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RATINGS: 543   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (788) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
On draft. Black with one finger off white head. Coffee and dark fruit aroma. Cocoa, coffee and dark fruit taste. Really good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
normalbeerguy (6) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015 does not count
Bottle- release #19. Pours pitch black with little head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee and a hint of whiskey. Very coffee forward, followed by more coffee/espresso and chocolate, with the whiskey coming in at the tail end. Thick mouth feel with a slight waxiness left after swallowing. Good beer but a touch less coffee might let more of the whiskey/oak flavors through and it would be phenomenal. Perhaps a couple more years in the cellar will tone the coffee down and round it out more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
X (63) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Release #22. Very spicy aromatics, lots of well roasted coffee and other roasty goodness. Flavor is likewise dominated by spicy coffee with a touch of sweet syrups. Righteous stuff brother, amen.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
spatenfan (43) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Aroma is Coffee and dark grains. There is a very faint smell of bourbon . Appearance is jet black. Wow! This beer is amazing, smooth as silk. The coffee taste is there but not overdone and not bitter. The cocoa nibs are detectable and are the icing on the cake. Delicious!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gmph22 (6) - - FEB 22, 2015 does not count
Poured from bomber. Only lacking quality is palate, not as full as some of the classic BA RIS beers out there. But try finding one of those for $6.50. Overall great beer at surprisingly good price

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
78samh (194) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2015
22 oz bottle pours dark, deep oily black with a little head. Toasty, roasted coffee, cocoa, boozy and oak. Good burn at the end. Great barrel aged impy stout!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4745) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Thanks to Benzai! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Black, little mocha. Huge roast in the nose, grounded espresso beans, lots of coffee, chocolate, light malt. Taste is huge coffee, espresso beans, bitter chocolate, faintly herbal, grainy chocolate, malt, lgith sweetness.Grounded coffee + RIS body. Quite lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
salvaticas (505) - - FEB 14, 2015
On tap at hop cat. Very intense coffee aroma. Intensely strong flavor but light finish. Extremely complex but not overwhelming ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigtaster (735) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2015
From a bottle in a snifter. Pours almost completely opaque except for the very edges, black to dark brown with small light brown head fading to almost soapy bubbles. I can smell the coffee before I even take a whiff, dark chocolate, whisky, smoke, earthy, walnuts. Oily texture, full bodied, slightly warming, soft carbonation. Sweet moving to a long more balanced finish, with some hints of bitterness. More coffee, some dried fruits, cocoa, very earthy. Fantastic beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElManana (814) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle at RBBWG shared by Benzai, thank you sleeping man! Coffee, espresso, bitter, vert high capuccino. Quite awesome but if you don't like coffee you won't like this.


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