Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout
BA SCORE
94.6%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 1,800 ratings
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
Ranking:
#892
Reviews:
585
Ratings:
1,800
Liked:
1,702
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
8.27%
Alströms:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
330
Gots:
438
Trade:
29
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,800 |  Reviews: 585
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mrelizabeth
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of whatthehull
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of pjs234
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -10.2%
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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Photo of ikantspel
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Photo of wrath98
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of snaotheus
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +5.2%
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 +2.4%
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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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Handbanana88
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SoCalStout
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of muskiesman
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of dudeabides76
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of xraided81
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of daves1186
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Elfastball7
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of smokeypeat
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Ransackingpete
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 94.6% out of 100 with 1,800 ratings
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