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

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Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel Fermented
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 03-03-2011)
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Photo of levifunk
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.

Photo of jnn4v
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?).

Photo of hoppymcgee
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.

Photo of seeswo
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.

Photo of pastradul
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at blind lady ale house a while back.

Review from notes.

Pours with just a bit of carb. small amount of dense head is produced.

aroma- mild whiskey, dark coffee, mild peat and a touch of booze

mouthfeel- silky, carb is low but has just enough tingle in the back of the mouth to break up the booze a bit.

taste- dark roasted malt/coffee, whiskey/bourbon kick in the mid palate, touch of sweetnesss

overall- had this paired with a pecan cheese cake and it was amazing. but could easily drink this by itself.

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an absolute black with a dark brown head.

S-Most prominent is an oaky woody smell. There's a little bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, alcohol heat.

T-Huge oak flavors up front, vanilla, chocolate stout in the middle and oak, alcohol on the finish.

M-Medium to full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D-The flavors and body blend together well to make the alcohol heat very enjoyable.

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