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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,413 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 288
Gots: 330 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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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
Photo of sonicdescent
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
Photo of russpowell
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
Photo of ibbjamin
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
Photo of Martin2D
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
Photo of damienblack
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
Photo of Gyle41386
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
Photo of mjl21
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition poured into a snifter. Comes in at 11%.

***It is worth mentioning that I did get a nice pop when the cork was pulled. Very reassuring based on all of the negative threads about LA beers being undercarbonated recently.***

A-Pours the blackest of black. Has a really nice sandy one finger head that fades fairly fast into a sandy ring that stays around. Lots of spotted and streaky lace is left behind.

S-Not overpowering by any means. Pick up raosted malts and dark chocolate. As it warms vanilla notes and alcohol come out as well.

T-The first thing that hits is sweet chocolate malts, a flavor that dominates this beer. The roasted malts come into play as it goes down the gullet. Lots of oaky flavor and black licorice is in there and vanilla and coffee lets itself be known, reminding me a lot of a good coffee flavored ice cream. The alcohol does hit as it goes down, but it provides a nice warmth and does not take awy from the beer. There is also a nice level of bitterness produced from the hops.

M-This one is thick bodied but the pefect level of carbonation results in a smooth and creamy feel in the mouth. I did find as I drank this that the alcohol was beginiing to dry out my mouth though.

D-One of my favorites, this is a great big old stout. Even though it clocks in at 11%, it does not feel like you are drinking a monster. As previously stated, the only flaw is that my mouth was getting dried out from the alcohol.

This is perhaps my favorite beer from LA. A great Imperial that I will continue to buy. I would like to cellar a few to see how it evolves.

mjl21, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Absolutely impenetrable black, no highlights or edges when held to a lamp. Just incredibly thick looking. Would be a 4 or higher if it weren't completely flat. No head, no lace, nothing. Yeah, it captures the color, but that's not really too hard.

S: Moderately pungent with a nice roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma. Couldn't really detect anything else. Smelled great, but not too complex or strong.

T: Roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors in a nice blend -- moderately sweet, with a lightly bitter finish that brings in some coffee. A good, solid stout.

M: Medium to full-bodied. Zero carbonation. Just a little carb and this would have been great, very creamy!

D: Lost Abbey has made some solid-tasting beers, but they absolutely fail on mouthfeel. Both bottles of Serpents Stout that I bought were flat. Given how overrepresented this style is on BA, Serpents Stout is pretty much at the bottom of the pile. I'll get something else (or several somethings else) for this kind of money.

Arbitrator, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of CheeseTurds
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

First pour produced a creamy two finger brown brown head. It settled a little bit, but not too much.

This is definitely in the "Imperial" category on appearance. Light disappears in this thing. Is there a stout named "Black Hole?" If there isn't this could totally fit the bill. I stuck my finger in the glass and I couldn't see it unless it was touching the glass.

Not too much aroma here. Frankly, I'm fine with that. I find that stouts with tons of aroma tend to have overwhelming tastes or booziness. So, I'm fine with an average burst of roasted maltiness. This is not an oatmeal/chocolate/coffee/oyster nose-killer, but it is a bit of a mouth-watering smell

The taste follows the smell. This is not an overt style in any direction. This is a stout that hits ya right where it counts- it's the bowling ball that hits the pocket. I'm glad because I opened this 750ml bottle to drink by myself. This is the sort of taste that permits you to drink it all with pleasure. At 10.5%, it's really not very boozy. For me, that's perfect. I'm drinking this one with delight- not a palate destroyer.

On the second and third pours, the head (no surprise) was smaller and the beer pours a little flatter but it doesn't "feel" flat on my tongue. Maybe it's the high alcohol content but my mouth didn't grow tired finishing the bottle.

I paid $11.99 for this bottle. It really was a treat. I'd gladly pay that to savor this one again.

CheeseTurds, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of 3frog at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

Pours pitch black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with smooth dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Everything that should be in a stout.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malts and chocolate flavors hit the palate at almost the same time, with a lightly roasted coffee bitterness that comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel is great. A great thickness mixes with soft carbonation to make this go down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I easily finished what I had and could finish a bomber or two myself, even at 10.5%.

Overall this was a very solid IS in which everything was done very nicely. Certainly worth a shot if you come across it.

glid02, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of errantnight
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ANOTHER Double/Russian/Imperial Stout? From LA? Tired of the hype in both cases and yet.... and YET...

Picked up a couple bottles last year before I'd started to turn against either, didn't pop one until last fall and wow. That was a mistake. Both only buying two bottles and waiting that long to delve in.

So this is the second bottle, stored for the past year in imperfect (but relatively solid) conditions...

Pours a luscious deep black with a finger or so of head, a bit lighter than I'd imagine. Decent retention/lacing.

Aroma is a nice, roast coffee backed by hints of dark chocolate and a figgy sweetness.

The taste is sublime, nice oaky vanilla notes, just a hint of alcohol in the back wrapping neatly around that deep roast. Sweetness seems more toffee here with a clean bitterness.

Perfect full, smooth body. I could drink this all day. Right there with Black Butte XX and Devil Over a Barrel for beers that have managed to incorporate some barrel aging into a strong dark beer that doesn't wholly remove the roasty edge but still maintains a smooth, rich, filling, complex experience. That is to say: a favorite of the style. Whatever that is.

errantnight, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of jmalex
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March Madness time! That means I need to really get serious about clearing out the winter beers.

early 2008 vintage

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip pitch black. The 2-finger high espresso-brown head is creamy with some very small bubbles. Eventually it drops to a solid 1 finger's height. Lacing comes in random spotty patches.

SMELL: Huge amounts of dark chocolate are in the forefront here. It's backed by some roasty coffee, a bit of alcohol, and a decent bit of fruity esters in the background, especially as the beer warms.

TASTE: Very chocolaty and MUCH more fruity in the flavor, presumably a product of the yeast esters. It keeps going and going before dropping out and giving way to an incredible coffee flavor which dominates the finish and continues on long after the swallow.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and the fine carbonation adds a very creamy texture. The carbonation itself is at an average level.

DRINKABILITY: The alcohol is barely there making this 10.5% beer very dangerous. Thankfully I'm staying in the rest of the night to finish off this 750.

This beer definitely delivers and, like most Lost Abbey beers, is definitely worth seeking out. I need to go buy another one soon myself.

jmalex, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would have gone with the Harry Potter theme for the label, psh (j/k). Pours a midnight black color with red hues around the bottom. Not as viscous as I thought it would be. A ample light tan colored head with ok retention and lacing through the tasting. Though did take some time to come down.

The nose is limited overall. Mostly malty with a noticeable dark chocolate and heave roast aromas. A bit much on the roast with some astray like notes. Big yeast aromas, with some alcohol and fusel notes. Big esters as well with plums, cloves and bubblegum. More of American feel with hints of Belgian. Some minor metallic but does come out when it warms.

The taste comes out a bit more versus the nose. The chocolate backs off but is still noticeable. While the astringent notes are a bit more represented, giving a stronger roast/astray taste. Some minor lactic/milky notes helps to back it down a bit though so not over the top. But leaves a almost sour taste into the finish. The yeast is note as Belgian-esk. More of an American feel with figs and raisins, but hints of bubblegum and plums. Somewhat salty but could be part of the weird finish.

The body is between moderate and full. But this might be because of the slight sour finish. Carbonation is a bit high but ok for style. The astringency is a bit of a turn off. Overall decent but there are some malt and yeast issues here. For my money, Old V is better.

Oxymoron, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bottle

A - Black ooze. Oily, dark tan head, reduces to disk, lots of webbed lacing.

S - Popped in the face with cocoa, a little licorice, alcohol and coffee. Mostly cocoa.

T - Elegant. Chocolate flavor is strong, but muted with the other notes found in smell. A little earthly too, which adds well to the blend.

M - Medium to heavy body, very very coating, perfect carb. Fat in the mouth.

D - In spite of the ABV, not cloying at all and I could do a few.

2009

A - 4 Oily black, not much head. Some brown bubbles near edges. Oily film coats glass.

S - 4 Not so much anise as before, lots of cocoa and coffee.

T - 4.5 Pretty much matches last years.

M - 4 Close to last years.
D - 4 Not as good as last years, but pretty darned close.

srandycarter, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter twice over some time. 2008 version.

A- Serpents Stout pours out black without question and looks like oil within the glass. A nice creamy one inch head graced the top. Dark tan with a brownish look to it at times. The head diminished but the dark film of foam stayed throughout with moderate lacing.

S- Serpents has a pretty strong smell of the usual stout characteristics including roasted malts and a chocolate mix with not so much coffee coming through. A nice dose of licorice a well as dark fruits that are pleasant. This has mellowed quite nice in a year.

T- Good stuff. The licorice that was the main component when fresh has steped down in rank giving the chocolate from the malt time to shine. The coffee is ever so faint. A slight taste of hop bitterness nessled in the back along with some alcohol heat. a very sweet stout overall reminding me of a Belgian version.

M- The heat has faded some but is felt at times but the overall sweet and smooth nature of this is one of it's best qualities. Full bodied, thick, sweet, not to hot, a year has done this stout wonders. Not much in terms of carbonation. The licorice stays hangin on for a bit. Coats but does not smother the mouth.

D- A great "Belgian" stout in my mind from all the sweet appeal. The drinkability is great for me, but it's all in the eyes of the bedrinker so that may vary. 11% is alot and i'm not all that big so I took my time and boy am I glad, it'll get you drunk!! If you have an extra bottle save it for a year and reep the benefits.

BARFLYB, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of reginaldo
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
93 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.