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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,311 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,311
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 276
Gots: 310 | FT: 27
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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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. biegaman contributed this one too. thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours very dark brown, not quite black or opaque. small very fine brown head that drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. toasted multi-grain bread. light roast. dark fruit. light alcohol. just a hint of citrus.

taste is great. roast. toasted multi-grain bread. medium-low bitterness level. dark chocolate. bittersweet chocolate. bit of coffee. light alcohol. dark fruit too, giving it a bit of a belgian stout feel. bit of almond and hazelnut too. light caramel. just a touch of sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level, another slightly belgian nod. just over medium body too.

drinkability is very good. great balance. nice fruity and malty depth. i like the bit of nutty character too. this is great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 19:28:19 | More by grub
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz. cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours the typical onyx black with a surprisingly large (for a snifter) two finger brown head that dies down to a full creamy layer of bubbles. Swirling the glass leaves a wall of thick foam on the sides, very sticky. Smell is dominated by dark fruits; dates, raisins, and fig up front. A good amount of booze with some chocolate sauce melted over gooey brownies and toasted oats in the nose. Underneath all that sweetness is a tiny bit of smokey malts as well. Taste is pretty charred up front with a bit of chocolate and caramel malt sweetness. The dark fruits emerge midway with a some oaky tones as well. Aftertaste is a sweet brown sugar and molasses with a hint of dry espresso. A creamy feel that's a bit rough around the edges due to the high level of carbonation. It's a bit chilly in Syracuse tonight for being almost June, this fits well seeing it's a chewy sipping beer that improves as it warms. Decent beer, but there are better double stouts out there for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 00:03:31 | More by BeerTruth
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turbine2475

Texas

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

Thanks to tprokop7 for the chance to try this brew:
A - Pours an opaque black with an intensely tall and dense mocha head that dissipated slowly into a spotty lace. Not shabby.
S - Espresso, mocha, milk chocolate, and dark fruits rule the nose. Slight touches of toffee, grain, and tobacco.
T - Creamy mocha, mild coffee, dark fruits, and a grainy balance that resembles oatmeal and some salty/sweet resembling peanut butter.
M - Creamy and coating with a low carbonation.
D - Great brew! I'm glad I got the chance to try it! Good balance and excellent flavor. Can't wait to see my family in San Diego and make the pilgrimage to pick some up.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 04:00:32 | More by turbine2475
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Billolick

New York

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

Typical L.A. bomber, caged and corked, w/o vintage nor freshness info (it would kinda be nice to have this info on beers like this one) Pours black, with a very dark tan head, that leaves moderate slippery lace. Espresso mostly in the nose, with whiffs of mocha and vanilla. Dense, deeply flavorful brew. More espresso, layers of cocoa, mocha and burnt/dark malty goodness. Sweetness is somewhat counterbalanced by some fairly subtle and late to the party hops. All in all a tasty and thoroughly enjoyable dark and muddy creation., Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 00:29:22 | More by Billolick
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick dark mocha head on a black body.
S- Big roasted and burnt malts with mocha and chocolate coming through nicely. Alcohol also tickles the nose along with grass hops that take a back seat in this one.
T- Big robust dry burnt bittering malt. Sweet chocolate with some mocha flavors that really come out in the aftertaste. Dry dark fruits come through just enough to add a little more complexity to it. Also a nice smokey flavor comes through lightly which seems to just be from the malt. Alcohol warms up back of throat just slightly. Really does a great job at hiding the alcohol. Really dry and bitter aftertaste with a full body and high carbonation (the classic St. Berny's carbonation).
D- Great beer and can't wait to see how this one ages with so much dry notes in it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 06:41:27 | More by BlindPig
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet Black, 2 fingers of head. cascaded for 2+ minutes. Looks awesome! Very dirty cream colored head that stick to everything!

Overwhelming Plum, chocolate and coffee. Sorry I have to drink this now.

WOW, Coffee, Bittersweet chocolate and Roasted something I can't place. Wow I need to taste more. It's a smooth bitterness of chocolate and coffee. Really an amazing taste! The taste alone will remind me each and every time I see this beer to grab one!

Creamy like buttermilk with a light carbonation but nothing too overwhelming. The creaminess lingers a little bit after the liquid is gone.

I could drink this till I had to call it a night. Drinking these it would be a quick night. I want to keep the glass attached to my lips so I can enjoy the flavors overwhelm my palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 04:17:10 | More by RixBeer
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GClarkage

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/15/08- Generously shared by BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into a Toronado tulip. Not sure of freshnessm but I believe it is an early 2008 release.

Appearance- Deep black in color. Full one inch plus creamy dirty brown head. Leaves very nice lace sheeting.

Smell- Chocolate, coffee, sweet roasted malts and some dark fruit notes.

Taste- At first it had a cola like note in the flavor and the carbonation rate. As it calmed down and warmed to room temp, it gave a nice bittersweet chocolate note, mild coffee flavor and some prune flavors...maybe even a bit of anise. Abv seems lighter than listed.

Mouthfeel- The only sub par point about this beer. Came in cola like, but by the time it was finished, it was much better and smoother. Saved by room temp.

Drinkability- Sans the carbonation, this was a nice stout. I've liked others better, but this is still a quality one worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 22:57:25 | More by GClarkage
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Mudpuppet

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a pitch black thick liquid. About a 1/2" head.

S- Nice dark heavily roasty malts with a definite coffee note. Some chocolate and burnt notes.

D- This is a strong brew. Lots of burnt malty note with a ton of coffee. Very potent with a bit of alcohol.

M- Very thick beer. Some mild carbonation but this is a sticky thick beer. Good to warm the soul!

D- I like this a lot. You definitely notice the alcohol but it is very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 00:47:29 | More by Mudpuppet
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ultra-thick 2-finger banana nut bread-colored head. Body pours like liquid licorice. Nice stuff.

Needs ample time to warm up. A little licorice candy - almost a hint of roasted corn tortillas and peanuts (?!).

Ultra-charred malt. A little smoke, cinnamon sugar and molasses. Grassy hops are abundant and bitterness cuts the sweetness - sort of the same way with semisweet chocolate chips.

Alcohol burn slides to back of mouth with sweet viscosity. Charcoal lingers throughout finish. Somewhat unbalanced but powerful.

Enjoyable but never seems to warm efficiently to achieve true balance; the alcohol may be the main contributor. Don't get me wrong, though - this is very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 10:41:37 | More by IBUnit63
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Predominately roasty aroma with lesser notes of dark chocolate, smoked dark fruits, spiced espresso, and oven-roasted almonds.

Taste: Roasty, burnt maltiness and a full taste of coffee and dark chocolate. Charred sugars and nuts. Slight berry-like fruitiness. A wisp of smoke. Earthy bitterness. The flavor grows increasingly roasty as it warms. Dash of spent espresso grounds. Sweetish, roast-packed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat chewy texture.

Drinkability: Roasty to the max, baby! A very tasty, highly recommended stout from the fine folks at Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:00:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Lost Abbey Serpents Stout
750mL brown bottle caged and corked

A: poured into a snifter. The beer pours a pitch black color, with a massive fluffy tan head that has outstanding retention, and leads to phenomenal lacing.

S: wonderful aroma of toasted grains. I get a lot of sweet dark malts, leading to figs, molasses, coffee, and a strong chocolate aroma. A hint of sourness, like a belgian stout.

T: this is absolutely wonderful. a lot more rich than I expected. tons of coffee, chocolate, and raisins. not overly sweet though. I get almost a milk chocolate in the finish.

M: great carbonation level. a little heavy, but expected for the style. the palate is amazing, and the flavors coat the entire mouth.

D: if I was stuck on a deserted island....this is one of those beer I can drink forever. the 11% abv was delightful and completely hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 03:06:16 | More by paulthebeerguru
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep black/brown color with a lager quickly dissipating head Above average lacing and above average carbonation with a smell of sweet roasted dark malts. Tastes of strong coffee, sweet roasted malts, coffee, and toffee. Very Tasty Very GOOD - This one good beer. Drink and Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 03:43:31 | More by ATLbeerDog
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tayner for the awesome trade!

Pours a deep obsidian black with a good fluffy tan head, not much lace but decent retention. Nose is full of chocolate and roasted malts and some slight copper. Taste is quite smooth, lots of roasted malt and chocolate flavor, some slight coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. some alcohol. Nice little hop lick on the finish. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and preferred, but still quite good. Drinkability is excellent for the abv (my bottle says 11%) Overall a very tasty stout from the crew at Lost Abbey. Defenitely one I would pick up a lot if it was local. Would like to see some more body in the mouthfeel here, but other than that, this is a fantastically brewed stout. Excited to try the one in the cellar after a year or two. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 08:18:15 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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t0rin0

California

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

Lots of CO2 in this one. Didn't quite foam over like the Angels Share but it created a very tall brown head that had some pretty good retention to it. There was little to no light shinning through the beer in my pint glass and it was a solid black color.

Aroma was roasted and chocolatey but not too roasted. It was a nice balance. I agree with the last guy that this could probably use a year but it was pretty good brand new.

Taste was sweet and roasted with mild to moderate bitterness. Not too much coffee in the taste which is what I was expecting when I bought this. The harshness of the roasted grains were manageable but it didn't blend with the sweet flavors as well as it could have. Overall a nice tasting stout.

Body was thick and carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Would drink it again if it wasnt $11.50.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 21:32:19 | More by t0rin0
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated as a reasonably careful pour produces a four-finger thick, creamed chocolate brown colored head in my 25cl glass that threatens to over flow. The beer is a rich black color with just a hint of concentrated brown to it. The head only slowly subsides and leaves a thick layer of froth on the sides of my glass. No amount of moving it up to the light makes this anything but opaque. Rich roasty malt notes, with a distinctly toasted grain note. Not totally unsurprisingly this smells exactly like the Moonlit Sessions Lager, perhaps a bit more intense, but not overly so; even that distinct, toasty grain character is replicated. Aromas of chocolate, well browned bread, toasted cracker aromas, dark roasted coffee. Underneath the dry, roast-driven malt notes is a deep malt sweetness with notes of burnt raisins and blackened figs. While this has a touch of burnt acidity and acrid roast character, these are fairly well in check and this has a fairly nice nose for a beer of this style.

Despite resting for 10 minutes it is still quite well carbonated; it feels frothy as it first hits the tongue, but it is thick enough to over-power the ample carbonation. After swirling this to degas it a bit, the texture becomes a bit more manageable; thick, chewy, with a creamy texture, though it is not hugely thick, though most definitely a powerful beer. Lots of sweet malt flavors contribute notes reminiscent of charred raisins, dark chocolate, touches of molasses and even some black liquorice flavors. Chalky grain notes stick to my teeth as does a slight astringent, burnt grain character. A light burnt acidity mixes with thick sweet malt notes in the finish, providing a bit of balance. The hop character is fairly mellow here, at least the malt character is so big that you really don't notice any hop contributions. The roast grain notes can at times contribute a burnt vegetal note, though it is not nearly as offensive as some examples.

A decent example of the style, it probably needs a year or more (and will remain good for quite some years) to round out the burnt vegetal notes. I like that this is not overly burnt in character, the roast malt character steers pretty well clear of being overly harsh, astringent and acidic. I am waffling between this being quite tasty and just a bit too green; in the end though, while this is a tasty brew, the second runnings of the mast (Moonlit Sessions) is the better beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 04:59:20 | More by Gueuzedude
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tprokop7

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles at Julio's yesterday. Thanks to Adam (AdamB84) for keeping me updated on when they'd arrive.

A - Thick and black, with a dark two finger head. The cork shot 15 feet when it was popped, lots of carbonation in this one.

S - As soon as the cork flew off, I could smell this one. Sweet, with chocolate and roasting coffee notes for sure. There also seems to be a touch of sourness (like a belgian stout) in the aroma.

T - Sweeter than I thought, and without the sourness I could smell. Notes progress from sweet chocolate to bitter chocolate to coffee.

M - Pleasant carbonation, but it feels almost syrupy. The fact that your mouth feels dry and sticky after a sip adds to this effect, too.

D - It would be a winner if not for the mouthfeel. I am still impressed, and hopefully this one will calm with age and become a gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 18:32:17 | More by tprokop7
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Halcyondays

California

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Times,

A: Pours black, with a full tan head into a Chimay chalice, good retention, leaves a smattering of lacing.

S: Could be better, but definitely chocolate and molasses notes.

T: Huge amounts of roasted malts bombard the palate at first, but then the flavour calms down a bit leaving a more mild chocolate character. Great milk chocolate notes in the aftertaste, though overall I found the beer to be too bitter at times.

M: Thick, lusciuos, and viscous, full-bodied, great for an RIS.

D: A powerful beer, wasn't my favourite RIS of all-time, but certainly a tasty beer, definitely a sipper I'd like to have around Yuletide.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 17:21:32 | More by Halcyondays
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gford217

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle purchased from South Bay poured into a snifter. Thanks Joey!

A: Yowzers! Pours a thick beautiful black with a massive 3-finger brownish tan head. Head hangs around for ages and lacing is exceptional. This may be the best looking stout I have ever poured!

S: Sweet malty molasses aroma with heavy chocolate smells. Only the slightest coffee scents to balance the roasty malted aroma. Bit of hops, but not much.

T: Definitely that nice molasses sweetness up front that gives way to the roasted malts and bittersweet chocolates. Hints of coffee and dark fruits give way to a very pleasant balance of bitterness and alcohol burning in the aftertaste.

M: Thick and oily but with heavy carbonation as a balance. Just absolutely coats your mouth in sweet roasted goodness.

D: A quite delicious stout from Lost Abbey. I found myself polishing this off far too quickly. Super smooth and super yummy! I absolutely have to grab a few more bottles to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:58:21 | More by gford217
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance: Dark mocha brown, utterly opaque, with a big fizzy head that crackles and pops for a minute or two before settling into a thin sheet.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Pretty gentle on the nose; no bold aromas jump out to capture the attention.

Taste: Creamy and roasty, molasses and dark chocolate carry over from the nose with an earthy hop flavor appearing in the middle. Charred malt and molasses stick to the palate in the finish. The molasses flavor is a bit aggressive and becomes slightly cloying after a while, but this is still good.

Mouthfeel: Lost Abbey has a tendency to give their big beers a lot of carbonation, and this one is no exception. The crisp effervescence cuts through the thick and chewy body, giving this brew a pretty unique mouthfeel for the style.

Drinkability: Goes down easy for 11% ABV. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 02:41:52 | More by largadeer
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Overlord

California

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

There was a ton of hullaballoo ... hullaballoo I say! ... over the release of Red Poppy and the Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share.

Well, they may come in attractive, diminutive bottles for about two to three times the price per ounce, but Veritas 003 and Serpents Stout overshadows them both, IMHO.

Pours a glistening, unhealthily thick looking black with a gigantic deep brown head and bubbling carbonation. This puppy will. not. stop. bubblin'. Which it needs, because it's an immensely thick beer.

Smells like roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. Not as much coffee in the head as a lot of stouts, which I like. The flavor is insanely complex and rich. Roasted malt backbone with a nice charcoal finish (that reminds me of Abyss, actually), plus a ton of dark fruits, rum notes, molasses, and chocolate. The coffee is there in the flavor, but very understated.

Absolutely delightful. I hope this becomes a regular offering.

**one thing, though. Lost Abbey should really stop playing games with their ABV. I'm pretty well attuned as to my state of inebration, and Veritas 003 was way more than 8% and this is almost certainly more than 10.5%.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 23:57:25 | More by Overlord
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that is marked at 11% ABV. Solid black color with a decent brown head. The smell is very nice malted milkballs and chocolate. The taste is not far behind, sort of sweet and I am actually surprised that the high ABV is pretty well tucked away. I thought this was supposed to be a belgian type stout but it seems like an American RIS to me. If you are into stouts you will not be disappointed by this beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 04:38:13 | More by ArrogantB
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Floydster

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo for $12.59, split with three friends, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Black color with zero light going through, 1 1/2 inch frothy dark tan head that stuck around for close to five minutes, tons of small bubbles rushing to the top, nice retention, some good lacing at first too

S-Chocolate that was on the sweeter side, coffee, sweet cream, some dark fruits, roasted malt, burned accents, a fair share of booze, faint hoppiness, aroma was great for its beer style

T-Strated off with some dryness caused by coffee it seemed like, some sweet malt in the middle, then some hops and more dry qualities in the fiinish, later on I could taste some light black cherries and plum, followed by a sweeter aftertaste than before, never any booze in the taste but they were strong smelling which was odd, got less chewy as time went on and the liquid thinned out slightly, nicely balanced and the hops are what made this unique, still tasted really fresh to me

M-Roasty, dry, sweet, and aggressive mouthfeel, thick full body, medium level of carbonation, taste lingered for a few minutes, sensation on the tongue varied but was little spicy towards the end

D-Could have gotten close to drinking this bottle by myself but the ABV is high and it is heavy on the stomach, smooth, goes down pretty easy though, alcohol is hidden well for the most part

Very happy to see that Lost Abbey brewed a stout and quite a good one, this one has some serious againg potential as well, one of the better imperial stouts from the Southern California area, price is a little steep but will definitely drink again, certainly recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 15:30:53 | More by Floydster
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Tdizzle

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer pours solid black with a big dark brown head that settles slowly and sticks around for the duration of the beer, leaving some blankets of lacing on the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and lots of dark fruits, with some hops in the background. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes very prominent in the aroma.

T- The taste is heavy on the chocolate and dark fruit flavors, with a mild coffee bitterness mixed with chocolate covered raisins on the finish. This beer has a chocolate coke flavor to it as well. The alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor profile.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but the carbonation is too agressive for the style, in my opinion. As the beer warms, the sharpness of the carbonation subsides a bit, and the mouthfeel becomes more smooth.

D- This drinks very well for an 11% ABV beer.

A very good imperial stout. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 05:51:09 | More by Tdizzle
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seaoflament

California

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

Had this one on tap at O'Brian's last night.

Pours jet black with a frothy inch of foam that creeps on you if you're not careful. As the beer was poured there was little to no head until they finished pouring and the foam erupted and overflowed the glass.

Smells heavy on the chocolate, coffee, mocha and slightly earthy on the nose as well. A very appetizing aroma.

Dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries rush the palate on the first sip and a huge roastiness in the finish. Some alcohol near the end. Tastes really fruity and has a roasted profile that compliments the fruit very well.

Smooth on the tongue, almost creamy, with a tangy berry sensation in the finish.

A really tasty Belgian stout.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2008 20:14:45 | More by seaoflament
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moose3285

Florida

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

Thanks to Joey at South Bay for this one.

A - Black as night with about a one inch brown head. The head shrinks but never completely disappears. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - I get a lot of licorice in the nose. Also, roasted barley and some bitterness. There's also a bit a alcohol in the smell.

T - Not as much licorice in the taste as there is in the smell. The taste is dominated mainly by dark chocolate with a bit of dark fruits. There's a bit of hop bitterness lingering in the background and a slight alcohol burn at the end. Just enough to make itself known.

M - Maybe a bit more carbonation than I would like, but it's extremely thick. Exactly what I would expect from an imperial stout.

D - I had to make sure to slow myself down while drinking this, otherwise I would have finished the bottle way too quickly. One of the higher drinkability imperial stouts I've tried, despite the high ABV.

Overall - I was really happy with this one. It's one of the better imperial stouts that I've had. I can't wait to try one of these in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 04:19:50 | More by moose3285
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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