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RATINGS: 681   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
Itís Big, itís Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

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

ABV may vary between batches: 10.2% to 12.7%

   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. Canít 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arn8897 (328) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chucklemation (1442) - 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, itís so sweet and has such a huge mouthfeel. An incredibly delicious beer, which would get a 5 from me but Iím not a huge fan of a large wood presence in my beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (2422) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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 donít 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2014
#8 Tasted at Jerryís 09/14. Black with scant, brown head, minimal lacing / Milder nose of cigar box, coffee, bourbon barrel / Medium to full body, surprisingly lively, moderately sweet but dry on the finish with excellent balance and bitterness underneath / Complex, elegant, dusty flavors of roast coffee, tobacco, chocolate, caramel, restrained bourbon barrel / Superb, and doing nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (524) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle (22oz $12): black with nice one finger head. Strong coffee smell.. Taste is strong coffee and slight chocolate and slight bourbon. I am not a coffee fan so this was not a brew I will get again. The coffee taste mostly hides the bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeratarian (217) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Up there with the finest! Coffee, chocolate dominate. Dark and rich. Tasted next to expedition and other imp stouts. A real standout. Probably the best coffee stout on market!

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