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Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

570 Reviews
Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

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 BradLikesBrew
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Lost Abbey beer = about do damn time!!!

a: Jet black body, light tan head.

s: Figs, chocolate and booze.

t: Chocolate malt forms the backbone of a deliciously roasted stout. Notes of fig, prunes, and chocolate with a nice roasted malt bitterness providing balance in the finish.

m: Thick, syrupy, low carbonation, velvety texture.

d: Damn, can't wait to try more of Lost Abbey's work. Great Double stout. rich yet balanced, dessert in a bottle.

Reviewing the 2010 batch:

Anise, cocoa, graham cracker and hazelnut on the nose.

More licorice on the palate, but not as prominent as in the aroma. Java, chocolate chocolate chip cookie, fig, coffee bean. Very long finish leaves me thinking about espresso and dark chocolate. Just enough bitterness to balance things out.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color with ruby highlights and a dark tan head that sticks impressively and patterns the glass with lace

Smell: Loads of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit char and, to some extent, licorice

Taste: Opens with a chocolate base that adds the molasses and char elements by mid-palate, with bitter dark fruit arriving as well; after the swallow, the molasses and fruit elements balance the chocolate and char to provide a complex tobacco finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is a very nice Double Stout; consumed young it is nothing special, but with a year of age on it, the flavors have blossomed

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA in March 2008. Served in my DFH snifter. Dense 1.25 inch tight, mocha-colored head floated on an opaque black sea of malty goodness before eventually settling into a solid layer of foam and tight ringlets. Sheets of thick, but watery lacing revealed with each tilt of the glass left behind some thin trails of foam. Scent of dark fruit, chocolate and malt. Definitely some alcohol heat detectable up front. More dark fruit, cocoa and a mild coffee character supported by a backbone of malt. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, without being viscous, and lively with some carbonation burn, but also some astringency detectable along the sides of the cheeks and back of the throat before settling into a warming sensation that lingers between swallows. A very fine double that improves as it warms. Another excellent offering from Lost Abbey.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head lasts and lasts, with tons of heavy froth lacing. Aroma is rich dark malts with underlying alcohol. Taste is chocolatey sweetness upfront, coffee roastiness in the middle, and fruity alcohol slowly burns in on the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is superb for the style. I look forward to buying this one again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours opaque black, even when held up to direct light. Medium brown head that retains well.

Nose is toasted caramel, espresso & coffee, with some nougat.

On the palate an overextracted espresso flavor is noted - somewhat bitter/harsh, but mingles with the good espresso & coffee roastiness that is there.

Bitterness towards the finish doesn't mix well with other flavors. It doesn't round it out at all. Almost out of place. Hard to drink, even for the style.

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

Pours a 2 finger head that will not leave. Great retention and a nice dark brown color. As 1/4 of the glass remains., the head finally fades.

Smell is chocolate followed by toffee and mint. Some alcohol astringency is there. It's not the strongest of noses. I wish it was a little bit stronger.

Chocolate malt sweetness with a little bit of roastiness. Undertones of mint and toffee with a tiny bit of cofee. The undertones could come out a little more. I'll see what happens as this beer warms. As the beer warms, more chocolate and toffee sweetness comes out.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and smooth. Slight astringency from the alcohol, but it barely takes away.

As this beer warms the sweetness from the chocolate malts becomes more prominent and thebeer smooth out a little, but at the same time gets to be a little more warming.

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Photo of Crosling
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color, with a nice looking tan head. Inviting nose, with a lot of depth (chocolate, dark fruit.) Flavor is fairly complex, with hints of chocolate and a wide array of dark fruits. Solid mouth feel. Lots of depth. This is a very nice belgian style.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pours perhaps a shade lighter than black, huge medium brown head with amazing retention and lacing for a stout

s - big dark bitter chocolate and smoky aromas along with a considerable hop bitterness, some black cherry and blueberry, hints of alcohol

t - dark, bittersweet chocolate and smokiness up front, big sweet black cherry and blueberry on the midpalate, some milk chocolate and fruity hop bitterness on the finish, some alcohol heat

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry on the finish but not overly so, alcohol warming effect

d - not overly drinkable, but not bad for the style, interesting and not overly harsh on the palate

Very good impy stout overall. Complex in the nose and on the palate and a great looking beer. Here's to hoping this will be at least a semi-regular release.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle. Pours near black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molassas, licorice, and roast. Taste is much the same with notes of dark fruit. Warming alcohol on the finish. Thick mouthfeel and medium -high carbonation. A big, impressive ,well-balanced beer.

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Photo of grub
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled may 24/08 as part of biegaman's annual summer saison tasting, with a mix of BA/RB represented. biegaman contributed this one too. thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours very dark brown, not quite black or opaque. small very fine brown head that drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. toasted multi-grain bread. light roast. dark fruit. light alcohol. just a hint of citrus.

taste is great. roast. toasted multi-grain bread. medium-low bitterness level. dark chocolate. bittersweet chocolate. bit of coffee. light alcohol. dark fruit too, giving it a bit of a belgian stout feel. bit of almond and hazelnut too. light caramel. just a touch of sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level, another slightly belgian nod. just over medium body too.

drinkability is very good. great balance. nice fruity and malty depth. i like the bit of nutty character too. this is great stuff!

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz. cork and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours the typical onyx black with a surprisingly large (for a snifter) two finger brown head that dies down to a full creamy layer of bubbles. Swirling the glass leaves a wall of thick foam on the sides, very sticky. Smell is dominated by dark fruits; dates, raisins, and fig up front. A good amount of booze with some chocolate sauce melted over gooey brownies and toasted oats in the nose. Underneath all that sweetness is a tiny bit of smokey malts as well. Taste is pretty charred up front with a bit of chocolate and caramel malt sweetness. The dark fruits emerge midway with a some oaky tones as well. Aftertaste is a sweet brown sugar and molasses with a hint of dry espresso. A creamy feel that's a bit rough around the edges due to the high level of carbonation. It's a bit chilly in Syracuse tonight for being almost June, this fits well seeing it's a chewy sipping beer that improves as it warms. Decent beer, but there are better double stouts out there for sure.

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Photo of turbine2475
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tprokop7 for the chance to try this brew:
A - Pours an opaque black with an intensely tall and dense mocha head that dissipated slowly into a spotty lace. Not shabby.
S - Espresso, mocha, milk chocolate, and dark fruits rule the nose. Slight touches of toffee, grain, and tobacco.
T - Creamy mocha, mild coffee, dark fruits, and a grainy balance that resembles oatmeal and some salty/sweet resembling peanut butter.
M - Creamy and coating with a low carbonation.
D - Great brew! I'm glad I got the chance to try it! Good balance and excellent flavor. Can't wait to see my family in San Diego and make the pilgrimage to pick some up.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical L.A. bomber, caged and corked, w/o vintage nor freshness info (it would kinda be nice to have this info on beers like this one) Pours black, with a very dark tan head, that leaves moderate slippery lace. Espresso mostly in the nose, with whiffs of mocha and vanilla. Dense, deeply flavorful brew. More espresso, layers of cocoa, mocha and burnt/dark malty goodness. Sweetness is somewhat counterbalanced by some fairly subtle and late to the party hops. All in all a tasty and thoroughly enjoyable dark and muddy creation., Highly recommended.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick dark mocha head on a black body.
S- Big roasted and burnt malts with mocha and chocolate coming through nicely. Alcohol also tickles the nose along with grass hops that take a back seat in this one.
T- Big robust dry burnt bittering malt. Sweet chocolate with some mocha flavors that really come out in the aftertaste. Dry dark fruits come through just enough to add a little more complexity to it. Also a nice smokey flavor comes through lightly which seems to just be from the malt. Alcohol warms up back of throat just slightly. Really does a great job at hiding the alcohol. Really dry and bitter aftertaste with a full body and high carbonation (the classic St. Berny's carbonation).
D- Great beer and can't wait to see how this one ages with so much dry notes in it.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet Black, 2 fingers of head. cascaded for 2+ minutes. Looks awesome! Very dirty cream colored head that stick to everything!

Overwhelming Plum, chocolate and coffee. Sorry I have to drink this now.

WOW, Coffee, Bittersweet chocolate and Roasted something I can't place. Wow I need to taste more. It's a smooth bitterness of chocolate and coffee. Really an amazing taste! The taste alone will remind me each and every time I see this beer to grab one!

Creamy like buttermilk with a light carbonation but nothing too overwhelming. The creaminess lingers a little bit after the liquid is gone.

I could drink this till I had to call it a night. Drinking these it would be a quick night. I want to keep the glass attached to my lips so I can enjoy the flavors overwhelm my palate.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/15/08- Generously shared by BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into a Toronado tulip. Not sure of freshnessm but I believe it is an early 2008 release.

Appearance- Deep black in color. Full one inch plus creamy dirty brown head. Leaves very nice lace sheeting.

Smell- Chocolate, coffee, sweet roasted malts and some dark fruit notes.

Taste- At first it had a cola like note in the flavor and the carbonation rate. As it calmed down and warmed to room temp, it gave a nice bittersweet chocolate note, mild coffee flavor and some prune flavors...maybe even a bit of anise. Abv seems lighter than listed.

Mouthfeel- The only sub par point about this beer. Came in cola like, but by the time it was finished, it was much better and smoother. Saved by room temp.

Drinkability- Sans the carbonation, this was a nice stout. I've liked others better, but this is still a quality one worth trying.

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

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a pitch black thick liquid. About a 1/2" head.

S- Nice dark heavily roasty malts with a definite coffee note. Some chocolate and burnt notes.

D- This is a strong brew. Lots of burnt malty note with a ton of coffee. Very potent with a bit of alcohol.

M- Very thick beer. Some mild carbonation but this is a sticky thick beer. Good to warm the soul!

D- I like this a lot. You definitely notice the alcohol but it is very tasty.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ultra-thick 2-finger banana nut bread-colored head. Body pours like liquid licorice. Nice stuff.

Needs ample time to warm up. A little licorice candy - almost a hint of roasted corn tortillas and peanuts (?!).

Ultra-charred malt. A little smoke, cinnamon sugar and molasses. Grassy hops are abundant and bitterness cuts the sweetness - sort of the same way with semisweet chocolate chips.

Alcohol burn slides to back of mouth with sweet viscosity. Charcoal lingers throughout finish. Somewhat unbalanced but powerful.

Enjoyable but never seems to warm efficiently to achieve true balance; the alcohol may be the main contributor. Don't get me wrong, though - this is very good stuff.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a small, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Predominately roasty aroma with lesser notes of dark chocolate, smoked dark fruits, spiced espresso, and oven-roasted almonds.

Taste: Roasty, burnt maltiness and a full taste of coffee and dark chocolate. Charred sugars and nuts. Slight berry-like fruitiness. A wisp of smoke. Earthy bitterness. The flavor grows increasingly roasty as it warms. Dash of spent espresso grounds. Sweetish, roast-packed finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat chewy texture.

Drinkability: Roasty to the max, baby! A very tasty, highly recommended stout from the fine folks at Lost Abbey.

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

The Lost Abbey Serpents Stout
750mL brown bottle caged and corked

A: poured into a snifter. The beer pours a pitch black color, with a massive fluffy tan head that has outstanding retention, and leads to phenomenal lacing.

S: wonderful aroma of toasted grains. I get a lot of sweet dark malts, leading to figs, molasses, coffee, and a strong chocolate aroma. A hint of sourness, like a belgian stout.

T: this is absolutely wonderful. a lot more rich than I expected. tons of coffee, chocolate, and raisins. not overly sweet though. I get almost a milk chocolate in the finish.

M: great carbonation level. a little heavy, but expected for the style. the palate is amazing, and the flavors coat the entire mouth.

D: if I was stuck on a deserted island....this is one of those beer I can drink forever. the 11% abv was delightful and completely hidden.

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

Pours a beautiful deep black/brown color with a lager quickly dissipating head Above average lacing and above average carbonation with a smell of sweet roasted dark malts. Tastes of strong coffee, sweet roasted malts, coffee, and toffee. Very Tasty Very GOOD - This one good beer. Drink and Enjoy!

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tayner for the awesome trade!

Pours a deep obsidian black with a good fluffy tan head, not much lace but decent retention. Nose is full of chocolate and roasted malts and some slight copper. Taste is quite smooth, lots of roasted malt and chocolate flavor, some slight coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. some alcohol. Nice little hop lick on the finish. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and preferred, but still quite good. Drinkability is excellent for the abv (my bottle says 11%) Overall a very tasty stout from the crew at Lost Abbey. Defenitely one I would pick up a lot if it was local. Would like to see some more body in the mouthfeel here, but other than that, this is a fantastically brewed stout. Excited to try the one in the cellar after a year or two. Great beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of CO2 in this one. Didn't quite foam over like the Angels Share but it created a very tall brown head that had some pretty good retention to it. There was little to no light shinning through the beer in my pint glass and it was a solid black color.

Aroma was roasted and chocolatey but not too roasted. It was a nice balance. I agree with the last guy that this could probably use a year but it was pretty good brand new.

Taste was sweet and roasted with mild to moderate bitterness. Not too much coffee in the taste which is what I was expecting when I bought this. The harshness of the roasted grains were manageable but it didn't blend with the sweet flavors as well as it could have. Overall a nice tasting stout.

Body was thick and carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Would drink it again if it wasnt $11.50.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated as a reasonably careful pour produces a four-finger thick, creamed chocolate brown colored head in my 25cl glass that threatens to over flow. The beer is a rich black color with just a hint of concentrated brown to it. The head only slowly subsides and leaves a thick layer of froth on the sides of my glass. No amount of moving it up to the light makes this anything but opaque. Rich roasty malt notes, with a distinctly toasted grain note. Not totally unsurprisingly this smells exactly like the Moonlit Sessions Lager, perhaps a bit more intense, but not overly so; even that distinct, toasty grain character is replicated. Aromas of chocolate, well browned bread, toasted cracker aromas, dark roasted coffee. Underneath the dry, roast-driven malt notes is a deep malt sweetness with notes of burnt raisins and blackened figs. While this has a touch of burnt acidity and acrid roast character, these are fairly well in check and this has a fairly nice nose for a beer of this style.

Despite resting for 10 minutes it is still quite well carbonated; it feels frothy as it first hits the tongue, but it is thick enough to over-power the ample carbonation. After swirling this to degas it a bit, the texture becomes a bit more manageable; thick, chewy, with a creamy texture, though it is not hugely thick, though most definitely a powerful beer. Lots of sweet malt flavors contribute notes reminiscent of charred raisins, dark chocolate, touches of molasses and even some black liquorice flavors. Chalky grain notes stick to my teeth as does a slight astringent, burnt grain character. A light burnt acidity mixes with thick sweet malt notes in the finish, providing a bit of balance. The hop character is fairly mellow here, at least the malt character is so big that you really don't notice any hop contributions. The roast grain notes can at times contribute a burnt vegetal note, though it is not nearly as offensive as some examples.

A decent example of the style, it probably needs a year or more (and will remain good for quite some years) to round out the burnt vegetal notes. I like that this is not overly burnt in character, the roast malt character steers pretty well clear of being overly harsh, astringent and acidic. I am waffling between this being quite tasty and just a bit too green; in the end though, while this is a tasty brew, the second runnings of the mast (Moonlit Sessions) is the better beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of tprokop7
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few bottles at Julio's yesterday. Thanks to Adam (AdamB84) for keeping me updated on when they'd arrive.

A - Thick and black, with a dark two finger head. The cork shot 15 feet when it was popped, lots of carbonation in this one.

S - As soon as the cork flew off, I could smell this one. Sweet, with chocolate and roasting coffee notes for sure. There also seems to be a touch of sourness (like a belgian stout) in the aroma.

T - Sweeter than I thought, and without the sourness I could smell. Notes progress from sweet chocolate to bitter chocolate to coffee.

M - Pleasant carbonation, but it feels almost syrupy. The fact that your mouth feels dry and sticky after a sip adds to this effect, too.

D - It would be a winner if not for the mouthfeel. I am still impressed, and hopefully this one will calm with age and become a gem.

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Serpent's Stout from The Lost Abbey
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