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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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Itís Big, itís 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
maxwelldeux (3681) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a thick and almost-black color with effectively no head. Strong coffee notes to the nose that arenít harsh at all - just inviting. Taste has some amazing chocolate and coffee tastes to it, and just feels so smooth. AMAZING beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. It is dark brown in the glass with a light brown head. The aroma has chocolate bourbon and a sweetness like caramel or candy. The flavor has coffee, chocolate and some vanilla. The beer is extremely rich and smooth. Hope I can find some bombers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kco (50) - USA - OCT 20, 2012
Definite coffee aroma. Very dark opaque color. The coffee and chocolate dominant the flavor almost over the top. But not quite. Not my favorite but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (803) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Release #8. 22 oz bottle from 16 Tons in Eugene. Pours dark brown bordering on black, totally opaque. Very little head, some slight lacing. Nose is very potent, lots of coffee. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. A nice balance of bitterness and coffee, thick without being sweet. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Release 9, 11.8 abv. Pours dark black with a thin khaki head, turns a bit red with a swirl. Aroma is like stuffin your face into fresh coffee grounds, nothin much else other than that but Iím not complainin it smells awesome. Taste is the same but with a bit of dark chocolate behind it, not getting any bourbon barrel notes on this, the only thing I donít like is a bitter medicinal taste at the end, other than that, this is fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (7860) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
UPDATED: APR 14, 2014 First rating
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, second session
Black color, brown head. Loads of coffee and green peppers scent. Coffee, sweet, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Coffee aftertaste.

Bottle from Argonaut Liquors in Denver, on April 4, 2014.
Release #28, 1 pt 6 fl oz marked 9.9% ABV and #1558.
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, ashes scent. Sweet, ashes taste. Ashes aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.

Also sampled one more time just after.
Draught at Epic Brewing Denver Taproom, on April 6, 2014.
Marked on the board as 10.5% ABV.
Black color, brown head. Ashes, ,milk scent. Ashes, roasted taste. Ashes aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4018) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Draught at Hops and Pie. This is a big chocolate roasty stout. Big beer overall. Lots of coffee. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle from Samís Quik Shop in Durham. Pours nearly black with a thin mocha head that doesnít stick around long. Surprisingly thin. Nose is roasted salty nuts, cocoa, and sweet coffee. Vanilla and oak take more of a backseat. Taste adds sweetness and then bitter coffee grounds, but not in a bad way. Odd aftertaste I canít quite place. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2623) - California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
12 oct 2012, bottle. Release #7, 11% abv. Really dark brown/black. Nose is huge coffee. Actually, it is hot, wet coffee grounds and sweetened, black coffee. Med body and a bit fizzy. Tastes of sweet black coffee with a finish that tastes like the coffee grounds at the end of a cup if coffee. Wow. Awesome! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in Darkess snifter. Release #1, big thanks to MarkIntihar for the extra. A: Pours a jet black with some brown hued edges and nice khaki head that has some nice retention. S: Solid coffee bean dominates the nose upfront with a touch of roasted malt and a subtle whiskey backend. T: Again this is coffee forward, but the whiskey barrel is integrated very nicely. The vanilla and caramel flavors blend nicely with te chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Tastes like a sweeter version of an Irish coffee. No heat, but the alcohol is noticeable. M: A tad thin in the body with ample carbonation. I would have liked a little thicker mouthfeel. Coffee lingers on palate long after the sip is complete. O: I though Grand Tetonís Wake Up Call was the most coffee forward until his came along. The barrel is well integrated and sort of lingers in the background to let the coffee and roasty qualities really shine. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-02-2012

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