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%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured out as a nice looking black color with a thin tan/brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer was had a good amount of roasted malts on the nose along with some dark fruits and wooden aromas. The taste of the beer was rich with some dark chocolate notes coming through with a bitter aftertaste of burnt malts and caramel. The mouthfeel of the beer wasn't as heavy as I thought it should be. The carbonation was decent and it was still a drinkable brew. Overall it's not most impressive stout to me but I'm glad I gave it a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


2008 batch stored at 55 degrees since the release, making this roughly 1380 days old. Tried next to the fresh 2011 batch.

A: Black body, completely opaque, with a mountain of dark brown foam. Retention is impressive and there are tendrils of light brown foam left clinging to the glass.

S: Roasted grains with a whisper of smoke. Dark chocolate is pronounced, and it accompanies molasses and a touch or licorice. There's a little milk chocolate in there as well. Coffee is very faint.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate blends with a firm roasted malt presence. Alcohol is well hidden and I get some cocoa, a little molasses, and the suggestion of licorice. There are no off flavors and no oxidation is evident. The balance between the various elements is superb. There's a little brown sugar in the smooth dark chocolate finish.

M: Full in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, chewy, and sticky.

Overall: This is a rare success in aging beer for me. This is outstanding. I much prefer this to the fresh 2011 version.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Substantially malty and chocked full of roasted grain flavor- The Lost Abbey continues to churn out world class beer after world class beer. Imperial Stout: check!

Opening with a deeply hued bark-brown color, the beer is absolutely opaque but not because of haze. In fact, the beer carries an onyx-like sheen; rather the inability for light to pass seems because of the sheer density of roasted malts. An abundance of carbonation fuels a huge froathy tan head and laces with intermitten patterns of foam on the glass. The beer delivers everything that's expected from stouts- at least to the eye.

Strong aromas of roasted grain hinges on burnt scent of grain, but releases just in time for the moderate scent of burnt caramel instead. Malted milk, rummy alcohol, cherry-like esters, and nail polish remover are just a hint of elements that hide beneath the blanket espresso, cocoa powder, walnut, grass and charred woods.

Flavors follow similarly with the bulk of the emphasis on espresso, wood fired malts and woods, bitter cocoa, walnut, slightly scorched toffee, malted milk, and a slight grassy taste that morphs evenly into mild resin bitterness in finish. Strong alcohols are somewhat distracting with the flavor of acetone and rumy sweetness.

Full bodied, but not as insane as many newer Imperial Stouts. Instead Serpent's relies on a firm malty early texture that's lifted by the airy carbonation and high attenuation- the beer seems to lift off of the tongue with ease in comparison to it's fullness. Creaminess subsides at mid palte and ushers in a malty-dry finish of acrid roasted grains, coffee grounds, and mild powdery ash.

Though quite dry and efforvescent, the lack of sweetness here allows the brunt of alcohol and burnt grain to reveal the rougher edges that cause slight difficulty in drinkability although the flavor profile sings praises. Unfortunately, heartburn inducing acids limit this beers ease of enjoyment.

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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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 13oz snifter for $5.25. Sampled 9/22/10.

A: Served with a finger's worth of medium-dark mocha brown head, creamy texture and short retention. A thin ring of tiny bubbles rests around the edge of the glass. No film on the surface and no lacing at all. Black as hell, there is no chance for light to penetrate.

S: A true malt bomb. There are big fudgey, sweet chocolate syrupy notes on the nose. Lightly roasted with a woody quality to the hop character. A deeper inhale and the scent of well conditioned leather is uncovered.

T: Extremely well balanced on the palate. The flavor components replicate the nose closely and is slightly more successful. Nothing new is brought to the table per se, just complete reassurance of the quality of the beer that I'm drinking. The 11% ABV is buried from a flavor standpoint, and isn't noticeable until a warming sensation begins from the belly up. The alcohol then lingers throughout the drinking experience.

M: Very sweet, semi astringent on the tongue and a somewhat drying finish. Amply smooth carbonation gets rid of any would-be cloyingess.

D: [Drinkability] Very good stout with excellent flavor and mouthfeel. Not being a huge Lost Abbey fan, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this beer. Would definitely order again.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pour this bottle for my Birthday -

A: Pours a deep black with four finger head that descends into a thick thin frothy lacing, great carbonation, Good looking AD/IS.

S: Slight molasses with some dark fruit , raisin , plum , hints of roasted malt, whiffs of chocolate.

T: Pretty much follows the nose - Slight molasses , sweet raisin, slight fig , deep roasted malt/barley , hints of bakers chocolate- slight hop .

O: Overall this has been a treat to drink , The dark fruits come into their own as this beer warms and all of the flavors seem to meld together in harmony - Nothing really out of place.
Some sweetness but by no means unbearable - The high abv% was well hidden , very easy to drink - I would have this again for sure.

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours very dark black brown - 2 inch head that dispersed over a few minutes, little bit of lacing left behind

s: not too boozy, mostly raisins, a touch of coffee

t: surprisingly smooth, especially for the 11% alcohol. def a sweet malty flavor, lot of raisins, almost a sour hint as it warmed up and the flavors became much more pronounced.

m: rather light, though there was some gunky heavy sediment at the very end of the glass.

o: kept this one in the fridge for a few months waiting for a good occasion. had it with some spicy black bean soup and it was a great way to cut the heat. A good strong stout, and not nearly as heavy as some others, but the sweetness kept it from being a great one.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,794 ratings.
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