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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Big beer a little boozy from the barrel. Rich chocolate flavor. A little molasses and a bittersweet finish. Intense and delicious. Just good barrel treatment with a full bodied chocolate impy stout behind it. Purple fruit.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (551) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Appearance: Black with thick tan head Aroma: Incredible. Like dipping a dark roasted chocolate bar into a cup of bourbon infused coffee Taste: Pronounced bourbon oakiness arrives upfront with the coffee at the back end. Reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake. Overall: Wet dream for fans of bourbon barrel aging.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emartell (339) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - SEP 5, 2015
Aromas increíbles dónde destacan los frutos secos, principalmente higos, nuez y avellana, así como las notas a Bourbon. Su color es completamente negro, carbonatacion baja y corona de espuma ligera de color café obscuro. En boca es aterciopelada, suave, frutal, alcohólica, etc. Complejidad increíble. Al paladar es una cerveza perfecta. Las notas a frutos secos y Bourbon se combinan con el café y el cacao dando un resultado genial. En resumen, una de las mejores cervezas que he probado.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomashall (627) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours like motor oil with tan head. Strong bourbon booze aroma. Taste follows, very well balanced and booze is hidden well. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9387) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! Dense rich dark brown pour. Rich fudge, bourbon, wood, dense and slick. Killer beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle, thick black pour with deep mocha head. Aroma is oak, chocolate fudge, vanilla, and coffee roast, this smells great. Taste is oak, vanilla, fudge, and coffee. Incrediblely good aroma, this is one very decadent beer, wonderful balance between the base beer and all the other stuff they have added to this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7305) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle via trade with BHensonB shared with Paul. Pours a deep blackish brown body with thin tan lacing. Super dark, oily body. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with notes of rich, chocolate brownie, melted fudge and severe alcohol burn in the finish. This would be absolutely killer if it didn’t feel like vodka on the palate towards the end.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Rich coffee and chocolate sweetness, faint roasted malts, very mild bourbon, and a sweet espresso finish. Pretty good, maybe just a touch too sweet.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerhunter111 (15424) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2015
Das Bier ist total schwarz und hat eine wunderschöne braune stabile Schaumkrone. Geruch nach viel Kaffee, reife Früchte, Vanille, Holzfass, alkoholisch. Geschmack kräftig röstmalzig, Kaffee, Vanille, Holz, reife Früchte, alkoholisch, dieses Bier ist wunderbar!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vjohans (670) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle at mikkeller bar viktoriagade. Coffee, chocolate, can feel the alcohol in the aroma from barrel aging, not from being a strong beer. Black, with Brown head. Medium to heavy sweet. Medium bitter. Tons of coffee. Full body. Very long finish. Real good. You can feel the alcohol, but it is somehow balanced with the flavours. Impressing.


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