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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadRobin (2768) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2016
On tap 4 oz. taster at the Lost Abbey/ Brewing tasting room. Opaque, near black with a brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, mocha, chocolate milk, bourbon, tobacco, roasted malt, vanilla and oak. Taste of dark chocolate, bourbon, licorice, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol, roasted coffee and heaven on earth. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization with a glorious mouthfeel. At 13.5%, it's hard to hind the alcohol. Other than that one blemish, this is a fabulous beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (12776) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle shared by Erwin Van Moll @ Brewpub Van Moll. Opaque very dark brown to black color, medium sized dense brown head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, dark malts, roasted malts, bourbon, some coffee, wood and more sweet vanilla bourbon. Delicious. Taste malts, roasted malts, vanilla, vanilla bourbon, lightly wood, some coffee again, sweetish vanilla bourbon, roasted malts mixed with bourbon vanilla sweetness and liquor perfectly and a perfect, suitable bitter finish. Absolutely delicious. Full body, suitable soft carbonation, oily texture. Absolutely delicious!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Biroholik (771) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JUN 14, 2016
Alkohol: 13,5% obj.
Kolor: Czarny, nieprzejrzysty.
Piana: Z pewnością nie jest najmocniejszą stroną piwa. Jest beżowa, drobnoziarnista, niska i ucieka z sykiem z prędkością TGV. Na szkle pojedyńcze kropeczki, obrączka minimalistyczna.
Zapach: Aromat jest pierwszorzędny. Akcenty beczki dają równo po nosie. Czuć wyraźnie szlachetny alkohol, bourbon, whisky, dębinę, mokre drewno. Doskonale wyeksponowane są waniliowe niuanse, a także ziarna kakaowca. Czokolada deserowa wydaje się wypływać wprost z butelki. Oprócz tego delikatna kawa, praliny z alkoholem w środku, brownie, karmel i porcja lodów śmietankowych. Fantastyczny, głęboki i bardzo intensywny aromat.
Smak: Na języku piwo jest mocno czekoladowe, słodkawe z nutami mokrego drewna, dębiny i z potężnym wpływem beczki po bourbonie. Ogromna porcja lodów waniliowych przyprawionych ziarnami kakaowca i podawanych z kawą Latte. Nuty szlechetnego alkoholu, w tym wypadku bourbonu tworzą zrównoważony, plastyczny obrazek. Wszystko wydaje się tutaj być przemyślane, składniki dobrze do siebie pasujące. Wzorowy balans poszczególnych składowych. Bourbon rozgrzewa od środka, dodaje tej charakterystycznej słodyczy na języku. Nie ma mowy o gryzącym alkoholu. Jest go tyle ile powinno być, nie dominuje, nie wychodzi przed szereg, nie gryzie. A to wcale nie byle co, bo 13,5% obj. Śliska, oleista tekstura, wysoka treściwość. Track #10 jest gęsty jak olej silnikowy. Mistrzowskie wykonanie! Mógłbym to pić i cmokać i siorpać bez końca.
Wysycenie: Niskie, delikatne. Dokładnie w punkt.
Podsumowanie:
Track #10 okazał się piwem fenomenalnym, doskonale zbalansowanym, bogatym zarówno smakowo, jak również zapachowo. Beczka po bourbonie przyniosła monstrualne nuty dębiny, mokrego drewna i wcale nie mniejszej waniliny. Akcenty czekolady, kawy z mlekiem, pralinek czekoladowych z alkoholem, karmelu, ziaren kakaowca, brownie kapitalnie pobudzały ślinianki do pracy. Track #10 w wielu wymiarach podkreślił swoją szlachetną stronę. Dla fanów RIS-ów z górnej półki - pozycja obowiązkowa!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1460) - 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 (17309) - Göteborg, 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 (2982) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2012
Fad: Kulsort řl med mokkabrunt skumhoved. Fantastisk duft af chokolade og vanilie. Smagen sidder ogsĺ lige i skabet. Masser af vanilie. Potentielt lige sĺ god som oak aged yeti. Aftenens řl? Det var det sĺ.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Pours black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Roast, cocoa, wood, coffee-mocha, chocolate and vanilla. Slick and soft. This is really amazing! As a part of the thirteen tasting, Odense 2013. Same notes - amazing beer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3408) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Lost Abbey track beer tasting. The beer appears black with a thin beige cap. The aroma...wow! Coffee and roast - so fresh and wonderful. An instant 5 in the aroma category. Bourbon and oak come in after the delectable coffee, giving balance and complexity. The flavor does not disappoint. A remarkable beer. Bourbon is perhaps a bit overshadowed by coffee, but as a daily coffee drinker, I can’t complain. Medium bodied with masterfully disguised alcohol content. Shockingly good. Just outstanding. My highest recommendation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Sampler at fobab. Pour dark brown with thin head. Nose is of chipotle coffee and chocolate. Peppery taste with exceptional balance.


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