Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

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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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jvillefan
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful. A very dark dark brown with a light chocolate one finger head that hangs around for a while.

S: Malt. That is about it and it is subtly muted.

T: Amazing. There is a deep malt character in the forefront of the beer. Due to the high alcohol in combination with the malt there is a nice bourbony flavor. The finish is very hoppy but is nowhere near excessive.

M: Excellent retention and if fill the mouth really well. The carbonation is a little low but that is to be expected from an 11% beer.

O: Try it if you are able to. This is one of my favorite stouts.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

A: A viscose crude oil pour slurps from the bottle with a deathly black tone. A dark mocha head is a finger high, fairly thick and frumpy with a fair rate of retention. The head falls with a very good amount of lace coverage sticking well to the glass walls.

S: Roasted dark chocolate flavor is rich and mingles with a burnt bitterness of roasted barley. Tons of liquefied dark fruit and dark cocoa. Burnt sweetness of marshmellow, toasted cinnamon sticks with a dash of creamer laced espresso. Softly charred woodiness rounds things out. Again as with the nose the alcohol is well concealed. Things finish with a dark roasted chocolate fade.

M: Thick and creamy mouthful, milky dark chocolate that was bitter-sweet with a good level of carbonation.

O: Thick and rich dark roasted treat that is bitterly sweet with an well concealed alcohol detection that will no doubt sneak up and bite you later like a hidden serpent.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gorgeous ebony, nearly opaque. Messy mocha head and lacing.
Smell: rich bittersweet chocolate. Complex and mellow.
Taste: more of the same. Rich and smooth. Delish.
Mouthfeel: a minor gripe but a bit thin.
Overall: a wonderful imply stout, complex, rich, quite drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

A: Dark opaque in color. Thin off-white head with quite a low retention. Leaves some cocoa-like lacings.

S: Smell is espresso, roasted malts. Quite intense. Also undertone notes of chocolate. Some herbal, earthy finish.

T: Lots of dark malt characters, coffee, chocolate, roastiness. Dark fruits. Some earthy bitterness, grassy hops character. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Oily, sticky, a bit too much perhaps. Also warming.

O: A true coffee stout. Strong and intense.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some tan/cream streaks. A nice cocoa colored head that leaves some slight lace.

Nice dark-roasted malt and coffee notes. An herbal and acidic note a well. There's something hoppy here.

Expresso, some acid, some herbal hops, which definitely provide more than just bitterness. There is some real depth here. Nice acidic fruit note. Some malt sweetness that is well balanced with the charred notes and hops. Finishes bitter and with mouth-coating complexity.

Thick and sticky, lovely body.

Overall, wonderful balance. A bit hoppy, but it works -- very close to being overdone in that department -- pulled back at the last second. Alcohol is present, and moderately well hidden. WOrth a try for sure.

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Photo of Souleman
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just about as good as it gets. I can't remember a stout that tasted better. Just the right amount of malty goodness with a touch of bitterness to round it off.

A- dark dark brown liquid with a lighter, frothy head that comes to life when poured or swirled. A really good looking beer, and brought me back to memories of my first stout, and then topped it.

S- probably the weakest point of this beer, just because there isn't much smell. Really not supposed to blow up on the nose anyway, but not getting any of the cocoa or malty sniff out of the glass.

T- Amazing, rich flavor that is packed in from front to back. Well balanced, with some coffee/cocoa, with a touch of bitterness that hits the tail end of the taste.

M- thick, almost syrup level viscosity that coated my entire mouth. What I expect from a stout or porter, and it came through as a full beer that didn't disappoint.

Overall, I think it is a really solid beer. I have been lucky enough to get some rare, big beers lately, and this one is pretty close to the best I have had in the category.
Definitely grab it while still on the shelves.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark as the night. Pure oily darkness. There is a foamy mahogany head of maybe two fingers which fades fairly quickly to a cap and ring of foam.

S: Smells mostly of dark, bitter chocolate. There is a little bit of acridness in the nose. There are also notes of dark fruit and roasted malts.

T: A fairly dry tasting beer. It opens with the same chocolate profile from the nose. There is also a smoky character to the flavor that I did not pick up from the aroma. Some dark fruit like figs comes through, but they are mild. A fairly bitter beer, but balanced by large doses of warm alcohol and sweet malty goodness. The aftertaste is long and lingers of bitter hops.

M: Very thick and full. Enjoyable to sip on. Mild-moderate alcohol heat is pleasant.

O: I appreciate the smoky and bitterness to this stout. Most stouts I've had recently have leaned towards the sweeter/maltier side so this is a nice change of pace. Finally a stout that is both full-bodied but dry.

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

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep dark black color with a small brown head. The head doesn’t last long, but fades away to give some nice lacing. As the glass is swirled you can see the thickness of the brew. It clings to the glass with each swirl; as though it has thick sticky fingers that cling to the side of the glass.

Smell – The smell is robust of roasted coffee and chocolate aromas. There is a very light sweet vanilla and dark fruit aroma that are mixed in, balancing out some of the more roasted flavors quite nicely.

Taste – A heavy coffee and chocolate flavor meets the tongue. The taste is a little more on the bitter side at first, but sweetens as the taste proceeds. It has a nice transition as the light vanilla and dark fruit that was detected in the aroma works its way into the taste. The transition is very smooth and the taste is very balanced. Even at 11%, the alcohol flavor is extremely light. This is one nice robust and easy to drink brew.

Mouthfeel - A nice creamy body with a slightly below average carbonation level. The smoothness of the mouth is quite exceptional and gives a wonderful feel on the tongue.

Overall- This is a fantastic imperial stout. It has a wonderfully balanced flavor along with a very nice aroma and mouthfeel. Good stuff!!

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

Perfect way to end the day. Poured from bottle to Duvel tulip the beer arrives a deep rich black color with dark brown edges and a nice 2 finger red brown head. Excellent retention and some lacing. A huge bouquet of vanilla, bourbon, roast, dark fruit, earthy hops, chocolate on the nose. Very inviting aroma. The flavor follows suit with a rich and full bodied flavor: Roast upfront with hints of molasses and oak, after wards the vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit and malty sweetness are present to provide a well balanced beer. Mildly bitter. Finishes rich with a linger roast and light bourbon vanilla on the tongue. Very good. Full bodied and well carbonated. Creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a treat. Very good Imperial Stout. I would highly recommend, another hit from The Lost Abbey.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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