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RATINGS: 343   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mariuspoenari (1818) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle shared at August THT. Pitch black pour with a thin espresso head. Notes of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla and coconut. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation and a bourbon sweet finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
llkc (1626) - rhus, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2016
Duft ristet dyb intes duft chokolade kakao kaffe lidt kant af ROM egefade kAnt af soja, smag dyb intens smag vanilje chokolade ristet malt kakao lidt ristet

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1460) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Type: 9-oz. draft Glass: Clear snifter glass From: Craft Kitchen in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif. Price: $8 Purchased: Nov. 17, 2016 Consumed: Nov. 17, 2016 Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout Misc.: N/A Never thought I was going to be able to try this one, but saw it at Craft Kitchen and picked it over Angels Share - Brandy Barrel Aged. Thought about just getting the 4-oz. version for $5, but went with the 9-oz. for $8 instead. Poured an almost pitch black color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Outstanding uneven foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.00) Smelled boozy bourbon (which smoothed out later), cocoa, milk chocolate, oak, toffee, caramel, hints of butterscotch, coffee late, espresso and vanilla. (Smell - 4.50) Tasted bourbon, vanilla, espresso, smooth milk chocolate, wet cocoa, coffee with creamer, toffee, hints of coconut, slight roastiness and some hazelnut. (Taste - 4.50) Full body. Creamy-to-slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth warming finish. (Feel - 5.00) This was just a fantastic beer and I still think I underrated it a tad. Incredible. (Overall - 4.50) 4.52 100 A+

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9360) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2012
Pour on tap, Avery Strong Ale fest 2012. Dark murky black pour with thin to no dark head, aroma brought notes of thick chocolate, dark fruit, roast, bourbon and espresso, bringing back more chocolate, definitely heavier on that end. Taste was a bit on the sweet side but the chocolate was very authentic, mixing with the vanilla of the bourbon, a slight roasted coffee note helped balanced a bit. Dug this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (41285) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2012
From tap, RB #22000. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is smooth roasted malty and cocoa mixed with coffee herbal notes. Thick malty, roasted and dense chocolate. Smooth. Toasted and coffee herbal. Chocolate and smooth coffee finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (15761) - DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and cocoa. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, cocoa, little dried fruits, hops, oak and a little bitter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thewolf (12183) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Tap @ CBC, 2012.
Pours utterly, completely black with a nice, creamy, beige head. Aroma has vanilla, cocoa, coffee, light roasted, mild vinious. Medium carbonation, lovely dry and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is really nice, nuts, chocolate, mild coffee, soft vanilla sweetness. Oak dryness. Very sweet, but maintains a very good balance with roasted malts and oakiness. Light warming vinious. Really well-balanced.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (44976) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014
Draught @ [ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 ] @ Spartas Lokaler, Faelledparken in Osterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark.

[ As Lost Abbey Barrel Aged Serpents Stout with Cacao Nibs and Coffee ].
Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, cacao, milk chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla - bourbon - sweet. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120511]
9-4-8-4-18

Bottle 375ml. corked.

[ As Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #10 (Bat out of Hell) ].
Clear dark black brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, cacao, bourbon. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, cacao, coffee, wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20141220]
9-3-9-4-18

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (4255) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2012
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration. A damn black one with a small chocolaty head. It has a strong chocolate and roasted aroma, lots and lots of chocolate actually. Also extreme amounts of vanilla and some dark coffee. Oh yeah! It has that woody vanilla touch, heavy roasted flavors, tons of quite sweet chocolate. Its full-bodied with a average carbonation level. Lingering sweet chocolate flavors. Oh my what a beer! Coffee and vanilla in the finish. Could nibb on this all day long! 11.05.2012

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16590) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2012
On tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. A black one, topped by a small, tan head. The aroma has lots of coffee, a touch of licorice, some dark chocolate and cocoa, and quite a lot of roasted malts. Its lightly warming on the palate, sort of boozy so I guess the barrel has some influence, full-bodied, dryish and still sweet. Loads of dark chocolate and cocoa in the flavor, with coffee blending in between. Lasting finish where the coffee are more pronounced than in the aroma and initial flavor, but with the same lovely dark chocolate and coffee. Wow, this is one hell of a beer.


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