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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5206) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate roasted coffee and milk chocolate with a hint of vanilla. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate-heavy roasted coffee with some light vanilla. It’s medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, the coffee addition comes through more than the barrel aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1299) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
Coffee, chocolate, roasty malts, and bready booze join forces to create the best dark beer in the box. This rivals BCBCS for my favorite coffee-forward stout, and competes for best-of-box accolades.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (12259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle shared in London during the Track Set portion of the Brokeback Revisited tasting. Paired with Meat Loaf. Thanks to Ken, pours somewhat clear, deep black-brown with a weak, off-white cream head. Lots of baking cocoa in the nose espresso, well roasted malts. Medium sweet flavor with tons of charred malts, rich bittersweet chocolate, coffee grounds, burnt toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Rich finish, lots of oily chocolate, more hefty coffee, baking cocoa, figs, burnt bread, chocolate cake. Delicious. Well balanced. Excellent musical pairing,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6153) - 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 (4628) - 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 (5964) - 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 (2120) - 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 (1674) - 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

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