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RATINGS: 199   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (9207) - 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 (1891) - 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 (2606) - 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 (7100) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (780) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle poured black with dark tan head. Fresh cut wood with Bourbon, followed with chocolate and alcohol. Love the balance of flavors. A rich blend of Oak, Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. Great full palate. Smooth with burn. This would get better with a year of age. Must fine another bottle to save. Love the label.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (1327) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head which fades to just a little lacing. Aroma is of roadrwd malts, bourbon, spicy dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, anise, licorice, and some light booze. Taste is bourbon, spicy coco, dark fruits,roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, licorice, anise, woody notes, and some light booze in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel,and a semi bitter, warming, slightly hot, long, lingering finish overall, excellent BBA imperial stout that features coco nibs nicely and hides its high abv pretty nicely

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kroney (200) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Wow. Appearance: black pour with a solid caramel colored head ringing the glass. Aroma: bitter chocolate and coffee, pleasant bourbon, sweet mild smoke/smoldering hard wood. Taste: huge bitter chocolate initially, but gives way to a balance of mocha espresso and bourbon. Finished with a nice bourbon/burnt sugar sweetness. Palate: mouthfeel is perfect, but there’s an astringent lingering on the tongue that isn’t quite right. Overall a phenomenal bourbon stout.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1433) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Defreni (2845) - 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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