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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,614
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 306
Gots: 409 | FT: 38
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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: 1,614
Photo of pkalix
4.79/5  rDev +14%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of Agent1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Incredible. The head and lacing are super thick and look like chocolate mousse. After having a very tasty, yet amazing bottle of Deliverance Ale and being thoroughly disappointed at how awful the appearance was, this makes up for it. I've let this sit in my La Trappe chalice for almost 10 minutes and the head DOES NOT go away. A solid finger's worth of head and it looks super, buttery/ creamy. Like whipped cream. Very, very impressive for a stout.

Smell - Dark dried fruits (plums, fig, cherry), vanilla, mild peat moss, wood with a faint aroma of smoke. Barely any alcohol is noticeable on the nose. A strange hop funk which I cannot seem to pin down. It's different. Rich spices, almost peppery.

Taste - Figs, prunes, dates, espresso coffee, plums, candied cherries, tobacco, pudding, roasted (slightly burnt malts), molasses and plenty of baker's chocolate (rich cocoa -- nice and bitter). Quite syrupy, but pleasant. Peppery and dry. A delicious bready yeast flavor that hides underneath of everything. A very dry finish unlike any stour I've had. It really lingers and mimics the taste of chewing on wood chips or rooibos. Tons of wood the more you focus on the aftertaste. Very bitter, but nice and not offensive. This helps to balance out the crazy sugars in this beer. Extremely faint anise/ licorice notes. It may not appear like it, but there seems to be a TON of dark candi sugar used in this recipe (possibly Belgian). The alcohol cuts in a way that I have never tasted before. It adds so much to this beer in a non-offensive way. A very intelligent use of alcohol. That may sound a bit strange....but it really adds a lot of character to all the surrounding flavors. It also is very subtle in the overall mix of complexity given how high it is (11% abv).

Mouthfeel - This is so heavy that it sticks to the roof of the mouth, however, it can be felt all throughout. Very rich and chewy. It coats the entire mouth and quite literally sticks. Like pudding. Impressive.

Overall - As far as stouts are concerned, it really doesn't get much better than this, if at all. I have never had this until now. Always wanted it, but could never find it. This beer does not shit the bed. I am increasingly becoming more and more of a fan of The Lost Abbey. Easily one of the best craft breweries out of the US. Rich, complex and hearty. The kind of beer Vikings would have lapped up before terrorizing a small village. Definitely pick this up if you run into it. (2,484 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 011x0110 for this beer. I have had this one at least four years, obtained sometime in or before 2009, from back in my trading days. I just finished my first triathlon so that seems like a special enough occasion.

Corked and caged 25.4oz bottle pours into my The Lost Abbey chalice. Not a great looking beer. Has the consistency and cola of any standard cola, with the thin wispy head to match.

Pleasing aroma. Lots and lots of dark fruits such as raisins, figs, prunes, a large dose of chocolate and chocolate malts, hints of coffee and tobacco. Smells more like a Russian than American double stout. Slight alcohol aromas add a second dose of sweet fruitiness.

Very solid flavors. Chocolate and alcohol right up front. Sweet with very little bitterness fruits are raisins and some lighter stuff like dried cranberries and strawberry. Coffee in the back adds a nice touch.

Rather thin on the body. Very warming alcohol; goes straight to my ears and warms them nicely. Sweet without being cloying.

A decent beer overall. I have never had a fresh version but this one was a treat to have. Needs more body for sure. I like the coffee and chocolate flavors but thin and dry. Thanks again for the beer 011x0110. (1,226 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Chocolate and dark caramel malts, molasses, vanilla, black licorice, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark caramel and chocolate malts, molasses, vanilla, black licorice, roasted coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a touch thick with a roasted, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Great imperial stout. Good overall balance and mouthfeel. (495 characters)

Photo of Lledd
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (979 characters)

Photo of seand
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of Huffaroma
4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (356 characters)

Photo of tut2528
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,917 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of StroppyMare
4.66/5  rDev +11%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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 (404 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,889 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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% (384 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,454 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
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). (678 characters)

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