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 Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade Crushinat0r. Pours a chocolately thick dark brown with lots of attractive dark brown head. Balance is always worth currency, and this RIS has it. Chocolate and roast and not overdone though substantially roasty. Thick mouthfeel. I have had lots of great imperial stouts recently, and this is included in the group. Satisfying and very drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ransackingpete for sharing this one!

Bottled sometime in 2012 (date stamp is partially smudged off).

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film. Small dots and streaks of lace slowly drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee beans, and some alcohol aromas. Chocolate chip cookie dough aromas come out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate chip cookie dough, roasted coffee beans, and a slight alcohol kick on the finish. There is a very nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with some awesome aromas and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled jan 6th 2012, ive been cellaring this one for some time. pours an impossibly black midnight color with a 3 inch darker than mocha head, lasts forever, sexy lacing. smells very very very very dark, bitter to a degree, even a bit tart from the yeast. dark chocolate and espresso are intense. flavor is more coffee than chocolate, a little woody, very alcoholic. booze comes out even more as it warms, almost burning. some faint tobacco notes as well, tar and resin of burnt organic matter. feel is good not great, its full bodied but not heavy really at all. carbonation is a little more than average. feels nice, but leaves a residue in the mouth, this is a real serious stout. i love the writing on the label as well. overall a wonderful stout, nice to share. lost abbey is one the my favorites.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of CO2 in this one. Didn't quite foam over like the Angels Share but it created a very tall brown head that had some pretty good retention to it. There was little to no light shinning through the beer in my pint glass and it was a solid black color.

Aroma was roasted and chocolatey but not too roasted. It was a nice balance. I agree with the last guy that this could probably use a year but it was pretty good brand new.

Taste was sweet and roasted with mild to moderate bitterness. Not too much coffee in the taste which is what I was expecting when I bought this. The harshness of the roasted grains were manageable but it didn't blend with the sweet flavors as well as it could have. Overall a nice tasting stout.

Body was thick and carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Would drink it again if it wasnt $11.50.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured out as a nice looking black color with a thin tan/brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer was had a good amount of roasted malts on the nose along with some dark fruits and wooden aromas. The taste of the beer was rich with some dark chocolate notes coming through with a bitter aftertaste of burnt malts and caramel. The mouthfeel of the beer wasn't as heavy as I thought it should be. The carbonation was decent and it was still a drinkable brew. Overall it's not most impressive stout to me but I'm glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin dark tan head that died down and left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark malts and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, there are flavors of dark and chocolate malts in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The beer tends to coat your mouth a bit.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Substantially malty and chocked full of roasted grain flavor- The Lost Abbey continues to churn out world class beer after world class beer. Imperial Stout: check!

Opening with a deeply hued bark-brown color, the beer is absolutely opaque but not because of haze. In fact, the beer carries an onyx-like sheen; rather the inability for light to pass seems because of the sheer density of roasted malts. An abundance of carbonation fuels a huge froathy tan head and laces with intermitten patterns of foam on the glass. The beer delivers everything that's expected from stouts- at least to the eye.

Strong aromas of roasted grain hinges on burnt scent of grain, but releases just in time for the moderate scent of burnt caramel instead. Malted milk, rummy alcohol, cherry-like esters, and nail polish remover are just a hint of elements that hide beneath the blanket espresso, cocoa powder, walnut, grass and charred woods.

Flavors follow similarly with the bulk of the emphasis on espresso, wood fired malts and woods, bitter cocoa, walnut, slightly scorched toffee, malted milk, and a slight grassy taste that morphs evenly into mild resin bitterness in finish. Strong alcohols are somewhat distracting with the flavor of acetone and rumy sweetness.

Full bodied, but not as insane as many newer Imperial Stouts. Instead Serpent's relies on a firm malty early texture that's lifted by the airy carbonation and high attenuation- the beer seems to lift off of the tongue with ease in comparison to it's fullness. Creaminess subsides at mid palte and ushers in a malty-dry finish of acrid roasted grains, coffee grounds, and mild powdery ash.

Though quite dry and efforvescent, the lack of sweetness here allows the brunt of alcohol and burnt grain to reveal the rougher edges that cause slight difficulty in drinkability although the flavor profile sings praises. Unfortunately, heartburn inducing acids limit this beers ease of enjoyment.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this on a roof top deck on a hot Baltimore night. Pours thick like motor oil, roasty aroma. Taste is pretty boozy, nice chocolate notes, coffee, roasted malt. Nice and creamy taste. A definite sipper for sure, this one was a bit more heavy on the alcohol than what I would like which kills the smoothness, but overall a nice beer to give you a kick in the pants with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle, lots of religious iconography and blather surrounding this one. Procured at the Yoke's across the road from my hotel in Ponderay, Idaho earlier this crazy-ass month.

This beer pours a solid black chasm, no highlights, no edges, no nothin', with a rising tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and chunky brown head, which leaves some thickly spattered globular lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of powdery bittersweet chocolate, roasted, and somewhat meaty caramel malt, licorice root, lightly charred day-old coffee and the cream sitting next to it, subtle dark orchard fruit flesh, and the suggestion of alcohol bristling at the gates. The taste is bready, lightly toasted caramel malt, medium dark cocoa, edgy black licorice, an increasingly sour fruitiness (prunes and red currants, mostly), testy cafe-au-lait, subtly grainy brown sugar, a weird green spiciness, and some still tethered and gnashing booziness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their swirling, tingly and tempting (yeah) frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight (sort of like the In Flames currently bleeding out of my speakers), and sort of smooth, the char and lurking (but yet fully signing on, amirite?) alcohol taking their unholy measure. It finishes well off-dry, the variably singed caramel, chocolate, and milky coffee not quite ready to throw it all in for their sin.

A pretty heady and ultimately enjoyable big-ass Yankee stout, one that may have even challenged Eve as a salve for Adam's needs, in that particular story. For the rest of us, the more or less hidden alcohol will surely play the role of the snake, as this hefty vessel and metaphor are duly played out.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color with ruby highlights and a dark tan head that sticks impressively and patterns the glass with lace

Smell: Loads of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit char and, to some extent, licorice

Taste: Opens with a chocolate base that adds the molasses and char elements by mid-palate, with bitter dark fruit arriving as well; after the swallow, the molasses and fruit elements balance the chocolate and char to provide a complex tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice Double Stout; consumed young it is nothing special, but with a year of age on it, the flavors have blossomed

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

Appearance: Dark mocha brown, utterly opaque, with a big fizzy head that crackles and pops for a minute or two before settling into a thin sheet.

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate and molasses. Pretty gentle on the nose; no bold aromas jump out to capture the attention.

Taste: Creamy and roasty, molasses and dark chocolate carry over from the nose with an earthy hop flavor appearing in the middle. Charred malt and molasses stick to the palate in the finish. The molasses flavor is a bit aggressive and becomes slightly cloying after a while, but this is still good.

Mouthfeel: Lost Abbey has a tendency to give their big beers a lot of carbonation, and this one is no exception. The crisp effervescence cuts through the thick and chewy body, giving this brew a pretty unique mouthfeel for the style.

Drinkability: Goes down easy for 11% ABV. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high; I've had this before on tap and it was lovely. Acquired at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California a couple months ago. Cost was $11.99 plus tax.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as (in spite of the brewery) I don't anticipate any carbonation issues.

A: Pours a one finger head of incredible beautiful rich tan colour, heavy mocha cream, damned impressive thickness, and obscenely good retention. Colour is a solid black with a fair amount of rising bubbles. No yeast particles are visible, but it's nontransparent and opaque. It's a beautiful beer. I can't wait to drink it.

Sm: Extravagant coffee, vanilla bean, hints of rich chocolate, exquisite roast, milk, cream, and traces of nuts. Coffee is dominant. Incredibly subtle. A mild strength aroma. Very inviting. I can't wait to taste it. The aroma makes a big promise I'm not sure the taste can fulfill.

T: Cream on the open. Exquisite coffee over a subtle yet full roasted barley foundation. Some chocolate. Heavy rolling cream. Some vanilla. Dark malts. Hints of subtle caramelization. Hints of yeast right on the finish and into the aftertaste a biteen. No alcohol comes through in the flavour, though you feel it in your stomach. The roast and coffee are dominant and fantastic. Fully layered. Great body. Complex yet subtle. A refined flavour profile that fulfills the promise of the aroma.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, and wet, with some subtle underlying dryness from the roasted barley. Perfect thickness and carbonation. Complements the flavour profile extremely well.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the style and high ABV. It borders on dangerous. It's almost a sipper merely because you feel the alcohol when it reaches the stomach, generating a warm sensation. Would make a great winter beer (this doesn't seem lost on Lost Abbey). It's well worth its price. Definitely do what you can to get your paws on this gem. I'd love to have this again. A remarkable special brew in a highly oversaturated style. I'd definitely recommend this to friends.

An excellent candidate for aging. One of the finest I've come across, actually. I'd like to try this with 2 or 3 years on it.

Would pair well with weaker flavoured chocolate, prunes, and raisins. Tiny twist pretzels would be ideal methinks.

Drank real well out of me Guinness goblet. Narrow-mouthed goblets and snifters are likely ideal for this beer.

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12.23.14: Brief notes on a 2010 vintage bottle:

Pours a 1 finger wide head of tan colour. Creamy, full, and thick. Has a nice even consistency. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is great - about 8 minutes. Body colour is an opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Sm: Luxurious subtle dark fruit, cream, deep dark malts, chocolate malts, dark chocolate, buried roast, cookie dough, hints of char, chocolate milk, caramel, cocoa powder, a hint of some kind of nut...what I don't find is alcohol or hops. It's a pleasant aroma of moderate aromatic intensity.

T/Mf: The malty backbone is comprised of dark malts and chocolate malts. The following notes just melt into that dark foundation: subtle roast, chocolate milk, caramel. Charred sugars and burnt caramel give some rough edges to this otherwise silky smooth and creamy brew, drawing out the flavour duration. There's a hint of nougat.

Some drinkers will note harsh roastiness or perhaps even acridity.

Not as balanced as I remembered it, but certainly intricate.

OVERALL: She's a sipper. It's a classic imperial stout from Lost Abbey, but I do prefer it fresh. Not a great beer for aging. To its credit, it hides its ABV shockingly well.


Pairs well with snickers.

August 5th, 2016 impressions from a 2010 vintage.

It's drifted into the outer limits of dark fruit territory, yielding emergent notes of prune and plum. All the caramel is there, and the chocolate/dark malt too. The balance is just so damned good, and it's so magnificently well built. Charred barrel, noticeable roast, creaminess, suggestions of coffee grounds without going overboard in terms of bitterness.

Mouthfeel doesn't suffer with age; it's perfectly carbonated, nicely soft, and aptly full-bodied without betraying signs it's old.

A treat of a brew from Lost Abbey. Thank God this tends to get passed over by most craft beer mavens - more for me!


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of tar with some light alcohol, some coffee and a huge Belgian style malt base. Taste is also quite different then most IS out there right now and is comprised of a mix between some tar, some light coffee, load of Belgian style malt but no black chocolate note as I had expected. Full body with great carbonation and some light alcohol was discernable. I thought this was an interesting beer closer to Allagash Black then most American style IS out there.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black without any head other than a few bubbles forming a collar around the edges. No lacing to stick. Not a good sign in the carbonation department. The nose is slightly roasty with a good amount of chocolate. Hints of coffee as well. The flavor is pretty good with some roast and chocolate and a bit of sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is medium without any carbonation to hold anything up. Drinkability is pretty good, even with the low carbonation.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2500th review! 750 ml bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger fairly dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, smoke, light char, molasses, raisin, plum, light licorice, and roast/smokey earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruitiness; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, smoke, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness. Good amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark bread, smoke, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, light licorice, herbal, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of intense dark/roasted malt, light-moderate fruitiness, and light earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and moderately slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of intense dark/roasted malt, light-moderate fruitiness, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An extremely outstanding offering.

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

Had on tap @ Stoutfest @ Armsby Abbey:

A: Super pitch black, darker than Cruella Deville's heart. A darker brown colored fizzy head that fades slowly.

N: Roast, chocolate malt, dark bakers chocolate, some creamy rich thickness, a slight malty sweetness, and even a slight caramelized brown sugar. Just a hint of earthy hops I think.

T: Bitter stout flavors. lots of charred malt and roasted flavors that with hints of earthy malts, lead to a nice bitterness. Lots of malty flavors, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, chewy malts. A slight boozy taste. Some bakers chocolate and brown sugar/molasses, caramelized specifically. Pretty dry too, but a slight sweet flavor, overall hides the booze pretty well.

M: Thick and syrupy, rich sightly smooth and creamy, lower but decent carbonation (probably a lot more than the bottle).

F: Very bitter again, combination of earthy hops and scorched malts. Lots of roast and coffee lingering, very dry as well with a little biscuity malt flavor and touch of sticky sweet syrup.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.

Pours black with a short-lived head that leaves little lacing.

Aroma: moderately strong and dominated by dark-roasted malts.

Flavor: more funky and less fruity than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Lightly bitter finish.

Feel: medium body; medium-light carbonation.

O: good, not great. High ABV is too obvious.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Port Brewing/Lost Abbey tasting room on 3/14/09. Surprisingly, this was served in a pint glass and not some sort of stemware.

Pours a midnight black with a thin creamy head of burnt mocha colored head. This doesn't have a whole lot of flareup at first but once I get the level down some and really get this whipping in the glass, it eventually throws a huge cascade of frothy lace and brown residues that just COATS the sides of the glass. The aroma is deep and complex smelling, with notes of deep roasted malts, huge chocolate character, brown sugars, some zippy espresso, and maybe a touch of anise thrown in there as well.

The taste is just as large-and-in-charge as the aroma was. Massive roast, coffee, and bitterness hit up front, giving way to a more silky layer of burnt brown sugars, baker's chocolate, and caramel. Jut a dab of maybe some dark fruits and licorice makes themselves know in the back. Roast and sugary sweetness dominate the finish, lingering with notes of tang and bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a lower feeling carbonation that gives this more of a viscous texture on the palate. There is also a good bit of alcohol beef in this but it never gets to be quite stinging. It gets close at times but never full on.

I loved this in the bottle, so it was a real treat to be able to try this on draft at the Lost Abbey. I think I remember hearing our server say to someone else that this really hadn't had time to sit in the keg much, hence the lack of a big creamy feel. Still, the flavors were powerful and complex, just the way I like em' in my Imperial Stouts. Good stuff.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. I’m not exactly sure how old the beer is but it’s approximately 3-4 years-old.

A: The beer is a very deep black color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by strongly sweet flavors of coffee, chocolate and molasses. There’s a very mild but complementary hops presence that provides a good balance for such a heavy beer. There’s also a touch of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is pretty sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, a bit filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this beer certainly seems to have held up quite well with age and is a very good big stout worth drinking for a long time.

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

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Nothing surprising here... Poured a dark brown-black with a small, tan head; moderate lacing and retention. Aroma of coffee and cocoa, light sensation of dark fruits. Taste was roasty up front, flavors of dark chocolate and some coffee roastiness, dark fruit juices, and some warmth from the alcohol. Body was about medium; I feel this beer might be better if allowed to sit/age for a bit. Still pretty good overall.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a very small mocha head and no lacing.

S: Aromas of chocolate malts and bitterness with a light hint of the alcohol present.

T: Rich and malty with hints of choclate.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation and some creaminess - coats your mouth in a very pleasant way.

O: Easy to drink and paired very nicely with buttery and chocolaty dessert.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Predominately roasty aroma with lesser notes of dark chocolate, smoked dark fruits, spiced espresso, and oven-roasted almonds.

Taste: Roasty, burnt maltiness and a full taste of coffee and dark chocolate. Charred sugars and nuts. Slight berry-like fruitiness. A wisp of smoke. Earthy bitterness. The flavor grows increasingly roasty as it warms. Dash of spent espresso grounds. Sweetish, roast-packed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat chewy texture.

Drinkability: Roasty to the max, baby! A very tasty, highly recommended stout from the fine folks at Lost Abbey.

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

Black as sin. No highlights are seen, in spite of bright afternoon sunshine behind the glass. An incredibly loud pop! on cork extraction was followed by the creation of a massive head of caramel colored foam that has a whipped creamy texture. A generous amount of lace only adds to the magnificence.

The nose is full-to-bursting with a roasted maltiness in which dark chocolate is much more prominent than black coffee. The beer has a freshly baked brownies aroma that is lightly accented with American hops. Increased intensity with warming allows the score to be increased without a second thought.

I am continually amazed at how many different styles The Lost Abbey nails to the wall... with authority. SS is a wonderful ADS that's almost as good as Santa's Little Helper, which is the only other big stout that I've had from this brewery (if Port Brewing counts as 'this brewery').

Serpent's Stout teeters on the edge of greatness in the flavor department. The first few ounces had 4.0 written all over them. After the next few, 4.5 is making a serious case for consideration. It looks like the final call will have to wait until the second half of the 750 ml bottle. I need to finish this review before the beer is gone because the 11.0% ABV is beginning to work its magic with a stealthy efficiency.

Even if it isn't as thunderously black malty and as mind-bogglingly complex as The Abyss, Serpent's Stout means business. Flavors include double chocolate fudge brownies made with generous amounts of coffee, vanilla and blackstrap molasses. A background citrus fruitiness is welcome, even if the alpha acids are fighting a losing battle against the tidal wave of malt sugars. Maybe it's the alcohol talking, but 4.5 is now an easy call.

This is one of those big beers whose mouthfeel improves the more it sits. The reason is slightly too harsh carbonation early on. Now that almost half an hour has passed, the bubbles have calmed considerably and the beer is nougat chewy and borderline thick. Exactly like I like 'em.

My experience is that beer from The Lost Abbey is anywhere from good to great to world-class. Serpent's Stout isn't at the pinnacle, but it's one of the best offerings from one of the best American craft breweries in business today. Bottom line: sinfully delicious and devilishly drinkable. Thanks Tomme. Long may you brew.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Autumnaldave, thanks Dave!

Pours ebony with a finger of of mocha/brown head, nice carbonation can be heard upon the pour initial poor. Below average head retention, average lacing & a nice oily sheen

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruit & a bit of booze, plus a bit of brown bread

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, iron & cherries up front. Dryness, raisins,figs, leafy hops & a tinge of boozey coffee as this warms. Finishes a bit hot, with pruneyness, persimmons, carob &
toasty malt

MF: Chewy, moderate carbonation, stickyness, thins out just a bit as this warms

Drinks pretty easy for the style & ABV. Not much to find fault with here, almost worth it's rating IMO, but not quite in the upper echelon of the style

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled when I was able to get this lovely bottle last week and I could not wait to pop it open, but knowing the strength of it, I wanted to wait until the right moment, well last night I figured was good enough and I went for it.

Appearance - This one poured out a thick dark black. Completely opaque with no light shining through I knew this one was going to be a dozy. A big chocolate brown head of foam came up over the top to a height of around three inches before it finally was able to settle down to a reasonable layer of about an inch and a half, and this hung around throughout the entire session. Very nice lacey looking webs of froth going up and down the sides of the glass really highlighted the body of this one. Very impressive looking

Smell - The aroma was huge. The first thing I noticed was a deep smell of chocolate, lots of roasted malts here. Nice hints of vanilla and lactose mingling in throughout really giving it that extra-added touch of sweetness that made it just wonderful. Loads of dark fruits underlying everything with a rich blend of raisins and plums. Nice little touches of spiced rum as well. Very complex and typical of Lost Abbey brews, very strong.

Taste - The flavor were exquisite as well. The first flavor to hit the palate was the rich chocolate malts. Very sweet on the tongue, even from the start. Nice touches of vanilla and molasses in here now as well. Very rich. Dark fruits abound through it as well, with loads of raisins, and plums now coming into clearer view. Some very nice spices in here as well, like a nice spiced rum sitting right under the surface. There was a touch of alcohol, but just a touch, and nowhere near as big as I thought it would be. Nice long lingering finish with an almost burnt or smoked chocolate on the tongue and a decent touch of hops at the end. Very nice, with a lot more yeast then I am used to seeing in a big stout, but it seems to work very well here with the fruit flavors really accenting the malts very well.

Mouthfeel - This had to be one of the smoothest and creamiest beers I have had. The feel is not super thick like you see in others, rather it relies on very nice carbonation to give it that micro bubble silky feel. Really very tight..

Drinkability - For an 11% Imperial Stout, this was absolutely as sessionable as you can get for the style. I did not even think for a second I was drinking something as big as this was. The alcohol is all but covered up and you can just sip on this one for days. Remarkable stuff going on here.

Overall, I really have to say that this one was outstanding. I was not sure what Tomme was going to do with this style, but it came out very nice, with their own little twist to it. This was more akin to the Belgian RIS style. Very big with just the right amount of yeast. Very highly recommended, you need to go get this one.

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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