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RATINGS: 374   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
37.5cl bottle served in a snifter. Pitch black, thick oily and a generous dark brown head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is heavy bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, fruit cake and booze. Taste is upfront sweetness with the creamy buttery bourbon taste but slightly hotter than some barrel aged imperial stouts which holds up well against the extreme level of flavours. The barrel aging has taken the rough edges from the standard serpents stout and the added chocolate and coffee give an even more decadent backdrop of flavours. A thick and sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation but perfect for the style and as such gets a perfect score.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
badpuppy69 (321) - orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2016
Pours a black with no head. Aroma dark chocolate covered fruit very complex my nose is not worthy. Taste follows the aroma very complex amazing stout. Medium to heavy mouth feel. Best stout Ive had down! Wow!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2075) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Perfect. Chocolate and vanilla flavours with very long length. Warm alcoholic finish.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2012
Tap at CBC shared with Beerbiker and evil stepdad. Black with a huge brown head. Heavy cocoa aroma, wood, toffee, coco chocolate and vanilla. Awsome. Fullbodied sweet complex toffee chocolate flavor powerfull and thick all the way through.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emartell (352) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - SEP 5, 2015
Aromas increbles dnde destacan los frutos secos, principalmente higos, nuez y avellana, as como las notas a Bourbon. Su color es completamente negro, carbonatacion baja y corona de espuma ligera de color caf obscuro. En boca es aterciopelada, suave, frutal, alcohlica, etc. Complejidad increble. Al paladar es una cerveza perfecta. Las notas a frutos secos y Bourbon se combinan con el caf y el cacao dando un resultado genial. En resumen, una de las mejores cervezas que he probado.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (5484) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours rich coffee brown with a fairly thick dark tan head. Smoky malt aroma has strong overtone of high-quality coffee plus cocoa, earthy, bourbon and woody hints. Flavor is a symphony of roast malt, quality coffee, bourbon, chocolate, woody, earthy and molasses tones. Texture is firm and viscous, though fizz is none too strong; finish is smoky and earthy. Go like a bat out of hell to any bottle shop that has this available!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SeniorZozo (1549) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 20, 2016
Pours oily jet black with no head. Aromas of tar, prunes, leather, bourbon, coconut, soy sauce. Taste is bourbon, boozy, soy sauce. Rich texture. Oily texture, boozy chocolate finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kevinsenn (2146) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 11, 2012
Draught at Copenhagen Beer Celebration. Pours black with a brown head. Smells amazingly of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, malt. Tastes of a heavy sweet, medium bitter. A well balanced creamy stout. Full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Simply lovely.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Plovmand (8095) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
On tap at CBC. Pours pitch black with a denste tan head. The aroma is bourbon, chocolate, caramel, fruit, wood, oak and light coffee. The flavour is chocolate, vanilla, hard roasted malt, caramel, fruit and oak. Extremely tasty and well balanced. Wow!!


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