Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

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Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout
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Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout

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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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4.25/5  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%

Photo of AgentMunky
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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Photo of afrokaze
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 1,826 ratings