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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,371 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 284
Gots: 322 | FT: 29
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-10-2007)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

mendvicdog, Mar 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

cbartow, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

oline73, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of tut2528
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

tut2528, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Madjoja, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

sureshot08, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

litheum94, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

emottram, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Apathetiq, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

alysmith4, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of brotherloco
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

brotherloco, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Tom-Peters, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Coldsnack, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

dctriman, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

NorthSideSean, Mar 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ryser2k, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

stereosforgeeks, Mar 06, 2013
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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.

cjoc83, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
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.

Nugganooch, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ezperkins2, Mar 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Woodysbeard, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

throwback, Mar 03, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

gr0g, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Duff27, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

AnitaBrewski, Mar 01, 2013
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,371 ratings.