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RATINGS: 97   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilligoose (3243) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottled offering at fobab. Strong preference for regular serpants stout. This was much sweeter. Not liking vanilla addition. Okay in small doses. But too much sugar sweet doughy vanilla offered. Would have preferred more dark chocolate roasty bitterness. Good if you like sweet vanilla stouts. Perhaps. bit too sweet otherwise.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (1277) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle to sampler at Fobab. Shit man this was the best of the night. Coffee and chocolate. Touch of bourbon. Everything perfectly balanced. Thid is great stuff, really wish they made more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3318) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottled. Dark, rich pour with a nice tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, lots of chocolate and oak notes. Some booze elements, very apparent oak and wood notes. Flavor is chocolate focused, with bourbon waiting in the wings. Some bitter wood and coffee notes are present, as well as a warming booziness. Slick, oily bodied with lower than average carbonation. Finishes chocolatey and boozy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1355) - SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
Pours black with lo to no brown head Aromas of coffee powder, chilies, hints of cacao nibs Taste has chlies, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar Its nice but needs more body ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (1947) - SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
Pours oily black with low tan head. Aroma of coffee, chili (tons of it), brown sugar, chocolate (almost milk chocolate, not dark chocolate), light malt and earth. Taste is vanilla sweet mixed with chili (where does all this chili come from ?!?), lingering coffee bitter finish. Body is rich and creamy with flat carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1320) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
Pours black with an oily residue. Aroma is caramel, cocoa, burnt sugar, coffee, vanilla. Taste is vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, muscovado sugar, chili, liqourice. Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (4795) - GERMANY - JUN 28, 2013
On tap at CBC2012. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Heavy malty aroma. Starts mild-malty, fine smokey with chocolate notes. Gets stronger and stronger, some earthy hints. A bit scratchy-woody. Well balanced warming finish. Really nice!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (1933) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
The Lost tasting of Abbey beers, 2013, Track#10. Black body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is tobacco, liquorice, chocolate, cocoa, bourbon. Flavor is tobacco, dark chocolate, bourbon, liquorice, coffee, spices. Warming alcohol. Delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2013 Bottle with some heads. Pours deep black with light coffee colored head, notes of heavy toffee, fudge, burnt barrel, molasses pop, coffee, smoked nuts, and toasted malts. Medium to fuller body with lighter carb. Lots of warming notes, probably medium on heat scale, it is 13.5% though. Cheech ahh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
Track 10. Pours near black with an espresso head. Aroma is loads of chili-like notes that come from the coffee. Taste is semi-sweet with a little roast. Dry finish. Good stuff.


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