Serpent's Stout - Blended Bourbon Barrel-Aged | The Lost Abbey

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Serpent's Stout - Blended Bourbon Barrel-AgedSerpent's Stout - Blended Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This blend combines the brewery's delicious Serpent's Stout imperial stout with a bigger, bourbon-barrel-aged version of the beer. While the dark depths of the base imperial stout-laden with cocoa, and loads of dark chocolate, roast, and dark fruits-are more than enough on their own, that addition of a rich, charred, chewy bourbon-barrel influence brings so much more out of this beer. And while the original bourbon-barrel-aged Serpent's Stout knocked our socks off, this blended version is our Goldilocks-level "just right" one. The carbonation's just enough to add a liveliness to the dense chocolate, nougat, and cocoa powder that pervades this beer: huge, lush flavors that coat the tongue and need those bubbles accordingly. With the lightly warming elements from the bourbon-barrel, plus a subtle edge of oak tannins, the overall feel here is sublime: richly rendered dark fruits, with milk chocolate and barrel influences-but perfectly textured to show all the delicious parts.

Added by smithj4 on 11-24-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WormGod
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and bourbon are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark fruits along with mild flavors of bourbon, the latter of which strengthens as the beer warms up. Notes of caramel candy are also perceptible.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pleasant to sip but doesn't seem nearly anything like 11% abv.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mwilbur
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 blend. ABV is 11.5%. Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a super dark brown with a hint of ruby amber hue around the edges with backlighting. 1 inch dark mocha head with excellent retention. Leaves hints of sticky lacing.
S: Dark dried fruit, molasses, dry dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of coffee.
T: Dry and yet also smooth dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, dark dried fruit all hit first...loads of dark sweetness but well balanced. In the finish, some of the more bitter notes emerge of coffee and charred wood. Hints of cream and toasted marshmallow emerge with warming.
M: Medium body...drinks lighter than the hefty ABV. Darkly sweet, but not overly so. Perfectly balanced. Bitterness comes forward in the finish, but stays well-restrained. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: Love this blend. Wonderfully layered. Perfect balance. Subtly complex. Seek it out!

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Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serpent's Stout - Blended Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 8 ratings