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RATINGS: 194   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7473) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a thick light brown head and a coffee and chocolate aroma. There is an intense dark molasses flavor with lots of coffee and a chocolate finish. Nicely carbonated and very delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGoldenChalice (23) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Served in Snifter from 375ml. Served fresh. Will review aged batches in 12-24mo. Aroma – pronounced booziness w/ ample barrel notes and subtle coffee emanating from glass. Appearance – imagine staring vacantly into the riverbanks of hell: dark brown, hellish-like appearance, similar to that of nefarious, turgid waters that engulf abysmal pits. Composting coffee grounds congregate at bottom of snifter and obscure the color found on the surface of the brew. Taste – prevalent barrel flavor on the forefront and after-tone; I believe the brew needs more time to mature, but that is most likely at the expense of the coffee sensation, which is quite pronounced and enjoyable in its current state. Brewed w/ a unique coffee roast that coalesces nicely w/ the added cacao nibs, this is a must try for any sinner. Subtle vanilla in my esophagus after I have swallowed the beer; however, it is not evident when swishing the beer in my mouth. Palate – sensation of flavors, which include bourbon, roasty coffee, subtle vanilla, cacao nibs, and devilish, demonic-like booziness, which causes abnormal dryness of the mucous membranes. Overall – this beer needs some time for maturation before it will realize its pinnacle. I find it too boozy in its current state yet I strongly enjoy the coffee sensation. That said, interestingly, I am beyond satisfied w/ the remarkable chemistry in this brew. I strongly recommend this beer. I am elated to have to opportunity to quaff this fresh and enjoy a few aged bottles down the road.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2920) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma of sweet chocolate and vanilla, big bourbon and coffee notes. Taste follows with a bit more of the coffee. Wow, rockfish and viscous, amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (4552) - 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 (9223) - 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 (4696) - 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 (4137) - Trois-Rivičres, 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 (4674) - 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 (3799) - 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.



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