Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey
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4.11/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-06-2013 02:35:54 | More by cjoc83
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
03-05-2013 20:46:24 | More by Nugganooch
4.48/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
03-02-2013 23:33:32 | More by gr0g
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
02-28-2013 05:10:43 | More by StroppyMare
4.11/5 rDev -3.1%
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
02-27-2013 00:19:20 | More by bigfnjoe
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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