Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

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4.23/5
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Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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.

Added by BeerBeing on 06-10-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#956
Reviews:
592
Ratings:
1,826
pDev:
8.27%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
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Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kdouble
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Solid black color, low carbonation with a thick heavy feel. Aroma is all roasted malt followed by a boozy alcohol smell. Eventually the more subtle aroma of black coffee and cocoa came through. Taste played out exactly like the aroma,let it warm so other flavors of coffee and cocoa come through. The roasted malt and alcohol linger and coats the mouth but isnt unpleasant. I would try this again

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Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MissLexani
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome stout out of Lost Abbey. Keep me coming!

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A really excellent stout.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Current year bottle, poured into tulip glass and allowed to warm.

L: Very large light brown head with incredibly good retention, especially considering 11% ABV. Leaves lots of sticky tan lacing. Beer is motor oil (remember that?) black.

S: So simple, yet refined. Lots of roasty malts, with hints of coffee, cocoa, leather, and dried dark fruits.

T: Lots of nice roasted malts. Key to let it warm so you can enjoy the subtlety of coffee and leathery notes. Straightforward, but still nice.

F: Full-bodied, not much carbonation. Construction is very strong and balance is great. Very little evidence of high ABV. Drinks well, but you won't want to rush it anyway.

O: About as good as an uncomplicated, non-aged straightforward RIS can be. Nicely done.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does deep, deep roastiness really well. Not complex, but a solid stout you can count on to warm your bones on a winter's eve. The 11% abv is shocking, because nothing about the taste indicates such a torqued up imp stout.

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Photo of markjknowles
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. It's amazing what can be done roasting malts. I love the motor oil thickness (my son exclaimed, "Daddy, you're drinking mud!). The dark bitter chocolate aroma is so enticing with a mild hint of coffee and worn leather. The taste is all of that with prunes and raisins present as well. The mild carbonation is perfect for it's thick bittersweet flavor. And it seems to slightly foam in the mouth. I poured it in my Garre glass. The brewers suggest a tulip glass. I'd drink from a plastic taco bell cup if it's what I had.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark thick beer with a cocoa brown head. Huge aromas of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Nice sweet roasted malt and coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate. Just an awesome stout.

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Photo of Tcsox
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickS95
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL caged bottle into a stout glass.

This is a gorgeous stout. Pours absolute onyx black with a tan/dark brown mottled head that has amazing staying power considering the ABV.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate cake batter, cocoa, and chocolate chips all waft about the nostrils. Smoke/char and anise hint about the background. A nice aroma, but a bit muted.

The flavor is a remarkable mixture of sweet malts and dry, smokiness. Much more in your face than the aroma, this one has plenty of coffee and chocolate with huge herbal notes in the background. The booze is "there" but not as a burn, just some warmth.

The mouthfeel is remarkably "medium" bodied for the style. I'm torn about whether that's great or a bummer. The carbonation is terrific though, so tie goes to the lift.

This is a great AIS that actually reminds me more of its RIS cousin in many ways, other than the sweetness. Tasty and triable for sure.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage and cork bottle - into red wine glasses. Pours a fantastic motor oil black with 1-2 finger mocha head. Smells of bitter chocolate, rich caramel malt, and licorice. Taste again is bitter chocolate, some dark fruit, a bit of cherry, and I get a fairly strong licorice on the finish. A smooth mouth feel, more bitter than usual for an imperial stout. Definitely liked this, more so as warmed, and I am a big licorice fan but found the licorice effect a tiny bit too much in this beer.

Funny finished bottle (last 8 oz) couple days later and found smoother with less intense licorice - would rate a bit higher.

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Photo of ladle69
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjpolzin
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerstravis
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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