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RATINGS: 97   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
_angst_ (2578) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2012
Sample @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Pours pitch black with a creamy and fizzy chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates while leaving some thick lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, honey, roasted malts, dark sweet bread and bourbon. Taste is sweet and tiny bitter with roasted malts, coffee, rich chocolate, vanilla, resin, bourbon, wood and hints of peat and pine. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet with coffee, vanilla, honey, chocolate and bourbon. Awesome!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1808) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2012
On tap at the tasting room. Aroma of toffee, caramel, chocolate and sweet coffee. Pours black and thick with sediment floating on top. Taste is super sweet with heath bar and cappuccino dominating the senses and slight prunes. Fantastic beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
They pretty much nailed this one. Waves of coffee and cocoa and then some bourbon on top, awesome..

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (1216) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle to sampler at Fobab. Shit man this was the best of the night. Coffee and chocolate. Touch of bourbon. Everything perfectly balanced. Thid is great stuff, really wish they made more.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Dark pour with an expresso tan head. Aroma is ripped, rich coffee and chocolate with deep and impressive roast. Taste is heavy coffee followed by bitter chocolate, sweet, alcohol-laden malt, raisin, and some trailing alcohol heat. Clean and precise feel. My personal favorite amongst a heavy line-up at Pizza Port Carlsbad’s 15 Anniversary Strong Ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
erved on tap at the 15th San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The appearance is a rich black hue, not much notable head.. The aromas bourbon and coffee with the coffee coming through very heavily and wonderful. A bold roast of coffee. The flavors enter with wonderful coffee, and roasted malts. The mid layers you get some smooth bourbon and a moderate chard barrel level. There some nice chocolate flavors in here as well. Although I swear cacao nibs in beers never really give the chocolate flavors (likely from the lack of cream and sugar) but perhaps they have a different variety with more cocoa butter or the chocolate is more influenced from the malt bill. The mouth is smooth and full. Perfectly carbonated. The coffee in this beer really shines. This makes me want to revisit the Serpent’s Stout, one I wasn’t a huge fan of last time because the the yeast profile that I do not get in this variety at all.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (10082) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2012
Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Black beer with a nice brown head. Pitch black beer with a brown head. Oak aroma, vanilla, milky, hoppy bitter, mint, cocoa, chocolate. Vanilla and oak flavor, vinous, licorice, hop notes, tar, figs, raisins, chocolate. Lovely balance and a great finish. Top class.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Defreni (2463) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2012
Fad: Kulsort øl med mokkabrunt skumhoved. Fantastisk duft af chokolade og vanilie. Smagen sidder også lige i skabet. Masser af vanilie. Potentielt lige så god som oak aged yeti. Aftenens øl? Det var det så.


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