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Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey

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94
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 64
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 03-04-2009)
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Reviews by levifunk:
Photo of levifunk
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. thanks chris!

a - black pour. head forms!...but dissipates.

s - roasted malts, vanilla sweetness, some booze.

t - roasted malts, dark chocolate, anise (but not as much as reg SS). I don't get a ton of bourbon flavor; mostly the vanilla and booze on the finish. oak flavor as well.

m - kind of a creamy thickness. lower carbonation, but not out of range.

overall - very enjoyable. I don't think it would hurt if it spent a little more time in the barrels. Also would age fantastically.

levifunk, Apr 05, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A cascading jet black pour, though a substantial, surprisingly large, dark brown head persistently remains. The first sips were of nothing but foam. This leaves thick, chunky, sheets of lace down the glass. Surprising and wonderful, all in one.

Decadent, rich, earthy aroma of chocolate (lots of cocoa powder and dark chocolate), mixed with big notes of oak and vanilla from the bourbon, and mild dark fruit. A captivating, full, rich, aromatic experience.

The flavor is similarly nice; the cocoa powder flavors dominate, though they are delicious. The chocolate is complemented nicely by the barrel notes, a fairly strong bitterness, at least for the style, and mild dark fruit character. Still quite drinkable for the obvious heft, however.

Full in body, creamy, thick, and luscious. Decadent.

A wonderful nightcap to a wonderful evening.

ehammond1, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of kevwcamp
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

kevwcamp, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a wide-mouth tulip.

Motor-oil black rimmed by a faint collar of buff cream. Abstract designs tattoo the surface. Average lacing, but thick clear ribbons of legs.

Brown sugar, molasses, prunes, and roast malt in the nose.

Heavy spirit flavors lead into the palate. Charred oak, young bourbon, faint vanilla. Sweet and complex stout flavors come out mid-palate: dark fruit, licorice, loam, roast malt...lots going on here...a grab-bag of flavors. The finish is long and dry. Flavor imroves as it warms, but then the alcohol come on stronger as well...

Oily, thick, chewy mouthfeel - with light carbonation. Very warming, but the base is sweet - so potent you have to take your time (took me well over an hour of sipping to get through this glass).

augustgarage, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome. I just said in my last review that when a -bal aged beer comes out, I am often the first one on the scene. This is no exception. The call of the -bal sang to me like an angel on high, and I heeded it. "Get thee to Toronado," the voice said, "and thou shalt partake in -bal aged awesomeness that no one has yet experienced. They also have Veritas 007 on tap." So after I finished watching Peyton Manning get handed a spanking in the Super Bowl, I headed over for Lost Abbey night.

Pours jet black with a nice well-retained tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is awesome and intense: bourbon, roast, smoke, oak, and a little chocolate.

Flavor is also great even though it's a bit hot. Bourbon, roast, and coffee stand out, along with dark chocolate, oak, and even some dark fruits.

Really full on the palate with slight booziness and low carbonation.

Drinkability is good for a bourbon -bal aged stout. Overall a really excellent beer. You heard it here first!

nickd717, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev -13%

hiphopj5, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -13%

mdillon86, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. growler into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass.

A: Dark brown to black with little carbonation as I expected.

S: Booze nation. Based on the nose, this beer needs more time to settle down.

T: The flavors do this beer a little more justice. Not too sweet with a distinct grainy character. The bourbon doesn't come through like it does in the nose.

M: A little light, watery, and underdone. A little more time and this would be ready to go.

Overall, the taste of this beer does justice to the base beer, Serpents Stout. I enjoyed this one because it was not too syrupy like a lot of big stouts are.

hoppymcgee, Mar 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

Pours black as night, with a slight dark khaki head. Looked mildly carbed. Aroma had a nice chocolate note, with a pleasant oak and bourbon, vanilla and toasted notes. The barrel was wonderfully pleasant, not overwhelming. Balance was nearly perfect.

Taste was wonderfully chocolatey, roasty, with some light coffee notes, vanilla, toasted oak and touches of bourbon. Again, brilliantly balanced, with no nuance overpowering another.

The little to no carbonation lends a nice smooth, creamy and chewy texture. Undeniably full-bodied and mouth coating.

Really, there wasn't much noticeable alcohol, so this was pretty easy to put away. This was a fantastic BA stout.

EgadBananas, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber courtesy of a nameless friend, I opened this up last month, so reviewed from notes. poured into a darkness glass.

jet black with a big tan head that rose up nearly three inches across the top before finally settling down. Nice side glass lacing as webs of tan stretched out across it. Aroma is rich with notes of vanilla, woody tones, coffee, molasses, hints of cherries or dark fruit coming through now as well as warms, and as it hits room temp, the coffee really shines. Nice feel here, lots of carbonation lets the flavor really pop for me. Smooth, and subtle vanilla tones turn to coffee and hints of light hops, especially in the finish with a nice touch of dark fruit thrown in. The alcohol was totally absent for me here, really well done.

Overall this one was intresting and not at all what I was expecting

mikesgroove, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bourbon barrel version, straight from the barrel.

Pours a viscous still black - no carbonation. Leggy, slightly coating and clingy.

Smells like liquid chocolate cake. Bourbon barrel is there, but it's exceptionally well integrated, lending layers of toffee and vanilla that work wonderfully with the foundation of dark chocolate and anise. There's slight smokiness to it as it warms, light and pleasant booziness, a bit of spicy oak.

The palate is rather outstanding. Rich cocoa and faint black licorice remain from the base beer, but the roasted bite has been mellowed by the barrel, replaced by flavors of vanilla, oak and caramel. Chocolate cake with caramel drizzle is the first thing that popped into my head when I took the first sip. The mouthfeel is full, heavy, but avoids encumbering the palate with huge amounts of residual sugar. Not to say that it isn't sweet, but it strikes a nice balance between rich and drinkable. Putting down a full glass of this would be no problem.

Pretty damn impressive overall, certainly better than the port barrel and bourbon barrel fermented versions of this beer that I've tried in the past.

largadeer, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of ArrogantHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, CA served in a tall over-sized wine glass...

V: Charcoal black color, moderate body, with minimal head. Little lacing noted to the glass, not exceptionally viscous.

N: Bourbony-chocolate fills the aroma that eminates from this beer, sweet cocoa goodness.

T: Cocoa chocolaty flavors fill first, with espresso right behind it, pushing through with bourbon accentuating undertones with woody notes. Alcohol heat finishes at the back and is quite strong, but with the lingering cocoa, coffee and bourbon notes, the alcohol is forgotten within seconds.

O: This is a big beer. There is a catch 22-likeness about this beer. As it hits room temp, the alcohol overpowers the palate, but you can't drink this beer quickly, so you have to have a good pace while consuming this beer to not hit that point where the alcohol takes over. Recommend getting 7 oz pours or less if possible to truly enjoy and not get overwhelmed with booze...but for sure try this.

ArrogantHopHead, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of injuredreserve
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

injuredreserve, Apr 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Rhettroactive, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of quantumcipher
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

quantumcipher, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of carteravebrew
3.75/5  rDev -13%

carteravebrew, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TJBurgess for sharing this, been a want of mine for a while.

A - Black beer, looks just slightly thin on the edges, not much in the way of head on it. Decent coating action on the sides of my taster glass.

S - Wow, this is really hot. Smells of booze, and then some more booze. Almost rubbing alcohol like at times, stings the nose a bit. There is a little bit of stout sweetness in here but the booze is pretty dominating.

T - Taste is much better than the nose. There is some nice bourbon and cocoa sweetness. The base beer comes out more than expected given the aroma. A bit of molasses, and some burnt malts. There is some thinning alcohol burn on the end giving it a pretty hot taste, but nowhere near as hot as the nose was.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, slightly thin on the end. Moderate carbonation.

O - Decent beer, but needs a lot of time to cool off. Would be excited to try this again in 6 months to a year as it had some potential with nice things going on in the taste.

AgentZero, Aug 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

SoCalStout, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of newsage
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes of bitter dark chocolate and very boozy, silky smooth although the booziness is a bit much i would say it is still a great beer! but again with that said i like a hand full of other stouts better, like Class V, velvet merlin and merkin, parabola, the abyss, rogue stouts.

newsage, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

IrishColonial, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is essentially jet black with a small layer of brown foam sitting on top.

S: Intensely barrel oriented. Lots and lots of bourbon and vanilla, giving a very rich nose. Plenty of dark and milk chocolate providing a bit of sweetness. Almost no roast is left as the barrel has really taken over.

T: Great sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla flavors. Bourbon and the inherent booziness of Serpent's Stout are there, but surprisingly not hot and abrasive. A touch of oak in the background and maybe a little bit of roast.

M: Definitely full in body with a smooth but low carbonation.

O: The barrel aged Lost Abbey beers are a thing of beauty when done right. And this was done right.

womencantsail, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pitch black with a dark tan head of tight bubbles that settles to a nice ring coating the inside of the glass.

S-Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted marshmallow, bourbon, alcohol.

T-Milk chocolate, sweet bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. Delicious!

M-Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated.

D-By the appearance you'd think it would be syrupy and heavy but it's surprisingly not. Huge flavors yet very easy drinking. This is a Grand Slam for Lost Abbey.

ZX6Chris, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of mwayne
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

mwayne, Jun 10, 2012
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Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.