Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

1,784 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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged bottle dated 12/24/13. Sampled on June 9, 2014.

This has a very dark brown pour to nearly black with a tremendous, foamy, silk tan head. But the head fades after awhile. I used a small glass so the second pour was not as heady.

The aroma has all of the stout characteristics you might expect including dark malts, chocolate, dark fruit, and yeast but it is also boozy.

The body is about as good as it gets for the style with a bold and full texture. Two "5" ratings.

But because of the booze the dark malts and dark fruit tend to get a little buried but this is still an outstanding beer. I should have bought two and tried it 2 years from now when the alcohol bite faded a little.

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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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4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this on my phone, at the bar.

Look: Pitch black, dark tan head. Fades into a ring with slight lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, malts, coffee

Taste: Nearly the the same as the smell. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Super good.

Feel: Medium bodied, creamy texture.

Overall: Short review as I feel like a douche on my phone. But this is a really good beer. I'm definately going to have to be on the lookout for this in stores.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into an enlarged snifter. This was bottled on 12/29/11 so has about 2.5 years of age on it.

Appearance: Pours very very dark brown/black and leaves a dark medium-brown head of a couple fingers which fades at a medium speed to a brown layer atop the beer.

Smell: Big roasty malts, light coffee, dark chocolate, light must, molasses,

Taste: Big toasted malts, coffee beans, marshmallow, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla; very well balanced and easy drinking big flavors. ABV is really well hidden/integrated.

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation (but definitely enough) with a thick, creamy body. Finishes a little bitter, but pretty smooth.

Overall: Very well balanced, big stout. Nice malts, coffee, chocolate and mild vanilla flavors all very well integrated with each other. Top notch stout for sure. Time has mellowed it well.

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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