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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (251) - USA - MAY 6, 2015
I’ve had this once before and I’m already aware of how much I like it. Now is my chance to describe the experience. Pulling the cage and popping the cork is always a bit of fun, and this time was no different. A cat scatter-er every time. The aroma is roasted cocoa and dark, overripe, fleshy cherries heavily saturated in bourbon. The tang of coffee seems only an accent to the blended harmony peaking my curiosity, and the olfactory experience is already twice my memory of it. The pour is phenomenal; a rich, coffee hue with a dense milk chocolate foam ready to get the hell out of your way, but happy to reaffirm its depth with just a bit of a tease from the glass. In tipping for my initial taste, the aroma has a presence of its own, and is heavy enough to fall out of the glass and across my cheeks, intensifying the nose; the brew, rich and creamy on my tongue. The sip is equivalent to the first sip of any really good spirit, sending a rush of goose bumps over the back of my neck, down my spine, and over my thighs. Holy cow, this is better with age. I know I don’t remember this, because I would remember this. The body is heavy, the taste sweet and hot, I’m finding the coffee now, especially as I breathe out, but deeper into the brew and at a higher temperature. Less enjoyable at 64 degrees, and my absolute favorite at 53, so I pull the remaining beer from the cooler to add to the warmer stuff in my glass. Damn fine beer, damn intense experience. Yes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6583) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2015
I thought this was really good, which surprised me a lot, because lost abbey is a brewery that is slowly going obsolete.. . Dark plum black .. Mild foam .. Light roast, tar, petrol and easy barrel .. Mild mouth and finish .. I enjoyed my glass but nothing I’d seek out again .. . Whoever programmed the iPhone dictionary might be the stupidest duckin person ever..

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (167) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2015
375ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours really dark brown with a nice creamy brown head. Aroma is espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, liquorice, dark dried fruits, bourbon and wood. Flavour is medium bitter. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long and with a lot of coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asceticbrewer (68) - Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2015
Pours a deep dark brown with chocolate colored head. Aroma is alcohol, oak, and chocolate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak. Slightly sticky texture.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8345) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2015
16.9 oz cc bottle from Capone’s. Pours dark blackish with no head. Huge oak, bourbon, cognac, cacao, walnut. Tastes spirity, with oak, bourbon, cacao, dark malt. Dense and hot finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1899) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
On tap at Lord Hobo. Pours a really dark brown with no head except for a small rim that leaves some lacing. Nose is of roasted malt, chocolate, coconut and vanilla. Dessert-like. Taste is lightly boozy and full of dark chocolate, caramel and coconut. Body is full and carbonation moderately low, a rich sipper. Overall a really nice dessert beer, alcohol doesn’t show too much at all.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (902) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2015 Bottle brouGht by BBQSlim. Thanks! Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, nice. Very sweet but nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10316) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2015
Draft - need label - please let me know if you have an empty - Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roast chocolate and coffee - Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7577) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 16, 2015
Bottle, shared with Parksy and phantomhennes. Oily black pour, dense brown head. Rich dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and warm bourbon create a nicely balanced and full bodied drinking experience. Warm finish without becoming harsh. Really great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2856) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting. Dark brown color and small beige head. Nose is light roast, cocoa, and barrel. Sweeter, but enough roast to stand. Bourbon, chocolate, espresso, and vanilla flavors. Smooth and silky.


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