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RATINGS: 271   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.


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1446) - 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 (16549) - 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 (2919) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Huhzubendah (3327) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tbergland (7) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 30, 2014 does not count
dark, thick, and oily -- like my men. chocolate and some vanilla bourbon with a nice long bitter finish. aroma surprisingly weak.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (487) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Draft pour at Beer Junction. Black pour with a little head. Chocolate and slit coffee aroma. Complex flavors of coffee, chocolate, barrel ageing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (8990) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 1, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 6, 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. Not consistent as subsequent bottle(s) were not quite as awesome. Shows a lot more heat. Still really nice.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (1576) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2015 Bottle brouGht by BBQSlim. Thanks! Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, nice. Very sweet but nice beer.


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