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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

558 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 558
Hads: 1,664
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 314
Gots: 417 | FT: 36
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The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 558 | Hads: 1,664
Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last time I had this I was a wee bit hung over, so I didn't fully get to enjoy it. Poured in to a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Color is completely black, and has about a half finger of light tan, rocky looking heading. Sweet, rich dark chocolate and earth make themselves known in the nose, as well as some cigar tobacco and dark fruit. Taste is full on with the rich chocolate, which has multiple layers. Sometimes it resembles chocolate powder, other times dark chocolate cake, and even chocolate cheesecake at one point. The dark fruit (raspberries and strawberries come to mind) also sits in the background to complement everything else. Mouthfeel is perhaps a tad light, but still very good. Drinkability suffers for me only because of the higher ABV. I am liking this beer a lot as I sit here listening to Black Sabbath's first record (seemed fitting). Taste wise, it is like a more subtle, refined Surly Darkness. Cannot complain with this beer. Cheers

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Photo of magictrokini
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dense brown head of tiny bubbles. Roast malt, leather, cigar, bacon, coffee, chocolate and charcoal in the aroma. Huge is not a big enough descriptor for the roasted malt. It hits like a sledgehammer. Smoked bacon, dark chocoalte, cocoa powder, and coffee are also there en masse. Nice alcoholic warmer at the back. Smooth, velvet mouthfeel. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Azurelimits for trading me this one.

Poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Black, dense tan head, thick sticky webbed rings of lace.

Rich chewy aroma like oatmeal raisin cookies, molasses, and caramel.

Flavors of sweet caramel malt and oats, then mollases, anise, prunes and raisins, then after several seconds a wave of smooth bittersweet roast coffee and chocolate. The smooth roastiness doesn't fight the sweetness, but some balance is achieved. Prunes, anise and chocolate linger for a bit.

Overly fizzy at first, but swirling renders it wonderfully creamy. Highly drinkable. The lacahol dos'nt seem to be a factor.

Elegant smooth sweet beer, quite tasty, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of hellbilly
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours opaque black with a fairly dark brown one inch head which has some purple hues in it. crazy retention and slug-like lacing.

lots of rich roasty malt aroma without a lot of astringency or char... molasses, chocolate, tar, mellow nutty coffee and some black raisins.

the flavor on this thing is a monster... very robust mix of roast, dark bitter chocolate, belgian-esque yeast, black raisins, spice, florals and phenols. it's sweet but not overly and is well suited to match the bitterness. nearly full bodied but the airy soft carbonation gives it a creamy light mouth feel on the tongue. it's very feminine yet very powerful.

this is significantly less chocolate-y than it was a year ago but the roasty bitterness is developing nicely. when it was fresh it could be poured over shaved ice to make a chocolate flavored snow cone!

8/4/8/4/17/4.1

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a pint glass: No freshness date to be found

P: Pours a damn-near pitch black into the glass. The liquid sits completely opaque, rejecting any light that comes close to it's body. Regular pour produces a beautiful 3-fingered, dark-khaki colored, slightly pourous yet very impressive thick head that shows immaculate retention. Seriously, the head stuck around for an eternity! Once the head finally sunk down, it caked the glass like stucco on the side of my building. This is some of the thickest, and most impressive lace I've seen. Superb!

A: The aroma is of a nice bourbon presence, dark-roasted chocolate malts, and some ripened dark fruit.

T: This one starts sweet (and a little unbalanced) with the chocolate malts leading the way, followed by rich molasses, slight caramel, and dark fruit. But, it is backed up by a spicy alcohol presence that rears its powerful head half-way through. The spicy, almost whiskey-flavored alcohol bully-foots the profile on the finish as it tingles the tongue and warms the throat. But, it doesn't quite light a fire in the chest like you would expect. Now, while this is a tasty stout, I seem to pick up a milky-sweet undertone buried in there that reminds me of a Mackeson's XXX; which provides an off-flavor for my personal taste as this is not a sweet stout.

M: The Serpent's Stout has a really good mouthfeel to it. It's full-bodied, chewy, and fierce, yet luscious like liquid satin on the tongue. Very smooth for such a high ABV beer. Very nice!

D: Personally, I didn't find this to be one of high drinkability. Not only is it 11% ABV, (which would make it hard to drink more than two) but the taste just didn't blow me away enough to make me want to drink it all night, because of the above-mentioned off-flavors.

Notes: While the Serpent's Stout is a tasty brew, the off-flavors really hurt the overall score of this beer in my humble opinion. The sweetness tends to be a little unbalanced at times, thus teetering on the edge of tasting like a "sweet stout" at a certain point. Maybe something happened to this bottle, I don't know. But I do know that it sure was tasty enough to try again sometime. Nonetheless, a very good stout that I would recommend to others, for sure.

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Photo of rayjay
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium Noel goblet.

Big creamy head like frothy hot cocoa. Pitch black with brown hues. It does a noble effort to lace the glass but I suspect alcohol is inhibiting it. Foam retains it's brown tint as the beer continues to sparkle.

Big nose full of deep musty cocoa. Higher alcohols and tons of 120L carmel malt too.

Roasted malts do battle with lots of sweet carmel and bitter hops. Sweet concentrated pale malt first runnings and low attenuation. Noticable metallic twang (dirty tank?). There is a lot going on for sure. Lots of unfermentables. Funky Belgian sipping chocolate meets carmel malt bomb English imperial stout meets American heavy handed bittering. Flavor doesn't quite do the aroma justice, but it's still a beer to behold. Smooth and noticable alcohol like bourbon, but with no burn. No detectable roasted barley.

Prickly champagne carbonation, which is a bit too much for my tastes. Otherwise, the mouthfeel achieves balance; sticky sweet but not too heavy.

Drinkability is good considering the strength of the beer. A very good imperial stout, but the extreme in this case means extremely intense flavors. Enjoyable when the mood strikes.

Cheers to a great brewery!

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Photo of SaucyA
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

By far the hardest time I've ever had removing a cork.

A - Pours a deep black with brown twinges on the edges. The head is big and brown, yet my only gripe is the length of time it stays around. It's like a thief in the night. Nice lacing.

S - Chocolatey goodness... no booze in the nose despite the 11%. Roasty toasty. Hints of molasses and caramel. Nothing hugely complex or mind boggling, but a wonderful example of the style.

T - It's a big, chocolatey kick in the teeth at first, yet the finish leaves a bit to be desired. There's not much to it. Chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate. No real coffee affects, just some chocolate and some booze.

M - Quite frankly, the worst feeling double stout I've ever experienced. It's carbonated like soda... it feels just like a fizzy drink in my mouth. Where it should be small and even, it's SPARKLING and CRISP. The beer is actually quite thick underneath, yet the carbonation just sucks. I find myself swirling the beer to make it flat.

D - It's fairly drinkable despite the over-carbonation. The taste is nice and there's nothing to detract.

Notes: Like most Lost Abbey beers, this has one GLARING flaw... the mouthfeel.

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Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AdamB84 for the bottle coming from the east this spring.

Can I say again, love the artwork on these glasses, really not like anything else. This time I also noted the logo, brewery name, & website right on the cork too. Lots of nice little touches.

As befitting its stature, this beer is black. Smell is a little on the chocolaty side, immediately reminding me of the Rogue Chocolate Stout, which surprised me.

Taste is much more subtle than the aforementioned Rogue Tootsie Roll. Chocolate rolls up to the line of overdoing it & turns aside in the nick of time, allowing the coffee, malts, & silkiness to show through. This might be the most carbonated big stout I've had, which is very strange. I tend to associate 10% ABV stouts with a flat, reptilian black. I can feel this one bubbling in my mouth. Odd.

Very good beer. Subtler & better as it warms.

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Photo of Goliath
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and opaque, with the slightest dark brown edges. A large inch and a half brown head forms and lingers with nice retention. Some fine lacing forms as well.

The aroma is ok. Huge notes of chocolate. Kind of a doughy chocolate mix. A bit of alcohol, very slight, with a good portion of grain is available. A very slight smoke presence is in there as well as a dying hop presence.

The taste is pretty nice. A good bit of chocolate really sets this beer off. A slight hint of coffee, very slight, mixed with a bit of smoke. Seems slightly roasty, but not bitter. A bit of sugar, and raw grain is also present on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly creamy, and well carbonated with very fine bubbles.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a decent tasting stout, and the 11% ABV is very well hidden. I really love the chocolate tones most of all. A solid beer.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a while back, let it sit for a while...but decided it was finally time to drink it. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pitch black and w nice fluffy brown head. I get about one finger, but very good retention. There's quite a bit of sediment at the bottom, even with a slow pour.

S: Lots going on with this beer. Chocolate seems to be the major player here, but it's more like a raspberry-infused chocolate. There is definitely a pronounced, sweet frutiness. A bit of vanilla, bourbon, and maybe just a hint of coffee.

T: Once again, sweetness is prominent in the flavor. This opens again with a berry sweetness combined with chocolate. The middle of the flavor is dominated by a roasted malt or coffee flavor. Sweetness again comes out in the finish. Plenty of bourbon in the flavor throughout. This is one of the sweeter stouts I've had, but at the same time it's not overly sweet.

MF: Thick bodied and a bit syrupy. The carbonation is a lot higher than I would like it to be...it's pretty smooth drinking but I do feel the bite of the carbonation takes away from the flavor a little bit. Warms quickly, and the alcohol is pretty evident.

D: This is a really nice stout, despite the carbonation being a bit too high. I really like the fruitiness, it's not something I've experienced in many beers of this style. Coffee is toned down as well, which is a plus for me. Obviously this is a beer to be sipped and shared. Big ups for the smell and taste, but I gotta mark it down a bit because it's just not as smooth as I'd like it to be. Still, among the best I've had in the style.

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Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color, completely opaque with a very creamy and thick two plus inches of tan head. Head settles very slowly and keeps a full lace, and some stick coats the side of the glass and falls slowly after each sip.

First thing I notice in the smell is a lot of fruit - aromas of berry, in particular, and some dark fruits. Also lots of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate sweetness. There's a hint of booze in the nose, as well.

The taste is dominated mostly by roasted malt and a nice sweetness. Makes me think of some blackstrap molasses and dark chocolate. There is a slight astringency in the taste, as the roasted malt feels just a tad burned. Some dark fruit, as well, with some raisin flavor in particular. There's a bit of alcohol heat, too, which takes away just a bit from an otherwise extremely creamy mouthfeel. Still, this is very tasty and delightfully creamy and medium bodied. The astringency makes it a little less smooth than it could be.

This is quite a fine beer, another winner from Lost Abbey. I'd bet it would do well with some age, though, to allow some of the astringency and alcohol to mellow a bit. Tons of potential, but still a good beer right now.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try something dark for Halloween and this certainly is a dark beer.

Lightproof black beer with a dark brown head looks the part.

The smell is sweet chocolate with vanilla and a very slight coffee aroma. Boozy and nutty there is almond and black licorice scent here. Faint coconut aroma.

The taste starts out semi sweet with a bitter chocolate finish and coffee. A mix of Sweet, Bitter and coffee mostly. Alcohol becomes noticeable after this warms up and it becomes sweeter. This might be a bit too sweet for some.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Not a bad beer but it is a bit on the sweet side for the beer type, quite a lot like Kahlúa.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown in color with a nice inch of mocha colored head. Plenty of chocolate or cocoa flavors in the smell. Very creamy and velvety smooth in the mouthfeel. Plenty of cocoa and slight coffee in the flavor. This is lacking just a bit for me. Port/Lost Abbey is my favorite brewery, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Does this beer have some head. A stronh pour gets more than four fingers of chocolate brown head that jumps over the edge of the glass. No lace is left. Body is black as used motor oil. Nose is full of zesty coco and spicey malt notes. Even has a hint of sweet smoke. Enters tha mouth with a bold, very alive flavor profile. Electric coco notes blend with zesty spice, coffee, burnt malts and sun scorched dark fruits. There is a consistant sweet feel to the palate consisting of bakers chocolate, raisens and pie crust. Mouthfeel is of a bitter chocolate feel, very nice. Very thick, even for a stout. Drinkability, well this is a very enjoyable all night sipper.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pouts an inky black color, with a massive, pillowy brown head. The head fades VERY slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace. When held to light, nothing penetrates this murky beer.

This beer has a strong bitter chocolate aroma. A sweet maltyness is present. Lots of dark fruit, plumbs, raisins, and figs. It has a slight alcohol aroma, but at 10.5%, I would expect as much.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Strong bitter chocolate, with a very noticable dark fruit flavor. The alcohol is also present in the flavor.

This beer is very full bodied. It is very thick, and the carobnation is low, fitting the style perfectly.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and it has a very aggressive flavor. That being said, it is great, and I can definately see myself having a bottle often.

Overall: This beer is great. I am happy to have got the chance to try it. I have a few more bottles, and I am interested to see how it holds up. Another great beer from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Lost Abby goblet, Serpent's Stout is a dark cola black/amber with a large, burnt tan/mud brown head, pillowy and dense with some big bubbles but pretty slow to recede, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is big and bold, plums and honey, cocoa and booze, a touch of roast. Thick and strong, with a cellar serving temp, almost too much at first, the sweetness softened as the roast opened up when it warmed.

Taste is very strong and robust, smooth and spicy, bakers chocolate, macerated prunes, bitter-sweet carmelized sugars and a lingering, spicy sweet roast, with very little astringency.

Mouthfeel is lighter, sharp and dry, with a lighter but sugary body for the size and frothy carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, while it was a little over-whelming at first it grew on me, although is nevertheless a very slow sipper that doesn't call for another bottle. Also, the usual high Lost Abbey price doesn't help.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of tar with some light alcohol, some coffee and a huge Belgian style malt base. Taste is also quite different then most IS out there right now and is comprised of a mix between some tar, some light coffee, load of Belgian style malt but no black chocolate note as I had expected. Full body with great carbonation and some light alcohol was discernable. I thought this was an interesting beer closer to Allagash Black then most American style IS out there.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thank you to brewandbbq for a big hookup.

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Nose is a cocoa molasses thing. Kind of morphs into something different as it warms. Flavor is nice. Thick and robust. Massive malts. Massive chocolates mixed with molasses. The alcohol does show itself a bit too much IMO, but it really isn't that bad. Feel is smooth on liquid with a nice carbonation. The alcohol is slightly noticed on this one which cuts down the drinkability a bit. But still, this is tasty. I'll admit this is a less attentive than normal review than normal as I just wanted to sip the beer and enjoy. I'm sure you'd have no problem doing the same.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with no light getting through. Originally poured with a finger and a half of mocha. tan head. Good head retention.

S: Has the expected chocolate and roasted smells which are really nice and balanced. The nose reminds me of Weyerbacher 13 in that it has a smell of belgian yeast. There is a nice sweet nose as well.

T: Nice mix of chocolate and roast. Then it goes into a nice blast of coffee beans. The yeast gives it a little bit of that belgian taste. Earthy and musty. Littlle bit boozy in spots but that is to be expected. The chocolate lingers with some sweetness on your tongue. Nice long aftertaste.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel. I think this might be the best mouthfeel of an imperial stout I have had.

D: Really did not know what to expect from an american double being made by a brewery that specializes in Belgian styles. Really nice but they added a little something to make it their own.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Malty/alcohol nose. Flavor is molasses and some alcohol. Some dryness at finish. Decent imperial stout. Pricey at $13.99 for a 750ml bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep deep black with a killer brown/tannish head on top. You could do the head with a spoon trust me. Roasted and mild espresso notes in the aroma. A tad boozey in spots. Yeasty and earthy. Big and bold dark chocolate flavor. Somewhat lactic tang to it that is on the border of being belgian. Big roasted and mocha flavors. Creamy and silky tasting. Good mouthfeel-has a funy sort of dry and flour-like feel to it. Very, very enjoyable beer. Great stuff.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and dark, with a big billowy head and great retention for a big brew. Lots of chunky tan lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty nice. A seductive sweet chocolate with roast scents coming through. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering. Taste is great. Much more roast flavors coming through. At times, almost a hint of smoke. Very rich coffee flavors that blend with sweet flavors of chocolate. Similar to sweetened coffee. Just a big of funk added and also a hint of ripe fruit. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, so much softer than I expected. It's very delicate on the tongue and only makes you want to take the next sip sooner. Overall, a treat for sure. Thanks goes to seaoflament for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade Crushinat0r. Pours a chocolately thick dark brown with lots of attractive dark brown head. Balance is always worth currency, and this RIS has it. Chocolate and roast and not overdone though substantially roasty. Thick mouthfeel. I have had lots of great imperial stouts recently, and this is included in the group. Satisfying and very drinkable.

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Photo of kmeves
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black body with a medium brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with black berry, light chocolate, yeast and cherry. Flavor is sweet chocolate, coffee and just a hint of alcohol. Medium body, creamy texture. Finishes sweet with a slight alcohol burn.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightless black with dark brown edges. Two fingers of foamy brown head have nice retention and leaves great lacing. Smells of citrus, roasted malt, chocolate, raisins, anise, and coffee. Tastes of citrus briefly up front followed by molasses, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits. Finishes with good bitterness of coffee and licorice. Full bodied with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy, roasty, and sweet with a nice bitter finish and barely any sign of alcohol. Another excellent beer from The Lost Abbey.

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
93 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.