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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Late in November of 2011, Mike Rodriguez our head brewer asked about creating a Coffee and Cacoa Nib version of Serpent’s Stout for the San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The beer was a hit with our fans. When we wrote up the syllabus for the Ultimate Box Set, we knew a version of this beer would be included. We waited until the very end of the release schedule to put this beer in a bottle so that the coffee and cacoa nibs really come through. Four Bourbon barrels were selected for their rich and dense chocolate flavors. One week before packaging, we added 17 lbs of Ryan Brothers Coffee and 4 lbs of TCHO Cacao Nibs were added to the coffee and cacao to steep before packaging.

Meilby's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Meilby (10944) - Kristiansand, - JUN 26, 2012
Draught @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oak and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long cocoa, chocolate and coffee finish. Body is full, texture is oily to sticky, carbonation is flat to soft.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thorongil2 (2358) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2016
(bottle) clear bright very dark brown colour with a small brown head; rich aroma of cocoa, chocolate, smoked fruit; balanced flavour with a long, light dry and bitter finish; thick palate

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bullit (4444) - Burgos, SPAIN - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle courtesy of skortila. Black coloured with a thin beige head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla. Flavour of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, marshmallows, bit of cocos. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
piwnepodroze (235) - POLAND - SEP 15, 2016
Piwo to potężny (13,5%) mariaż nut drewna i burbonu, kakao, czerwonych owoców, kawy i paloności. Już zapach miażdży zmysły, a w połączeniu ze smakiem i posmakiem kokosu i wanilii rozwala system.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 2, 2016
375ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut! At 13.5%
Ugh - rubber and beans aroma, some booze too. Black, no head worth mentioning. Lightish mouthfeel, crispish carbonation. Taste much better, rich sweet vanillaey roast, and a dumper truck of bourbon with associated booze. However, it’s kinda pleasant. Some coconut in the finish with the sweet vanillaey roast. Ooof, that was a struggle, gullet is throbbing. Sweet boozy booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (3002) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle, 13.5℅ abv (from beergium). Pours dark brown-black. Aroma is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, roast, malt, booze. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, cacoa, malt, vanilla, malt, bourbon. Finish is roast, sweet, and bourbon. Overall: very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (6324) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 2, 2016
375ml bottle (thanks Mart). Murky dark brown color. Small size, brown head, stays. Bourbon, sweet, raw cocoa, alcohol, pig fat, roast in aroma. Cocoa powder, sweet, caramel, alcohol, vanilla in taste. Alcohol, caramel and cocoa in aftertaste. Cocoa beans bitterness. Sweet for me. Sweet and boozy brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (2854) - ESTONIA - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle shared by Mart, thanks! Dark brown beer, very small and quickly diminishing beige head. Nose is bourbon, booze, rubber, roast, some sweet notes, caramel, some rubber notes with beany coffee. Flavor is bourbon and roast, caramel, licorice. Finishes with roast and caramel, bourbon and booze. Lingering cocoa and bourbon. Pretty hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2719) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Sampled at THT August. Bottle thanks to mariuspunari. Dark brown with light tan head. Big sweet roasted malts. Toffee. Over medium sweet, mild bitter. Medium body, low carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (7675) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle at the August THT, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark brown with a round tan head. The aroma is rich roasty toffee caramel vanilla. The flavour is moderate liqourice bitter, light sweet with a rich roasty alcohol liqourice red berry fruit palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maakun (3919) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle at THT. Black with light brown head. Lots of coffee and cocoa, quite some bourbon, sour red berries, strong roasted malts, marzipan. Over medium sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied.

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