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RATINGS: 1157   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The history of the bible and religion is indeed the struggle of good vs. evil. Our Serpentís 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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 12, 2009
On tap at brewery tasting. Pours beautifully rich and dark brown. Aroma has a rich blend of chocolates, some molasses sweetness, and late-espresso. Flavor leads with intense espresso (more than was suggested by nose), riffing on this note while the palate builds with soft carbonation, and is subtly oily. The middle flavors then contribute raisins, toasted chocolate malt, and some background floral hops. The finish contains deep bittersweet chocolate as well as vanilla. This is simply a delicious Russian Imperial Stout. I didnít know what to expect, since LA does primarily Belgian-style stuff, but Serpent Stout can hang with the best of them. It has mostly everything I love about a good RIS: nice full mouthfeel, a blend of espresso and dark chocolate flavors, a hint of something else (raisin/vanilla), and a smooth finish. Well done, Iíll have to re-try this in a bottle to see if it stands up.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (24607) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2009
Bottled. Very dark brown colour, close to black, with mediumsized beige head. Some lace. Aroma is mildly roasted malts along with some caramelly and vanillash notes as well. Mild wooden and coffeeish notes. Flavour is rather syrupy sweet along with some roasted malts, burnt wood, alcohol and some hints of chocolate. Quite alcoholic burning finish along with burnt wood and caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 5/6/2008...Ultra-thick 2-finger banana nut bread-colored head. Body pours like liquid licorice. Nice stuff. Needs ample time to warm up. A little licorice candy - almost a hint of roasted corn tortillas and peanuts (?!). Ultra-charred malt. A little smoke, cinnamon sugar and molasses. Grassy hops are abundant and bitterness cuts the sweetness - sort of the same way with semisweet chocolate chips. Alcohol burn slides to back of mouth with sweet viscosity. Charcoal lingers throughout finish. Somewhat unbalanced but powerful. Enjoyable but never seems to warm efficiently to achieve true balance; the alcohol may be the main contributor. Donít get me wrong, though - this is very good stuff. Another note: Probably one of the best beers Iíve had to pair up with an ultra-charred steak right off the grill.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #20. ]
Clear dark black brown color with a average, creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090501]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Batch 1 Thanks to Hellbilly for the bottle! Jet black pour thin tan head and spotty lace. Rich espresso aroma. Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and light alcohol

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KnutAlbert (6627) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2009
Bottled. Very dark. Complex - liquorice, coffee, dried fruit - lots of sublte nuances. Very impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bottles poured at NHC pro brewer night. POurs jet black. Nose is roast malt, chocolate, some hints of tobacco and dark fruits. Flavor is ripe fruit, roasted dark malts, booze, chocolate, coffee, some bitter hops. Finishes bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2009
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 300609. Black with beige head. Aroma complex of roasted malt, alcohol and dried fruit. Flavor is balanced coffee, chocolate and fruity notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle shared at the Kuhnhennís Summer Solstice. Dark black pour with a tan head. Heavy alcohol and coffee aroma with some dark fruit. The flavor was just too alcoholic and boozy for me. I had a hard time finding flavors under all the alcohol. What I did get was a little chocolate, coffee, and vinousness with a sort of oaky finish. Thick, oily body with lots of carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
75cl bottle thanks to bret27. An unexpected and pleasant surprise at our last tasting. Bret walked two miles through La Selva/Seascape hills to bring this bad boy, and the effort was worth it. The beer poured out of the bottle with a pitch-black hue and had a nice tan head that left lasting foam. The aroma had some sweet coffee and fruity yeast notes. The flavor was on the fruity side with lower bitterness and lots of dark chocolate. It was more sweet up front but faded into a darker chocolate finish. Full bodied and smooth with carbonation at a medium-low level. A nicely balanced and mellow stout with a good flavor combination of fruitiness and dark chocolate.


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