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RATINGS: 181   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14937) - Kristiansand, - OCT 2, 2012
On tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. A black one, topped by a small, tan head. The aroma has lots of coffee, a touch of licorice, some dark chocolate and cocoa, and quite a lot of roasted malts. It’s lightly warming on the palate, sort of boozy so I guess the barrel has some influence, full-bodied, dryish and still sweet. Loads of dark chocolate and cocoa in the flavor, with coffee blending in between. Lasting finish where the coffee are more pronounced than in the aroma and initial flavor, but with the same lovely dark chocolate and coffee. Wow, this is one hell of a beer.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8344) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2015
Fast gone dark russet-brown head, over virtually black beer. Very roasted/burnt nose, but also aromas of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, including hints @sweetness. Vanilla, oak and copra. Roasted/burnt, burnt cocoabeans, wood, Bourbon, vanilline, fusels. Filthily rich, viscous, near syrupy, huge concentrated aromas, velvety feel, alcoholheat. Wow.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2808) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2015
On tap at Memphis for the lost abbey event. Pours thick dark black midnight with a thicker but small burnt caramel colored head. Aroma brings amazing molten lava chocolate cake and fresh dough. Flavor brings sweet and thick chocolate liqueur and some brandy with the bourbon balancing well, a bit of spicy wood balancing out an awesome huge buddy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (1197) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle, black, solid coffee roast and chocolate, nice body and dry roasted finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1396) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2015
bottle at home. Pours deep dark brown with a thin quickly disappearing dark brown head. Aroma is dark roasted and chocolate malts, roasted coffee beans and a little fruity punch of fresh coffee beans, a tad of whisky-ish alcohol. Medium body, roast and sweet, high on the alcohol. Taste is dark chocolate and malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2015
375ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Wood, bourbon, coffee, dark fruits, and chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Inbreak (2643) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2015
25.05.2015, 0,375l bottle @ home:
Nice brown slightly fizzy creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and dry, dark malts, mild bourbon, cocoa, coffee, dark sugar, licorice, caramel, grassy chillies, oak, dark chocolate. Taste is slightly dry and sour-ish roasted, dark malts, mild bourbon, coffee, mild grassy chillies, cocoa, vanilla, dark sugar, minerals, hay, dark chocolate. Medium bitterness, slightly dry roasted mouthfeel with a nice very mild warming alcohol and chili touch in the back. Very nice and well balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mep3222 (802) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Very nice authentic bourbon aroma and nice cocoa roasted malt flavors. Taste is full Flavored bourbon coffee bourbon stout. Quite good. Smooth balanced and amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (1903) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2015
bottle shared with a friend. bought at saveur biere. this came out of nowhere.. poured a pitch black colour with a small beige ring on top. nose of darkest roasted malt, milk chocolate, raisins, oak, vanilla, sweet bourbon, campfire. dark espresso beans. lots of fudge. cacao. spiced booze finish. full bodied beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Draft at brouwers. Thick viscous black with a mountain of mocha head (though that may have been because I blew the keg). Chocolate espresso silky vanilla you know the barrel aged imperial stout drill. Smooth, tasty, good.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (2522) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
On tap at the source. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is dark fruits and chocolate. Flavor follows. Fairly sweet. Cherries and berries. And lots of chocolate. Super nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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