RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Meilby (11570) - Kristiansand, - JUN 26, 2012
Draught @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, oak and alcohol. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long cocoa, chocolate and coffee finish. Body is full, texture is oily to sticky, carbonation is flat to soft.

melush (4341) - SPAIN - SEP 18, 2017
75cl Bottle @ Cervezalandia, Vall d'Uixo, Spain Black colour with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee, nuts, bourbon, oak. Taste is roasted malt, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee, nuts, bourbon, oak. Full body, soft carbonation.

zimbo (970) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2017
Outrageously potent with enough substance to strangle a demon, this boozy beast is a pile driver of taste and intensity. Sort of headless and ever so slightly with some risidual fizz, this is still a big treat.

langeveld12 (576) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2017 Up to now Lost Abbey has never disappointed me. Again they manage to get the balance just right. I can taste all kinds of things (coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, sweet fruits) but nothing is too strong or weak. Complex, balanced, subtle. It's all there and it's all right. Fantastic!

Batavi (394) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2017
Fles gekocht bij Vinotake Waalwijk, uitgeschonken in een Teku glas. Schenkt gitzwart olieachtig uit, met een kleine lichtbruine schuimkraag, die zich geleidelijk terugtrekt tot een fijne ring. Het aroma is rijk en krachtig met tonen van: geroosterde mout, espresso koffie en pure chocolade. Ook de bourbon komt mooi naar voren met aroma’s van vanille, eikenhout en een krachtige alcohol scherpte van de bourbon. Wat vooral opvalt in het smaakpallet is het zeer dikke olieachtige mondgevoel, wat je niet vaak tegen komt in een BA Imperial Stout. In een bitterheid van gebrande mout en koffie die mooi in balans komt met de zachte smaken van chocolade, vanille en amandel. Ook behoorlijk alcoholisch van smaak, met een duidelijke scherpte en warmte van de bourbon. Wat overigens zeer goed past bij het karakter van dit bier. De afdronk is lang en verwarmend, met tonen van eikenhout, vanille, tabak, en met zachte koffie notities op de achtergrond. De conclusie is dat deze Imperial Stout van Lost Abbey een van de beste bieren is die ik tot nu toe van deze brouwerij heb geproefd. complex en met krachtige bourbon tonen, een fles hiervan is genoeg voor een gehele avond biergenot. Prijzig bier ook, maar voldeed totaal aan de hoge verwachtingen.

jedrol (108) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - AUG 10, 2017
Sampled form the bottle Appearance: black opaque Smell: pleasant, chocolate and pralines. Later there appears notes of alcohol Taste: sweet, chocolate, pralines and, unfortunately, quite a lot of alcohol. One feels rather strong warming in one’s throat. In my opinion, the strong taste of alcohol spoils this beer.

weihenweizen (3998) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Refrigerated 12.7 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Black with small light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, medium/thick body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and some booze. More booze as it warms.

Samuel214 (1320) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2017
Flaska från Galatea, privatimport (vintage 2015). Svart med tunn brunbeige krona. Maffig, riktigt punchig doft med mängder av kakao, fruktig chili och chilihetta, bourbon, kaffe, mörk choklad. Stor kropp, men inte massiv. Rejäl hetta i smaken med massor av kakao och mörk choklad, marsipan, värmande alkohol, fatkaraktär, kaffe/espresso, bourbon, läder och mörk torkad frukt med en liten ton av vanilj. Kan inte hitta något om det, men måste nästan vara chili i denna. En riktigt maffig imperial stout med ordentlig punch i. Här händer mycket och det är riktigt, riktigt gott! Över förväntan.

Tide (4063) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2017
Bottle from Healthy Spirits Castro. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, nuts, cacao, coffee, chocolate, a bit of bourbon, oak and dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, coffee, chocolate, a bit of oak, bourbon and dark fruits. Exquisite imperial stout.

tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2017
4/IV/17 - 37.5cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ Zombicide Game and Tasting Night (home) - BB: n/a (2017-433) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, creamy beige head, unstable, little adhesive. Aroma: sweet caramel, nice roast, vanilla, dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: nice roast, pretty bitter, alcohol, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: more alcohol, bit sourish, cocoa powder, sugary, sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, some coffee.

beerplace (1805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2017
375 ml bottle (thx, Nick M.!) in honor of our 3rd year in Canada. Vintage 2016. Pours a very dark brown with a strong dark beige head. Aroma is bourbon, bourbon barrel, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Taste is coffee, chocolate, bourbon. Just slightly hot, alcohol is good hidden. Surprisingly not overwhelming coffee in here, moderate sweetness. Very nice!

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