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

Serpent's Stout - Blended Bourbon Barrel-AgedSerpent's Stout - Blended Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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American Imperial Stout
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4.23 | pDev: 3.78%
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Serpent's Stout - Blended Bourbon Barrel-AgedSerpent's Stout - Blended Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: 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.
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4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 RBC exclusive bottle

A: Pitch-black pour with a big dark brown head. Great head retention but no real sign of lacing.

S: Lots of mellow caramel and oaky vanilla. It's almost got a spiciness to it, can't quite place it - like a rye (but I'm pretty sure there's no rye barrels involved).

T: Insanely smooth barrel character up front. Caramel and toffee and vanilla, like silk. A ton of dark chocolate joins it and bitters it up a bit, adding some nice balance along the way. Almost some coffee there, in the finish especially. Nice roasted malt character for sure, it's not all barrel. Get some more of that ultra smooth and mellow caramel on the back end to round out the finish and aftertaste. Get some dark fruits in the aftertaste too, a nice touch, it mixes well with all the cocoa.

M: Heavy and smooth. Downright silky at points.

O: One hell of a stout. Big cocoa character mixed with a really nice well-integrated barrel character. This beer isn't over the top but it has great complexity and balance. Really really enjoyed it.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Jan 14, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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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metter98 from New York, Jan 01, 2018
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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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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mwilbur from Minnesota, Dec 30, 2017
Serpent's Stout - Blended Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 9 ratings