Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

1,789 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%

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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/28/11 poured into my CC snifter

A - Pours out jet black with a 1/4 inch of mocha head

S - Really wonderful aroma to this beer. Big notes of roasted malts, coffee, and some alcohol.

T - Very similar to the smell. Lots of coffee and malt to start and finishes with coffee bitterness mixed in with some alcohol heat.

M - Moderate carbonation with a thick mouth feel, not motor oil though.

O - A great interpretation of an American Stout, pick up a bottle if you have a chance. It's hotter than most in the style, which really sets it apart for me. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler to snifter 2-4-12
Black beauty pours a finger fast cream head that quickly fades revealing an opaque black through the oily lacing. Immediately a dark roast coffee and dark chocolate roasted malts on the nose

Taste of deep chocolate with expresso bitterness possibly from hop base? Caramalized dark sugars and molasses. Dark roast malts There is a presence of burnt or charred wood not a smokiness but a profound acidic taint.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light maybe that is due to abv level and acid levels present. Overall a great stout

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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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

Big thanks to Marty30 for this bottle.

Pours a solid black into a snifter with a deep brown head that quickly faded for me. Some alcohol legs present.

Nice full aroma on this of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, and damp earth.

Taste is the star here with multiple levels of flavor that expand as the beer warms up. Good french roast type coffee flavor, with imported dark chocolate. Some slight vanilla notes in the background, and a surprising note of pure alcohol as a kicker. The straight alcohol was actually good here and I didn't feel detracted from the beer in this case but gave it a good "heat note" that was welcomed.

Solid above average mouthfeel with good smooth carbonation that made it an easy sipper for such a big beer.

Overall, I was really glad to finally get to try a bottle of this stout. This was a really good example of the style.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first tasted this I was immediately reminded of the Z-man stout I tried from a Pizza Port growler fill but I was wrong. The Serpent's Stout beats the Z-man by far. The earthy taste of this stout is improved upon by a sweet, chocolate-like drink, which I wish I had more to enjoy.

The Serpent's Stout pours a thick and dark brown with a mocha colored light head. After each joyous sip a signature bite of its strong alcohol aftertaste leaves its quick sting, but a coffee after thought remains on the tongue, reminding me to take another swig before my drink gets too warm. Onto finishing my drink as I rate this: wow!

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4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ransackingpete for sharing this one!

Bottled sometime in 2012 (date stamp is partially smudged off).

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch dark khaki head that fades to an oily film. Small dots and streaks of lace slowly drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee beans, and some alcohol aromas. Chocolate chip cookie dough aromas come out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate chip cookie dough, roasted coffee beans, and a slight alcohol kick on the finish. There is a very nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout with some awesome aromas and flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.
A- Very dark black in color, can't see anything through it. Very viscous, reminds me of used motor oil after draining it from your car during an oil change. Maybe a half finger of a mocha colored head that rapidly disappeared.

S- Massive chocolate notes, slight bit of vanilla, a bit of coffee and espresso notes on the nose also.

T- Lots of chocolate and roasted qualities to this brew. Getting a slight vanilla twinge as well as the coffee and espresso.

Overall this was a phenomenal imperial stout. This was my first Lost Abbey beer and I was absolutely blown away. I'm definitely going to pick up another bottle and see how this one ages. It is worth the 11.99 that I paid. Exceptional!!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin dark tan head that died down and left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark malts and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, there are flavors of dark and chocolate malts in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The beer tends to coat your mouth a bit.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a very small mocha head and no lacing.

S: Aromas of chocolate malts and bitterness with a light hint of the alcohol present.

T: Rich and malty with hints of choclate.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation and some creaminess - coats your mouth in a very pleasant way.

O: Easy to drink and paired very nicely with buttery and chocolaty dessert.

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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