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RATINGS: 389   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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4.6
Kiezmar (813) - Kraków, POLAND - MAR 26, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2017 Bottle. Aroma rather pleasant. Lot of dark dessert choclate, cocoa, truffles, coffee, some dried fruits and a lot of vanilla/coconut. Taste is rather sweet, medium body. I taste ther is a lot of dark choclate, coffee, vanilla and marzipan and bourbon. Alcohol only in aftertaste. Very, very good beer.

4.5
tiong (7610) - 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
olio (10541) - 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.
4418

4.5
_angst_ (5008) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2012
Sample @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Pours pitch black with a creamy and fizzy chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates while leaving some thick lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, honey, roasted malts, dark sweet bread and bourbon. Taste is sweet and tiny bitter with roasted malts, coffee, rich chocolate, vanilla, resin, bourbon, wood and hints of peat and pine. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet with coffee, vanilla, honey, chocolate and bourbon. Awesome!

4.5
tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2012
CBC 2012. Pours pitch black with a small brownish head leaving some lace. Aroma is heavily cocoa coffee vanilla roasted malty and sweet fruity. Flavor is fullbodied sweet roasted coffee cocoa tingly pungent pleasantly bitter. Just great.

4.5
Rasmus40 (21822) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2012
CBC. Black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, heavy coffee, chocolate, cocoa and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily and smooth. 110512

4.5
Jesterdeal (1986) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2012
On tap at the tasting room. Aroma of toffee, caramel, chocolate and sweet coffee. Pours black and thick with sediment floating on top. Taste is super sweet with heath bar and cappuccino dominating the senses and slight prunes. Fantastic beer.

4.5
crossovert (13833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
They pretty much nailed this one. Waves of coffee and cocoa and then some bourbon on top, awesome..

4.5
rxeight (3243) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2015 Bottle to sampler at Fobab. Shit man this was the best of the night. Coffee and chocolate. Touch of bourbon. Everything perfectly balanced. This is great stuff, really wish they made more. 11/16/13 4.5

2015 375. Well my wish came true, unfortunately this isn’t the same beer. Hot, barrel heavy. Hot whiskey and oak. Coffee and chocolate are there, but the barrel is really dominating. Body is a bit thin. This is definitely a different beer. Maybe it needs time to settle, or maybe just not as good. 4/29/14 3.7

4.5
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle gift from SJ. This brew has a lot going on, but it is awesome. Notes of cacao, burnt / roasted malts, wood, a rich and dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar. The blend is amazing, it’s like they took serpent stout which is all ready phenomenal and made it better.


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