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RATINGS: 279   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 Serpentís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (3055) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
Tasting at Bjorn and Sanneís place. Thanks for sharing the beers! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: alcohol, chocolate, mocha. TASTE: alcohol, chocolate, mocha, over the top

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3082) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2015
June 13, 2015. Bottle at home.
Black with a small, dense, quickly dissipating fizzy brown head. Aroma is sweet and bitter roasted with coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, some milk chocolate and green pepper notes as well, as it warms up some alcohol notes and a more distinct cold pressed coffee note shines through. Taste is sweet and light bitter vanilla, bourbon and dark sugar, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The bitterness takes over in the finish with cocoa, cold pressed coffee, green pepper, light vanilla and toffee sweetness and some warming alcohol notes as well. Full bodied, creamy and oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This complex Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout showcases chocolate, roasted cereals and molasses within which cherry-like fruitiness and vanilla spiciness manage to create even more interest.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the darkness.
-Wooden barrel notes are found as well. But the malts and cocoa are the stars here.
-The fruitiness in the finish, with a few alcohol waves, make for a pleasant ending.
-The aroma on this one screams ídessertí.

On tap at Toronado San Diego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1508) - Nevada, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Think brown foam exudes a warm coffee, chocolate, and bourbon aroma. Boozy and syrupy. Cocoa and coffee are delicious and brown sugar flavor compliments well. Too big to drink more than one but who really cares?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kroney (253) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Wow. Appearance: black pour with a solid caramel colored head ringing the glass. Aroma: bitter chocolate and coffee, pleasant bourbon, sweet mild smoke/smoldering hard wood. Taste: huge bitter chocolate initially, but gives way to a balance of mocha espresso and bourbon. Finished with a nice bourbon/burnt sugar sweetness. Palate: mouthfeel is perfect, but thereís an astringent lingering on the tongue that isnít quite right. Overall a phenomenal bourbon stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (1265) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Aroma of chocolate, bourbon and booze. Espresso head. Full mouth. Big time chocolate and lots of booze. Tons of bourbon notes, vanilla and a roasted coffee finish. Mouth is creamy. Itís like a mocha candy bar dipped in bourbon. Real nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c0fein (473) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2015
375ml bottle from Saveur-Biere

Black colour with a tan small head. Bourbon, alcohol, cacao, dark chocolate, mild roastiness. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8014) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2015
12.7 ounce bottle. Pours a jet black color with a medium brown head. A big chocolate, licorice and bourbon nose. Huge coffee, roast, dark fruit, chocolates, very rich bourbon. Very smooth. Lots of balance achieved. The massive coffee deals so well with the bourbon. Awesome. Soft, huge dark fruit, really packs it all in. Wow. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9134) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2015
Fast gone dark russet-brown head, over virtually black beer. Very roasted/burnt nose, but also aromas of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, including hints @sweetness. Vanilla, oak and copra. Roasted/burnt, burnt cocoabeans, wood, Bourbon, vanilline, fusels. Filthily rich, viscous, near syrupy, huge concentrated aromas, velvety feel, alcoholheat. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2015
On tap at Memphis for the lost abbey event. Pours thick dark black midnight with a thicker but small burnt caramel colored head. Aroma brings amazing molten lava chocolate cake and fresh dough. Flavor brings sweet and thick chocolate liqueur and some brandy with the bourbon balancing well, a bit of spicy wood balancing out an awesome huge buddy.

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