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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
On tap at the source. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is dark fruits and chocolate. Flavor follows. Fairly sweet. Cherries and berries. And lots of chocolate. Super nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vjohans (723) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle at mikkeller bar viktoriagade. Coffee, chocolate, can feel the alcohol in the aroma from barrel aging, not from being a strong beer. Black, with Brown head. Medium to heavy sweet. Medium bitter. Tons of coffee. Full body. Very long finish. Real good. You can feel the alcohol, but it is somehow balanced with the flavours. Impressing.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Appearance: Black with thick tan head Aroma: Incredible. Like dipping a dark roasted chocolate bar into a cup of bourbon infused coffee Taste: Pronounced bourbon oakiness arrives upfront with the coffee at the back end. Reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake. Overall: Wet dream for fans of bourbon barrel aging.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2470) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidezdonz (357) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Antonio369 (176) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2016
12.7 fl.oz. bottle, served in a snifter glass. Poured black as night on a moonless night with an one finger mocha tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is fantastic and hits me with loads and loads of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dark roasted espresso beans, oak, molasses & dark fruit. Taste is just fingerlickin’ good: Dark chocolate, roasted espresso, Bourbon, molasses, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, licorice, caramel, creme brulee, whole wheat currant bread, raisins, soy sauce, salt, roasted nuts. Very thick and creamy mouthfeel. A full body with a chocolate, coffee and boozy bourbon finish. Absolutely divine nectar!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (4713) - 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?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fkoolen (1043) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiong (6632) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2012
Draught @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration

Pours pitch black with a smooth foamy white head. Lovely aroma of slightly roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, chocolate and hints of licorice. Smooth and slightly roasty taste with a lot of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, chocolate and hints of licorice. Finish is slightly roasty and oily with some bitter coffee notes and hints of bourbon and vanilla. Wow, extremely well balanced and tasty, almost perfect. Definitely top 5 stuff for me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
olio (9530) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2016
375 ml bottle.
Very nice bourbon on the aroma, vanilla and chocolate sweetness, dark roasty malts with hints of coffee. Bitter malty palate, somewhat sweet vanilla and bourbon tingliness, alcohol burns at the end nicely. Excellent from the bottle as well, I like the bourbon-y side especially.
Rating: 9+4+9+3+18=43
Draught @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration.
Pours pitch black color with medium-sized beige head. Aroma of liquorice, sweetish caramel notes, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor of sweet caramel, dark toasted malts, toffee notes, lots of vanilla, bourbon, mild coffee and some hints of syrup. Very complex brew but also very balanced brew with lots of layers. Definitely on my top10 at the time of rating. Majestic.
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