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

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Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 63
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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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.

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3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Ryan. Thanks man!

Pours a light layer of fizzy dark tan head. Color is a dark brown with a ruby hued edge.

Aroma: A lot of bourbon and whiskey flavors. Vanilla and oak. Chocolate with some roasted malts. Dark fruits and a touch of creaminess.

Taste: A dark chocolate bitterness with some warming bourbon is up front. A touch of peat and roasted malts. Vanilla and oak. Some caramel and chocolate malt mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a pretty solid beer. Nothing too crazy, but enjoyable. Some things worked well with this beer, but I wasn't a fan of the peat flavors in the taste.

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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.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.
Thanks to Ryan for sharing this, only 12 bottles handed out at by the brewer to friends.

A- This beer pours a dark brown almost black color, no carbonation is present, no lacing, not the most attractive looking stout.
S- The aroma is Big booze up front, dark malts, big bourbon notes, vanilla, some dark fruits (plums, raisins).
T- Huge Bourbon upfront, caramel, vanilla, sweet malts, bitter sweet chocolate, slight coffee aroma,
M- Medium mouth feel, under carbonated, sticky, smooth drinking, dry finish.
O- Overall this is a tasty beer, would be better with more carbonation, the bourbon takes over this beer, not balanced at all, big heat as it goes down, still enjoyable.

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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.

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.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours brown with caramel with a super small head.

S. Bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel.

T. A nice roasted chocolate flavor with a well integrated bourbon character.

M. Oily and slick with a medium body.

D. Very drinkable, but not phenomenal.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Courtesy of Ryan. Am told that only 12 bottles were made for friends of the brewery. Pours a dark brown reddish color with a slight tan collared head. Swirling around creates a wispy tan, tiny bubbled head that lingers on. Bourbon abounds in the nose with very little else but does have some roast, chocolate, and leather aromas. Medium mouthfeel. Bourbon upfront taste with a sharp dark chocolate bittersweet taste. Some coffee and leather as well. Ends a little dry. Booze is there but not overpowering. This is one of those beers where the bourbon barrel just takes over and dominates every aspect of the beer. Perfect for sipping on and letting warm to let the flavors come out but balanced this is not.

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4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gunned from a maverick keg.

A - Dark, near black, not much head. Tan ring. Very light spotty lace.

S - Cocoa, soy sauce, burnt malt and booze.

T - Tobacco and leather come into play and add to the smell attributes. Nice.

M - Carb low, as to be expected from high abv and gun, a little watery at very finish.

D - Palate killer. Thank you ZX6Chris for offering this sample. It is very tasty!

Photo of seeswo
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle recently split at a tasting that included the regular, the bourbon barrel and the barrel fermented versions. Pours black with a very small tannish brown head. Smells of roast, chocolate booze, vanilla and a bit of anise. Despite barrel-again, it retains a good portion of the full body and creaminess of the regular version. The taste begins similar to the regular version, but with a nice vanilla, bourbon tie-in which is very nice. It finishes very hot and becomes a bit of a bourbon bomb. This beer does not have the balance of the base beer. The anise element lingers in the flavor that coats the tongue. Really enjoyable, in a totally different way than the base beer. Low-medium carbonation. The barrel-aging is good, but not the best barrel treatment I've had. I think this may be a work in progress, and I would experiment with either less time in the barrel or blending it down a bit.

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4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand-bottled a week or two ago. Thanks to a leftyawh13 for the brew.

A: Very stout-like in appearance (black, mostly opaque, etc.). Very minor head. No visible sediment or haze.

S: Very sharp American oak, vanilla, bourbon, oak, molasses and a hint of chocolate syrup.

T: Oak, coffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon. Decent amount of bitterness and some alcohol burn as well.

M: Mild amount of carbonation. Not flat at all, but definitely less than the average amount of carbonation for the style.

O: Good overall beer. Nice, strong bourbon flavors with the standard serpent's stout flavors behind it. They match very nicely for an improved overall result.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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