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Serpent's Stout - The Lost Abbey

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Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout

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1,325 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 277
Gots: 314 | FT: 26
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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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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this as an extra from patchmaster! Thanks!

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: this is a really nice looking stout. Dark black bodied beer with a dark brown head that pours over 2 fingers head. Lacing sticks everywhere.

Smell: dark chocolate and cocoa. Roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: roasted premium coffee beans mixed with dark chocolate. Cocoa, caramel, and toffee that never becomes really all that sweet, but you know they are there. Dark fruits are noted also. No booze taste to this beer at all, even when it goes from fridge temperature all the way up to room temperature. Very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with low carbonation. Smooth, silky, creamy, milkshake like dark beer.

Overall: This is a solid beer that has the mouthfeel of a barrel aged beer even though it did not get a barrel aging. really well made beer! Downside of this beer is the cost, but lost abbey has a reputation for high priced beers. So its to be expected. Also had this beer once before and it was much better the second time around.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:03:00 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My last 2007 bottle of this beer.
This beer pours out a thick dark black. Completely opaque with no light shining through I knew this one was going to be a dozy. A chocolate brown head of foam; very nice lacing of froth going up and down the sides of the glass really highlighted the body of this one.

The aromas begin with deep, dark chocolate, with 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. Some dark fruitiness highlighted by dark cherries and raisins. As it warms it become almost meaty and smokey, very thick smelling; is that possible...

The taste begins with rich, rich chocolate malts. Very sweet on the tongue, even from the start. Nice touches of vanilla and dark black strap molasses. Very rich. Dark fruits abound through it as well, with loads of raisins, and plums now coming into clearer view. Nice long lingering finish with an almost burnt / smoked chocolate on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy. It is not super thick, but complements the boisterous flavors with plenty of overall bitter malts and dry roasted flavors as well. Honestly it is actually too mouth-coating and boisterous that it is compromising my ability to enjoy and further consume this beer.

Overall, this is a pleasure to consume and is going to make my day at work tomorrow completely miserable. This beer coats the mouth and never relents with thick bitter coffee maltiness and copious drinkabiltiy because of the smooth aged complexity; wow. A very special beer indeed; better shared in my opinion because the intense flavors make it hard to get past 1 glass per evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:32:12 | More by claspada
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark brown color; almost black with no light coming through. Poured a 2 finger creamy brown head with excellent retention. Laced in unbroken rings.

S: Roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Earth and peat. Alcohol.

T: Consistent with the nose; rich bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate from toasted malts. A little nutty flavor came through as it warmed. Long-lasting opening flavors transition to a warming finish with a long alcohol burn.

M: Full body. Low carbonation. Thick and chewy. Very warm.

O: Really good stout. Big malt, big feel; loads of character. Packs a punch.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 20:07:04 | More by Haybeerman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Lost Abbey/Port Tasting Room on 7/3/11

A - Poured a very dark black colour, with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, bitter yet sweet without being too sweet. Some chocolate and some nuttiness. A truly outstanding stout!

M - Full body, chewy. Light carbonation.

O - This is an outstanding stout. Packs a robust flavour profile with a great thick mouth feel.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 17:45:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a large creamy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt, caramel and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet toasted dark chocolte malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:57:19 | More by tmoneyba
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2009. Pours black with a thin medium brown head that doesn't last long. Little lingering head. Very opaque--almost no highlights.

Smell is bitter roasted malts mixed with semi-sweet dark fruits--raisins, dates. Good balance of bitter and sweet. Little chocolate and vanilla. Slight presence of alcohol heat.

Taste upfront is a light alcohol heat, slight sweetness, and some roasted malts. Roasted malts in the middle lead to slightly sweet dried dark fruits and some light caramel. Lingering alcohol soaked raisin flavor.

Full bodied with a slight chewiness, syrupy, low carbonation. Creamy. Beware the bottom of the bottle--lots of slimy black sludge that ruins the mouthfeel.

Somewhat hot, but overall a good mix of sweet and bitter. Kind of like a roasty stout mixed with a dark Belgian strong ale. Good, but not great.


Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 15:27:28 | More by sidetracked
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3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy light brown head with pretty good retention and a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of roastiness in here. Light chocolate and even lighter coffee. Lots of caramel though, way more than the average imperial stout. Dark prune and plum fruitiness with hints of tobacco. Considerably boozy.

3.5 T: Moderately roasty with hints of chocolate and stronger hints of coffee. Again lots of caramel to the point that it's a bit too sweet. Prune and tobacco running wild. Good flavors, but the booze and sweetness become too much halfway through the glass.

4.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Thick and rich like I like the style. Smooth enough despite the booziness, which warms afterward.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but it'd be better if the booze was more in check. It's not that it's more boozy than I'd expect from an 11% brew, but top examples of the style are much less boozy and have the same or higher ABVs.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 21:37:17 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my bruery tulip. Jet black with a finger mocha head. Aroma of oak, dark fruits and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with added coffee notes. Very smooth, hides alcohol well, moderate carbonation. This is an amazing beer that I will seek out and stock up for my cellar

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:23:44 | More by jcartamdg
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I traded this beer with Sean (claaarck13) and his wife Amber for some westy beer. We had a great time in Belgium when we met in may 2011.

I poured out this bottles during a beertasting at my cousin Peter's place. There were a lot of starting beer geeks who could not believe that there are so many good beers in the world.

The bottle itself was very popular, nice layout of the etiquet.

Poured out in a wineglass this beer looks absolutely smashing. Pitchblack amd oily. Nice head. A very heavy beer with nice sweetness in it.

Next time you come Sean you can bring some more...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 11:08:50 | More by Brabander
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a stemmed snifter.

Appears nearly black with a beautifully laced head that lasts.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate with notes of something sweet, maybe vanilla.

Bold tastes up front and finishes smooth and malty. Chocolate and coffee prevail in the aftertaste.

Feels lighter than it looks, which I felt was a good thing.

Overall an outstanding example of an Imperial Stout. Affordable yet intriguing to the taste buds. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 17:46:22 | More by beerdweeb
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got from a couple guys in the last few months, thanks for the bottles! Poured into New Belgium snifter.

A- Finally got the cork out and poured thick and black. No light around the edged. Nice half finger khaki head that slowly recedes with no lace.

S- Very bold nose. Roasted malt all the way throughout. Chocolate aroma first and through the middle. Slight bourbon aroma maybe at the end.

T- Whew, lot of chocolate right off the bat. Roasted flavors come in through the middle and give some support to the chocolate. Towards the end there is some coffee/espresso flavor hinted. Flavors flow together pretty well. A little boozy as it warms.

M- Maybe not quite full body, a little more thin than expected. A little creamy as well, but not to much. More carbonation than I would like from a big stout.

D- Very well done stout here. Flavors are nice and bold and have pretty good balance. Nicely done, nothing that overwhelmed but more than solid.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:50:57 | More by HosP
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black, brown head, good lacing. Aroma was roasty nuts, coffee flavor not too prominent in there. Surprised at the smell of some bitter hops in this.

Chocolate comes out more on the tongue, but never sweet, amazed how well this hides the alcohol. Not overly thick. Smooth. Mildly oaky, nowhere near the presence of the barrel fermented version though. Tobacco and leather elements to it.

Kind of strange how this is only $11 for a 750 bottle. . . I guess it doesn't sit in a barrel. Anyways, about the best price/quality ratio from LA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2011 19:47:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At beer revolution in Oakland , a must for us snobs. This beer was a delight. Smells like mocha. A smooth chocolate toasty feel upfront from the malts. You taste the bitter hops which works well with the malt towards the end and at the very end you taste the 11% but barely. The aftertaste numbs roof of the mouth but in a good way. Still tasty the toasty chocolate malts.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 21:05:55 | More by ryp3
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours an opaque black color with medium tan head along with nice lacing that lasted throughout the drinking session. Aroma is fairly roasty, with notes of dark chocolate and coffee, hints of anise and ash, touch of vanilla and dark fruit. Flavor is roasty, nutty, malty, ash, coffee, and a light helping of caramel. There is some alcohol hotness detected towards the finish which is fairly bitter, but tasty. Palate is a bit thick and medium bodied. This is a good imperial stout, but nothing to really make it stand out in an extremely crowded field.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 16:27:22 | More by CuriousMonk
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750mL bottle into a chalice.

A: The beer is completely black with no light coming through. Head is dark tan, 2.5 fingers and lasts forever - a thick cappuccino-like froth on top of the beer. Just how an imperial stout should look.

S: Thick bitter roasted coffee bean aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Mocha. Some spice. A hint of vanilla. Great smelling beer. Very enticing.

T: Wow. Bitter up front with huge roasted coffee notes, bittersweet chocolate. The depth of this beer is amazing. It has most of the typical imperial stout flavors here, but just amplified to an amazing level. Not for beginners. Mocha, tobacco, oak, spices. Slight berry tartness in there also - blackberry? Hints of smoke in the finish. Fantastically complex.

F: Pretty smooth, though not as thick as expected. Nice.

Overall a great beer that deserves every accolade it gets. One of my new top imperial stouts and worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:04:50 | More by BucBasil
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for about two and a half months so I decided now was the time. I picked it up at Binny's in Chicago in early March.

It pours a medium bodied dark, dark brown in color that turns black with a two finger, spongy and rootbeer float esque, dark khaki head. It smells of lightly roasted malts, soft milk chocolate, light coffee, with a light oaky smoke. The flavors consist of sweet milk chocolate, nice light roasted coffee, toffee, with a light bitter chocolate and slightly smoky finish. It's very nice, yet a little sweeter than anticipated. It's a pretty smooth drinker and pretty easy to drink. The 11% has nearly no presence at all. Overall this is a very good imperial stout and a fine beer from The Lost Abbey.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:32:58 | More by aasher
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

482nd review on BA
Draft to taster
@Lost Abbey

App- Not the darkest stout in the realm of DRIS, but it had good coloring and even in a taster got a nice little head going and even some spots of cling.

Smell- A very nice smelling stout, you can tell its big but doesnt smash you in the face. It had some roast, some booze and some chocolate.

Taste- This was a very easy drinking stout, big, flavors of milky, dark and lush chocolate abound on this beer. It was smooth with the malts being decidingly soft and the layers of flavor were quite nice.

Mouth- So silky and smooth. It was a medium bodied stout with a medium carbonation. The chocolate flavors remained for quite a while on this one.

Drink- I have traded this bottle at least 10 times and never tried it. I am going to have to actually drink a bottle now. Great stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 01:03:47 | More by FosterJM
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Semi-agressive pour produced a two finger head that is dark tan/mocha colored. Wonderful lacing and the head remains throughout. Beer is pitch black even when held to a light.Very good looking beer.

S- Roasted malts, hints of dark and milk chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, some smokiness, and a hint of alcohol

T- Follows the nose. Dark chocolate on the forefront then milk chocolate on the backend, dark fruits, smokiness, hints of sherry, and a light alcohol taste at the end. All the flavors go very well with each other.

M- A bit thin for my liking and the style. The carbonation level is very nice though.

O- Great nightcap beer. I enjoyed it to the last drop and would most definitely recommend it although their are better beers of this style. Drinkability? Well I had the whole bottle and would have gladly had some more.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 16:58:56 | More by t420o
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Kshock for this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown almost black with a very minimal brown head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, nutty, sweet alcohol, and caramel. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. This one was very booze forward without a doubt, so drink with caution. However, this mellows out as it reaches room temperature. Had a very nice roastiness and subtle bitterness to help balanced out the brew. At first the alcohol covered up quite a bit of the subtle flavors but they were allowed to come through upon warming and the dark chocolate flavor becomes more prominent. A definite must try!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 11:46:30 | More by thagr81us
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"There are no evil thoughts except one; the refusal to think." -- Ayn Rand, 'Atlas Shrugged'

Pours out one very gorgeous black (liquid) and tan (head), with the latter being an exquisitely creamy, tight, long-lasting thing. It lays sheets of tan lace on the sides of the glass, and we're already off on a very good ride...

Aroma sends big slabs of mocha, mineral, toast, dark bread and green hops into the nose. At 11% alcohol, that element is surprisingly, and thankfully, subtle at best.

The taste offers all the characteristics that the aroma hinted at -- robust mocha coffee flavor; earthy mineral; toasted dark bread; barely ripe hops. But what I didn't get in the nose that the taste delivers is a healthy helping of juicy dark fruit, like raisin, grape, fig and date. Very toasty and very comforting, this is enhanced by a slick, gliding, only slightly sticky texture, which has a good bit of body weight, but refrains from total obesity, if you get what I mean. Nice snap of mingled milk chocolate and bitter hops in the finish. Alcohol remains a supporting but important component. Excellent.

Oh yeah. This is every bit as decadent as it ought to be, yet never too sweet, never too heavy, never too messy, while delivering bushels and bushels of hearty, rich, rounded US stout bad-ass-ness.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:04:47 | More by Metalmonk
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3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium glass.

A - Great looking beer. Pitch black, completely opaque with two fingers of deep tan head. Excellent retention as well.

S - VERY roasty and coffee dominant. Maybe some hints of dark chocolate but the burnt coffee smell definitely dominates.

T - Follows form with the nose. Heavy roasted coffee with very subtle hints of dark chocolate in the finish.

M - Very carbonated, almost to a fault. Thinner than it appears, and somewhat disappointing. However, does a nice job of coating the throat.

O - Not as impressive as I was expecting. Not very complex and very coffee dominated. Bump is for its excellent appearance.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 08:35:29 | More by MarkIntihar
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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours very dark. Little viscous and oily looking. Dark tan head of about a finger. Decent retention and spotty chunks of lace.
Smells chocolatey. Huge cocoa notes: both bitter and sweet. Light coffee flavors blend in and create a nice thick rich beer. The beer has a good bitterness following behind the cocoa. Huge flavor. Nice thick, full body. Good carbonation.

This is a very nice stout. It nay not be the best I've ever had. But I'd certainly pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 04:35:34 | More by AleWatcher
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rates quite highly. Saw it at the store and recognized it so I thought I'd pick it up. Poured from a 75 cl bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Looks almost jet black, an extremely dark and thick coffee color with thin mocha colored head. Head has great retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Smell is strong; was apparent upon uncorking bottlle. I pick up dark fruits like cherries, pomegranates, maybe blueberries. Also coffee, sugar, toffee, burnt malt, vanilla, and a sort of incensed bark. Smells great.

Taste: Black coffee, the aforementioned pomegranate, as well as blackberry, vaguely. Burnt malt, almost like smoke. Hops adds its own bitter twang which mixes nicely with the bitterness of coffee. Toffee and vanilla apparent thought not as strong.

Mouthfeel: Thick, bitter, syrupy, chewy, did I mention thick? Very nice balance.

Overall: Deep, warming, dark, and thick. This stout is wonderful! All the dark stout flavors blended nicely for a very even stout. Not overwhelming, yet certainly not simple. A great choice for any lover of the dark and rich realm of stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 23:26:11 | More by Jeriacor
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Perfect cold, rainy spring day for a stout.

A - Pours an oily dark viscous liquid with some brown edges. There is a nice thick 0.5 inch head that is thick and stays up for a while. The bubbles are nice and dense and the color is a light tan. After looking at it more its quite a silky and frothy attractive beer.

S - Starts with some bready and toasty malt notes. Some good roasted notes ease in to the nose as well. Freshly baked multi grain notes are present. Slight roasted cappuccino notes with some mild chocolate sweetness. Some slight smoked notes.

T & M - Starts off with some nice tasty notes and some good bready grain notes. It starts slow but there is some really good roasted coffee and strong espresso notes. There is some nice dark dark chocolate bitterness to the beer and not so much of the sweetness. There is an interesting dry finish to this beer with more of a smokey back end than a sweet one. There is some slight boozy heat as it warms but nothing too crazy. Mouthfeel is oily and velvety. Quite smooth. Good carbonation.

O - Overall not my favorite stout but still a good offering. Good burnt flavors with some nice body to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 22:57:12 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I received this one in a trade back in December.

Poured into my favourite chalice, a small tan head forms on a black brew.

Not much for the nose. I detect a slight cola sweetness and a slight smell of molasses and booze.

Typical flavours of an Imperial stout although fairly muted, coffee, chocolate and a roasty flavour from the malt. The taste finishes with booze, this brew seems quite hot.

A nice thick and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall I expected a lot more from this brew. The typical flavours were there but were very muted and the booze was not hidden very well at all. I have drank stouts that are 18% ABV and were less boozy. Very underwhelming to say the least...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 02:01:22 | More by alpineclimber
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