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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1723) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Pours black with a tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and caramel aroma. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak, tabacco and vanilla flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1226) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle at Erzbierschof Monday Club. Very barrel intense, a bit dusty. Also pitch black. Some vanille. Soft carbonation, giving room for even more barrel. Thick and heavy, but not as much as the ABV would say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (2202) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 6, 2016
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 practically black colour, 1 inch creamy brown head; aroma of intensive herbal and cocoa notes, coffee some smoke and whisky; taste is the same with the dominance of syrupy, herbal and smoke notes; great imperial stout, though not that perfect I expected

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Black pour with a thin strip of head. Left some lacing. Draft at South Park Abbey. Lots of stouts on draft here. Aromas of barrel and bourbon. Flavors were the same. Yummy stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11939) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2016
bottle from kihoskh. pours pitch black with a dark brown head. looks very very good strong aroma of roasted malts, coca and coffee,. flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, very velvety and smooth, also notes of bourbon. alc burn, but not at all brutal as you’d expect at 13.5% fainter notes of raisins too. i think i can taste the lost abbey house flavor in this one, sort of faint belgian yeasty kind of note to it, but in any case a good tasting imp. stout with complexity and power combined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (6361) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2016
Thnx to Philus! Pours intensely black, with a nicely sized , grey head. Yes, this is a dark beer ! Smell is Heavy, roasted malts, mild bitterness, and hidden booze. Taste is full, sharp roasted malts, bitter, tones of coffee and dark chocolate. Very heavy, a lot of booze. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philus (54) - Bazel, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2016
shared with kraddel: aroma boozy, cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate. Appearance: brown foam, roast malts. Taste: medium bitterness, light sweetness, alcohol, cocoa, chocolate. Loved this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2016
Big rich aroma of coffee, brandy, if bourbon, spice, chile. Dark brown and rich looking. Solid integration of flavour. Dangerous drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2558) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Pours with a three finger light head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is roasted coffee and chocolate, some dark fruit, the high ABV just about hidden. Decent Imp stout. Expensive at $18.99 for a 375ml caged & corked bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
k0mpsa (2500) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Bottle from el cerrito, california. Black color, brown head. Aroma has coffee, whiskey, chocolate, roasty. Balanced taste, oak, coffee, chocolate, some whiskey notes.

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