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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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1,218 Ratings
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Ratings: 1218
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%


Brewed by:
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California, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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Lledd

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: One finger head, black, caramel color up to bright light. It looks thick when pouring.

S: Caramel, light brown sugar, toast, and something spicy, like a kiss of anise.

T: Boozy upfront and on the finish. I don't notice the anise like I did in the smell. The 11%abv is not hidden well but it doesn't take away from the beer. Caramel is there, and a very nice toffee flavor that I haven't noticed in many stouts. A hint of tobacco. Big malts. There is almost a sourness/heat that lingers.

M: Big. I want to chew this beer. It's heavy but not muddy. Very fine carbonation really cuts the thickness of the brew nicely. For such a thick beer it really leaves a wet mouth.

O: I'll buy this again. It's big in a lot of ways, and is certainly unique. Between the toffee flavor and sour backend, you're going to get something different here. It's a refreshing taste from the smooth, caramel, coffee stouts. If you're looking for a quality stout and something different, this is it.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 02:44:24 | More by Lledd
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seand

California

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky opaque black with a small amount of tan head. A thin patchy film retains, and leaves some spots of lacing.

S: Sweet molasses, vanilla, and cocoa, with a touch of smoke.

T: Starts full and sweet, leading into a fairly bitter roasted note which balances it pretty nicely.The overall flavor is very full and complex.

M: Full body, light prickly carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable very full flavored strong stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 06:04:19 | More by seand
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thick brown head. Deep brown color, cant tell what the opacity is like due to how dark it is.

Charcoal, smoke, burnt ham, asphalt all on the nose.faint notes of dark fruits, figs, raisins and chocolate.

Definitely some decadent chocolate cake notes right off the bat. Carbonation is brisk for such a giant beer which helps break up the flavors a bit. Rich chocolate flavors. Some savory, smokey, almost bourbon like notes are replicated by this brew. Faintly tannic presence with a touch of alcohol heat that lingers on the lips but not as much as youd expect from an 11% brew. As the beer warms raisins and fig flavors come through but rich chocolate lingers on the palate. A pretty nice brew that begs for food and drinks much smoother than you'd expect.

Also getting some raspberry notes, a deep brew that seems simple on the surface.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 04:07:13 | More by jtierney89
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Huffaroma

Montana

4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer by the way.

First time trying anything from the lost abbey and I was blown away.

Great appearance black and thick rich looking.

Aroma, there was something that I couldn't place my finger on in the beer, lots of roasted grains and malt, but something that I couldn't put my finger on.

Taste, great FULL bodied beer full of heavily roasted good grains, along with rich malt that made this a very filling beer, (which is what I like).

Mouthfeel, pretty good smooth and little cutting on the tongue.

Overall a great tasting beer in the stout realm. The most interesting thing was the pattern left with the last glass of beer. It embodied a snake which was very interesting, couldn't figure out if it was left over after barrel yeast and grains but it was tasty. Floated to the top of the glass and was a little syrupy but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:40:10 | More by Huffaroma
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ONUMello

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml vintage 2013 bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a monsterous billowing three-finger head that lingers on and on
S: Lots of rich roasted malt with just a hint of cocoa/coffee
T: Dark with tons of roasted malt, coffee, bitter hops, cocoa, and oak
M: Full-bodied, viscous, almost a bit too oily
O: Big. Very big. Tasty well-made overall

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:37:21 | More by ONUMello
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tut2528

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep black, with a massive 3 fingers worth of thick and foamy dark brown head formation. The lacing is phenomenal and the head doesn’t seem to dissipate.

S: getting bold dark chocolate and coffee grounds, roasted malt and a slight smokiness. There is a nice sweetness in the form of vanilla that helps brings this one to a very nice balance.

T: identical to the nose. Some bitter dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and sweet vanilla.

M: this is the shining moment of this brew. It’s a solid full bodied brew, and the viscosity is nice a slick along the palate leaving a nice flavorful dose of chocolate, coffee, yet subtle sweet vanilla sweetness. Just a mild burn of alcohol is felt on the palate. But it’s inviting

O: ok, so I will admit that I am not the biggest fan of LA. But this is definitely an awesome brew, and definitely worth a try. It lacks the complexity that I seek out in this style, but it is very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:03:05 | More by tut2528
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brotherloco

California

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml C&C bottle. Vintage 2013. Served in a snifter.

Pours the darkest of opaque browns with about a finger of dark mocha foam. Settles to a creamy ring. A few strands of lacing.

Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toasted brown bread, and vanilla. Moderate sweetness. Mild floral hops. A good dose of alcohol as well.

Flavor starts with a ton of roasted coffee. Sweetens up a little in the middle and finishes with long lingering roastines, pretty much burnt malt. Lots of bitterness from the roast. Alcohol is present, but blends with the other strong flavors.

Full bodied and well carbonated. Rich and creamy feel, but doesn't get too heavy.

This is a nice alternative to the sweeter and barrel aged stouts out there, and delivers straight forward bold roast stout flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 22:21:56 | More by brotherloco
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage pours jet black into a Dutchesse chalice with a little under 2 fingers of deep brown head that quickly fades to a cap. Some sparse, soapy lace hangs to the glass here and there.

A lot of roasted malts in the nose accompanied by molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, sweet dark fruits (plum, currant), and some booze.

Starts out sweet with a mix of toast, roasted malt, sugar plum and currants before bringing out brown sugar, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. Really great interplay of flavors here. The sweetness makes it to the middle of the mouth before the beer hooks a right turn and finishes with some earthy hop spice, slightly bitter coffee and chocolate, and some astringent alcohol, although not as much as expected with the 11% abv.

Fuller side of medium bodied, some alcohol warmth in the throat and chest that's noticeable but surprisingly mild.

These were going fast at my local beer shop, and I can see why. Big, complex flavors with excellent balance. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 02:35:54 | More by cjoc83
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Nugganooch

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage – 750ml cork&caged like a mofo
*notes from 02/23/13 - Fresh with my FW snifter glass

A: Pour is a semi-thick looking inky black body. Tops off with a thick mocha brown froth demonstrating plenty of hang time. Splashy lace clings to the glass with each draw. Truly an awesome looking stout.

S: The nose leads with notes of chocolate malt and toasted grains backed by a blend of dark fruity esters. A little vinous with some prune and raisin likeness to it. I get a bit of understated dark molasses, vanilla crème, and a perk of roast coffee beans as the temps start to warm up. Hints of booze but has some real nice chocolaty aromas overall.

T: A delicious balance of cocoa and roast coffee with a vibrant dark fruit tartness. Like that of red grape or black cherry. Taste offers much more coffee than the nose leads on. Slightly on the sweeter side with some dark brown sugars. I get the dark grains and a bit of toasted oats in there. Bitterness is restrained although the hops do complement nicely with some earth and spice in the mix. More of a coffee like bitterness to the beer. There is a suggestion of licorice and a hint of alcohol spice as well. Slight smoky char to the finish. A rather nice Impy Stout overall with great balance to all the various elements.

M: The mouth feel is on the thicker side viscosity wise with a fuller body to it overall. The somewhat higher carbonation and possible oat additions here bring a nice smoothness and uplifting froth to the texture however. There is a slight warming alcohol presence and a touch of bitter dryness on the finish. Nice sleek coating after feel as well.

D: Big, rich, and complex with some fine balance overall. Not cloyingly sweet or harsh with the booze, even at 11% . Very quaffable with a great combination of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. All the great flavors one comes to expect from the style.

What a real shelf turd.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 20:46:24 | More by Nugganooch
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Pitch black with a dark tan head of lively but tiny bubbles. Some really nice steaks of lacing form, and the residual foam sticks nicely to the sides of the snifter. The aroma is powerful and features a big cocoa note in the forefront followed by a mild fuel note and some citric/grassy hops. A nice vanilla undertone, too.

On the palate, rich dark chocolate that takes a turn toward astringency leading to a dry finish. Nicely balanced. Smokey, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate dominate. Some dark currant. The vigorous carbonation from the bottle conditioning is not harsh but actually quite soft, although the beer is a little too thin. Despite an 11% ABV and the alcohol on the nose, there is little booziness on the palate. A sinfully good stout that's dry, chocolatey, and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 23:33:32 | More by gr0g
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StroppyMare

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic pint glass: inky black with a decent head. Some lacing, but it didn't stick around long.

Smell was boozy at first, but mellowed with warming. In fact, the entire experience of this beer improved with warming.

Taste was excellent to start: caramel, dark fruit predominate. My kinda taste, very sticky. Warming intensified the flavors and added some depth. Really couldn't taste the alcohol, probably to my happy detriment.

Mouthfeel plenty of carbonation, I thought, initially, but that mellowed, also, with warming.

Overall, an excellent example of the style. I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 05:10:43 | More by StroppyMare
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours black with a paper thin brown head. Disappointing on the head, thats for sure

S- lots of chocolate coming through in the head...yummy

T- chocolate, some bitter coffee in the finish. Not bad at all

M- huge body, very thick and viscous

O- if there was more carbonation in this, it would be incredible. Alas, it's still pretty damn good

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 00:19:20 | More by bigfnjoe
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AltBock

Ohio

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

On tap at Willard's Tap House for their 3rd Anniversary party on Feb 16 2013. Willard's said that this keg was from 2010. They served it to me in a Peg's Catina Snifter.

Willard's isn't the most well lit place around, but I found enough light to tell me that this beer poured a thick motor oil black. What light I could find bounced right back into the lightbulb. Sitting on top of this thick black brew was a creamy 1/2 an inch dark beige almost coffee colored head of foam. It had great retention that left behind a big string of foamy rings and a ton of sticky streaks of lace around the glass. Beautiful!

Despite it being from 2010, this beer smelled fresh. It smelled like it was brewed yesterday. It had a nice thick roasted aroma of dark roasted malt, quality dark roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a wide range of fresh dark fruits like plum and black cherry, a drop of anise, a dab of brown sugar, and a whiff of black licorice. The aroma was as nice as the appearance.

The taste was just as thick and roasted as the appearance and smell. First off in the taste was the dark roasted malts. Following the malts was the dark chocolate and the quality dark roasted coffee beans. The coffee flavor lasts for a little bit before it gives way to the dark fruits. The dark fruits consisted of raisins, plums, and black cherry. After the fruits had their fun, the beer then finishes with a slight roasted hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was thick and roasted like everything else. This flavorful aftertaste consisted of roasted malt and coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruits. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes. 11% ABV? I didn't feel that. This is a sneaky little beer.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to have a glass of the 2010 Serpent's Stout on tap. I would go for another glass of this fine brew, but there are other things on tap that I would like to try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 05:35:42 | More by AltBock
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Beer Revolution.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black with a fantastic looking dark brown chocolate 2 finger head.

S: Tons on chocolate, chocolate malt, some grain in the middle, roasted coffee and Brown sugar.

M: Rich and full bodied. Slight alcohol warming and perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Excellent beer, my favorite from Lost Abbey. Highly drinkable for 11%

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 11:53:28 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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kevanb

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, dated 1/6/2012, poured into a Lost Abbey Teku.

The beer pours an impressive sludgey jet black color barely a touch of brown when struck by the light. A nice soft billowy caramel colored head rises out of the beer, nearly 2 fingers hight that leaves about a quarter finger behind throughout the entire session with just a touch of lacing. The aroma is heavy on molasses, roasted coffee with bits of bitter dark chocolate and rich dark grain with a bit of raisin and dark stone fruit that leads to a big alcohol presence that is hot on the nostrils. The flavors are nice, rich decadent chocolate that isn’t too sweet or too bitter, layers of molasses, caramel and pitted fruit, sweet cherry predominantly. Roasted coffee peeks out behind the fruit while a strong malt sweetness that brings out the alcohol comes through at the finish, the alcohol is somewhat harsh on the tongue but doesn’t take over the other flavors too much. The body is very rich and viscous, thick but not syrupy with just enough lively carbonation to prop up the flavors well, the finish is silky and smooth with a mild warming sensation as it goes down.

Verdict: A big, bold, boozy Imperial Stout from The Lost Abbey, and one that is fairly rewarding. The flavors are mildly complex, nicely balanced but the alcohol is still very pesky and doesn’t really let this beer shine the way it could. Definitely one to check out if you like a big rich Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:34:10 | More by kevanb
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black color. The carbonation was pleasant with a thin head on it. Was able to get a more aggressive head on the second pour out of the bomber. Lacing stuck well to the glass making this beer a very visually appealing experience.

Smell: The alcohol was strong here. It dominated the aroma but there was also some dark exotic fruits on the undertones. Dark chocolate with a nice burnt/charred aroma.

Taste: A nice smokey taste with this stout. A subtle darkness looms throughout this beer. The alcohol plays its role and is most noticeable at the end, along with a heavy blast of hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very light compared to all the other characteristics in this beer. The hops stick around on the palette for a long time. A sweet nutty malt feeling with this beer going down.

Overall: Very good. This beer was bottled almost a year ago and had a very subtle taste compared to a bottle of this beer I've had before. I've always been happy with the Lost Abbey line, never blown away but very happy.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:26:08 | More by KFBR392
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

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

I must say that I am rather impressed with this one. It's a very fluffy, full-flavored stout. All of the things we love about imperial stouts are there. The malts mesh perfectly. There is just enough hops to give it that dark chocolate/dark coffee bitterness. It's ridiculously drinkable for such a strong beer. After sharing one bottle with a friend, I can't say I can totally distinguish it from other great imperial stouts, but I wouldn't hesitate to grab one again and try.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 05:40:00 | More by TheRealBigC
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sukwonee

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at a local Total Wine (A total surprise! and it only cost me $5.99 for 32 oz).

A: Black.... black body with 2 finger mocha head. Lots of lacing. Beautiful looking stout.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, some sweetness, hops (yes hops).

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, some char, brown sugar, hoppy bitterness towards the end, some nuttiness. This beer is awesome.

M: Syrupty, thick, and perfect amount of carbonation.

O: It's awesome. I think this beer is ready to drink now and it should improve over age (hoppiness will be toned down a bit). Best $5.99 I spent on beer ever and I have about 16 oz more to finish... (with no help from my preggo wife).

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 00:20:24 | More by sukwonee
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

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

After struggling mightily to relieve this bottle of its cork, it finally came free with a satisfying pop and a nice belch of smoke. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is perfectly black with a nice rocky head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a bit of lacing behind. The nose has roasted notes typical of the style. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and sweet milk chocolate predominate. There is also just a hint of vanilla.

Full body and nice firm feel. Lots of roasted notes to go along with malty sweetness in the front of the palate. Espresso and milk chocolate are there in equal force along with some molasses and a faint, sweet oakiness. Dark, burnt fruit also is present, particularly in the back of the palate. Everything is nicely balanced, with just a bit of a nod to the bitter side of the spectrum. There is a considerable boozy bite on the finish. It blends with the burnt fruit flavor and creates a somewhat rich, rum cake kind of effect. While this detracts a little from the drinkability, it does add character to the beer.

Shouldn't this beer be categorized as a Russian Imperial Stout? It sure drinks like one. For what a bottle of this costs, I suppose it seems a little over-priced with great stouts like Ten Fidy and Stone's IRS lurking around at lower prices. Still, this stout is exceptional and very pleasant to drink on a chilly night after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 11:53:42 | More by deadonhisfeet
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Serpent's Stout 750ml bottle, poured into a snifter glass.

A- Black as sin. Nice dark brown foam head, with plenty of lacing lingering around.

S- The forefront was dark roasted coffee and malts for me. Somewhat chocolaty. Very little else to say about the smell.

T- Plenty of coffee and some roasted malts in the taste. There is a slight sweetness, some nuttiness, and in this 2011 bottle's case, surprisingly some alcohol still cutting through, more so than I expected. It is not overwhelming, but I expected it to have mellowed out some more. All in all, a great stout. Very little of the pruney / dark fruit taste that is common to many imperial stouts, but more of a malt/grain thing going on. Thick body, and a good amount of carbonation.

O- I think I wanted this bottle to be better, because it had aged for about a year. Nonetheless, it is an incredible stout and I look forward to having it again sometime! Grab 'em when you can!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 00:28:11 | More by brother_kenneth
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

A - Jet black, completely opaque with a large, dark khaki head. Really nice.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, molasses, hints of black coffee.

T - Delicious mix of sweet roasted malt, rich milk chocolate, coffee, and light dark fruit. Finish has a slight earthy bitterness with hints of vanilla, caramel, and toffee flavors.

M - Creamy and velvety. Medium-full body. Warming alcohol.

O - An all around excellent stout. Flavor has everything I was expecting and more - the complexity increases as it warms. Alcohol is barely noticeable. This is easily one of the best stouts I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 23:54:34 | More by mooseo
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mscudder

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting to have this one for some time. Poured into a pint.

A - Looks like a normal stout. Massive multi-finger head with above average lacing and retention.

S - Light chocolates, coffee and big dark malts .A touch of brown sugar adds some additional sweetness.

T - Well pronounced initial bitterness followed by the dark malts and and chocolate. Has an earthy feel with a slight nutty taste.

M - Medium-plus body with average carbonation.

O - A good stout but to far on the bitter end for me to really love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 00:19:39 | More by mscudder
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 2010 vintage bottle I have stored at cellar temperature for the last two years. Chilled and poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Corked and caged 750 mL bottle that opens slightly unceremoniously. I have to say I'm a tad afraid this could be flat just based on past experience with Lost Abbey.

Appearance: My fears are put to rest pretty quick. Pours a dark brown, one finger head with decent retention that settles into a thing lacing. Still seems a bit undercarbed, but I think it works well with this style. Dark brown in color, bordering on black. Very nice.

Aroma: My first impression is that, despite the two years and change on my bottle, there is still a noticable alcohol heat. Really nice cocoa and caramel notes. A touch of vanilla in there as well. Some light coffee and milk chocolate in there as well. Very nice.

Taste: Chocolate, molasses and an array of dark fruit notes come out upfront. A touch of coffee bean bitterness to balance out the strong sweet notes. The beer actually is really sweet, but somehow it works enough that it still stays really drinkable. The alcohol is definitely noticable but I think the age of the bottle has done a lot to mellow this out. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation and a very thick mouthfeel. A bit syrupy at times.

Overall, a really nice big, sweet imperial stout that delivers on that regard. The flavors are definitely big but they balance out well enough to be drinkable. I think the age I opened my bottle is pretty close to optimal. The booze is not overwhelming and definitely feels mellowed, but the flavors don't feel muted. I definitely might get this again for the cellar. Very solid. I definitely would like to see a barrel aged variant of this beer available.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:34:30 | More by Gosox8787
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FosterJM for this one! Finally finishing off the haul that I got in the first trade I’ve ever done.

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Jet black color with a 2-finger creamy, frothy brown head. Really nice retention but not much lacing unfortunately. Great creamy consistency.

S – Milk chocolate, molasses, vanilla, plums, and roasted coffee with some hazelnut tones. There’s a lot going on here and I seem to pick something new up each time I sniff it. Very nice.

T – Starts off sweet with rich chocolate, molasses, plums and currants, and vanilla. Vanilla starts to pick up near the middle as the beer transitions to a roasted coffee bitterness. Again, just like the nose, I’m picking up some hazelnut notes in the coffee at the finish.

F – Full-bodied with good carbonation (maybe a bit much for the style), a velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and a dry and bitter finish. Vanilla sweetness and roasted bitterness linger nicely and pair well with the throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This is a great stout. There’s nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to unique aromas or flavors (minus the hazelnut), but it’s extremely well done. One of the most remarkable aspects is how drinkable the beer is for being 11% ABV. I’m really glad I got to try this one. This is going to be a fun night polishing off a 750 mL bottle myself. Thanks, James!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 00:20:58 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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flagmantho

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely, completely black body with a two-finger thick head of frothy dark tan foam. Head has good rentention and leaves a smooth, thorough lace on the glass as it dissipates. Quite good looking indeed, although I'm a sucker for a good imperial stout.

Smell: rich chocolatey aroma with hints of coffee and a light vegetal character right at the end. Reminds me more of a very well-crafted porter than an imperial stout, but quite good nonetheless.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, sweet deliciousness, alcohol, and a marked bitterness. This beer has a whole hell of a lot going on, and I like it. After awhile, an aftertaste of charred malts develops. Overall it's quite good, but I feel like there's a harshness here which, sadly, detracts from the overall flavor explosion. Quite good, but I feel like this beer *could* be outstanding.

Mouthfeel: now, this *is* outstanding. Big, rich body with a giant carbonation and a big, silky, smooth, delicious, mouth-filling and satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: a very good beer indeed, but I feel like it needs a little je ne sais quoi to reach perfection.

Serving type: bottle

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