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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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 (7511) - 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 (194) - Oceanside, 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 (2968) - 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 (4072) - 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 (7670) - 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 (1746) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (817) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Viscous pitch black pour with mocha head. Yes. An LA BA Stout with head. Nose of dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and booze. Taste follows the nose with some nice coffee bitterness with plenty of sweetness to balance it out. Chocolate is there for sure as well. Thick and oily on the palate as I would hope for and expect. Very well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (3291) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Un nez volcanique chocolatée, beaucoup de chaleur et de bourbon. RN bouche ça se place et le chocolat prend le dessus avec la vanilline de la barrique. Le corps est moyen avec un forte richesse et une fine carbonatation. Relativement facile à boire comparativement à ce que le nez annonçait

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Black/brown with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, touch of earth. Medium-full bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, lightly sweet on the palate with a balancing roastiness. Taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dates, figs. Delicious.

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