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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiong (4504) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2012
Draught @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration

Pours pitch black with a smooth foamy white head. Lovely aroma of slightly roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, chocolate and hints of licorice. Smooth and slightly roasty taste with a lot of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, chocolate and hints of licorice. Finish is slightly roasty and oily with some bitter coffee notes and hints of bourbon and vanilla. Wow, extremely well balanced and tasty, almost perfect. Definitely top 5 stuff for me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
olio (7253) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2012
Draught @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration.
Pours pitch black color with medium-sized beige head. Aroma of liquorice, sweetish caramel notes, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor of sweet caramel, dark toasted malts, toffee notes, lots of vanilla, bourbon, mild coffee and some hints of syrup. Very complex brew but also very balanced brew with lots of layers. Definitely on my top10 at the time of rating. Majestic.
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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
_angst_ (3278) - 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 (4156) - 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 (12814) - 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 (1985) - 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 (8682) - 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 (1756) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2562) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle gift from SJ. This brew has a lot going on, but it is awesome. Notes of cacao, burnt / roasted malts, wood, a rich and dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar. The blend is amazing, it’s like they took serpent stout which is all ready phenomenal and made it better.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 1, 2015
This big oily black beer is definitely a sipper, but damn is it a good one. Loads of cocoa and coffee explode from the glass. Nose is fantastic. The bourbons character and the base beers are quite complex. I love serpent stout and older viscosity (the two bases) so no surprise there. Boozy on the palate, very warming going down. Only the lack of drink ability beyond 8-12 oz prevents an even higher score. Fantastic.


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