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RATINGS: 154   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1549) - SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
Pours black with lo to no brown head Aromas of coffee powder, chilies, hints of cacao nibs Taste has chlies, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar Its nice but needs more body ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2321) - SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
Pours oily black with low tan head. Aroma of coffee, chili (tons of it), brown sugar, chocolate (almost milk chocolate, not dark chocolate), light malt and earth. Taste is vanilla sweet mixed with chili (where does all this chili come from ?!?), lingering coffee bitter finish. Body is rich and creamy with flat carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1711) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
Pours black with an oily residue. Aroma is caramel, cocoa, burnt sugar, coffee, vanilla. Taste is vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, muscovado sugar, chili, liqourice. Very good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kappldav123 (5307) - GERMANY - JUN 28, 2013
On tap at CBC2012. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Heavy malty aroma. Starts mild-malty, fine smokey with chocolate notes. Gets stronger and stronger, some earthy hints. A bit scratchy-woody. Well balanced warming finish. Really nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2187) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
The Lost tasting of Abbey beers, 2013, Track#10. Black body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is tobacco, liquorice, chocolate, cocoa, bourbon. Flavor is tobacco, dark chocolate, bourbon, liquorice, coffee, spices. Warming alcohol. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3638) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2013 Bottle with some heads. Pours deep black with light coffee colored head, notes of heavy toffee, fudge, burnt barrel, molasses pop, coffee, smoked nuts, and toasted malts. Medium to fuller body with lighter carb. Lots of warming notes, probably medium on heat scale, it is 13.5% though. Cheech ahh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
Track 10. Pours near black with an espresso head. Aroma is loads of chili-like notes that come from the coffee. Taste is semi-sweet with a little roast. Dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
Coffee, chocolate, roasty malts, and bready booze join forces to create the best dark beer in the box. This rivals BCBCS for my favorite coffee-forward stout, and competes for best-of-box accolades.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (6433) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Sampled at FoBAB ’12. Pours near black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma had roasted malts, coffee, chocolate with mild barrel notes. The flavor had more coffee and chocolate than the nose indicated, roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla with a touch of char at the finish. I thought this was very solid, but more about the treatments than the base beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Bottle... Cloudy dark brown ale with no head. The aromatic highlights are chocolate, coffee beans, coconut and a slight red wine component. Medium-bodied with lazy carbonation. Roasty, carbonic, coffee and cacao flavor with a splash of red wine. Finishes burnt, boozy and fairly bitter.

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