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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
Draught at CBC 2012. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, vanilla and dark chocolate with notes of alcohol. Sweet and roasted finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5042) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
Draft at CBC. Pours black with a medium beige head. Aroma of licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Flavour is vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate and wood. Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2012
Draft @ CBC 2012. Rating #9900. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of bourbon. Roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate bourbon and vanilla finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012

Draught @ [ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 ] @ Spartas Lokaler, Faelledparken in Osterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, cacao, milk chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla - bourbon - sweet. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120511]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2059) - SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2012
Draught. Pours almost black,with a brown head. Rich aroma, loads of coffee, roasted malt, oak, chocolate, ashes, faintly hoppy. Sweet, full bodied, medium bitterness, creamy CO2. Roasted, rich taste, coffee beans, chocolate, licorice, caramel, toffee, some astringency from the coffee. Long, warming finish. (2012-05-11)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2048) - DENMARK - JUN 30, 2012
Tap at CBC ´12.......It pours pitch black with a medium tan head.... The aroma is very nice bourbon, caramel, oak chocolate, caramel, fruit and coffee.... The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, fruit and oak..... very nice! well brew !....

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4806) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate roasted coffee and milk chocolate with a hint of vanilla. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate-heavy roasted coffee with some light vanilla. It’s medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, the coffee addition comes through more than the barrel aging.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1257) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
Coffee, chocolate, roasty malts, and bready booze join forces to create the best dark beer in the box. This rivals BCBCS for my favorite coffee-forward stout, and competes for best-of-box accolades.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10958) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared in London during the Track Set portion of the Brokeback Revisited tasting. Paired with Meat Loaf. Thanks to Ken, pours somewhat clear, deep black-brown with a weak, off-white cream head. Lots of baking cocoa in the nose espresso, well roasted malts. Medium sweet flavor with tons of charred malts, rich bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, burnt toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Rich finish, lots of oily chocolate, more hefty coffee, baking cocoa, figs, burnt bread, chocolate cake. Delicious. Well balanced. Excellent musical pairing,

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5653) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014
Draught @ CBC ’12 as ”Lost Abbey Barrel Aged Serpents Stout with Cacao Nibs and Coffee”
Jesus vs. Serpentine vertical
Aroma has well roasted mocha coffee, vanilla and some dark chocolate. Really dry and roasted flavour with mocha coffee and vanilla. Warming and slightly stinging alcohol in the finish. Serpent wins.


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