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

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 03-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 15
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Pours nearly black with a small tan head. A little bit funky on the nose. Lots of booze and wood notes, maybe a touch of acetone. There’s plenty of roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. The flavor is a bit smoother than the nose would let on. Roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, coffee, and a surprising amount of bourbon/barrel flavor.

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Thanks to ZX6Chris for this one hand bottled

Look: Pitch black and totally opaque with no real head

Smell: Upfront is quite a bit of bourbon and quite a bit of alcohol. Cocoa nibs are definitely present

Taste: For me the beer has quite a bit of chocolate upfront and just the right amount of bourbon. However there is quite a bit of alcohol present which was a bit surprising for me.

Mouthfeel: Full body and almost no carbonation

Overall: Good beer maybe just slightly better than the base beer. I am so glad I got the chance to try this very rare beer

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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only the slightest hiss when the cap is pried off. Hand bottle thanks to my buddy Chris.

Pour is pitch black with no real head to speak of. A few bubbles on top. Nice legs.

Smells of oak, vanilla, some whiskey and baker's chocolate. Subtle prune/fig dark fruit notes. Pretty straight forward.

Tastes of figs, dates, other ripe dark fruits, hints of brown sugar and the slightest illusion of cinnamon. Some baker's chocolate, oak, vanilla, and well integrated whiskey notes. Somewhat roasty and smokey as well, but only a touch. While I don't know what barrels they put this in, I would guess it wasn't anything too fancy as the whiskey presence seems somewhat unrefined.

very subtle and fine carbonation. Slick, smooth, and big without being very boozy. Heat is quite low for the alcohol content.

Port wine like, a desert beer for sure. Not really sweet at all which I think would make it great for pairing with deserts as a lot of sweet BA beers kinda clash with the sweetness of deserts. I find it funny that people complain about Lost Abbey carbonation issues. For barrel aged beers I think they hae some of the best carbonation in the business. It's subtle and refined, but it's definitely there

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

rich dark chocolate color coming forward immediately. Nice smallish tan colored head of foam quickly folded into a crown, but left behind copious amounts of side glass lace that more then made up for it.

The aroma was decadent, rich notes of cocoa and bourbon, with hints of vanilla and molasses swirling around in here as well. Lots of subtle smells in here, maybe a touch of smoke? Hard to say, but very nicely done. The flavor was less evident of barrel aging then I would have hoped, Still though it was decent, with more of a big Impy stout feel to it then anything else. Nice touches of coffee and cocoa, slight bourbon flavor on the finish and a vanilla flavor that lasted long after the others had faded. Nice full bodied feel, not as big as I would have liked, but still nicely done. Good carbonation and no dullness or slickness to it at all. A smooth sipper, the big ABV was covered up very well, in fact I could barely find any at al

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Special treat shared by Jason (anyone know him, from Chicago?)

A - Has the trademarked Lost Abbey carbonation (it's like a fine wine, you @$*%s) andn pours dead as pond water. Black beer with some brown on the edges.

S - Some dark and sweet fruits with a little bit of chocolate and a whole lot of barrel.

T - This beer is somewhat oxidizes, but it's not killing it. The flavor profile is mostly charred malts with some dark fruit, chocolate and barrel. It's not particularly great, I prefer the regular Serpents Stout.

M - Full bodied and flat.

O - Serpents Stout was one of the first big stouts I've ever had, so always been a bit of a sentimental favorite. The oxidation on this kind of hurt, and the flat feel wasn't great either. It's surpringly booring as well. Worth trying, but I wouldn't seek out this rarity.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for this one. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, no head, lacing, or retention.

S - Chocolate, booze, some oak notes.

T - Similar to the nose, but more oak and less sweetness.

M - Full, flat, creamy finish.

O - Above average, but didn't blow me away. I'm not a fan of the regular Serpent's Stout so this one falls slightly above that.

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4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from one who didn't wish to be identified, but thanks bro, you know who you are. Drank at the Lost Abbey 5th anniversary party.

Black pour, good carbonation, Im always leery when you get a hand bottled or slyly bottled beer, this one looked good, tan head 1" thick. Smell was a little muted, despite the beer being room temperature. Chocolate, very little bourbon, tons of wood.

Extremely woody, dry taste, drowns out any alcohol heat. Chocolate and vanilla in a much more nuanced fashion from this one. Very reminiscient of Splinter Black. Great carbonation and heavy wood accents keep the beer immensely light, its a strong beer, but is much more drinkable than I would have thought.

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3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unlabeled bottle supplied by Jason (jrallen34). Served in a Hill Farmstead snifter.

A - Pretty much no carbonation. Pours black with a glint of brown at the fringes.

S - Heavy oak, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, light vanilla, hint of alcohol and bourbon. Very heavy barrel influence here.

T - Chocolate fudge, charred and smoky finish, hint of oxidation, and more oak and vanilla. Less complex and ultimately less successful than the aroma.

M - Pretty much still. Full bodied, sticky, with some warming alcohol. Surprisingly low tannic character for something that smells and tastes super oak-heavy.

D - Some bubbles would help. Also, I expected bugs from barrel fermentation, but this mostly tasted like a straight-up barrel-aged stout. Too much oak and not enough base beer.

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4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to adamharbaugh for sharing this hand bottled gem. Mmm...rare!

A: This poured pitch black with almost no head.
S: It smelled like velvety dark chocolate, with smooth bourbon and oak and vanilla and coffee, and a bit of coconut and fine balsamic.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and coffee, with bourbon and vanilla and coconut. Not much oak noticeable. It had a surprisingly mellow and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation. Thinner than the barrel aged version.
D: This was simply delicious. So easy to drink, but needs to be sipped and savored. I had this side by side with the barrel aged version, and while they're very similar, this barrel fermented version was even better. Excellent beer.

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