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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2016
12.7 oz bottle. Pours an oily pitch black with a medium brown head. Aroma of bourbon, dark malt, soy sauce, cacao nib, rich chocolate and coffee. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SeniorZozo (1167) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 20, 2016
Pours oily jet black with no head. Aromas of tar, prunes, leather, bourbon, coconut, soy sauce. Taste is bourbon, boozy, soy sauce. Rich texture. Oily texture, boozy chocolate finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidezdonz (290) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - MAR 14, 2016
A corked and caged 12.7 fl oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. I believe this is a 2015 bottling as “2015” is printed on the neck. It poured an opaque pitch black with a thin less than half finger dark brown head that leaves nice stringy lacing. Aromas are strong bourbon and chocolate with some sweetness coming from hints of molasses, toffee and vanilla. Tastes of very nice espresso coffee, crunchy coffee bean, dark bittersweet chocolate and bourbon notes. Thick, full bodied with low carbonation and light alcohol warming. Overall, this was really good. It was surprising that there wasn’t much coffee on the nose, but it definitely came out in the taste. A great sipper on a cool night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (952) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2016
bottle poured into a snifter..opaque with a thin tan head..aroma of booze, chocolate,coffee,vanilla,wood..tastes like it smells..medium bodied..better as it warmed..good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Poured on tap it is a dark coffee brown with a small head. The aroma has caramel, cocoa and some molasses. Taste is extremely smooth. It has vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. The finish provides a slight alcohol burn with a long finish. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadRobin (2797) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2016
On tap 4 oz. taster at the Lost Abbey/ Brewing tasting room. Opaque, near black with a brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, mocha, chocolate milk, bourbon, tobacco, roasted malt, vanilla and oak. Taste of dark chocolate, bourbon, licorice, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol, roasted coffee and heaven on earth. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization with a glorious mouthfeel. At 13.5%, it's hard to hind the alcohol. Other than that one blemish, this is a fabulous beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1688) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2016
Pours black with a tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and caramel aroma. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak, tabacco and vanilla flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1051) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle at Erzbierschof Monday Club. Very barrel intense, a bit dusty. Also pitch black. Some vanille. Soft carbonation, giving room for even more barrel. Thick and heavy, but not as much as the ABV would say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (2091) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 6, 2016
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 practically black colour, 1 inch creamy brown head; aroma of intensive herbal and cocoa notes, coffee some smoke and whisky; taste is the same with the dominance of syrupy, herbal and smoke notes; great imperial stout, though not that perfect I expected

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Black pour with a thin strip of head. Left some lacing. Draft at South Park Abbey. Lots of stouts on draft here. Aromas of barrel and bourbon. Flavors were the same. Yummy stuff.

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