Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

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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
Ratings:
1,789
Reviews:
583
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
330
Gots:
438
For Trade:
30
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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 alwaysplayin
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of rbouton
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of tweenDhedges
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of marct
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of nightwing002
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of robL
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750, 2009. Pretty viscous black pour, ring of dark tan head.

Aroma, molasses, vanilla, earthy booze. Roast malt, dark chocolate, some coffee and anise. It's pretty warm.

Taste, Starts out with the roast and anise. A slight earthy spice. Dark chocolate, oak, lighter vanilla. Cocoa finish. Booze not nearly as prevalent here.

To the heavy side of medium bodied. Carbonation a tad high, but not bad. Keeps the stickiness down a tad. Drinks easy enough, abv not overtly present.
Don't recall this one fresh, but it had some borderline barrel aged characteristics to it aged.

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Photo of volta
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of whatthehull
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter

A - beautiful black/deep dark brown, rim very tan almost brown head and some nice sticky lacing

S - tons of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, sugar, tons of sweet and roasted malts, lots of sweet dark fruits, sweet velvety yeast, terroir and tons of earth

T - sugar, chocolate, really nice booze, roasted malts, vanilla, molasses, nice wood, deep dark dried fruits and more sugary booze

M - full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, low acidity and very long glorious finish

D/O - huge effing beer! So much chocolate bitterness, great booze, thick sweet and super tasty! Not for the guineas guy, this is for a true beer nerd

Final thoughts - 11% abv and $10 a pop! This beast is so nice. Can't wait to try an aged one!

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of pjs234
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a 3 finger head. The head fades quickly with very little lacing.

S - Smokey, licorice, roasted malts

T - Taste if very nice, not too sweet, picking up a lot of coffee flavors. The sip starts off very smooth, but turns bitter as the coffee flavors kick in. Also pick up on some dark chocolate flavors.

M - A little thin, fairly carbonated.

O - A very good stout, easy to drink, great flavor; but beware, the 11% ABV packs a bit of a punch.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serpent Stout, bottle bought at Jersey City Super Buy Rite for $11.99, served in my Lost Abbey snifter. First had this on tap at Blind Pig in Champaign, Illinois.

Appearance: Not as thick as other Imperial Stouts, but great pour nonetheless. Black and oily, great one-finger head that lasts. Not a lot of lacing, but damn good carbonation.

Smell: Nice roastiness, a bit of cooked vegetables. Dirty gas station somewhere in Southern Ohio. Chocolate powder and a tad of hops, plus sugar and smoke. Country ham cookin’ in Kentucky!

Taste: Hoppier than the nose, plus some funk and aromatic herbs (chopped chives and lemon thyme). Dry like flour in your mouth, but with a sweet finish. Really old balsamic vinegar, coffee with half-and-half, brown sugar. Fennel and tootsie rolls around the edges.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for the style, with both body and flavor at a medium-to-low level. Nice hoppy-funky finish, though. A little dry and boozy but not overtly so. Smooth, and more considering it is such a young beer.

Overall: I think this beer is better on tap, but damn good out of the bottle too. Exceptional? Not quite, but oh-so-drinkable! This was bottled on December 29 ’11 and consumed Feb 12 ’12, and yet no signs of heat or craziness. Smooth, chuggable. And probably worth the price too, since this is as big as a wine bottle.

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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served into a pub glass

bottled on 1-6-2012

pours a satanic black with a hazlenut head that goes away rather quickly and leaves about an inch of thick lacing

smells of cocoa, coffee beans, and a heavy dose of roasted malts

taste is very similar to the smell, complex raw chocolate taste, and some slight bitterness towards the end

one of the better stouts you can find under $10

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Pours inky black with yeasty sediment. I got one of those nasty looking yeast slugs as I poured it out. I ignore that as a natural side effect of heavy sediment. Poured with a small head that faded fast. Seems like there's a lot of very fine, slow active carbonation. Smell is terrific -- rich, chocolatey, sweet, slightly licoricey.

Taste is sweet, lots of chocolate flavor. Rich and roasty, some coffee flavor. This is really good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice gritty texture that goes really well with the flavor. Overall, I think this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pitch black in color with a 1/4" milk chocolate colored head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: follows the nose. Big thick malt base with bitter dark chocolate, milk chocolate, prunes, and a nice bitterness. Some earthy tones and alcohol warming arrive late.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout, with some light dryness arriving at the finish.

Overall: a wonderful double stout that is a meal in a glass. Slow drinking beer, but nicely satisfying.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large dark brown mocha head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell is dark, dark coffe, roasted malt, black cherries, and bitter chocolate.

Taste is slightly sweet up front and a bitter back end that turns to a hint of char. The bitter chocolate and coffee flavors are nice. Not as complex as the smell, but still a great taste.

Feels smooth and lightly carbonated with a touch of alcohol burn on my tongue.

A great looking and smelling beer, taste isn't quite up to the previously mentioned categories. Still a great beer.

DOA

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,789 ratings.
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