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RATINGS: 299   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle shared at the Santa Cruz boxset tasting. Aroma of coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet iced coffee. That’s basically it. Good though.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (3160) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
alvaro78 (226) - Sevilla, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
En aroma bourbon, vainilla y frutas maduras Buen aspecto, parece brea En boca licor, chocolate fruta madura y regaliz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (5972) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalumeaux (1008) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2016
Poured from bottle dark cola with a nice cocoa head and long lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate coffe vanilla roasted malt and bourbon. Taste is complex layers of flavor abound. Coffee chocolate vanilla and a nice long lingering burn of bourbon.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (604) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours nearly black with zero head. Bourbon chocolate aroma over mild carbonation. Big sweet vanilla aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1747) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 16, 2016
On draught at Ale Arsenal. Pours a deep black with moderate low brown head. The coffee and chocolate both show nicely here, but did not get much of the barrel. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
20107589 (690) - randers, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2016
pour black with a brown disapering head. caramel, chocolate, boosy bourbon aroma, taste light sweet, notes of bitterness. medium to full bodied creamy with a soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2016
375ml bottle. Medium tan head atop black body with brown edge, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, Bourbon, some coffee, light molasses. Taste is sweet, Bourbon, milk chocolate, some coffee, light vinous. Medium-full body, some stickiness, light alcohol burn.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Perfect. Chocolate and vanilla flavours with very long length. Warm alcoholic finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Antonio369 (134) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2016
12.7 fl.oz. bottle, served in a snifter glass. Poured black as night on a moonless night with an one finger mocha tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is fantastic and hits me with loads and loads of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dark roasted espresso beans, oak, molasses & dark fruit. Taste is just fingerlickin’ good: Dark chocolate, roasted espresso, Bourbon, molasses, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, licorice, caramel, creme brulee, whole wheat currant bread, raisins, soy sauce, salt, roasted nuts. Very thick and creamy mouthfeel. A full body with a chocolate, coffee and boozy bourbon finish. Absolutely divine nectar!


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