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RATINGS: 379   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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4.5
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle poured black with dark tan head. Fresh cut wood with Bourbon, followed with chocolate and alcohol. Love the balance of flavors. A rich blend of Oak, Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. Great full palate. Smooth with burn. This would get better with a year of age. Must fine another bottle to save. Love the label.

4.5
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head which fades to just a little lacing. Aroma is of roadrwd malts, bourbon, spicy dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, anise, licorice, and some light booze. Taste is bourbon, spicy coco, dark fruits,roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, licorice, anise, woody notes, and some light booze in the finish. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel,and a semi bitter, warming, slightly hot, long, lingering finish overall, excellent BBA imperial stout that features coco nibs nicely and hides its high abv pretty nicely

4.5
Kroney (256) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Wow. Appearance: black pour with a solid caramel colored head ringing the glass. Aroma: bitter chocolate and coffee, pleasant bourbon, sweet mild smoke/smoldering hard wood. Taste: huge bitter chocolate initially, but gives way to a balance of mocha espresso and bourbon. Finished with a nice bourbon/burnt sugar sweetness. Palate: mouthfeel is perfect, but there’s an astringent lingering on the tongue that isn’t quite right. Overall a phenomenal bourbon stout.

4.5
GenDV138 (7285) - 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
teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - 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
klm1 (1541) - Bled/SF, - 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
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, 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
Benzai (15624) - 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
Biroholik (1382) - 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 równo 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. Oprócz tego delikatna kawa, praliny z alkoholem w środku, brownie, karmel i porcja lodów 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 lodów waniliowych przyprawionych ziarnami kakaowca i podawanych z kawą Latte. Nuty szlechetnego alkoholu, w tym wypadku bourbonu tworzą zrównoważony, plastyczny obrazek. Wszystko wydaje się tutaj być przemyślane, składniki dobrze do siebie pasujące. Wzorowy balans poszczególnych 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! Mógłbym to pić i cmokać i siorpać bez końca.
Wysycenie: Niskie, delikatne. Dokładnie w punkt.
Podsumowanie:
Track #10 okazał się piwem fenomenalnym, doskonale zbalansowanym, bogatym zarówno smakowo, jak również 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 fanów RIS-ów z górnej półki - pozycja obowiązkowa!

4.5
MarcoDL (4974) - 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.


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