Serpent's Stout | The Lost Abbey

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Serpent's StoutSerpent's Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States
lostabbey.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,794
Reviews:
584
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
8.33%
 
 
Wants:
331
Gots:
436
For Trade:
28
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4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Almost black with a nice 1" tan head that manages to hang around, nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate and roasted malt are immediately noticeable.

Taste: Dark bitter chocolate, whether this pleasant bitterness is from the roasted malt alone or has a bit of hoppiness to it is hard to tell. Beneath the dark chocolate that dominates you do notice some dark fruit (raisin & fig). Nice rich combination of flavor like raisins covered in a heavy layer of 85% cacao chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly smooth, well carbonated, and very clean on the palate.

Overall: Really a delicious stout, the chocolate flavors were more predominant when the beer was colder, which is unusual. I liked it better before it became warmer, but still enjoyed the beer greatly overall.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. I’m not exactly sure how old the beer is but it’s approximately 3-4 years-old.

A: The beer is a very deep black color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by strongly sweet flavors of coffee, chocolate and molasses. There’s a very mild but complementary hops presence that provides a good balance for such a heavy beer. There’s also a touch of smokiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is pretty sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, a bit filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this beer certainly seems to have held up quite well with age and is a very good big stout worth drinking for a long time.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick dark tan head that dies down very slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee/espresso, molasses, vanilla and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Incredible. The head and lacing are super thick and look like chocolate mousse. After having a very tasty, yet amazing bottle of Deliverance Ale and being thoroughly disappointed at how awful the appearance was, this makes up for it. I've let this sit in my La Trappe chalice for almost 10 minutes and the head DOES NOT go away. A solid finger's worth of head and it looks super, buttery/ creamy. Like whipped cream. Very, very impressive for a stout.

Smell - Dark dried fruits (plums, fig, cherry), vanilla, mild peat moss, wood with a faint aroma of smoke. Barely any alcohol is noticeable on the nose. A strange hop funk which I cannot seem to pin down. It's different. Rich spices, almost peppery.

Taste - Figs, prunes, dates, espresso coffee, plums, candied cherries, tobacco, pudding, roasted (slightly burnt malts), molasses and plenty of baker's chocolate (rich cocoa -- nice and bitter). Quite syrupy, but pleasant. Peppery and dry. A delicious bready yeast flavor that hides underneath of everything. A very dry finish unlike any stour I've had. It really lingers and mimics the taste of chewing on wood chips or rooibos. Tons of wood the more you focus on the aftertaste. Very bitter, but nice and not offensive. This helps to balance out the crazy sugars in this beer. Extremely faint anise/ licorice notes. It may not appear like it, but there seems to be a TON of dark candi sugar used in this recipe (possibly Belgian). The alcohol cuts in a way that I have never tasted before. It adds so much to this beer in a non-offensive way. A very intelligent use of alcohol. That may sound a bit strange....but it really adds a lot of character to all the surrounding flavors. It also is very subtle in the overall mix of complexity given how high it is (11% abv).

Mouthfeel - This is so heavy that it sticks to the roof of the mouth, however, it can be felt all throughout. Very rich and chewy. It coats the entire mouth and quite literally sticks. Like pudding. Impressive.

Overall - As far as stouts are concerned, it really doesn't get much better than this, if at all. I have never had this until now. Always wanted it, but could never find it. This beer does not shit the bed. I am increasingly becoming more and more of a fan of The Lost Abbey. Easily one of the best craft breweries out of the US. Rich, complex and hearty. The kind of beer Vikings would have lapped up before terrorizing a small village. Definitely pick this up if you run into it.

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