Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | The Lost Abbey

70 Ratings

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rye726 on 03-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pitch black with a dark tan head of tight bubbles that settles to a nice ring coating the inside of the glass.

S-Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted marshmallow, bourbon, alcohol.

T-Milk chocolate, sweet bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. Delicious!

M-Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated.

D-By the appearance you'd think it would be syrupy and heavy but it's surprisingly not. Huge flavors yet very easy drinking. This is a Grand Slam for Lost Abbey.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Lunch
4.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at EBF 2010 in Boston, MA into a tasting glass at the appropriate temperature (02/21/10).

A: Pours a thick and luscious motor oil black capped mocha colored head with nice retention and some sticky lacing.

S: Potent aroma of bourbon coated; rich cocoa and roasted malt combined with notes of milk chocolate, espresso, and some dark chocolate as well.

T: Absolutely an incredible flavor profile which is enhanced with a sweet and sticky bourbon characteristic. Rich and creamy cocoa engulfed in layers of roasted malt, milk chocolate, espresso, and dark chocolate. There is a slight warming sense from the 11% alcohol which adds some nice heat that is never overpowering. Some bitterness is also present from the dark chocolate as well as just a hint of citrus hops. Overall this is truly an exceptional Imperial Stout that is only enhanced by the bourbon barrel aging.

M: Full-bodied with low and creamy carbonation. There is a slight sticky feel, that helps to coat the entire palate with its rich flavor profile. The bourbon adds even more of a warming sensation.

D: Extremely drinkable, I just wish they bottled this version.

Overall this has to be one of the best BA Imperial Stouts and a wonderful take on the already incredible Serpents Stout. My Highest Recommendation.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of 100floods
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, dark bronze head cascades over the lip of the tulip glass. This baby is pitch black. Blacker than a moonless night.

Smells of dark chocolate and malt. Other notes include toasted malt and silky creme of espresso.

Very thick, viscous texture.

The elixir is roasted to perfection. Sweet/bitter chocolate milk with a coffee bean finish. The flavors are very up front. I'm not finding myself a need to really search for things with this beer. Aside from the roasted malt, it also created a creamy sweet flavor as well.

A huge surprise from Lost Abbey. Definitely not what I would have expected from a mostly Belgian mindset, but hey, sweet. This kind of reminds me a lot of Old Rasputin without all the hops.

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Photo of drummstikk
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serpent's normally has a syrupy body, but the Bourbon barrel-aging has contributed a dry vanilla and dark caramelly spice character that actual makes Serpent a bit more complete. Drinkability is improved, and a layer of alcoholic complexity is added to an already-stellar combination of smooth roasted chocolate and sweet caramel malt. The barrel contribution tames the wild syrup character and dulls the roasted flavors a bit, but the tradeoff for complexity is well worth.

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4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A cascading jet black pour, though a substantial, surprisingly large, dark brown head persistently remains. The first sips were of nothing but foam. This leaves thick, chunky, sheets of lace down the glass. Surprising and wonderful, all in one.

Decadent, rich, earthy aroma of chocolate (lots of cocoa powder and dark chocolate), mixed with big notes of oak and vanilla from the bourbon, and mild dark fruit. A captivating, full, rich, aromatic experience.

The flavor is similarly nice; the cocoa powder flavors dominate, though they are delicious. The chocolate is complemented nicely by the barrel notes, a fairly strong bitterness, at least for the style, and mild dark fruit character. Still quite drinkable for the obvious heft, however.

Full in body, creamy, thick, and luscious. Decadent.

A wonderful nightcap to a wonderful evening.

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4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, CA served in a tall over-sized wine glass...

V: Charcoal black color, moderate body, with minimal head. Little lacing noted to the glass, not exceptionally viscous.

N: Bourbony-chocolate fills the aroma that eminates from this beer, sweet cocoa goodness.

T: Cocoa chocolaty flavors fill first, with espresso right behind it, pushing through with bourbon accentuating undertones with woody notes. Alcohol heat finishes at the back and is quite strong, but with the lingering cocoa, coffee and bourbon notes, the alcohol is forgotten within seconds.

O: This is a big beer. There is a catch 22-likeness about this beer. As it hits room temp, the alcohol overpowers the palate, but you can't drink this beer quickly, so you have to have a good pace while consuming this beer to not hit that point where the alcohol takes over. Recommend getting 7 oz pours or less if possible to truly enjoy and not get overwhelmed with booze...but for sure try this.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

Pours black as night, with a slight dark khaki head. Looked mildly carbed. Aroma had a nice chocolate note, with a pleasant oak and bourbon, vanilla and toasted notes. The barrel was wonderfully pleasant, not overwhelming. Balance was nearly perfect.

Taste was wonderfully chocolatey, roasty, with some light coffee notes, vanilla, toasted oak and touches of bourbon. Again, brilliantly balanced, with no nuance overpowering another.

The little to no carbonation lends a nice smooth, creamy and chewy texture. Undeniably full-bodied and mouth coating.

Really, there wasn't much noticeable alcohol, so this was pretty easy to put away. This was a fantastic BA stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber courtesy of a nameless friend, I opened this up last month, so reviewed from notes. poured into a darkness glass.

jet black with a big tan head that rose up nearly three inches across the top before finally settling down. Nice side glass lacing as webs of tan stretched out across it. Aroma is rich with notes of vanilla, woody tones, coffee, molasses, hints of cherries or dark fruit coming through now as well as warms, and as it hits room temp, the coffee really shines. Nice feel here, lots of carbonation lets the flavor really pop for me. Smooth, and subtle vanilla tones turn to coffee and hints of light hops, especially in the finish with a nice touch of dark fruit thrown in. The alcohol was totally absent for me here, really well done.

Overall this one was intresting and not at all what I was expecting

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Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from The Lost Abbey
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