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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s Big, it’s Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

Release #1, #39 : 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 #12 : 10.8% 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
(...) Release #53 : 12.7% ABV


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2830) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Dark inky black in color... Aroma of dark molasses, chocolate, and lots and lots of coffee... Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate... Coffee is huge, like chewing in beans... Spicy, smoke peppery finish... Excellent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1661) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Release #37. Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a smooth, creamy, lacy, fine-grained tan head. Nose is not at ALL sweet -- coffee, dust, earth, mushrooms, unsweetened chocolate, and smoke. Almost no sweetness on the tongue as well; this one’s about the structure of roasted malt and whiskey aging unsullied by sweetness, and it’s like being hit around the head and ears with an espresso machine. Big, intense, and brooding, but well-integrated and flavorful with a lot of layers to it; roast nuts, smoked meat, coffee, chocolate, spice, and even a little pepper. Finish is creamy and smooth, with leather and tobacco. Most impressive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pressboxjoe (421) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bomber into snifter, Release #32, 10.7% ABV. Dark with no head, although it leaves mocha lacing on the glass. Aroma is bitter chocolate and coffee, first sip is coffee and chalky bitter chocolate. Some warming in the throat. I wouldn’t say that anything else really comes into play. After 15 minutes, finally first notes of peat come in. After a while the coffee aroma comes to dominate. More vigorous second pour yields more robust, fine-bubbled head. This is a good beer, but for me the whiskey barrel did little or nothing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep black color with a creamy brown head. Aroma is spicy, light coffee, dark roasted coffee, burnt malts. Flavor is more burnt roast malts, coffee, a bit astringent. Can’t say I pick up much on the bourbon barrel in the aroma or flavor. Medium to heavy body with a thick creamy mouthfeel. Lingering burnt coffee bitterness in the finish. Tasty beer. Would get even better marks if the bourbon barrel was a little more forward.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arn8897 (300) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Pours jet black with a dark khaki head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee with a little alcohol smell also. Thick like cough syrup. Taste of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and licorice. Big huge beer. 13% alcohol. A definite sipper. Very good overall. More alcohol warmth as the beer warms.

4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chucklemation (1403) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Pours a jet black with a thick tan foam head. Aroma is strong wood and bourbon, with hints of vanilla and chocolate. The flavor is surprisingly different, with a heavy, thick chocolate taste and lighter bourbon. This is almost like eating chocolate cake, it’s so sweet and has such a huge mouthfeel. An incredibly delicious beer, which would get a 5 from me but I’m not a huge fan of a large wood presence in my beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2319) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Full bodied, roasty and lightly sweet on the palate. Taste is coffee, chocolate, dates.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tugboat_801 (23) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 19, 2014
One of my all time favorites, the release I drank this time was ibis slc # 2072 super strong coffee flavors, which is great but kind of covers the whiskey flavors up. Great breakfast or dessert beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregner (19) - Cedar Park, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Strong aroma of coffee, with notes of chocolate and bourbon. Black with minimal brown head. Warm on the palate with light sweetness, medium bitterness, tastes of strong coffee, slight chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and slight bourbon. Full body with average carbonation. The bourbon takes a back seat to the coffee aroma and taste. Overall an above average beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
frank0830 (70) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Release #30 13.5 abv Whoa, aroma. So many different notes I don’t even know where to begin! Notes of rich chocolate, banana, oak, bourbon, caramel, coffee and roast all are pronounced. On the palate, and as it warm, lots of coffee comes out of this beer. I keep getting hints of cherry too. This is by far one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Even the cap smells good.


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