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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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550 Reviews

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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,615
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 308
Gots: 409 | FT: 38
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:
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: 550 | Hads: 1,615
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. (877 characters)

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. (1,598 characters)

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. (1,191 characters)

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. (644 characters)

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. (350 characters)

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. (669 characters)

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. (1,013 characters)

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. (943 characters)

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. (572 characters)

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. (657 characters)

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. (920 characters)

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. (329 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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. (729 characters)

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. (366 characters)

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. (275 characters)

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. (529 characters)

Photo of lightindarkness
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jw347, since the bottle you gave me at DLD didn't last very long and I didn't get to try much of it, a huge thanks for hooking me up with another. This time it was all mine.

Pours thick from the bottle, smooth and black with a full 2+ finger bubbly tan mocha head climbing on top. Excellent retention with some spotty lace, finally settling to a marbled thick frothy swirl.

Nose has great notes of burnt wood, deep grains, molasses, and earthy root. Some sweet burnt plum and dark toasted notes.

Taste is full of rich chocolatey cocoa dryness, dark and at the same time milky sweet and smooth. Fully balanced toasted dry grains move in with more rich round milk chocolate and toasted marshmallow leading into the finish. A nice burnt bitterness ties it all up at the end.

Feel is smooth, thick, and incredibly creamy. Soft full carbonation adds to the overall great feel.

As for balance, flavor, detail, and overall character, this is one incredible beer. I couldn't have told you there was 10.5%abv if I hadn't had a whole bottle to myself. (1,046 characters)

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

A: Jet black with a superbly beautiful mocha colored head. It started out darker during the pour but lightened up afterwards. The bubbles on the head are perfectly sized and uniform.

A: Nice bold roasty sweet aroma. I get a good amount of coffee and it is very enticing overall.

T: Wowza!! This is a good beer. Incredibly balanced all around. Coffee and a bit of roast up front that fades quickly into a nice sweetness with a nice chocolaty flavor that completes the aftertaste.

M: Goddamn this beer is creamy!! So smooth and NO hint of alcohol.

D: This is not a good beer. This is a great beer. Why is Cali so far away? (625 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to 0110x011 for sending this brew my way!

This pours out a jet black color with a tremendous head that takes forever to go away.. Unbelievable..

Deep chocolate smell laced with Belgian yeast.. Almost like a funky chocolate..

This is one delicious brew! Perhaps the best tasting stout that I've ever had.. Its perfectly balanced all the way around and absolutely delicious..

I'd love to elaborate on this but the score should speak for itself. This is an elite Imperial Stout, no doubt. (502 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for cracking this open...
Appears a near black with crimson highlights when held up to the light. Huge, dark tan head never really fades away. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, anise, ripe fruit, vanilla, and roasted cashews. Very enticing as a stout fermented with a Belgian stout.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with roasty, cocoa beans, vanilla, ripe fruit, and nuts coming through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spritzy, fruity, and chewy (495 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at biegamans Summer Saison tasting, thanks Jan!

Pours a hazy dark brown, some orange highlights, thin tan head forms, drops to a thin ring, tons of lacing, great retention. Smell is wicked, chocolate and roast, toffee, light funky middle, dark fruits, toast, yeast, wood, very earthy and complex. Taste is similar, rich bitter chocolate, roast, toast, brown sugar, dark fruits, yeasty, some sour funkiness, more chocolate and roast, maybe a hint of vanilla and wood, great. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, smooth and easy to drink, thanks a ton Jan. (575 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle of this from BeerTruth in the recent Fight Club BIF and from 0110x011 in a recent trade. I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Drank from my Ithaca tulip.

Appearance- Pours a pitch black with a giant three finger almond head from a VERY gentle pour. The head continues to grow, even to the point of sticking about a quarter inch above my glass. Leaves a thin collar, thick cap and loads of lacing down the side of my tulip.
Smell- Loads of roasted grain and even more sweet caramel goodness. Hints of coffee and chocolate are easily discernable but molasses and licorice seem to take more of a staring role than the usual espresso/cocoa nose. Dark fruits are fairly strong as well with a dark raisin and prune undertone along with a bit of alcohol.
Taste- Very roasted and fairly bitter from the dark charred grains along with plenty of sweet cocoa and caramel. Almost a vanilla cream aspect to it as well with a sweet lactic buttered rum. Plenty of rich espresso and chocolate covered hazelnuts are more prevalent in the aftertaste than at any other time, but its still there. Brown sugar covered raisins and bourbon soaked prunes add a bit of booziness. Slightly citric at times and more so as it warms.
Mouthfeel- At first it's overly carbonated and really not the feel I'm looking for but once it warms and some of the carbonation escapes it really becomes rich and creamy. Medium body with a bit of warming from the alcohol.
Drinkablity- Overall this is a fairly tasty Impy Stout that I enjoyed. It can get a bit cloying at times but I'm sure it'll drink a bit easier with time. I really liked the mouthfeel after some of the carbonation leaked out and this brew doesn't have as much of a coffee/chocolate thing going like so many others do. Nice change of pace. Big thanks again to Adam and Matt!! (1,839 characters)

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

Strongest beer of darkest black
waiting for me gunny sack
in the alley deep in Prague
brandishing your gunny log

sucking on a gaspar like tom waits
immortal sin is what it takes
to break the head of tan leather foam
your abv goes right to the dome!

Aromas of malts and chocolate yes
and almonds, booze, and raunchy sex
well integrated, nutty too
it makes me electric boogaloo

The mouthfeel thick and warm and sexy
but not too cloying it does vex me
The drinkability is good
for a stout this nice thats understood

Tommes wares are all top notch
1800 reviews and he is tops
one of the 3 best brewers in the US
and he lets me wear his Native American vest

Yes this beer is very grand
I want to take it by the hand
and eat some apple with it too
you know Vinnie just knows its true (782 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this one for a while... The cork gave a solid pop when the bottle was opened and a giant fluffy cap of brown bubbles appeared on the pour. Clumpy, streaky lacing formed as the foam slowly settled. The beer was basically black with faint reddish edges. Great head retention. Rich aroma, lots of malt and chocolate notes, nutty and roasted, light alcohol. As it warmed, dark fruits and vanilla notes appeared, perhaps a bit of lactose character. Very nice balance and complexity in the nose. Dry cocoa and dark chocolate flavours kicked things off, followed by roasted grains and alcohol towards the end. Lingering dark chocolate and alcohol. Hints of caramelized sugar, raisins, yeasty bread, and vanilla appeared as it warmed. Full bodied and smooth, but with high carbonation that didn't really work for me. As it warmed and the carbonation died down a bit the texture really improved. Significant alcohol warmth. I really liked this beer. Other than the initial carbonation, this was top notch and I really enjoyed it. (1,049 characters)

Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
93 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.