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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6417) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2012
Pour on tap, Avery Strong Ale fest 2012. Dark murky black pour with thin to no dark head, aroma brought notes of thick chocolate, dark fruit, roast, bourbon and espresso, bringing back more chocolate, definitely heavier on that end. Taste was a bit on the sweet side but the chocolate was very authentic, mixing with the vanilla of the bourbon, a slight roasted coffee note helped balanced a bit. Dug this one.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (4521) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2012
At Avery’s 2012 Strong Ale Fest. Black with no head. Aroma of wood, Hershey’s chocolate, maybe some anise, but mostly smells like barrel aged hersheys. Taste starts smooth but gets a little oaky, with lots of chocolaty sweetness and delicious black roast coffee. Smooth and sweet, slightly boozy and a firm oak tone throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (6306) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2012
Tap @ Avery, doing the 10th Annual Strong Ale Festival. Pours black, no head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, oak. Taste is malts, hard roasted coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Medium body, low carbonation. Abit of a disappointment, to heavy on the coffee notes. 090312

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Deep brown appearance with a tiny tan head. Rich roasty coffee, slightly burnt, light chocolate aroma. Big mocha, rich dark chocolate, very roasty coffee, light vanilla, woody flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Black body with tan head. Chocolate milk shake, vanilla, dry wood aromas. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Nice coffee, cocoa powder, sweet vanilla, deep roast flavors. Nicely bitter dark roast coffee bean finish--very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11540) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Black as you can get on the pour, a minimal tan head. The chocolate and coffee really add something to this and take away a bit of the booziness. Lots of whiskey and vanilla notes are still present, however. A touch of dark fruit in the background. The whiskey still cuts through the flavor along with some vanilla. Heavy on the chocolate and coffee with notes of raisin and burnt sugar.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
erved on tap at the 15th San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The appearance is a rich black hue, not much notable head.. The aromas bourbon and coffee with the coffee coming through very heavily and wonderful. A bold roast of coffee. The flavors enter with wonderful coffee, and roasted malts. The mid layers you get some smooth bourbon and a moderate chard barrel level. There some nice chocolate flavors in here as well. Although I swear cacao nibs in beers never really give the chocolate flavors (likely from the lack of cream and sugar) but perhaps they have a different variety with more cocoa butter or the chocolate is more influenced from the malt bill. The mouth is smooth and full. Perfectly carbonated. The coffee in this beer really shines. This makes me want to revisit the Serpent’s Stout, one I wasn’t a huge fan of last time because the the yeast profile that I do not get in this variety at all.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1404) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Dark pour with an expresso tan head. Aroma is ripped, rich coffee and chocolate with deep and impressive roast. Taste is heavy coffee followed by bitter chocolate, sweet, alcohol-laden malt, raisin, and some trailing alcohol heat. Clean and precise feel. My personal favorite amongst a heavy line-up at Pizza Port Carlsbad’s 15 Anniversary Strong Ale.


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