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.

Added by BeerBeing on 06-10-2007

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

Pours dark and thick, with a creamy mocha-colored head and aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate and french roast coffee. The feel is full, smooth and round on the tongue. The taste is rich with deep roasted malts, cocoa, coffee and a touch of vanilla balanced perfectly against the alcohol.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a thick, viscous ebony hue with moderate frothing. Chewy aroma replete with hints of chocolate, cocoa and molasses. Not bad.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 1/15/17
Bottled 2016

L - Pours a dark dark brown with a one finger mocha head
S - lots of coffee and mocha. The char adds some spiciness
T - I get dark roast coffee and chocolate with some vanilla creaminess . Slight bitter finish.
F - medium body and smooth
O - Very good non BA stout. Complex enough to be interesting.

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Too strong for me, honestly. This is a good example of how some imperial stouts are not a beginner drink, and I, alas, am still that. Still was very good, but overwhelmed me. Very strong, very thick. Not an easy drink to me, but very flavorful.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, stamped 'vintage 2016.' Pours jet black with a very large sized brown head; some lacing. Smells of mostly roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and cocoa with some earthy hops, oak, and molasses. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, coffee, oak, molasses, and earthy hops; great intensity and smoothness. Medium bitterness and light sweetness. Not much alcohol comes though. Above average body and high carbonation. Overall, this IS really nails the style in smell and flavor. The strong caramel presence is a nice addition. Less carbonation and a little more richness might elevate this to world-class. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Boccu
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a brown head with nice lacing. Aroma is burnt coffee beans, dark chocolate and licorice. Taste is strong espresso coffee, toasted malts, and some sweet hints dark fruits, molasses and a hint of vanilla. Very well made. Complex but very smooth. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black, bit thinner than full, small tan head and spotty lace. Aromas of burnt coffee grounds and cocoa. Notes of rich dark coffee, char, smoke, tobacco, and rich dark bitte chocolate. Top end of medium body, coats the pallet, drinks easy for the abv. Very nice stout.

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Photo of gcasher
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love stout. I really love imperial stout. This is a dark, roasty, full flavor stout with cocoa overtones. The body is creamy and the alcohol is muted. Mmmmmmm.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with little head and carbonation. Aroma is a delicate coffe and chocolate blend. The taste is also a delicate chocolate and coffee blend

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A beer as dark as it's name! Forgot to pick this one up at their brewery, so I made a quick stop at Costco and picked up the 750 ml for -$10! I love America... Huge dark fruit, dark chocolate and generally dark flavours. Hints of vanilla and smoke in the background. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen!

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Photo of Uscjojo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just opened a bottle of Serpents Stout.
It pours black and oily looking. It has a dark brown half finger
head. The smell is chocolate, coffee, malts, toffee, and licorice.
The taste is strong espresso coffee, toasted malts, and some sweet hints dark fruits like plums.
The feel is a nice medium chewy feel. The alcohol is well hidden, for a 11% abv.
Overall, this is a very well made Stout by Lost Abbey.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $12.99
Purchased: June 18, 2016
Consumed: June 25, 2016
Misc.: Received from Rachel for Father’s Day; No BOD on bottle; Cork and cage top

Thanks, Rachel!

Got this and another good one from Rachel for Father’s Day. Surprised that I had never had this one. I always think that the Los Abbey is a bit pricy across the board, but I thought I would have tried this by now. Have some high hopes. Bummed that there was no bottled on date.

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Very serene setting. Lovely. Good-to-very good spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled dark cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, almost a chocolate cake feel, toffee, caramel, roasted coffee malts, light molasses and hints of licorice. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste follows the nose nicely, maybe not quite as good. Chocolate cake, milk chocolate, dark cocoa, roasted nuts, bitter dark roasted coffee (but not overwhelming), roasted toffee, molasses, black licorice, char wood, malt chocolate and dark espresso. Not boozy at all. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was very good, much better than I even thought. Would recommend it to anyone. (Overall - 4.25)

4.33 | 96 | A

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Post m2b marathon. A great recovery beer :-) A: black, minimal head S: don't recall T: rich coffee hops chicory almost M: thick, robust creamy O: very very good. Not Yeti, but a good second for me. Barrelhouse 101, Ventura CA, May 2016

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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 HockeyBrewmeister
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: jet black with two-finger, creamy, mocha head.

SMELL: boozy dark fruits, licorice, with some dark chocolate. Alcohol is present. Chocolate and coffee come out as it warms.

TASTE: contrary to the smell... tons of bitter chocolate, coffee bean, caramel and a slight alcohol bite on the finish. Not much dark fruit flavor at all considering the aroma.

FEEL: thick, thick, thick. Amazing stuff.

OVERALL: Top notch imperial stout. Very rich & full mouthfeel. Complex flavor. The Lost Abbey really dotted all of their i's with this one. Drinks super smooth for a 11% beer. I find it very odd that the smell did not match the flavor at all.. but what the hell. Great brew.

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Photo of Vixie
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark and thick beer. I have only ever seen one other beer that is this thick and dark. Forms a decent sized tan head that stays around longer than expected.

Fairly sweet smell to this one. Chocolate and coffee dominate, maybe a touch of vanilla and coconut as well.

Like the smell, a lot of chocolate up front. There is also coffee and roasted malt. Bit of dark fruit, and finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness.

Almost smooth as silk going down, the tingling on the tongues keeps it from being as smooth as some I have had.

Even though this is a bit high on the bitterness scale for me, I still enjoyed it. It is more a dessert beer, would pair well with a good chocolate cake. It is a touch on the sweet side, but for me that was a positive. I think if the bitterness was toned down a little, this would possibly be the best example of the stye I have had. Very much worth a try.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter. Dark black thick pour. Creamy head...color of cafe au lait. Aroma is coffee, malt, dark fruits. Taste is blackberry, raspberry, chocolate, whiskey, wine, plum. Good strong stout. This will probably be my last new beer for a few weeks."

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

On tap at Slater's 50/50 Rancho Cucamonga on 04/07/16.

Cocoa, roasted dark malt, faint coffee and more dark fruit than I expected. A very good imperial stout.

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a black oil slick with a massive head that hangs around. nose; bitter dark chocolate, hops, & light coffee. taste; massively charred malt, strong bitter hops, dark chocolate, ash, licorice, leather, oak, & black coffee. heavy carbonation & medium mouthfeel. bordering on too roasty for me - the aftertaste is almost like licking spent firewood. there's some great flavors here, just be ready for the char!

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Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Beautiful. Possibly one of the blackest beers I've ever seen. And the head is a fantastic darker brown-salmon color that's hard to describe, but I've never seen head this exact shade of brown before.

S: Chocolate/cocoa, lots of booziness...a little bit too boozy of a smell, since it overpowers and I can't really detect anything else.

T: Deep cocoa flavors, dark roasted malts, some smoke and/or tobacco as well. The booziness is much more balanced here in the taste.

F: Medium-full bodied. Light amount of slightly higher than medium intensity carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent imperial stout, but nothing that will blow your mind away.

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

Bottle shared by Mike yesterday, thanks man.

Pours a unsurprisingly dark black color, with a mocha colored head, about a half inch head, and not much in the way of lacing.

Smells like dark chocolate, roasted malt, some tobacco, and coffee.

This is really solid straightforward imperial stout from Lost Abbey. Lots of flavors were able to coaxed out of the malt without any flavor additions. Chocolatey flavors lead the way, with some roasted coffee, a bit of earthy bitterness kind of reminiscent of tobacco, and dark, slightly smokey roasted malt. It's really quite delicious.

This has a nice creamy mouthfeel, full and rich, with a normal level of carbonation for the style.

Lost Abbey somewhat quietly does really good stouts.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black pour, used motor oil appearance with a tan head on the top of it. Aroma was plenty roasty, coffee malt, nutty, even a little bitterness.

Taste was more chocolate malt, leather, tobacco, ash, oats, oak (I don't think this is ba though). A little bit of dark fruit and more coffee malt bitterness. Nice and chewy mouthfeel, smooth. Covers the high alcohol relatively well.

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Photo of stephens101
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shiny boot black with a fine sheet of residual lace. An aroma of dark chocolate, prune and cherry melt into other notes of coffee and pine. The sticky sweetness on the tongue mimic the rich chocolate and fruit notes while touches of cocoa mingle with a balancing bitterness and a lingering fusel heat that cuts through it all. A soft and balanced sipper that still holds plenty of flavor and never wavers.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. Bitter, dark chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits and roasted malts. Medium thin, good carb. Holding up extremely well. Dried out. Nice lingering flavor. Good.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corked and caged, bottle date 2009. For being 6 years old, this definitely held up very well. Oxidation had set in on the back end of the taste, but the smell was untouched. The smell was actually very lovely, lots of chocolate and body. The oxidation got to me, but what the hell can us do.

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