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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Sampled at FOBAB ’12. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt aroma. Really roasted burnt and tasty. Light sweet a little dry. Lots if burnt malt and roast a little coffee. Almost harsh on the throat. Creamy. Good. 8/4/8/3/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7252) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Track 10 bottle pours with a mahogany body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, burnt malts, rich dark roasted coffee and then some faint smooth bourbon booze. The taste is rich and deep with dark roasted malts and yummy rich oily dark roasted coffee. It maintains the yummy rich dark roastiness to midway where a modest smooth sweet bourbon booze note joins in and helps take this into the finish. Dynamite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
375mL thanks to dfroms! Inky black pour. Reddish foam. Green coffee nose, moving to hazelnut, rich spicy dark chocolate, ancho chilies...as it warms the green coffee sort of dissipates and brings amaretto and some porcini mushroom/soy/umami character. Taste is delicious: muted spice, melted dark chocolate bar, some lactic acid and hop bitterness balance. Ultra rich cacao chocolate. I still like normal Serpents Stout, no green coffee nose and similar superlative palate. Also accessible, larger quantity. Fiance rating: 4.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2224) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10007) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2013
From the box set tasting. Blackish pour. Loads of coffee, cocoa, fudge, brownies. Flavor is rich and full. Delicious. Loads of coffee and chocolate. Yes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pour from a bottle gave a pitch black beer with a small tan head. Huge cocoa and coffee aromas. Medium mouthfeel . Flavored of dry dark chocolate, oak vanilla, and black coffee. Finish is long lean and on the drier side.Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
had this at Fobab, my favorite of the tracks, super drinkable, improvement of serpent, nice coffee

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Draft at Fobab 10. As Track 10. Pours a deep black with a dark brown head that sticks around for a long ass time. Nose is great, loads of chocolate, soft earthy coffee. Rich overall. Some dark fruit comes through as well, but mostly a ton of roast. Some vanilla. On tasting, it is a big and rich beer. Chocolate and coffee come together, accentuated by vanilla. A great BA RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (657) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Sample FOBAB ’12 - Went for this one pretty early in the game - pours brown/black with a thin head. Aroma is rich and fits the description - coffee is enticing and rich, chocolate is evident, even if in the backseat - high level of pleasant roastiness. Flavor is also nicely done - coffee still definitely driving this car, but it is balanced well by some cocoa, vanilla, light bourbon, sweet/roasted malt and a bit of oak - melded nicely. Palate good for the style - this was a fine offering from LA

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5301) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Had this one as Lost Abbey’s Track #10, Bat Out of Hell at a Lost Abbey Track tasting. Poured a dark brown color without much of a head. Aroma is coffee notes, with a touch of cocoa. Flavor is fantastic coffee notes.

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