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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.

Added by BeerBeing on 06-10-2007

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Photo of kasper
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wax dipped corked and caged 2008 Vintage:

A: Pours fairly black with a s loose cinnamon-colored head that recedes quickly, leaving very little lacing as it settles to a ring and a blanket.

S: Roasted malt, some smoke and a bit of leather, dark chocolate powder, and booze in the background.

T: Chocolate and burnt malts pretty much dominate though there's a unexpected subtle fruity pop on the tip of the tongue near the finish. Bit of alcohol on the finish but its very well masked. Flavors are all nicely balanced

M: Really subtle, fluffy and almost velvety feel. Lighter than expected, but that's a good thing. Noticeable carbonation.

D: A refined, well-balanced RIS. Was a bitch to get the wax off the cork cage but after that, all was good.

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Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in early 2008.

Poured part of a 750ml into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a thick opaque black into the snifter. It produced a solid one finger tan head. The head is very fine textured. Great head retention - the head never truly goes away, only dissipates to a thin crown. A swirl of the glass makes the head grow right back. Decent lacing.

Smell - This smells awesome. Dark chocolate notes intermingled with roasted malt that resembles coffee, licorice, dark fruit - plums cherries, burnt sugar, and toffee. Wow. Better than I remember, and get better as the beer warms.

Taste - Even better. This has really developed nicely over the last year. Wow. There are primarily flavors of chocolate and roasted malt, but it is really complex. There are notes of coffee licorice and cherry. There is a sweet note that resembles caramel and toffee that lies underneath. The 11% ABV is extremely well hidden. This is awesome.

Mouthfeel - The initial feel is creamy and smooth, and then a sharp carbonation comes through at the end. Medium/full bodied. Mouthcoating without being too oily or sticky.

Drinkability - Holy crap, this is awesome. This has held up amazingly well over the past year. This could stand to be aged even longer, but this is delicious. It has been a while since I have had a stout this good. I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A_Pitch black liquid with a soapy coffee coloured two finger head. This settles down to a fairly nice cap and leaves sheets of lacing.

S_Big coffee and dark chocolate notes up front followed by dark fruits and a hint of alcohol.

T_Once again big roasted flavours with dark and bakers chocolate coming to the forefront. There is a good bit of roasted grain husk. The coffee hinted at in the nose is a bit subdued. The dark fruits are also minor notes but they all add well. While the whole package is mostly bitter, the aftertaste lends a nice sweetness to balance it out.

M_On the lighter side with a bit too much carbonation. The carbonation is along the lines of a tripel which is a bit too much for the style.

D_The light body while a flaw style wise make this fairly easy to drink. Very tasty.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to throwitallaway for this corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The stout is black. No other words can do it justice. The only hint of color comes from the coffee-and-cream colored head that looks like it will lace in strata around the glass.

S: An excellent aroma, even when cold. Thick bready aromas are decadent, throwing off nutty, graham notes. Coffee and cocoa powder also make appearances.

T: Ample carbonation fizzed in my mouth like a soda. Behind the fizz, big things started happening. Roasted malts, burnt and scorched, set the tone for the stout. Fast on their heals were powdered cocoa, espresso and a mild spice profile. Caramel follows in what is fast becoming an orgy of flavor. Hops add a citrusy flourish and yet another dimension. I am very impressed.

M: The mouthfeel is full, changing flavors from one sip to the next. The depth is remarkable, I've rarely had an imperial stout that was this complex.

D: At 10.5%, this is no pounding stout. I'll be lucky to finish the bottle before it knocks me out.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle, served in a pint glass. This bottle lists 11% ABV.

A - One finger of milk-chocolate-colored foam that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing. Pitch black - not even a little lighter at the edges of the glass.

S - Heavily roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and a touch of dark fruits and hoppiness. You can tell this is a fresh bottle. The smell just leaps out of the glass.

T - This is pretty intense. It starts with bitter coffee and dark chocolate, but unleashes a torrent of sweet milk chocolate, malt, caramel, and floral hops on the middle of the tongue. The aftertaste mirrors this with strong bitterness up front but a lingering sweetness at the back of the throat. Maybe the tiniest hint of booziness.

M - Full bodied, with moderate carbonation - goes down smooth and velvety. Leaves a clingy residual stickiness. Very warming.

D - My wife and I will easily finish the 750ml bottle. The carbonation and high ABV will probably keep me from drinking much more afterward.

I've had this beer before, and I don't remember it being this good. Perhaps being fresh improves it, or perhaps they've tweaked the recipe slightly. I'm so glad we're getting the Lost Abbey seasonal brews, as the regular lineup is a little overrated. Highly recommended.

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

Purchased at Julio's in MA in May of 2008. Consumed on 1/16/2009.

A: Poured into a nonic. Thick dark black body with a 2-finger chocolatey-brown head. Leaves some lace.

S: Roasted malt, some coffee and a hint of cocoa powder or chocolate. Not terribly strong on the nose, but pleasant.

T: Chocolate malt and roasted barley malt. I wrote "nice and roasty" and that about describes it. Some cocoa powder is evident as well. As it warms there's fruit too -- dark fruit or maybe even chocolate-covered cherries. "Rich" is another word I wrote to describe it.

M: Definitely a heavyweight in heft, good carbonation to it.

D: Very drinkable for a beer of 11% ABV. I couldn't find any evidence of the alcohol at all.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip

Big creamy head rises to the top of tulip. Head is cocoa color and sits on top of a nearly pitch black body. Little to no lacing.

Nose is of deep, roasted cocoa, subtle dark fruit, caramel, and sour belgian yeast.

Deep roasted, almost charred malts with sweet caramel and a dose of bitter hops. Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, caramel and dark fruit up front with a floral hop/roasted malt finish.

A big robust mouthfeel without being too thick. Soft and luxurious, velvety smooth. There's a lot going on in this beer and they did a great job on thinning it out to make it more palatable.

There are some pretty intense and extreme flavors going on here with a high abv. Put your brakes on, this one is to sit back and enjoy slowly. Considering how big and bad it is, I really had no problems cutting through it.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

review taken from notes, poured into my stella artois tulip glass, poured as black as a cave at midnight with a creamey tan thick head rising to the top reduses to a thin film over the entire top as it settels, the taste is the begning a strong oak age flavor, bitter chocalate, strong alchoal and a hint of coffiee. the middle is ware a tuch of of hops kick in but just slightly also a hint of black pepper spicyness. the finish is like creamy mollassess and sweet burbon. this is an overall smoth well blanced great siping stout that i was luckey to get one of. i am seeking to get more of theese

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

With Girlfriends present, and both treyrab and I having received packages earlier in the day, why not have a tasting? Thanks Trey for getting me hooked on my new favorite stout, and a big ups to stevemacqueenjr for trading one to me.

A. Looks beautiful, great 2.5 head with no visibility through, karate black belt in color.

S. Very vanilla sweet and tons of butterscotch and caramel, some scents of vanilla, floral. It all mixes well and comes out so nice and plesantly. The scent really does a superb job of pulling you in.

T. Very creamy and caramelly, with great bitter chocolate a lot of toffee. Creamy but a little bit too crispy and carbonated, hopefully this will affix itself over time. Very nice dark fruits.

I really enjoyed this one, and would recommend to anyone interested in hooking a friend onto RIS's. My girlfriend is typically a Fruit Beer drinker (though I must tip my hat to her as she is beginning to branch out a lot), and really enjoyed this one.

EDIT: Just had the 09. Drinking incredibly well, a lot more bitter roasts and a slight soy sauce taste in addition to everything mentioned above. Other then these changes, everything else in the 08 was the exact same in the 09. Huge thanks to Hophead101 for hooking us up with this bottle. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/31/08. Bottle. Pours black with a huge, HUGE dark tan head, so pretty!! Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, milk and bitter chocolate. Flavor of heavily roasted, sweet malt, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate. Very smooth palate and really drinkable. I was expecting more richness from an imperial stout, but this tastes more like a strong regular stout to me. Very smooth, wow I did not get the 11%. Interesting, very good, but not quite worthy of its 4.03 average...
7/5/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last time I had this I was a wee bit hung over, so I didn't fully get to enjoy it. Poured in to a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Color is completely black, and has about a half finger of light tan, rocky looking heading. Sweet, rich dark chocolate and earth make themselves known in the nose, as well as some cigar tobacco and dark fruit. Taste is full on with the rich chocolate, which has multiple layers. Sometimes it resembles chocolate powder, other times dark chocolate cake, and even chocolate cheesecake at one point. The dark fruit (raspberries and strawberries come to mind) also sits in the background to complement everything else. Mouthfeel is perhaps a tad light, but still very good. Drinkability suffers for me only because of the higher ABV. I am liking this beer a lot as I sit here listening to Black Sabbath's first record (seemed fitting). Taste wise, it is like a more subtle, refined Surly Darkness. Cannot complain with this beer. Cheers

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Photo of magictrokini
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dense brown head of tiny bubbles. Roast malt, leather, cigar, bacon, coffee, chocolate and charcoal in the aroma. Huge is not a big enough descriptor for the roasted malt. It hits like a sledgehammer. Smoked bacon, dark chocoalte, cocoa powder, and coffee are also there en masse. Nice alcoholic warmer at the back. Smooth, velvet mouthfeel. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Azurelimits for trading me this one.

Poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Black, dense tan head, thick sticky webbed rings of lace.

Rich chewy aroma like oatmeal raisin cookies, molasses, and caramel.

Flavors of sweet caramel malt and oats, then mollases, anise, prunes and raisins, then after several seconds a wave of smooth bittersweet roast coffee and chocolate. The smooth roastiness doesn't fight the sweetness, but some balance is achieved. Prunes, anise and chocolate linger for a bit.

Overly fizzy at first, but swirling renders it wonderfully creamy. Highly drinkable. The lacahol dos'nt seem to be a factor.

Elegant smooth sweet beer, quite tasty, I enjoyed this.

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

pours opaque black with a fairly dark brown one inch head which has some purple hues in it. crazy retention and slug-like lacing.

lots of rich roasty malt aroma without a lot of astringency or char... molasses, chocolate, tar, mellow nutty coffee and some black raisins.

the flavor on this thing is a monster... very robust mix of roast, dark bitter chocolate, belgian-esque yeast, black raisins, spice, florals and phenols. it's sweet but not overly and is well suited to match the bitterness. nearly full bodied but the airy soft carbonation gives it a creamy light mouth feel on the tongue. it's very feminine yet very powerful.

this is significantly less chocolate-y than it was a year ago but the roasty bitterness is developing nicely. when it was fresh it could be poured over shaved ice to make a chocolate flavored snow cone!


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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a pint glass: No freshness date to be found

P: Pours a damn-near pitch black into the glass. The liquid sits completely opaque, rejecting any light that comes close to it's body. Regular pour produces a beautiful 3-fingered, dark-khaki colored, slightly pourous yet very impressive thick head that shows immaculate retention. Seriously, the head stuck around for an eternity! Once the head finally sunk down, it caked the glass like stucco on the side of my building. This is some of the thickest, and most impressive lace I've seen. Superb!

A: The aroma is of a nice bourbon presence, dark-roasted chocolate malts, and some ripened dark fruit.

T: This one starts sweet (and a little unbalanced) with the chocolate malts leading the way, followed by rich molasses, slight caramel, and dark fruit. But, it is backed up by a spicy alcohol presence that rears its powerful head half-way through. The spicy, almost whiskey-flavored alcohol bully-foots the profile on the finish as it tingles the tongue and warms the throat. But, it doesn't quite light a fire in the chest like you would expect. Now, while this is a tasty stout, I seem to pick up a milky-sweet undertone buried in there that reminds me of a Mackeson's XXX; which provides an off-flavor for my personal taste as this is not a sweet stout.

M: The Serpent's Stout has a really good mouthfeel to it. It's full-bodied, chewy, and fierce, yet luscious like liquid satin on the tongue. Very smooth for such a high ABV beer. Very nice!

D: Personally, I didn't find this to be one of high drinkability. Not only is it 11% ABV, (which would make it hard to drink more than two) but the taste just didn't blow me away enough to make me want to drink it all night, because of the above-mentioned off-flavors.

Notes: While the Serpent's Stout is a tasty brew, the off-flavors really hurt the overall score of this beer in my humble opinion. The sweetness tends to be a little unbalanced at times, thus teetering on the edge of tasting like a "sweet stout" at a certain point. Maybe something happened to this bottle, I don't know. But I do know that it sure was tasty enough to try again sometime. Nonetheless, a very good stout that I would recommend to others, for sure.

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Photo of rayjay
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium Noel goblet.

Big creamy head like frothy hot cocoa. Pitch black with brown hues. It does a noble effort to lace the glass but I suspect alcohol is inhibiting it. Foam retains it's brown tint as the beer continues to sparkle.

Big nose full of deep musty cocoa. Higher alcohols and tons of 120L carmel malt too.

Roasted malts do battle with lots of sweet carmel and bitter hops. Sweet concentrated pale malt first runnings and low attenuation. Noticable metallic twang (dirty tank?). There is a lot going on for sure. Lots of unfermentables. Funky Belgian sipping chocolate meets carmel malt bomb English imperial stout meets American heavy handed bittering. Flavor doesn't quite do the aroma justice, but it's still a beer to behold. Smooth and noticable alcohol like bourbon, but with no burn. No detectable roasted barley.

Prickly champagne carbonation, which is a bit too much for my tastes. Otherwise, the mouthfeel achieves balance; sticky sweet but not too heavy.

Drinkability is good considering the strength of the beer. A very good imperial stout, but the extreme in this case means extremely intense flavors. Enjoyable when the mood strikes.

Cheers to a great brewery!

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Photo of SaucyA
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

By far the hardest time I've ever had removing a cork.

A - Pours a deep black with brown twinges on the edges. The head is big and brown, yet my only gripe is the length of time it stays around. It's like a thief in the night. Nice lacing.

S - Chocolatey goodness... no booze in the nose despite the 11%. Roasty toasty. Hints of molasses and caramel. Nothing hugely complex or mind boggling, but a wonderful example of the style.

T - It's a big, chocolatey kick in the teeth at first, yet the finish leaves a bit to be desired. There's not much to it. Chocolate, chocolate, more chocolate. No real coffee affects, just some chocolate and some booze.

M - Quite frankly, the worst feeling double stout I've ever experienced. It's carbonated like soda... it feels just like a fizzy drink in my mouth. Where it should be small and even, it's SPARKLING and CRISP. The beer is actually quite thick underneath, yet the carbonation just sucks. I find myself swirling the beer to make it flat.

D - It's fairly drinkable despite the over-carbonation. The taste is nice and there's nothing to detract.

Notes: Like most Lost Abbey beers, this has one GLARING flaw... the mouthfeel.

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Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AdamB84 for the bottle coming from the east this spring.

Can I say again, love the artwork on these glasses, really not like anything else. This time I also noted the logo, brewery name, & website right on the cork too. Lots of nice little touches.

As befitting its stature, this beer is black. Smell is a little on the chocolaty side, immediately reminding me of the Rogue Chocolate Stout, which surprised me.

Taste is much more subtle than the aforementioned Rogue Tootsie Roll. Chocolate rolls up to the line of overdoing it & turns aside in the nick of time, allowing the coffee, malts, & silkiness to show through. This might be the most carbonated big stout I've had, which is very strange. I tend to associate 10% ABV stouts with a flat, reptilian black. I can feel this one bubbling in my mouth. Odd.

Very good beer. Subtler & better as it warms.

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Photo of Goliath
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and opaque, with the slightest dark brown edges. A large inch and a half brown head forms and lingers with nice retention. Some fine lacing forms as well.

The aroma is ok. Huge notes of chocolate. Kind of a doughy chocolate mix. A bit of alcohol, very slight, with a good portion of grain is available. A very slight smoke presence is in there as well as a dying hop presence.

The taste is pretty nice. A good bit of chocolate really sets this beer off. A slight hint of coffee, very slight, mixed with a bit of smoke. Seems slightly roasty, but not bitter. A bit of sugar, and raw grain is also present on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly creamy, and well carbonated with very fine bubbles.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a decent tasting stout, and the 11% ABV is very well hidden. I really love the chocolate tones most of all. A solid beer.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a while back, let it sit for a while...but decided it was finally time to drink it. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pitch black and w nice fluffy brown head. I get about one finger, but very good retention. There's quite a bit of sediment at the bottom, even with a slow pour.

S: Lots going on with this beer. Chocolate seems to be the major player here, but it's more like a raspberry-infused chocolate. There is definitely a pronounced, sweet frutiness. A bit of vanilla, bourbon, and maybe just a hint of coffee.

T: Once again, sweetness is prominent in the flavor. This opens again with a berry sweetness combined with chocolate. The middle of the flavor is dominated by a roasted malt or coffee flavor. Sweetness again comes out in the finish. Plenty of bourbon in the flavor throughout. This is one of the sweeter stouts I've had, but at the same time it's not overly sweet.

MF: Thick bodied and a bit syrupy. The carbonation is a lot higher than I would like it to be...it's pretty smooth drinking but I do feel the bite of the carbonation takes away from the flavor a little bit. Warms quickly, and the alcohol is pretty evident.

D: This is a really nice stout, despite the carbonation being a bit too high. I really like the fruitiness, it's not something I've experienced in many beers of this style. Coffee is toned down as well, which is a plus for me. Obviously this is a beer to be sipped and shared. Big ups for the smell and taste, but I gotta mark it down a bit because it's just not as smooth as I'd like it to be. Still, among the best I've had in the style.

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Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color, completely opaque with a very creamy and thick two plus inches of tan head. Head settles very slowly and keeps a full lace, and some stick coats the side of the glass and falls slowly after each sip.

First thing I notice in the smell is a lot of fruit - aromas of berry, in particular, and some dark fruits. Also lots of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate sweetness. There's a hint of booze in the nose, as well.

The taste is dominated mostly by roasted malt and a nice sweetness. Makes me think of some blackstrap molasses and dark chocolate. There is a slight astringency in the taste, as the roasted malt feels just a tad burned. Some dark fruit, as well, with some raisin flavor in particular. There's a bit of alcohol heat, too, which takes away just a bit from an otherwise extremely creamy mouthfeel. Still, this is very tasty and delightfully creamy and medium bodied. The astringency makes it a little less smooth than it could be.

This is quite a fine beer, another winner from Lost Abbey. I'd bet it would do well with some age, though, to allow some of the astringency and alcohol to mellow a bit. Tons of potential, but still a good beer right now.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try something dark for Halloween and this certainly is a dark beer.

Lightproof black beer with a dark brown head looks the part.

The smell is sweet chocolate with vanilla and a very slight coffee aroma. Boozy and nutty there is almond and black licorice scent here. Faint coconut aroma.

The taste starts out semi sweet with a bitter chocolate finish and coffee. A mix of Sweet, Bitter and coffee mostly. Alcohol becomes noticeable after this warms up and it becomes sweeter. This might be a bit too sweet for some.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Not a bad beer but it is a bit on the sweet side for the beer type, quite a lot like Kahlúa.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown in color with a nice inch of mocha colored head. Plenty of chocolate or cocoa flavors in the smell. Very creamy and velvety smooth in the mouthfeel. Plenty of cocoa and slight coffee in the flavor. This is lacking just a bit for me. Port/Lost Abbey is my favorite brewery, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would.

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4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Does this beer have some head. A stronh pour gets more than four fingers of chocolate brown head that jumps over the edge of the glass. No lace is left. Body is black as used motor oil. Nose is full of zesty coco and spicey malt notes. Even has a hint of sweet smoke. Enters tha mouth with a bold, very alive flavor profile. Electric coco notes blend with zesty spice, coffee, burnt malts and sun scorched dark fruits. There is a consistant sweet feel to the palate consisting of bakers chocolate, raisens and pie crust. Mouthfeel is of a bitter chocolate feel, very nice. Very thick, even for a stout. Drinkability, well this is a very enjoyable all night sipper.

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

This beer pouts an inky black color, with a massive, pillowy brown head. The head fades VERY slowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace. When held to light, nothing penetrates this murky beer.

This beer has a strong bitter chocolate aroma. A sweet maltyness is present. Lots of dark fruit, plumbs, raisins, and figs. It has a slight alcohol aroma, but at 10.5%, I would expect as much.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Strong bitter chocolate, with a very noticable dark fruit flavor. The alcohol is also present in the flavor.

This beer is very full bodied. It is very thick, and the carobnation is low, fitting the style perfectly.

This beer might not be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and it has a very aggressive flavor. That being said, it is great, and I can definately see myself having a bottle often.

Overall: This beer is great. I am happy to have got the chance to try it. I have a few more bottles, and I am interested to see how it holds up. Another great beer from Lost Abbey.

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,742 ratings.
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