Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout
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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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Ratings: 1,800 |  Reviews: 585
Photo of mscudder
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting to have this one for some time. Poured into a pint.

A - Looks like a normal stout. Massive multi-finger head with above average lacing and retention.

S - Light chocolates, coffee and big dark malts .A touch of brown sugar adds some additional sweetness.

T - Well pronounced initial bitterness followed by the dark malts and and chocolate. Has an earthy feel with a slight nutty taste.

M - Medium-plus body with average carbonation.

O - A good stout but to far on the bitter end for me to really love it.

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Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Lordkrystic
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 2010 vintage bottle I have stored at cellar temperature for the last two years. Chilled and poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Corked and caged 750 mL bottle that opens slightly unceremoniously. I have to say I'm a tad afraid this could be flat just based on past experience with Lost Abbey.

Appearance: My fears are put to rest pretty quick. Pours a dark brown, one finger head with decent retention that settles into a thing lacing. Still seems a bit undercarbed, but I think it works well with this style. Dark brown in color, bordering on black. Very nice.

Aroma: My first impression is that, despite the two years and change on my bottle, there is still a noticable alcohol heat. Really nice cocoa and caramel notes. A touch of vanilla in there as well. Some light coffee and milk chocolate in there as well. Very nice.

Taste: Chocolate, molasses and an array of dark fruit notes come out upfront. A touch of coffee bean bitterness to balance out the strong sweet notes. The beer actually is really sweet, but somehow it works enough that it still stays really drinkable. The alcohol is definitely noticable but I think the age of the bottle has done a lot to mellow this out. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation and a very thick mouthfeel. A bit syrupy at times.

Overall, a really nice big, sweet imperial stout that delivers on that regard. The flavors are definitely big but they balance out well enough to be drinkable. I think the age I opened my bottle is pretty close to optimal. The booze is not overwhelming and definitely feels mellowed, but the flavors don't feel muted. I definitely might get this again for the cellar. Very solid. I definitely would like to see a barrel aged variant of this beer available.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FosterJM for this one! Finally finishing off the haul that I got in the first trade I’ve ever done.

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Jet black color with a 2-finger creamy, frothy brown head. Really nice retention but not much lacing unfortunately. Great creamy consistency.

S – Milk chocolate, molasses, vanilla, plums, and roasted coffee with some hazelnut tones. There’s a lot going on here and I seem to pick something new up each time I sniff it. Very nice.

T – Starts off sweet with rich chocolate, molasses, plums and currants, and vanilla. Vanilla starts to pick up near the middle as the beer transitions to a roasted coffee bitterness. Again, just like the nose, I’m picking up some hazelnut notes in the coffee at the finish.

F – Full-bodied with good carbonation (maybe a bit much for the style), a velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and a dry and bitter finish. Vanilla sweetness and roasted bitterness linger nicely and pair well with the throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This is a great stout. There’s nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to unique aromas or flavors (minus the hazelnut), but it’s extremely well done. One of the most remarkable aspects is how drinkable the beer is for being 11% ABV. I’m really glad I got to try this one. This is going to be a fun night polishing off a 750 mL bottle myself. Thanks, James!

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Photo of Chetti
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: entirely, completely black body with a two-finger thick head of frothy dark tan foam. Head has good rentention and leaves a smooth, thorough lace on the glass as it dissipates. Quite good looking indeed, although I'm a sucker for a good imperial stout.

Smell: rich chocolatey aroma with hints of coffee and a light vegetal character right at the end. Reminds me more of a very well-crafted porter than an imperial stout, but quite good nonetheless.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, sweet deliciousness, alcohol, and a marked bitterness. This beer has a whole hell of a lot going on, and I like it. After awhile, an aftertaste of charred malts develops. Overall it's quite good, but I feel like there's a harshness here which, sadly, detracts from the overall flavor explosion. Quite good, but I feel like this beer *could* be outstanding.

Mouthfeel: now, this *is* outstanding. Big, rich body with a giant carbonation and a big, silky, smooth, delicious, mouth-filling and satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: a very good beer indeed, but I feel like it needs a little je ne sais quoi to reach perfection.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of julian89
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: So dark like a typical stout. A 4 inch head with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Dark malts, and light chocolate and coffee. Some light brown sugar with no hoppiness. Maybe some grain bitterness.

Taste: Follows the nose very well. The bitterness is very pronounced followed by a dark chocolate taste. Carbonation helps bring out the sweetness and dampen the bitterness. Has an earthly feel to it, a light pecan or walnut taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: It is a great stout, although bitterness is a little too pronounced for my taste. The Alcohol content is very warming.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml, no bottle age, but I am sure this one is at least a year old.

A: pours a beatiful super dark brown/black with a finger of frothy dark chocolate mocha head that has excellent retention and beautiful lacing, this looks deeP dark and delicious.

S: smel does not dissapointe the appearance, dark coffee mocha aroma, loads of dark chocolate aroma, smells creamy and thick, reminds me of dark fudge with walnuts, there is a touch of alcohol warmth in there as well.

T: much like the nose dark chocolate mocha with some nice coffe notes and loght roastyness , dry cocoa, very rich and deep, very delicious, again the alcohol is there but vet well hidden considering.

M: heavy body with medium carbonation, nice and creamy, dry on the finish.

O: this is an excellent imperial stout, thick, delicious and creamy, one of my new found favs in this style.

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Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beergoot
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body topped with a rich, creamy brown head. Cocoa and bitter chocolate make the bulk of the smell along with hints of coffee and lightly burnt toast. Sweet malt grains mix together hop bitterness and some alcohol heat for the taste. Bitter chocolate and mocha. Smooth, creamy, heavy body.

A damn good imperial stout. Depth and complexity, well-balanced (considering the relatively high ABV%).

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

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass, bottled December 29th 2011.

A real nice mocha brown head, lots of even bubbles, makes easily one finger, and some nice staying power. Some real classic dark walnut black character, with just a hint of red ever so slightly. Real nice looking beer.

Bouquet opens up really balanced, between sweet coffee, and real nice berry like aromas. Hints of sweet raspberry and coffee balance nicely, with a good roast charing. Really nice beer on the nose.

Palate hits with a very controlled sweetness, but mostly gives way to classic stout tastes. Fruity rich at first, then hits of big coffee roasting on the finish. Carbonation is quite prickly and large but without a fizz character. No heat coming off this beer at all.

Overall a wonderful soild example of the style, and really balanced and not a boozy mess, and very drinkable. Delicious.

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Photo of jnardone235
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Utterly black. Thick, viscous, almost-syrupy. This beer is topped with a dark tan head. Nice appearance. The smell has a smoke and booze quality about it...heavily roasted malt and grain. Some wood and dark-roast coffee notes. The taste, however, really stands out. Bitter, rich, intense, and deep. The coffee and grain qualities really come out. Lots of warmth. I'm having this in the wrong would be great in the winter. Thick and mougthfilling. I sincerely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of je1129
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 1,800 ratings
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