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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3269) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
Release #13.  Un corps visqueux qui rend mon verre ténébreux.  Une couche de mousse qui reste quelques minutes et qui génère une très fine dentelle.  Un beau nez volubile.  Des tonnes de choses lourdement rôties et torréfiées.  De la noix de coco grillée.  Du chocolat entouré par une délicate fumée épicée.  Des arômes de bourbon qui sont superbement bien intégrés : à défaut d’être envahissants ils sont d’extraordinaires complices.  La première gorgée est monstrueusement chocolatée.  La seconde est comme un café turc.  La troisième et les suivantes sont délicieusement vanillées, faiblement boisées et adroitement rôties.  Au palais, un corps vraiment bien charpenté.  Une texture qui est très soyeuse.  Le pétillement fait preuve d’intelligence et d’habileté.  En finale, la suprême torréfaction des grains de café est une bouée lancée à mes papilles qui s’emprisonnent dans une mer chocolatée.  Une monstrueuse offrande vraiment délicieuse, massive et presque facile à boire. 

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle. Dark black pour with small khaki head. Didn’t taste much whiskey at all. Very nice and heavy coffee notes. Great body. Not what I was expecting but a very nice beer.

-- rated with beerbasher

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaroonOrange (135) - - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle. Very dark. Starts with lots of dark chocolate and coffee and finishes with a whiskey finish. The transition is quite pleasant. Heavy, dark, and complex.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Homer321 (2031) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle. Moderate whiskey nose. Some chocolate and coffee. Moderate light brown head. Moderate vegetal to bell pepper flavor. Almost peppery. Unpleasant with some alcohol warming. Not a fan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Pours thick black with minimal lacing. The aroma is coffee and dark malts. The taste has a good coffee flavor with some cocoa with little carbonation. Overall a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (770) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Great looking beer very dark with a dark head. A big roasted coffee smell. Not as strong of a scent as I was expecting from the bourbon barrels. Taste matches the smell. Really nice coffee taste. Very easy drinking. I really liked it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2173) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 Bottle: [Release #11] Thanks, Kevin! Black pour, fairly thick & viscous looking with a slowly rising, tan head that doesn’t last for long before asserting to a thin collar. Aroma has a super roasty, French press type coffee beanery thing going on; big , voluptous coffee notes with underlying char, ash, & some bitter cocoa. I get literally no bourbon or barrel, but it still smells very nice. Taste is the same way - big notes of roast (though not as bitterly roasted as the aroma may indicate) with creamy coffee, mild tart raisins, cocoa dust, & some roasted, finishing bitterness. Again, essentially no bourbon or oak, aside from perhaps a very mild astringent tannic note in the aftertaste. Very nice stout overall, best thing I’ve had from Epic by far.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
theothermatt (192) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
On tap at Epic. Pours jet black. Huge coffee aroma. Sweet with hints of vanilla. Not much to the barrel aging, huge expresso and coffee notes with a nice bitter malty backbone. A bit of oak, vanilla, and booziness comes out as it warms.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (775) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
22 oz bottle- pours pitch black with medium tan head . Big roasty espresso aromas with mild alcohol. Flavors of dark roast coffee , chocolate and very faint whiskey. Like eating a chocolate covered espresso bean . Moderate sweetness with lingering bitter finish . Really good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhunter151 (570) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours jet black with almost no head at all. Tastes like burnt coffee. Getting some chocolate but not much. I like coffee but it's too prominent in this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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