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RATINGS: 391   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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strowlands8 (255) - 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
TimE (6176) - 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
msbernac (2884) - 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
adster (835) - HUNGARY - DEC 29, 2016
Félelmetes kinézet, vérszomjas imperial stout-küllem lakozik a palackban, olajos, lassan hömpölygő, sűrű malátafolyam képe rajzolódik ki a kitöltés során. Benne foglaltatik minden, ami feketén érzéki, melyet az aromái is tökéletesen visszaigazolnak, amikor a pörkölt szemű kávés, kakaós, csemegeszerű, egyszersmind sós és alkoholos, vaníliás színezetű whisky-s foszlányokat útjukra engedik. Tökéletesre komponált főzet a maga csokoládés malátaleves, jelzés értékű szénsav-tartalommal felruházott, bársonyosra pörkölt, finomra hangolt presszókávés vonalaival, a bourbon méltóságteljes, mindenütt jelen lévő játékával, a vérbeli amerikai imperial stout-karakterrel. Selymesnek ható jegyei szinte simogatják ízlelőbimbóinkat, szétolvadnak a szánkban; pihe-puhává csillapodik a kezdetben félelmetesnek ható karakter. Kifinomult ital, a sejteni vélt vadságnak, zabolázhatatlan ízvilágnak nyoma sincs, mindent áthat a kifogástalan modor és az utánozhatatlan elegancia, talán túlságosan is elegáns ahhoz, hogy bestiális főzetként tekintsünk rá.

3.7
koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this at Mickey’s 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. It’s 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
SHIG (4964) - 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.

4.2
Nisse666 (8110) - Göteborg, 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, Maker’s Mark?

4.3
gopherfan99 (2012) - 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
olsvammel (7304) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2016
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2016. Dark malty smell with bourbon, dark malts, oak and chocolate. Similar taste. High carbonation. High carbnation. A bit boozy.

4.1
bergstaden (3260) - Røros, 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


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