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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (4458) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2015
bottle, this was very nice. Good thick rich cococa body, good coffee flavor, then brownie batter bourbon treatment, warming alcohol on finish. Loved it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcberko (8738) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2015
375mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out lots of cocoa nibs and coffee upfront, followed by elegant bourbon barrels, and a slight touch of vanilla. Flavour is robust, with coffee upfront, followed by bourbon oak barrels and dry cocoa nibs. The coffee is the most dominant thing, the cocoa being second. All the elements are very cohesive and harmonious. Excellent stuff, just not worth $18 for a 375mL.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (4545) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Draft at EBF. Dark pour with a lacing. Coffee, roasted, chocolate and bourbon aromas. Nice chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roasted tones with a touch of bourbon. Smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Dark tan head. Thick and lasting, but a bit small. The liquid is very dark where no light shines through. Plenty of blanketing lace on the glass. The smell starts with a sweetness I didn’t expect. It’s almost like an after dinner drink. The taste is extremely rich, like biting into a rich brownie. Yet, it’s not so sweet. Lots of semisweet chocolate. Chewy in terms of body with a light carbonation touch. The aftertaste is of dark malt and is long lasting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (4034) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
On tap at Lord Hobo. Opaque black pour, super creamy dark brown foam really nice looking beer. Aroma is super rich, intense chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, light roasty notes. Taste is sweet, super chewy milk chocolate, vanilla, light coffee, black pepper spiciness. Palate is rich, heavy, full bodied with good med carbonation. Really tasty, chewy american imperial stout. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (4531) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2015
375ml bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon and oak, coffee, chocolate, some light dough and light bitterness. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Thick texture. A really good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3704) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2015
On tap @ Lord Hobo.

Appearance: Pitch black with a creamy dark brown head and little lacing.

Aroma: Burst of chocolate and cacao along roasted malt, coffee beans, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, light spiciness and tobacco. Rich and complex.

Taste: Taste is even richer than the aroma. Massive chocolate and coffee presence along vanilla, bourbon, caramel, tobacco and oak. Medium to heavy sweetness, balanced by the alcohol and the rich flavors.

Palate: Full body. Medium carbonation. Rich and thick mouthfeel. Warming finish. Lingering chocolate, coffee and tobacco finish.

Overall: Impressive RIS by Lost Abbey. Really tasty, rich and flavorful but also quite well balanced and cohesive. Loved it.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4138) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours a thick and near black color with a moderate light brown head on there. Nose is dry and heavily roasty with a lot of wood and whiskey notes coming through. Taste is very slightly sweet up front, but has a dry woody finish. I don’t get the cocoa in here, but a lot of coffee does come through. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (5392) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2015
on tap at lord hobo. very dark brown with an eternal crema head dense sweetish and bitter chocolate - some milk, fresh espresso coffee, truffles, vanilla, burnt caramelized hazelnuts - nutella-ish* TM, exceptionnal roasted profile, pine, umami, very lightly tart coffee berries, cream - vanilla shake. low carboantion, full body - sticky and syrupy; slightly boozy and sweet hazeulnut-coffee finish. excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2808) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2015
On tap at Memphis for the lost abbey event. Pours thick dark black midnight with a thicker but small burnt caramel colored head. Aroma brings amazing molten lava chocolate cake and fresh dough. Flavor brings sweet and thick chocolate liqueur and some brandy with the bourbon balancing well, a bit of spicy wood balancing out an awesome huge buddy.


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