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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7080) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a thick light brown head and a coffee and chocolate aroma. There is an intense dark molasses flavor with lots of coffee and a chocolate finish. Nicely carbonated and very delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (1536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Black/brown with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, touch of earth. Medium-full bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, lightly sweet on the palate with a balancing roastiness. Taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dates, figs. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (1023) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a burnt chocolate lacinf. The aroma is coffee forward with notes of chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. The palate is too alcohol forward to be considered well balanced, but overall a good beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1878) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Pour at the brewery a few weeks back on a whirlwind tour with t0rin0. Barrel, chocolate prevalent. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2185) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Pitch black pour with mahogany brown thin head... Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, booze... Flavor is coffee forward, dark chocolate, bourbon more secondary, heat is fairly apparent... Nice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (208) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
Taster glass at The Beer Store. Pours dark brown-black with a brown foamy head. Nose is dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, dried dark fruit, and apricot. Flavour is dark roasted malts, expresso, mocha, raisin, fig, dried apricot, with mild hops on the finish. Superbly balanced. Moderate body. Awesome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3913) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 9, 2015
375 ml. bottle. Pours black with a nice brown head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Well balanced. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
X (44) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Lots of coffee and cocoa, bourbon very faint. Top shelf stuff. Bit of a sticky sweet finish. Good beer for a sunday morning.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6466) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2015
375, corked and baled. Thanks, J! Pours an opaque black with a dense and creamy dark tan head that fades quickly to nothing. Huge apricot, dark chocolate, and vanilla nose. Sticky thick near-flat body. Dense creamy dark chocolate, apricots, and vanilla mid palate. Long dark chocolate finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2756) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Un nez volcanique chocolatée, beaucoup de chaleur et de bourbon. RN bouche ça se place et le chocolat prend le dessus avec la vanilline de la barrique. Le corps est moyen avec un forte richesse et une fine carbonatation. Relativement facile à boire comparativement à ce que le nez annonçait


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