Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

1,794 Ratings
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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5/5  rDev +19%

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

Black in color with an aggressive espresso colored head that's about 1". Great retention.

The smell is chocolate and light roasted coffee. There's some earthy notes to it as well.

The taste is sweet fudge brownies and lightly roasted malts. There's a dirty, earthy flavor to it in the middle. The aftertaste has some off flavors that tasted like burnt plastic, but it's a brief appearance and doesn't linger long.

The mouthfeel is phenomenal in this. It's soooo smooth and the carbonation is soft. It's a solid stout, but this is the focal point for sure.

This is a great stout and one of the better offerings from Lost Abbey.

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

Another one I'd been meaning to try for some time, LA beers tend to be a gamble. On tap at Wine Affairs.

Pours black as my soul with a finger of deep tan head and leaves gorgeous lacing for the entire hour I drank it.

Smell is heavy on baker's chocolate, deep roasted espresso, toffee and spicy hops.

Decadent is the word that comes to mind. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee dominate, but then some of the spicy/earthy hops and a bit of dark fruit come into play. The sweetness is great up front, then gives way to a long bitter roasty finish that is semi-dry.

Mouthfeel is my favorite part of the beer; velvety smooth, almost a bit like a nitro tap. Carbonation is perfectly in check, slightly thick but not heavy or cloying. Finishes long and a bit sticky but not overpowering, it just stays around for minutes and begs for the next sip. ABV is perfectly in balance and warms you up just a bit.

Wow, this one threw me for a bit of a loop. I'm usually a bit iffy on LA beers but this one really suited the moment on a cold night after I found out I'm losing my job. Cheered me up like a slice of devil's food cake.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a small tan head that is slow to recede. Looks like a stout should
S: Smells of chocolate, coffee, roast malt and alcohol
T: Lots of chocolate on the flavor up fromt that gives way to a solid toasty middle and some sweet coffee flavor toward the end. Aftertaste is more dark malt flavor and burnt sugar that lingers for some time
M: Full bodied, but not overly viscous and soft carbonation that is apparent but not overbearing
O: A very well done stout. I have one more so it will be interesting to see how this beer changes over time

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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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


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%

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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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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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