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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,612
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 306
Gots: 409 | FT: 40
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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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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep black/brown color with a lager quickly dissipating head Above average lacing and above average carbonation with a smell of sweet roasted dark malts. Tastes of strong coffee, sweet roasted malts, coffee, and toffee. Very Tasty Very GOOD - This one good beer. Drink and Enjoy! (297 characters)

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

Thanks to tayner for the awesome trade!

Pours a deep obsidian black with a good fluffy tan head, not much lace but decent retention. Nose is full of chocolate and roasted malts and some slight copper. Taste is quite smooth, lots of roasted malt and chocolate flavor, some slight coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. some alcohol. Nice little hop lick on the finish. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and preferred, but still quite good. Drinkability is excellent for the abv (my bottle says 11%) Overall a very tasty stout from the crew at Lost Abbey. Defenitely one I would pick up a lot if it was local. Would like to see some more body in the mouthfeel here, but other than that, this is a fantastically brewed stout. Excited to try the one in the cellar after a year or two. Great beer. (794 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of CO2 in this one. Didn't quite foam over like the Angels Share but it created a very tall brown head that had some pretty good retention to it. There was little to no light shinning through the beer in my pint glass and it was a solid black color.

Aroma was roasted and chocolatey but not too roasted. It was a nice balance. I agree with the last guy that this could probably use a year but it was pretty good brand new.

Taste was sweet and roasted with mild to moderate bitterness. Not too much coffee in the taste which is what I was expecting when I bought this. The harshness of the roasted grains were manageable but it didn't blend with the sweet flavors as well as it could have. Overall a nice tasting stout.

Body was thick and carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Would drink it again if it wasnt $11.50. (818 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated as a reasonably careful pour produces a four-finger thick, creamed chocolate brown colored head in my 25cl glass that threatens to over flow. The beer is a rich black color with just a hint of concentrated brown to it. The head only slowly subsides and leaves a thick layer of froth on the sides of my glass. No amount of moving it up to the light makes this anything but opaque. Rich roasty malt notes, with a distinctly toasted grain note. Not totally unsurprisingly this smells exactly like the Moonlit Sessions Lager, perhaps a bit more intense, but not overly so; even that distinct, toasty grain character is replicated. Aromas of chocolate, well browned bread, toasted cracker aromas, dark roasted coffee. Underneath the dry, roast-driven malt notes is a deep malt sweetness with notes of burnt raisins and blackened figs. While this has a touch of burnt acidity and acrid roast character, these are fairly well in check and this has a fairly nice nose for a beer of this style.

Despite resting for 10 minutes it is still quite well carbonated; it feels frothy as it first hits the tongue, but it is thick enough to over-power the ample carbonation. After swirling this to degas it a bit, the texture becomes a bit more manageable; thick, chewy, with a creamy texture, though it is not hugely thick, though most definitely a powerful beer. Lots of sweet malt flavors contribute notes reminiscent of charred raisins, dark chocolate, touches of molasses and even some black liquorice flavors. Chalky grain notes stick to my teeth as does a slight astringent, burnt grain character. A light burnt acidity mixes with thick sweet malt notes in the finish, providing a bit of balance. The hop character is fairly mellow here, at least the malt character is so big that you really don't notice any hop contributions. The roast grain notes can at times contribute a burnt vegetal note, though it is not nearly as offensive as some examples.

A decent example of the style, it probably needs a year or more (and will remain good for quite some years) to round out the burnt vegetal notes. I like that this is not overly burnt in character, the roast malt character steers pretty well clear of being overly harsh, astringent and acidic. I am waffling between this being quite tasty and just a bit too green; in the end though, while this is a tasty brew, the second runnings of the mast (Moonlit Sessions) is the better beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (2,477 characters)

Photo of tprokop7
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles at Julio's yesterday. Thanks to Adam (AdamB84) for keeping me updated on when they'd arrive.

A - Thick and black, with a dark two finger head. The cork shot 15 feet when it was popped, lots of carbonation in this one.

S - As soon as the cork flew off, I could smell this one. Sweet, with chocolate and roasting coffee notes for sure. There also seems to be a touch of sourness (like a belgian stout) in the aroma.

T - Sweeter than I thought, and without the sourness I could smell. Notes progress from sweet chocolate to bitter chocolate to coffee.

M - Pleasant carbonation, but it feels almost syrupy. The fact that your mouth feels dry and sticky after a sip adds to this effect, too.

D - It would be a winner if not for the mouthfeel. I am still impressed, and hopefully this one will calm with age and become a gem. (848 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Times,

A: Pours black, with a full tan head into a Chimay chalice, good retention, leaves a smattering of lacing.

S: Could be better, but definitely chocolate and molasses notes.

T: Huge amounts of roasted malts bombard the palate at first, but then the flavour calms down a bit leaving a more mild chocolate character. Great milk chocolate notes in the aftertaste, though overall I found the beer to be too bitter at times.

M: Thick, lusciuos, and viscous, full-bodied, great for an RIS.

D: A powerful beer, wasn't my favourite RIS of all-time, but certainly a tasty beer, definitely a sipper I'd like to have around Yuletide. (662 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle purchased from South Bay poured into a snifter. Thanks Joey!

A: Yowzers! Pours a thick beautiful black with a massive 3-finger brownish tan head. Head hangs around for ages and lacing is exceptional. This may be the best looking stout I have ever poured!

S: Sweet malty molasses aroma with heavy chocolate smells. Only the slightest coffee scents to balance the roasty malted aroma. Bit of hops, but not much.

T: Definitely that nice molasses sweetness up front that gives way to the roasted malts and bittersweet chocolates. Hints of coffee and dark fruits give way to a very pleasant balance of bitterness and alcohol burning in the aftertaste.

M: Thick and oily but with heavy carbonation as a balance. Just absolutely coats your mouth in sweet roasted goodness.

D: A quite delicious stout from Lost Abbey. I found myself polishing this off far too quickly. Super smooth and super yummy! I absolutely have to grab a few more bottles to cellar. (964 characters)

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

Appearance: Dark mocha brown, utterly opaque, with a big fizzy head that crackles and pops for a minute or two before settling into a thin sheet.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Pretty gentle on the nose; no bold aromas jump out to capture the attention.

Taste: Creamy and roasty, molasses and dark chocolate carry over from the nose with an earthy hop flavor appearing in the middle. Charred malt and molasses stick to the palate in the finish. The molasses flavor is a bit aggressive and becomes slightly cloying after a while, but this is still good.

Mouthfeel: Lost Abbey has a tendency to give their big beers a lot of carbonation, and this one is no exception. The crisp effervescence cuts through the thick and chewy body, giving this brew a pretty unique mouthfeel for the style.

Drinkability: Goes down easy for 11% ABV. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing. (892 characters)

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

There was a ton of hullaballoo ... hullaballoo I say! ... over the release of Red Poppy and the Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share.

Well, they may come in attractive, diminutive bottles for about two to three times the price per ounce, but Veritas 003 and Serpents Stout overshadows them both, IMHO.

Pours a glistening, unhealthily thick looking black with a gigantic deep brown head and bubbling carbonation. This puppy will. not. stop. bubblin'. Which it needs, because it's an immensely thick beer.

Smells like roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits. Not as much coffee in the head as a lot of stouts, which I like. The flavor is insanely complex and rich. Roasted malt backbone with a nice charcoal finish (that reminds me of Abyss, actually), plus a ton of dark fruits, rum notes, molasses, and chocolate. The coffee is there in the flavor, but very understated.

Absolutely delightful. I hope this becomes a regular offering.

**one thing, though. Lost Abbey should really stop playing games with their ABV. I'm pretty well attuned as to my state of inebration, and Veritas 003 was way more than 8% and this is almost certainly more than 10.5%. (1,152 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle that is marked at 11% ABV. Solid black color with a decent brown head. The smell is very nice malted milkballs and chocolate. The taste is not far behind, sort of sweet and I am actually surprised that the high ABV is pretty well tucked away. I thought this was supposed to be a belgian type stout but it seems like an American RIS to me. If you are into stouts you will not be disappointed by this beer, recommended. (430 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from Cooke's in El Segundo for $12.59, split with three friends, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Black color with zero light going through, 1 1/2 inch frothy dark tan head that stuck around for close to five minutes, tons of small bubbles rushing to the top, nice retention, some good lacing at first too

S-Chocolate that was on the sweeter side, coffee, sweet cream, some dark fruits, roasted malt, burned accents, a fair share of booze, faint hoppiness, aroma was great for its beer style

T-Strated off with some dryness caused by coffee it seemed like, some sweet malt in the middle, then some hops and more dry qualities in the fiinish, later on I could taste some light black cherries and plum, followed by a sweeter aftertaste than before, never any booze in the taste but they were strong smelling which was odd, got less chewy as time went on and the liquid thinned out slightly, nicely balanced and the hops are what made this unique, still tasted really fresh to me

M-Roasty, dry, sweet, and aggressive mouthfeel, thick full body, medium level of carbonation, taste lingered for a few minutes, sensation on the tongue varied but was little spicy towards the end

D-Could have gotten close to drinking this bottle by myself but the ABV is high and it is heavy on the stomach, smooth, goes down pretty easy though, alcohol is hidden well for the most part

Very happy to see that Lost Abbey brewed a stout and quite a good one, this one has some serious againg potential as well, one of the better imperial stouts from the Southern California area, price is a little steep but will definitely drink again, certainly recommended (1,686 characters)

Photo of Tdizzle
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer pours solid black with a big dark brown head that settles slowly and sticks around for the duration of the beer, leaving some blankets of lacing on the glass.

S- Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and lots of dark fruits, with some hops in the background. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes very prominent in the aroma.

T- The taste is heavy on the chocolate and dark fruit flavors, with a mild coffee bitterness mixed with chocolate covered raisins on the finish. This beer has a chocolate coke flavor to it as well. The alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor profile.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but the carbonation is too agressive for the style, in my opinion. As the beer warms, the sharpness of the carbonation subsides a bit, and the mouthfeel becomes more smooth.

D- This drinks very well for an 11% ABV beer.

A very good imperial stout. Highly recommended. (936 characters)

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

Had this one on tap at O'Brian's last night.

Pours jet black with a frothy inch of foam that creeps on you if you're not careful. As the beer was poured there was little to no head until they finished pouring and the foam erupted and overflowed the glass.

Smells heavy on the chocolate, coffee, mocha and slightly earthy on the nose as well. A very appetizing aroma.

Dark fruits and chocolate covered cherries rush the palate on the first sip and a huge roastiness in the finish. Some alcohol near the end. Tastes really fruity and has a roasted profile that compliments the fruit very well.

Smooth on the tongue, almost creamy, with a tangy berry sensation in the finish.

A really tasty Belgian stout. (707 characters)

Photo of moose3285
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Joey at South Bay for this one.

A - Black as night with about a one inch brown head. The head shrinks but never completely disappears. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S - I get a lot of licorice in the nose. Also, roasted barley and some bitterness. There's also a bit a alcohol in the smell.

T - Not as much licorice in the taste as there is in the smell. The taste is dominated mainly by dark chocolate with a bit of dark fruits. There's a bit of hop bitterness lingering in the background and a slight alcohol burn at the end. Just enough to make itself known.

M - Maybe a bit more carbonation than I would like, but it's extremely thick. Exactly what I would expect from an imperial stout.

D - I had to make sure to slow myself down while drinking this, otherwise I would have finished the bottle way too quickly. One of the higher drinkability imperial stouts I've tried, despite the high ABV.

Overall - I was really happy with this one. It's one of the better imperial stouts that I've had. I can't wait to try one of these in a year or two. (1,068 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled when I was able to get this lovely bottle last week and I could not wait to pop it open, but knowing the strength of it, I wanted to wait until the right moment, well last night I figured was good enough and I went for it.

Appearance - This one poured out a thick dark black. Completely opaque with no light shining through I knew this one was going to be a dozy. A big chocolate brown head of foam came up over the top to a height of around three inches before it finally was able to settle down to a reasonable layer of about an inch and a half, and this hung around throughout the entire session. Very nice lacey looking webs of froth going up and down the sides of the glass really highlighted the body of this one. Very impressive looking

Smell - The aroma was huge. The first thing I noticed was a deep smell of chocolate, lots of roasted malts here. Nice hints of vanilla and lactose mingling in throughout really giving it that extra-added touch of sweetness that made it just wonderful. Loads of dark fruits underlying everything with a rich blend of raisins and plums. Nice little touches of spiced rum as well. Very complex and typical of Lost Abbey brews, very strong.

Taste - The flavor were exquisite as well. The first flavor to hit the palate was the rich chocolate malts. Very sweet on the tongue, even from the start. Nice touches of vanilla and molasses in here now as well. Very rich. Dark fruits abound through it as well, with loads of raisins, and plums now coming into clearer view. Some very nice spices in here as well, like a nice spiced rum sitting right under the surface. There was a touch of alcohol, but just a touch, and nowhere near as big as I thought it would be. Nice long lingering finish with an almost burnt or smoked chocolate on the tongue and a decent touch of hops at the end. Very nice, with a lot more yeast then I am used to seeing in a big stout, but it seems to work very well here with the fruit flavors really accenting the malts very well.

Mouthfeel - This had to be one of the smoothest and creamiest beers I have had. The feel is not super thick like you see in others, rather it relies on very nice carbonation to give it that micro bubble silky feel. Really very tight..

Drinkability - For an 11% Imperial Stout, this was absolutely as sessionable as you can get for the style. I did not even think for a second I was drinking something as big as this was. The alcohol is all but covered up and you can just sip on this one for days. Remarkable stuff going on here.

Overall, I really have to say that this one was outstanding. I was not sure what Tomme was going to do with this style, but it came out very nice, with their own little twist to it. This was more akin to the Belgian RIS style. Very big with just the right amount of yeast. Very highly recommended, you need to go get this one. (2,869 characters)

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

750 ml bottle

Cork popped loudly and into my pint glass i poured 16 oz of black beer, very black with a dark chocolate brown foamy, rocky head that stayed thick and foamy for the entire pint, lacing as it went. Very creamy looking head. Nice attractive beer in my glass.

Alcohol nose for sure along with some roasted, but not burnt, malt, burnt sugar, dark ripe fruits, and only a very slight coffee flavor on the back end. Pretty sweet and roasty up front with only slight bitterness on the back end with the finish being a warm alcohol. It isnt HOT going down, but you notice the alcohol warming.

This is thick, creamy, slightly oily, and tongue coating yet there is enough carbonation in it to make it very easy to drink. I had to slow myself down on this one as i am finding it very, very easy to polish off the entire 750 by myself in no time flat.

The drinkability on this one is high. It is a heavy, dark, thick, viscous beer that begs to be drank anyway. I guess that is the point, like the serpent begged for the apple to be eaten this begs for me to drink it. WIth it being 11% it will quickly sneek up on me though. I do believe this one will cellar well, and i have committed a few bottles to my cellar for just that. This is toward the top, IMO, of the lost abbey portfolio, i hope to see it every winter :) (1,328 characters)

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

A nice pop of the cork from the 750ml. brown bottle, the pour is very dark brown, with a huge cocoa brown head. The head retention is excellent leaving traces of lace clinging to the glass...a fine looking stout.

The smell is strong, dark fruity and chocolate, with the strong coming mostly from the alcohol which does not hide (or even try to). It's got a nice boozy nose indeed.

Dark, roasty malts fill the mouth while dark ripe fruits come into play before the chocolate winds the complexity down. Plenty of body and the large ABV give this stout some girth. Smooth and chewy with a pleasant warming from the alcohol, the carbonation is just about perfect for the brew.

I've had plenty of pints of this on tap and find the bottled version to be just that much more enjoyable and should age like a gem! (807 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this from South Bay D&L. Thanks Joey!

This one pours from 750ml caged and corked bottle just a notch up from pitch black and a big 3 finger billowy head of tannish foam...err..I hope it doesn't overflow. Nope. My mouth prevented that from happening. lol Very nice tasting foam.

The smell is lighter than I expected but I'm getting some dark fruit, milk chocolate, and some coffee.

The real first sip and the dark fruit is pretty darned amazing; plum & raisin are there and aren't shy at all. Next comes the chocolate and the coffee and they work very well with the fruit indeed. The alcohol is so well hidden it's scary. Just some warming long after the swallow. Even so, I'm definitely going to stretch this session out to the max. 1 because of the abv, 2 because it's so damn delicious!

Awesome head retention here and some nice sticky tan lacing all over my glass. It borders on a really full mouthfeel and the carbonation is light but right.The finish has a slight bitterness that I feel is both from notes of dark chocolate and a touch of citrus hops. Wow. This is a really smooth drinking, packed with flavour Imperial Stout and I'm so glad I sought it out. One of the very best that I've tried, for sure. (1,221 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap into a snifter.

A-Pours a beautiful, deep motor oil black with a modest tan head. Nice lacing.

S-Lots of chocolate, some coffee, malt and mild hops.

T-Much like the nose, a bittersweet chocolate flavor dominates throughout. Some moderate coffee bitterness in the finish.

M-Very nice and smooth with moderate carbonation.

D-This one is insanely drinkable but it sure sneaks up on you. Proceed with caution.

A real surprise to find as we had never even heard of this one. But what a fine Imperial Stout. Outstanding flavor and appearance. The alcohol is so well hidden you would not know it was a 10% ABV. Glad we shared that last one. I don't expect to ever see this one again. I was glad we were able to come across it.

HV (737 characters)

Photo of Oisin
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BAM!

This is what a big, bad-ass stout is meant to be.

Nose was madly inviting. If I had cologne that smelled like this then BAs would be all up in my shit--yikes. Alcohol-hot mocha with medicinal hoppiness--did I just write that?

First sip does not let me down. Wow! You know, bad-ass fragrance often makes promises that the flavor can't keep(Alesmith BA SW Stout comes to mind), but this Serpent's Stout delivers. Front, back, and side to side, the flavors don't quit. And especially the middle. Just like a big stout should do, this one moves right to the center and never pulls stakes until you brush your teeth.

Viscosity is less than I prefer, but not a fault. This beer is as it was meant to be.
Amazing ability to convey the heaviness and density of such a rich brew with such lively mothfeel. Man. What a work of art this beer is. (844 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from PP bottle shop and poured into a Duvel snifter. Poured a jet black color with a mocha brown thick head, plenty of lacing.( read other reviews the carbonation is diffently a plenty in the bottle). Their is a lot of sediment at the bottom so watch out when pouring.( a quarter sized piece settled at the bottom of my glass but I was careless when pouring) Smell is a mix of dark fruit covered with slight chocolate and medicinal hop smell with a lingering alcohol present. Taste is upfront dark fruit with the chocolate and coffee coming next followed by a mild alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is fullbody but a little lighter than a lot of thicker Imperial stouts out there. The carbonation is a little high for my taste especially when combined with the alcohol feel but by no means overdone. This is a complex high alcohol IS ( bottle states 11% ABV) that isnt a session beer but I couldnt stop sipping until it was all gone. (932 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Lost Abbey

Appearance is a pitch black hue, tan creamy head dissipates to a ring, creamy lacing on the glass

Smell is coffee and roast malts, hints of chocolate, nuts, grassy hops, and alcohol

Taste is dominated by coffee and roast malts, some dark chocolate, smoke, grassy hops, and dark fruits, finishes sweet with some dry bitterness

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth and creamy texture, carbonation on the lighter side

Drinkability is high, this is a solid stout with a good balance of malts and subtle hops, alcohol is well-masked, looking forward to try again when the bottles are released (611 characters)

Photo of aromatorio
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Port Brewing release night on tap and liked it, so I picked up a growler at the release of the Bourbon Barrel Angel's Share this morning.

Look is nice, but nothing outstanding for a stout. Barely any head even with a rough pour; a small ring clings to the edges for awhile. Not much in the smell department either - some weak vanilla and malty notes. Taste is better - roasty, bitter chocolate. I feel like some wouldn't like it, but I do. Mouthfeel is excellent - creamy and smooth. I would give this a 5 for drinkability, but the ABV is an understated 10.5%.

Overall, I was actually a little disappointed. This is still a solid stout, but it was my favorite from the tasting night, and doesn't quite live up to my memories. Very sessionable though. (768 characters)

Photo of srroos
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery during the Ange's Share Bourbon Barrel release. Poured opaque black with a dark brown head. Smells like coffee, chocolate, and smoke. Taste is a sublime combination of the same. Very well balanced and delicious! Initially, the amount of alcohol put me off a bit, but I enjoyed every drop! (317 characters)

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

Thanks to Chris at Ebenezer's for getting this tasty treat for the Tomme Arthur beer dinner.

App: Pours a deep, deep dark black with a nice thick caramel colored head that settles into almost no head or cap. Good lacing on a solid frame.

Aroma: Very well balanced overall. Sweet, malty, roasty and chocolate. Not an overpowering aroma with just the right balance of the distinguishable and anticipated flavors in a stout. Some nutty notes finish out the middle to end with a mild alcohol presence.

Taste: Some light raisin-plum fruit notes with rum, chocolate and roasted malt. Some chewiness that adds to the experience of those flavors. Light tobacco characteristics but also very well balanced with a warming alcohol feel throughout but not dominant for an 11% beer.

Mouth: A full medium bodied beer with solid carbonation that's delicate on the palate. Fills the mouth and carries the flavors well. Chewy but not viscous or thick. Very smooth and soft.

Drink: This is incredibly drinkable for the strength and the flavors balance so well that one won't dominate and ruin the overall experience. (1,105 characters)

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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