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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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%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

I sit and watch the little bubbles rise up the side of glass and join their brethren in support of the mocha head which, at inception, soars to 2", but deflates to a thin coating, penetrated by the additional insertion of more liquid. And then I put the thesaurus away. Hey! Describing imperial stout after imperial stout gets pretty friggin' redundant, don't ya think?

The first whiff let's you know this is a BIG one. Boozy coffee comes to mind...Irish coffee. Whiskey, dark roast Columbian and just enough cream to change the color one shade lighter. A little vanilla amongst the sweetness and a shot of chocolate. Pretty nice.

The first sip enforces the sense of booze, but in flavor only. And it no longer seems like whiskey, but more like bourbon (which I KNOW is a type of whiskey). The hops show up early and bring some pine. I didn't catch them in the smell and the flavor is so strong that it's really hard to catch any smell now. No alcohol burn from it at all, and the wash consists of deeply roasted coffee (that carries a lot of bitterness), vanilla and cream. Once this beer hits room temp you'll get the chocolate back and in the form of dark chocolate. Dark fruits also linger. So yummy.

The aromas and flavors are really nice, but the true star of this beer is the mouthfeel. Luscious, velvety, viscous, rich, tongue-coating, full-bodied, okay, okay, I'll put the thesaurus down again. There's a touch of ashiness at the end, but not enough to get to "gritty".

This beer satisfies on many levels and must be handled with respect, not just for the ABV, but for the artistry that created it.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at Papago Scottsdale, AZ.
Looks fantastic. Thick brown head, oily chocolatey look. Smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate malts, slight hop and booze aroma.
Taste is very similar. More hops than I would have imagined but very very good. Nice boozey chocolatey flavor well balanced with the roasted malts.
Smooth as can be. Alcohol is hidden very well.
Overall, a great well balanced and tastey brew.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled 6 January 2012.

A: Pours well, pitch-black, with a heavy mocha head and fantastic lacing.

S: Sticky-sweet coffee, black licorice, whiffs of alcohol, and the trace of something metallic.

T/M: Served only lightly chilled, to good effect. Complex and boozy. Thick and smooth, creamy with a touch milk chocolate. Some fruit, espresso, charred wood (oak barrels?). Even a hint of bourbon, though apparently none was used in the making of Serpent's Stout. Maybe it's just the raw alcohol and sweet grain. The aftertaste is lingeringly bitter, full of hops and coffee. On the subject of hops, they are subtly present throughout the beer. Very well-balanced and well-crafted.

O: An excellent beer, and a very good imperial stout. Not as stellar as I expected, but darn tasty nonetheless. Recommended wholeheartedly, though for the price I would think twice about buying again.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -1.4%
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 -5.4%

Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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