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RATINGS: 101   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (5252) - 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 (2120) - 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 (3516) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1299) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
Coffee, chocolate, roasty malts, and bready booze join forces to create the best dark beer in the box. This rivals BCBCS for my favorite coffee-forward stout, and competes for best-of-box accolades.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (6099) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Sampled at FoBAB ’12. Pours near black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma had roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with mild barrel notes. The flavor had more coffee and chocolate than the nose indicated, roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla with a touch of char at the finish. I thought this was very solid, but more about the treatments than the base beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9734) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle... Cloudy dark brown ale with no head. The aromatic highlights are chocolate, coffee beans, coconut and a slight red wine component. Medium-bodied with lazy carbonation. Roasty, carbonic, coffee and cacao flavor with a splash of red wine. Finishes burnt, boozy and fairly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Served in a Lost Abbey teku glass. Nose is really heavy coffee with nice chocolate in the background. Roasted cocoa and smooth coffee. Creamy and full body. Fairly smooth. All in all, tastes really nice but the base beer isn’t present at all. Just a lot of coffee and chocolate. Still, quite enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2524) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. Dark black pour with a chocolate head. Big coffee aromas. Deep roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes. Fabulous lacing. Good body and carbonation. Well done....

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggirlpanties (189) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Track 10 375mL bottle thanks to Dan! Shared with GT2 and company. Jet black pour. Tons of coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. Same in flavor, has the super rich melted dark chocolate/Mexican hot chocolate character. Not sweet, very density, spicy. Ultra thick palate. Definitely a dessert beer, but not cloying. Decadent, soft. Very nice. Serpents Stout is one of my favorites and this was an improvement over that if it’s even possible. Very excited to have had this rarity.


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