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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Sampled as a bottle of Track 10 at the brewery. Pours to a pitch black body with a tan head. There were aromas of deep black malt and licorice. Chocolate and oaky bourbon. The flavor is a sweet chocolate, light bourbon, easy drinking coffee, and a light licorice. Very much like a chocolate coffee cake. Rich and sweet. Very smooth beer even though it is a very high ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at FOBAB. Served in my FOBAB taster. A: Pours a dark black color with a very dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick ring that leaves some splotchy lace. S: Huge notes of fresh coffee bean, chocolate, roasted malts and espresso. There is a faint barrel smell in the background, but this is heavily dominated by the coffee and chocolate. T: The taste follows the nose with a more roasted malt presence and touch more barrel. Vanilla espresso, freshly ground coffee beans, milk chocolate and roasted malts. Some light oak with just a kiss of bourbon. Booze is hidden extremely well. M: Medium low carbonation with a heavy mouthfeel. Decadent and creamy. O: While this beer was lacking the in your face bourbon barrel we’ve all come to love I think this limited barrel actually worked with this beer. It made the coffee and cocoa flavors the stars of the show. I’d love to try this again. Serving type: on-tap

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4781) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Had this one as Lost Abbey’s Track #10, Bat Out of Hell at a Lost Abbey Track tasting. Poured a dark brown color without much of a head. Aroma is coffee notes, with a touch of cocoa. Flavor is fantastic coffee notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Draft at Fobab 10. As Track 10. Pours a deep black with a dark brown head that sticks around for a long ass time. Nose is great, loads of chocolate, soft earthy coffee. Rich overall. Some dark fruit comes through as well, but mostly a ton of roast. Some vanilla. On tasting, it is a big and rich beer. Chocolate and coffee come together, accentuated by vanilla. A great BA RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6998) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Track 10 bottle pours with a mahogany body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, burnt malts, rich dark roasted coffee and then some faint smooth bourbon booze. The taste is rich and deep with dark roasted malts and yummy rich oily dark roasted coffee. It maintains the yummy rich dark roastiness to midway where a modest smooth sweet bourbon booze note joins in and helps take this into the finish. Dynamite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggirlpanties (188) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Track 10 375mL bottle thanks to Dan! Shared with GT2 and company. Jet black pour. Tons of coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. Same in flavor, has the super rich melted dark chocolate/Mexican hot chocolate character. Not sweet, very density, spicy. Ultra thick palate. Definitely a dessert beer, but not cloying. Decadent, soft. Very nice. Serpents Stout is one of my favorites and this was an improvement over that if it’s even possible. Very excited to have had this rarity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2359) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. Dark black pour with a chocolate head. Big coffee aromas. Deep roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes. Fabulous lacing. Good body and carbonation. Well done....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2013 Bottle with some heads. Pours deep black with light coffee colored head, notes of heavy toffee, fudge, burnt barrel, molasses pop, coffee, smoked nuts, and toasted malts. Medium to fuller body with lighter carb. Lots of warming notes, probably medium on heat scale, it is 13.5% though. Cheech ahh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6616) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Sample from a bottle at FOBAB 2013. Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a sizeable brown ring for a head. Very, very rich- roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla, burnt brown sugar, toasted oak, fudge, and molasses. Full-bodied, with a smooth, rich, coating mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very good take on Serpent’s Stout, which I love. So I wouldn’t call it an improvement but it’s also no worse. Beat the hell out of Track 13 next to it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1432) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2013
This owns. The coffee still remains. The cacao is a bit less notable but it’s a damn tasty beer. A bit heavy, and sweet, but I’d recommend anyone who likes their earthy coffee beers pick this bad boy up. Thanks David.

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