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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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 #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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
akoeninger (560) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Dark brown with thin tan head. Huge coffee and espresso aroma. Coffee, alcohol, and roasted espresso. Definitely a big beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours dark with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, whiskey, and peat. Taste is chocolate, whiskey, and an earthy smoke flavor. Really distinctive and delicious

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ColovianTrader (427) - - JAN 31, 2014
This is a big beer. Loaded with tons of coffee flavors, bordering on too much, but not quite there. Other flavors of rich dark chocolate, heavy cream, espresso, toasted bread, wood and smooth chocolate liquor. The only problem, and its minor, is that it?s hard to have a full bottle of this. But share with your friends and it?s a tremendous beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (2954) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bllack and velvety smooth, woody bitternessat first sip. Aroma of burnt toast, smoke and peat. Taste is all roast graikns, not sure if its hops giving its bitter nature. Near perfect.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1722) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Pour is extremely dark brown, almost black, with a small amount of tight light brown head. Nose is quite big, tons of very clean coffee with a faint roast and rich malt backbone. Taste is also strong coffee, clean and virtually no acrid flavor whatsoever. The roast is light and there is a nice malt backbone of caramel and rich fudge. Body is quite full with a strong carbonation and soft palate. Finish has some lingering roast and some scorched barrel with notes of whiskey booziness intermingling down the throat.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ImperialSuttle (17) - - JAN 27, 2014
Opened to an amazing aroma of chocolates and espresso. Creamy with a delightful hint of cocoa. Had a thick after taste with a hefty punch. This is what a stout should be ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (3534) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Release #23 (November 2013) consumed on 1/26/2014, 11.5% ABV, DEN #1328. Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a finger tan head. Decent lacing. Awesome caramelly mocha coffee on the nose with light whiskey and vanilla. On the taste, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, subtle whiskey. A bit more whiskey as it warms. Very smooth for 11.5%. Full body, semi-thick mouthfeel. 10/4/9/4/19

Release #9 (September 2012) consumed on 1/30/2014, 11.8% ABV. Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a finger tan head. Minimal lacing. On the nose, big roasty and burnt coffee/espresso, espresso beans, dark chocolate, a touch of oak and dark fruit. On the taste, roasty and burnt coffee/espresso up front, dark chocolate, caramel, a good amount of bourbon and whiskey. More whiskey notes than I got in release #23. Fairly smooth, a bit of bourbon/whiskey on the finish but not too warm. Held up nicely after 16 months. 9/4/9/4/19

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lafleur48 (2) - Broomfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2014 does not count
chocolate, roasty, coffee, heavy, savory, full body, the perfect balance of coffee and chocolate, higher ABV without affecting the flavor; best stout I have had to date

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2014
On tap at tin bucket with Willi. Pours jet black with task foam. Smells super roasty of coffee. Tastes medium thick with lots of earthy coffee and a hint of cedar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maltser85 (342) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Great beer. Huge body, nice flavors. Big on chocolate. Subtle barrel notes, mostly coming through as a light vanilla. Excellent, release#20


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