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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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It’s Big, it’s Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

Release #1 : 11.7% ABV
Release #2 : 11.3% ABV
Release #3, #15 : 11.4% ABV
Release #4 : 11.1% ABV
Release #5 : 11.2% ABV
Release #6 : 10.7% ABV
Release #7 : 11.0% ABV
Release #8 : 12.5% ABV
Release #9 : 11.8% ABV
Release #13 : 12.2% ABV
Release #14 : 12.1% ABV
Release #17, 18 : 12.0% ABV
Release #19 : 10.4% ABV
Release #22 : 10.2% ABV
Release #23, 27 : 11.5% ABV
Release #25 : 10.6% ABV
Release #24 : 10.5% ABV


dfhhead25's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Aroma- massive bourbon, espresso, cocoa, marshmallow Appearance- pitch black with a thin dark brown head Taste- black coffee, cream, bourbon, tobacco, some roasted notes, nice blend of flavors on the finish Palate- full-bodied, viscous and wonderful Overall- Absolutely exquisite. As close to KBS as I’ve ever had. Fantastic brew that I will be seeking out again.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2366) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bomber inky black pour with small tan head. Deep mocha coffee cacao aroma. Chewy dark chocolate with a hint of licorice.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (92) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Very good. Smells chocolaty and woody. Smooth start, sweet middle with a chocolate and milk with coffee finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (566) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2014
22 oz bottle, release 41, Dec 2014.
Inky black with ruby hues, thin head.
Nose is coffee, smoke, chocolate, tobacco, wood, bourbon,
flavor is big on the coffee, with chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and tobacco all playing a part.
Finish is long, with notes of bourbon and oak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (216) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Growler from Lone Star Taps & Caps. Black with thin tan head, a little oily in appearance. Aroma of coffee with a little coffee. Coffee is strong in the flavor. Not very boozy for 11% ABV. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffLover (95) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Strong roasted coffee and chocolate aromas, with a hint of liquor. Roasted coffee flavor just shy of bitter. Smooth finish. Price needs to come down to make this a good value. Many delicious chocolate imperial stouts are a better value. Release #32.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nathan30533 (688) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2014
This one is caramel sweet. Looks incredible, taste incredible. Enjoy this stout ale by epic brewing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7969) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Earthy/woody coffee, whiskey, and chocolate malt aroma. Black with small head. Sweet coffee, chocolate malt and moderately bitter earthy wood flavor. Light ash and whiskey finish. Pretty tasty.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (1158) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Tap. Pours a deep dark opaque black work a ring of tan head. Aroma of cocoa nibs and roasty malts. Taste of malts, chocolate, and booze.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (918) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Release #37 bottle thanks to Gregomarti. He got a 13% in Ohio? What the Fuck? How does that happen? Superspak said this in 2012, " 22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 1; bottled 9/22/2011. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention; that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, oak, molasses, toast, and light char. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity. Taste of big roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, whiskey, oak, molasses, and toast. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, oak, toast, molasses, caramel, toffee, and vanilla on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of the barrel flavors with the beer; no overwhelming whiskey flavors at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! Great balance of flavors with the barrel aging; and very smooth to sip on for being 11.7%. This is the easier to find substitute for KBS in my book." He gave it a 4.4.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Redr8r (3) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
Pours pitch black with minimal head. Slight chocolate milk flavor with warm anise aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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