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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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1,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,402
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 286
Gots: 327 | 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%

SHCC, Mar 10, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at Papago Scottsdale, AZ.
Looks fantastic. Thick brown head, oily chocolatey look. Smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate malts, slight hop and booze aroma.
Taste is very similar. More hops than I would have imagined but very very good. Nice boozey chocolatey flavor well balanced with the roasted malts.
Smooth as can be. Alcohol is hidden very well.
Overall, a great well balanced and tastey brew.

DrinkSlurm, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

KnightRider, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

SanDiegoCraftFan, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

bearishparrot, Mar 04, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled 6 January 2012.

A: Pours well, pitch-black, with a heavy mocha head and fantastic lacing.

S: Sticky-sweet coffee, black licorice, whiffs of alcohol, and the trace of something metallic.

T/M: Served only lightly chilled, to good effect. Complex and boozy. Thick and smooth, creamy with a touch milk chocolate. Some fruit, espresso, charred wood (oak barrels?). Even a hint of bourbon, though apparently none was used in the making of Serpent's Stout. Maybe it's just the raw alcohol and sweet grain. The aftertaste is lingeringly bitter, full of hops and coffee. On the subject of hops, they are subtly present throughout the beer. Very well-balanced and well-crafted.

O: An excellent beer, and a very good imperial stout. Not as stellar as I expected, but darn tasty nonetheless. Recommended wholeheartedly, though for the price I would think twice about buying again.

AgentMunky, Mar 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

InfernoBoss, Mar 03, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with an aggressive espresso colored head that's about 1". Great retention.

The smell is chocolate and light roasted coffee. There's some earthy notes to it as well.

The taste is sweet fudge brownies and lightly roasted malts. There's a dirty, earthy flavor to it in the middle. The aftertaste has some off flavors that tasted like burnt plastic, but it's a brief appearance and doesn't linger long.

The mouthfeel is phenomenal in this. It's soooo smooth and the carbonation is soft. It's a solid stout, but this is the focal point for sure.

This is a great stout and one of the better offerings from Lost Abbey.

Vonerichs, Mar 02, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I'd been meaning to try for some time, LA beers tend to be a gamble. On tap at Wine Affairs.

Pours black as my soul with a finger of deep tan head and leaves gorgeous lacing for the entire hour I drank it.

Smell is heavy on baker's chocolate, deep roasted espresso, toffee and spicy hops.

Decadent is the word that comes to mind. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee dominate, but then some of the spicy/earthy hops and a bit of dark fruit come into play. The sweetness is great up front, then gives way to a long bitter roasty finish that is semi-dry.

Mouthfeel is my favorite part of the beer; velvety smooth, almost a bit like a nitro tap. Carbonation is perfectly in check, slightly thick but not heavy or cloying. Finishes long and a bit sticky but not overpowering, it just stays around for minutes and begs for the next sip. ABV is perfectly in balance and warms you up just a bit.

Wow, this one threw me for a bit of a loop. I'm usually a bit iffy on LA beers but this one really suited the moment on a cold night after I found out I'm losing my job. Cheered me up like a slice of devil's food cake.

afrokaze, Feb 28, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a small tan head that is slow to recede. Looks like a stout should
S: Smells of chocolate, coffee, roast malt and alcohol
T: Lots of chocolate on the flavor up fromt that gives way to a solid toasty middle and some sweet coffee flavor toward the end. Aftertaste is more dark malt flavor and burnt sugar that lingers for some time
M: Full bodied, but not overly viscous and soft carbonation that is apparent but not overbearing
O: A very well done stout. I have one more so it will be interesting to see how this beer changes over time

SHODriver, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

joesc230, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

QuadrantThree, Feb 28, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Nothing surprising here... Poured a dark brown-black with a small, tan head; moderate lacing and retention. Aroma of coffee and cocoa, light sensation of dark fruits. Taste was roasty up front, flavors of dark chocolate and some coffee roastiness, dark fruit juices, and some warmth from the alcohol. Body was about medium; I feel this beer might be better if allowed to sit/age for a bit. Still pretty good overall.

Rifugium, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

alwaysplayin, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MikeDre, Feb 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

brnavarra, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

rbouton, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

THECPJ, Feb 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

tweenDhedges, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

marct, Feb 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

nightwing002, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

robL, Feb 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

ineva, Feb 20, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750, 2009. Pretty viscous black pour, ring of dark tan head.

Aroma, molasses, vanilla, earthy booze. Roast malt, dark chocolate, some coffee and anise. It's pretty warm.

Taste, Starts out with the roast and anise. A slight earthy spice. Dark chocolate, oak, lighter vanilla. Cocoa finish. Booze not nearly as prevalent here.

To the heavy side of medium bodied. Carbonation a tad high, but not bad. Keeps the stickiness down a tad. Drinks easy enough, abv not overtly present.
Don't recall this one fresh, but it had some borderline barrel aged characteristics to it aged.

Bung, Feb 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

volta, Feb 19, 2012
Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 1,402 ratings.