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RATINGS: 484   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chef_brewardee (28) - Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and chocolate malts. Appears very very dark brown, black with a quarter inch deep dark brown head, Very sticky. Tastes of coffee,chocolate, dark roasty malts. Very thick syrupy mouth feel. I enjoyed this one a lot. Very nice long sipper for the cold months. the coffee give a little caffeine buzz. Mmm tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bwa5879 (706) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 On tap at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange at the epic meet and greet as part of Kalamazoo beer week. Black pour into snifter. Dark brown head, cocoa colored. Strong sweet cocoa And strong cold brewed coffee scent, a little sweet malt. Thick, very full flavor. A little chalky mouth feel. Lots of roasted malt flavor, strong cocoa, sweet molasses. Sweet finish with just a tinge of bourbon/alcohol effervescence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2013 Release #10. Pungent aroma of green bell peppers and misc spicy peppers dominates the nose. WTF + yuck. Thank god the taste isnít possessed. Dark, deeply roasted malt tastes nearly burnt. Bittersweet chocolate adds a grainy complexion. Sweetness in the middle, finishes with booze & chocolate. A decent stout if you ignore the smell. 2.2/5

Update: drinking the #9 now and itís a completely different beer. Huge, incredible coffee aroma gets a 9/10 from me. A tasty RIS that shares few similarities with the above review. Iím changing my rating accordingly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3745) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, fizzy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, oak, raisins, dates, and a touch of booze. Flavor is roast malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit esters with some light earthy hops; dry finish with the slightest hint of whiskey. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6704) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 11, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 Draught at Tadgís. Pitch black, with a pretty chocolate-milkshake head. Big, nasty nose of old coffee grounds. Just the aroma I hate from a coffee beer. Happily, though, the flavor is much nicer and more balanced. Rich chocolate, cafe au lait, berries. Nice sweetness with nice roast and the coffee doesnít stick out like a sore thumb. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oyamac (30) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Aroma: dark chocolate followed by expresso. Appearance: dark, thick oil with small head. Taste: great balance of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Palate: nice, thick beer. Overall: very solid beer. Definitely livens up as it get closer to room temp. Very solid, well balanced stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2013
22. Thanks, Shawn! Pours jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan mousse atop. Big roasty coffee nose with lots of heavy cocoa presence. Creamy thick body with subdued carb. Roast, campfire, coffee, and cocoa on the mid palate. Very intensely flavorful, explosively powerful. Harmonious combinations. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Release #9. A vigorous pour produces a good tan head on top of a dark body. Thereís lots of chocolate and coffee aromas, with some oats, licorice, ash, and molasses. The whiskey is there too but mild. Going down this is rather smooth for such a big beer. The body is creamy and slick with a slightly dry finish. Rich and chocolaty flavors mix with some barrel notes, coffee, and caramel. Again, the whiskey is there but not very noticeable. This finishes with a bit of roasty ashy notes. This is actually one of the better Imperial Stouts Iíve had in a while. I like how everything melds together without one dominating flavor but plenty of depth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pw313 (3) - Macomb, MI, - JAN 2, 2013 does not count
A= black as black can be. gorgeous lacing. a beautiful looking stout. S= coffee, chocolate, slight oaky note. T: coffe upfront followed by chocolate and a oaky taste. then lingers with a nice roasted taste. no trace of the 11.4% ABV M: full but not the most viscous beer iíve had (hunahpuís) O: a great barrel aged stout. worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1105) - Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Release #7. Black and vinous with a brown foam that fades quickly. Strong coffee, smoke and ash aromas. Full body compliments of coffee, oak, and dark chocolate. Finish has more cocoa and an alcohol dryness.

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