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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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1,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,374
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 284
Gots: 323 | 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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Beezee, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of pjs234
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a 3 finger head. The head fades quickly with very little lacing.

S - Smokey, licorice, roasted malts

T - Taste if very nice, not too sweet, picking up a lot of coffee flavors. The sip starts off very smooth, but turns bitter as the coffee flavors kick in. Also pick up on some dark chocolate flavors.

M - A little thin, fairly carbonated.

O - A very good stout, easy to drink, great flavor; but beware, the 11% ABV packs a bit of a punch.

pjs234, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serpent Stout, bottle bought at Jersey City Super Buy Rite for $11.99, served in my Lost Abbey snifter. First had this on tap at Blind Pig in Champaign, Illinois.

Appearance: Not as thick as other Imperial Stouts, but great pour nonetheless. Black and oily, great one-finger head that lasts. Not a lot of lacing, but damn good carbonation.

Smell: Nice roastiness, a bit of cooked vegetables. Dirty gas station somewhere in Southern Ohio. Chocolate powder and a tad of hops, plus sugar and smoke. Country ham cookin’ in Kentucky!

Taste: Hoppier than the nose, plus some funk and aromatic herbs (chopped chives and lemon thyme). Dry like flour in your mouth, but with a sweet finish. Really old balsamic vinegar, coffee with half-and-half, brown sugar. Fennel and tootsie rolls around the edges.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for the style, with both body and flavor at a medium-to-low level. Nice hoppy-funky finish, though. A little dry and boozy but not overtly so. Smooth, and more considering it is such a young beer.

Overall: I think this beer is better on tap, but damn good out of the bottle too. Exceptional? Not quite, but oh-so-drinkable! This was bottled on December 29 ’11 and consumed Feb 12 ’12, and yet no signs of heat or craziness. Smooth, chuggable. And probably worth the price too, since this is as big as a wine bottle.

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of ikantspel
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served into a pub glass

bottled on 1-6-2012

pours a satanic black with a hazlenut head that goes away rather quickly and leaves about an inch of thick lacing

smells of cocoa, coffee beans, and a heavy dose of roasted malts

taste is very similar to the smell, complex raw chocolate taste, and some slight bitterness towards the end

one of the better stouts you can find under $10

ikantspel, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

wrath98, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with yeasty sediment. I got one of those nasty looking yeast slugs as I poured it out. I ignore that as a natural side effect of heavy sediment. Poured with a small head that faded fast. Seems like there's a lot of very fine, slow active carbonation. Smell is terrific -- rich, chocolatey, sweet, slightly licoricey.

Taste is sweet, lots of chocolate flavor. Rich and roasty, some coffee flavor. This is really good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice gritty texture that goes really well with the flavor. Overall, I think this is an excellent beer.

snaotheus, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pitch black in color with a 1/4" milk chocolate colored head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: follows the nose. Big thick malt base with bitter dark chocolate, milk chocolate, prunes, and a nice bitterness. Some earthy tones and alcohol warming arrive late.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout, with some light dryness arriving at the finish.

Overall: a wonderful double stout that is a meal in a glass. Slow drinking beer, but nicely satisfying.

Gavage, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large dark brown mocha head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell is dark, dark coffe, roasted malt, black cherries, and bitter chocolate.

Taste is slightly sweet up front and a bitter back end that turns to a hint of char. The bitter chocolate and coffee flavors are nice. Not as complex as the smell, but still a great taste.

Feels smooth and lightly carbonated with a touch of alcohol burn on my tongue.

A great looking and smelling beer, taste isn't quite up to the previously mentioned categories. Still a great beer.


Drinkerofales, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

brez8791, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Handbanana88
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/28/11 poured into my CC snifter

A - Pours out jet black with a 1/4 inch of mocha head

S - Really wonderful aroma to this beer. Big notes of roasted malts, coffee, and some alcohol.

T - Very similar to the smell. Lots of coffee and malt to start and finishes with coffee bitterness mixed in with some alcohol heat.

M - Moderate carbonation with a thick mouth feel, not motor oil though.

O - A great interpretation of an American Stout, pick up a bottle if you have a chance. It's hotter than most in the style, which really sets it apart for me. Cheers!

Handbanana88, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

John11486, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Auror, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ShemRahBoo, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of SoCalStout
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SoCalStout, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler to snifter 2-4-12
Black beauty pours a finger fast cream head that quickly fades revealing an opaque black through the oily lacing. Immediately a dark roast coffee and dark chocolate roasted malts on the nose

Taste of deep chocolate with expresso bitterness possibly from hop base? Caramalized dark sugars and molasses. Dark roast malts There is a presence of burnt or charred wood not a smokiness but a profound acidic taint.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light maybe that is due to abv level and acid levels present. Overall a great stout

muskiesman, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

dudeabides76, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

xraided81, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

daves1186, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Elfastball7, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of smokeypeat
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Marty30 for this bottle.

Pours a solid black into a snifter with a deep brown head that quickly faded for me. Some alcohol legs present.

Nice full aroma on this of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and damp earth.

Taste is the star here with multiple levels of flavor that expand as the beer warms up. Good french roast type coffee flavor, with imported dark chocolate. Some slight vanilla notes in the background, and a surprising note of pure alcohol as a kicker. The straight alcohol was actually good here and I didn't feel detracted from the beer in this case but gave it a good "heat note" that was welcomed.

Solid above average mouthfeel with good smooth carbonation that made it an easy sipper for such a big beer.

Overall, I was really glad to finally get to try a bottle of this stout. This was a really good example of the style.

smokeypeat, Feb 02, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first tasted this I was immediately reminded of the Z-man stout I tried from a Pizza Port growler fill but I was wrong. The Serpent's Stout beats the Z-man by far. The earthy taste of this stout is improved upon by a sweet, chocolate-like drink, which I wish I had more to enjoy.

The Serpent's Stout pours a thick and dark brown with a mocha colored light head. After each joyous sip a signature bite of its strong alcohol aftertaste leaves its quick sting, but a coffee after thought remains on the tongue, reminding me to take another swig before my drink gets too warm. Onto finishing my drink as I rate this: wow!

Ransackingpete, Feb 01, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ransackingpete for sharing this one!

Bottled sometime in 2012 (date stamp is partially smudged off).

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film. Small dots and streaks of lace slowly drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee beans, and some alcohol aromas. Chocolate chip cookie dough aromas come out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate chip cookie dough, roasted coffee beans, and a slight alcohol kick on the finish. There is a very nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with some awesome aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

IdrinkGas, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

hopburster, Jan 29, 2012
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,374 ratings.