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

very good
32 Ratings
no score
Send samples

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 ZX6Chris on 03-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Pencible
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to adamharbaugh for sharing this hand bottled gem. Mmm...rare!

A: This poured pitch black with almost no head.
S: It smelled like velvety dark chocolate, with smooth bourbon and oak and vanilla and coffee, and a bit of coconut and fine balsamic.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate and coffee, with bourbon and vanilla and coconut. Not much oak noticeable. It had a surprisingly mellow and sweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation. Thinner than the barrel aged version.
D: This was simply delicious. So easy to drink, but needs to be sipped and savored. I had this side by side with the barrel aged version, and while they're very similar, this barrel fermented version was even better. Excellent beer.

 740 characters

Photo of levifunk
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. thanks chris!

a - black. head forms, but dissipates quickly. nice to see carbonation though.

s - oak, chocolate, and roasted malts.

t - holy oak! chocolate is still very present. flavors are very sharp overall.

m - thinner body than regular SS, but still good.

overall - very interesting tick! enjoyable to drink, but not going to replace reg SS.

 364 characters

Photo of jnn4v
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand-bottled a week or two ago. Thanks to a leftyawh13 for the brew. Apparently was never made available outside the brewery. Also my 150th review. Woohoo!

A: Black and very stout-like (I sense a theme here). Actually does appear slightly darker than the bourbon-barrel-aged version. Very little head. The other two samples looked flat. No visible sediment.

S: Very nice bourbon and caramel scents. Almost hints of maple or butterscotch. Coffee and molasses are undertones. Very nice overall

T: Vanilla, bourbon, sweet malt, molasses and coffee. Not quite as good as it smelled, but still very nice.

M: Very smooth and moderately viscous. Almost no carbonation at all.

O: Very good overall stout (aside from the fact that it's almost flat?).

 749 characters

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Deschutes tulip glass.

A: Dark brown to black with no carbonation as I expected.

S: Boozy, bold, and bretty. I get whiffs of plum, chocolate ganache, and bourbon.

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and whiskey blend nicely together but I wish this was a little more bretty.

M: Light bodied for an 11% ABV beer. Not syrupy, which is a major plus. I would have liked to try this straight from the tap.

Overall, this is a well-balanced beer that goes down very easily. There is no one feature that stands out besides drinkability.

 565 characters

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle recently split at a tasting that included the regular, the bourbon barrel and the barrel fermented versions. Pours black with a very small tannish brown head. Smells of oak, roast, chocolate and a bit of anise. The body is lost in this barrel-treatment. Pretty thin. This beer is an wood (oak, I assume) bomb. I am not sure whether this is aged in just oak barrels or what, but I don't get any characteristics of a spirit, just oak. This beer does not have the balance of the base beer, instead, strong amounts of wood, leather, tannins dominate the beer. Enjoyable, but really hard to believe this would ever be produced as is. Low carbonation. This beer tastes strongly to me like a component in a blend.

...and then we hit a point where it was clear that we had the base beer, a bourbon bomb and a wood/oak bomb, the latter of which seemed like they needed to be blended down. Enter Cuvee de Seeswo, which was a 1:1:1 blend of the three beers. The blend could use a bit of work, I would do more bourbon, less barrel fermented, but in general, this beer achieved much more balance than either of the two barrel treatments, while still bringing out the nice flavors of the barrel.

 1,195 characters

Photo of pastradul
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at blind lady ale house a while back.

Review from notes.

Pours with just a bit of carb. small amount of dense head is produced.

aroma- mild whiskey, dark coffee, mild peat and a touch of booze

mouthfeel- silky, carb is low but has just enough tingle in the back of the mouth to break up the booze a bit.

taste- dark roasted malt/coffee, whiskey/bourbon kick in the mid palate, touch of sweetnesss

overall- had this paired with a pecan cheese cake and it was amazing. but could easily drink this by itself.

 521 characters

Photo of ZX6Chris
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an absolute black with a dark brown head.

S-Most prominent is an oaky woody smell. There's a little bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, alcohol heat.

T-Huge oak flavors up front, vanilla, chocolate stout in the middle and oak, alcohol on the finish.

M-Medium to full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D-The flavors and body blend together well to make the alcohol heat very enjoyable.

 423 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Serpent's Stout - Bourbon Barrel Fermented from The Lost Abbey
4.02 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.