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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Black body with tan head. Chocolate milk shake, vanilla, dry wood aromas. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Nice coffee, cocoa powder, sweet vanilla, deep roast flavors. Nicely bitter dark roast coffee bean finish--very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9481) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Deep brown appearance with a tiny tan head. Rich roasty coffee, slightly burnt, light chocolate aroma. Big mocha, rich dark chocolate, very roasty coffee, light vanilla, woody flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1011) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Tap @ CBC. Ink black with a nice small brown head. Aroma had lots of wood, bourbon and vanilla, creamy chocolate ganache, dates and figs. Cocoa nibs and vanilla beans, not much coffee presence other than a hint of fruity espresso. Pleasant aroma. Taste is heavy bourbon and dry wood. Lots of chocolate and burnt caramel, some roasted malt notes and coffee. Lovely cocoa nib and chocolate brownie elements, roundes up by a pleasant amount of hop bittetness. Smooth palate, very creamy. Better than the regular Serpent’s Stout because it’s rare dong whale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (2462) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2012
CBC 2012, Copenhagen. Black beer with a beige head. Cocoa, coffee, vanilla, fruity and malty aroma. Coffee and cocoa flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11282) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2012
Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Black with a small tan head. Roasted aroma with coffee, intense dark chocolate and a touch of charcoal. Sweetish chocolate and roasted malt flavour with a pleasant coffee note and warming alcohol in the finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle... Cloudy dark brown ale with no head. The aromatic highlights are chocolate, coffee beans, coconut and a slight red wine component. Medium-bodied with lazy carbonation. Roasty, carbonic, coffee and cacao flavor with a splash of red wine. Finishes burnt, boozy and fairly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3287) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared during the Track Set interval of the Brokeback Revisited tasting in London. Cheers Kenny! Geez Meat Loaf... Pours very deep brown with ruby edges and a very tight rim of tan around the sides. Nose is chock full of dark, bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, big espresso, very ashy and spice driven with pepper. In your face bitterness. Taste is balanced bitter-sweet dark chocolate, plenty of fresh pressed coffee, loads of spice. Very bitter on the finish. The coffee is the winner here. Some cinnamon and coconut on the finish. Probably a little too coffee forward for me. Very good nonetheless

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle at FOBAB. Vegetal aroma with some strong coffee but really nice flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (9990) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle shared at the BIG Friday tasting, massive thanks to our Ken for sharing the entire track set and also to Bruce for providing the accompanying music 03/01/14. This one labelled as "Lost Abbey Track #10 - Bat Out Of Hell. Thanks again to Ken for some old time music history relating to this one. Pitch black with a moderately appointed dirty tan covering that thins to spotting and edgework. Nose is green pepper, mineral tones, booze, earthy cocoa, spice, dark malts, light roast, rich dark chocolate. Taste comprises rich chocolate, light spice, coffee notes, toffee fudge, chocolate cake mix, boozey bourbon twang. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light booze and spice in a drying closure. Nice impy, well balanced, alocohol well integrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16123) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2014
3rd January 2014
Mega Tasting at Bruce’s pad. As ’Track #10’. Opaque dark brown beer with a small pale tan head. Palate is softish and semi dry. Fine carbonation. Rich dark chocolate, little coffee. Light bourbon and tangy dark fruits. Coffee becomes earthy before tge semi dry finish. Very nice.

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