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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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Ratings: 1,506
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007

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.
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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off want to thank my buddy Drew for picking this one up for me. Been aging this one for about six months...

Poured from a 750ml into an Old Raspy pint glass...

A - This one pours pitch black with next to no head. No head retention, as next to none was produced. Have had this beer on a couple of occasions before, and don't remember the head being non exsistent. Think I might try a fresh bottle next time, to see if somehow I get a different result...

S - Chocolate, chocolate, and some more chocolate. Also pick up notes of some dark fruits, or maybe licorice, but the scent of chocolate definitely dominates. Even the wife enjoyed the smell of this one, and she is not a big fan of stouts...

T - Roasted malts, and lots of dark chocolate comes through first. After that, black licorice comes through with a hint of alcohol. Don't understand why alot of people are complaining about the alcohol taste. I think this one is pretty smooth for the ABV. You get just enough to let you know that it is present...

M - Good full bodied syrup beer...

D - Looking foward to trying this one again fresh. Another solid brew by Lost Abbey...

Cheers...

Photo of andrewinski1
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black into tulip with a light tan head of about 1 inch that shrinks into lacing just around the perimeter of the top of the beer. Not bad. I immediately smell the fruity esters from the yeast during the pour. Further investigation into the smell reveals lots of coffee and licorice notes, not much sweetness detected here. A faint hint of alcohol is also detected. This is one of the nicest smells I have noticed on an imperial stout. The taste is full of bitter roasting and coffee flavors; right up my alley. The belgian yeast works nicely to smooth out the harsh roasted flavors. There is a noticeable alcohol burn that I am okay with, but keeps it from being outstanding. This is a big stout that isn't too thick. Recommended.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother Andy for cracking this one. Pours black into a tulip with about an inch of tan head. Nice lacing on this with some dark spots atop the tin layer of head. Really nice nose on this. A big whiff of Belgian yeast, revealing dark fruits and a faint hint of very bitter cocoa. After a few nose dives in this one I've become a bit used to the yeast smell and richer chocolate notes are revealed as well as a faint alcohol aroma. The taste has a big espresso flavor. A very bitter finish. This has a syrupy richness to it with a nice malt balance. The bitter finish balances the richness of this beer nicely. A bit more carbonated than what would fit my preference, but this drinks like a nice sipper.

Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

A: This poured an opaque black with a bit of dark tan head.
S: It smelled rich and sweet like fine dark chocolate with roasted coffee, brown sugar, and molasses.
T: It tasted rich and sweet also like fine dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with molasses and aged balsamic and a bit of brown sugar and alcohol. It had a smooth and bitter aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with some carbonation.
D: This was a fantastic stout with a delicious scent and taste. It had good body too, and the alcohol wasn't bad, so it was fairly easy to drink while also being enjoyable to sip. The taste wasn't terribly complex, but it was far from simple. It was very sweet, but also balanced. This beer will probably continue to improve with age for quite a while, but I'm already really impressed with it.

Photo of mwilbur
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours an opaque raisiny black. The faintest of dark tan heads forms and quickly is gone again. No light passes through with backlighting...none...like a black hole.
S: Pine and citrus hops, dark dried fruit, molasses, and dark chocolate. Intoxicating.
T: Smooth chocolate hits first, shortly followed by the burn of the alcohol and the bite of the pine and citrus hops. Wonderful juxtaposition. Hint of malt in the background. Around the edges lingers dark cocoa and medium-roast coffee.
M: Sumptuously smooth at first, then gives way to the sharper bite of hops. A slow alcohol burn finishes everything off.
D: Wow. This is one hell of a beer. A little too much burn (alcohol) and bite (hops) for me, but this is minor quibble. A tremendous brew...seek it out. Share it with friends after dinner or with a chocolately dessert.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm not 100% sure how Port and the Lost Abbey are affiliated. This one is listed as Port's Serpent Stout, but I'm sure it's this beer (also, Port brewing on here doesn't have Serpent's listed). From what I understand, however, Port and Lost Abbey are basically the same thing.

Anyway, it pours dark opaque black with a bit of dark chocolate brown head. I'm a little let down on the nose, it's just not that strong for some reason. Even as it warms and opens up, it doesn't dramatically improve. A bit of booze, some roasted malt.

Taste, however, is quite good. Big roasted malts, bitter chocolate, a bit of booze, some fruitiness that reminds me of smoked apples. Delicious and complex, this is a big-time stout. Creamy and smooth, but it might be able to use a bit more body. I sipped it for a while, but I loved the way it continued to change as the pint drained. Worth it.

Photo of mfunk9786
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Lost Abbey, and I have a feeling it'll be a long and tumultuous relationship. I don't know what it is - they're not that much more expensive than other beers of this size/these styles, but they used to put me off when I'd see them in the store, I'd write them off as lavish wastes of money. But I finally bit on one, and I'm so glad I did. Original sin, ladies and gentlemen. Oh so appropriate for this beer.

A: Beautiful motor oil pour with a dark brown head that lingers on and on. Beautiful.

S: The smell is very strong, mainly black licorice and cloves that dominate the nose with a very "KEEP OUT" vibe that sort of terrifies the drinker. Appropriate, but still kind of spooky. Beautiful for the style, though.

T: The taste is wonderful. The darkest chocolate I've ever experienced in a beer (wow, like pure powdered cocoa, almost overwhelmingly bitter), along with licorice, anise, dark fruit, and a lot of espresso on the finish.

M: Smooth with a grainy, bitter dark chocolate and espresso finish that isn't for everyone.

D: This is certainly a very dry stout, splitting a bottle with a friend is advised. Obviously not sessionable, but I'm not saying that's a bad thing.

I'm looking forward to an exciting, probably tumultuous, and definitely wallet-depleting relationship with Lost Abbey in the future. I have a feeling I peaked right at the outset with this quality brew. Highly recommended.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

After a long time o' gapin' at this guy on the shelf, I'm finally gettin' to taste it. Right on. It pours an opaque black that looks like something that washed up on the Gulf Coast (ah, topical humor...slightly better than topical cream...). Hardly any head in formed, though a small colony of brown bubbles attempts a settlement, only to end up like Roanoke. The nose comprises heavily roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, and a heapin' helpin' o' grain alcohol. The taste follows closely, adding force to the chocolate (making it closer to chocolate syrup) and a fairly strong vein of bitterness. The alcohol now expresses itself as a steady burn, just not too hot o' one. The body is thick and heavy, with very little carbonation and a smooth yet chewy feel. If it weren't for a couple key issues, this would be a ridiculous stout; instead, it's just pretty dern good. I kinda want another one...

Photo of bluetravlr
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: About a half finger of solid tan/brown head. Black with a tinge of dark, rich brown and opaque. Head quickly dissipates and only lingers around the edge of the glass. Surprisingly little lacing.

S: Anise, chocolate, sweetbread, alcohol, toasted malt and some citrus and pineapple.

T: Coffee with sugar and cream. Light Pineapple, apple (or is that just the bottle talking?) and heavy dark fruits (fig and plumb). Clear bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla. Slight hop bitterness with a tinge of alcohol. Fairly bitter aftertaste for a stout, mostly due to the bourbon character (and perhaps a bit of unsweetened chocolate), though a pine resin seems to linger as well.
As this beer warms this bourbon character seems to change in to the distinct taste of Makers with a cherry!

M: Medium at first followed by a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Good carbonation in the middle but this bursting of bubbles is quickly overtaken by a heavy viscosity.

D: Heavy and intense and very complicated. Alcohol is definitely present. Intriguing stout. Every sip unmasks new characteristics (especially as it warms), but far from sessionable. Sips like a fine scotch.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is obsidian black. Not a ray of light is getting through this beer. Carbonation is very minimal. This beer has a very toasty smell. Smells of lightly burnt chestnuts and chocolates. Tastes absolutely delicious! Very nice chocolatey/sweet malt taste to it. A little bit of coffee notes. Hops are present, but barely noticeable. Not nearly as hot as I thought this 11% stout would be. Very thick and full bodied, with a tasty chocolatey finish. A great dark beer to sip on!

Photo of MrDanno96
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours pitch black with a small tan ahead sitting atop the quaff. Some sticky lace coats the sides of the glass.

S: Chocolate, coco nibs, molasses, roasted malt and just a little booziness. Quite inviting.

T: Rather roasty with strong suggestions of dark chocolate and thick molasses. The alcoholic burn in the finish is too much and detracts somewhat from experiencing the full flavor.

M: Thick and full bodied, but again too boozy - just too much heat right now.

D: Overall a solid Imperial Stout, but the alcohol is just a little overwhelming right now. I'm sure with a couple years this will taste even better, but since this is kind of Lost Abbey's "widely available" IS, I wish it was a little more drinkable fresh.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Starless night black with a mocha head that stands up nicely.

Aromas of double chocolate chunk fudge brownie ice cream, espresso beans, roasted not quite burnt malt, vanilla beans and caramel syrup. Yum!

Wow, the taste is nothing short of amazing. Very rich and roasty. Chocolate, coffee, anise, dark fruit nuances and nice hop adds a lingering bitterness to follow the sweet middle. THe alcohol is more appearant as the beer warms up. The finish is very loooonnngggg and lingering. mmm.

This beer is a mouth-coater, very full and creamy with very little carbonation.

Although delicious and one of the best MFs for the style, this brew is way too rich, stong and thick to drink more than 750 of. Those 750 mls are well worth it though. recommended, highly!

Photo of simpliciter
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark with a nice brown head

S - bitter chocolatey

T - big chocolate / coffee flavor. finishes bitter with coffee linger. you can feel the abv in the finish

M - body is big and fits the flavor profile.

D - hot alcohol linger makes this a slow drinking beer.

Photo of mmva321
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

I'm still looking for that great beer from this brewery to compliment the great cover art. Hope this is it...

A: I got almost no head out of this beer (hope that isn't a bad sign/something wrong with the bottle). Head aside, I love the body of the beer. Very opaque in the glass, it pours a very dark brown but appears to have the slightest purple tint to it in the glass.

S: Really one of the better stout smells I've ever sniffed. Smells of a really robust and fresh coffee/espresso. It's very smooth, but offset very well by the bitterness of hops. There is some sweetness that could be some bitter chocolate or maybe some dried fruit.

T: Strong and robust, I mean very strong. It's almost like drinking an iced espresso. The taste though is very fresh and also comes with a good dose of the dried fruit which reveals itself here to be raisins or dates or prunes. Very well balanced and and fresh, but the strong taste could detract some.

M: The relative thinness of the body actually works in the favor of this stout, providing a nice counterpoint to the insanely strong flavors. Slightly carbonated as well.

D: The robustness of Lost Abbey brews really sets them apart, but at times hinders the beers as well. The Serpent's Stout is a prime example. All the ingredients here are fresh, well proportioned and really near perfect, but the brew is just so strong as to render it somewhat of a chore to drink. But it's so good, I'll give it another chance to see if this beer will deviate over different batches.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at uj's glenside.

A- comes to me with a cm of coffee and cream colored head that settles quickly to a small ring and a few wisps on top.

S- a whole shit tons of dark roasted espresso and bakers chocolate. Sweet and some dark bread. Hints of boozy heat.

T- very dark chocolate, 86 percent, and lots of coffee. Molasses and brown sugar with some hops fighting its way through the dark. The hops don't get lost in the ocean and play off the slight bitterness from the roast. Long linger on the palate.

M- thick and chewy with a lot of coating ability at first but thins out quickly. A mild carb, just enough to keep it moving. Some heat with warming and its not a surprise.

D- for 11 abv and as much flavor as this one has I've been able to enjoy a few without much problem. Not an every day beer but once in awhile ill kill a few.

Photo of malthegal
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful, deep brown, chestnut body topped with a creamy, caramel brown foamy head.

S - Rich, chocolate-caramel aroma. Hints of whiskey/semi-strong scent of alcohol.

T - Very robust fig-grape-chocolate well-rounded taste. Warm taste, very rich-very awesome!!!

M - Initially has a very soft and subtle feel in your mouth, but robust as it hits the back and sides of your tongue.

D - One is enough :)

Photo of emmasdad
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, opaque black, topped off with a good two fingers of mocha foam. Huge inviting aromas of black licorice, molasses, bitter coffee and roasted malt. Deep, rich roasty flavors, mainly dark chocolate, freshly brewed espresso, dark roasted malt and just a hint of spicy hops. Nice warming finish from the 11% alcohol. An outstanding imperial stout.

Photo of Norsebrew
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque dark liquid with a medium head. Dark sweet and roasted malt with chocolate, fruit. Flavor is dark sweet chocolate with oak and vanilla character. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. An excellent imperial that was enjoyed at the 4th Anniversary party.

Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark, near black, small brown ring of head leaves a little lacing. Smell is of strong melted baking chocolate, medium roast coffee, cream, a touch of sweetness with hints of earth. Taste is a wonderful assertive blend of the scent ingredients, rich and dark. Full bodied yet silky smooth and creamy, excellent on the palate. A great stout that combines great flavor and perfect body.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.48/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Never heard of this one before, but I loves me some Imperial Stout.
Nice pour. Opaque and thick looking. Head was minimal but still looked good and for the style, expected. Still, a bit more would be great.
Anyway, from there the beer goes downhill. Alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt smell. Strong. Noticeably in the background is magic marker smell. Oh, no.
Sure enough, magic marker dominates the taste. Then alcohol, then burnt chocolate. This is not good. It's worse than "not impressed" and I couldn't finish it. I'm hoping this is a bad batch, but it is still the beer I was drinking. Something went wrong here.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Imperial" stout means it's strong, right? Yep. Heavy alcohol and licorice hints in the nose that were mirrored evenly in the taste.

The dark purplish-brown color (no head) was impressive and had, at first, a pleasant soft roasty syrupy quality that gives way to the sting of 11% pretty quick.

I feel like most Imperial Stouts over 9% that I've had seem to have just a bit too much burn. The mouthfeel on this felt very much like a dry, potent red wine.

Not bad, but I had to push to get through it. I'll pass on seconds.

Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Monk's in Philly.

Deep, dark black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and licorice. Flavor is a rich blend of the same. The alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is syrupy with a nice low carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer. It's got a lot of flavor and a nice feel going down.

Photo of biglite351
3.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pour pitch black with a tall brown head. Foam is tight and lasts.

S - inviting chocolate malts.

T - something in the flavor I do not like. There is a nice chocolate malt flavor, but something extra that I rubbed me a little wrong. Mild alcohol after taste.

M - mild coating with a slight alcohol burn in the throat. No tingles.

D - the high alcohol rating on a 750ml bottle makes this a one bottle brew.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been in the cellar for about 2 years give or take. A 750ml bottle uncorked and poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a dark dark brown color with a good two fingers of ecru foam. Nice head retention with minimal lacing. Nose and flavors consist of dark brown sugar, sweet and sour cherries, blackberries, dark and semi sweet chocolate, molasses, dark roasted grain, caramelized malts, some coffee, plums. Quite complex in the nose and taste. The stout is approaching full bodied with a bit more lively carbonation that I like in my Impy stouts, but still nothing to deter me from seeking this one out again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is brown sugar with roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate and coffee. The flavor is chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee and roasted malt. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Another very good beer from Lost Abbey/Port Brewing.

Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,506 ratings.