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

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4.31/5
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72 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A deceptively smooth barrel aged version of our Serpent's Imperial Stout

Added by rye726 on 03-04-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,036
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
72
pDev:
8.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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64
Gots:
5
Trade:
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4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Single bourbon barrel version, straight from the barrel.

Pours a viscous still black - no carbonation. Leggy, slightly coating and clingy.

Smells like liquid chocolate cake. Bourbon barrel is there, but it's exceptionally well integrated, lending layers of toffee and vanilla that work wonderfully with the foundation of dark chocolate and anise. There's slight smokiness to it as it warms, light and pleasant booziness, a bit of spicy oak.

The palate is rather outstanding. Rich cocoa and faint black licorice remain from the base beer, but the roasted bite has been mellowed by the barrel, replaced by flavors of vanilla, oak and caramel. Chocolate cake with caramel drizzle is the first thing that popped into my head when I took the first sip. The mouthfeel is full, heavy, but avoids encumbering the palate with huge amounts of residual sugar. Not to say that it isn't sweet, but it strikes a nice balance between rich and drinkable. Putting down a full glass of this would be no problem.

Pretty damn impressive overall, certainly better than the port barrel and bourbon barrel fermented versions of this beer that I've tried in the past.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Ryan. Thanks man!

Pours a light layer of fizzy dark tan head. Color is a dark brown with a ruby hued edge.

Aroma: A lot of bourbon and whiskey flavors. Vanilla and oak. Chocolate with some roasted malts. Dark fruits and a touch of creaminess.

Taste: A dark chocolate bitterness with some warming bourbon is up front. A touch of peat and roasted malts. Vanilla and oak. Some caramel and chocolate malt mixed in.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a pretty solid beer. Nothing too crazy, but enjoyable. Some things worked well with this beer, but I wasn't a fan of the peat flavors in the taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has whiskey, toasted malt, brown sugar and some booze. Taste has rich malts, whiskey, burnt sugar and roasty bitterness on the finish.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is essentially jet black with a small layer of brown foam sitting on top.

S: Intensely barrel oriented. Lots and lots of bourbon and vanilla, giving a very rich nose. Plenty of dark and milk chocolate providing a bit of sweetness. Almost no roast is left as the barrel has really taken over.

T: Great sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla flavors. Bourbon and the inherent booziness of Serpent's Stout are there, but surprisingly not hot and abrasive. A touch of oak in the background and maybe a little bit of roast.

M: Definitely full in body with a smooth but low carbonation.

O: The barrel aged Lost Abbey beers are a thing of beauty when done right. And this was done right.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Matthew. Thanks man!

Dark brown, near black, body with a viscous beige cap. Aromas of bourbon, sweet, wet oak. Oh my, this is delicious.

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at City Beer. Served in a snifter.

A - Half-finger of lightly tan foam settles to a thick collar, a few wisps, and no lace. Pitch black body.

S - Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, dusted cocoa. Mike said this was really hot last summer, but it seems under control at this stage - there's still a bit of obvious alcohol but it's not offensive.

T - Roasty malts, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, light oak, caramel, a bit of prunes and raisins, and perhaps some molasses as well. Alcohol is a bit better hidden here.

M - Medium body that seems a tad thin for 11%. Smooth texture, moderate warming alcohol, some light tannic dryness.

D - Quite good. Another sipper, as it took me a while to work through my 11oz pour, but a delicious one that I'd recommend seeking out. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than the bottled Barrel Fermented take on Serpent's Stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4/15/2011

On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale 2011.

A: Black and ominous, no head. Viscous.

T: Vanilla brown sugar bourbon cookie. Smells very good. Booze is well hidden. Bourbon is powerful but melds very well with the rich dark chocolate and brown sugar.

T: Taste matches the excellence of the aroma, with a bit more booze character but not at all out place for a beer of such potency. Strong bourbon and wood notes accompany vanilla, brown sugar, cookie dough, fudge, and chocolate. Excellent.

M: Full in body with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with lots of warming.

Overall: Very good. Definitely recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Pencible
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to adamharbaugh for sharing this hand bottled gem!

A: This poured pitch black with almost no head.
S: It smelled like velvety dark chocolate, with smooth bourbon and oak and vanilla and coconut, and a bit of coffee and fine balsamic.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate with smooth bourbon and oak and vanilla, and a bit of coconut and coffee. It had a smooth but hot aftertaste.
M: It was oily with almost no carbonation. Nice and slick.
D: This was a fantastic barrel aged stout! The scent and taste weren't super complex, but they were amazingly rich and delicious. It had nice body, but the alcohol was quite noticeable, so this should be sipped. Age would probably help mellow it out and turn this into one of the best stouts ever.

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