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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 Serpents 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3285) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared during the Track Set interval of the Brokeback Revisited tasting in London. Cheers Kenny! Geez Meat Loaf... Pours very deep brown with ruby edges and a very tight rim of tan around the sides. Nose is chock full of dark, bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, big espresso, very ashy and spice driven with pepper. In your face bitterness. Taste is balanced bitter-sweet dark chocolate, plenty of fresh pressed coffee, loads of spice. Very bitter on the finish. The coffee is the winner here. Some cinnamon and coconut on the finish. Probably a little too coffee forward for me. Very good nonetheless

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11900) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared in London during the Track Set portion of the Brokeback Revisited tasting. Paired with Meat Loaf. Thanks to Ken, pours somewhat clear, deep black-brown with a weak, off-white cream head. Lots of baking cocoa in the nose espresso, well roasted malts. Medium sweet flavor with tons of charred malts, rich bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, burnt toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Rich finish, lots of oily chocolate, more hefty coffee, baking cocoa, figs, burnt bread, chocolate cake. Delicious. Well balanced. Excellent musical pairing,

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jensgam (156) - , DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, Odense 2013. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is Sweet, vanilla, chocolate and coffee, there is a slight note of alcohol. Flavour is nice complex with notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1630) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2013
This owns. The coffee still remains. The cacao is a bit less notable but its a damn tasty beer. A bit heavy, and sweet, but Id recommend anyone who likes their earthy coffee beers pick this bad boy up. Thanks David.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1237) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle sample at FoBAB 2013, pours opaque black. Nose bourbon some coco. Almost pepper smell. Taste chocolate and coffee come through in the taste. Bourbon adding chartacter not overpowering. Roasty finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Sampler at fobab. Pour dark brown with thin head. Nose is of chipotle coffee and chocolate. Peppery taste with exceptional balance.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2013
"Bat out of hell" frn Lost Abbey boxen, (som tydligen var alias med denna). Aska kaffesump och nyskuren chili. Intensiva smaker av kaffe som hnger i. Viss beska mot slutet. Lite smvass. Bourbon kan anas.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1707) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle at Theis. Pitch black with a small dark brown head. Lots of coffee in the nose, cocoa, lots of coffee, light acidic, burnt malts. Medium/full body, oily texture, near flat carbonation. Medium/heavy sweet and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3271) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle at Theis LA-box tasting. Pours a liqiuid tar with no head. Quite sweet with a heavy malty bitterness. Light aromas of green peppers and fresh coffee beans. Medium to full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5854) - Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle to taster at FoBAB. Looks good; a dull, dark brownish black with beige lacing. Smells of dark malt and the barrel treatment with some pepper spiciness. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Not sure where the pepper notes came from, but they were definitely there to me.


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