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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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 : 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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
oxbn (2) - - FEB 12, 2014 does not count
Interesting take on the barrel aged stout. The flavor and aroma balance skew heavily towards coffee for me, with the barrel character a bit subdued from what I anticipated. Big and boozy mouthfeel. Good beer, just doesn't rank among my favorites in this space.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BEENJAMIN (288) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2014
on tap - pours black with a milk chocolate head. coffee and more coffee on the nose backed by subtle vanilla notes and chocolate, rather straight forward. thin in body with a slightly acidic coffee like finish. if you love coffee and stout this is for you and it drinks incredibly well for the abv.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2014
On tap at the Denver location. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big coffee, earthy, cocoa, toasted bread, somewhat grassy, figgy, and bourbon aroma. Taste is raw cocoa, fresh espresso, somewhat creamy, light vanilla, earthy hops, whisky, and oak with a smooth aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Nice breakfast stout and extremely quaffable for 12%.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Batch 19, listed at 10.4% ABV. 22oz bottle pours a very inky, opaque black with some thin, fizzy, tan head. Nose is really heavy on the fresh brewed coffee, some raisin, malt, molasses, brown sugar, dark chocolate, some toasted bread crust. Flavor is the same, a ton of coffee, some brown sugar sweetness, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, a little raisin, a little currant, malt, molasses, dark chocolate. Big beer, but mostly dry on the finish and fairly smooth. Reminds me so much of KBS. Lots of competing flavors but everything goes well together. Real good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cfour (1) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
Awesome. Cant wait for the other five bottles I have to age a bit. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (278) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bomber share, Release #15 - 11.4% ABV. Appearance: dark brown color, clear, chocolate brown head, sparce lacing. Aroma: coffee, roast, light chocolate, did I say coffee? Palate: full body, light carbonation, oily texture, slightly bitter finish. Taste: heavy malt sweetness with light coffee bitterness. Overall, great for coffee lovers, but rather unbalanced because of this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (726) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bomber (Release #13). Black syrup pour with a half-inch of cappuccino foam. Strong notes of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate and molasses with some charred oak around the edges. The flavor starts with an aggressive dose of espresso, dark chocolate mocha and Kahlķa along with some vanilla bean and brown sugar. Only a little bit of bourbon in the background. Mouthfeel is naturally thick and syrupy with low carbonation while the alcohol is relatively subtle. Well done dark chocolate coffee bomb.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
njager246 (317) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle pour, thanks Tim, whisky and coffee aroma... A little chocolate in the taste... This was very good and punches you in the mouth a bit! Wonderful!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (1950) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
Dark body with brown foamy head, quickly fades, not a lot of lacing. The aroma is certainly intense, very very coffee and a touch of cocoa, perhaps a bit too one dimensional but nice. Taste is less coffee than the aroma, rich velvety, sweet with a nice roastiness. Didnít get a lot of bourbon in this, maybe a touch in the aftertaste, but I think the roastiness is stronger than the sweet bourbon element you usually expect. Overall, it tastes great even if it doesnít match expectations.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1006) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with brownish head. Huge coffee taste. With some chocolate and roasted malt. Reminds me of a cup of black coffee.


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