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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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1,439 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 286
Gots: 332 | FT: 30
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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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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Photo of rudylaw
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
Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle on selection sunday

appearance: poured from the wicked bottle into a snifter, very dark body, huge creamy chocolate cap with creamy lacing/retention...very nice body on this one

smell: creamy dark chocolate, big and roasty, nice char presence, licorice, booze

taste: goes well with some samoas (thanks girl scouts), a big full flavored stout...heavy on the dark chocolate, moderate bitterness, big-time roasted malts, roasted oats, char, licorice, coffee roastiness

mouthfeel: velvety smooth, moderate bitterness

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of BZero007
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti I was very happy to have this Stout. Poured a very dark color with a very minimal head. Smell was not strong but was of Roasted Coffee and Chocolate. The taste was of a medium roasted chocolate not to over bearing. Chocolate as well as some figs came threw later on in the beer. Alc was easily detectable which wasn't a bad thing, I felt like it hit the mood very well for me. Also I was just relived to be drinking this other then the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti that I had the other night. A much needed break! Alc level made the mouth feel a bit of wear and tear, but nothing over the top.

BZero007, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of beerhappy
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An even pour into a goblet provided only a thin head to this dark, espresso-esque beer. Roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee in the nose, along with some detectable alchohol. Nothing overbearing in the taste. There is some char and dark chocolate and then some fruity elements... but what I should really be raving about here is the mouthfeel. Huge body with just enough carbonation to provide good drinkability and silky texture. Balance was on this brewer's agenda. Nice stout!

beerhappy, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Monk's Kettle in SF.

A: Ink black with a nice tan head.

S: Lots of chocolate in the nose, espresso, and some licorice.

T: A very rich and slightly sweet stout. This beer has layers upon layers of complex flavors such as dark fruits, figs, raisins, espresso, chocolate, and molasses.

M: Smooth, rich, and full-bodied.

D: A very good stout. A bit on the sweet side but definitely something worth seeking out.

willjschmidt, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid black with 1 finger of creamy m ocha head.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee and heavily roasted malts.

T - Intensely roasted grains, almost charred to the point of being too overpowering. Charred ash, slight smoke, chocolate and coffee.

M - Thick and chewey. Sticky and syrupy.

D - Too many charred burnt flavors for my tastes.

brewcrew76, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of paytoplay
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

09 750ml, wanted to enjoy this beer but it was a bit rough for me. Alc was high, didn't get the silky rich mouthfell i was expecting. Have an 08 in the cellar, I think this 09 would benefit from 1+ years in the cellar to come together more. Dark stout, nice flavors, smell. Tried cold, and at room temp to see if it would improve. Have more and hope they get better, also may have been an off nite for me. The 08 should help drive my future purchases in more or no more 09.

paytoplay, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Guezedude for this one in a trade! 2008 release

A- Body is a thick, viscous, opaque black color. Pours with an approximately 2 finger dark brown head. Its pretty amazing because you can hear this beer like you can hear pop when you pour it...the fizzy brown head fizzes up then immediately fades completely. No lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light nothing penetrates through.

S-The nose is big and a blend of thick rich characters of anise, dark chocolate, plum, raisin, and a hint of phenols.

T-Flavor is intense and rich. Upfront is a big dose of plum and raisin with a big ominous hefty backbone of rich mild chocolate. The finish shows a bit of sourness with the plum coming through and a bit of a phenolic bitterness...also if slipped slowly a slight roasted character emerges. What lingers are hints of the initial flavors and a slight alcohol heat. What makes the flavor above average and not 4.0 is the tendency for the big mix of things to give off a motor oil impression because of the ABV. The flavor is very rich and complex (bordering on overbearing) and should be sipped slowly.

M-Low to medium tingly carbonation and medium-weight to thick body. Consistency is mostly smooth but a touch of phenols can be detected underneath.

D- At 11% this is a hefty brew and it stays true to its ABV. This brew has a very rich character and its a pretty good brew overall. Its an over-the-top Belgian Stout/RIS combo that just doesn't quite have the balance needed to be a great example. That being said-this is a great effort and something that I would try again...I can see why so many people like it.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of MiScusi
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre.

A- black body, brown dense head. Thick as hell, as expected.

S- Cocoa powder smell. I wanna say there was some sort of acidic or soy astringency, but it was very low, as opposed to other imperial stouts I've detected this in.

T- Huge roastiness, chocolate, and a fruity component that peaks out every once in a while.

M- thick, creamy, slick.

Overall a good imperial stout. Interesting with the very mild fruit component that is easy to miss I think. Must be the Belgian influence on the beer?

MiScusi, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of MaduroMike
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a thick brown head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing.

S- Strong roasted malts, chocolate, coffee/espresso faint cherries. Alcohol is masked very well.

T- Like it smells but alcohol pulls through in the end

M- Heavy, sticky, and bitter light carbonation

D- Decent offering and taste. Could see myself drinking it again but one is enough.

MaduroMike, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap, this brew pours a dark brownish black in color and offers a very rich colored half inch of head. Retention is brief however and soon gives up to a glossy surface. A nice pour that doesn't hold up.

Chocolate on the nose with a bit of coffee and sweet malts, yet not a lot variety/complexity. Touch of alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Taste follows the nose with roasted malts, cocoa, and chocolate. Finishing with more coffee notes. A bit thin in the end, this beer is unremarkable. A decent, yet average stab at the style.

ABV is well hidden nonetheless.

HalfFull, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Appears pitch black in color with a three-quarter inch dark tan head. It sinks to a skim, and leaves a small amount of lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, dark fruits - cherries and plum, and some charred wood.

Taste has a slight sweetness up front that is joined by a wonderful rich dark chocolate as well as the cherry and plum fruit flavors that I detected in the aroma. In the finish the espresso and burnt wood flavors appear.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body, with a very nice creamy texture from a good level of carbonation that is almost Belgian like in it's effervescence, but not quite that much.

This was even tastier than I was hoping it would be. Really good stuff and glad I was able to pick up a bottle of this.

roadhouse, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from only $6.50 at Abe's Cold Beer. What a deal. I'm not usually a big fan of strong stouts, but I take exception to this beer. The flavors are a great mix of darkly toasted bread crust with semi-dark chocolate. The aroma has similar roasted grains, and black toast. This beer is made more drinkable by the lack of excess residual sugars and that pays off additionally with a dry, cocoa finish that balances an earlier chocolate sweetness. Yum. Give this a try.

tempest, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of numbeercruncher - great trader, thanks!! Split w/ dkachur and proteus93, w/ my portion poured into a 10 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a thick, murky, inky black, evolving - initially - a good two-fingers of tan head. The head bubbles and froths at first, slowly fading though eventually settling down into a firm one-finger of bubbly, sticky goodness. I'd call the retention above average on this one. The lacing is incredibly sticky, snowy, sheet-like in places, crystalline and three-dimensional in others. Just a very attractive-looking brew.

Aroma: A little faint. Very fruity, with dark notes - raisins, figs - and lighter ones - definite peach, stone fruits, cherries. Lots of earthy, toasty, roasty notes, not quite charred or smoky, but heavy coffee, bitter chocolate. Fruit notes definitely dominate here, though, though the heavy malts do emerge somewhat as this one warms.

Taste: I can definitely see how the Moonlit Sessions Lager was made from the second runnings of this. The notes are very similar - heavy, heavy toast notes, nearly charred but just shy, espresso, bitter chocolate, and tons of fruity overtones (peaches, cherries, raisins). The big difference between this one and the MSL is the overwhelming amount of sweetness in this one, making the bitter chocolate seem almost milky, sweet, the fruits seem dried and concentrated, and everything just, generally, more intense. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: This beer's worst aspect, probably. It's thick, and though it's not quite sticky, it's big-bubbled and a little uneven. A little too big-bubbled.

Drinkability: This one's all over the place. On the one hand, the head retention and lacing are stellar, and the tastes and flavor profile truly impressive. On the other hand, the aroma is way too faint and a little strange, and to be honest, I think it's a little overcarbonated. So I'm gonna put drinkability about smack dab in the middle for this one, despite the relatively high abv%. This one's interesting, intense, rich ... I'm gonna give it a "recommended."

CrellMoset, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is jet black, no light gets through. Light brown head, doesn't last long.

Initial aroma is burnt sugar, roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa.

Taste closely matches aroma, roasted malts, coffee, but with lots of bitter cocoa.

Coats the mouth, silky, with just a "prickle" of carbonation. Alcohol warmth sneaks up on you, envelopes you, and tempts you to take....just...one...more....sip.

It'd be a sin not enjoy this more than once...just not in the same sitting, or you'll never stand up.

JamnesCameron, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of slayer3604
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-like how nestlie's cocoa mix would look if there was a two inch stack of brownies floating on top of it!!!

s- up front cocoa, rich ground coffee rinds, muted anise, and toffee.

t- very lasting, coating and soothing brew. 11% barely rears its head, more or less after a few sips in. massive amounts of chocolate in this one. i love beers like this.

m- lighter than i expected, but has some nice grainy textures to it from the crystal malt.

d- outstanding. i like how easily this goes down.

slayer3604, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with one finger of tan head and a thick ring of lacing.

Scent of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, dark fruits and hidden alcohol. Huge, robust, balanced very well, and well masked alcohol make for an excellent scent.

Taste of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, molasses, maple syrup, and coffee. Finishes with some alcohol and roasted malts, but the alcohol is far from overpowering, great stuff.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and thick with a small amount of carbonation, keeping it lively.

paco1029384756, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, near black color with an espresso head. The nose has roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, molases, dark fruits, wood, bourbon and anise. Really opens up at warmer temps. The taste has a nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors. Full body, but the carbonation is a bit off. Still drinks well. Good stuff.

rye726, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer is a dark syrupy brown, but in the glass it looks jet black. The tan head was thin and disappeared quickly.

S- When I popped the cork I got a good deal of chocolate, and coffee. The roasted/burnt malts are present but mixed in with the coffee more then anything. I'm also getting the very present smell of rubbing alcohol in this beer as a large underlying smell.

T- This has an interesting taste. The chocolate is very potent for sure. Then this fades into the coffee, almost more of a mocha taste. Mixed in is a slight cherry taste. The alcohol taste does give a slight twinge to the taste buds, but they will live to taste another day.

M- Thick and kind of chewy. I would like just a touch more carbination.

D- Fairly easy to drink, and gets easier as the beer disappears.

Wetpaperbag, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled while enjoying the Big Sur Coast 2008. Poured into a snifter for review.

Pours out an almost black with a 2 finger deep brown/coffee colored head. Head has good reetention and leaves a stout moustache on my mouth. Yummy. Loads of sticky lacing & webbing on glass.

Big chocolate aroma, roasted/charred malts, faint booze, nutty, fruity.

Roasted/charred flavors, coffee, chocolate, booze, nice bitterness. Quite tasty and complex.

Full bodied, chewy, creamy, ABV well hidden.

Easy to drink & smooth.

A fine and unique example of an American Imperial Stout. Will be gladly buying again.

bbothen, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had last night bottle shared by MiguelMandingo. Thanks Mike!

Poured a 1 finger gorgeous brown head.
Fine bubbles from the laser etching on my New Belgium snifter glass caused the foam to hang around. Some lacing on the glass.
Thick and black.
Aroma is like chocolate ice cream. Chocolatey and sweet. A slight amount of hops. Maybe some cinnamon.
Taste is roasty, chocolatey dried fruit, some bitterness.
Big chocolate aftertaste that lingers for awhile.
This one is a real slow sipper. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in this beauty.
Mouthfeel: a little bit thick but ok for the style.
Drinkability: Good but very rich. I could drink a whole bottle but it would take all day.

A wonderful RIS. Not a style that you would think Lost Abbey would be good at but they've nailed it.

JonathanL7890, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of kasper
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wax dipped corked and caged 2008 Vintage:

A: Pours fairly black with a s loose cinnamon-colored head that recedes quickly, leaving very little lacing as it settles to a ring and a blanket.

S: Roasted malt, some smoke and a bit of leather, dark chocolate powder, and booze in the background.

T: Chocolate and burnt malts pretty much dominate though there's a unexpected subtle fruity pop on the tip of the tongue near the finish. Bit of alcohol on the finish but its very well masked. Flavors are all nicely balanced

M: Really subtle, fluffy and almost velvety feel. Lighter than expected, but that's a good thing. Noticeable carbonation.

D: A refined, well-balanced RIS. Was a bitch to get the wax off the cork cage but after that, all was good.

kasper, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in early 2008.

Poured part of a 750ml into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a thick opaque black into the snifter. It produced a solid one finger tan head. The head is very fine textured. Great head retention - the head never truly goes away, only dissipates to a thin crown. A swirl of the glass makes the head grow right back. Decent lacing.

Smell - This smells awesome. Dark chocolate notes intermingled with roasted malt that resembles coffee, licorice, dark fruit - plums cherries, burnt sugar, and toffee. Wow. Better than I remember, and get better as the beer warms.

Taste - Even better. This has really developed nicely over the last year. Wow. There are primarily flavors of chocolate and roasted malt, but it is really complex. There are notes of coffee licorice and cherry. There is a sweet note that resembles caramel and toffee that lies underneath. The 11% ABV is extremely well hidden. This is awesome.

Mouthfeel - The initial feel is creamy and smooth, and then a sharp carbonation comes through at the end. Medium/full bodied. Mouthcoating without being too oily or sticky.

Drinkability - Holy crap, this is awesome. This has held up amazingly well over the past year. This could stand to be aged even longer, but this is delicious. It has been a while since I have had a stout this good. I could drink this all the time.

MiguelMandingo, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of sleazo
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A_Pitch black liquid with a soapy coffee coloured two finger head. This settles down to a fairly nice cap and leaves sheets of lacing.

S_Big coffee and dark chocolate notes up front followed by dark fruits and a hint of alcohol.

T_Once again big roasted flavours with dark and bakers chocolate coming to the forefront. There is a good bit of roasted grain husk. The coffee hinted at in the nose is a bit subdued. The dark fruits are also minor notes but they all add well. While the whole package is mostly bitter, the aftertaste lends a nice sweetness to balance it out.

M_On the lighter side with a bit too much carbonation. The carbonation is along the lines of a tripel which is a bit too much for the style.

D_The light body while a flaw style wise make this fairly easy to drink. Very tasty.

sleazo, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to throwitallaway for this corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The stout is black. No other words can do it justice. The only hint of color comes from the coffee-and-cream colored head that looks like it will lace in strata around the glass.

S: An excellent aroma, even when cold. Thick bready aromas are decadent, throwing off nutty, graham notes. Coffee and cocoa powder also make appearances.

T: Ample carbonation fizzed in my mouth like a soda. Behind the fizz, big things started happening. Roasted malts, burnt and scorched, set the tone for the stout. Fast on their heals were powdered cocoa, espresso and a mild spice profile. Caramel follows in what is fast becoming an orgy of flavor. Hops add a citrusy flourish and yet another dimension. I am very impressed.

M: The mouthfeel is full, changing flavors from one sip to the next. The depth is remarkable, I've rarely had an imperial stout that was this complex.

D: At 10.5%, this is no pounding stout. I'll be lucky to finish the bottle before it knocks me out.

akorsak, Feb 15, 2009
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,439 ratings.