Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

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Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The history of the bible and religion is indeed the struggle of good vs. evil. Our Serpent’s Stout recognizes the evil of the dark side that we all struggle with.This is a massively thick and opaque beer that begs the saints to join the sinners in their path to a black existence.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rich, smoky, sweet chocolaty aroma absolutely sent me into raptures. Appearance is fantabulous, too - opaque sable one scratch above black, with a thick, fluffy, fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor - oh, what flavor! Praise Bacchus that this beer is finally available in Georgia! However I pay for my sins in my mortal life, let it be in the realm of Bacchus, pouring beer for the blessed! Flavor is like a top-of-the-line mocha, coffee and sweet chocolate with smoky tones and a hint of molasses - seriously lip-smacking and utterly divine! Texture is silky smooth yet fairly tingly, leaving a sweet and fizzy finish. This serpent is sheer perfection! Again, my thanks to Bacchus/Dionysus for bringing this beer to Atlanta!

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Photo of Huffaroma
4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer by the way.

First time trying anything from the lost abbey and I was blown away.

Great appearance black and thick rich looking.

Aroma, there was something that I couldn't place my finger on in the beer, lots of roasted grains and malt, but something that I couldn't put my finger on.

Taste, great FULL bodied beer full of heavily roasted good grains, along with rich malt that made this a very filling beer, (which is what I like).

Mouthfeel, pretty good smooth and little cutting on the tongue.

Overall a great tasting beer in the stout realm. The most interesting thing was the pattern left with the last glass of beer. It embodied a snake which was very interesting, couldn't figure out if it was left over after barrel yeast and grains but it was tasty. Floated to the top of the glass and was a little syrupy but very tasty.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible stout poured from the Taps at the Lost Abbey/Port brewing.
Aroma: Strong Roasted malts and hints of vanilla and Alcohol sweetness
Taste: Dark Roasted malt burnt sugar and vanilla
Feel: thick and Viscous perfect for a stout although I'd love to try it nitroed
Overall: Delicous stout in every way and just delicous all around
I think the only thing that would have made this better is if i t was poured in a tall tulip instead of a pint glass but still the best Imperial Stout Ive had

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Photo of Buster
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark, DARK black pour, with thick, frothy tan head.

S- Dark, very roasted, malt, dark chocolate note, coffee, and some hints of dark fruits and licorice.

T- Perfect representation of the style. Deep and powerful dark roasted malt, very, very dark chocolate, and black coffee. A taste that only improves with temperature (best near room temperature from my experience). It's simply something to behold. Truly amazing.

M- Very, very viscous. Thick mouthfeel. It coats your entire mouth.

O- Three thumbs up. A near-perfect imperial stout. This is definitely a must-try beer. I cannot wait until next winter, so I can pick up some more of this. I think that this beer is perfect for aging. The only negative experience of drinking this beer is trying to get the cork out. It's simply a perfect representation of the style, and it will leave you wanting more.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into snifter. Huge thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for this one - I believe it's about a year old.

Pours opaque black, with a one-finger very fluffy dark brown head, settling down into a denser, but thin, brown cap that doesn't want to go away. The head is fantastic for this beer.

Nose is equally fantastic - a nice mix of espresso, rich chocolate, and vivid dark fruits, with the emphasis on the dark fruits and cocoa. The nose is just so rich but still supremely balanced and integrated.

Starts off with just a huge, delicious espresso presence right off the bat, with a secondary note of rich chocolate, and lots of licorice and dark fruit swirling around in there. There's a smoky tobacco quality as well. Superb in every respect.

Mouthfeel is just as fantastic - lighter than expected, with a more active carbonation that's still soft and light on the tongue. You just don't want to stop drinking this thing. Almost no alcohol presence, fantastic mouthfeel, delicious flavor - can't say enough about this beer. Hits on all cylinders.

As a note, the alcohol starts to warm you up about halfway through, and comes out a bit more as the beer hits room temperature, but never detracts from the flavors or body of the beer. Still an A+ effort.

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Photo of cbanker
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, I was blown away by this on the first sip. Does not taste at all like it's 11%.

A: Deep browish-black. Small dark tan head, that fades to a ring around the outside of the glass. The outer ring of head lasts for the whole beer.

S: Deep malty smell, with a lot of coffee and chocolate. Perhaps some hints of caramel. Smells really inviting. Slight hint of alcohol.

T: Tastes excellent, very malty with a lot of coffee any chcoclate. Slight alcohol taste, but I'd never guess this is 11%. The finish is a little bit bitter, but goes really well with the beer.

M: Smooth, good carbonation for a heavy stout. Leaves a nice little bitter tingle.

D: Extremely drinkable for how strong it is. Tastes great, goes down easy, nothing not to like here.

Overall an excellent stout. Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors but not too overpowering. The % alcohol of this beer is hidden really well and it tastes awesome for such a strong beer. Will definitely buy again. Give it a try, and if you live near SoCal, visit the brewery on a Fri or Sat.

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Photo of fullthrottle77
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A- Very dark black in color, can't see anything through it. Very viscous, reminds me of used motor oil after draining it from your car during an oil change. Maybe a half finger of a mocha colored head that rapidly disappeared.

S- Massive chocolate notes, slight bit of vanilla, a bit of coffee and espresso notes on the nose also.

T- Lots of chocolate and roasted qualities to this brew. Getting a slight vanilla twinge as well as the coffee and espresso.

Overall this was a phenomenal imperial stout. This was my first Lost Abbey beer and I was absolutely blown away. I'm definitely going to pick up another bottle and see how this one ages. It is worth the 11.99 that I paid. Exceptional!!

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Photo of poonamibaxter
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FosterJM

A- Dark dark brown very small head

S-Wow this smells amazing, chocolate and brown sugar

T- What I want out of a big stout, chocolate malts with nice hop bittering

M- Creamy, velvety, voluptuous, big and beautiful

D-It hid the abv well. I couldn't put it down, I wanted but didn't need another bottle

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ppoitras
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts and lasts, with tons of heavy froth lacing. Aroma is rich dark malts with underlying alcohol. Taste is chocolatey sweetness upfront, coffee roastiness in the middle, and fruity alcohol slowly burns in on the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is superb for the style. I look forward to buying this one again.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a-Bottle opened with no pop at all (uh oh) and then poured a silky watery black into my oversized snifter. a thin mocha head formed which eased my nerves that the brew would be flat. semi-slick lacing when swirling my glass all in all an attractive imperial stout.

s-Milky chocolate shakes. Really buttery and nice.

t-FANTASTIC. at first seems like a lot going on then settles into a dark chocolate bar.

m/d-Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. medium bodied and not to thick for the beer it is. I could drink this all day. Leaves a touch of a bitter taste as if you had taken in a small spoonful of cocoa powder. Refreshing for such a powerful style. This is a fantastic beer and I hope to have it again soon.

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Photo of horshack7
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Out of a 1 pint 9.4 ounce corked bottle. Then into a snifter pours an abyss of darkness completly opaque. On top is a caramel colored head about two fingers thick with decent head retention.

Aroma: Large amounts espresso, dark chocolate. A slight hint of vannila bean. A little bit of burnt hoppiness and wonderful dark roasted malts.

Taste: Wow this is an evil sinister beast of a brew. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel lots upon lots of dark chocolate. Stunning hop bitterness but with only enough to round it out. The malt back bone is huge immensely sweet and chocolatly. The espresso notes are massive.

Notes: It's a beast in a bottle or maybe it's plain pure evil and that's allright with me. Truly a remarkable stout. Cheers.

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Photo of pkalix
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

wow. talk about a chocolate milk appearance! pours thick and creamy with a transcending dark to light coloring of brownness beginning with the liquid; tight and tiny bubbles form a float on top. this is such a beautiful pour; it is art.
smell is toasted chocolate bean, heavy espresso, some dark fruit.... can you say S'mores . . . ?
taste is thick yet quenching. all of the above are present with a little bit of bitterness and still a lot of smoothness.
mouthfeel is a category I probably take the least stock in for most brews but I believe it applies for stouts and heavier. this one is great in its creamy texture and feel, and in its heaviness. perhaps because it's my first for the evening and I am thirsty after the salty lunch I had, but this one really hits the spot. 11% isn't even a factor in any way. ranking it against the others of this style, I feel it is superior in taste and feel. they all have the 'chocolate' and espresso and all, and are successful to a certain degree. but this one really seems to blend the features so well without the harsh boundaries.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I sampled this brew with my buddy Derrick. We poured in snifters at cellar temp.
The beer is pitch black with tan creamy head forming a minimal edge layer and some wispy islands in the center.
Aroma is molasses and roasted malt with dark cocoa powder and some brown sugar sweetness buried in there.
The body is fairly thick with gentle rolling carbonation. Texture is a little thick and chewy which only makes this a more appealing beer.
Flavor is brown sugar and roast malt, dark cocoa bean rich hearty molasses. No hop presence shows up and the ABV is also surprisingly well hidden for an 11% brew.
This beer is dangerously easy drinking and I wish I had another bottle as I thoroughly enjoyed this hearty treat.

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Photo of ctboom
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

One of my top 5 imperial stouts. Goose Island, Founders, Deschutes, the Serpent's and then the placeholder which fits in all the rarer stouts that can't really quantify for lists because they're impossible to get. This Lost Abbey is doing a great job at my only of the beer categories (I'm allergic to most beers but stouts get by passably). My wife's a completely different catagory of beer drinker than me and she swears by Lost Abbey's other offerings as much as I like this stout. Serpent's Tail warms well, I want it warm enough so the flavors expand horizontally and beneath the tongue... at these warmer temperatures, the viscera of the beer really gets turned inside out: the smokiness moves your intestines, you feel fumigations of sweet fruits and the strong alcohol burn. Very rich stout with mellow carbonation. Drink it slowly enough to last a three hour computer session and the flavors keep on unfolding as the imperial burn intensifies. One time I was having one of their bottles and my wife kissed me and she thought I'd been smoking and drinking odd brews with shamans in Peru because of my breath. That's how deep the fermentation goes. Keep it up Lost Abbey.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a 25 oz bomber into a tulip on 05.31.14.

A: 3 finger bubbly tan head which recedes quickly. Midnight black body with no red.

S: Cocoa powder, dark fruit, and licorice.

T: Fig, chocolate, raisin, cherry, and cinnamon toast dominate. Woodiness and a cabernet sauvignon quality are more subtle.

M: Creamy. Very chewy.

O: This was very complex and rich. There was some alcohol burn on the back end. The woodiness was not overwhelming. This was an excellent stout.

Rating: A

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Photo of justintcoons
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a half finger of fluffy brown head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Medium-low carbonation and nice lacing.

N: Dark chocolate, espresso, ripe dark fruit, roasted barley and some booze.

T: Bitter dark chocolate, espresso, ripe plums, tobacco, molasses and toffee. Finishes bitter with citrus, floral hops and fruity pebbles?

M: Thick and uber-creamy!

D: Decent drinkability. Still some booze taste in this one but a fine candidate for cellaring!

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Photo of Amfinkel
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best stouts that I have ever had.... and I love stouts. Rich chocolate and earthy flavors initially hit your tongue. The alcohol and carbonation is well balanced, with a very smooth, pleasing finish. I definitely want to visit the Lost Abbey tap room soon.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Revisit: 19 Jun 16


Been A Long Time Coming!

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger tan color, which also leaves a very nice medium size oil slick and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, a very nice touch of figs/raisins/cherries/plums. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice sweetness, chocolate/toffee, with some very nice dark fruit notes. Full body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, this still is a pretty awesome brew. Highly Recommended! Glad to see it around here.

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.


This is my 1300th review, and many more to come.

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark black color, awesome carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy dark tan head, which leaves tons of nice thick sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some figs/raisins/plums, nice tones of toffee/chocolate, nice touch of caramel. The taste is awesome, slightly sweet, malty, nice touch of dark fruits, very nice tones of toffee/chocolate, with a nice added benefit of caramel. Full body, this brew is tasty to say the least, smooth, chewy/creamy, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, and highly recommended. Thanks Andrew!

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Photo of corby112
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with not even the slightest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and HUGE frothy, pillowy coffee colored head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick cap that lasts throughout, leaving large chunks of lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, anise, spicy pepper, dark fruits and a decent amount of earthy hops.

Very roasted full body with a lot of dark chocolate maltiness, spicy pepper and anise, coffee, toffee, oatmeal, caramel malt and a nice bitter hop finish. Heavily carbonated up front with a very roasty dark maltiness, followed by a sweet caramel and chocolate body with a very bitter dry hoppy finish. Recommended.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, deep brown damn near solid black, good carbonation and a decent brown head. Nose is roasted malts, chocolate, light espresso. Taste is big roasted malts up front with anice chcoloate backing coup-lked some lighter coffee notes, even detected very light vanilla. Mouthfeel was boozy, cocoa, roasted and a boom, in your face taste. Very good and a hell of lot better on draft.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From XXXII. In Naparbier glass, at Carlo's house. Great, but the difference with a samuel smith imperial stout doesnt compensate the difference in price (price: 15€) Alcohol very well hidden, be careful

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Lost Abbey/Port Tasting Room on 7/3/11

A - Poured a very dark black colour, with a half finger of light brown head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, bitter yet sweet without being too sweet. Some chocolate and some nuttiness. A truly outstanding stout!

M - Full body, chewy. Light carbonation.

O - This is an outstanding stout. Packs a robust flavour profile with a great thick mouth feel.

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Photo of CHickman
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got the bottle 6 months ago, it pours pitch black with a massive 3 finger whipped/foamy dark tan head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, fading extremely slowly as it leaves excellent foamy lacing that forms honeycombs as it went down. A fine looking stout, perfection on both pours.

Smells of molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, cocoa powder, roasted malt, charred campfire wood, caramel, Whoppers candy, dark fruit and sweet, dark alcohol like a Jamaican rum. After sitting a while some more fruit like dates and black cherries come out, along with espresso, toasted nuts, grassy floral hops and earthy herbs. The roasted coffee, rich chocolate and malty sweetness completely hides the ABV among all the perfect stout complexities, making this wonderful to inhale.

Flavor picks up right where the nose left off: molasses, espresso, cocoa powder, maple syrup, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, strong vanilla, roasted malt, charred campfire wood, brown sugar, caramel, Whoppers candy, sweet, dark alcohol like a Jamaican rum or bourbon, fruit like dates, plum, black cherries and chocolate covered raisins. Improves as it warms with more malty dynamics coming out and just enough hop bitterness to make you wonder if its the hops or the coffee influence. Either way, it just gets better as it sits there with some smoky notes coming out, as well as brownie batter, red wine like merlot and what seems like oak barrel aging. The earthy malt and burnt aspects combined with the fruit is really flavorful, keeping the sweetness in check somehow that makes this one to savor and appreciate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, velvety smooth on the palate, with very, very mild carbonation, a thick, dense chewy body and feel, and a slightly bitter aftertaste which lets the alcohol peek through. This is a heavyweight contender beer with 11% ABV looking for the knockout punch, but it maintains only mild and very bearable sweetness that allows it to be an outstanding slow sipper that is quite deceptive. Packaged up masterfully, this beer nails it on drinkability and feel.

I drank the whole bomber myself and didn't want it to end. World class indeed, a very high recommendation that I will need to order online again since they don't sell The Lost Abbey brews in NY. Top notch all the way.

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Photo of beerdweeb
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a stemmed snifter.

Appears nearly black with a beautifully laced head that lasts.

Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate with notes of something sweet, maybe vanilla.

Bold tastes up front and finishes smooth and malty. Chocolate and coffee prevail in the aftertaste.

Feels lighter than it looks, which I felt was a good thing.

Overall an outstanding example of an Imperial Stout. Affordable yet intriguing to the taste buds. Highly recommend.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Superb. Absolutely one of the best beers Iv'e had 2015. Haven't done a review in quite some time, this beer deserves one.

Appearance? Poured into a 5oz sniffer is like all Port beers, perfect. Huge aroma coffee and chocolate. Taste massive coffee, chocolate, vanilla notes. Simple yet so flavorful, the mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth, thick, creamy stout deliciousness. Great 32 oz growler. Have to try a bottle to compare.

And not a hint of alcohol in this monster beer. Master brewing.

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