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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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94
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
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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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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5/5  rDev +16%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

Levitation, Nov 15, 2011
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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.

mothman, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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SourNotes, Nov 14, 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
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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.

Chriscrundwell12, Oct 27, 2011
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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.

kbutler1, Oct 23, 2011
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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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4.47/5  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 BeerAndBourbon
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.

BeerAndBourbon, May 07, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4/15/2011

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.

HopHead84, May 05, 2011
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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
Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
94 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.