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RATINGS: 364   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjotrapostou (84) - POLAND - FEB 14, 2017
W zapachu czekolada z wanilią, dużo beczki, ale nie jest zbyt dominująca. W smaku kawa, beczka, czekolada, wszystko bardzo dobrze ułożone. Słodycz perfekcyjnie komponuje się z wytrawnością. Struktura gładka, oleista, przyjemna. Bardzo dobre.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
czlowiekmotyka (109) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
demannu (433) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Black with some brown hues near edges of pour, short lived slight brown head, no lacing. Aroma is bold with bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and some dark dark fruits (raisins come to mind). Taste is fairly sweet with bourbon and chocolate up front. Roasty light bitterness comes out in back half. Creamy full body. Very nice imp stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2454) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle. Nice solid tan head, mahogany nearly black body. Bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate and sweet dark fruit in the aroma. Lovely savory bourbon up front, but not too hot, vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasyty vanilla finish. Medium to heavier viscous soft body. the savory notes on this remind me of Jesusofvts wine and port barrel treatments of his Norrebro impy stouts. Really good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BroadestTom (422) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2017
Aroma bourbon, chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, Appearance black, brown foam, Taste light sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate full body, thick, creamy, Overall this beer is amazing to me. It is so smooth and all the flavors are there. Rich and creamy this stout is worth the higher price tag. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinsenn (2111) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2017
Bottle from Janes Beer Store, Mountain View. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, bourbon (big surprises), leather, dark fruit, molasses. Taste: holy moly. Smooth, rich, intense; vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted grains, bitter slightly boozy finish. Wow. Perfect impy stout taste. Top notch.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (885) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2017
Massive stout, thick and oozy, pouring a heavy, impenetrable black with the slightest brown doughnut head. Smells of oak and chocolate with maybe a hint of smoke on the perimeter. Tastes like a burst of bourbon and Hersheys syrup at first, but slowly backs off the sweetness until a sturdy oak backbone emerges. Flirts with dark cherry and raisin notes, then fades into a bitter chocolate-oak finish laced with boozy warmth. Tasty, if a bit hot.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UXO (1692) - 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, its 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 Ive had recently (and just about as expensive per ounce). (18/20)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (1577) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 14, 2017
Negro opaco y espuma beis. Aromas de cacao, bourbon achocolatado, coco, caf, vainilla, licor. Lo mismo en boca envuelto en una textura sedosa y un trago clido.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4428) - Sofia, BULGARIA - JAN 8, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2017 375ml bottle. Black and thick with a small tan ring. Big huge aroma, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, molasses. Flavor is sweet, bourbony, chocolatey, hot. Fairly flat (surprise from this brewery LOL) with an incredibly thick feel. Very flavorful beer, but becomes too much pretty quickly, and is fairly typical for a decently well-done huge BA impy stout.


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