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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (8520) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2015
375mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out lots of cocoa nibs and coffee upfront, followed by elegant bourbon barrels, and a slight touch of vanilla. Flavour is robust, with coffee upfront, followed by bourbon oak barrels and dry cocoa nibs. The coffee is the most dominant thing, the cocoa being second. All the elements are very cohesive and harmonious. Excellent stuff, just not worth $18 for a 375mL.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (4394) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2015
bottle, this was very nice. Good thick rich cococa body, good coffee flavor, then brownie batter bourbon treatment, warming alcohol on finish. Loved it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1086) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
375ml bottle pours a thick black color with a bit of brown head. Smooth chocolate a coffee. Bourbon overpowers a little. Smooths with some time to breathe.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10541) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Tap at Slater’s 50/50 - San Marcos. Pours opaque black with a small, fizzy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and roast malt with earthy notes, prunes and maple syrup with vanilla and bourbon notes. Flavor is sweet and rich dark malt and fruits, earthy and spicy coffee, vanilla and bourbon with light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3188) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle at home. Pour is deep black with a creamy brown head and good lacing. Bitter cocoa nibs, roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, some raisins, light coconut, bourbon, roasted caramel, and toffee in the aroma. Taste is coconut, coffee grounds, bitter cocoa, toasted bread, toffee, bourbon, woody, and slightly tannic with some heat on the backend. Full mouthfeek with soft carbonation. Nice impy, although a bit hot. Could use a little more sweetness and perhaps a bit more time.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresyourball (530) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle. Dark black pour with a chocolate head. Big coffee aroma; flavor is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Great buttery mouthfeel and carbonation. Very good, though too expensive for the small amount you get.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 1, 2015
This big oily black beer is definitely a sipper, but damn is it a good one. Loads of cocoa and coffee explode from the glass. Nose is fantastic. The bourbons character and the base beers are quite complex. I love serpent stout and older viscosity (the two bases) so no surprise there. Boozy on the palate, very warming going down. Only the lack of drink ability beyond 8-12 oz prevents an even higher score. Fantastic.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2837) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of sweet chocolate and vanilla, big bourbon and coffee notes. Taste follows with a bit more of the coffee. Wow, rockfish and viscous, amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (3608) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle, thanks GT2 and friends, black pour, tan head, nose and taste are super coffee, chocolate, intense

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGoldenChalice (23) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Served in Snifter from 375ml. Served fresh. Will review aged batches in 12-24mo. Aroma – pronounced booziness w/ ample barrel notes and subtle coffee emanating from glass. Appearance – imagine staring vacantly into the riverbanks of hell: dark brown, hellish-like appearance, similar to that of nefarious, turgid waters that engulf abysmal pits. Composting coffee grounds congregate at bottom of snifter and obscure the color found on the surface of the brew. Taste – prevalent barrel flavor on the forefront and after-tone; I believe the brew needs more time to mature, but that is most likely at the expense of the coffee sensation, which is quite pronounced and enjoyable in its current state. Brewed w/ a unique coffee roast that coalesces nicely w/ the added cacao nibs, this is a must try for any sinner. Subtle vanilla in my esophagus after I have swallowed the beer; however, it is not evident when swishing the beer in my mouth. Palate – sensation of flavors, which include bourbon, roasty coffee, subtle vanilla, cacao nibs, and devilish, demonic-like booziness, which causes abnormal dryness of the mucous membranes. Overall – this beer needs some time for maturation before it will realize its pinnacle. I find it too boozy in its current state yet I strongly enjoy the coffee sensation. That said, interestingly, I am beyond satisfied w/ the remarkable chemistry in this brew. I strongly recommend this beer. I am elated to have to opportunity to quaff this fresh and enjoy a few aged bottles down the road.


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