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RATINGS: 175   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle @ Theis. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is intense coffee, cocoa, bourbon, toasted malt, oak. Taste is moderate+ sweet and bitter. Body is near full, texture is viscous, carbonation is soft. Finishes bitter and boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2014
38cl, at 13.5%Vol, as Lost Abbey Track #10, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, with coffee and cacao, thx to Brent and Dirk for sharing!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/alcoholic and slightly spicy/bitter, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, WOW!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (5469) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle @ The HUGE Tasting. The pours’ deep brown with a small head. The nose is rich chocolate, some chili pepper. Roasted malts, coffee. The taste is of cocoa, dark chocolate. A hint of chili heat. Full body, oily. Rich. A little less dynamic than other tracks in the series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
3rd January 2014
Mega Tasting at Bruce’s pad. As ’Track #10’. Opaque dark brown beer with a small pale tan head. Palate is softish and semi dry. Fine carbonation. Rich dark chocolate, little coffee. Light bourbon and tangy dark fruits. Coffee becomes earthy before tge semi dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (12065) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle shared at the BIG Friday tasting, massive thanks to our Ken for sharing the entire track set and also to Bruce for providing the accompanying music 03/01/14. This one labelled as "Lost Abbey Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell. Thanks again to Ken for some old time music history relating to this one. Pitch black with a moderately appointed dirty tan covering that thins to spotting and edgework. Nose is green pepper, mineral tones, booze, earthy cocoa, spice, dark malts, light roast, rich dark chocolate. Taste comprises rich chocolate, light spice, coffee notes, toffee fudge, chocolate cake mix, boozey bourbon twang. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light booze and spice in a drying closure. Nice impy, well balanced, alocohol well integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8458) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle as track #10, generously shared by Kenny at the BIG Friday tasting. It pours opaque black with a small tan head. The nose is juicy, milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, coffee and cocoa. The taste is cocoa, big coffee aspect, rich roast, treacle, liquorice, warming alcohol, some acidity, mild chilli and burnt toffee with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Slick and balanced. Nice work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1053) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle at FOBAB. Vegetal aroma with some strong coffee but really nice flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3406) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared during the Track Set interval of the Brokeback Revisited tasting in London. Cheers Kenny! Geez Meat Loaf... Pours very deep brown with ruby edges and a very tight rim of tan around the sides. Nose is chock full of dark, bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, big espresso, very ashy and spice driven with pepper. In your face bitterness. Taste is balanced bitter-sweet dark chocolate, plenty of fresh pressed coffee, loads of spice. Very bitter on the finish. The coffee is the winner here. Some cinnamon and coconut on the finish. Probably a little too coffee forward for me. Very good nonetheless

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (13520) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared in London during the Track Set portion of the Brokeback Revisited tasting. Paired with Meat Loaf. Thanks to Ken, pours somewhat clear, deep black-brown with a weak, off-white cream head. Lots of baking cocoa in the nose espresso, well roasted malts. Medium sweet flavor with tons of charred malts, rich bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, burnt toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Rich finish, lots of oily chocolate, more hefty coffee, baking cocoa, figs, burnt bread, chocolate cake. Delicious. Well balanced. Excellent musical pairing,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jensgam (156) - , DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, Odense 2013. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is Sweet, vanilla, chocolate and coffee, there is a slight note of alcohol. Flavour is nice complex with notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak.

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