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RATINGS: 378   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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4.4
egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, bourbony alcohol. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, charred wood, some vanilla, light alcohol in the finish.

4.4
sjohnny (627) - - JAN 2, 2016
Heavy sweet dark fruit and chocolate aroma. Pours like motor oil with a thin quickly disappearing dark tan head. Hard candy. Cocoa. Dark fruit. Sweet malt. Boozy. Very good.

4.4
Vells (1833) - Rīga, LATVIA - JAN 15, 2016
Whoa.. one helluva beer. Seems so bold, yet very mild, all rounded, powerfull.. Perfect deep roasted malts all the way, but keeps solid smoothness, even more rounded when cocoa mildness comes in, some dried fruits, BA aspect and vanilla gives another dimension. Mostly sweet with decent bitterness. Perfectly sippable brew. Love it

4.4
jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Pours with a three finger light head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Coffee nose and flavor is roasted coffee and chocolate, some dark fruit, the high ABV just about hidden. Decent Imp stout. Expensive at $18.99 for a 375ml caged & corked bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

4.4
Lore (2671) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 6, 2016
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 practically black colour, 1 inch creamy brown head; aroma of intensive herbal and cocoa notes, coffee some smoke and whisky; taste is the same with the dominance of syrupy, herbal and smoke notes; great imperial stout, though not that perfect I expected

4.4
AirForceHops (7144) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2016
375 ml bottle shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks TJ. Aroma is mellow integrated bourbon notes with a roasted coffee beans and notes of coca nibs.

Whatever bourbon barrel they aged this in was a perfect vessel for this stout. The bourbon cuts through the cocoa nibs and coffee and provides balance.The booze is almost completely hidden with only a mild warming after the swallow. Body is mostly full but the alcohol may have thin it just a bit, no matter. If this stout was more reasonably priced, I would grab many bottles. This is pretty delightful, my kind of stout.

4.4
Lowenbrau (4145) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
12.7 fl oz bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 27-07-2016.
BBD: not noticed.
Stated 13,5º.
In short: viscous robust IStout.
Pours black with nice dark tan head. Moedrate head retention, good lacing. Vanilla, coffee, roasty, cacao, wood nose. Full bodied, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Taste is quite smooth, bitter, cacao, roasty, coffee, nuts. Warm mouthfeel. Very well balanced, really robust and enjoyable.

4.4
mariuspoenari (2637) - 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
llkc (2324) - århus, 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
User134089 (1644) - - 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 Angel’s 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+


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