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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
Iphonephan (6950) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2016
From a 12.7 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of cocoa and pit fruits. Flavors of chocolate, bourbon and oak. Bitter roast, boozy finish.

3.7
jc1762 (1371) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Bottle into a snifter showing pitch black with very thin brown rims and no head. The nose shows a lot of deep cacao, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a strong bourbon background. The palate is full bodied and highly carbonated. Immediate flavors of dark cacao nibs followed by big bourbon notes of whisky, smoke, and vanilla on the mid-palate. Strong alcoholic spice appears throughout, Roasted malt burnt bitterness finish.

4.3
Stoned99 (1531) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2016 375ml 13.5% bottle from trade with JC shared with brother. Aroma: intense boozy, alcool, bourbon, chocolate, molasses. App: pitch black with minimal to no head leaving shy lacing. Taste and palate: full body, liquoreux, chocolate and intense alcohol burning finish. Overall: amazing! This is my kind of BA imperial stout. You must like booziness of course but this has exactly what I like. It’s tasty, sweet but well balanced with the acidity and alcohol. Really really good. I need me more of this goodness.

4.4
llkc (2323) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2016
Duft ristet dyb intes duft chokolade kakao kaffe lidt kant af ROM egefade kAnt af soja, smag dyb intens smag vanilje chokolade ristet malt kakao lidt ristet

4.2
Mesjasz (1511) - Lodz, POLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Aromat jest zajebiscie pralinkowy, z nutką wanilii, kokosa i kawy. Smak słodki, przełamany lekką goryczką która ujawnia się głównie przy końcu i w posmaku. Smak mocno kakaowy, pralinkowy, trochę kawy, z której też występuje lekki kwasek. Mocno bourbonowo drewniana nuta, wanilia, paloność. W gardle ujawnia się alkohol i lekko piecze. Posmak kawowy, palony z nutką ziół. Ciało jest pełne, faktura gładka.

4
weark (789) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - OCT 28, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2016 Bouteille achetée au PiBar - De couleur noir avec une belle mousse brune qui laisse de jolie marque sur le verre - Au nez de puissant arômes de chocolat, de cacao, de café, de vanille, de malt torréfié, d?alcool, de bourbon, légèrement sauce soja et boisé, au bout d?un moment dans le verre l?alcool s?installe bien, c?est complexe et puissant - En bouche l?alcool attaque directement, puis cacao, café, fruits rouge, forêt noir, l?alcool est tres present difficile de tout cerner a la première gorgée, une bonne amertume terreuse, sucrée - Full body, amertume forte, carbonation correcte, huileuse et visqueuse, final café chocolat alcool - Trop d?alcool a mon goût, ca mériterait quelques années en cave, sinon elle est parfaites

4.6
fkoolen (1185) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2016 37,5cl bottle at home, 13.5% alcohol. Nice artwork. Pours a pitch black colour, beige creamy lacing, no real head. Really rich bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee notes fill the nostrils. Taste is intense aroma notes, toffee, butterscotch, maybe a bit red fruits. Finish is quite alcoholic and bitter, leather but very well balanced. Lingering roasted malty, bourbon aftertaste. Big body, low carbonation, velvety soft mouthfeel. Incredibly good!

4.5
RRistow12 (842) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Tasted from bottle. Pours black with faint tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is bourbon and lots of cocoa with a hint of coffee. Mildly bitter with nice sweetness. Hides alcohol well. Nice and chewy. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, licorice. Incredibly well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
Alengrin (5249) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. BBA variant of Serpent Stout with creamy, medium thick, lightly lacing, moussy, yellowish beige head and opaque black robe with chestnut brown edges. Intense bouquet of hot chocolate sauce and ’real’ cocoa, candied dates, coffee liqueur, kahlua, vanilla-like oak, milk chocolate, leather, bourbon, stewed beef, molasses, burnt sugar, cinnamon, cured meat, fudge, black peppercorns, marmelade, liquorish candy, mocha ice cream, pipe tobacco, dried fig, candied banana, cappuccino, treacle on hot pancakes, lots of wet wood. Concentrated and intense candied sweetness at first, candied cherries and figs, with a thick, dried meat-like umami edge immediately following, as well as a dimly sourish undercurrent, all in perfect balance but with the sweetness prevailing without becoming cloying; carbo is soft, mouthfeel is - unsurprisingly for a beer of this style and posture - very thick, viscous and oily. A deep, multi-layered malt body ensues, caramelly and nutty, beautifully bittersweet with toasted bread- and heavily ’fondant’ chocolate-like character in the end, adorned with not only the actual cocoa further enhancing its chocolatey character, but also by a lively coffeeish, refinedly aromatic bitterness which in turn accentuates the roasted flavors in the end. Drying woody tannins and a genuine bourbon flavor establish a new flavor chapter in the end, before this thick mass of dark bittersweet maltiness enters the throat, heated by whisky- and brandy-like alcohol, which, though very clearly present, manages to avoid unpleasant astringency, though it does burn a bit on the lips. The vanilla-ish oak flavors linger for a long time along with a peppery hop bitter touch, but it’s the big chocolate flavor that sticks around in the very end. Bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts are a staple of craft beer culture and the style has brought forth many a memorable beer; this one, to my taste, is of no lesser standard or value than e.g. the Bourbon County brand or Founders’ KBS. Absolutely beautiful and a highlight in this brewery’s oeuvre, as far as I am concerned; deserves a near perfect rating in my book. Note: ABV on my bottle is 13,5% so I assume there are two slightly different batches?

4.1
AdmiralVernon (1187) - SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2016
A: Deep dark brown coloured, almost black. N: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, figs T: Coffee, figs, vanilla, hint of liqourice O: Thick mouthfeel and heavy flavours.


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