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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2824) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (1574) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (744) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a thick deep black color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, big bourbon, boozy. Flavor has excellent barrel characteristics, with vanilla, chocolate, light coffee. Thick and creamy body. So delicious!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheresyourball (530) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle. Dark black pour with a chocolate head. Big coffee aroma; flavor is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Great buttery mouthfeel and carbonation. Very good, though too expensive for the small amount you get.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1087) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2015
375ml bottle pours a thick black color with a bit of brown head. Smooth chocolate a coffee. Bourbon overpowers a little. Smooths with some time to breathe.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4138) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle from the box set, with thanks to cocoapuph! Pours inky black with a bit of secondary dark brown head and a touch of lacing. Aroma is rich and decadent bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Flavor is medium sweet and light plus bitter, a really nice blend of barrel and chocolate stout, a touch of coconut present as well. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (22632) - 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 (6422) - 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 (18767) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2197) - 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)


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