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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rye726 on 03-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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63
Gots:
4
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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 injuredreserve
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MasterSki
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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Photo of SoCalStout
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TouchOfEvil
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of newsage
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes of bitter dark chocolate and very boozy, silky smooth although the booziness is a bit much i would say it is still a great beer! but again with that said i like a hand full of other stouts better, like Class V, velvet merlin and merkin, parabola, the abyss, rogue stouts.

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of quantumcipher
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StoutFest
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kevwcamp
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of jerz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jeezie
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Levitation
5/5  rDev +16%

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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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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4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter.
Thanks to Ryan for sharing this, only 12 bottles handed out at by the brewer to friends.

A- This beer pours a dark brown almost black color, no carbonation is present, no lacing, not the most attractive looking stout.
S- The aroma is Big booze up front, dark malts, big bourbon notes, vanilla, some dark fruits (plums, raisins).
T- Huge Bourbon upfront, caramel, vanilla, sweet malts, bitter sweet chocolate, slight coffee aroma,
M- Medium mouth feel, under carbonated, sticky, smooth drinking, dry finish.
O- Overall this is a tasty beer, would be better with more carbonation, the bourbon takes over this beer, not balanced at all, big heat as it goes down, still enjoyable.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Courtesy of Ryan. Am told that only 12 bottles were made for friends of the brewery. Pours a dark brown reddish color with a slight tan collared head. Swirling around creates a wispy tan, tiny bubbled head that lingers on. Bourbon abounds in the nose with very little else but does have some roast, chocolate, and leather aromas. Medium mouthfeel. Bourbon upfront taste with a sharp dark chocolate bittersweet taste. Some coffee and leather as well. Ends a little dry. Booze is there but not overpowering. This is one of those beers where the bourbon barrel just takes over and dominates every aspect of the beer. Perfect for sipping on and letting warm to let the flavors come out but balanced this is not.

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3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TJBurgess for sharing this, been a want of mine for a while.

A - Black beer, looks just slightly thin on the edges, not much in the way of head on it. Decent coating action on the sides of my taster glass.

S - Wow, this is really hot. Smells of booze, and then some more booze. Almost rubbing alcohol like at times, stings the nose a bit. There is a little bit of stout sweetness in here but the booze is pretty dominating.

T - Taste is much better than the nose. There is some nice bourbon and cocoa sweetness. The base beer comes out more than expected given the aroma. A bit of molasses, and some burnt malts. There is some thinning alcohol burn on the end giving it a pretty hot taste, but nowhere near as hot as the nose was.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied, slightly thin on the end. Moderate carbonation.

O - Decent beer, but needs a lot of time to cool off. Would be excited to try this again in 6 months to a year as it had some potential with nice things going on in the taste.

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