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RATINGS: 1184   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The history of the bible and religion is indeed the struggle of good vs. evil. Our Serpents 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.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
nose of bitter unsweetened chocolate. smells like a double boiler chock full of valrhona slowly softening to a ganache, it nearly fills the room. appearance is standard opaque but with a wonderfully hued head, thin but clearly tinged with the same essence of cocoa found in the aroma. it quickly disappears to a stagnant lake of impy. flavor is far from sweet, certainly dry and certainly doesnt shy away from the booze that makes this bottle work. very bitter again, balancing things out well and then some.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (7385) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2009
Medium brown head. Dark brown body barely translucent at edges. Alcoholic fruity minty aroma with roasty notes. Dry-sweetish salty licorice and roasty tar taste. Round and smooth mouthfeel with alcohol heat. Dry-acidic minty burnt wood and oak aftertaste. Excellent! (Oslo beer junta tasting.)

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkunz (19) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Average, quick fading dark brown head. Aroma was chocolate, booze(whiskey), caramel, malty, dark fruit. Appearance was pitch black. Taste was about the same as aroma only the booze was a little more hidden, a little coffee and a bit smokey. Medium to thin body for an Imperial Stout I thought which was nice as I was drinking it on a hot day. May not have been the most complex but Im a sucker for Imperial Stouts as well as Lost Abbey.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Mmmm. My first beer in CA. And what a one! Mmmm, dark beer. Nice malts are everywhere in the thick heavy syrupy body and theyre roasted to full blackness. Lots of alcohol, tons of alcohol and the body is warm and brutal but covered in a smooth nest of creamy malts. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (6078) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Thanks a bunk to xmarcnolanx for sharing this one. Pours black with a deep burnt orange head. The aroma has dark roasted malt, raisins, figs, some dark chocolate, cream and vanilla bean. Medium / thick body with some graininess and semi-soft carbonation. The taste is not as complex or interesting as the aroma. It starts with some sharpness, graininess, roasted malt that is bitter, dates, some anise and quite a bit of alcohol. The finish has some dark chocolate as it warms and the alcohol stays persistent. This is a good beer, but didnt live up to the hype for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
In short: An above average big roasted impy stout with notes of chocolate and espresso. Very good.
How: Many times. This rating for a 6 months old 750ml bottle that I drank by myself.
The look: Black body topped by a medium mocha head that quickly recedes to a small ring of foam
In long: Nose is breakfast time with burnt toasts and a cup of espresso coffee. Taste is rather chocolaty. Black chocolate, burnt toasts, espresso coffee. Leafy hops attempt to lighten-up the beer adding some kind of freshly cut flower flavour. Aging or batches seem to make a big difference because Ive had different experiences with this beer. I usually found it a bit too much syrupy/molasses but when I decide to sit down and rate a full bottle I get dry-ish chocolaty espresso flavour. So the serpent said to Eve cmon girl, just drink a bottle of my stout. And Eve could not resist and drank the entire bottle. She was pretty plastered and started to make out with Adam. Then God said Get a room you two. So you see, Adam and Eve were not banned from the garden of eden. They just moved to a sleazy motel room.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2009

Source:Sample from a 750 mL bottle at a tasting in Nashville.
Glass:Taster.
Appearance:Dark brown pour with a huge brown head.
Aroma:Roasted malt and coffee.
Flavor:Roasted malt. I didnt get much else here. Excellent though.
Palate:Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:This was an excellent example simple is good as well. Not a huge amount of complexity, but a solid, well made IS.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elihapa (1552) - 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 didnt 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, Ill 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 (25767) - 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. Dont get me wrong, though - this is very good stuff. Another note: Probably one of the best beers Ive had to pair up with an ultra-charred steak right off the grill.


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