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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1519) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Sample at EBF. Pours nearly black with a coffee ice cream head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Flavor is dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. A bit sharp.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1718) - Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Draft. Black. Tight lasting brown head. A nimble, easier drinking body. Coffee. Dark fruit. Bourbon barrel. Chocolate. Caramel. Awesome balance, nothing dominant. Fantastic aroma. Delicious! Warming alcohol. Tips towards sweet, just excellent. Like this a lot.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1401) - Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with dark tan head. Aroma is very espresso, chocolate, sweet, vanilla. Taste is rich, very chocolatey, full bodied, medium carbonation. Overall, very delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Draught (!) At Lord Hobo, 3/19/15.
Well, as usual, a rare treat to have this on draft in Boston. Almost headless, assumedly opaque black body has a dark tan head that can be coaxed out with some swirling.
The aroma is sublime. Soft, succulent caramel laden espresso beans and graceful vanilla touches. Somehow completely devoid of fusels or oher alcohols....and i did let it warm fully. Chocolate is moderate and nothing here overpowers.
I wish I was as in love with the flavor, and to be fair, its deliciously chocolatey and richly malty up front. The finish is just overpoweringly astringent. Must be a mix of barrel tannin and coffee roast but Im just unable to get past it. Texture is silky, surprisingly light for its size with ample, tight carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2853) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Whale bottle thanks to bytemesis. Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dies quickly. Nose is super rich coffee and chocolate, moderate booze and vanilla. Taste is just as amazing and covers the three essentials of my favorite beer: coffee, chocolate, booze. A light to moderate alcohol warming. Seems to be smooth but builds as you sip. Overall, a very well made beer, and it combines everything very well. The high alcohol seems to detract a bit, and as I continue to sip, it even seems to be a bit peppery and hot. Overall, very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4183) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Black pour from 12oz. Bottle at home. Brown head. Spicy sugar and cocoa aroma. Cocoa, coffee, butter, bourbon, vanilla. So much. So good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boxofrane (2446) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Draft at blue dog. Pours pitch black with minimal head. The aroma is roasty, chocolate, slight booze. The taste is roasted malt, milk chocolate, light booze.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (1359) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head which fades to just a little lacing. Aroma is of roadrwd malts, bourbon, spicy dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, anise, licorice, and some light booze. Taste is bourbon, spicy coco, dark fruits,roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, licorice, anise, woody notes, and some light booze in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel,and a semi bitter, warming, slightly hot, long, lingering finish overall, excellent BBA imperial stout that features coco nibs nicely and hides its high abv pretty nicely

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2881) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Nice bba imp stout courtesy of ernesto. Aroma is roast, brownie batter, vanilla whiskey and tobacco. Taste is moderat sweet and delectable. Tons of brownie batter.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (4087) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours rich coffee brown with a fairly thick dark tan head. Smoky malt aroma has strong overtone of high-quality coffee plus cocoa, earthy, bourbon and woody hints. Flavor is a symphony of roast malt, quality coffee, bourbon, chocolate, woody, earthy and molasses tones. Texture is firm and viscous, though fizz is none too strong; finish is smoky and earthy. Go like a bat out of hell to any bottle shop that has this available!


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