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RATINGS: 98   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (11390) - DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and cocoa. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, cocoa, little dried fruits, hops, oak and a little bitter.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Plovmand (6611) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
On tap at CBC. Pours pitch black with a denste tan head. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, caramel, fruit, wood, oak and light coffee. The flavour is chocolate, vanilla, hard roasted malt, caramel, fruit and oak. Extremely tasty and well balanced. Wow!!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (11902) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
CBC. Black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, heavy coffee, chocolate, cocoa and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily and smooth. 110512

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (2462) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2012
CBC 2012, Copenhagen. Black beer with a beige head. Cocoa, coffee, vanilla, fruity and malty aroma. Coffee and cocoa flavour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5751) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
Draft at CBC. Pours black with a medium beige head. Aroma of licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Flavour is vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate and wood. Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Fantastic!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2012
Draught at CBC 2012. Pitch black - brown head. Cacao, coffee, burned notes, nice oakey, fruity, high malty, light hoppy, nice sweetness, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dry cacao. Fantastic balance.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (6351) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 17, 2012
[5/11/12] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Black with a brown head. Aroma full of dark chocolate, some wood and bourbon. Sweet alcoholic chocolaty flavor with some bourbon. Full-bodied. Nice, a bit too boozy.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2012
CBC 2012. Pours pitch black with a small brownish head leaving some lace. Aroma is heavily cocoa coffee vanilla roasted malty and sweet fruity. Flavor is fullbodied sweet roasted coffee cocoa tingly pungent pleasantly bitter. Just great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21533) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
Draught at CBC 2012. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, vanilla and dark chocolate with notes of alcohol. Sweet and roasted finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (14110) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Roast, cocoa, wood, coffee-mocha, chocolate and vanilla. Slick and soft. This is really amazing! As a part of the thirteen tasting, Odense 2013. Same notes - amazing beer.


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