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RATINGS: 377   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 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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UXO (1803) - 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 (1608) - 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 (4557) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mice (910) - FINLAND - JAN 5, 2017
375ml bottle from Saveur Biere. Label tells this is 13.5% instead of 12.5%. Deep dark brown beer with very small head. Aroma is nice with dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, whisky oak and alcohol. Taste is much the same, but maybe isnt as deep and intense as aroma. The end is full of chocolate. Full body, low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
strowlands8 (199) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2017
Pours jet black with a dark brown head- dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet with notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Taste is similar with a bit of warmth. Alcohol is masked reasonably considering the strength. Additional taste notes of chocolate, minimal dark fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5608) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2017
Pitch black color. Big nose of dark chocolate, dark fruit, bourbon, oak, tons of vanilla, cacao, low carbonation. Smooth. Slightly boozy. Not the best finish. Again interesting but not mind blowing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
msbernac (2443) - Krakow, POLAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle Aroma-caramel, coffee, vanilla, coconut Appearance-brown, hazy, brown foam, Taste-medium sourness, light sweetness, lightly bitter, Plate-full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-very interesting

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (787) - HUNGARY - DEC 29, 2016
Flelmetes kinzet, vrszomjas imperial stout-kllem lakozik a palackban, olajos, lassan hmplygő, sűrű maltafolyam kpe rajzoldik ki a kitlts sorn. Benne foglaltatik minden, ami feketn rzki, melyet az aromi is tkletesen visszaigazolnak, amikor a prklt szemű kvs, kakas, csemegeszerű, egyszersmind ss s alkoholos, vanlis sznezetű whisky-s foszlnyokat tjukra engedik. Tkletesre komponlt főzet a maga csokolds maltaleves, jelzs rtkű sznsav-tartalommal felruhzott, brsonyosra prklt, finomra hangolt presszkvs vonalaival, a bourbon mltsgteljes, mindentt jelen lvő jtkval, a vrbeli amerikai imperial stout-karakterrel. Selymesnek hat jegyei szinte simogatjk zlelőbimbinkat, sztolvadnak a sznkban; pihe-puhv csillapodik a kezdetben flelmetesnek hat karakter. Kifinomult ital, a sejteni vlt vadsgnak, zabolzhatatlan zvilgnak nyoma sincs, mindent that a kifogstalan modor s az utnozhatatlan elegancia, taln tlsgosan is elegns ahhoz, hogy bestilis főzetknt tekintsnk r.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (3272) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this at Mickeys 30th birthday bash on November 05. 375 mL bottle. The pour is a lighter black with a thinner tan head that falls off pretty quickly. The aroma is strong roast, licorice, a sweetness, some dark fruits, and a light coffee. Its a little messy, but the things that are there I like. The flavor is much of the same. There is a heavy roast and bitterness up front, followed up by a light chocolate, hints of sweet fruits, and a light bitter alcohol on the finish. The mouth feel is a little thin, but pretty well carbonated with a lingeringly bitter roast and light chocolate on the finish. This is pretty decent, but definitely past its prime.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4952) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle: Poured a deep black with thin tan head. Aroma is very sticky boozy to nose light smoke. Nice alcohol boost, vanilla, chocolate.


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