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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ICEatALAMO (922) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle, Release #7. The pour is a dark brown with a rich caramel head. The aroma is strong with coffee, some chocolate, and a hint of bourbon and some smoke. The taste has bourbon upfront, coffee throughout, but it really kicks in in the aftertaste. A very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimsRatings (414) - - APR 25, 2013
Release #10 on tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh) Powerful coffee taste, mild bbl reference, and little chocolate. Not a bad coffee stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13353) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2013
Draught at Tadg’s Pub, Kyoto. Pitch black - brown head. Lots of coffee. Bisquit. Burned bisquit. Sweetness. Coffee with sugar. Acid notes from the burned malty. Ok - taste is not as good as aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (597) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2013
Smells like chocolate and barrel. Tastes like chocolate, whiskey, caramel, and oak. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 16, 2013
Smells boozy, like coffee as well as faint chocolate. Whiskey/barrel aged smell. Tastes very chocolately and whiskey aged. Roasted malt flavors. Really solid

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2513) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle back from NC. Failed to note the release number. This one skews way towards the bittersweet coffee and chocolate side of the spectrum. Bit of vanilla floating around but that is about all that will alert you to a barrel treatment. The alcohol is subdued but I kind of like it that way. A well made and smooth drink. Just be prepared for the bittersweet aspect of this as a dominant flavor.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
fattybladdy (521) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
Deuce to pint, release #10. Cracked this bad boy open to enjoy during the NCAA championship. Appearance is jet black and rather thick, slight tan head. Aroma is quite pleasant, roasted coffee. Taste is coffee to the max, bitter and dark, with some dark chocolate and a slight whiskey kick. Hard to find any flaws in this one...maybe a little biased as a coffee buff, but this beer was amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (898) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours an opaque, very dark brown color with a mocha colored head. The head dissipates a little too quickly. Otherwise, I would’ve given its appearance a score of 4.5. I like the uniqueness of the aroma. But, the aroma, in my opinion, just doesn’t deserve a 4.5. I note coffee, griddle smoke, and olives. Moutfheel is viscous and slick. Just what I was hoping it’d be. I love the flavor of this one. Greasy spoon exhaust smoke when the griddle catches fire. The smoke begins to yield some to chocolate, but persists, albeit to a lesser degree, throughout the finish. Quite of hop bitterness gets expressed toward the finish, which tends to wake the smoke back up. Just a bit of off plastic flavor that tends to taint so many Imperial Stouts. I hope the smoke flavor in this one was created by the grain and the char of the barrel, not an additive. I really enjoy this beer. It reminds me of Bacon and Eggs from Pizza Port.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (6069) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Awesome beer! Jet black pour with a small brown head. Big ground coffee nose with cocoa, licorice, and just a hint of whiskey and wood. Full palate. Smooth mouthfeel. Really good stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (3039) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
Draught at Craft Heads, Tokyo. Black colour with a small white head. Quickly disappearing lacing. Aroma of grounded coffee, smoked malt. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, some bourbon, caramel.


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