Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - The Lost Abbey
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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
07-16-2011 15:23:30 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
04-20-2011 22:12:27 | More by womencantsail
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-10-2011 07:00:43 | More by largadeer
4.25/5 rDev -1.4%
On-tap at City Beer. Served in a snifter.
A - Half-finger of lightly tan foam settles to a thick collar, a few wisps, and no lace. Pitch black body.
S - Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, dusted cocoa. Mike said this was really hot last summer, but it seems under control at this stage - there's still a bit of obvious alcohol but it's not offensive.
T - Roasty malts, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, light oak, caramel, a bit of prunes and raisins, and perhaps some molasses as well. Alcohol is a bit better hidden here.
M - Medium body that seems a tad thin for 11%. Smooth texture, moderate warming alcohol, some light tannic dryness.
D - Quite good. Another sipper, as it took me a while to work through my 11oz pour, but a delicious one that I'd recommend seeking out. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than the bottled Barrel Fermented take on Serpent's Stout.
02-22-2012 07:11:41 | More by MasterSki
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.88/5 rDev -10%
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.
11-15-2011 00:48:59 | More by mothman
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.
A: Black and ominous, no head. Viscous.
T: Vanilla brown sugar bourbon cookie. Smells very good. Booze is well hidden. Bourbon is powerful but melds very well with the rich dark chocolate and brown sugar.
T: Taste matches the excellence of the aroma, with a bit more booze character but not at all out place for a beer of such potency. Strong bourbon and wood notes accompany vanilla, brown sugar, cookie dough, fudge, and chocolate. Excellent.
M: Full in body with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with lots of warming.
Overall: Very good. Definitely recommended.
05-05-2011 05:27:01 | More by HopHead84
3.73/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
08-24-2011 15:17:18 | More by AgentZero
4.48/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-07-2012 22:45:58 | More by EgadBananas
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks to adamharbaugh for sharing this hand bottled gem!
A: This poured pitch black with almost no head.
S: It smelled like velvety dark chocolate, with smooth bourbon and oak and vanilla and coconut, and a bit of coffee and fine balsamic.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate with smooth bourbon and oak and vanilla, and a bit of coconut and coffee. It had a smooth but hot aftertaste.
M: It was oily with almost no carbonation. Nice and slick.
D: This was a fantastic barrel aged stout! The scent and taste weren't super complex, but they were amazingly rich and delicious. It had nice body, but the alcohol was quite noticeable, so this should be sipped. Age would probably help mellow it out and turn this into one of the best stouts ever.
04-13-2011 19:52:42 | More by Pencible
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
11-15-2012 14:30:38 | More by ehammond1
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
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!
03-14-2011 02:44:01 | More by srandycarter
4.35/5 rDev +0.9%
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!
02-10-2010 01:59:32 | More by nickd717
Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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