Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

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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.

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Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours really dark and opaque, two finger head with a fairly hard pour. Some foamy cling throughout. Smell brings lots of roasted malts and chocolate, some molasses, a little coffee, a bit of smoke as it warms. Taste pretty much follows the nose, with more coffee presence and some vanilla. Less bitterness than expected, but not sweet. Smooth, very creamy for the style, well carbonated.

It's a pretty straightforward beer, just wonderfully blended and delicious. This is one everybody should try. Very enjoyable

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Photo of CHickman
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got the bottle 6 months ago, it pours pitch black with a massive 3 finger whipped/foamy dark tan head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, fading extremely slowly as it leaves excellent foamy lacing that forms honeycombs as it went down. A fine looking stout, perfection on both pours.

Smells of molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla, cocoa powder, roasted malt, charred campfire wood, caramel, Whoppers candy, dark fruit and sweet, dark alcohol like a Jamaican rum. After sitting a while some more fruit like dates and black cherries come out, along with espresso, toasted nuts, grassy floral hops and earthy herbs. The roasted coffee, rich chocolate and malty sweetness completely hides the ABV among all the perfect stout complexities, making this wonderful to inhale.

Flavor picks up right where the nose left off: molasses, espresso, cocoa powder, maple syrup, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, strong vanilla, roasted malt, charred campfire wood, brown sugar, caramel, Whoppers candy, sweet, dark alcohol like a Jamaican rum or bourbon, fruit like dates, plum, black cherries and chocolate covered raisins. Improves as it warms with more malty dynamics coming out and just enough hop bitterness to make you wonder if its the hops or the coffee influence. Either way, it just gets better as it sits there with some smoky notes coming out, as well as brownie batter, red wine like merlot and what seems like oak barrel aging. The earthy malt and burnt aspects combined with the fruit is really flavorful, keeping the sweetness in check somehow that makes this one to savor and appreciate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, velvety smooth on the palate, with very, very mild carbonation, a thick, dense chewy body and feel, and a slightly bitter aftertaste which lets the alcohol peek through. This is a heavyweight contender beer with 11% ABV looking for the knockout punch, but it maintains only mild and very bearable sweetness that allows it to be an outstanding slow sipper that is quite deceptive. Packaged up masterfully, this beer nails it on drinkability and feel.

I drank the whole bomber myself and didn't want it to end. World class indeed, a very high recommendation that I will need to order online again since they don't sell The Lost Abbey brews in NY. Top notch all the way.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Always a treat. Pitch black, brown head, some lacing. Smell is very roasty, a lot of chocolate and some molasses. Taste: smoky, charry, bitter chocolate. Coffee at the end. Something herbal I can't quite place. Feels exactly how you want a black beast of a stout to feel. Serpent's Stout falls just short of a world class imperial stout for me but considering the price, I can't not buy several of these every year.

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Photo of MrDell
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Lost Abbey - Serpants Stout – Bottling and Best Before dates unknown. Apparently this is a seasonal beer brewed in Dec & Jan only but I picked it up in September.

Appearance: BLACK! Even when held to light, completely opaque. Head- half finger coloured of head is coffee with one drop of milk in it, leaves thick lacing on glass.

Aroma: Espresso, dark choc, sweet like dark caramel/treacle, strong whiff of mashed up black liquorice, damp wood, moist tobacco.

Taste: Liquorice, rum, strong black coffee in finish. Slight bourbon taste. Can taste the strength in this one. As its warming it becomes more bitter, hop character coming through.

Mouth feel: Thick and leaves oily residue

Overall: While I did enjoy this one, I found it a little on the bitter side for my taste and I the 75cl bottle was too much , got a sickly towards the end. Would only buy again if it was to share with someone that I knew liked this kind of thing. Its also expensive at 17.50 chf per bottle (in Switzerland).

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Photo of biboergosum
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml caged and corked bottle, lots of religious iconography and blather surrounding this one. Procured at the Yoke's across the road from my hotel in Ponderay, Idaho earlier this crazy-ass month.

This beer pours a solid black chasm, no highlights, no edges, no nothin', with a rising tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and chunky brown head, which leaves some thickly spattered globular lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of powdery bittersweet chocolate, roasted, and somewhat meaty caramel malt, licorice root, lightly charred day-old coffee and the cream sitting next to it, subtle dark orchard fruit flesh, and the suggestion of alcohol bristling at the gates. The taste is bready, lightly toasted caramel malt, medium dark cocoa, edgy black licorice, an increasingly sour fruitiness (prunes and red currants, mostly), testy cafe-au-lait, subtly grainy brown sugar, a weird green spiciness, and some still tethered and gnashing booziness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their swirling, tingly and tempting (yeah) frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight (sort of like the In Flames currently bleeding out of my speakers), and sort of smooth, the char and lurking (but yet fully signing on, amirite?) alcohol taking their unholy measure. It finishes well off-dry, the variably singed caramel, chocolate, and milky coffee not quite ready to throw it all in for their sin.

A pretty heady and ultimately enjoyable big-ass Yankee stout, one that may have even challenged Eve as a salve for Adam's needs, in that particular story. For the rest of us, the more or less hidden alcohol will surely play the role of the snake, as this hefty vessel and metaphor are duly played out.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured pitch black with a huge clay-colored head that billowed quite a bit. Smell is subdued, a bit of chocolate on the nose. The taste is very dry: chocolate; charcoal? Definitely something earthy. The feel is neither thick nor thin. Leaves a very chalky feel on the tongue and a bit of an alcohol sting on the nose. Nice roasty beer, an alternative to the sticky sweet options in the style.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a two finger mocha head, with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma with dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, and some earthiness.

Tastes a little sweeter than I would have guessed with dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and lactose. No alcohol taste, which is surprising for an 11.0 % abv beer.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a roasted malt and cocoa aftertaste. Well worth trying again, if I get the chance.

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Photo of BWood
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Thick oil can presence with one of the best head and lacing there is. Honestly one of the best non ba beers there is. Roasty malt and chocolate. This is what a stout should be like.

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Photo of jancona
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours ink black with a mocha colored foam and pretty lacing. Smell is lactose, bitter chocolate and coffee. Taste is milky goodness, chocolate cake, roasted malts with a creamy mouthful. A fantastic stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared at the Malt House while waiting for Great Taste tickets.

Dark brown body, nearly black, dark hued with a one finger mocha head with good retention, nice lacing. Smells of chocolate brownies, just the right amount of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, espresso. Rich cocoa. Flavour is similar but with a more pronounced roasted malt and dark fruit presence; cocoa, espresso, whiskey, oak, all adding their contribution. Nice balance; sweet but not cloying; mild earthy, oak bitterness on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, good carbonation, nice slick feel, easy to drink, no heat. Overall, a very tasty barrel-aged imperial stout that is surprisingly flavourful and drinkable. The price point isn't ideal, but at $14/750ml, it is certainly better than that of its cousin, Older Viscosity which is even more for a 375ml bottle. I would heartily recommend this.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and viscous. Pitch black. Dark khaki color head is large and looks quite dense. Head dissipates super slow and leaves heavy sticky lacing behind.

Heavy roasted malt aroma. Earthiness and licorice. Dark, bitter chocolate and espresso. Smoke, black plums, and woody hops.

Flavors are heavy and intense. Smoke and licorice. Dark molasses, dark roasted malt, cocoa powder and bitter chocolate. Earthy, woody hop notes.

Thick and viscous on the tongue. Creamy. Medium carbonation. A touch of acridness with lingering mild bitterness.

This is an excellent beer. Full bodied and packed with flavor. Mouth feel is what really elevates this beer.

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Photo of Amfinkel
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best stouts that I have ever had.... and I love stouts. Rich chocolate and earthy flavors initially hit your tongue. The alcohol and carbonation is well balanced, with a very smooth, pleasing finish. I definitely want to visit the Lost Abbey tap room soon.

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Photo of stevoj
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly smooth, completely masking the elevated ABV. Chocolate comes to mind first, lots of roast grains. Abrupt finish. Bottle share thanks to Jeremy.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible stout poured from the Taps at the Lost Abbey/Port brewing.
Aroma: Strong Roasted malts and hints of vanilla and Alcohol sweetness
Taste: Dark Roasted malt burnt sugar and vanilla
Feel: thick and Viscous perfect for a stout although I'd love to try it nitroed
Overall: Delicous stout in every way and just delicous all around
I think the only thing that would have made this better is if i t was poured in a tall tulip instead of a pint glass but still the best Imperial Stout Ive had

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Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage, 750ml cork-top bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours black as night and thick as oil with a creamy dark tan-almost brown head that retains long after the pour, leaving some thick lacing behind

S- strong aromas of charred dark roasted malt leads to notes of campfire smoke, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, burnt marshmallow, licorice, malted milk balls, dark cherry and a bit of alcohol on the close

T- dark chocolate malt and burnt caramel flavors up front, with smoky charred malt, notes of coffee, green pepper, burnt wood, malted milk balls, and coffee finishing it out, herbal/grassy hop linger with some alcohol

M- thick and viscous body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth all the way to the finish, alcohol warmth on the linger

O- Big and bold stout with a near perfect creamy mouthfeel, good drinkability considering the ABV

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Photo of Viaduck
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This may be the darkest, thickest stout I've ever tried. Even its head is dark & evil looking. It has nice, very sweet aroma, floral hops & coffe & chocolate. The taste I ant a sweet as it smells but is still excellent, with a black (obviously) licorice finish. Just the right among of carbonation, an excellent brew.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Superb. Absolutely one of the best beers Iv'e had 2015. Haven't done a review in quite some time, this beer deserves one.

Appearance? Poured into a 5oz sniffer is like all Port beers, perfect. Huge aroma coffee and chocolate. Taste massive coffee, chocolate, vanilla notes. Simple yet so flavorful, the mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth, thick, creamy stout deliciousness. Great 32 oz growler. Have to try a bottle to compare.

And not a hint of alcohol in this monster beer. Master brewing.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

tasted a 1 yr old bottle. dark brown and totally opaque. sweet aroma. notes of fruit. sweetness and bitter on the tongue but very thin. i like a stout that i can almost chew. overall, a very good stout.

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Photo of Bone53
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Black with a one finger brown head. One of the better looking beers iv seen

Smell: i get a lot of coffee, some chocolate, caramel, vanilla, perhaps a touch of dark fruit

Taste: Upfront is a dark, luscious coffee and chocolate, smoke and light dark fruit in the middle, with all flavors finishing together on the palate. I get hop presence and bitterness throughout

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body; I think the bitterness throughout hides the alcohol.

Overall: This is one big, badass brew. It almost tastes like a barrel aged beer but isnt. Ton of vanilla and smoke. The hop bitterness hides the alcohol well, and i imagine that subsiding tremendously with age, letting the malt aromas come out more. This is one of the better examples iv had, and if not for the hop presence, would be out of this world

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Photo of alcoherent_notholic
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Recent snow day offered the perfect chance to drink something new and toasty. Found this Serpent's Stout and decided to break my Lost Abbey virginity. Poured into a standard beer glass, enjoyed at leisure.

A: Poured thick with a pillowy head, a shroud of lacing while being drinked. Black as sin, no light coming through, just like my heart.

S: Dark chocolatey aroma, with hints of smoke from the depths of hell. Knew I would love this beer before even tasting it, living up to the temptation it claims.

T: Thick milky and smooth, with a strong presence of coffee and chocolate. The wonderfully bitter aftertaste left me wanting more, like a tempting woman defiling me and leaving for her next conquest.

O: Love it! I laughed, I cried, my sin nature lashed out and ensared me in a cosmic fall from grace. Totally worth it. Highly recommended for the lover of darkness.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into The Lost Abbey teku glass this beer purchased February 14, 2015

A: Pitch black, no light coming through, nice creamy mocha fluffy head, lovely lacing, lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the glass's side, poured like oil out of the bottle, looks really good.

A: Right up front, big coffee dark chocolate aromas, picking up some slight dark fruit aromas, smells great.

T: Like the nose, big coffee dark chocolate flavors, getting some dark fruit flavors in the middle, finishes with a lingering coffee chocolate bitterness, tastes great.

M: Nice creamy medium mouthfeel, very fluffy, almost Belgian quad like, finishes with a really dry coffee like mouthfeel.

O: Very impressed. I've tasted about 4-5 Lost Abbey beers within the last month and all but one has impressed me. Serpent's Stout falls in this category. This is a big coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, dry finishing stout. Very drinkable for 11%. Definitely going to pick up a few bottles to cellar. My only complaint is that I wish Lost Abbey would package their beers in 4 or 6 packs.

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Photo of jooler
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black look with a four finger head. Lacing is pretty weird. Initial taste explodes my mouth with fruity flavor with a subtle coffee and chocolate taste. I sense some tart fruits like berries and figs. On top of that, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. The only problem is that the alcohol is very present at the finish

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Shared this with a few friends last night. I was impressed! Delicious, easy-to-drink and smooth. I also got some sweetness from this, but just the right amount. This is well-balanced.

Thank you for sharing this, Josh! 4.25+. Another winner from The Lost Abbey.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: An opaque brown so dark, it's practically black. The tan head is gargantuan, its smooth, foamy top resting upon a mountain of golden bubbles. This beer even looks big, i.e., its appearance alone promises lots of complexity.

Smell: Smells of luxury chocolate truffles--how's that for decadent? Dark fruit aromas are reminiscent of plums and cherry cordial. Roasted, smoky malt creates a meaty earthiness that balances out the sweetness. A delightful bouquet to be sure, but one that could benefit even more from a few more distinct scents.

Taste: A taste that evolves: At first it is both intensely sweet and boozy--maple and brown sugar are taken over the top with a squeeze of caramel syrup, and roughed up by the flavor of vodka. But this intense combination is but a flash in the pan once the roasted malt kicks in, devouring the sweetness and leaving savory smoked jerky in its wake. It's all a bit overwhelming, but for that reason, it's impressive. Certainly something to be sipped slowly and carefully.

Mouthfeel: As chewy and viscous as it looks. Velvety on the tongue. The 11% ABV is confirmed by serious alcohol warming at the back of the throat. Moderate carbonation prevents the body from becoming too thick, and brings a slight dryness to the finish.

Overall: Serpent's Stout is aptly named--this beer is both good and evil. It drives itself to the brink of being too sweet, but is pulled back by smoke and fire in the form of roasted malt and alcohol. It's an overall sensation of being so good it's bad--a dangerous pleasure...forbidden fruit, indeed. In the end, it was almost too much to take, but who doesn't like a little walk on the wild side?

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a 25 oz bomber into a tulip on 05.31.14.

A: 3 finger bubbly tan head which recedes quickly. Midnight black body with no red.

S: Cocoa powder, dark fruit, and licorice.

T: Fig, chocolate, raisin, cherry, and cinnamon toast dominate. Woodiness and a cabernet sauvignon quality are more subtle.

M: Creamy. Very chewy.

O: This was very complex and rich. There was some alcohol burn on the back end. The woodiness was not overwhelming. This was an excellent stout.

Rating: A

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,779 ratings.
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