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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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1,437 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 286
Gots: 331 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

skriv, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

iL0VEbeer, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Hessian257, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can't find any date but this is probably 3 years old or so. Lots of dust on the bottle from my basement.

A: Pours pitch black with a small but dense light brown head. Head fades moderately quickly. Decent smudges of lacing and decent retention too.

S: Super mellow dark chocolate with hints of coffee. No booziness at all. Extremely mellow aroma overall. Smells like a generic 5% stout.

T: Oh yeah. This one has aged very well. Loads and loads of wonderful dark chocolate. There's hints of sweet milk chocolate up front but mostly it's dark, borderline bittersweet chocolate. Hints of sharp, bitter coffee break it up a bit and keep it from being overkill - especially in the finish. Decadent and rich. A sipper of a dessert beer.

M: Heavy heavy, viscous and creamy. Silky smooth. Wonderful.

O: Wow, gotta say I was surprised. I've had several Lost Abbey beers and they've all been disappointments. Infection, flat bottles, odd flavors, etc.. This one being the oldest I figured was doomed from the start. It was excellent! Just like how I enjoy my big stouts. Big roasted malt character with lots of chocolate. Pretty simple, no adjuncts that I can detect and no barrel aging. Just great roasted malt. Flavors are balanced and super well integrated. No booziness. Goes down so easily. Excellent.

Dope, Jul 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jakea, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of pkalix
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

wow. talk about a chocolate milk appearance! pours thick and creamy with a transcending dark to light coloring of brownness beginning with the liquid; tight and tiny bubbles form a float on top. this is such a beautiful pour; it is art.
smell is toasted chocolate bean, heavy espresso, some dark fruit.... can you say S'mores . . . ?
taste is thick yet quenching. all of the above are present with a little bit of bitterness and still a lot of smoothness.
mouthfeel is a category I probably take the least stock in for most brews but I believe it applies for stouts and heavier. this one is great in its creamy texture and feel, and in its heaviness. perhaps because it's my first for the evening and I am thirsty after the salty lunch I had, but this one really hits the spot. 11% isn't even a factor in any way. ranking it against the others of this style, I feel it is superior in taste and feel. they all have the 'chocolate' and espresso and all, and are successful to a certain degree. but this one really seems to blend the features so well without the harsh boundaries.

pkalix, Jul 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

gratefulbeerhead, Jul 05, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%

rkarimi, Jul 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

jwalden, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

In_Control_Mike, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MADPolo, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

mtbdonn, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

csfcmitchell, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Lucnifter, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

saintfan2000, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

bird22, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ZEB89, Jun 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jaxon53, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

MinorThreat, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of BobZ
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Almost black with a nice 1" tan head that manages to hang around, nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate and roasted malt are immediately noticeable.

Taste: Dark bitter chocolate, whether this pleasant bitterness is from the roasted malt alone or has a bit of hoppiness to it is hard to tell. Beneath the dark chocolate that dominates you do notice some dark fruit (raisin & fig). Nice rich combination of flavor like raisins covered in a heavy layer of 85% cacao chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly smooth, well carbonated, and very clean on the palate.

Overall: Really a delicious stout, the chocolate flavors were more predominant when the beer was colder, which is unusual. I liked it better before it became warmer, but still enjoyed the beer greatly overall.

BobZ, Jun 23, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. I’m not exactly sure how old the beer is but it’s approximately 3-4 years-old.

A: The beer is a very deep black color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by strongly sweet flavors of coffee, chocolate and molasses. There’s a very mild but complementary hops presence that provides a good balance for such a heavy beer. There’s also a touch of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is pretty sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, a bit filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this beer certainly seems to have held up quite well with age and is a very good big stout worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 20, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick dark tan head that dies down very slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee/espresso, molasses, vanilla and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

SebD, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

tourdot, Jun 17, 2013
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
95 out of 100 based on 1,437 ratings.