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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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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 oregonskibum
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at the Church Key in San Francisco. Poured into a tulip glass. Review based on notes taken during tasting.

A: Inky black appearance with a nice one inch tan head. Perfect pour.

S: Nice smell, lots of dark chocolate with just a touch of coffee notes. Dark fruit or raisins also appear as the beer warms just a touch.

T: Taste continues nicely from the smell with lots of dark chocolate notes, roasted malts, and dark fruits providing just a tang on the finish. Some coffee notes and a touch of heat from the alcohol as well. Nice long finish.

M: Medium to big mouth feel. Moderate to low carbonation. Smooth. Nicely in style.

D: Very nice imperial stout. It may not have some of the complexity of a barrel aged or some of the other stouts out there, but this is a solid contended in the straight up imperial stout category.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I sampled this brew with my buddy Derrick. We poured in snifters at cellar temp.
The beer is pitch black with tan creamy head forming a minimal edge layer and some wispy islands in the center.
Aroma is molasses and roasted malt with dark cocoa powder and some brown sugar sweetness buried in there.
The body is fairly thick with gentle rolling carbonation. Texture is a little thick and chewy which only makes this a more appealing beer.
Flavor is brown sugar and roast malt, dark cocoa bean rich hearty molasses. No hop presence shows up and the ABV is also surprisingly well hidden for an 11% brew.
This beer is dangerously easy drinking and I wish I had another bottle as I thoroughly enjoyed this hearty treat.

Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured quite thick and fizzy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, chocolate mixed with strong espresso coffee, some blackcurrent/blackberry notes, leathery, woody, light liquorice, some vanilla traces, some tar, spicy hops, treacle/burnt sugar, some alcohol traces...

Taste - Strong roasted malt bitterness, some smokey notes, definite black coffee, creamy dark chocolate, peppery hops, faint liquorice, some nutty sweetness, treacle..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 11%

Overall - An outstanding brew and up with the best of the Americans impy stouts...

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Stoutfest @ Armsby Abbey:

A: Super pitch black, darker than Cruella Deville's heart. A darker brown colored fizzy head that fades slowly.

N: Roast, chocolate malt, dark bakers chocolate, some creamy rich thickness, a slight malty sweetness, and even a slight caramelized brown sugar. Just a hint of earthy hops I think.

T: Bitter stout flavors. lots of charred malt and roasted flavors that with hints of earthy malts, lead to a nice bitterness. Lots of malty flavors, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, chewy malts. A slight boozy taste. Some bakers chocolate and brown sugar/molasses, caramelized specifically. Pretty dry too, but a slight sweet flavor, overall hides the booze pretty well.

M: Thick and syrupy, rich sightly smooth and creamy, lower but decent carbonation (probably a lot more than the bottle).

F: Very bitter again, combination of earthy hops and scorched malts. Lots of roast and coffee lingering, very dry as well with a little biscuity malt flavor and touch of sticky sweet syrup.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from Cold Spring Beverages in Yardley, PA. Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip and shared the bottle with my father...who normally only likes Lagers(haha). To no surprise, he thought it was just ok(I don't think he enjoyed it at all). Uh oh...no pop at all from the cork removal...I hope this isn't another Lost Abbey beer lacking carbonation. Regardless, pours a dark black with slight light shining through on the pour, although fills the glass black as night with a very late tannish brown head rising...yet very small. Leaves spotty lacing, but nothing exceptional.

Aroma is a bit hoppy and sweet at the same time. Lot's of chocolate notes. Malty...and very inviting!

Flavor is awesome!! Full of chocolate and malts. A small amount of hops compliments the sweet attributes of this beer. Creamy, smooth...medium to full body, chewy, viscous, medium carbonation...a great drinker! Another awesome beer from Lost Abbey!

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

750ml bottle into tulip on 4/4/10.

A - Emerged from the bottle black as the soul of the Kracken with deep reddish hues and a quarter inch of burnt tan, spongue-like foam that splattered some lacing around sides the glass.

S - Dark bitter chocolate with a hint of coffee and pitted fruits.

T - Initial flavor blends coffee and dark fruit notes reminiscent of black plums. Forbidden fruit? Nope. Lots of dark fruit tang, though. Flavor is pretty rich in the backend and suggests licorice and molasses, as well as a hint of tobacco. Finishes quite bitter with a combination of dark Belgian chocolate and leafy, earthy hops.

M - Medium bodied with a thick, viscous mouthfeel and a hint of bristle, albeit very mild. Nice slickness. Finishes with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Very enjoyable stout with a pronounced hop bitterness and pleasant chocolate flavor. This one is quite different from all of the other Lost Abbey beers I've had to date.

Photo of jdklks
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark black with brown edges and little milk chocolate colored bubbles. The smell is of sweet plums, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and roasted malts.

No surprise, the beer is pretty flat, and the taste is about average. The aroma pretty much sums it up, but is better. Some sweet dark fruitiness with some bitter chocolate and alcohol. Flat coca cola. Not as much roast or coffee as expected, but its still there to a limited extent. Not very complex at all. A decent beer, but by no means great.

The mouthfeel, is, as previously stated, flat, and it's a little thinner than expected. Drinkability is okay, but it's an 11% stout that isn't all that great, so that certainly limits it here.

Photo of mdfb79
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel Tulip. Bottle is from 2009 and received in a trade with Lunch. Thanks Paul.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with one finger of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells a nice mix of sweet and bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Little bit of vanilla. Very very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, booze, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla. More coffee and less chocolate than in the smell.

m - High carbonation and medium body. Some alcohol warmth.

d - I thought this beer looked great and smelled amazing, but thought the high carbonation and boozy taste hurt it a lot. My bottle was from 2009 and it was still a bit boozy. I felt like if cellared for a bit longer this one could be amazing. Would recommend holding onto this one for a bit before enjoying.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, deep brown damn near solid black, good carbonation and a decent brown head. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, light espresso. Taste is big roasted malts up front with anice chcoloate backing coup-lked some lighter coffee notes, even detected very light vanilla. Mouthfeel was boozy, cocoa, roasted and a boom, in your face taste. Very good and a hell of lot better on draft.

Photo of womencantsail
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Port/Lost Abbey

A: The pour is absolutely fantastic--almost black in color with a finger and a half worth of mocha colored head.

S: The nose is roasty with plenty of vanilla and coffee. There's also some bitter chocolate and quite a bit of booze.

T: Like the nose would indicate, the flavor is very...intense. The chocolate, coffee, roast, and vanilla are all very pleasant. Unfortunately, this beer is incredibly hot.

M: The body is on the fuller side of medium with a smooth, low carbonation and some heat on the tongue.

D: I liked some of the flavors going on in this beer, but it was just way too boozy. This beer can definitely benefit from some aging.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Look: dark brown-black, with nice brown head, leaving a messy lacing.

Smell: Sharp alcohol, vanilla, coffee, roasted caramel malts and some red fruits.

Taste: Again, sharp alcohol. Sweet syrup, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Aftertaste is very alcoholic and bitter-salty.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy (like alomost all the lost abbey beers I tried), medium carbonation, smooth.

Overall: It is not that I don't like it, but the beer is way too alcoholic for the style. The strong presence of the alcohol spoils the others flavors too much. Nice try, but will not drink it again.

Photo of femALEist
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's an Imperial Stout and 10.5%. This poured a pitch black. This puppy smelled of chocolate, espresso and roasted malts. It tasted like roasted burnt coffee, dark chocolate, a ton of malt and it is extremely dry and bitter- in a good way. You feel the heat from the alcohol but I had no idea it was 10.5 % until I looked it up.

Photo of everetends
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend and I shared a tulip of this as our last beer on the way out of Toronado San Diego. She ordered after hearing a description while I was talking to my new friends. I was trying to avoid Lost Abbey brews due to a few moral issues with Tomme but there it was, and I gave it a go.

A: This one hit the bar in front of us as . . . a black stout. Right in line with what one expects. It has an opaque body that is black as night. The body is glossy and shiny. The head sitting on top of this pour is a deep mocha in color and sits a little over a finger (the dude at Toronado had all of his pours down). The head is sticky and tosses up some pretty good lace, only a little bit slides back down into the glass, creating a nice webbing all over the glass.

S: Its chocolaty. Lots of dark and milk chocolate coming out of the glass. Behind that is a bit more lactose/milk/cream. Vanilla makes itself known along with a little bit coffee bean. With all of that mentioned, the most prevelant aroma is that of alcohol. Not a distinct booze of any type, just alcohol. Other than that, not getting a whole lot. I expected a little more complexity but mostly getting the usual suspects of a stout with no real wow factor. It smells good though.

T: It . . . tastes good. Actually pretty damn good. It has a serious dose of chocolate but still remains not too sweet. Hops are cutting it down, but its not hoppy. Its well crafted in this department. It still is a sweet stout, but its not out of hand at all. Lots of dark chocolates and milk chocolates that are really creamy. Lots of milk and cream coming through. Coffee and vanilla work their way into the mix to add a little bit more. Little bit of roast brings some smoke and bitterness. Dark fruits (dark berries) and hazelnut make an appearance. There is a little bit of citrus (hops) coming out that brings a light chocolate covered orange flavor every once in a while. This rounds off with a little bit of nougat.

M: Full bodied with a light carbonation. This beer is thick, creamy, and smooth. It coats the mouth but doesn't over stay its welcome. ABV is present. Brings the heat on the throat and tummy tum. Finishes a little sweet but not cloying. After taste isn't far off from Nutella (which is one of my favorite flavors).

D: Its good. I was afraid that was going to happen. This is pretty damn well crafted and tasty. It could use a bit more in the nose arena and the ABV could be hidden a bit more, but still it is nice. Its not in that ELITE category of Imperial Stouts but it is close. It was a good deal on tap but the bottles I saw for $13+ were a bit of a turn off. I would have it on draft again, but I can't see myself buying a bottle. Well done.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle picked up in Chicago for $12.99. This beer is dark brown to the point of being black, with a huge pillowy tan head that lasts a long time, easing into a wet film the color of chocolate milk. The beer smells like everything a RIS or double stout should have, rich with roasted malts and chocolate, maybe a hint of ethanol but not too much. The taste is nearly perfect, exactly what I wanted. Roasted malts but not too bitter, more sweet with chocolate and just a little bit of coffee. Nearly no alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

Honestly, Tomme Arthur hits every style so damn well, how does he do it? The only potential problem would be the mouthfeel, due to his well-documented low carbonation issues, but this beer is just right. The carbonation is definitely there, but not so much so that it compromises the thick body. Excellent excellent beer.

Photo of tturaiders
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock.

Appearance: Jet black that doesn't allow any light to pass through. The head is one finger high and leaves a nice sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell: Lots of roasted malt and chocolate. There are also slight scents of coffee, molasses, raisins, and alcohol.

Taste: Not quite as complex as the scent would lead you to believe. I was a little disappointed given that I loved the smell. It has your typical roasted malt and chocolate flavors up front. At the end, you get that hint of coffee and dark fruit. It does, however, incorporate the alcohol very well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium body, slight carbonation, smooth, and easy drinking...especially considering the abv. It's a good stout but nothing puts it above the rest of the other good stouts.

Photo of garuda
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Teresa's served up in a tulip. Looks outstanding. Pours a straight opaque black capped off with a dark brown head. Dissipates after a little while to a thin ring that remains for the rest of the drink, with good lacing down the glass.

S - Roasted barley at first, then mostly dominated by a big coffee aroma with hints of macadamia, dark chocolate, and alcohol as it warms.

T - Huge lasting taste. Starts off with roasted barley, then some earthy hops make a presence about mid palate, followed by bitter chocolate in the finish. Strong tastes of roasted coffee come through well after swallowing, and some alcohol lingers around as well.

D - I shared the drink with my wife, who enjoyed it just as much as myself. This beer is a sipper for sure, one serving is enough for me. The intensity, depth and complexity overall is outstanding and balanced well.

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

Aroma: Massive sweet chocolate upfront with some roasted barley blending into the mix. No real dark fruit character as I sometimes expect with higher alcohol brews though there is a hint of spice coming off the top.

Appearance: Perhaps this beer was named after some black snake because it pours the color of used motor oil. And I mean that in the best possible way. Black as the night with a nut brown head that pours thin and fades to a ring around the top of the beer. Somewhat sticky to the sides of the glass, but it holds for only a moment with no lacing.

Flavor: Heavy roasted malt and dark grainy bread up front. Dark Chocolate enters the complexity with bitterness, though retaining just a touch of sweetness as well. Subtle hints of prune and alcohol spice play in while the roasted barley and chocolate malt define this massive stout.

Mouthfeel: Full body with medium carbonation. Somewhat grainy on the tongue and all that roast really dry's out the palate. There is just enough sweetness and malt complexity to keep things in balance. Alcoholic warmth enters in the middle and retains it's presence through the end. This is certainly warming but not hot.

Overall: An incredible example of how to brew with heavy focus on roasted barley balanced out with alcohol spice and warmth. With all the chocolate in the aroma I was really expecting more in the flavor, while it is there it's anything but a sweet stout. Some dark fruit character would be welcome here, and I'd love to see an Oak Aged version, but it's not lacking complexity or body by any stretch. Overall a rich, roasty, full-bodied sipper to enjoy on a quiet evening.

Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick and creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice black malt bitterness along with a killer chocolate malt aroma. It's rich and creamy with a bit of warmth. The taste is awesome! Wow, what a great stout! It has a thick and rich chocolate malt flavor with a stiff black malt bitterness and underlying roasted character. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good stout. I'm a big fan of the chocolate flavor; man, what a drinker.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly awesome.. super dark pour with dark brown head.. very chocolatey aroma with some dried fruit, very sweet.. flavor is very robust, lots dark fruit, cocoa, some alcohol. Mouth is fairly perfect for a strong stout, very viscous and chewy thick. All around very awesome.. I'm very impressed as I tend to like strong stouts much better when they have espresso but this was just an awesome straight up RIS..

Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008

Serpent's Stout is onyx. Looks pitch black. No light is cutting through, even at the outermost edges. It's topped with a mocha tan head that stands about two fingers tall. Bubbles are definitely present here. It's slow to recede and leaves a nice sticky coat of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is very impressive. One whiff reveals it's loaded with roasted and chocolate malts. Chocolate malts give it a bittersweet scent. Doesn't smell sweet at all. Coffee follows and is an effective, complementary feature. Molasses and black licorice are subtle, but noted. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but it's blended well for 11%. This is impressive smelling stuff. It's deep, complex, and works in every way.

The flavor isn't quite as good as I'd hoped. It's very good, but isn't quite special. Roasted and chocolate malts give it a quality base. It is bittersweet, but has a slight sweet flavor that emerges. Dark chocolate and cocoa are more prominent in any event. Coffee is easily noted, but is very much a secondary player. Coffee fans will love it, but it's not so strong that coffee haters will run for the hills. I like coffee and appreciate its presence here. Molasses, black licorice, and even a hint of anise round out the secondary flavors. It is quite deep and complex. Alcohol is masked very well. I wouldn't guess 11%. It finishes roasty with a slight charred flavor. It's good, but lacks a little something special.

Serpent's Stout has a (barely) medium body. It feels too thin. Carbonation seems appropriate (light and restrained), not woefully lacking. It's smooth, but needs more body. Drinkability is good. I'll handle the 750. It goes down rather easily, but it is quite strong. A 375 might have been the better choice.

Serpent's Stout is unquestionably good beer. I've had this bottle for almost two years and I question whether I shouldn't have cracked it sooner. Probably so. I like it, but it seems like it's missing a little something. I suspect that something might be a little hops. The further I get into the bottle, the more I'm convinced that it had more of a hop presence in its youth. I need to try a fresh bottle. The only thing it overtly needs today is more body. Other than that, I like it quite a bit. Easily recommended.

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

Deep black with a finger of mocha froth atop it; decent durability and lacing on the tulip. Luxurious nose, filled with light roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and fruit (blackberry, perhaps?); really impressive.

Great taste, a splendid Imperial Stout. Fudge permeates Serpent's Stout, like a liquid brownie. It isn't quite the brewed embodiment of chocolate that ST's Choklat is, but this merits heaps of praise. The coffee is unmistakable but is light in flavor, like a pleasant, easy-going blended roast for breakfast. The fruit, more sweet than tart, is most welcome, and I detect a hint of licorice in the finish. Just fantastic stuff.

So smooth in the texture, with a touch of hop grit as a tease. Serpent's Stout is right on the money in taste and texture. The 11% ABV (advertised on The Blind Pig's great bar menu) catches up halfway through, but that's perfectly fine. Serpent's isn't a sipper, but rather demands some patience.

An outstanding Imperial Stout from The Lost Abbey, Serpent's steered me into The Pig this afternoon for a sample. So glad I did, for this is just what terrific Imperial Stout ought to be--rich in flavor, and very smooth.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap during "Stout Month" at the Vine Street Pub. Poured a dark brown almost black with a yellowish-tan head of about a half finger. Alcohol noticeable with some coffee malts and dark fruit. Fruity complex taste with the malts contributing significant flavors of coffee and chocolate. Smooth feel with great tight carbonation and a full bodied feel. Interesting flavors, complex, with drinkability on par with other Imperial Stouts.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


This beer pours a jet black color, kind of like Batman's cape at midnight. ( Don't ask me where that came from) When I hold the glass up to the light its not even letting the slightest amount pass through it. Again, I reached for my trusty Dogfish Head snifter to enjoy this ale and I gave it yet another straight on pour to entice a creamy head but sadly I didn't get it. I have read many reviews about Lost Abbey's big beer series and how they tend to have little to no head when poured. I always wondered if this was a habitual problem of just an intentional doing.


A huge bouquet of roasty, espresso-mocha notes, dark chocolate and french roast coffee with a sweetness that greets you up front and heat alcohol in the finish.


The first thing that I am getting is something crossed between Starbucks coffee, a Wendy's Frosty, and something slightly burnt in the finish. Like I mentioned in the smell I am getting some heat but it's nothing offensive or overpowering but rather balancing. Something that I am really enjoying is the fact that I'm not seeing a lot of hops. Normally that's not something that I would say but this comes across as a sweeter dessert beer. But then again maybe I am being kind of partial right now because I just ate and I am trying to satisfy my sweet tooth. One thing to mention is that this beer has a huge mouth feel with a big roasty finish that hangs on for a long ride down to your stomach making you feel very full quickly. With that being said don't make the same mistake as me and drink the whole champagne bottle by yourself.


This beer was another home run. The flavors were bold and in your face. I would not recommend this beer to a novice mainly due to cost and the fact that a person who might not be that in tune might miss some of the subtle complex flavors that make this beer memorable from other imperial stouts. As for all you roasty lovin', coffee sippin', chocolate eatin', craft beer drinkers out there: seek this beer out I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tony (ahalloin) for sharing.

A: Black, with a nice beige head, moderate lacing

S: Big roasted malt presence, alcohol, subtle chocolate. Very inviting.

T: Delicious from the onset. Roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, slight alcohol. Lost Abbey makes so many great beers, it amazes me. I'm impressed yet again. This beer isn't as complex as some of the top name imperial stouts, but it sho-nuff tastes good. Flavors are blended masterfully, and each sip begs another.

M: Very nice combo of smooth and creamy with crisp carbonation.

D: This beer is 11% ?!? Where did it go? Yeah, I'll be seeking this one out again. This beer is just a slight notch below the well-known world class imperial stouts. Nonetheless, I'd be glad to have this anytime.

Photo of gregalobeer
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It flowed from the bottle black and oily. I didn't expect much of a head, but a very pretty espresso-colored foam developed, just a couple millimeters thick. Held up for a minute too. Looks great so far.

The smell is big and malty, coffee, carmel, toasty, thick and sugary much like the other Lost Abbey's I've had.

Taste is not lacking. Lots of the smells replicate on the tongue, but are accompanied by the signature Lost Abbey texture. Creamy and rich. Some of the flavors I attributed to the bourbon casking in other Lost Abbey's are still present in this beer. Maybe it's just the alcohol. Not sure.

I'm thoroughly pleased. I bought it, poured it, and they delivered, as always.

Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.