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RATINGS: 370   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 Serpents 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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (4999) - 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 its 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 brewerys 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdmiralVernon (1101) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (2563) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle @ C4. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma of bourbon, roast, vanilla, slight soy, quite heavy licorice, light raisins, coaco nibs, light coffee. Taste is heavy smooth bourbon, vanilla and cocoa, very sweet, dried fruits. Smooth and soft.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrepintado (3135) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - OCT 11, 2016
Bottle from beermerchants (I think). Dark red, brown, black color. Thin brown persistent head. Medium thick body. Very smooth. Carbonation is soft. Taste is medium bitter, light to medium sweet. Balanced again. Aroma is chocolate, liquorice, fresh grass, hops, light caramel, bourbon, vanilla, plums, pepper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rekvium (426) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2016
From bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, light soy, liqourice, wood, bourbon, heavy roast. Taste is intense dark chocolate, light boozy, coffee, hints of liqourice and soy, heavy roasted, vanilla, wood. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (2393) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2016
375ml bottle from Kihoskh, abv 13.5%. Pitch black, small creamy brown head, some lacing. Roasted barley aroma with a lot of bourbon, also vanilla, oak, leather and mild coffee notes. Soft carbonated, full-bodied, chewy and oily mouthfeel. Bourbon taste up front and behind the bourbon roasted and sweet taste. Smooth and creamy chocolate, toffee and vanilla, roasted barley, chalky cocoa, mild black coffee and licorice. Nice balance between the roasted notes, the sweetness and the bourbon, they all play their part well. Pleasantly warming finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OminouSC2 (558) - Mora, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2016
Tasted as 13,5% ABV. Pitch black color, minimal brown head. Aromas of chocolate, cacao, vanilla, wood, alcohol and bourbon. Taste of arraksbollar (basically chocolate pastries with arrack in them), vanilla, bourbon and chocolate. Warming finish with a lot of alcohol - too much alcohol, actually. That is also the only flaw with this beer. Brilliant.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (5582) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2016
Bottled. 10cl sample. The aroma has bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roast with nice smooth coffee tones. Black coloured beer with a thin, off-white lace. The taste is light bitter, has some sweetness, bourbon vanilla, chocolate. Smooth, full and complex. Really nice.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thorongil2 (2742) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2016 (bottle) clear bright very dark brown colour with a small brown head; rich aroma of cocoa, chocolate, smoked fruit; balanced flavour with a long, light dry and bitter finish; thick palate

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bullit (4531) - Burgos, SPAIN - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle courtesy of skortila. Black coloured with a thin beige head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla. Flavour of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, marshmallows, bit of cocos. Very nice.


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