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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
It’s Big, it’s Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee beans. Each season’s release uses a different dark roasted coffee.

ABV may vary between batches: 10.2% to 12.7%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Release 45, 10.9%. Pours pitch black. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing. Rich complex nose of coffee, chocolate, roast and a bit of vanilla. As it warms, bourbon is quite noticeable. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Below normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is World Class. It is intense, richly complex and balanced to perfection. Simply, it is a brewer’s masterpiece. It begins with a semi sweet chocolate over a mild coffee background. The middle produces a subtle bitterness comprised of dark chocolate, roast and coffee over a sweet background with rich malt notes. As the middle fades, coffee achieves its most prominent flavor aspect over declining chocolate notes and an ascending bourbon background. As the finish begins, vanilla and oak notes make a short appearance. The finish is a slow fade of coffee and roast bitterness over a rich sweetness that is both malt and chocolate in nature. The only trace of alcohol is the nice light burn at the back of the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
tderoeck (8210) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2015
14/II/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Ben’s place) - BB: n/a, release #32 (2015-225) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!

Clear brown beer, small creamy irregular off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, alcohol, cocoa powder, some caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: lots of alcohol, very boozy, grains, coffee, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: more coffee, caramel, malty, very boozy. Alcohol is very noticeable, bit off putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (1122) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2015
On draft. Black with one finger off white head. Coffee and dark fruit aroma. Cocoa, coffee and dark fruit taste. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
normalbeerguy (9) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015 does not count
Bottle- release #19. Pours pitch black with little head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee and a hint of whiskey. Very coffee forward, followed by more coffee/espresso and chocolate, with the whiskey coming in at the tail end. Thick mouth feel with a slight waxiness left after swallowing. Good beer but a touch less coffee might let more of the whiskey/oak flavors through and it would be phenomenal. Perhaps a couple more years in the cellar will tone the coffee down and round it out more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
X (172) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Release #22. Very spicy aromatics, lots of well roasted coffee and other roasty goodness. Flavor is likewise dominated by spicy coffee with a touch of sweet syrups. Righteous stuff brother, amen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
spatenfan (61) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Aroma is Coffee and dark grains. There is a very faint smell of bourbon . Appearance is jet black. Wow! This beer is amazing, smooth as silk. The coffee taste is there but not overdone and not bitter. The cocoa nibs are detectable and are the icing on the cake. Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gmph22 (6) - - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
Poured from bomber. Only lacking quality is palate, not as full as some of the classic BA RIS beers out there. But try finding one of those for $6.50. Overall great beer at surprisingly good price

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
78samh (256) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2015
22 oz bottle pours dark, deep oily black with a little head. Toasty, roasted coffee, cocoa, boozy and oak. Good burn at the end. Great barrel aged impy stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Thanks to Benzai! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Black, little mocha. Huge roast in the nose, grounded espresso beans, lots of coffee, chocolate, light malt. Taste is huge coffee, espresso beans, bitter chocolate, faintly herbal, grainy chocolate, malt, lgith sweetness.Grounded coffee + RIS body. Quite lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
salvaticas (601) - - FEB 14, 2015
On tap at hop cat. Very intense coffee aroma. Intensely strong flavor but light finish. Extremely complex but not overwhelming ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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