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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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (7071) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle from Mikkeller web cons 2016-12-24, to celebrate Christmas AR: rich bourbon, vanilla, fruity dark chocolate AP: dark brown, wee dark brown deminishing brown head F: rich alcoholic bourbon, vanilla, fruity dark chocolate, warming feeling, black coffee, raisins, Makers Mark?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (1658) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle; pours nearly black with a beige head; aroma of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, some dark fruit and vanilla hints; taste is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and faint dark fruit and wood; finish is light bitter chocolate; very good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (6857) - rebro, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2016
Sample at rebro l & Whisky 2016. Dark malty smell with bourbon, dark malts, oak and chocolate. Similar taste. High carbonation. High carbnation. A bit boozy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bergstaden (2820) - Rros, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2016
Black with a dark brown head - Malt aroma with some wood aroma - Dark malt flavour with some coffee, chocolate and wood from the barrel and there is some alcohol heat as well - The flavours goes into teh finish with some nice warming alcohol in the back - This was real good

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1612) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westchesterco (1967) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2016
From a 12.7 oz bottle it is a briwnish black color with a tan head. The aroma is of cocoa and the taste is bourbon and oak with hints of chocolates Bitter roast, boozy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VamboladeTolly (1877) - Tartu, ESTONIA - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle. Pours deep dark brown with brown head. Aroma: roasted, cocoa, bourbon, coffee, toffee, butterscotch, Taste: well balanced, sweet with some sourness and bitterness, Well balanced again. Long sweetish finish. Warming alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (4389) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of licorice, raw sugar, raisins, coffee, chocolate, booze and grain. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, chocolate and licorice. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zoucrew102 (1730) - - NOV 25, 2016
375ml corked bottle, 2015 vintage. Rich cacao and coffee aroma with bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit and oak. Pours black with a thin mocha brown head that has poor retention and some lacing. Starts with nice chocolate and coffee flavors with a little bit of dark fruit in there as well to go along with a rich, full body and smooth, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes very smooth with nice bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors. Rich, flavorful and wonderful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (6728) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2016
From a 12.7 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of cocoa and pit fruits. Flavors of chocolate, bourbon and oak. Bitter roast, boozy finish.


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