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RATINGS: 308   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjohnny (493) - - JAN 2, 2016
Heavy sweet dark fruit and chocolate aroma. Pours like motor oil with a thin quickly disappearing dark tan head. Hard candy. Cocoa. Dark fruit. Sweet malt. Boozy. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (1495) - Rīga, Latvija, LATVIA - JAN 15, 2016
Whoa.. one helluva beer. Seems so bold, yet very mild, all rounded, powerfull.. Perfect deep roasted malts all the way, but keeps solid smoothness, even more rounded when cocoa mildness comes in, some dried fruits, BA aspect and vanilla gives another dimension. Mostly sweet with decent bitterness. Perfectly sippable brew. Love it

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2551) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Pours with a three finger light head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is roasted coffee and chocolate, some dark fruit, the high ABV just about hidden. Decent Imp stout. Expensive at $18.99 for a 375ml caged & corked bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (2083) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 6, 2016
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 practically black colour, 1 inch creamy brown head; aroma of intensive herbal and cocoa notes, coffee some smoke and whisky; taste is the same with the dominance of syrupy, herbal and smoke notes; great imperial stout, though not that perfect I expected

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6065) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2016
375 ml bottle shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks TJ. Aroma is mellow integrated bourbon notes with a roasted coffee beans and notes of coca nibs.

Whatever bourbon barrel they aged this in was a perfect vessel for this stout. The bourbon cuts through the cocoa nibs and coffee and provides balance.The booze is almost completely hidden with only a mild warming after the swallow. Body is mostly full but the alcohol may have thin it just a bit, no matter. If this stout was more reasonably priced, I would grab many bottles. This is pretty delightful, my kind of stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (3179) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
12.7 fl oz bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 27-07-2016.
BBD: not noticed.
Stated 13,5º.
In short: viscous robust IStout.
Pours black with nice dark tan head. Moedrate head retention, good lacing. Vanilla, coffee, roasty, cacao, wood nose. Full bodied, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Taste is quite smooth, bitter, cacao, roasty, coffee, nuts. Warm mouthfeel. Very well balanced, really robust and enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2012
Pour on tap, Avery Strong Ale fest 2012. Dark murky black pour with thin to no dark head, aroma brought notes of thick chocolate, dark fruit, roast, bourbon and espresso, bringing back more chocolate, definitely heavier on that end. Taste was a bit on the sweet side but the chocolate was very authentic, mixing with the vanilla of the bourbon, a slight roasted coffee note helped balanced a bit. Dug this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40082) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
From tap, RB #22000. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is smooth roasted malty and cocoa mixed with coffee herbal notes. Thick malty, roasted and dense chocolate. Smooth. Toasted and coffee herbal. Chocolate and smooth coffee finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (15163) - DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and cocoa. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, cocoa, little dried fruits, hops, oak and a little bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewolf (12023) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Tap @ CBC, 2012.
Pours utterly, completely black with a nice, creamy, beige head. Aroma has vanilla, cocoa, coffee, light roasted, mild vinious. Medium carbonation, lovely dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is really nice, nuts, chocolate, mild coffee, soft vanilla sweetness. Oak dryness. Very sweet, but maintains a very good balance with roasted malts and oakiness. Light warming vinious. Really well-balanced.


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