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RATINGS: 323   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoDL (4151) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle. Black oily pour. Great aroma of bourbon vanilla, coffee beans and milk chocolate. Rich smooth flavor of boozy vanilla bourbon, milk chocolate, roasty coffee bean and a nice warming alcohol heat. This is truly amazing, what a beer. I expected a lot and got even more. Pure art.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (3999) - NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle at Ørsted Ølbar, may 13th 2016. Black body with a small tanned head. Aroma of peated whisky, vanilla, chocolate, mild roast. Taste follows due, adding sweet syrup, chocolate brownies, bourbon, ashes. Roasty bitter finish, lasting dark choco bitter aftertaste.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AdolfoCC (168) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - AUG 4, 2016
Servida en un Spiegelau tulip. APARIENCIA: de color completamente negro, no pasa nada de luz a través de ella; corona de espuma color marrón de burbujas compactas y abiertas, de baja retención que rapidamente se disipa a sólo un anillo alrededor de la bebida. AROMA: El aroma es dulce y licoroso; se percibe bourbon dulce, notas a vainilla y en menor medida coco y algo de madera, además mucho chocolate amargo y semiamargo, más sutilmente caramelo, melaza, cerezas negras, café tostado, cuero y tabaco. Se alcanza a percibir el licor pero no es agresivo. SABOR: de inicio se siente dulce, al pasar el trago quedan las notas a chocolate amargo y semiamargo lo cual es dominante además del bourbon, vainilla, ligeramente coco y madera, seguido de más chocolate y bourbon, caramelo, melaza, cerezas negras, tabaco, cuero, en algunos tragos hay presencia del café tostado marcado pero en otros no tanto. El retrogusto queda amargor medio bajo, dulce y con persistencia de las notas a chocolate y bourbon. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio con sensación untuosa, baja carbonatación. El alcohol no se percibe, sólo el pasar el trago como una sensación cálida en garganta nada agresiva. RESUMEN: excelente cerveza, de lo mejor que he probado en el estilo.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fombe89 (2178) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2016
Botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 27/07/2016 Color negro, aromas licor, cafe, chocolate,

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (3213) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
12.7 fl oz bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 27-07-2016.
BBD: not noticed.
Stated 13,5º.
In short: viscous robust IStout.
Pours black with nice dark tan head. Moedrate head retention, good lacing. Vanilla, coffee, roasty, cacao, wood nose. Full bodied, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Taste is quite smooth, bitter, cacao, roasty, coffee, nuts. Warm mouthfeel. Very well balanced, really robust and enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
alvaro78 (275) - Sevilla, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
En aroma bourbon, vainilla y frutas maduras Buen aspecto, parece brea En boca licor, chocolate fruta madura y regaliz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2016
375 ml bottle shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks TJ. Aroma is mellow integrated bourbon notes with a roasted coffee beans and notes of coca nibs.

Whatever bourbon barrel they aged this in was a perfect vessel for this stout. The bourbon cuts through the cocoa nibs and coffee and provides balance.The booze is almost completely hidden with only a mild warming after the swallow. Body is mostly full but the alcohol may have thin it just a bit, no matter. If this stout was more reasonably priced, I would grab many bottles. This is pretty delightful, my kind of stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalumeaux (1041) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Poured from bottle dark cola with a nice cocoa head and long lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate coffe vanilla roasted malt and bourbon. Taste is complex layers of flavor abound. Coffee chocolate vanilla and a nice long lingering burn of bourbon.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (627) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours nearly black with zero head. Bourbon chocolate aroma over mild carbonation. Big sweet vanilla aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1854) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 16, 2016
On draught at Ale Arsenal. Pours a deep black with moderate low brown head. The coffee and chocolate both show nicely here, but did not get much of the barrel. Very good.


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