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RATINGS: 297   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
Countbeer (5982) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Black beer with a quick disappearing brown lacing. The aroma is quite in balance and very interesting! Nice marriage between roast, bourbon, coffee, cacoa/dark chocolate and some vanilla tints. Flavour is good but the aroma made me think the flavour would be more intense, which is not... Flavour is nice bitter, roast, coffee and dark chocolate with a hint if alcohol/warmth. Lighter tone of bourbon and vanilla than in the aroma... Some praline, earthy roast and malt roast... Aftertaste is bitter, roast, coffee, some dark chocolate/cacoa and earthy malt roast... Low carbo, creamy to silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied. Nice beer but damn expensive!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (1186) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Super boozy scent, but it doesn’t transfer to taste, thankfully. An easy booze bourbon warms the back of the throat and not overpowering. Dark fruit scent like cassis. Some dark bitter cocoa and tobacco with overly ripe dark fruits like plum. Almost a wine port in there. Dark black, no carbonation. Very nice. The ABV is apparent, but drinkable. Bottle

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
[8112-20160318] 12.7floz bottle. Dark roasted and charred bourbon-infused wood aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy brown head. Roasted boozy grains and super rich imperial barrel everything flavour. Full body. Very tasty. (8/4/8-/3/15) 3.8
Overheard: "Christopher Walken haikus would be hours of attention: ’Snow, falling on cedars. Karen, won’t conform to Google. It’s sad, really.’"

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2016
Bottle at Cotteridge Wines Tasting Room; opaque dark brown pour with a creamy dark tan head, aroma has sweet molasses, light bourbon and chocolate, taste has sweet chocolate, boozy bourbon, raisins, quality coffee, great beer on a summers day.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barrelbelly (747) - BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2016
Bourbon, roasted Barry, coffee, sweet wood finish. Vanilla flavour tops it off. Great brew

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (6317) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2016
375 ml from Cook’s Warehouse. Dark and chocolate with a creamy base. Some vanilla and then bourbon notes. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hirigalzkar (2808) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle. Sweet taste of vanilla and chocolate. Slightly smoked a bit salty and with a coffee bean dryness. A bit salty. Boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (2979) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of alcohol and chocolate. Taste of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (12763) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle shared by Erwin Van Moll @ Brewpub Van Moll. Opaque very dark brown to black color, medium sized dense brown head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, dark malts, roasted malts, bourbon, some coffee, wood and more sweet vanilla bourbon. Delicious. Taste malts, roasted malts, vanilla, vanilla bourbon, lightly wood, some coffee again, sweetish vanilla bourbon, roasted malts mixed with bourbon vanilla sweetness and liquor perfectly and a perfect, suitable bitter finish. Absolutely delicious. Full body, suitable soft carbonation, oily texture. Absolutely delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Murky muddy brown with a small latte cap. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, Starbucks, spicy green pepper, and cocoa. Similar flavor with the green pepper more dominant. Love the deScription...just wish this one fit the bill.


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