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RATINGS: 178   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 Serpentís 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 17/20
conway (1935) - - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours like motor oil with a 1 finger chocolate milk colored head. Aroma is oaky vanilla, fudge and dark fruit. Taste follows and adds a healthy dose of coffee and roasted malt. Some fusel notes come out in the finish. Thick and sticky with just enough carb. Really great but a little hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (957) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours a viscous, stouty brownish-black, with a thin, espresso colored film (canít really call this a head). Nose is like a candybar floating in a glass of Evan Williams (....and thatís a thumbed nose from this here bartender to the myriad hipster morons who waste quality bourbon like Bakerís or Michterís on an Old Fashioned...) Lotsa chocolate-coffee-vanilla-toffee-fudge notes. Mouth is thick and greasy... and I mean that in a good way, like Tom Waits in a diner eating fried chicken at 3:00 AM... and heís following that up with a pot of coffee, and a chocolate cream pie with chunks of Heath Bars crumbled on top. This has all the things I expected: chocolate pudding, coffee and booziness. For the record though, I fuckin hate Meat Loafís music... reminds me of my ex and her sentimental attachment to Paradise By The Dashboard Light... but whatever. He was still cool in Fight Club and I still greatly enjoyed this here beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (856) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Sample. Black with brown head. Smooth roasted malt and bourbon aroma. Bourbon, dark fruit taste. Ends dry. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (772) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a thick deep black color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, big bourbon, boozy. Flavor has excellent barrel characteristics, with vanilla, chocolate, light coffee. Thick and creamy body. So delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1611) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
The beer is black with a small light brown head. The aroma has some fruity coffee and chocolate flavors with a fairly strong booze note. Mild roast, mild citrus, big hit of pepper. Thereís a decent amount of flavor, but it lacks the richness that Iím looking for in really big stouts. The taste has a big toasty malt note but not as much accompanying sweetness as Iíd like. Lots of peppery spice. Odd vegetal flavor. Big on coffee, though itís a bit bland, possibly due to time. Only moderate sweetness. Medium bitter. Finishes drier than expected or appreciated. Booze and spice burn on the palate. Lighter mouthfeel than Iíd prefer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (1091) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Aroma is moderately bourbon forward with quite a bit of chocolate and lighter roast and coffee notes. Coffee is fairly fruity and works with the dark fruit and raisin notes in the beer. As it warms there is more coffee but also a slight green pepper note. Pours black with a thick, moderately sized, dark mocha that exhibits below average retention as it recedes to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Flavor is fairly sweet with a strong chocolate and coffee note. Coffee is definitely stronger than in the aroma. Moderate bitterness and a medium light alcohol note in the finish. Moderate bourbon notes mid palate with some light oak and faint vanilla and almond. Light dark fruit notes with some raisin. Light caramel and burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer with a lot of chocolate, coffee and bourbon character. Maybe I have had too many of these now, but it also doesnít feel special - just middle of the road. Nothing bad though, just nothing that makes me go wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12140) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
375 c&c from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours very black with a very dark tan smear. Aroma of mocha and booze. Nice combo. Med + body, maybe full. Flavor starts mocha, and then develops an amazingly strong dark treacle. Strong flavors. Heat is just another one of them. Thereís a lot of bitter - cause thereís bitter burn on back tongue edges. Finally I realize thereís some bourbon. Wowsa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (7305) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (1598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Black/brown with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, touch of earth. Medium-full bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, lightly sweet on the palate with a balancing roastiness. Taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dates, figs. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfish120love (1028) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a burnt chocolate lacinf. The aroma is coffee forward with notes of chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. The palate is too alcohol forward to be considered well balanced, but overall a good beer

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