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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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4.5
thorongil2 (3426) - , 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
RRistow12 (944) - 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

4.5
UXO (1922) - CANADA - JAN 24, 2017
Appearance: opaque black with hints of brown around the margins, a short, short-lived loose beige head, no lacing. (4/5) Aroma: chocolate, coffee, bourbon, boozy dark fruit, oak, vanilla. (9/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, high bitter. (9/10) Palate: full oily body, low carbonation, lingering bitter and warming finish. (5/5) In my experience, bourbon barrel-aged stouts can often be a bit much. So can coffee and chocolate stouts. When a brewery decides to do both (as an Imperial!), well, it’s almost always more than a bit much. And this is most certainly more than a bit much. In just about every aspect, this thing is massive - yet surprisingly well-behaved. No single flavour dominates: chocolate leads the way, coffee occupies the middle ground, and bourbon dominates the woody warming finish, but neither seems unbalanced. Rich and complex, big and boozy, warm and smooth. Reminiscent of the couple of hopped whiskies I’ve had recently (and just about as expensive per ounce). (18/20)

4.5
czlowiekmotyka (516) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Bourbon in the aroma. Taste is very rich, first noble alcohol of bourbon, than vanilla and coffee in the after taste. Absolutely magnificent. A hint of roast, not too much. Wonderful.

4.5
ZodiacM (1280) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2017
LCI. Poured from the bottle. Like a bat out of hell... one awesome imp stout: bourbon, coffee, chocolate and..... booze. I love it! Awesome!

4.5
alteregoo (1746) - Kalisz, POLAND - MAR 23, 2017
Piana średnia, szybko opada do chmurki. Barwa prawie czarna, nieprzejrzysta. W aromacie piękne nuty wanilii, prażonych wiórków kokosowych, marcepanu, pralin, trufli, kakao, kawy, melasy, rodzynek, porto... Piękny, intensywny i złożony zapach. W smaku słodkie, palone, czekoladowe, delikatnie słonawe w pistacjowy sposób, są oczywiście wszystkie nutki z aromatu, jest potężne ciało, oleista faktura, solidna goryczka w kontrze. W posmaku z sos sojowy, bourbon i espresso (przy czym dwa pierwsze odrobinę zaburzają odbiór całości). Niskie wysycenie i przyjemne alkoholowe rozgrzewanie.
Bardzo udany, złożony i wybitnie deserowy RIS, z fajnie zaznaczoną beczką po bourbonie a przede wszystkim solidnym ciałem.

4.5
Batavi (398) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2017
Fles gekocht bij Vinotake Waalwijk, uitgeschonken in een Teku glas. Schenkt gitzwart olieachtig uit, met een kleine lichtbruine schuimkraag, die zich geleidelijk terugtrekt tot een fijne ring. Het aroma is rijk en krachtig met tonen van: geroosterde mout, espresso koffie en pure chocolade. Ook de bourbon komt mooi naar voren met aroma’s van vanille, eikenhout en een krachtige alcohol scherpte van de bourbon. Wat vooral opvalt in het smaakpallet is het zeer dikke olieachtige mondgevoel, wat je niet vaak tegen komt in een BA Imperial Stout. In een bitterheid van gebrande mout en koffie die mooi in balans komt met de zachte smaken van chocolade, vanille en amandel. Ook behoorlijk alcoholisch van smaak, met een duidelijke scherpte en warmte van de bourbon. Wat overigens zeer goed past bij het karakter van dit bier. De afdronk is lang en verwarmend, met tonen van eikenhout, vanille, tabak, en met zachte koffie notities op de achtergrond. De conclusie is dat deze Imperial Stout van Lost Abbey een van de beste bieren is die ik tot nu toe van deze brouwerij heb geproefd. complex en met krachtige bourbon tonen, een fles hiervan is genoeg voor een gehele avond biergenot. Prijzig bier ook, maar voldeed totaal aan de hoge verwachtingen.

4.5
langeveld12 (587) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2017 Up to now Lost Abbey has never disappointed me. Again they manage to get the balance just right. I can taste all kinds of things (coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, sweet fruits) but nothing is too strong or weak. Complex, balanced, subtle. It's all there and it's all right. Fantastic!

4.4
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Dark pour with an expresso tan head. Aroma is ripped, rich coffee and chocolate with deep and impressive roast. Taste is heavy coffee followed by bitter chocolate, sweet, alcohol-laden malt, raisin, and some trailing alcohol heat. Clean and precise feel. My personal favorite amongst a heavy line-up at Pizza Port Carlsbad’s 15 Anniversary Strong Ale.

4.4
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 Serpent’s Stout, one I wasn’t 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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