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RATINGS: 98   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5968) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014
Draught @ CBC ’12 as ”Lost Abbey Barrel Aged Serpents Stout with Cacao Nibs and Coffee”
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2012
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, cold coffee, cocoa, liquorish, chocolate and light oak. Flavour is roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol, cold coffee, liquorish and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4551) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Track 10 bottle at the brewery. Oily pitch black pour, small brown head. Lots of coffee in the aroma. Sweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, strong espresso beans, light roasted malt, bourbon, and hints of raisin. A very nice rich imperial stout. Nothing too "out of the box" by today’s standards, but still huge vanilla, fresh coffee, and rich chocolate flavors. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrDrinkAll420 (9) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2012 does not count
release at brewery . pours deep black , mild Thick tan head, huge aromas of coffee , Taste a Great Complexity of coffee beans , small choco taste. i absolutely dislike Black coffee . but i wish i had a cup of this every morning...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep opaque blackish pour, with cocoa and coffee, rich brownish head atop. Frothy and opaque. Aromas are coffee, roast, and toast. Vanilla, creamy toast and roast. Initial is big and acrid, a bit of a richer overdone roast. Toasty, toffee, rich flavors. Mocha and espresso. Middle is dark and rich, flavorful big cocoa, gentle oak, spirit and coffee. Backend is a bit more acrid, roasty, and dry, the sweet elements return into the finish a bit. Rich big coffee flavors overwhelm the palate at some point, the cocoa giving it a fun dark Bakers Chocolate slant. Overall, a very nice beer. Rich and flavorful, a bit acrid in flashes. But this works very well with some gentle spirit and rich big coffee flavors. Nice. I’d give the edge to Rye Abraxas as far as my favorite big brooding barrel aged stout of the day though with this in a close 2nd.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2099) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
The Lost tasting of Abbey beers, 2013, Track#10. Black body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is tobacco, liquorice, chocolate, cocoa, bourbon. Flavor is tobacco, dark chocolate, bourbon, liquorice, coffee, spices. Warming alcohol. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1617) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
Pours black with an oily residue. Aroma is caramel, cocoa, burnt sugar, coffee, vanilla. Taste is vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, muscovado sugar, chili, liqourice. Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2239) - SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
Pours oily black with low tan head. Aroma of coffee, chili (tons of it), brown sugar, chocolate (almost milk chocolate, not dark chocolate), light malt and earth. Taste is vanilla sweet mixed with chili (where does all this chili come from ?!?), lingering coffee bitter finish. Body is rich and creamy with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jensgam (156) - , DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, Odense 2013. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is Sweet, vanilla, chocolate and coffee, there is a slight note of alcohol. Flavour is nice complex with notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (638) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Sample FOBAB ’12 - Went for this one pretty early in the game - pours brown/black with a thin head. Aroma is rich and fits the description - coffee is enticing and rich, chocolate is evident, even if in the backseat - high level of pleasant roastiness. Flavor is also nicely done - coffee still definitely driving this car, but it is balanced well by some cocoa, vanilla, light bourbon, sweet/roasted malt and a bit of oak - melded nicely. Palate good for the style - this was a fine offering from LA

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