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RATINGS: 558   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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Its Big, its 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


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (927) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2014
On tap @ Uber. Pours thick inky brownish black with thin mocha head. Aroma is sweet dark chocolate and fresh coffee. Taste is similar: dry very roasty chocolate malt, with dark cocoa and coffee flavors dominating. Substantial hops keep the sweetness in check. Hard not to like this. If I had to nitpick... the flavors are a bit one dimensional, doesnt have the barrel-aged depth that many other imperial stouts do.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3419) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Black body with an adequate chocolate head that almost instantly folds and fades into a ring. Smooth and plunging deep depths of chocolate and coffee, like chocolate covered espresso beans, and a veinous note work their olfactory magic. While the body starts off on a rougher note, high-quality coffee ground notes soon shape up nicely. Immense roast barley influence throughout. Excellent stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2159) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
This is really good. Pours black with creamy tan head. Beautiful. Aromas are big coffee at first, then the bourbon comes in. Sweet vanilla and bourbon aromas. Flavors are dark chocolate, booze, wood, roasted malts. A superb beverage. I will be sure to pick this up again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Seabass1964 (28) - Paragould, Arkansas, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pours a great dark brownish black with virtually no head. Aroma of coffee and Dark chocolate and a little bourbon alcohol. Taste is creamy dark chocolate and brewed sumatran, barely any bourbon flavor. Kudos to Epic for an epic beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (858) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2014
From bottle...release 17 - 12% - Denver #1307. Pours dark brown with swirling amber head with lace. Aroma of espresso, dark malts. Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of espresso, dark malts, bitter chocolate. Overall big, bold, flavorful, strong and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Release #20.<\i> Black color with no head. Strong coffee, bourbon and stone fruit aroma. Almost some vanilla and cherry. Light bourbon and coffee flavor. A bit of graham cracker. Kinda sweet. Super low carbonation. Full body.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WanderinCelt87 (195)
- Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pours black as well the black ink on the bottle. Aroma is straight coffee grinds. Has that bitter coffee taste upfront with a hint of chocolate at the end. Leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brouwerij (957) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2014 Release 18, 12% ABV. Pours dark brown with light brown head, good retention and a little lacing. Aroma is dark coffee, heavily roasted, cocoa nibs. Flavor is big coffee up front, dark, roasted and bitter, toffee and caramel, and cocoa with a bitter, roasted, mild barrel/whisky finish. Nice, rich, roasted coffee character. Gets a bit boozier as it warms. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, and smooth texture. A good coffee imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3690) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle (22 oz). Release #15. From a surprise box sent by kbudd19, thanks a lot! Pitch black with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is intense with lots of coffee, roasted malt, and bourbon along caramel, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate and oak. Taste is moderately sweet (not cloying) and moderately to heavily roasted with bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood and a roasted bitter finish. Warming alcohol. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is viscous and sirupy, but also quite fluffy. A tad harsh, but quite complex and really tasty. Amazing sipper!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
claytonbrewsby89 (3) - - JAN 5, 2014 does not count
Id been curious about this brew for awhile. Very understated aroma, black as hell. Id compare this to Bourbon County, but bitter and woodier. Bourbon is not too prominant. Great brew all around.


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