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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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Itís Big, itís 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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1611) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 7, 2014
I received this in a trade. I donít see any dates on this, but I do see that this is release #19 sitting at 10.4%. This was poured into an imperial nonic pint glass and a snifter. In both glasses, the appearance was a nice black color with some decent brown tinges roaming around the edges of the glass. There was a half fingered off white to tan foamy head that died within about thirty seconds. There was some decent lacing kinda roaming all over the place. The aroma had a nice balance between the cocoa nibs to the coffee nibs. It smelled exceptionally well and then allowed just enough bourbon to come through but not over do anything. The taste was sweet and roasty with a decent edge of alcohol "hotness" but that mainly just balances the whole thing. There was a decent bourbon-like sweet sticky aftertaste leading to a somewhat dry roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy, but doesnít show as much sipping aspects as I thought it would have. Iím not necessarily gulping this, but I find that I can drink this and enjoy it pretty well. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth. Overall, this was a very well done American Double/Imperial Stout well worthy of having again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (867) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Splurged a sliver after selling old car. Flavors of molasses, red wine, milk chocolate, french roast, goes down chocolate, alcohol, resin hops, roast malt. Feels a little flat & thin in the mouth, Great dark brown head on impenetrable darkest brown body. Warming, with mouth-drying finish. 8 4 7 3 16

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lb4lb (2487) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Smell is chocolate and pepper, ashy jalapeno. Taste is chocolate roast. Light body thin low carbonation. A bit sweet. Drinking beer. I donít know.people are talking.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (322) - - MAY 26, 2014
Pours a near black with lasting beige head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, spice, coffee, espresso beans, cocoa powder. Flavor is same, with whiskey and roasted char, wet cigar. Strong and potent coffee character without dominating the flavor profile. Medium to full-bodied with fairly low carbonation. Smooth on the palate with alcohol content very well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (364) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle release # 13. Black no head. Aroma is strong black coffee with a hint of bourbon. The taste adds sweet bourbon, oak, and chocolate. Light carb with a sweet finish and warm alcohol presence. Great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbgrayson (520) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 23, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2014 Release #24, 10.5 % ABV. Pours a super dark brown, with a decent dark tan head. Aroma is a wonderful mix of bourbon, anise, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is similar: smooth, rich and quite excellent. The chocolate comes thru more in the taste. Very drinkable, thumbs WAY up!. This is a truly great imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (3002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Draft - Sweet chocolate, vanilla and light roast coffee. Jet black with a beige head. Bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee. Sweetness in nose is lost which is too bad and the boys is a bit light,

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (899) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2014
5oz taste at the brewpub. Pours black, incredible lacing, strong adhesion. Taste is rockin the coffee a little more than the cocoa, but about even, not as much bourbon, but itís muscled out, not forgotten. Palate is sticky; itís rich, bold and takes no prisoners. Beware the baptist.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kambei70 (561) - - MAY 18, 2014
2014 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is vegetal spicy peppers, chocolate and coffee. Taste milk chocolate, roasted peppers and malt. A medium-full mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (354) - USA - MAY 18, 2014
A pretty dark but not quite black color with a bit of cream colored head. Smell is earthy coffee, vegetal, almost peppers. Taste is a lot of roasted earthy coffee, chocolate, roasted bitter, some caramel malt. Coffee is the king of the party here but it's a good coffee flavor and is balanced by just a bit of the sweet chocolate and caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel bitter doesn't stay on the tongue. Alcohol is hidden well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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