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RATINGS: 356   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 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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (6433) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2015
12.7 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. 13.5% ABV listed on the label. Black with close to a finger of nice tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted coffee, a bit of caramel and oak. Tastes of dark chocolate, bourbon, subtle dark fruit, roasted coffee, subtle hint of booze. Full body with a dry finish. Dangerously well masked alcohol for 13.5% ABV.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (7198) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Keg at route CBC, London. dark brown brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolate coffee red wine tangy. Taste is sweet and boozy with chocolate cocoa and licorice and red wine. Overall, amazing

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (1152) - - JAN 22, 2016
Pours oily black color, haze, with unstable foamy brown head, which transform itself to a tiny ring around the glass. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: intense aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, cacao, of dark malts, which takes on coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor: rich dark malts flavor, which takes on coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa. There also detectable additions, so Cacao nibs as Coffee, supported with notes of dark fruits, especially of prunes, cherries, plums, and supported with flavor of bourbon, vanilla and oak, which steps forward from the background. Taste is namelly malty sweet, than you detect gentle bitterness and discrete alcohol warmth, which immediately steps forward and lingering parallel with malt sweetness in finish. Finish is dry, sticky. Body is full, carbonation is low, texture is very smooth. World-class imperial stout/doubble american.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadRobin (2863) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2016
On tap 4 oz. taster at the Lost Abbey/ Brewing tasting room. Opaque, near black with a brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, mocha, chocolate milk, bourbon, tobacco, roasted malt, vanilla and oak. Taste of dark chocolate, bourbon, licorice, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol, roasted coffee and heaven on earth. Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization with a glorious mouthfeel. At 13.5%, it's hard to hind the alcohol. Other than that one blemish, this is a fabulous beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (14656) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle shared by Erwin Van Moll @ Brewpub Van Moll. Opaque very dark brown to black color, medium sized dense brown head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, dark malts, roasted malts, bourbon, some coffee, wood and more sweet vanilla bourbon. Delicious. Taste malts, roasted malts, vanilla, vanilla bourbon, lightly wood, some coffee again, sweetish vanilla bourbon, roasted malts mixed with bourbon vanilla sweetness and liquor perfectly and a perfect, suitable bitter finish. Absolutely delicious. Full body, suitable soft carbonation, oily texture. Absolutely delicious!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Biroholik (1037) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JUN 14, 2016
Alkohol: 13,5% obj.
Kolor: Czarny, nieprzejrzysty.
Piana: Z pewnością nie jest najmocniejszą stroną piwa. Jest beżowa, drobnoziarnista, niska i ucieka z sykiem z prędkością TGV. Na szkle pojedyńcze kropeczki, obrączka minimalistyczna.
Zapach: Aromat jest pierwszorzędny. Akcenty beczki dają rwno po nosie. Czuć wyraźnie szlachetny alkohol, bourbon, whisky, dębinę, mokre drewno. Doskonale wyeksponowane są waniliowe niuanse, a także ziarna kakaowca. Czokolada deserowa wydaje się wypływać wprost z butelki. Oprcz tego delikatna kawa, praliny z alkoholem w środku, brownie, karmel i porcja lodw śmietankowych. Fantastyczny, głęboki i bardzo intensywny aromat.
Smak: Na języku piwo jest mocno czekoladowe, słodkawe z nutami mokrego drewna, dębiny i z potężnym wpływem beczki po bourbonie. Ogromna porcja lodw waniliowych przyprawionych ziarnami kakaowca i podawanych z kawą Latte. Nuty szlechetnego alkoholu, w tym wypadku bourbonu tworzą zrwnoważony, plastyczny obrazek. Wszystko wydaje się tutaj być przemyślane, składniki dobrze do siebie pasujące. Wzorowy balans poszczeglnych składowych. Bourbon rozgrzewa od środka, dodaje tej charakterystycznej słodyczy na języku. Nie ma mowy o gryzącym alkoholu. Jest go tyle ile powinno być, nie dominuje, nie wychodzi przed szereg, nie gryzie. A to wcale nie byle co, bo 13,5% obj. Śliska, oleista tekstura, wysoka treściwość. Track #10 jest gęsty jak olej silnikowy. Mistrzowskie wykonanie! Mgłbym to pić i cmokać i siorpać bez końca.
Wysycenie: Niskie, delikatne. Dokładnie w punkt.
Podsumowanie:
Track #10 okazał się piwem fenomenalnym, doskonale zbalansowanym, bogatym zarwno smakowo, jak rwnież zapachowo. Beczka po bourbonie przyniosła monstrualne nuty dębiny, mokrego drewna i wcale nie mniejszej waniliny. Akcenty czekolady, kawy z mlekiem, pralinek czekoladowych z alkoholem, karmelu, ziaren kakaowca, brownie kapitalnie pobudzały ślinianki do pracy. Track #10 w wielu wymiarach podkreślił swoją szlachetną stronę. Dla fanw RIS-w z grnej płki - pozycja obowiązkowa!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoDL (4390) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle. Black oily pour. Great aroma of bourbon vanilla, coffee beans and milk chocolate. Rich smooth flavor of boozy vanilla bourbon, milk chocolate, roasty coffee bean and a nice warming alcohol heat. This is truly amazing, what a beer. I expected a lot and got even more. Pure art.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thorongil2 (2635) - , 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RRistow12 (746) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
erved on tap at the 15th San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The appearance is a rich black hue, not much notable head.. The aromas bourbon and coffee with the coffee coming through very heavily and wonderful. A bold roast of coffee. The flavors enter with wonderful coffee, and roasted malts. The mid layers you get some smooth bourbon and a moderate chard barrel level. There some nice chocolate flavors in here as well. Although I swear cacao nibs in beers never really give the chocolate flavors (likely from the lack of cream and sugar) but perhaps they have a different variety with more cocoa butter or the chocolate is more influenced from the malt bill. The mouth is smooth and full. Perfectly carbonated. The coffee in this beer really shines. This makes me want to revisit the Serpents Stout, one I wasnt a huge fan of last time because the the yeast profile that I do not get in this variety at all.


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