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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGoldenChalice (23) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Served in Snifter from 375ml. Served fresh. Will review aged batches in 12-24mo. Aroma – pronounced booziness w/ ample barrel notes and subtle coffee emanating from glass. Appearance – imagine staring vacantly into the riverbanks of hell: dark brown, hellish-like appearance, similar to that of nefarious, turgid waters that engulf abysmal pits. Composting coffee grounds congregate at bottom of snifter and obscure the color found on the surface of the brew. Taste – prevalent barrel flavor on the forefront and after-tone; I believe the brew needs more time to mature, but that is most likely at the expense of the coffee sensation, which is quite pronounced and enjoyable in its current state. Brewed w/ a unique coffee roast that coalesces nicely w/ the added cacao nibs, this is a must try for any sinner. Subtle vanilla in my esophagus after I have swallowed the beer; however, it is not evident when swishing the beer in my mouth. Palate – sensation of flavors, which include bourbon, roasty coffee, subtle vanilla, cacao nibs, and devilish, demonic-like booziness, which causes abnormal dryness of the mucous membranes. Overall – this beer needs some time for maturation before it will realize its pinnacle. I find it too boozy in its current state yet I strongly enjoy the coffee sensation. That said, interestingly, I am beyond satisfied w/ the remarkable chemistry in this brew. I strongly recommend this beer. I am elated to have to opportunity to quaff this fresh and enjoy a few aged bottles down the road.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4045) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2015
Bat Out of Hell est le premier album de Pain de Viande sorti en 1977 mais est aussi la version Serpent’s Stout en fût de bourbon brassée avec café et graines de cacaoyer. Intéressant dans une certaine mesure puisque la version dite régulière était tout à fait loin d’être impressionnante selon ma perspective, bien entendu. Ok, lors du versement, je ne vois pas d’épaisseur dans ce liquide. La petite tête mousseuse qui se transforme rapidement en anneau me révèle des choses. Au nez, les arômes de bourbon sont assez forts. Déception. Il y a quand même une impression de chocolat et de café mais ces deux ingrédients ne sortent pas de la manière souhaitée : j’aurais aimé ici un peu plus de punch. Le bourbon continu sa route et offre beaucoup de parfums boisés. Les minutes filent et je m’aperçois bien que les arômes cherchent à se placer. Ça devient un tantinet plus cohésif mais n’empêche : mon expérience limitée dans le genre me permet de croire que je ne suis pas ici sur un territoire olfactif de catégorie mondiale. La permière gorgée et les suivantes sont soulignées par l’eau-de-vie. Je cherche la rondeur des malts pour apaiser le tout mais en vain. Pour cela, il faudra que je débouche une autre bouteille. Ceci dit, rien de bien vilain : j’ai seulement l’impression de boire soit un impérial stout qui possède une structure sclérosée par le traitement du fût ou un stout impérial qui n’a pas la corpulence nécessaire pour soutenir les transpirations du bourbon américain. En finale, c’est beaucoup trop boisé et chaud pour que mes papilles apprécient totalement le liquide. Rien de catastrophique toutefois ni de raté. Ici, la faute repose entièrement sur ma propre personne : j’aime davantage la bière noire teintée par les fûts que le bourbon teinté par la bière noire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2107) - - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours like motor oil with a 1 finger chocolate milk colored head. Aroma is oaky vanilla, fudge and dark fruit. Taste follows and adds a healthy dose of coffee and roasted malt. Some fusel notes come out in the finish. Thick and sticky with just enough carb. Really great but a little hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (1064) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours a viscous, stouty brownish-black, with a thin, espresso colored film (can’t really call this a head). Nose is like a candybar floating in a glass of Evan Williams (....and that’s a thumbed nose from this here bartender to the myriad hipster morons who waste quality bourbon like Baker’s or Michter’s on an Old Fashioned...) Lotsa chocolate-coffee-vanilla-toffee-fudge notes. Mouth is thick and greasy... and I mean that in a good way, like Tom Waits in a diner eating fried chicken at 3:00 AM... and he’s following that up with a pot of coffee, and a chocolate cream pie with chunks of Heath Bars crumbled on top. This has all the things I expected: chocolate pudding, coffee and booziness. For the record though, I fuckin hate Meat Loaf’s music... reminds me of my ex and her sentimental attachment to Paradise By The Dashboard Light... but whatever. He was still cool in Fight Club and I still greatly enjoyed this here beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (943) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Sample. Black with brown head. Smooth roasted malt and bourbon aroma. Bourbon, dark fruit taste. Ends dry. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a thick deep black color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, big bourbon, boozy. Flavor has excellent barrel characteristics, with vanilla, chocolate, light coffee. Thick and creamy body. So delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1703) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
The beer is black with a small light brown head. The aroma has some fruity coffee and chocolate flavors with a fairly strong booze note. Mild roast, mild citrus, big hit of pepper. There’s a decent amount of flavor, but it lacks the richness that I’m looking for in really big stouts. The taste has a big toasty malt note but not as much accompanying sweetness as I’d like. Lots of peppery spice. Odd vegetal flavor. Big on coffee, though it’s a bit bland, possibly due to time. Only moderate sweetness. Medium bitter. Finishes drier than expected or appreciated. Booze and spice burn on the palate. Lighter mouthfeel than I’d prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1313) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Aroma is moderately bourbon forward with quite a bit of chocolate and lighter roast and coffee notes. Coffee is fairly fruity and works with the dark fruit and raisin notes in the beer. As it warms there is more coffee but also a slight green pepper note. Pours black with a thick, moderately sized, dark mocha that exhibits below average retention as it recedes to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Flavor is fairly sweet with a strong chocolate and coffee note. Coffee is definitely stronger than in the aroma. Moderate bitterness and a medium light alcohol note in the finish. Moderate bourbon notes mid palate with some light oak and faint vanilla and almond. Light dark fruit notes with some raisin. Light caramel and burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer with a lot of chocolate, coffee and bourbon character. Maybe I have had too many of these now, but it also doesn’t feel special - just middle of the road. Nothing bad though, just nothing that makes me go wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12760) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
375 c&c from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours very black with a very dark tan smear. Aroma of mocha and booze. Nice combo. Med + body, maybe full. Flavor starts mocha, and then develops an amazingly strong dark treacle. Strong flavors. Heat is just another one of them. There’s a lot of bitter - cause there’s bitter burn on back tongue edges. Finally I realize there’s some bourbon. Wowsa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7822) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a thick light brown head and a coffee and chocolate aroma. There is an intense dark molasses flavor with lots of coffee and a chocolate finish. Nicely carbonated and very delicious.

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