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

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Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel Fermented
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BA SCORE
89
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | 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: ZX6Chris on 03-03-2011)
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1%

12-12-2012 04:12:42 | More by t0rin0
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 02:27:18 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2012 15:54:42 | More by womencantsail
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

02-09-2013 00:26:05 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 20:27:18 | More by MasterSki
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 18:41:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

11-09-2013 18:34:26 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-09-2013 18:25:54 | More by Rhettroactive
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 20:11:56 | More by AgentZero
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popery

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-28-2013 01:51:54 | More by popery
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DmanGTR

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

01-30-2013 13:08:44 | More by DmanGTR
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -25.7%

11-15-2011 01:38:07 | More by whartontallboy
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Pencible

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 19:57:49 | More by Pencible
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Sean9689

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 16:10:06 | More by Sean9689
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

11-22-2011 04:51:08 | More by Exiled
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 04:43:19 | More by DarthKostrizer
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seeswo

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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 oak, roast, chocolate and a bit of anise. The body is lost in this barrel-treatment. Pretty thin. This beer is an wood (oak, I assume) bomb. I am not sure whether this is aged in just oak barrels or what, but I don't get any characteristics of a spirit, just oak. This beer does not have the balance of the base beer, instead, strong amounts of wood, leather, tannins dominate the beer. Enjoyable, but really hard to believe this would ever be produced as is. Low carbonation. This beer tastes strongly to me like a component in a blend.

...and then we hit a point where it was clear that we had the base beer, a bourbon bomb and a wood/oak bomb, the latter of which seemed like they needed to be blended down. Enter Cuvee de Seeswo, which was a 1:1:1 blend of the three beers. The blend could use a bit of work, I would do more bourbon, less barrel fermented, but in general, this beer achieved much more balance than either of the two barrel treatments, while still bringing out the nice flavors of the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 15:00:20 | More by seeswo
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IrishColonial

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

11-09-2013 18:36:11 | More by IrishColonial
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Deschutes tulip glass.

A: Dark brown to black with no carbonation as I expected.

S: Boozy, bold, and bretty. I get whiffs of plum, chocolate ganache, and bourbon.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and whiskey blend nicely together but I wish this was a little more bretty.

M: Light bodied for an 11% ABV beer. Not syrupy, which is a major plus. I would have liked to try this straight from the tap.

Overall, this is a well-balanced beer that goes down very easily. There is no one feature that stands out besides drinkability.

Serving type: growler

03-30-2011 01:59:58 | More by hoppymcgee
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-09-2013 19:10:21 | More by siege06nd
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billshmeinke

California

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Serving type: growler

07-23-2011 22:57:52 | More by billshmeinke
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1%

07-10-2012 12:52:38 | More by ajs4bd
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jerz

California

4/5  rDev -1%

11-16-2011 06:22:49 | More by jerz
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levifunk

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. thanks chris!

a - black. head forms, but dissipates quickly. nice to see carbonation though.

s - oak, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - holy oak! chocolate is still very present. flavors are very sharp overall.

m - thinner body than regular SS, but still good.

overall - very interesting tick! enjoyable to drink, but not going to replace reg SS.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 16:02:53 | More by levifunk
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand-bottled a week or two ago. Thanks to a leftyawh13 for the brew. Apparently was never made available outside the brewery. Also my 150th review. Woohoo!

A: Black and very stout-like (I sense a theme here). Actually does appear slightly darker than the bourbon-barrel-aged version. Very little head. The other two samples looked flat. No visible sediment.

S: Very nice bourbon and caramel scents. Almost hints of maple or butterscotch. Coffee and molasses are undertones. Very nice overall

T: Vanilla, bourbon, sweet malt, molasses and coffee. Not quite as good as it smelled, but still very nice.

M: Very smooth and moderately viscous. Almost no carbonation at all.

O: Very good overall stout (aside from the fact that it's almost flat?).

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 19:28:16 | More by jnn4v
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Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel Fermented from The Lost Abbey
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