless repertoire of styles but as this beer suggests he could do away with all the others, focus only on stouts, and still be one of the world's most artistic brewers.

There is a light ashy/smokiness to the malts that leaves the impression of a heavily roasted espresso; it is a very bitter quality. At the same time, a full cast of intensely caramelized flavours provide plenty of sweetness. The result? A very well rounded mouthfeel that makes for a two-pronged decadence. I suppose 'silky' would be the best word for the job although I doubt even it can encompass the magnificence that is this mouthfeel.

You see, the beer possesses the flavours of dark dried fruit, charred oak and espresso but it also incorporates the textures of said things, too. It can have sweet and chewy like crunch while other sips are dry and excessively phenolic; on other sips yet it is crushingly bitter and roasty with a sweeping amount of dark, caramelized flavour. The alcohol is starting to be sensed but I still wonder if that 11% is just a wee bit exaggerated.

For a sinful beer this was awfully heavenly. Sure it's decadently gratifying and, given the alcohol content and bottle size, gluttonously indulgent, but name me one stout lover who could resist the potency of this bouquet, the rich and bittersweet flavours and the cold, black stare of this magnificent beer! If sensual pleasure and slow, lasting enjoyment is wrong, then I don't want to be right. Huge thanks to MasterSki for answering a prayer!

biegaman, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of MEsquandoles
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL from early winter '08, poured into Unibroue Maudite snifter.

Much like a thick mocha cappuccino, but with a lot of licorice, and noticeable tootsie roll and peat too. Rich!

Different carbonation and finish, fizzier than any other big Imp Stout I've had...a surprisingly dry slightly sour finish, but strong woodiness takes earlier flavours long through the palate. Interesting and satisfying.

I get some Quad flavours as I near the end of the bottle, and in the burp. Some cola too.

For 11% there was almost no harsh booziness.

A unique Imperial Stout. I have yet to taste a Lost Abbey brew I didn't think was well made and significantly above average. Definitely worth trying, and i'd love to try it aged a year. Possible my 3rd favorite Imp Stout behind Abyss and Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #5.

MEsquandoles, May 30, 2009
Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From Notes: 3/29/09
The Lost Abbey
Serpent's Stout 2009
Imperial Stout
11% Abv.
750ml caged and corked into NB snifter

Appearance= Vigorous pour into NB snifter yields a fat 3 finger, dark brown head. Head retention is impressive. Cakey and thick looking. Deep, dark, opaque, black body. Excellent lacing and cling. This beer looks like it wants to kick your ass.

Smell= Coffee and Chocolate. Good smell, but not super pungent.

Taste= Flavor is excellent. So good I was quaffing it and some slipped out of my mouth onto my review sheet! Coffee, Choco, the usual suspects.

Mouthfeel= Mouthfeel is really thick. Like a big booty dancer. Lingers for awhile like a friend that's overstayed his welcome. Perfect for the style.

Drinkability= Abv. is not detected, flavor is good, mouthfeel is thick. I would probably not drink more than one, but it is excellent and the bottle didn't last long.

Grabbin2nd, May 29, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle so I don't know the vintage, I've had this for about a year. Pours a solid black with a fluffy almost tan head that persists for a while. I got a huge whiff of dark fruits as I popped the cork on this one. Deeper into my nose flows the licorice and sweet chocolates along with some dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. Taste is vinous, followed by some chocolates and some alcohol and roast in the finish. The carbonation is kind of high, Body is medium, mouthfeel is bubbly/oily. The high carbonation messes with the mouthfeel to much, but overall a solid stout.

johnnnniee, May 29, 2009
Photo of BeerStine
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a small wine glass.

Pours a pitch black with a thin almond color. It appears to be lightly carbonated. Spells of sweet malts with chocolate/coffee undertones. Smells pretty boozy too. Has a deep charcoal taste. Hints of coffee and slightly sweet chocolate. Has a light mouthfeel and light carbonation. Drinkablity is good; especially for an 11% ABV beer.

Nothing amazing here. Just a solid stout that I'd drink again.

BeerStine, May 23, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to PhxHorn for this!

750 ml cage-corked bottle - 2009 vintage - poured into a tulip glass:

Pours pitch black with a dark brown (ruby-ish tinted) head that quickly settles to a very thin cover. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of a lactose milk sourness with some chocolate, licorice/anise and some alcohol.

The taste is of chocolate - sweeter than the nose - lactose sour there, but more subdued. Some licorice is there. Fruity/peppery alcohol, while sharp and slows it down, adds to the flavour more than it masks it. It has a lingering earthy bitterness in the finish.

It has a creamy, milky body with a sharpness. It has a full, but not syrupy, body with quite a bit of carbonation.

This is a boozy one, for sure, and took a long time to go through (as expected for the high abv). Sweet to start, has a bitter finish. Not too crazy about the slight sour (in a milk/lactose) way here. An Imp. Stout that's a bit different/unique. A pleasant, slow sipper, overall.

jwc215, May 23, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage at Josh and Trey's graduation tasting. Epic.

A: Jet black with a dark brown head, not very good retention

S: Roasty, licorice, unsweetened dark chocolate, some cream. Pretty awesome. The thickness reminds me in ways of The Abyss

T: Medium body with plenty of roast. Rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, mild coffee and firm bitterness. Excellent balance with a mildly smoky finish that also has a bitter component. Mild creaminess on the palate

M: Medium bodied, slightly over-carbonated and an excellent, bitter finish

D: An easy drinking sipper (?)

DefenCorps, May 19, 2009
Photo of PhxHorn
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had several of the Port beers, but this is my first LA one. It pours a deep dark dark brown with minimal head, and I practically dumped it into the glass. Smells moderately of coffee and licorice. Tastes of coffee (mostly) with a decent dose of licorice. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate, but not much--the coffee and licorice dominate. It's a nice blend of flavors, not RIS-style, but moderate but not overwhelming. Carbonation is a bit low, but this is drinkable as stouts go.

PhxHorn, May 18, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a VERY full pint glass at the 3rd Anniversary party.

Pours motor oil black with no head or lacing to speak of. Ugly and imposing. Very fitting.

Smell is boozy with lots of licorice and chocolate.

The flavor is full of bitter chocolate, barley, and malt. Coffee and some raisin. A hint of anise. Extremely complex and satisfying.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Full bodied and creamy. Velvety and smooth. This is what I want in my big stouts.

This is heavy, but my pint disappeared quickly. Very drinkable for a beer this big.

photomike, May 18, 2009
Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serpents Stout pours with a classic, mocha-colored head that releases a whiff of dates and cherries. The mouth feel is slightly more carbonated than its impy bretheren which lends to an initial chalky sensation that disappears when the flavors kick in. Dark chocolate and espresso flavors initially dominate, but dates, prunes and spice show up to provide a little balance and to keep the alcohol at bay. That balance is thrown off a bit by a slightly acidic finish, but, overall, this is a very solid stout that should pair nicely with aged sharp cheddar or a raisin-based bread pudding.

chicagobeerriot, May 16, 2009
Photo of froghop
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black with a small brown head, and good lacing.

smell of cocoa, some coffee, sour malt, a touch of vanilla, and a whiff of smoke.

taste is thick and creamy, chocolate, strong coffee in the back, licorice, a touch of smoke, and some sour malt, end is dry

froghop, May 15, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 edition

A- this one pours a black as can be body with a very small coffee colored head on a vigorous pour. might be an undercarbonated bottle. wouldnt be the first time. the head is fading fast and leaves a wall of lacing behind.

S- this one smells mean. immediately i notice lots of dark and burnt smelling malts. faint notes of brown sugar also. there are some fruits, raisins and figs. and a little bit of coffee/hops at the end along with alcohol.

T- massively dark and burned malts come up first. lots of the raisins i could smell, but not as much fig. alot of alcohol in this one. alot dryer than i expected. slight amounts of chocolate in this. loads of bitterness from coffee/hops at the end. complex and aggressive.

M- thick and sticky lots of pleasant warming from all the alcohol. a nice low level of carbonation that really works for this one.

D- this one was a treat, but too powerful to have another one. glad i decided to pick this one up, and ill try this year again when the next vintage comes out. lost abbey makes some solid beers.

jwinship83, May 13, 2009
Photo of baggio
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled@Oliver Twist.

A: Very dark-brownish with a generous head.

S: Lots of malt, Caramel, Ripe fruit, Cocoa and hints of yeast.

T: Chocolate, Coffee, Sugar, Belgian yeast and dark bread.

M: Palate: Much like a belgian stout in character with excessive sweetness at the end.

Good brew but too sweet for my palate.

baggio, May 12, 2009
Photo of SFBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 750ml bottle labeled at 11% ABV into a tulip glass

A- Thick. Poured black as night and sloshed into the glass creating a 1/4" very dark brown head. Foam slowly receded leaving behind trace amounts of tan sticky spotted lacing.

S- Complex aromas rise form this brew. Firstly raisins come up, then dates and figs followed by wonderful chocolate and coffee. Lastly, I noticed a sweet burnt caramel linger in the glass.

T- Tastes of toffee, burnt cocoa and cinnamon with complementing fruit flavors similar to the aroma. Raisins, once again, dominate. A lingering dry spice finish of black pepper and cinnamon competes with the ever-present alcohol. Hot ale! It is obvious that this is 11% ABV. I am not complaining as it is difficult to hide this much alcohol. Subdued hop bitterness falls behind a bitter chocolate and spice finish. Hops feel like they too are competing with the alcohol content.

M- Heavy and sticky. This ale coats the mouth thoroughly. Wonderful warming ale. The alcohol lingers on the palate.

D- Easy now! Although it tastes wonderful and rich, this beer is well on its way to knocking me out quick. The obvious presence of alcohol slows me down a bit. Quite the sippy drink and one for the end of the night.

SFBeerGuy, May 10, 2009
Photo of MPLS
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a friend.

A: Black as fertile soil, with a nice light foam head that continued to stick to the glass throughout.

S: Mild dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of dark fruit.

T: Very pleasing stout, big wave of roasted malts with dark chocolate riding shotgun. Chocolate flavors are not overbearing and this beer remains big and roasted until it's off your palate. A mild fruity bitterness lingers. I was more impressed with this beer at the end of the glass, maybe the alcohol had penetrated my blood brain barrier, but a good warming beer.

M: Very small carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

D: IMO big stouts possess big drinkability. The first Lost Abbey beer I have taken the time to review.

MPLS, May 07, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from twelvsies, cheers brother! 2009 vintage.

Pours pretty black with just a tiny tiny bit of highlight around the top. Mocha colored head turns into a balding crown with some decent lacing that pulls it up to good.

Smells of booze, rasins, figs, dark fruits, but not fruity in the sense that I got from Speedway. Also some chocolate and maybe a tiny hint of roasted malt.

Taste is similar to that of the smell with more roast in the finish making for quite a tasty beverage. Stouts I feel can go either to the dark fruit side or the more roasted and chocolate malt side, I feel while this one leans fruity, it is different enough to warrant a pretty high rating in this category. Not perfect, but excellent none the less.

Mouth is medium in carbonation and body. Good. I love sludgy stouts, and while this isn't quite that thick or flat, the mouth fulfills it's role to enhance and not distract or detract from the taste.

Lost Abbey has been getting some guff here lately, and while this isn't "Beer Zero," this is a fine example of an imperial stout and the first beer I have had from them deserving of hype. To hell with the red poppies and angels shares, come on home to this.

sonicdescent, May 02, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as sin. No highlights are seen, in spite of bright afternoon sunshine behind the glass. An incredibly loud pop! on cork extraction was followed by the creation of a massive head of caramel colored foam that has a whipped creamy texture. A generous amount of lace only adds to the magnificence.

The nose is full-to-bursting with a roasted maltiness in which dark chocolate is much more prominent than black coffee. The beer has a freshly baked brownies aroma that is lightly accented with American hops. Increased intensity with warming allows the score to be increased without a second thought.

I am continually amazed at how many different styles The Lost Abbey nails to the wall... with authority. SS is a wonderful ADS that's almost as good as Santa's Little Helper, which is the only other big stout that I've had from this brewery (if Port Brewing counts as 'this brewery').

Serpent's Stout teeters on the edge of greatness in the flavor department. The first few ounces had 4.0 written all over them. After the next few, 4.5 is making a serious case for consideration. It looks like the final call will have to wait until the second half of the 750 ml bottle. I need to finish this review before the beer is gone because the 11.0% ABV is beginning to work its magic with a stealthy efficiency.

Even if it isn't as thunderously black malty and as mind-bogglingly complex as The Abyss, Serpent's Stout means business. Flavors include double chocolate fudge brownies made with generous amounts of coffee, vanilla and blackstrap molasses. A background citrus fruitiness is welcome, even if the alpha acids are fighting a losing battle against the tidal wave of malt sugars. Maybe it's the alcohol talking, but 4.5 is now an easy call.

This is one of those big beers whose mouthfeel improves the more it sits. The reason is slightly too harsh carbonation early on. Now that almost half an hour has passed, the bubbles have calmed considerably and the beer is nougat chewy and borderline thick. Exactly like I like 'em.

My experience is that beer from The Lost Abbey is anywhere from good to great to world-class. Serpent's Stout isn't at the pinnacle, but it's one of the best offerings from one of the best American craft breweries in business today. Bottom line: sinfully delicious and devilishly drinkable. Thanks Tomme. Long may you brew.

BuckeyeNation, May 01, 2009
Photo of johnnieoz
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2009 750ml cork and caged bottle. 11% abv (not 10.5%) this time around.

Seeing as Tomme Arthur replied to the Angel's Share brandy barrel-aged non-carbonation situation today, I thought I'd pop open one of his other beers. Somehow this felt appropriate...wanted to see where Lost Abbey stands in non-AS land. I have a bottle of said AS in my cellar, but I'm letting it stew a while, i.e. a lot, longer.

A: And there's was a welcome "pop" as I pulled out the cork!!! Let there be light and...there is carbonation. It pours a nice brown-turns-to-black shade and the small coffee-colored head leaves gentle lacing on the inside of my red wine glass.

S: Coffee. Cocoa. Licorice. Faint trace of alcohol as it warms up.

T: Very balanced. Dark roasted malts, licorice sweet on the tip of this serpent's tongue. As it goes down, there is a mild espresso sensation.

M: Solid, yet slightly less wholesome and filling than other imperial stouts. I love viscosity and this was somewhat lacking in that department. Carbonation is just right though.

D: Exceptionally drinkable. At 11% abv, this magnum is somehow disappearing, and I feel like I'm in the middle of a session.

So yes, this Lost Abbey concoction passes all tests. May it be a harbinger of more good things to come out of San Marcos!

johnnieoz, May 01, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking bottle with cage and cork > goblet

Oooh... as black and ominous as the original sin itself! A fat, mocha brown head that dissipates pretty quick and seems pretty tweeky with only the slightest covering of scattered foam.

The aroma is deep chocolate brownies, massivly malty aroma, sweet dark fruits like blueberries, oats and honey, brawney heat.

The malt has a dry-brownies effect, combustible combo of tangy herbal wheat, grain-alcohol, and then comes the dry-bitter and complex hop balance. The dry-leafy and acidic West-coast hops and Etheopian-coffee goes great with dark fruits. Roastie and dry in the back palate with grahm crackers in the finish. In many ways this is a very traditional Imprial Stout with the perfect dry and hoppy edge. Herbal blackberry pie with a mild heat kick!

A thick, full body, big weight, and smooth as hell. This is a fine, big stout...is it worth the $12.99? sure.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 26, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Autumnaldave, thanks Dave!

Pours ebony with a finger of of mocha/brown head, nice carbonation can be heard upon the pour initial poor. Below average head retention, average lacing & a nice oily sheen

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruit & a bit of booze, plus a bit of brown bread

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, iron & cherries up front. Dryness, raisins,figs, leafy hops & a tinge of boozey coffee as this warms. Finishes a bit hot, with pruneyness, persimmons, carob &
toasty malt

MF: Chewy, moderate carbonation, stickyness, thins out just a bit as this warms

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV. Not much to find fault with here, almost worth it's rating IMO, but not quite in the upper echelon of the style

russpowell, Apr 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $13.99 for a 750ml bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a snifter.

An aggressive pour leaves a three quarter inch dark tan head consistent of medium-sized bubbles. Not too frothy. Black. Minimal head retention, lacing and carbonation.

Roasted malts dominate the nose. Also hints of dark red cherries, molasses and dark chocolate. Darkness all around.

Huge malt character, heavily roasted, somewhat sweet. Dark chocolate. Alcohol very well hidden. As it warms, develops a mocha/coffee taste.

Very thick and full bodied. Leaves a grainy residue leading to a lasting aftertaste. Minimal carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth. Decent drinkability for a 10.5%ABV.

4/5 across the board for me. Definitely a huge stout, but at this price level, I was expecting a bit more complexity. Definitely be patient with this one and wait until it gets to be about 55°F or more as this is where most of the underlying flavors came through.

ibbjamin, Apr 25, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with a small dark tan head that feeds quickly

S - Roasty, fruity

T - Huge roast factor. Chocolate in the background followed by some alcohol, but the roastiness predominates.

M - Medium carbonation and full in body

D - Roasty and delicious, this is a great, classic beer. I was surprised to hear that this was a double stout with how traditional in flavor this is. Pretty strong on the alcohol, so no really sessionable, but very delicious

Martin2D, Apr 22, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours thick, murky syrupy dark brown, almost black. Perky tan head, prototypical big stout lacing and appearance. Smell is baker's chocolate, a bit of coffee, a lot of roastedness. Again, prototypical big stout smell. Taste is absolutely mellifluent, big emphasis on the semi-sweet chocolate. A bit of coffee in there, but that along with a decent but not huge roasted component serve to underscore the main flavor. Also a bit of vanilla, a bit of anise, and almost like an oak-aged edge to it, which just basically reinforces the depth of flavor. Bit of bourboney-boozey kick, but not in a biting way at all, just get some of that flavor. I really want to give this a 5 for taste, just can't bring myself to do it. Mouthfeel shines, this beer is super creamy, just rolls off the tongue, and the flavor lingers just long enough on the palate for a roasty chocolatey taste without being cloying. It really helps to reinforce everything else going on. Average to low carbonation, sludgey heavy body, both very fitting and appropriate to style / what brewer was going for. Drinkability is superb, it's a huge 10%+ beer that goes down like nobody's business, a super easy drink. This is a fantastic huge stout, and my favorite LA beer to date. No matter the publicity they are getting as of late, this beer is fantastic, not to be missed next time around. I'm sure as hell going to stock up!

damienblack, Apr 20, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Consumed at a tasting with a handful of fellow BA's. Review is from tasting notes.

Once again, thanks to wespatrick for an excellent beer.

Pours pitch black. Thin chocolate brown head. There's a nice Doppler Radar swirl of foam. Rich chocolate lacing.

Aroma is of dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. Super rich smell.

Pretty hot. Dark roasted malts and bittersweet bakers chocolate flavor. Hot finish.

Great feel. Rich, coats the mouth nicely. Very creamy.

Hot finish + High ABV + Richness keeps this as a 4.0 for drinkability.

Gyle41386, Apr 17, 2009
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,404 ratings.